2017 new year's resolutions: recap

1. Look at my phone less and play with my daughter more. 

Great at first, but not great toward the end of the year. I think it was needing a distraction from feeling so sick all the time, but now that I'm feeling better, I will def. make it a priority in 2018!

2. Run more. Train for a half marathon (I signed up for one in June! Eeek!). 

I did my half marathon (without walking!) in June but when I got pregnant/sick I stopped running.

3. Cook more and start eating dinner at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV. 

Again, we did a lot of "grab 'n growl" nights (make your own dinner) the second half of the year because I was so sick. But the first half of the year we did Hello Fresh and I really enjoyed cooking!

4. Make a profit from Merry Prints. 

Yes! After the Cherokee Heights Art Festival, I got a boost in sales, and am now in the plus!

5. Stop talking negative about my appearance. 

Doing better!

6. Meditate every day. See if this helps my insomnia. 

I was doing well the first half of the year, but the second half was harder. Blaming it on the pregnancy (again), but with feeling so bad and not sleeping well, it was hard to get up earlier than I had to. Excuses, excuses, I know!

7. Offer prayer (out loud) for more people. 

I feel like I definitely got better about this!


22 months

These pictures don't really show Ruthie's true behavior at 22 months, it just shows she is over the photos (I'm getting there too!). She is so much more lively and funny and talking so much! She repeats after us, so now we have to be careful of what we say. She is good at animal noises, and can count to 15! We are going to work on the alphabet and colors next. She is usually in a good mood, but still can get the "terrible twos." She loves coloring with crayons on her new craft table, and still thrives in her MMO and church nurseries. We are so entertained by this little 22 month old!


quick beach getwawy

Matt and I got to get away for a little bit a few weeks ago. Matt's parents (and my nieces) watched Ruthie in Helen and we headed over to Charleston, Isle of Palms. It was a little chilly (I've never been to the beach in pants before!) but was so relaxing. We also got to hang out with our friends Aubrey and Rachel who just moved there. We slept a lot which was much needed!


my first art festival

Last weekend I attended my first art festival as a vendor! The Cherokee Heights Art Festival is a cute little festival held every November in my neighborhood. I've been a few years as a shopper, but it was my first time selling. Because my shop is only online, it was nice to see people's reaction to my prints in person. And I sold a lot more than I thought I would! It was a great experience. Here are some photos of the festival:


big announcement!

Matt, Ruthie, and I have a big announcement....I'm pregnant!

Ruthie will be a big sister in May! I'm 13 weeks along, and hopefully at the end of throwing up, nausea, bloating, fatigue, and overall bleh feeling. With Ruthie I was sick from 6 - 16 weeks, but this feels worse because of having to take care of a 1 year old!

We told my family when my sister was in town since we were all together. We told Matt's family last weekend when we were up there. Everyone was really excited!

My preference was for my kids to be two grades apart, like my family was. They will be 27 months apart. We are really happy to be expanding our family! :-)


21 months

My sweet RuRu is 21 months! She is still very active and doesn't let us rest much! She is going to Mother's Morning Out two days a week, which helps me focus on work, and is great for her socialization. She is learning that Maebe is her friend, and now loves to pet her. She enjoys playing outside and our daily walks. It seems like she is learning a new word every day, her most recent one being "bubbles" that she says a lot in the bath! She doesn't eat a lot these days, but seems ok with that. Ru naps two hours a day and sleeps through the night from about 8 to 7. She is very opinionated and is working on asking for help when she is frustrated. We love her so!


20 months

This post is very late because it's been crazy town around here! Ruthie is speaking a lot more now, and it seems she says a new word every day! She is getting to be a picky eater and prefers carbs, but still loves eggs every morning! She naps 1.5 - 2 hours a day, and sleeps through the night. Ruthie loves to play outside, and loves to run instead of walk! She is starting to mimic our movements, which is really cute. I take her to Mother's Morning Out twice a week, and we both go my church nursery, where I would once a week. The workers say she is pretty chill and independent, so that makes me happy!


19 months

Ruthie was 19 months on Sept. 8! She has become so much more active this month! It's taking a lot more distractions in the house to keep her entertained. Her vocabulary has gotten a lot better, and she can now say repeat several words back to us, like the names of our family. She is very engaging, loves books, and loves playing outside. She is getting a little picky about food, but is overall a good eater. She still sleeps through the night, but has dropped her morning nap!


18 months!

Wow! This is the fastest year and a half I've ever had! Ruthie's personality is coming out more and more these days (see evidence below). She is talking a lot more, a tiny bit of which we can understand. We're hoping that going to Mother's Morning Outs some will help with language development. She is starting to imitate us, especially our hand motions. We have just started having to discipline her, which is hard because she still seems so little to me! We've only had a few tantrums so far! She is still sleeping through the night, taking two naps, and eating more of a variety of non-jarred foods. She loves to laugh and gets along with everyone!


checking in on my 2017 new year's resolutions

1. Look at my phone less and play with my daughter more. Eh, still working on this. 

2. Run more. Train for a half marathon (I signed up for one in June! Eeek!). Going well! I did my marathon and I'm running twice a week.

3. Cook more and start eating dinner at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV. Going well! I've been using Hello Fresh and love it! Because the meals are more "fancy" than what I was cooking before, we sit at the kitchen table.

4. Make a profit from Merry Prints. Not there yet. Dang taxes. :-(

5. Stop talking negative about my appearance. Doing better. Trying to get in the habit before Ruthie can understand what I'm saying.

6. Meditate every day. See if this helps my insomnia. I am reading the Bible every day and sitting still for 10 minutes. But sometimes I miss a day here and there.

7. Offer prayer (out loud) for more people. Doing better on this. Practice makes perfect!


colleen's wedding recap!

My sister Colleen got married in Whistler, Canada over Memorial Day weekend. It was such a fun time and I'm so happy for her and her husband Sanjay!

I dropped Ruthie off in Helen, Ga with Matt's parents on the Monday before the wedding. On Tuesday we flew to Vancouver after a layover in Toronto. We stayed at an Airbnb that I booked for all of us. I have never stayed in one but it was a good experience over all. On Wednesday morning we drove in a rental car two hours to Whistler. Whistler is a cute ski village in British Columbia. Colleen and Sanjay picked that destination because they have always had fun skiing there. You can also walk everywhere, which was convenient with all the wedding events we attended (six events!).

Wednesday night we had dinner with Sanjay's immediate family. It was good to bond with them before everyone else arrived for the wedding. On Thursday night we attended the Mendhi, which is sort of an Indian "stag" party but the whole family and wedding party was there. We got Henna tattoos on our hands, ate Indian food, and listened to Indian music.

Sanjay grew up in Pennsylvania, but his parents are from India, so on Friday there was a Hindu ceremony. I've never been to one, so it was neat to see how other religions do marriage ceremonies. Friday night was the Welcome Dinner. It was fun to see everyone in what was sort of a "prequel" wedding reception.

The wedding ceremony and reception Saturday was beautiful! The weather was great, and the dancing was so fun! My nephew Myer walked down the aisle with the rings, and my mom, Matt and my brother-in-law Chris all did a reading. Colleen's best friend Kelly officiated the wedding, which was a surprise to everyone (including her parents) so that was really special.

The last event we had was the brunch on Sunday at a park nearby. I was so exhausted at that point, but it was good to say goodbye to everyone. It was a great week, but I was happy to pick up Ruthie when we got home! She was at Matt's parents for eight whole days!!

I think the wedding weekend was exactly what Colleen and Sanjay were wanting, and it was perfect!