Restart, Refresh, Anew
There’s a clarity that comes with the first of a brand new, fresh year. I, for one, have been desperate for a little honing in on what is truly the most important things.
It’s January second, and now that the fluff has dissipated from the holidays I’ve been able to really focus solely on my family and myself. It’s been a most needed and welcome process, and actually much easier than I anticipated (the part about focusing on myself, anyway).
Our Christmas and New Years were lovely, spent mostly cozied up with our families. We decorated gingerbread houses and sugar cookies and wrapped presents for each other and our furry loves.
… And on Christmas morning, the kids tiptoed down the stairs to see what Santa had brought, and instead of running for their own gifts they first found the ones they had made for us in school and presented them proudly. Beau climbed on the couch, threw his arms around my mom (YiaYia) and told her he loved her.
It was surprising and sweet and the best gift of the day.
I tried to get out from behind the lens as much as possible, to really be present with my children and my family.
It was liberating, but I wish I had a few more photos from that morning. I wish even more that I could entrust my memory to keep those special moments safe within my heart, or at the very least to unearth them from the rolodex on cue in the years to come.
On New Year’s Eve, we put out the finger foods and let them graze on tooth-picked chicken bites, broccoli and popcorn while we played charades, did the limbo and danced like it was 1999 to musical chairs.
We headed to the beach for breakfast the next day, and despite the relatively chilly temperatures, the fresh air and sunshine and our toes in the sand felt just like the cleansing we needed to begin a new year.
2015 will be the best ever.
Naptime with Theo and Beau will be released next month, and our family is just beside itself excited. I cannot wait to see what is in store.
Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you so much for being so wonderful. This community has been truly amazing and I am so grateful for all of your support.