Thursday, January 9, 2014

Surviving ChiBeria & Getting Back in the Groove

The first week of 2014 is barely behind us and we've already survived a kiddie New Years Eve party, an Arctic Vortex that turned ChiTown into ChiBeria, and the first day back to school after a very loooooong winter break. It's been a crazy week and getting back to normal with school and schedules today felt SO GOOD!! But that's not to say that I didn't enjoy our time off because I truly did.

As crazy as our New Year's Eve was entertaining 5 kids for a sleepover, it was a blast. We popped balloons on the hour, we chowed on snacks and drank sparkling grape juice {that no one liked} and played Skylanders until our hands were ready to fall off. The kids did their countdown at 9:00 and were asleep before 10. They said it was the best NYE party ever :-)

After New Years was over, we knew our days of playdates and staying in our jammies till noon were numbered.  So we filled our calendar with as many last minute get togethers as we could. 

Addie and I got to have a girls date with our buddies Kennedy and Linsey :-)

And my cousins Jill, Krissy and Diane were able to get the kids together for another play date and do some celebrating!!!! This little mimosa cheers right here was for my cousin Diane, who had just told us that she is PREGNANT!!!!!! Diane and Bill adopted their little Christmas Miracle, Logan, two years ago and this pregnancy was a LONG awaited surprise. I couldn't be more happy for them :-)

And because a morning was just not enough time with her bestie Gracie, Addie begged me to let her stay for the day and do some snowmobiling. I mean really…how could I resist those smiles?

This little snowmobile got a LOT of use that day and it's a good thing too because the Arctic Vortex was just around the corner.

The day after this picture was taken, we got another foot of snow. It was a beautiful snow…and the perfect opportunity to stay in our jammies and wind down after a crazy busy holiday. We played games, did crafts and sat by the fire.

Photo: Just got the is closed tomorrow AND Tuesday due to snow and sub-zero temps. Looks like two more days of crafts, Skylanders and HEAVY coffee/wine drinking ❄️⛄️

And then the storm rolled in and temperatures dropped to about -50 below. Social media went crazy with some of the most hilarious hashtags I've seen.

Photo: 835 PM: Latest graphic update on #ChiBeria!

***Steady light/moderate to locally heavy snow tonight into Sunday gradually shifting southeastward***
***Blizzard conditions possible in east central Illinois and northwest Indiana later Sunday***
***Life threatening, record challenging #coldoutbreak Sunday evening through early Tuesday***

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As you can imagine, we did not leave the house for a few days. School was called off for Monday AND Tuesday this week…and for good reason. It was straight up miserable out there! Today's temperature of 10 degrees felt like Spring. And when it get's back into the 30s around here in a few days, we are going to be breaking out the t-shirts.

The only benefit to being stuck in the house for a few days is finally having the chance to get some things done. I decided to join in on a 30-Day Jillian Michael's DVD Challenge and I am happy to say that I have been getting ALL of my workouts in!!

I've also been SUPER busy in our shop! It's clear that all the other Organization Junkies out there like me are busy putting together their 2014 planners and I've got some great new printables to help! We launched both a Budget Planner and a Health & Fitness Planner at ThePolkaDotPosie{Printables} this week and I am SO excited to start using them myself :-)

2014 is off to a GREAT start and I can only hope and pray that it continues :-)


  1. Those cold days are never fun. I am currently living in Florida, and it was 20 degrees on Tuesday. It was crazy seeing ice everywhere. Glad it is back to the high 60s! Being a Chicago gal, I felt bad for my family back there, especially all those firemen, police officers, etc who had to work in that bitter cold.
    Here is to better weather and an awesome year!

  2. Did you slip with those workouts yet? They can be pretty intense, so hopefully you haven't given up just yet. Good luck to you, and thanks for sharing.


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