A Peek Into February at Our House

Every month in 2019, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into the previous month. I thought this would be fun to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our month and recap some of the highs and lows and special memories of the month.

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woman holding salad

I ate (and posted about!) a lot of salads in February. (See my 10 days of Salads post.)

a photo of homemade pizza

Kathrynne and I made Homemade Pizza one Friday night and I showed her how we used to make pizza when Jesse was in law school and we’d only buy one bag of chicken every other week most weeks (that would typically be the only meat we’d be able to afford in our budget), so we’d just put a tiny bit of meat on the pizza usually (see example above).

It was good to remember those days. I never want to forget and I want our kids to know this part of our story

homemade seven-layer dip

We had gotten a lot of bags of chips for $0.99 at Kroger and I had gotten a great deal on Refried Beans, and I had gotten Guacamole for free, I had some sour cream I had found marked down, and we had some salsa and cheese. So I made another re-invented Layered Dip for our Super Bowl party.

backyard fire pit

We had a backyard fire pit one night and roasted s’mores.

girls basketball

Seeing your child lose is hard as a parent. The internet is full of lots of shining moments — awards won, trophies received, accolades and accomplishments. And I’ve shared some of those and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

But for every time one child or one team wins, another child or another team has lost. And it’s hard to be the one who lost.

Kathrynne’s basketball team had a stellar season. They won almost all of their games — and many of them by 15-30 points.

But in February, their dreams of making it to the championship games were cut short by a lost game. And it broke my heart to see them all huddled on the court after the game with tears streaming down their faces.

And yet, it was also so beautiful to witness. There wasn’t any anger. They had all fought hard together and they all stood there and comforted one another as their coach spoke words of encouragement over them.

They didn’t take home a trophy this year. They didn’t even get to compete for the trophy. But I think that the character they displayed in this devastating loss and the lessons they are learning from it are far more valuable than any trophy or win would ever be.

(Thank you to Kathrynne for giving me permission to share this. My hope is that it might encourage another mama out there whose child might also have recently lost something they worked and fought so hard for.)

painting sarcophagi

I was in charge of the History Week craft for Kaitlynn’s class. They were studying Egypt, so we painted sarcophagi.

painting sarcophagi

painting sarcaphogi

painting a sarcophagus

science fair project

Kathrynne had Science Fair this month and her teacher suggested she do the same Science Fair project she did last year (a tornado simulator), only he wanted her to take it to the next level and do more testing of damage by making the simulator produce different levels of tornadic activity.

science fair project

She worked really hard on this project and ended up winning first place in her class — which earned her $100!

boys at school in uniform

Silas’ class did a presentation for the school for History Week.

hand sewn Egyptian dress

And Kaitlynn made an Egyptian dress for the final day of History Week. (She had never sewn clothes in her life, but she looked on YouTube, designed a pattern, and sewed it!)

three children dressed up

Escape Room photo

We celebrated our good friend, Jamie’s, birthday with a fun night out to dinner and to an Escape Room (where we escaped with literally almost zero seconds to spare!)

mastermind group

And I flew to Atlanta the last two days of February to attend an SEO training for bloggers with AdThrive.

lunch with bloggers

I learned SO much and loved getting to sit at the feet of such wise bloggers and soak up their wisdom!

shower water filter

By the way, the most popular post of February was my post on How a $33 Shower Filter is Changing My Hair.

What were some of YOUR highlights from February? I’d love to hear!

P.S. In case you missed it, How I Did On My Goals in February.

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