That’s right, y’all! If I’m coming back, why not come back with my favorite way to blog? It’s a brain dump.
And I guess I just need to fill everyone in on what we’ve been up to.
1. House hunting. Yeah, yeah, yeah. What’s new, right? We’ve been house hunting since December 2011. We sold our house in November 2012 and we’re still house hunting. But guess what? We’ve made a decision! We’re meeting with a builder today and we’re getting started. For months, we went back and forth on whether or not we wanted to stay in town or move a little farther out to a neighborhood we’ve loved for a long time. But in the end, we never felt quite at peace about the longer drive, and we kept finding major things wrong with the houses we liked in these neighborhoods.
We’ve found the perfect compromise, we feel. Staying in town and still having new construction– with a garage. A garage! One of the non-negotiables from our original wish list. We’ll still be near our church, our preschool, so many friends (but our friends are scattered all over town, too), and the part of town that we’ve loved for 8 years.
2. TV. I’ve been watching an obscene amount of TV on Netflix and iTunes. I watched all of Pretty Little Liars, Parenthood, West Wing, and Downton Abbey. When the boys go to bed, Todd does a little work (or listens to the Dan Patrick podcast) and I watch a show.
3. Cooking. I’ve loved being back in the habit of meal planning and cooking in 2013. I cook 4 nights a week on average. Wednesday nights we eat at church and the rest of the time we have leftovers. I’ve done my best to make myself at home in Nana’s kitchen. And it’s been fun for us to sit down to eat every night with the boys and with Nana.
4. One of our dearest family friends passed away this week. Mrs. Lewis was a mentor to my parents, and she practically introduced them to each other. She was like a grandmother to me, and her love for my brother and me was so evident. I love the way she loved my parents as if they were her own. And her children and grandchildren are going to miss her so much, too. I’m so sad that I’m not able to go to Louisiana for the funeral this weekend with my parents. She will be missed.
5. Fiona and I have had a lot more quality time together in the past few weeks. She’s such a great little cuddler.
6. Hayes is making great strides in speech therapy. I have absolutely loved watching his progress and getting to know his speech therapist. It’s the neatest thing just watching him learn to correct habits, and I love that his speech therapist is teaching me different ways to work with Hayes.
7. I just have to say that we serve an amazing God. I am so thankful for His protection over our family and that each day He calms my fears and shows me that He is guiding us down each path. So often I am so caught up in the details, but I just need to leave those to Him. Because, guess what? He’s in the details, too. It’s been a tough week, and I’ve felt so much peace in the midst of it all.
8. Watching my boys grow up is the most bittersweet thing. I love seeing who they’re becoming, but when I look at them, especially Hudson, I just have no idea where the time has gone. I know every single mother says this every day, but it’s so true. So many parts of parenthood are just heartbreaking. Looking at my 3.5 year old and not being able to see a trace of chubby belly or a cheek to pinch just tears me up inside.
9. I feel pretty bad that I took a blogging break right after Christmas and I never really blogged about Christmas. It was wonderful. So much fun. So relaxing. But December hit me like a ton of breaks and left me in the dust. I’ve loved the quiet January and the time I’ve had with my family.
10. Today is a big day in the life of preschool. It’s the day that the 3 year olds put on their “Circus.” Hudson is going to be a tiger, much to his daddy’s dismay. (Sorry, Clemson fans.) He’s so excited about his role as a tiger, and I’ll look forward to sharing pictures.
If you stuck around through my break, thank you so much! I’ll try not to let it happen again, but I can’t make any promises.