Thursday, January 2, 2014

A New Year

2013 was equal parts amazing and extremely difficult.  It brought us our sweet little girl who has brought us such joy and happiness.  It's been a completely different experience parenting Arya than it has Isabella not only because they are such different babies, but because I'm a different person.

Isabella has started full time pre-school and she loves it.  She loves her teachers and her friends and she's really opening up and overcoming the shyness we saw a lot of at the start of the school year.  She loves to write and is even starting to read some simple sentences on her own.  She's so fun and vibrant and smart and I've watched her grow in leaps and bounds this year.

We've been in our forever house for a full year at this point and while it is still, affectionately but accurately, dubbed the Money Pit, it's nice to live in this neighborhood and have a place to put all of the junk we accumulate over the years.

I started working as a contributor for Parent Society and I co-authored an amazing book with 29 other wonderful bloggers called The Mother of All Meltdowns.

But it's also been tough at times.  The transition to having a second child wasn't always easy, or graceful for me.  I'm not what you would call a "natural" mother and it's been tough trying to balance a full time career with two kids plus stay on top of all the other things that  come up in life.  Sometimes I've rocked it, sometimes I've blown it, and sometimes I've cried for help.

I'm not impressed with the state of my body this year that's for sure.  I have periods where I do my Weight Watchers and squeeze in exercise and then I have periods where I eat like it's my job.  This year I want to really focus on health and not just fitness.  Treat myself as a whole person and not just as a number on a scale.

I hope you all had an amazing New Year's Day and are gearing up for a wonderful 2014.


Lisa Witherspoon said...

Happy New Year to you! Your 2013 certainly was a full one & I'm glad I "met" you through MOAM!

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

2013 truly was a big year for you!! Some exciting things! I have a feeling 2014 is going to be even better, though. And 2014 will be a year of insanity for me. Not to mention kindergarten!!! So crazy. Where does the time go?

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