Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2

I feel like these last few days of winter break have us in a limbo. We have no structure, nowhere to be, nothing specific to do. We wake up when we want to, never change out of our pj's, and eat with no schedule. It's got. to. stop! I'm losing my mind without the structure of school and my regular schedule without the kids being home. Tomorrow is the last day of break and I know once they go back, I'm going to miss them immediately. It's a tricky situation. The kids spent the day playing nicely together and watching TV. I haven't even tried to limit the TV lately. It's ice cold outside and I just don't have the energy to intervene. Madelynn has a playdate tomorrow with her BF, so Annabella and Noah are going to run some errands with me. It'll be nice to get out of the house. 

Speaking of Annabella...last night we were getting ready to go to bed and she snuck downstairs after she wasn't supposed to. Her hair (as usual) was all in her face. I have to put her hair up every single day because the front of her hair just won't part. It is ALWAYS in her eyes and I absolutely couldn't take it anymore. So I pulled her into the bathroom and chopped the front of her hair into bangs. She wasn't too excited about it, but this morning she was all smiles. 

I can't wait to put her in real clothes and style it. I love watching her look at herself in the mirror and smile. It's too cute. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

January 1

Today was a very low key day. We all slept in, exhausted from staying up past our bedtimes last night. Jonathan made us watch old Star Wars movies and all the kids wanted to know was where Rey was and who her family is. Telling them that Rey wasn't in those movies just wasn't making sense to them. 😂

I had to get out of the house, so I got to go on a solo trip to Target for a couple of hours. It was nice to get some alone time after so much holiday craziness. On the way out the door I even saw snow flurries! It is freeeeezing this week with highs in the 30's and lows in the teens to low 20's.

Jonathan and I got to do some cleaning and sorting, determined to have a less cluttered 2018. And we ended the night with dinner at Five Guys and a trip to Walmart. It was just a normal family day, but it was so nice to just be together. Spending time together is absolutely my love language and today was the perfect day. 

This is the only pic I took today, but it definitely embodies how cold it was and how lazy we were!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Journal Entry: New Year's Eve

It's officially December 31, 2017. The last day of the year. Tomorrow brings new promises, fresh starts, and a brand new year. 

Today is Sunday, so we started our day with church. I feel like it was the perfect way to end the year, listening to an inspiring sermon from our pastor. Letting everything from 2017 go and praying for blessings and new beginnings for 2018.

The rest of our day was just spending time together as a family. I printed over 300 photos from each month of 2017 yesterday, so Annabella and I picked up a photo album so I could organize, label and fill the pages. It was so sweet to go through month-by-month and see our memories together as a family. All of our adventures, each child's birthday, our 8 year anniversary, all of the holidays. The animals all got a photo a too. 

We had a special dinner together and let them have cocoa beforehand. Then we had game night and a dance party with glow bracelets and party blowers. The kids danced so hard and had so much fun. They were all so exhausted and ready for bed by 9:30. We chose a kid NYE countdown on Netflix and brought in the new year together (about 3 hours early). I was watching the kids when they were dancing and laughing, not having a care in the world. I was in awe of how big they are, how funny they are and just that they're mine. It's so hard to believe that we don't have babies anymore. They're so independent and unique. It's truly amazing. 

Now they're all tucked in and Jonathan and I are looking forward to a lowkey night of Wii games and trying to stay awake until midnight. Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017


It's been a year since I've posted on our blog. It was intended for us to track memories and keep as a sort of scrap book for the babies when they get older. Inspired by another blog I read, I have decided to treat it as more of a journal. To document each day with something that we did, a photo we took, a memory we made.

2017 was a wonderful year. It's a year that I honestly can't remember any tribulations that we went though. It was a smooth year with good health, growth and goals met. Jonathan took his last graduate classes and got his MBA this month. He is officially finished with school and we couldn't be more proud. Madelynn turned 7 and went into second grade, Annabella turned 5 and went into kindergarten and Noah turned 3 and started preschool. They are all excelling at school, bringing home wonderful report cards and Madelynn is bring home excellent grades. 

Now that Noah is at school, I have a few hours to myself throughout the week. I have dedicated that time to my business and have really seen it flourish this year. Madsy Bella Boutique was busier than ever and I look forward to getting back at it after the first of the year. 

God has truly blessed us and I could not be more grateful. My word of the year for 2018 is NURTURE. Nurture by definition means to care for and encourage the growth or development of. I need to nurture my relationship with Jesus, nurture my relationships with Jonathan and the kids and nurture myself. I want to be more gentle, kind and really focus on the things in this life that matter. Nurturing myself will look like regular sleep, exercise and healthy foods. I want to focus on losing weight and gaining strength, eating for health. I truly believe that if I take better care of myself, I will be better able to care for those that I love. I also plan to execute a better plan for quiet time with God each morning and time for journaling and focused prayer.

I love a fresh start. 2018 is on a Monday. It's a fresh year, fresh month, fresh week. Thank you Jesus for fresh starts.