Looking Back & Moving Forward

It’s official, 2013 is now behind us & I cannot believe it!!  Without a doubt, this year has gone by faster than any other year in recent memory.  I think that’s what happens when you have kids, & I guess when you get old, too. πŸ™‚  Yet what a year it has been!  It probably goes without saying that the majority of our focus has been in one place.
To go through each highlight of such a special year would be impossible.  Each day with Waverly Maye is a high point for us & watching her grow from a baby to a toddler this year has been so incredibly rewarding.  Last New Years, she could barely sit on her own. 
Today, she is running, dancing, talking & can even answer questions in her sweet little voice.  We have watched her learn to crawl, crawl with one leg only, walk & run in circles.  She has gone from eating only breast milk to loving waffles with syrup, pasta & goldfish.  My baby is now a lady, & although it’s bittersweet, I couldn’t love it more.
In other news, we bought our first house this year!!  We started 2013 as newlyweds & now are a legit, established family of three living in our very own house.  We have turned it into a home, our home, & I am so proud of where we have come.  We are starting 2014 in a great place & I really do think, the best is yet to come!! 
So here is to making 2014 count & the BEST one yet!  I am linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Jessica at Little Baby Garvin to answer the following questions …
1.  What is one thing you want to change, or a goal you want to set for the New Year & what is your plan for making it happen?  Making it a point to take in these special, once-in-a-lifetime moments with Waverly Maye.  Like really, really take them in.  I am Type-A to the max, always cleaning, planning, preparing … I have a total issue with relaxing.  I write more to-do lists than I am willing to admit & I am convinced my OCD ways are getting worse with age.  I definitely soak in moments with her, like when she grabs my hand so tight & I close my eyes with the greatest attempt to never let that moment end, but I need to do it more.  As much as possible.  Those dishes can wait.
2.  Many people chose a word to reflect on, live by or aspire to for the New Year.  Let us know your word, how you decided upon it & how you plan to incorporate it by 2014.  PRESENT – and not the kind of presents we just showered Waverly Maye with from Santa.:) Being present & in the moment, setting time aside from all the other “stuff” we obsess over getting done.  It’s so hard to do, but the most worthwhile! 
3.  I will make 2014 count by … I’m a total broken record, but I am going to make it count by enjoying it, taking it in & savoring this precious time!! 
We hope that everyone had the best New Years & is starting off 2014 in the most positive of ways!  Having this blog to look back on has been one of my favorite parts of reflecting on the past year & I look forward to continuing this journey.  Thank YOU for being a part of it.
And on a side note, my shopping addiction is definitely another one of my resolutions for the new year.  To work on it, I promise.  The other one?!  To finish decorating that new house of ours.  Conflicting?  Maybe. πŸ™‚


  1. January 3, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    Isn't it amazing how much things can change in 365 days? Enjoy these precious moments with your daughter!

  2. January 3, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Gosh she is beautiful!!! I agree enjoying every bit is definitely in my resolutions!!!

  3. January 3, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Happy New Year! Love Waverly's headband. I need to work on my shopping as well! It has gotten out of hand. I'm going to start by making a monthly budget.

  4. Anonymous
    January 3, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Waverly Maye – love the name and the style that girl's got πŸ˜‰

  5. January 3, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    Happy New Year! It is nuts to see her changes from last year to this year. The year is gone in the blink of an eye. I'm sure 2014 will be the same, I hope you can be present in all the moments this year!

  6. January 3, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    she has changed so much! Ughh…I wish our babies wouldn't grow so fast!

  7. January 4, 2014 / 1:08 am

    Also just stumbled upon your blog. Cute baby girl and love her name πŸ™‚ Love your word for 2014…I similarly chose "now" as I am hoping to live more in the present and stop obsessing over tomorrow.

  8. January 4, 2014 / 6:56 am

    how sweet are those pictures of baby girl for new years! love love love.
    2014 will be great for your family!

  9. January 4, 2014 / 11:44 am

    "present" is such a good word and so right, I think all of us young parents need to learn to rest and soak all this beauty in, time flies so fast and itΒ΄s about these precious moments, I think we won`t remind the undone dishes so much:)! thanks a lot also for stopping by my space, you have such a sweet family, itΒ΄s great what can happen in on year and so i wish you also a very happy new year 2014 ! many greetings from far Germany, noni!

  10. January 5, 2014 / 3:39 am

    This was the same word as I chose, and for all of the same reasons! I find it so hard to leave all of the 'things' to do later but then it's time for my little one to go to bed and I look back on the day and sometimes feel I didn't take enough time being present with her. I don't want to look back on these early years with any regret! Cheers to 2014, Waverly is just precious!

    Tawnya @www.littlebabyscarlett.blogspot.ca

  11. Anonymous
    January 5, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Time definitely flies when you have kids! It couldn't be age :p
    My word was 'connect' because, like you, I sometimes forget to be present in the moment because I'm preoccupied with other things.
    Have a happy new year! Your little girl is absolutely adorable!

  12. January 6, 2014 / 2:08 am

    Okay, so the comparison photo from last year to this year is crazy! What can't they just stay little?! Happy 2014 to your fam, we'll se following along as well πŸ™‚


  13. January 6, 2014 / 5:11 am

    Love, love, love this. Your girl is gorgeous, and seeing how much she's changed makes me realize how huge my little guy will be by this time next year! Ahhh! And your answer to #1…I could have written it myself…it's so hard to just relax and take in all the little moments, but I know soaking up every minute is so much more important than the million things I "need" to do.

  14. Anonymous
    January 14, 2014 / 1:59 am

    She is seriously the cutest! Can't get enough!

  15. January 14, 2014 / 4:23 pm

    I am so with you on #1 – Type A. I need to slow down and be in the moment! Beautiful pictures as always!

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