We got married, y'all! To say that May has been a whirlwind would be a massive understatement. As I work through re-entry, laundry, work, jet lag, name changes, life...I'm also pondering making the leap to a new blog space. I get that blogging might be over, but I'm not done yet (and really, I'm not that trendy anyway). So please bear with me...I'll be back soon!
July was packed with visitors, outdoor adventures, and a quick trip to Vegas.
The Bigs came home in August, which meant that we had ALL FOUR KIDS at home for the first time ever. It was awesome. Mackie started Kindergarten, and Austin headed back to BC to start his 2nd year of University.
My brother came to visit (late Aug/early Sept), Dan turned 42, and we celebrated our 2 year anniversary where we met in Baltimore.
Doing Project Life in catch-up mode is quite the project in & of itself. I've been determined to get this album done...and I finally accomplished that this weekend. Will I go back & add more journaling at some point? Maybe. Will I add a few embellishments here & there? Maybe. Am I satisfied with leaving it just the way it is? Definitely. I've previously shared the title page, plus feb/march...so I'm skipping those. I took these photos with a point & shoot, so the quality is not great. But you'll get the general idea!
January included a lot of travel - Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Mexico! I only pulled out a few photos for Mexico - the majority will be in a Chatbook.
One thing that is consistent...and awesome...about 2016 is that we had a combo of all 4 kids often. So fun to see their relationships develop. Hope was home in March & April, so the Littles got lots of time to hang out with her.
April was our 2nd month in this house, so I included an insert with a living room photo. It's these little snippets of life that make this project my favorite!
Last page of April - family, friends, and a quick trip to Ottawa.
Lots of inserts for May - the superhero wrapping paper that Austin made for my Mother's Day gift, a card from all 4 kiddos, programs from a cabaret that Dan & I went to, and then...a vacation insert...
Another Chatbook will be happening with more Disney & Florida photos...likely one dedicated to pineapple palms, also!
Last page for May - more travel!
June - travel (surprised?), parties at #thepalace, and (ugh) pneumonia.
Our new kitchen island is a fave breakfast spot these days.
This guy asked to take his bean bag out to the side deck.
Enjoying the sunshine, and greeting all the neighbors who were out for morning walks with "Good morning! It's sure a beautiful day!"
Park & playground fun makes this girl happy.
I took this pic when we were out to dinner, and said "Maybe I should take one without chicken in your mouth...," to which Mackie responded "Uhm, Katrina? That's a french fry." Details are important, folks.
It's MAY!!! Such an exciting month around here!! Let's kick it off with some commitments...
2016 Project Life is DONE!! Woooo hoooo! The process of making scrapbooks on every damn month (ROFLMAO) is still one of my most favorite things. I'll post the results, and thoughts on the catch-up process, soon. And YES, I'm doing Project Life for 2017...but going digital for the first time.
The checklist of all.things.wedding...b/c having a small destination wedding makes the list a bit smaller, but doesn't eliminate it entirely
A month w/o work travel. What??? That's right...no business trips this past month. April is historically a quiet month. While it was comforting to be grounded for a bit, I'm feeling the itch to get moving again.
#100daysofcelebration...still going strong!
the start of digital Project Life for 2017 (leaning toward using this template)
possibilities around money, life, and adventure
Hope's 25th birthday! Hard to believe, but my (first) baby girl will turn twenty-five while we are in Hawaii. So excited to celebrate with her!
“But this is what I'm finding, in glimpses and flashes: this is it. This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I'm waiting for, for that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets - this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of us will ever experience.” - Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines
Life is busy right now. We're doing all.the.things to get ready to leave for Hawaii...vacation things, wedding things. So many good things. And we're both trying to keep all the balls in the air for life, work, and family. Craving a little pause in the midst of it all...and also reminding myself that this is it, and it is perfect.
I've had a little twinge of regret that I'm not playing along with Ali's A Week in the Life this week...and I also know that I simply could not have added that into my week. The Littles have been with us for their Spring Break, and Dan's Mom came up to spend Passover/Easter/Wilder's birthday/Spring Break with us. All awesome stuff that adds up to a very full week!
One of our biggest celebrations this week was Wilder's birthday. Our littlest Little is now FOUR! We celebrated with monster truck decorations, cupcakes for breakfast, and dinner at his (current) favorite restaurant.
We started the celebration bright & early...b/c who doesn't love a birthday party at 6am?? The party continued all day...right up until he fell asleep in the car on the way home from dinner. He is very excited about being four!
This is McCartney's flamingo pose...where is her other foot?? (filed under; things photographers notice) We miss Bubbe already!!
Oh happy day...it's warm & sunny!! And, I saw blue water on my drive through the marina this morning. Seeing water, rather than ice, is always a happy thing.
Dan & I had a fun little weekend adventure - a short trip out of town for a Landmark Wisdom Community Sunday, with some shopping & fun restaurants along the way. Over dinner one night, we started talking about what we'd splurge on with more financial freedom. I'm not talking about winning the lottery splurges...more of the everyday, how would we take things to the next level splurges. The conversation continued over the course of the weekend. Here's what we came up with...
multiple jars of expensive kimchee in the fridge. This is Dan's pick, and he will be happily eating that all by himself
a well-stocked, interesting liquor cabinet. Less about good value and more about hey, let's try that one!
a monthly pass to my favorite yoga studio sans guilt for already having an employer-paid gym membership and tons of at-home yoga resources
interesting coffee beans for our daily coffee habit instead of the Costco-size bag of okay coffee
a higher-quality capsule wardrobe for each of us (mine would likely be from Garnet Hill)
adventure travel every quarter...passport required
a dedicated man cave that may or may not include a dedicated gym room, and should definitely include a vintage Rickenbacker quitar. Clearly, Dan has thought this through