Apparently it’s back to real life tomorrow.  Back to a routine.

A routine which I long for getting rid of at the end of each quarter at work.  Then after two weeks off….even THREE weeks off….I’m longing to get back to.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who craves a routine of some sort.  Heck no I don’t like waking up at 5 am again and I’m seriously dreading that part of it.  However, I sleep better…eat healthier…and get more done when I have some structure in my life.

Now, don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved our Christmas break and even more so the POLAR VORTEX week long vacation.  Thank you Mother Nature!  I read a couple of books.  (Highly recommend The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.)  I got so much accomplished while researching some family history.  My was spotless for a few days.  That felt good.  I made a bunch of home cooked meals, including some vegetable beef soup and other various recipes from Pinterest which included the good ole crockpot.  I blogged it up.  I put Christmas decorations away but left my snowman stuff out.  I spent an evening in the hospital with my best friend snuggling her new baby boy.  I spent time with family and friends.

Then, the polar vortex hit and I didn’t leave the house for 4 whole days.  I think it’s the longest ever for me.  Sunday when the storm approached we took a 9 mile trip northeast on the snowmobile to play in the snow with some friends.

That was to be my last time ever to see the sun or smell fresh air for 4 freaking days.  4 very long days.  Day 1 and 2…not so bad.  Day 3…a little anxious.  Day 4….almost meltdown mode.  It was great to relax, read, and do some research.  I just needed some interaction.  I forgot how much I crave social interaction….even if it is with little people.

First thing Friday morning I went and worked out . Felt so good.  Had been forever.  It’s going to really hurt when I get back in full routine next week.  Then, I visited the sister and her littles as well as some friends and their littles.  Fun play date with some yummy lunch and most importantly….INTERACTION!

Friday night I got to see this little beauty do her thing and dance with her group..  As usual, she was amazing!

And the love these two have for another…is priceless. 
Actually, how much he adores her is even more incredible.  So darn sweet.  

And then Saturday we drove up to Michigan for my guy’s work Christmas party (yes, I realize it’s a few days late…).  Dinner in a little town hole in the wall delicious restaurant.  Then a drive back down into Indiana for a little ride on a 1/4 mile toboggan run.  Our record…..30 mph.

Up and down 3 times for this girl.

And trust me….the UP is a total legs and butt workout. 
I figure up and down 3 times for a 1/4 mile track means I walked 1 1/2 miles that night in Carhartts and boots.  Sweating my butt off.  

Had so much fun with my babe.  Always love meeting his coworkers even if he doesn’t get to see them very often working all around the state. 

And then on the way home we turned around to snap this photo.  
Yes, I believe those are male parts.  There were at least 5 of them built all around the road in this one area. Obviously, they had melted just a bit but still made us giggle!

Glad to get back on routine tomorrow and hoping for a great week!
Excited for Wednesday’s Relay for Life Kick-Off at Java Junction…stop by anytime between 6-7:30 for come coffee, cookies, get your Relay team signed up, and decorate a luminaria to line the track this year!

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