Well hello, 2017

Another year quickly passes by and from what I can tell, this will continue to happen faster and faster! As you might guess, 2016 was quite busy and full. Life as parents is still a role we feel new with. Having a second kid within such a small time from just starting has thrown us into full kid mode nearly 100% of the time. This is a challenge we are up for, and confidently move forward with little by little each day. It is the remembering we are also a couple that often takes a back seat and requires the most energy after the kids have been cared for. Again… Little by little.

We have enjoyed every moment of getting to know Cora. She is so refreshing and turns any tired I have into energy. Recently, her schedule changed so I don’t see her in the mornings and I am feeling the decrease in my own energy when I have to go to work without having seen her. I have to say, it is an adjustment. I miss her terribly. She is such a happy baby. She smiles every time I go to get her out of her bed, even if I wake her! So I eagerly look forward to her smile (along with her brother’s) when I get home each afternoon. Here are a few recent pictures. img_3831 img_3872

The holiday season was great. We had a nice Christmas. Of course we bounce from one house the next which is so much more exhausting tugging these kids and all their creature comforts along, but it was all worth it. Sharing these holiday memories with family is absolutely priceless. Of course, this is about how we feel while wrangling the kids every which way!


But our holiday photo in pajamas turned out just fine in the end after a little bit of settling down.


Hugo of course has become fun to shop for as his interests grow by the minute. He loves anything with a lid, and likes to put things inside bags. Currently, his favorite mischievous activity is sneaking into the drawer with the foil and ziplock bags and pulling out a gallon size freezer bag and putting as many of his little objects inside of it as he can. His mouth is filling with teeth, his mobility on his feet is ever more sturdy, and he is getting closer and closer to talking each day. His clever and exploratory mind is usually pushing him to constantly be moving and touching everything, but every so often, his sweet sensitive side comes out where he is sharing with his sister, cuddling with his mom, or giving his handsome dad a big hug. It is an incredible thing watching him grow.


And so we forage into another year, looking for more time in the week and hours in the day. But my goal this year is to try to focus on the time that I do have with these little kiddies instead of complaining about never having enough time for anything. I am lucky to be a mom, and lucky to share such an experience with a wonderful husband and friend. Yes we are ambitious and always trying to fix the house, buy the next helpful thing, and do what we want for the kids, but if we always focus on what we haven’t done, we will forget about what is happening now. So, reprioritizing and feeling more gratitude are my goals for the year.


Do I have any New Year’s Resolutions? Nothing too terribly significant, more of a few goals: blog more, read more, journal more. In addition to this, I have a 15-20 lb weight loss goal for the wedding, and I also have another goal: Don’t take this wedding thing too far! I can’t be a bridezilla, I can’t regret any of the many pennies we will spend, I want it all to be worth it. I want to have a productive 9 months (that’s right, it is 9months until Kris and I tie the knot).

I have found a few new things that will be a part of my 2012. I LOVE Pinterest, and I am having fun with Instagram. I like sharing my ideas, and I love seeing the cool ideas of others. As I get older, I really like trying new things that move me towards an even more domesticated person. I searched Pinterest for ideas on how to decorate my mantel after removing my holiday decor. I have an urge to prepare as much of my own food as possible (though the constant cycle of dishes is getting a bit old) so I am usually trying cool recipes as often as I used to eat out. I am excited to make as many things in our wedding as possible (bouquets, centerpieces, favors, other decor). I want to garden, really bad! I want to take old stuff, and make it into really cool things I’d never find in a store (or maybe i would, but mine would be cheaper and more meaningful). But in the midst of all of this, I am struggling to figure out what is more fulfilling for me: working hard and moving up, or making a home and a family…for some reason I feel like it will be very challenging to do both but more than likely I will have to do both, whether I want to or not! Kris indulges most of these, which makes me happy.

This brings me to another thought for 2012. I want to make sure that I am satisfied at work, or at the very least, not unhappy. I want to make sure that I do not allow myself to become stuck in my work and do nothing but complain about it. Life is far too short to have a job that makes me feel like my spirit is weaker after an 8 hour day and while this has happened many days in 2011, I hope it goes away in 2012! I work hard, I have something to offer and I, believe it or not, am pretty smart. I am ready for a year of such qualities to be recognized, and this will take some hard work on my part but I am willing to do it!