Saturday, January 30, 2016


It's been a while since my last post so just a few updates. My goals this year are a bit different. I went with a few words instead - be present and intentional. January has been a rough month. I started out motivated at work and determined to spend the day with intention but then I got sick (first puking of this pregnancy ugh), then it turned into a major cold and then Emma got croup. All this was in the middle of a huge deadline at work that I was already behind on. Oh and that same week Mike worked every single night. I wasn't sure if we were going to survive that week! We are finally all healthy again and my deadline made it out the door just in time. Since then I've worked much harder at being intentional with my time so I can be more present. Taking Emma to the park has been such a joy, she is loving climbing up the stairs and going down the slide by herself and I enjoy sitting in the sun soaking in some vitamin d and cheering her on. 

The girls' rooms are coming along. We ordered a bed for Emma that should be here soon and I picked out these fun fabrics to make pillows for her reading nook and bed. We have most stuff purchased, it's just a matter of putting it all together. I can't wait to see it all done!

We started potty training this past week and it hasn't been very smooth or enjoyable for any of us! Emma is in a huge phase of independence right now and it's making many of our mornings very unbearable. It's definitely not helping the potty training. She knows what to do, when to go it and where to do it but is not wanting to. Keeping her in undies this week it going to keep it a bit more relaxed and casual and see if that helps. 

Speaking of that unbearable independent phase we're in...Mike and I desperately needed a night away to focus on us and enjoy time together before this baby arrives. We had a mini babymoon staycation at the Phoenician and had a fun and delicious dinner at FnB - my new favorite place!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello 2016!

I love setting goals for the new year. It helps me focus after the chaos of the holidays and motivates me throughout the year. Usually I post all the details of things I'd like to do with eating right, fitness, waking up early, etc. Yes those are all still on my list but this year I'm trying something different. I'm focusing on more of a theme that I can go back to and apply to all parts of life. 

This year's theme that I want to live by is be present and intentional. We have a new baby coming in three short months so things are sure to get a little crazy. I've cut out a lot of our activities - MOPS, stroller strides, music class, etc. Our days got so full of needing to go here, do this, don't be late to that and we weren't focusing enough on being present in the moment and doing simple activities at home.

I want to enjoy these moments we're in now and now wish for the future. Emma is at an age where she is so fun but also wants to do everything her way, which she hasn't quite figured out yet and gets super frustrated at. I need to be calm, guide her and be there for her. This new baby will come and most likely will not sleep well. I need to be patient and enjoy those late night nursing sessions because they don't last forever...contrary to what it might feel like in the moment. 

I want to create more. On my own, with Emma, with Mike. I want to make this house feel like a home, our home. Make it feel warm and inviting and totally unique to us.

I want to take care of myself and our marriage. We are in the trenches of toddlerhood and soon babyhood again. It can be so easy to let other things fall to the side.

I want to enjoy my last few months of pregnancy. We don't know for sure yet, but this might be our last. I've really struggled this pregnancy mentally and emotionally. I was so into working out and craved it, but it's gotten much harder to do. I get frustrated that I can't do all the things I could just six months ago and regardless of my efforts to eat well and workout, I'm still gaining more weight than what is "ideal." It makes it difficult emotionally when people tell you how huge you look...just a note, not at all what a pregnant woman or really anyone wants to hear! I'm going to work on enjoying these changes and embracing them. I'll get back to where I was, but for now this baby needs me to grow. I want to slow down, get back on track with loving healthy foods again, drink lots of water and do some prenatal yoga (and do my best at my other workouts when possible).

I want to be intentional about my days. Go to bed on time, wake up early, focus at work so I can have more time with my family and to help around the house. This includes scrolling online less, especially when I'm with my family, in the morning in bed or supposed to be working. Why is that so hard?!

A few of my detailed goals:
- finish Emma's new bedroom
- finish the nursery
- potty train Emma
- gather all baby items and pick up what we still need
- make and print Emma's baby book before April
- one at home date night per week, one date night out per month (minimum)
- follow my eating plan (I wrote it out separately using guidelines I know work for me and what physically makes me feel good and what doesn't)
- keep developing friendships
- take the hand lettering course I've been eyeing for the past few months
- learn to knit
- make homemade cultured foods
- crafts and projects with Emma
- use the dslr camera more often
- find local adventures for our family

Here's to a wonderful 2016!