We had a wonderful little staycation at the Wit in Chicago. Our room had some incredible views of the city. We got to relax in this giant tub for two and do some shopping and dining. It was such a nice way to relax, unplug and end the year together. We probably won't get the chance to do things like this very often once the baby is born. Now we have our friend Pete coming to stay with us for a few days! We've got a birthday party for one of our favorite six-year-olds to go to! Then classes start up again the following week, and it's back to real life again.
December 29, 2012
I was going to have this year be the year I made no resolutions, because in the past I have rarely stuck to them (except for drinking more water). But with this baby on the way and more free time opening up in the near future I'm inspired to make a few changes. First of all, it's about time I dust off my sewing machine and start making stuff (like those damn curtains I have been talking about forever). I would also like to make some one of a kind dolls and animals for our kid, maybe even some kids clothes. If they turn out well I may even make some extras and send them to other friends who are expecting and have little ones. I would also like to start cooking more. Although my husband is an amazing cook, I want our kid to have great home cooking that comes from both of us. Since going back to school it has been years since I have really played around in the kitchen. I have been relying far too much on a combination of frozen foods, my husband and eating raw. I would also like to rely a bit less on social media to keep in touch with my good friends who live far away. I think more phone calls and snail mail are in order. I would like to make sure that I don't forget to make time for my husband once the baby is here. I know it can get overwhelming really fast and so easy to push our relationship to the side. I'm making sure I still do little things to keep him feeling loved and our family super strong. Oh yeah and I need to cut back on the salt.
December 28, 2012
I'm really into this hair trend right now. I have not gone as far as to try it, and if I were going to it would be subtle rather than colorful. I have become a little bit boring with my hair these days, since I am growing it out and pregnant. But back in the day I have worn it all sorts of different ways; dyed it all sorts of colors, shaved it, worn in long, pixie, straight and curly. Maybe if I'm still into this trend this coming summer it will happen. A trip to the salon might be a nice way to pamper myself as a new mom.
December 24, 2012
December 18, 2012
December 17, 2012
To say the year 2012 was a challenging year would be a major understatement. While I have had some far more difficult years in the past, this one may have taken the cake if it wasn't for my husband being there. He has said that this was his hardest year of all. The silver lining is that we made it through together, even stronger as a couple and we're having a baby! After nearly a year of trying to conceive and a miscarriage over the summer I am so happy to be well into my second trimester, and hopeful that this time it will work out.
This year has also been full of visits from family and friends, which helped us focus more on how lucky we are to have so many wonderful people in our lives and focus a little less on our struggles throughout the year. It has been a challenging year for us financially as well. Being full-time students and balancing work schedules is very limiting to the amount of money we can make and the amount of time we have to spend with each other and our loved ones. I have learned to remind myself that this is temporary, and that we are working towards something rather than settling into roles that leave us wanting more. We have a had a few serious health scares and struggles with family (both human and pets). So basically what I am saying is that although 2012 really turned around for us in the end, I am more than ready for the year 2013 and what it has in store.
We have so much to be excited about. We are going to be parents, have our own little family and fall in love in a way that we never have before! My mother is finally going to be a grandmother. This will be the first time since I was in elementary school that I won't have a "job" or have to work for someone. Although I know from experience that being a mom is a lot of work. I never imagined that this was something I would want for myself, but now I can't think of anything I want more. I have spent so much of my time helping to raise other people's children. I'm ready to take what I've learned from those experiences and figure out how to put that to use with my husband in our own way.
Naturally I am a little apprehensive about putting my career on hold again. Although I feel confidant that I can find my own way to stay connected, continue to learn and be creative, all while focusing on our family. I know that the times I have chosen to put love over my career have truly worked out for the best, completely enriched my life and sent me on a different path leading me to discover and develop completely new aspects of myself.
December 15, 2012
Alice + Olivia
Oscar De La Renta
With award season coming up, and the Pre-Fall 2013 collections showing, I like to imagine what I would wear to these shows. Let's face it most of us will never be lucky enough to have the chance to borrow beautiful designer dresses and go to an award show. So why not just pretend? It's fun to step out of my usual way of thinking as far as my personal style goes. I am so used to being a student, taking care of a kid, hiking everywhere (no car folks) and now adjusting to my growing belly. Anyone of these dresses would suit me perfectly.
Max Greenfield or Schmidt of New Girl is another contender for my idea of "sexiest man alive". I can't help being into dudes that are just the right combination hilarious, spazzy and nerdy. I like a guy with some personality and yes looks, too. The show is amazing, and he is the best part of the show.