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Happy New(ish) Year!

Hi everyone, hope you all had a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  I’ve gone a blogging hiatus for a bit, which is why it’s been so quiet.  Today is a snow day with Isla, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to update!

We kept it low key this year for the holidays – last year we committed to every gathering under the sun, with a 4 week old baby.  It left us feeling burned out, and really grumpy.  So we agreed to take it easy this year and just celebrate with the 3 of us.  As guilty as it felt not spending it with our extended family, it was the right decision.

My two favorite people on the planet.

The first photo above is our failed (or successful, if we’re rating these on how ridiculous they are) attempt at a Christmas card.  Having a wiggly, uncooperative one year old didn’t work out for us.  Still, hilarious memories.  Our little lady isn’t walking just yet, but she is a pro at crawling and is SO fast.  We finally got the house mostly babyproofed, but I’m sure she will still find trouble.

Isla’s big Christmas gift: her very own chair! | Pottery Barn Kids

We’d planned on heading to St. Joseph for New Year’s Eve, for a family friend’s annual party (Hi, Lesters!).  Old Man Winter had other plans however, and dropped a snow storm on our travel route, so we stayed in PJ’s with homemade pizza and cranberry mules.  I’m really glad we didn’t travel, because there ended up being a 50-car pileup on the freeway we would have traveled.  Staying in was a great alternative, and  I was actually impressed we made it to 10:30 before passing out!


If you saw my NYE Instagram post, you know I mentioned that my intention this year was to make 2018 the year of Grace, Not Perfection.  I have a type A personality, and I also have a lot of hobbies/interests.  This is a problem because I want to pursue all of them, perfectly – which as a human being, I’m not capable of doing.

This left me feeling like the entirety of 2017 was just me sending myself in 13 different directions, doing nothing well or being able to follow through.  Never feeling like I was doing “enough”, or that I was “enough”.  Not good feelings to be experiencing, and all self-induced!

So, this year is a year of refocusing.  A year of getting out of my own way.


A year of realizing that I can do anything, just not everything at the same time.

Thanks for tagging along with me.

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