Welcome 2017!

Whew!  Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year has arrived.

Here’s random sampling of some pictures from our holiday season…

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We did two Thanksgiving!  This is a sporting event that I suggest you properly train for.  We have perfected it over the years.  😉

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We are day 4 of snow, and I am so thankful to be home {except for an urgent care doctor trip + a library visit} with these people!  The Mr. had to work both weekdays, but he played it up with Holden over the weekend (and celebrated his 32 birthday!).  I just got the call that schools are closed tomorrow as well.  I know we will have to make it up in some form…I just love this unexpected time off!

2016 was quite a year!  Holden turned four, started Pre-K, played two soccer seasons, did awesome at swimming, and just plain grew a ton before our eyes!  We can’t forget the addition of sweet Helen Elizabeth back in April 2016.  She’s such a blessing, and we are all over the moon for our little girl.  She is small but quite strong in body and spirit!  🙂

I didn’t do any resolutions directly on January 1, but I have done some thinking about it and some areas that I would like to improve upon.

  1. Gossip ~ Isn’t this just a the hardest?!  It’s not like you are stealing, killing, etc. BUT it can steal your joy, and it can kill others’ happiness.  I find this one hard, because I do actually like to talk although I’m not really outgoing with a large social circle.  I really want to make the effort and succeed to not talk about others in a negative light EVEN if it’s just recounting facts (which is how I usually validate it to myself).
  2. Respecting My Husband ~  Whew!  This is a tough one as well.  I do feel like I respect the Mr.  HOWEVER, I tend to not do the best job that I could.  I must accept that I married an imperfect man (just as he married a very imperfect woman) who cannot give me everything that I need and want at exactly every moment of the day.  Just as I cannot do that for him.  The really struggle is when he corrects Holden.  This is a very tough one.  I really feel like parenting/education/kids is MY area.  I’m the expert.  Sounds a bit prideful, huh?  Although I would say I have put lots of time and effort into this area, I want to handle disagreements or critiques of how he handles situations for a time when we can talk about it one-on-one.  It is my hope that this will make us more productive parents and more on-the-same-page.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  Ephesians 4:29

“God doesn’t want me to be a ‘fix him’ wife, God wants me to be a ‘love him’ wife.”

– Lysa TerKeurst

“My husband is one of my greatest blessings from God. His love is a gift that I open everyday.”

– Darlene Schacht

Do you make resolutions?  What is your favorite holiday, Christmas v. Thanksgiving?

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

Happy Tuesday!

Christmas/December Recap

Hello and Happy New Year!  I’m so excited for 2015!  We had a great Christmas break spending time enjoying family, friends, and food.  It does feel nice to start a new year.  I love making goals, resolutions, fresh starts, etc.  Before we go into that, here’s a little photo journal of our Christmas…

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Confession:  Most of these are on my Instagram!

Here are some of my favorite thoughts to go a long with the pictures…

1- Favorite memory:  I have two.  Holden yelling what all the lights were supposed to represent at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  He did this so loud that I’m sure everyone on board the tram “Polar Express” heard him.  Then, H asking Santa for a dump truck when we met the big guy this year at the Founders’ Inn.  Then, his utter confusion why this Santa did not produce a dump truck on the spot.

2- Favorite Food:  Very hard to say!  I would have to go with my mother-in-law’s beef, my sister’s mac and cheese, and my mom/dad’s creamed corn.  I also had a fabulous banana cake by my cousin.  Seriously, this banana bread was like dessert!

3- Favorite Down Time:  On Christmas Eve, Jake, Holden and I were left to our own devices as some people were traveling/working this day.  It was rainy, but we hung out and even got outside some.  The Mr. and H were my work out buddies and followed me on the ATV.  I even convinced the Mr. to do some lunges across the yard with me!  We also visited the grocery store and cruised backroads for a bit.  Quiet time with just the three of us is so nice amidst all the holiday craziness.

4-  Favorite Gift:  My sister was a my “Santa” for Secret Santa.  She went a little off the list but picked items that I really needed/wanted.  It made it extra special.  I also got a quilt and afghan from my parents.  These were both made by grandparents/extended family.  The quilt is so cozy, and the afghan has a chevron print!  Everything becomes new again in the style department.

5-  Favorite Celebration Time:  I was able to go to the Christmas Eve service with my parers and sister while Jake stayed home with H’s uncle to assemble some toys.  It was so nice and meaningful.  I hadn’t been since before H was born.

We celebrated last night (New Years Eve) with dinner and sparkling cider.  H was off to bed, and the Mr. and I enjoyed a movie with some gas log ambiance.  It did go down hill at about 10:30 when the hooligans our neighbors started to set off fireworks.  Poor Roscoe hates fireworks and has a complete meltdown anytime he hears them.  This resulted in about a 3 to 4ish hour struggle to get everyone (yes, H got in on the wake up action too!) back to sleep.  Finally, we were all back to sleep with the exception of a 5:30 leg ache from Holden.  We slept in until 9 (this NEVER happens!) and soothed ourselves with some waffles from our new waffle maker (Another great gift!).  We followed that with a nice walk to the local park/playground.  Despite the rocky start, I/we have high hopes for 2015 and the fresh start it brings.

Best wishes for a wonderful new year!

Natalie