Happy New Year!
We rang in 2017 with a low-key evening at a friend’s house. It was our fourth year celebrating with them – the first year being their wedding night back in 2012/2013! They have a one year old just a few weeks younger then Annalynn, which worked out perfectly. Annalynn and Mason played until bedtime, then we were able to put Annalynn to sleep in the pack ‘n play upstairs. The kids slept while the adults “partied” downstairs. I use the word “partied” very loosely here, as we drank more coffee than alcohol struggling to stay awake until the ball dropped. (ha!) However, we managed to pull it off. We watched the ball drop, celebrated with a glass of bubbly, then somehow managed to transfer Annalynn from the pack ‘n’ play, to the car, to her bed without any issues. In fact, she even managed to sleep-in until 8:30 the next morning! New Year’s Eve really wore her out!
We spent the first day of 2017 at one of Annalynn’s new favorite places – the beach. Nothing says “you live in Florida” like spending January 1st at the beach. It was a little too cold to go in the water (though we did see some crazy northerners going in for a dip – brrrr…..), but we had fun building sand castles (and knocking them down) and relaxing by the water. The weather was seriously amazing. We need to make this a regular thing before it starts getting unbearably hot!
It wouldn’t be the New Year without a little reflection on what the last year has meant and what our hopes are for the future. For me, 2016 was all about learning to balance motherhood, work, and living life. I returned to work full time after 12 weeks of maternity leave, Annalynn started daycare (which included a cycle of the never-ending sicknesses that usually coincide with that), traveling for work took on a whole new meaning with an infant at home, and after 4 years of working events I started a new job in a new field. Not to mention training for a marathon and sneaking in time to spend with my husband. I still don’t have everything figured out, but I’m happy to have made it to the other side with everything (mostly) intact. The blog slid a little (okay, a lot) as I usually opted to curl-up on the couch with my husband and a movie, over pulling out my laptop to write at the end of the day. It was a tough year, but also a good year. It was the year I got to watch Annalynn grow from a sheepish baby to an amazing, walking, opinionated toddler. She made everything worth it.
Unfortunately the year ended on a sad note. Our beloved Nana (Derek’s grandmother) passed away a couple of days after Christmas. She was full of so much joy and love, it’s going to be hard entering a new year without her. We miss her dearly.
What lies ahead for the rest of 2017? I have no idea.
Now that the marathon is almost here, I’d like to find a new fitness challenge to tackle. I have no clue what that is yet, but I’ll figure it out soon. Now that Annalynn is a little older, I’d also like to start taking her on more adventures outside of the house. We had so much fun at the beach, I want to replicate that every weekend if I can. Finally, I’d love to go on more dates with my husband. We had a successful overnight outing at his company holiday party in December and had a blast. We love Annalynn more than anything, but sometimes it’s great to just get out as a couple and remember who you both are outside of being “mom” and “dad.”
Here’s to a year full of love, happiness, and health. Cheers!