It’s the first Friday of January 2017! And a fresh start!
That means it’s the first #littleloves roundup of the year. I love taking the time each week to share the little things I am loving. Sometimes the bigger milestones and happenings of life are all we record and we start to forget, after awhile, those little moments that fill up life with happiness. It could be a good book, or watching a movie with your partner or baking with your little ones. Those every day moments that are so special but do start slipping from our memories if we don’t stop to really take them in. I have been doing these roundups for three years now and I still get so much enjoyment looking back and see where each week took me and the little moments along the way.
We are just getting over jetlag that seems to be dragging on and on this week and back to school already. It’s amazing how long we build up and get excited over the Christmas holidays and how fast it flies by once it’s here. Our trip to America to see my brothers and their families for Christmas seems like it was a one day trip instead of 8 days. I really could have used at least another week with them. It went so perfect and smoothly as it always does when me and my siblings get together. Our kids play so well together and their kids are now old enough to babysit my kids which really threw me for a loop. I changed their diapers now they are old enough to do the same for my children. It made me feel so old. My nieces and nephews always seem to freeze in mind from the last time I saw them and it’s always a shock when I next see them again, so much older.
I took a break from blogging every day. My mug below should read everyday is a Blogging Day for me. Or was for over three years. I have taken the odd day here and there but never in a row. I took 10 whole days off that was so needed after challenging myself to Vlogmas too. It gave me time with my family, my children, my siblings, a break I needed and a time to read and do other things I am so passionate about. It also gave me time to grieve. My Grandma who I am very close with passed away on Christmas eve’s eve while we were flying home. It wasn’t the greeting I imagined when I landed in the airport and to hear that news that I thought and prayed would never happen, it torn my heart in two. It was hard to than pick myself up and be in the festive mood but I know she would be heart broken just the same to look down and see me any other way than happy. I know she will forever be watching over me and with me in my heart and in spirit. I just need to somehow find the courage to break it to my kids who keep talking about seeing her this summer at my parents house.
This year is all about a fresh start for me. I always choose one word to strive for at the beginning of the year rather than a list of resolutions I hardly ever keep or stop half way through March. I am in need of a fresh start. I have cut down a lot of activities we were doing with the kids they each get one sport, that’s enough. I want to spend more days at the park and taking bike rides with the kids than running from sport to sport, class to class. It’s just too much for no reason. We are trying to just enjoy our time together while the kids are still young. I think last year and the year before we were trying to pack in way too much because we know how fast they grow up but I think we didn’t do ourselves any favors. So we are trying it a new way this year. That’s the beauty of a new year … we can start again a clean slate.
THIS WEEK I AM LOVING…
I have finished The Secret and almost done with Before I Let You In. Both have been absolute page turners. I have read more this Christmas than all year. I am just waiting for the last book of the Red Queen series to come out. I have another series that’s a bit sci-fancy to read and another thriller called Try Not To Breathe which was highly recommended. I have been really enjoying books again. I do am seeking advice though on whether to buy a kindle or not? I have no room to store any books so I am constantly buying them than giving them to charities and my arms get tired holding them up when I read in bed. I am thinking a kindle will solve both of these but will I miss holding a book in my hand????
Well, everyone was too busy celebrating Christmas and New Year’s but I actually had a birthday in between these two (so called) holidays. lol My birthday has always been overshadowed on Boxing Day by all the festivities that come with the holidays. It was always oh, happy birthday here is your Xmas/Bday present all in one. People got off cheap I swear. lol I guess I am just used to it not being just about me. Selfish thinking, I know. But on a positive note, you know me, glass half full, it’s always an amazing day for shopping. SALES! I think this year my birthday felt extra special spending it with my two brothers, their families and my own little family. We started off the day at the Atlanta Aquarium (largest in the USA). The kids were in heaven watching the fish, turtles and wales and we all went to the dolphin show that wowed us all to our core! After a few hours at the Aquarium we had a lovely lunch with my one brother and hit the shops in downtown Atlanta. To finish the celebrations off, my two brothers, their partners and hubby and I went out for some drinks. It was the perfect calm, casual birthday. No cake, no singing but a day with family. I couldn’t ask for anything more, ok maybe to be a few years younger. Did you hear, I am 33 now? What’s in a number?
My niece and nephew opening their Christmas presents from us with very questioning eyes… hilarious and also a fun and unique way to give cash presents to kids. Way better than watching them open a card and then pocketing the money and saying, “thanks”.
Skirts, shorts, and flip flops on Christmas Day! We were supposed to wear these Christmas outfits (all prepared) but when we arrived the weather turned warm and we were out the next day trying to find summer clothes in the dead of winter. I found these sandals in the back of the shoes department in the sale rack for three dollars. We couldn’t locate shorts for B anywhere and hubby was stuck in his gym shorts. Luckily, I had a few dresses on hand for MM because she wears them year round with tights and sweaters so we just left the latter off. Somehow we all still coordinated which was a miracle. It was so weird playing football outside on Christmas day with the sun beating on your back. (but oh so nice too).
Each holiday that my mother is with the grandchildren she makes them Christmas cookies and decorates them. So since she couldn’t make it to Christmas with all of us on the east coast this year, we gathered the grandchildren together anyways and I stepped into my mother’s shoes to rally the cookie decorating together. We facetimed her during it so she could still feel part of it. And we all agreed my Christmas sugar cookies are equally (not better) as good as my momma’s but she was still missed. We had a great time decorating together and of course eating them all in a matter of days because it was Christmas, obviously that’s what you do.
Last year saw over 35,000 photos tagged into my little hashtag community on instagram. I have loved every moment of seeing new people joining in and loyal snappers tagging again and again. I share my favorites here and on my feed every week. It’s such a great way to end my week and look through all. I always feel inspired, loved, happy, excited afterwards. Here is the very first favorite roundup for #LIFECLOSEUP of 2017. Happy New Year all you happy snappers for life on zoom!
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