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December 2014 archive

Dreams for a New Year

On New Year’s Eves past I’ve breathed a deep sigh of relief to say goodbye to a less-than-perfect or uneventful year. However, this year I’m a little bit sad to see 2014 go! This is a year that has brought me huge amounts of joy and life change:Β A new baby. A new car. Leaving my job. Potty training Landon. Sending my firstborn off to kindergarten. Overall feeling more comfortable with who I am.

At the same time that I’m sorry to turn the page on a wonderful year, I’m super excited and hopeful for the mystery of 2015. Unlike the start of 2014 where I looked forward to a new baby and a possible job change, with 2015 I have no clue what’s around the corner. I have no big plans or hopes or dreams. However, I do have some little dreams to get done. πŸ™‚ I don’t want to say these are “resolutions,” but rather just some things that come to mind when I’m thinking about the immediate future and what I want to accomplish.

De-clutter & simplify our home: I want to learn to live more simply and get rid of all of the crap we really don’t need.

Meal plan: Yes, I want to try my hand at meal planning yet again. I can never seem to stick with it, but I know it would make my life so much easier if I could.

Find a new workout routine: I hate to admit it, but I haven’t taken a Bar Method class since Roman was born and it makes me so sad. Life staying home with three kiddos has thrown me off more than I thought it would. I’m finding it harder than ever to make time to get out of the house and get some exercise in. However, now that Roman is a little bit more predictable, I’m determined to get back in shape.

Get photos organized, printed, and backed up: I am SO bad at this!! I have thousands of photos that need to be backed up somewhere online (as an extra precaution) and I would love to actually try printing some out. Haha! Apparently Amazon Prime members get UNLIMITED photo storage (including RAW files!!!), so I really need to just make the time to do it already.

Get back to blogging regularly: This past year has broken my heart a little in terms of my blog. I’ve really neglected this space and it makes me sad! I’m hoping to bring back my Monthly DIY in 2015 and start posting regularly again. This is my happy space!

Update this space: Along with posting here regularly, I majorly need to update this blog! Pretty sure I’m still calling myself a working mom of two. Ha ha!

Find my weekly routine and rhythm: What I miss about working outside the home is the consistency it provided my life. I had a strict routine for each week day. Now? Now my days are a cluster with no rhyme or reason. Part of this has to do with having a baby, but part of it is me not planning in advance.

Take a family vacation: We need to get away BIG TIME. I’m seriously craving some tropical relaxation.

Dabble, dabble, dabble: I started this blog on New Year’s Day 2011. It was started to get me off my lazy ass and actually working towards accomplishing some things. It is my point of accountability in making myself happy. As a mom, it is too easy to forget about yourself – about your interests, hopes, passions, dreams. I would like 2015 to be a year of experimentation for me. I want to continue to dabble in different hobbies and ideas and just enjoy myself!

I expect 2015 to be a simple year for my family and I. I want to continue to settle in as a family of five and possibly start planning for our future. Will we move out of our first home that we have quickly outgrown? Will I return to work in someΒ capacity? These are things I want to sit on this year. There’s always a bit of excitement with the unknowns!

And now, I want to say goodbye to 2014 with a look back on some of my favorite moments and photos…

Growing a baby… & Seahawks won the Super Bowl!Favorite2014-1

Finding out we were getting a baby boy…Favorite2014-2

Finally gave our master bedroom a makeover!Favorite2014-3

Easter cuties…Favorite2014-4

Enjoying my last months as a mom of two…Favorite2014-5

Lots of pregnancy self-portraiture…Favorite2014-6

A fabulous mini-vacation right before Roman’s arrival…Favorite2014-7

My last moments pregnant… probably forever…Favorite2014-9

Meeting Roman Michael. My #1 favorite thing about 2014…Favorite2014-10

Leila turns FIVE…Favorite2014-8

A HOT summer in a newborn daze…Favorite2014-12 Favorite2014-13

Adjusting to life with three…Favorite2014-14

A beautiful fall…Favorite2014-15

Landon turns THREE…Favorite2014-17

Our first photo as a family of five..Favorite2014-16

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

Another Christmas come and gone.

The few days following Christmas are so strange to me. The building anticipation leading into the holiday consumes every aspect of your life until all of a sudden it’s just over and all you’re left with is a huge mess and a bunch of extra stuff in your house (okay, and maybe a few awesome memories, too).

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This year, Christmas was extra special for me because it was my last “baby’s first Christmas.” It was so surreal to see all six stockings (yes, our dog has one too) hanging by the fireplace, knowing that our family is finally complete. From here on out, we would be creating Christmas memories for three little ones. And honestly, you don’t even know the true magic of Christmas until you’re able to help create it for your own children.

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My older two were SO into it this year. This was Landon’s first year of really getting the whole Santa thing and he fed off his sister’s excitement perfectly. Every morning they excitedly checked the advent calendar for their daily countdown treat and spent many hours dancing to Christmas music in the kitchen with me. We made cookies, wrapped presents, talked about Jesus, sipped cocoa under the Christmas tree and anxiously awaited the big day.

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I stayed up until midnight on Christmas Eve wrapping presents, watching Elf, and setting up our living room perfectly. And by the time I hit the sack, I was too excited to sleep. My poor husband was really sick on Christmas day, but we made the most of family time and relaxation and enjoyed just sitting back and watching our kids experience the magic. For once I fully soaked up the moment and failed to take more than a couple of photos on Christmas day.

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Now that it’s all over with, there’s a bit of sadness in the pit of my stomach. The post-Christmas blues. At the same time, I’m anxious to pack up the decorations, tidy up our home, and mentally prepare for a new year full of new possibilities.

2014 Christmas Card

A couple of years ago I made the mistake of getting a little bit creative with our Christmas card. I say “mistake” because I set a high bar for myself – people now expect to get a unique and funny holiday card from my family each year. {See 2012 HERE and 2013 HERE.}

With three kids keeping me very busy along with around 30 (!!!) holiday guides over on Daily Mom, I didn’t think I would be able to get a creative card put together in time. BUT, I did! I used the free time I had on my birthday to snap some pics of my family and kick back in Starbucks for a couple of hours working on it. And I’m so glad I did!

Now I wish I could take full credit for this funny idea, but I’ve actually seen several versions of this on Pinterest, so that’s where I drew inspiration. However, mine is the first I’ve seen with both parents and the family dog in the pic. πŸ˜‰ If you’re wondering whether I actually taped the kids to the wall, the answer is no. Haha! Here are the shots I took straight out of my camera (super crappy photos that I doctored up in photoshop).

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My kids are such troopers! (Although Landon did require some candy bribery to let me tape him down on the floor.) Now to figure out what we can do next year! Ha!

Anyhow, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I hope you are taking some time to disconnect from life’s little stressors and reconnect with your family. I know that’s exactly what I intend on doing! Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday!

My Time for Reflection

December has always signified a month of excitement and change for me. Not only is it the buzz of the holidays and the impending new year, but it is also my birthday month! I don’t just feel the weight of setting New Year’s resolutions, I feel the weight of setting goals for a bigger and better new year of life for myself. After all, I’m not getting any younger!

A couple days ago I turned 31. If you asked me at 18 where I thought I’d be at 31, I’m pretty dang close to the dreams I had in my head. I wanted to be married with kids. Check. I wanted to own a home. Check. I wanted a career. Been there, done that. Overall, I’m pretty dang proud of what I’ve accomplished thus far. Do I still have hopes and dreams for things bigger and better? You bet. But, I don’t think that’s a void that will ever be filled (after all, we should always strive for more).

Today at 31 my life is dedicated to my kids. My world revolves around diapers, feedings, baths, bedtimes, reading, kid activities, playdates, school drop-offs. There’s a tiny part of me that is still empty and waiting to be filled by something just for me, but if that space didn’t exist, what would I have to look forward to in this life? For now, I’m savoring the season of day-to-day survival – the season of baby snuggles and feeling truly needed by three little creatures who love me more than anything (and a husband who’s sometimes pretty darn needy, too – ha ha!).

So, when it comes to me sitting down and dreaming about what I want to accomplish in this next year of life, I draw a blank. I just want to be. When we were out at a restaurant for my birthday dinner, waiting to be seated, an older gentleman who was also there waiting with his wife smiled at my husband (who was wrangling the kids) and said, “You are so lucky.”Β  He went on to explain that he had five children of his own and while it may seem tough when you’re in the thick of raising youngsters, it really does go by too fast. He told us to savor it, even the craziness of it all.

Some days I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of chaos, but when I stop to really reflect on where I’m at, I realize that I may just be living the best days of my life.

5 months.

So I realize all I’m good for these days in blogland are simple posts about my kids, but lately I’ve just been preoccupied by a myriad of things and blogging is getting pushed to the back burner for the remainder of 2014. I’m hoping I can get back into it consistently in the new year, but until then you’ll just have to expect monthly baby updates and little else from me. πŸ™‚

Yes, Roman Michael is already 5 MONTHS OLD!!! I swear he’s doubled in size over the last month, too.

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All about Roman at 5 months old…

  • While my little Romie-bear started out as a little handful, much needier than my other babies were, he’s grown into quite the easy going little guy. He’s content to just kick around on the floor and even enjoys tummy time now.
  • Roman gave me a couple week stretch of sleeping through the night, but he’s back to regular wakings around 3am now. Oh well. I’ve learned this newborn season disappears in the blink of an eye.
  • Little (big) man still wants to eat every 2-3 hours during the day. Thus his expanding cheeks.
  • He just started sucking on his bottom lip all the time which is quite adorable.
  • Just today he started being able to sit up unassisted for short bursts before folding forward and eating the ground. πŸ™‚
  • Roman had his first taste of food on Thanksgiving – sweet potatoes! But just a taste. He wasn’t too interested, so we’ll probably wait until 6 months to really get going in the food department.
  • Still taking at least one of his many daily catnaps in the ergo baby carrier. I don’t know how I’d survive without this thing.
  • Obsessed with his Sophie The Giraffe. I spent $16 for her when Leila was a baby because people kept telling me it was the best toy. At the time I was skeptical. However, we sure have got our money’s worth out of Sophie.
  • Putting everything and everything in his mouth, including fists full of my hair on a daily basis (starting to understand the mom haircut trend).
  • Getting oh-so-close to rolling over back to front, but not quite there yet.
  • I am so, so, so blessed to be able to spend time with this little guy. I thank God each and every day that I don’t have to leave him in the care of someone else.

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I can’t believe that Roman will be half a year old at the end of this month. Craziness I tell you. I am so looking forward to his first Christmas. We just got his stocking in the mail and it’s surreal to me to see all 6 of them hanging together on our mantle now (yes, our dog has a stocking, too). I really feel like our family is complete and can’t wait to celebrate our first holiday all together.

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Seriously, this kid has changed so much! Check out his 4 month post and see for yourself!

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