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.

#Reverb16 / / Intentions

#reverb16 Intentions

I’ve never participated in a writing challenge before such as the ever popular NaNoWriMo. I have no desire to write a novel but some people choose to write blogs instead. After following Sarah’s blog for a while, I became intrigued by the writing challenge she organized with her blog/writer friends, Reverb.

“Do you like to write? Or do you want to get back into the writing habit? Or do you want to start a writing habit? Do you like to reflect? And also think forward?

Then come join in #reverb16!

A project where you write on one prompt everyday for the entire month of December.”

I thought I’d jump in for the 2016 version and write on some of the daily prompts. Let me know if you are participating!

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This is 30

Turning 30

Today is my 30th birthday. I am 30 years old. It feels odd typing that sentence out. I thought I would have something profound to say about entering a new decade. But honestly, Phoenix turning six weeks today is far more interesting!

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Phoenix David Short

Phoenix David Short

He’s here and he’s perfect. World, meet Phoenix David Short.

After laboring for seven hours, Phoenix surprised us all by his breech positioning. He was delivered by cesarean section at 7:19 am Wednesday, July 27th. A complete, 8 lbs 2 oz and 19 inch bundle of squishy goodness.

We can’t get enough. We’re completely smitten.

If you are in need of viewing cute baby pictures over the weekend, just follow me on instagram.

A Pantone Baby Shower

Pantone Baby Shower

A few weeks ago, some Nashville friends gathered around us to celebrate the arrival of Baby Short. Jordan and I feel so blessed (an overused word, but also true) by our Nashville community and when I originally sat down to write this post, all I could think about was gratitude. My heart is bursting with love.

Moving to a new city is overwhelming for a multitude of reasons, but quite possibly one of the biggest reasons is the fear of loneliness. Will I be able to find a tribe? It’s a valid concern as finding friends isn’t a guarantee. Through some luck (and a little effort), we have found ourselves embraced by an amazing group of people. This tribe came together to host a lovely and relaxing baby shower.

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