Hello 2018

It is a frigid start to 2018 here in Indiana. I do have to say I really don’t mind the cold… you might even say… “the cold never bothered me anyway”. But along with some of my personal goals for the new year, I thought I’d share some warmer Florida Christmas Beach pics. We traveled down to Florida to see family for Christmas and although I know many people love to escape the cold, it never really ever feels like Christmas there. We had a challenging trip with crazy kids and everyone getting sick, but mostly had a great time seeing friends and family. We are happy to be back home even if it’s really cold. We spent Christmas morning walking along Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. It was our first Christmas beach trip.

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Goal #1: Save More Money… not a lot to say on this one. I really love clothes and sometimes I get too excited. This year I am making a much bigger effort to cut down my spending. There are alot of clothes and makeup and shoes and jewelry I would love to have but I guess I don’t really need. This one will def be the most challenging for me but I am hoping it will pay off in the future.

Goal #2 Get Working on my Paintings… Now that we are more settled and in a routine I should be able to spend a few hours a week on my personal paintings. It is something I am passionate about but has fallen to the back burner the past couple years. The biggest challenge of this one will be the lack of studio space in my house.

Goal #3 Get our New Indiana House Updated… It is a very nice house but totally off from my personal decorating taste. There are alot of projects with this goal and I plan on sharing more home project we do. I enjoy them and I am hoping you, my readers, will to.

Goal #4 Stay in Shape… I have worked very hard this past year getting healthy and in shape. I am finally very happy with how I look and feel which is really hard to get to. I want to continue my personal workout plan and increase my healthy eating even more to maintain my fitness and weight. Just today I decided add to my fitness goals and to run a half marathon with one of my bffs in October. Having a goal buddy will really help us both. Long term goal but I have never run one and would really like to. Purdue half marathon here we come!

Goal #5 Stay Positive… Sometimes when things do not go the way I planned, I tend to get upset and sad. I want to work on staying up beat and positive about my life. I think this will help me be a better person in general and I know this is a major weakness of mine.

What are your personal goals for 2018? I am hoping to make this a great year ahead for myself and my little family. It does seem to help me to share with others to make my goals seem more concrete and achievable.

Until next week, XOXO.

Christmas and the end of 2016

We had been on the road traveling for the last couple weeks. We set out on the long journey from Tampa to Chicago then down to Kokomo Indiana. Not that long by plane but we wanted to bring our wonderful Emma with us and she would get too scared on an airplane. So it’s a two day journey in a car with two boys under 2, a dog and a ton of stuff. I know I always over pack but I get so excited to wear something different! This particular trip was honestly very stressful for me. Liam pretty much never switched to a different time zone and stopped sleeping all night. Not his fault, he’s not 4 months yet and its alot for him to do. But I felt like I was on an opposite schedule than everyone else the whole time. I can’t wait for the day when our trips that mess the kids up are for fun vacations instead of just going to see family every time since they are far away. It was so nice to get home but I still wish I had more time to see friends. The couple of playdates I did get to have made me so happy to know that there are other moms out there like me. (You know who you are ๐Ÿ™‚ )

It was a nice Christmas. I have been excited to start doing some family traditions of our own this year too. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions is making Christmas Cookies for Santa…

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It was a wonderful Christmas. So much fun watching my little boy get excited and open presents for the first time.2016-12-15-22-27-352016-12-16-07-35-11-2Another Christmas tradition I love is getting matching Christmas jammies and a Christmas book to read together on Christmas eve…2016-12-16-07-38-49^Matching Christmas jammies! I โค these boys!^2016-12-16-08-20-502016-12-19-11-41-562016-12-20-13-15-112016-12-20-13-16-21

One of the hardest things for me about living in the south is no snow. I absolutely love snow. I was so excited to have snow to play in this year while visiting and even more excited that Jake LOVED it too.2016-12-19-10-56-262016-12-19-08-52-24^Emma missed the snow soooo much too.^2016-12-19-10-59-09^The first steps out in the fluffy marshmallow world.^2016-12-19-11-00-082016-12-19-11-02-492016-12-19-11-03-452016-12-19-11-03-532016-12-19-11-03-542016-12-19-11-03-51^SNOWBALLS! Thank goodness for a waterproof phone case!^2016-12-19-11-06-222016-12-19-13-46-132016-12-19-13-46-44^Eating snow. “It’s delicious!”^2016-12-23-16-29-052016-12-23-16-29-57^Daddy and baby snowmen.^2016-12-20-16-12-53^The boys were thrilled about our matching Indianapolis Colts hats. haha.^2016-12-20-23-16-53

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to ring in 2017 this weekend. I know I am going to dress up fancy and drink fancy champagne from our super comfy couch here at home.

Until next week, XOXO.

Back from Summer Vacation

Originally, I was going to continue to write some blog posts while off on vacation visiting family, but with all plans, that did not happen as I thought it would. We had a great time seeing so many friends and family over the past three weeks. Three weeks seems like a long time but was still not enough time to fit everyone in that we would have liked to see. The last week we were visiting, Jake got pretty sick and we even had to take a trip to the ER. That pretty much took the whole week to get him feeling better again. We had lots of cuddle time and Paw Patrol watching. It just about broke my heart in two seeing him so sick. It was the most sick he has ever been.

Even though it was really hard, I snapped this picture while we were in the ER. Very precious.

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Yes we piled a toddler, Emma dog and a trunk of stuff in the Tahoe for a TWO day car ride! Yikes! They did good though.

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Here are a few of my favorite vacation shots. Mostly of Jake of course…

Fireworks for the 4th of July atย Arlington Park Race Track. A very fun activity for kids and families if you are in the area.

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A few snaps from an afternoon with a good friend atย Kohl Children’s Museum. It was another great place for my little man to run around and explore. He just loved it. I enjoyed him playing doctor. Way to cute!

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Learning about golfing from Grandma!

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A fun weekend at Lake Shafer.

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Some fun in Kokomo Indiana.

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Now that we are back home, it has been alot of work to get back to our normal schedule. On top of the travel recovery, I have now started extreme nesting. We have a closet to redo, crib to set up, new craft/decorating projects to finish, maternity pictures to take, hospital bag to pack…etc!! It seems like sooooo much right now. Meanwhile, I can’t believe in a few short weeks I will be a mother of TWO little boys! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about how I can take care of two children. It seemed like a good idea 9 months ago! :0

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Hello little brother!

Until next week, XOXO!