Category Archives: New Year

Looking Back on 2016

The week between Christmas and New Years always leaves me with mixed feelings- I love the slower pace as majority of people are off work or still on vacation. But it’s also such a bummer taking down all of our Christmas decorations.  The build-up to the Holiday season is getting longer and longer each year and then BAM, it’s over! I love seeing all of our Christmas cards displayed over our mantel, walking through our neighborhood seeing all of the houses decked out with lights, it all just leaves me with a warm feeling. Needless to say, our decorations are still up…..we’ll get to those, eventually.

When I think back to 2016, it’s hard for me to put in words how 2016 and what we did! Haha!  Taking care of a very young toddler and a baby sure makes the days long, tiring, fun, sweet, exciting, and just plain exhausting.  I feel like we are just now moving out of that “new baby fog” since Donovan has been sleeping through the night (Finally)! The 6am wakeups are not awesome, but much better than it used to be.  I feel like some parts of our lives this past year were kind of put on hold as we were in survival mode at times!

family2016

Looking back on those crazy days I am so thankful for my husband & seeing how close him and Charlotte are is just so sweet!

damonc

Also having such a great network of mom friends has been a serious lifesaver. Four of my best girlfriends here all had babies within a few months of Donovan. This sure made those late night nursing sessions a little less lonely!

.friends

I look towards 2017 with anticipation and excitement: Charlotte is starting two days a week of Preschool, we are planning on doing a family vacation (with ALL 4 of us), I want to start delving more into the fitness profession with a Pilates certification this Spring, and I look forward to watching Donovan grow into a toddler!

{This boy sure has me wrapped around his finger}

donovan

I’m thankful for this little space of the internet and do anticipate carving out more time to be here in the New Year!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy NYE celebration this week!

Cheers to 2017!

-M

On To….. 2016

I am happy to finally say that it is officially 2016!

2015 was such a mixed & ridiculous year for us that I have been so anxious to just get through this year. With moving to a new state, buying a new house, quitting my job, having a baby, losing a baby, and finding out I’m pregnant again…well, it’s also been exhausting mentally and physically. But I feel ready for what 2016 has in store for us.

I also love the New Year as it always feels like a fresh start, no matter what. I have already re-organized my closet and brought out my new day planner, so I’m ready to go. Ha!

planner

I wouldn’t say that I have any New Years “resolutions or goals” but 2016 Plans.

And most of my “plans” aren’t a big change from what I already strive for and have going on, but here is a quick list!

Prioritize My Alone Time

I am realizing the more active Charlotte gets, that this is becoming a struggle. But when I do get some alone time, it’s amazing how quickly I can feel rejuvenated. Going to a coffee shop, taking a Pure Barre class, blogging, reading a book, or even going to the grocery store alone is just glorious. (never thought I’d say that!)  Below is my current read, that I am whipping through already!

carryon

source

Explore New Ideas for Charlie

Thankfully, I have found a great network of moms and playgroups through my city and through stroller strides. My plan for this year is to do one activity with Charlotte everyday, whether it’s Gymboree, going to stroller strides class, or going to the library….I want to continue making it a “plan” to get out of the house once a day. And I’m excited that she is getting older and we can begin to do more activities!

charlie

Go on a Monthly Date Night

 As much as we love our little Charlie bug, it is refreshing to go out to dinner without the diaper bag in tow! We have a date night planned for dinner this Saturday for my birthday, yay! It’s also a nice change for me to get out of the yoga pants! 😉

medamon

Continue to Make Fitness a Priority

This goes along with my alone time, but if I can’t exercise I am a huge grump. My body and mind needs that stress release! I know it will be more of a juggling act come May with the little guy, but this is something that I have to fit into my life! And I still plan on teaching Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby classes…it’ll just be more of a juggling act with 2! 🙂

Do you have any 2016 Goals, Plans or Intentions- I’d love to hear yours, please share in the comments!