My friends, it’s December! As impossible as it seems, it’s here. I fondly remember as a child that it always seemed like an eternity from one December to the next. And with that, an even longer eternity from Christmas Eve dinner to exchanging gifts – ha! We definitely tried our best to wait patiently. Finding entertainment and laughter in Macaulay Culkin’s antics in the Home Alone series with the rest of the family. Or actually being the entertainment and choreography smooth moves and lip synching to Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s, “Lost in Emotion.”
Those are just a couple of my favorite Christmas memories. I hope that you will join me this month, as we relive our most cherished memories and make new ones along the way.
I feel like I have written this post before. Mostly likely, more than once. You know, the one where I realize that I’ve been so absorbed with all the beautiful, amazing and busy things going on in life, that I’ve neglected my blog. The one were I try to explain the reason for the silence.
The truth is, I was hoping for the ever elusive ‘balance’ fairy to pay me a visit, finding myself disappointed when she didn’t. (Now I know what my kids feel like when the Tooth Fairy is late for a visit, ha!) I am starting to doubt if such a thing exists – at least for myself. There are many people who have managed to find a balance and do it beautifully. In my case, I’m finding that it’s more a juggling act. And knowing that gives me hope. You have to be some sort of super amazing marvel to be able to juggle your first time. Not many of those people exist. But for everyone else, it takes dedication and practice. I just need a little more practice with this whole blogging thing. Because one thing I have learned is that once you are in a good groove, it’s a good time to add something else to juggle. Sometimes it’s easy, and other times you fail. But if you keep going, you’ll get it. I hope that you will join me for that ride!
Now back to business.
Every Tuesday in the month of November I share what I am thankful for. They have come to be known as Thankful Tuesdays.
1.For the everyday. There are times when everyday life seems like more of a burden than a blessing. Like all seasons in life, it only lasts for a short while. Knowing this, I will cherish all the dirty dishes and endless loads of laundry. All the “Mom! I need this or thats” because one day my children will be independent and will not look to me for help. Because one day it will be gone and I will so desperately want these moments in time back.
While we were away, we kept ourselves busy. Can’t wait to share our fun adventures with you!
…give me something good to eat! (I am sure you can finish the rest of that little diddy.)
I’ve recently been introduced to an amazingly sinful snack combination. The best thing about it besides it’s deliciousness? You only need two ingredients, Kit Kat bars and Nutella. Eating it is even simpler. Just unwrap, dip and enjoy.
Go ahead, give it a try this weekend. You are welcome.
When I wake up tomorrow, I will be another year older. Not quite in my mid-30s. But getting closer. It’s laughable looking back at birthdays past, and remember how I dreaded the BIG three-oh. There was something about entering into a new decade, a new season in life that can fill you with anticipation; with fear, almost. To be honest, at the time, it signaled ‘being old.’ Something that my foolish 20-something self associated with the number. I am praying that I am not alone in my thoughts here, haha. But once I was able to take a firm step, I felt a surprising sense of calm.
My 20s seem like a rehearsal for where I am today. All the silly things I have done have left me smarter and better prepared for the days ahead. All the hours of hard work in my craft let me know that where I am today is not a mistake. I have earned it and need to be confident in my ability. All the mistakes I have made in my journey in parenthood will make me a better mother when my children need me. All the hours I worried about what others would think have taught me that it doesn’t matter. Once it stops mattering, you are free.
Because of these lessons learned, these have been the best years yet!
So, as I move ever so nearer to the middle, I thought a list of sorts is only fitting. Another year of life. Another set of goals to strive for.
1. Continue to be brave and confident in myself and in my work.
2. Remember that it is okay to take a moment and breathe.
3. Always celebrate the everyday while mundane, you will miss them once they are gone.
4. I have everything that I need, and more.
5. Be more spontaneous.
Now that we’ve officially said, “Goodbye” to February, it’s time fully embrace March. Amazing things really start to happen here in the Pacific Northwest. The long forgotten sun greets us in the morning when we wake up – and decides to stick around longer than it used to. Its way of getting reacquainted after being gone all winter, I’m sure Along with the sun, if you’re lucky, you may be serenaded by sweet little bird songs. And let’s not forget the return of color as the bulbs we’ve planted in the fall are starting to sprout and shower us all with pretty.
All of these happy things signal the return of Spring. Nothing is more glorious than spring in the Northwest! And to celebrate we’ll be getting fresh around here! I hope you’ll join me throughout the month as I share new beginnings, fresh eats and ideas.
Maybe it’s only me, but February is way too short! It feels as if I blinked and now it’s March! What I wouldn’t give for a few extra days to soak in all the love-y dove-y that is Valentine’s Day and all the chocolate and paper goodness that comes with it.
Last month I participated in a handmade Valentine swap. And it was super fun! (You can see what the mailman delivered to my new pals here.) Throughout the month I eagerly made my way to the mailbox to see what pretties were waiting for me.
Some had pretty, glittery details.
This one was so creative and so cool!
And these had sweet and pretty handwritten messages inside.
No matter what was in the envelope, I will cherish each card for they definitely brightened my day and my February!