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A Super Delayed Holiday Recap

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello, is anyone out there? Sorry for the absence, but life and a new business and the holidays and well life again got busy and I kept meaning to get back here and say hello but I just couldn't get myself to do it. But here I am, back here today and excited to start writing here more. I want to share our holiday recap including out New Years trip and some goals I have for myself in the upcoming year. But let's start from where we sort of left off, the holidays.

Our holidays are different each and every year. Being married to someone who works the holidays and having other family members with work schedules that require them to work those days as well can make it difficult. This year my mom had to work Thanksgiving and Dan had to work the day after so we celebrated several different days for each holiday. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving we celebrated with my family. We hosted at our house and got to make the dinner and spend the day with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. On Thursday we celebrated with Dans family and got to help make some of the dinner and spend some time with his Mom and Aunts. It's been a few years since we had gotten to celebrate with his extended family for Thanksgiving so it was nice to have Harper take part in some of those traditions.
We got our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is always an adventure and one of my favorite days of the year. This year, with Harper being able to help walk around and pick the perfect tree, my heart was so happy! Getting the tree always seems like the official kick off to the Christmas season and the best way to start decorating the house!
Our Christmas was absolutely perfect, aside from Dan having to work Christmas day. But we made the best of it. We celebrated with our family of three on Christmas Eve. We opened gifts together that morning and then had breakfast.
After lunch we headed over to my parents to open gifts with them and enjoy our Christmas dinner with them and my brother and his girlfriend.

On Christmas Day, we spent the morning hanging out with my parents. That afternoon we headed down to the station to have dinner with Dan since he was on shift. They did a big pot luck dinner so everyone's families could eat and enjoy time together for the holiday. It was really nice to still be able to see and spend time with him even though he was working.
Our holidays were super drawn out, just like they are every year, but it was really nice to get to spend time with everyone, even if it was on different days! I love Christmas time, and having a little one to share the magic with makes it even better! What were your favorite parts of the holidays?

Life Lately - An Update On All The Changes

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Things in our lives look a little different since the last time I came to this space and really wrote. Since the beginning of November I've left my job, we started our own business and I've gotten to spend lots more time with my sweet family, when Dan isn't picking up overtime shifts. It took me a long time to come to the decision to make a change in my work life. I'd been contemplating what was next for a while and going back and forth in my head about what the right thing to do was. I'm a planner, and working from home or starting my own business and blogging was never really part of the plan I had made up for myself in my head. When I have something that I think should go a certain way, it's difficult for me to take a detour. Call it type A, call it over planning, call it being hard on myself . . . it's all of those things and something I struggle with.

Life just happens, and I need to work on being better at adapting and letting those happenings form and blossom into new opportunities. I'm working on it, but it's definitely a work in progress. Leaving the structure and stability of my job was a huge leap for me. Since having Harper, I had felt this pull to be home more and have more time to spend with her. Dan's schedule is so great in that it allows him to spend more time with her during the week, but as the mom, that was a really difficult thing for me when I went back to work after my maternity leave ended. Sure I loved that they got time together, but it was hard to only get to spend an hour or two a day with her on the days I worked.

Back to my plan in my head, I never saw myself as a stay-at-home mom, and I still don't totally. I think it's so amazing that women are able to stay home with their kids, and I know it definitely isn't not working. Being a mother is the most amazing, life changing, exhausting, difficult thing I've ever done. There are days I don't want to end, and days I'm counting down the minutes until bedtime. But as soon as she's in bed, I miss her! When I became a mom, it completely changed me, without me even knowing it. It was totally like everyone said, and I hate that, but love it at the same time. Motherhood completely and totally changes you.

Over the past month, I've been so thankful that we've been able to make this change in our lives. I'm still working, just in a different way. And my work hours are definitely different. I work during nap time or after bed time most days. What am I doing you ask? Well my hope was to continue to blog while being my own Independent Fashion Consultant with LuLaRoe. The blogging definitely hasn't been happening as often as I'd like, or really at all since I made this change, but my plan is to get back into it!

This past 30 days has been such a huge learning experience and an amazing opportunity for my family. I officially launched my business, LuLaRoe Libby Boyes and have spent so much more time with my sweet family. You can follow along or learn more about my business on my Facebook page. I'm excited to get back to blogging and work on growing my business even more! And as a thank you to all my readers and to celebrate my first month at my new job, I wanted to do a giveaway for all of you!
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I guess it's like they say, sometimes the scariest things can make the biggest impact!

Sleeping In Seattle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two weekends ago Dan and I took a drive up to Seattle to enjoy a weekend away just the two of us to celebrate our ten year dating anniversary. Our wedding anniversary always falls during such a busy time of year being in the middle of the summer, so it's always nice to escape for a couple days in November when life settles down a little bit before the holiday craziness starts. Seattle is always the perfect escape because it's far enough away that we don't go there all the time, but it's close enough to drive there even if we're only going for a couple days.

We stayed at the W Seattle Hotel. Our room ended up being on the 24th floor so we could a neat view of the city. The hotel is located on 4th street, so only a few blocks from Pike's Place Market and all the big shops of Seattle.

We got there late in the afternoon on Saturday so we checked into our hotel and headed out to get some happy hour and a drink.

Sunday we woke up early cause of the time change but we took our time getting ready. We headed out and walked down to Pikes Place Market and made our obligatory stop at the Market and at the Original Starbucks.
It was such a nice November day we decided to explore a few places around the city that have been on our to do list for a while. We made a stop at the Olympic Sculpture park that's a few blocks from the Space Needle and sits between the Space Needle and the Waterfront and is the perfect spot for a view of each! We saw so many families out exploring for the day and lots of photographers taking family and couple photos. You can always tell your in the PNW on a nice day because everyone is outside soaking in the sunshine!
I've also always wanted to visit the Fremont Troll that was featured in a part of the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, so we finally made it there too! It was a quick stop, but fun to check off our list! It was also really close to the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle so we headed there after our visit with the troll for lunch and some shopping at their huge Sunday farmer's market.
We ended our Sunday night with dinner at our favorite spot in Seattle, The Purple Cafe. If you're a lover of wine and good food, you should absolutely add this place to your dining list for a visit to Seattle. The food is amazing and the wine list is a mile long! One of my favorite things they do is offer wine flights where you can pair your dinner with three different wines from a certain wine region of the world. It's a fun way to try new wines and experience them paired with your meal.

Seattle was such a fun getaway, but of course we were excited to get home to our sweet girl. I'm so thankful when we make time for our relationship and every more grateful that we have amazing parents who watch Harper for us to make those dates possible. Dating your spouse becomes even more important once you become a parent, and it's time away like our time in Seattle that reminds me of this!

What's your favorite thing to do for date night?