January in Florida is a pretty nice time to be outside so we took advantage and enjoyed the beauty of our own backyard, time at Disney (one of its least busy months), and a race weekend in Daytona. But the biggest happening of that month was a potential job opportunity in Burlington, Vermont…
|Happy girl in her swing.|
|Ellie’s awesome big brother takes her for a spin in her wagon.|
|Love that golden hour glow. 😍|
James’ Christmas gift from us was some go-kart time at K1 Speed so he and Chris enjoyed a few hours tearing up the track.
|Ellie has her own form of fun transportation–elephant rocker–
and hair finally long enough for a tiny fountain ponytail on top of her head.
|Having decided to grow out his hair, James now has enough for two tiny fountain pigtails.|
|James asked if he could read to Ellie and be the one to put her to bed. Melt my heart.|
|James loves to get creative with her toys while she’s napping.
She’s always so surprised to find what’s waiting for her.
|Spent a fun day at Epcot with my dear friend, Stacy.|
|Family day at Disney!|
As his milestone 10th birthday was just around the corner, James was deemed old enough to spend the whole weekend with the race-fan Shenks at the 24 Hours of Daytona. He had waited a long time to be able to go for more than just a few daytime hours and he was thrilled! I’m pretty sure the experience did not disappoint. He’s still talking about it…
|Making a sign for his favorite driver, Jordan Taylor.|
|Catching a glimpse of Jordan Taylor’s teammate for the race, F1 champion driver Fernando Alonso.|
|Shenk family on the track!|
|James gets the chance to sign his name at the Start/Finish line.|
|I happily stayed home with this little fashionista.|
|Being that adorable is clearly exhausting and yet she remains so stinking cute even while she sleeps.|
After a few years in his role at Maestro, Chris was feeling the time was right to move on and make a change. In the spirit of adventure, and because we are The Traveling Shenks, we decided to open the job search up nationwide. After a series of successful phone interviews, a company in Burlington, Vermont requested an in-person interview for him, so we went up together to determine whether it was a move we would want to make if the opportunity was presented to us. The kids enjoyed a fun-filled weekend with Mimi & Papa Shenk. Our outdoor activities were decidedly different…
|Based on the last-minute flight options, we flew into Manchester, NH and drove 3 hours northeast to Burlington.|
|Taking in the view of the very frozen water of Lake Champlain.|
|Back in Florida, James enjoys the sunset view on the water from a kayak.|
|Chris and I actually walked on water… well, technically it was ice at that point, but we are standing on Lake Champlain.|
|James and Ellie walking towards decidedly less solid water. Unlikely they will walk on it.|
Stay tuned for February’s post to see if we move to Burlington… 😆