Hello Monday – 1/10/21

Happy Monday! I am so excited about this Monday because it’s the first Hello Monday I am hosting with Holly! I hope you’ll join us! Grab our graphic and link back to us, too please!

Usually, I recap our weekends in my Hello Monday posts. I am trying to do a better job joining some linkups with my blogger friends this year. So today I have a weekend recap for you and a Not Just A Mom topic post.

If you read my post on Friday, you know we started our day with a two hour delay for snow. We ended up getting a snow day and I made the most of it! I don’t have any pictures of my kids playing in the snow, but they were out most of the day. They headed out around 8:30, came in for lunch around noon, and then went back out until 4:15 to get ready for swim team practice. We had snow day s’mores and hot chocolate bombs to warm up when they finally came in.

I spent Friday and Sunday going through our house and cleaning out/organizing/purging. On Friday, I stayed in my pjs until almost 4 and went through my closet and dressers. I organized, purged, and reset everything. It felt great to see what I have, plan some outfits for work, and purge some items that don’t feel just right. I also tackled our guest room closet and found something that I thought was lost forever. I have been searching high and low for something with my grandmother’s handwriting and signature on it. I didn’t think I had anything left, but I found one card that she wrote at my baby shower. I burst into the happiest tears! I am so grateful to have it.

The kids’ rooms have been on my list of places to clean out and this was the weekend for it. I also purged and organized the kids’ bookshelves in their rooms, the guest room, and the basement. I went through both boys’ closets and dressers with them and went through the clothes in the basement that are too big for Jack or Luke. Another huge job, but I am so glad it’s done. I have a great idea of what they have for spring/summer and what they’ll need.

We had a great Saturday. Luke had an early basketball game. Jeff ran the clock and Jack did the book. I cheered on all three Parsons!

We celebrated Christmas with Jeff’s family on Saturday afternoon. The cousins had so much fun together. The adults had a great time, too!

Jeff’s grandmother is 97. I have so many great pictures of the boys and Gram, but this is the first one that Jack looks to be the tallest!
We tried to get a great cousins picture with Jeff’s parents, but those kids are too silly!

Jack had an evening basketball game and we all went to cheer him on. Luke sat on the bench with the team and I cheered them all on from the balcony.

My snowflake necklace was perfect for the weekend! Don’t forget you can use code SUNSHINEANDBOOKS10 to save 10% on any purchase.

I think the Not Just A Mom topic for today is perfect for hosting my first linkup! The topic is favorite bloggers. I have a bunch of blogger friends who I read every day, or at least read every post if I have to catch up later in the week. I love our online friendships and have learned a lot from these ladies.

I also read some other blogs pretty regularly but don’t interact with very much. Their blogs are fun to read and I usually get recipes, outfits, ideas for fun with kids, and book recommendations from them.

I also listen to quite a few podcasts by people who also write blogs or share on social media. Here’s what I’ve been listening to.

  • The Lazy Genius by Kendra Adachi
  • The Mom Hour by Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers
  • What Should I Read Next by Anne Bogel
  • The Girl Next Door by Kelsey Wharton and Erica Ladd
  • Another Mother Runner by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin

These lists are always a little stressful to write. I am hoping I didn’t forget any bloggers. I can’t wait to discover some new to me bloggers today! Hopefully I’ll find some in our linkup and in the Not Just A Mom posts. I’ll be back linking up to share what I’ve been reading. Have a great day full of sunshine and books!

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7 thoughts on “Hello Monday – 1/10/21

  1. scottaew says:

    I wish I had been that productive! Maybe today! We have another day off because we go virtual tomorrow! Argh! Thank you for the shout out! I am new to Lazy Genius and I love her! So many good ideas! Every mom should listen!

  2. jgalvinwhite says:

    Yay! For a snow day. The s’mores look delish! Purging was on my list too and I tackled a few more tasks over the weekend…only a couple more to go.
    Thanks for linking up with NJAM! I love your blog list and will check those bloggers out!

  3. rawsonjl says:

    I love a productive day! Our snow day was totally lazy and honestly, I loved that too. I don’t think I showered or got dressed until 3:30 or so; I can’t remember the last time I did that! Those s’mores are so cute.

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