|New hair growth mohawk|
|Josh & his baby sister Margaret|
|Top Nine Reads of 2018|
|Our new bathroom!|
|Unexpected Good Reads|
Reading... As Bright As Heaven, which I got from Book of the Month, and Girl, Wash Your Face which I bought myself for my birthday with money I got from my grandma back in November. As Bright as Heaven is about the Spanish Flu in Philadelphia, and is such a good book! I really like it. And Girl, Wash Your Face is a very inspiring, "pump-you-up" read. I am doing a chapter a day, and it's keeping me very motivated to work on my goals for the new year. Love it!
Meditating... daily using the "Calm" app on my iphone. It costs (I think I paid around $40 for a yearly subscription) but it is so worth it. I use it when I am having a panic attack, or when I need to fall asleep and my mind is racing. One of my goals this year is to meditate everyday (even if it's just two minutes) so having access to this app is really helpful. I'm currently doing "21 Days of Calm" which is a different meditation each day, along with helpful advice about how to better stay on top of your emotions. I am loving it.
Sharing... my top 9 books of 2018 on social media, and also sharing my most unexpected good reads of 2018. I would love to know in the comments what your favorite or most unexpected reads of 2018 were! (follow me on Instagram for more book posts!)
Ecstatic... over Josh and my brother-in-law finishing the main bathroom remodel. Those two are machines, and I cannot get over how amazing the bathroom looks. It's truly unbelievable. It's also unbelievable that they accomplished what they did in less than two weeks.
Relishing... every minute of a nap Carly spent in my arms. I can't remember the last time she slept in my arms, so rocking her in her in the rocking chair as she slept while the boys were off with Josh one afternoon felt like a dream come true. Oh, my sweet baby. sigh.
Enjoying... a Christmas visit from my parents. They came bearing gifts (holy adored grandchildren!!!) and we had so much fun together! We went out to eat, went swimming at their hotel, and then bathed Carly in their room since she hadn't had a bath in quite some time with the bathroom remodel happening at our house! The next day they came over and we played Headbanz, or at least we tried to. Carly looks at what is on your card, tells you what it is, "Bacon!" and then yells, "You win!" Hahah! After that, they took us all out to eat and then took the boys ice skating!
Loving... the pictures that Julie sent me of Josh and his baby sister Margaret. I always think that Carly looks just like me when I was little (and she does in some pictures) but goodness sakes! Looking at these pictures of Josh as a toddler made me realize that Carly looks a lot like her daddy as well!
Relaxing... for an entire day when Josh took the boys out to his parents land to ride their four wheelers (they got four wheelers for Christmas from Santa!) and I got to spend the day at home with Carly. I took a bath in our new tub, cleaned the house, read my book, and just enjoyed the peace & quiet. It was so, so lovely.
Organizing... my "To Read" shelf in the living room and discovering I have 100 books I haven't read. I couldn't believe I had 100 exactly! From there, I set a goal of reading 1 book per week this year, so my (conservative) goal is to read 52 books. But here's the catch- I can't buy any more books this year (barring any from Book of the Month. I am going to allow myself to continue that monthly subscription) so those 52 have to come from my shelves or my library app on my phone (where I listen to audio books). I hope to surpass that goal, but I also want to enjoy reading, not feel pressure to just fly through books. I definitely felt that at times last year. What is your goal this year? Do you have a # in mind?
Growing... my hair back after it all fell out in September after the stress of caring for Wyatt in the spring. I got on some strong vitamins in October and also started using Monat and am definitely seeing strong growth, but it means that 90% of the time, it looks like I have a tiny mohawk. Ugh. Not cool. But I know that in another month or two, that will improve (the same thing always happened to me when I had babies) and my hair will be thick again someday.
Using the Monat does take some time- I have to wash my hair twice everyday in the shower, but I can feel the difference in how clean & strong it is. I also put in the oil treatment overnight once a week, and use lots of product after my shower before I blow dry, but I am really trusting Haverlee that it will all be worth it when my hair fully grows in and is even healthier than before. I seriously cannot wait.
Between my suddenly terrible adult acne and my ridiculously thin hair, I feel so self conscious these days.
I love this quote.
Here's to "the hardships that became our teachers"...
Yes, yes, yes.
So glad for a new year,
and a fresh start!
So glad for a new year,
and a fresh start!