Hello, 2016!!! Hope you all had a wonderful first weekend of the year and the best time ringing it in. My husband & I had a fancy dinner with friends, complete with a few cocktails, & we somehow even managed to stay out to until midnight! We woke up (bright & early!) to spend the first day of 2016 with our sweet girls, I can't think of anything better than that.
A couple years ago I chose a word to represent my goals for the new year rather than a resolution, and I kind of loved that idea since who really sticks to resolutions anyways?! I've been thinking a lot about it over the last week or so, & have finally decided to choose a word. Embrace.
Going from a family to three to four has brought us sooooo much joy, but it's also made our life a whole lot more hectic. My motto from the beginning was to embrace the chaos and that's definitely something I want to carry into 2016. Life is crazy, and definitely not perfect, but in the best kind of way. The moments that (while living them) seem hard & impossible are also the ones that I know I will look back on laughing years from now. And for every rough moment, there's two other amazing ones, the kind that I always try to stop, close my eyes and soak in for every piece of goodness that their worth.
I've always tried to embrace every little piece of Waverly's personality (the good & the bad), and I hope to do the same with both girls in the year to come. It's not always easy, my husband and I joke that we just don't make laid-back kids, both girls are amazing in very different ways but I definitely wouldn't consider either of them easy. ;) Rather than fight it, I want to be intentional with embracing it. Waverly refuses to walk down the street because "they are dinosaurs down there! they are going to eat our faces!. Even though I reaaaaaally want to go on a walk, chalk that one up as a loss and be thankful for her big imagination. Avalon has refused to sit during her bath for two weeks now, she ONLY will stand while I'm holding her, slippery body and all. Maybe she's a shower girl?! Embracing it.
And lastly, 2015 was no doubt our BEST yet! If there's one regret I have, it was that I spent too much time worrying about the future (professionally). This year, I hope (& plan) to embrace the present and trust that everything with work itself out. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, I worried for so long about how teaching full-time would affect my family and in the end, it worked out just as it was supposed to.
I couldn't be looking forward to the new year more, there's just something about welcoming a new chapter that brings so much excitement to the air! Wishing you all the best 20-SIXTEEN!