NINE | When Your Marriage Looks Different

Marriage After Kids

Today is my ninth wedding anniversary! I still vividly remember the early days and yet here I am, staring down the big ONE-OH.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how children change a marriage. I am in awe of couples who, during the beginning of their marriage, have children in quick succession. Jordan and I both wouldn’t have handled the chaos well. We’re still finding a balance and some days we manage better than others.

I know I am not the only one who has read blog posts and articles on the importance of keeping your marriage at the forefront after children. As someone who is still in the thick of baby-land I am here to share a slightly different perspective, albeit my own perspective.

Even when you love your spouse, there will still be seasons when your marriage won’t be priority number one. Spoiler alert — this doesn’t mean your marriage is in trouble.

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Four Year Anniversary + Reader Survey

Four Year Blogging Anniversary and Reader Survey

My blogging journey with, A Short Blonde, is four years old! I published my first post, right before Jordan and I left for Europe, in March of 2013. I started (publicly) blogging to have an outlet to write again. Writing was always my favorite part of any school assignment, but I didn’t have a reason to continue writing after I graduated.

I thought blogging would be a fun way to share snippets about my life. Blogging has turned into much more: relationships with other bloggers and readers, partnerships with amazing brands and personal creative growth.

Over the past four years I haven’t conducted a reader survey, but I believe now is the perfect time.

Since having Phoenix, I feel creatively disheveled. A Short Blonde is a personal lifestyle blog. Posts will always correlate with our daily life, but I also want to make sure I share helpful and enjoyable content for, YOU, my readers. I want to know what you enjoy reading and more importantly what you don’t enjoy.

I would appreciate it if you’d fill out my survey, so I can glean more direction in my new season of life. Thank you for your continued encouragement over the years. It means so much!

Shoutout to Summer and this post which helped me compile my reader survey.

Why It’s Important to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Children

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! This day seems to stir up conflicting emotions for many people. I’ve always looked at the day as an excuse to bake treats and exchange meaningful words with friends and family.

I started thinking about why I don’t struggle with this day (and it’s not because I am married). It’s because my mom made it fun not at all about significant other’s. I wrote a blog post for Red Tricycle about why you should celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children. My mother taught my brother’s and I life is too short to be cynical about a day where you have an extra reason to spread love around.

“My mother loves Valentine’s Day. In the midwest, February is cold and gloomy with spring still several months away. Valentine’s Day happens at the exact moment when everyone needs a pick me-up in the form of a heart-shaped cookie.”

You can read the rest of the article here!

 

Currently / / February

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Currently / / February

Packing | Away clothes Phoenix has outgrown. He is long and lean, so we retired most of his six month sleepers.

Jonesing | Nursery’s on Pinterest (like this one). I’m still not really sure how I want to decorate Phoenix’s room. We have a few decorative pieces hung but I would like to find a chair to put in the corner and a few other storage elements.

Texting | I always have several text conversations going at once. Besides face-to-face communication, texting is the next best thing for new moms (or really busy people everywhere). I don’t mind phone calls but it’s hard to coordinate them.

Reading | I finished two books last week: War and Peace (audio) and Maisie Dobbs. I started reading Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome but I had to return it to the library before finishing. I request most of my library books online, but more often than not they arrive all at the same time!

Hearting | Iced mochas and banana bread. Dinner dates with friends. Reading a book during nap time. Simple evenings at home. Laughing with Phoenix. Simple pleasures, really.

Linking with Anne and Erin.

2016 | A Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

It seems like a lifetime has passed since I rang in 2016. That night might also be the last time I’ll voluntarily stay up until 4 am. Haha! On the last day of January 2017 I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year. It’s almost impossible to put into words the impact 2016, as a year, holds for me.

For many, 2016, held sadness and hate, sorrow and despair but it’s also the year I became a mom. A role I desperately wanted to embody, but wasn’t sure if/when my desire would be fulfilled. Becoming a mother has simultaneously felt instinctual and foreign. I’m sure most parents feel this at some point.

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Currently / / January

Currently / / January

^ My daily sidekick.

The beginning of January already feels like a breathe of fresh air after a busy December. Jordan and I love watching Phoenix grow and discover new things. So far, five months is a really fun age. This year has so many opportunities and possibilities, I look forward to exploring them further!

Meanwhile, currently in January…
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#Reverb16 | O Christmas Tree

Picking a Christmas Tree

Jordan and I haven’t established many tried and true Christmas traditions despite sharing a decade of Christmases together. Every year has been slightly different. Now that Phoenix is here, I’m thinking more about how I want our future December’s to look. Beginning with the tree!

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#Reverb16 | A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life | Our Daily Schedule with a Five Month Old

^ My squirmy sidekick.

I love reading day-in-the-life posts. As a new mom, it’s interesting to glimpse into how people spend their days. I mentioned in my last #Reverb16 post I wasn’t great at writing down daily intentions. Ironically I almost forgot to chronicle my day! Whoops! Thankfully, I only had to backtrack a few hours.

Phoenix is starting to respond and settle into a daily schedule and routine. Month five has been good for the both of us! Everyday is a little different but this is an accurate representation of a day when I’m home with him full-time.

So, let’s dive into how my Monday went.

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Thanksgiving 2016

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A Thanksgiving recap, two weeks later!!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has everything, family, food, football and pie! So much pie! Jordan and I have had a busy four months and we were looking forward to relaxing with family. The eight hour drive to Chicago was our first trip with Phoenix. We learned a lot. Such as, driving through the night only works if you leave on time. Otherwise, you’ll need to spend the night in a small town in Central Illinois. 😉

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Currently / / December

Holiday Baking

Doing | Baking cookies for the holidays. Lauren shared this chocolate crinkle cookie recipe and it inspired me to begin baking Christmas cookies over the weekend. I was in the throes of morning sickness last year, so my motivation to bake was low. My only attempt were peanut butter cookies with leftover gluten-free flour which was a major fail!

I need to purchase molasses so I can make one of our favorites — molasses spice cookies.

Enjoying | My washing machine! We were without a washing machine for the entire month of November due to measuring errors (us and them) and missed deliveries. The washing machine saga of 2016 is behind me and I am so grateful.

Cooking | My mother-in-law gave me a bunch of dried beans, so I cooked my first batch of chili over the weekend. I keep forgetting to buy cornmeal because I love cornbread with chili, but oh well!

Wrapping | I haven’t started wrapping any gifts yet — eek!

Playing | Christmas music, obviously! Sufjan Stevens and surprisingly, Barbra Streisand are two of my favorites to listen to during the holidays.

Linking with Anne and Kellie.