SNOW DAY


a couple of days after christmas we flew up to utah to attend my uncles funeral. my mom, siblings & i had gone up a week before christmas to see him & say goodbye, but it was very surreal when we heard that he has finally passed. he had battled with melanoma for the last year & a half which struck especially close to home because that is what my dad died from almost 19 years ago. it was a very bittersweet experience attending the funeral, it brought up a lot of emotions but, it was also comforting being surrounded by our family. all of my 28 cousins were able to make it to utah for the funeral, some of which i haven't seen since i was a kid, so it brought some happiness to the occasion. plus, my entire family was also together which is always fun.

most of my family went home before new years, but we stayed behind to make more of a trip out of it since cedar has the week off from school. we've been having a good time with the boys & have been making daily trips up the canyon to play in the snow. cedar loves the snow. he has wanted to go play in the snow as soon as he learned that it was winter. he was completely convinced that it was going to snow on christmas day, despite the fact that i kept telling him that it doesn't snow where we live in california. a couple hours after he woke up on christmas day he came up to me & said "mom, i think you're right. it doesn't snow in newbury park, but i think it might next year." he has all the faith in the world that it will snow one day, haha. 

he has totally loved tromping about in the snow & making snow angels. it's so cute when he does it. he jumps straight in to knee deep snow & goes wild with his arms & legs, it's so funny. milo on the other hand isn't so sure, but he totally loved sledding & cedar loved pushing milo on the sled.

YEAR IN REVIEW


2017 was a good year to us. there were the highs, the lows, the high highs & the low lows, just like any other year but, it was still a good one. we spent a lot of our time at the beach, which you can't really beat. austin decided to start his own business. milo turned 1 & started to walk & talk. cedar turned 4 & has continued learning & growing, there is no stopping that boy. we stuck closer to home this past year, we weren't as on-the-go as we normally are but i sort of liked it. it was a calm year. we did manage to make a few trips up to utah, we sent to semis & san francisco & went to iceland & france with my family so, it wasn't totally mellow.

i'm so excited to see what 2018 has in store for us. i think it will be a good year & full of a lot of new adventures.

2018

my favorite photo of 2017!
guys, i can't believe that it's 2018. christmas went by in a FLASH! i swear i just blinked & it was over. i'm pretty positive that as i get older years get shorter, anyone else feel that way? no? just me? ohwell.

so, i totally think the actual holiday of new years is overrated. it always gets so hyped up! & then nothing exciting really happens.. but i do love the feeling & idea of a fresh start, so i'm all about setting up new goals.


FAMILY GOALS
be present // a lot of the time i'm taking pictures or videos of whatever we are doing because i don't want to forget anything, which is awesome because i have so much documented. but sometimes that makes it so i'm not paying attention to everything that is going on around me. we can all benefit from being more present when we are with each other.

simplicity // simplicity in all forms. it's easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle & i'm wanting to get out of it before i'm stuck!

HEALTH GOALS
body acceptance // i consider myself to be pretty active, i try to get out & be active a few times a week, along with actually going to a gym or fitness class. i'm just not very good at sitting still & i do not like the way i physically feel when i don't push my limits. even though i do try to be active, i can be pretty hard on myself when i shouldn't be! i have a really healthy, fairly strong body who has had 2 babies. i should be proud of the body i have & all that it can do & i want to focus on that.

PERSONAL GOALS
be more organized // i am the worst at organization, just ask my husband. i am unorganized in just about all aspects of my life but i want to work on it! i'm going to focus on three aspects to be more organized to make it a bit more attainable.

  • clothes/ closet: i'm the queen of stuffing my drawers & leaving things on the floor & i hate it! 
  • blog: i have a million ideas for my blog & always wait till the last minute & never get the posts done that i want to, so i'm going to try scheduling days to write/prep & post. 
  • time: ultimate procrastinator over here. i'm also always down to ditch boring chores for something fun but, that leads to not having enough time for everything, so i really need to work on that one!
no comparisons // it's so easy to compare lives with those around, especially with instagram. i really want to focus on not comparing my life to others & to be happy with where i am & where my family is in our life. 

my list is short & sweet for my goals, but i like to keep it mellow so i don't totally let myself down if i fail at them!! it's worked for my in the past. plus, this way i can really focus on my goals. i also plan on revisiting & assessing my goals every three months to check up on how i feel like i am doing with them & see if i want to add any others to my list.

how do you like to set up your goals? i love hearing what people want to work on.

happy new year!

SAYING GOODBYE

my mom & her two sisters

a couple of days after christmas we flew up to utah to attend my uncles funeral. my mom, siblings & i had gone up a week before christmas to see him & say goodbye, but it was very surreal when we heard that he has finally passed. he had battled with melanoma for the last year & a half which struck especially close to home because that is what my dad died from almost 19 years ago. it was a very bittersweet experience attending the funeral, it brought up a lot of emotions but, it was also comforting being surrounded by our family. all of my 28 cousins were able to make it to utah for the funeral, some of which i haven't seen since i was a kid, so it brought some happiness to the occasion. plus, my entire family was also together which is always fun.