December 31, 2014


+ M's little sister came to visit. We love her so!
+ But shiny new latte bowls from Anthropologie and Harry Potter stamps brightened that week up!
+ There was lots of Downton Abbey screentime.
+ Lia snipped off the teeniest strands of her hair at preschool.
+ A snowday around here consisted of icy temperatures, a few flurries and a mid-week break from life!
+ And, I started this "currently" series which I badly hope to restart in the new year.

+ We transitioned L to a big girl bed & I still think it's amazing.
+ I posted this quote and I should really repost it!
+ M went back to working only one job (yay!) and we reclaimed some family time at the beach.
+ Life this month was full of Barbie movies, peanut butter sandwiches and dress-up all day, every day.
+ My girl and I made some fun animal valentines for her friends at school.
+ And our sweet guy pretended to go to work on Valentine's Day so he could really come back home with flowers and gifts for us! He sure does make us swoon pretty often.
+ This maxi dress made it's appearance and it is STILL her favorite.
+ And I shared a peak into L's room!

+ I wrote about finding grace in motherhood.
+ There was the time M said this to L!
+ We spent a perfect morning at the beach with friends.
+ The daffodil farm opened up and we happily picked a bunch!
+ My girl and I took an afternoon off from everyday life to explore a fun, local area.

+ We took L to her first circus!
+ This beauty came to live in our home.
+ We spent more time at the beach & enjoyed the best subs from a local shop.
+ Our girl started soccer and loved it!
+ Lia discovered Polly Pockets, there were trips to the farmers market and a fun little weight-loss bet between the hubs and I.
+ We celebrated Easter.

+ We tried to spend lots of simple weeknights at the beach.
+ L finally got her new swing set and since then it's used as a pirate ship, a place to hang piñatas and the main entertainment for her & some friends.
+ A fun afternoon at Mayfest.

+ And she made the most perfect rose in her ballet studio's production of Alice in Wonderland.
+ We spent the best week in New York!
+ We celebrated Father's Day.

+ I shared moments from our New York visit here and here and here.
+ Lia spent a week in North Carolina and I soaked up the first trimester and a growing baby bump.
+ We went to the zoo!
+ And ate as much Rita's as we could.

+ Our girl had a rough start to another soccer season and we made the decision to pull her out.
+ There was homemade mini donuts, more cardboard projects and adjusting to summer being over and my second trimester!
+ My birthday was full of Rita's, cake and family time!
+ We taped up a large piece of paper to the wall, gave L watercolors and watched as she made her masterpiece over a few days.
+ It's a boy!

+ This month came with a messy house and crunchy apples.
+ We painted the house gray!
+ And did some shopping for our little guy.
+ I felt tiny baby kicks for the first time!
+ Lots of The Good Wife screen time.
+ I embraced my baby bump with some boyfriend jeans.
+ We celebrated Toby the dachshund turning seven!
+ We went apple picking in North Carolina and stopped at Ikea for some must-haves.

+ Mini pumpkins galore.
+ Pregnancy and being sick do not mix well.
+ Oktoberfest in Savannah.
+ I landed in the ER again with breathing problems.
+ We went trick-or-treating!

+ The guest room was turned into the perfect room for our little guy.
+ I read (and loved!) Gone Girl.
+ We enjoyed cool days, crunchy leaves and time at the farmers market and park with friends!
+ We celebrated Thanksgiving in North Carolina.

+ We decorated the house for Christmas with our handmade decorations and a tiny silver tree for Lia.
+ Lia sang Rudolph the Red-Nose reindeer almost daily and requested Karmin's Sleigh Ride every time we got in the car.
+ We chopped down our tree.
+ I had a baby sprinkle for Nicolas.
+ There was a trip to our favorite ice cream shop, lots of Pipsi the Elf fun (or dread!), plenty of crafts and a very cheerful little girl ready for Christmas.
+ Lia played a candy cane in her ballet studio's production of The Littlest Nutcracker!
+ And we took her to see The Nutcracker ballet!
+ We celebrated Lia's birthday.
+ I made a lot of mini piñata for our girl's birthday party!
+ And another magical Christmas happened.

2014 was good. SO good. It's our last year as a family of three and it was a year full of embracing life and all of it's ups and downs. It was a harder year as I adjusted to being pregnant while still being there for Lia. But when I look back after writing this post, I see all the calm and happiness that was wrapped up in this whirlwind year we've had.

2015 is right on it's heels and I know it's only going to bring new changes for our family. Changes we'll love and embrace and hope for more. Let's do this 2015, show us all the love and good and madness you've got for us.


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