new year, new me

Ahhh, new year, new you.

I’m so familiar with both my optimistic and sarcastic thoughts on this phrase.

While I love a fresh start, I’m a little weary of change these days. (See update on previous year.) A new baby, a new home, a promotion…while I’m grateful and excited for all that happened in 2018, I’m also looking forward to finding my groove with these great changes in 2019.

That said, I did think of something broad I’d like to work on: Improving my health and my family’s health.

Now, for me, I don’t mean run to the gym and work out religiously in January and then fall off the wagon. Yes, I want to make better food decisions. Move my body and way more often. But it’s not just for me anymore. I want to take care of my physical body so that I can live a long life with my family. If that doesn’t motivate me, I’m not quite sure what will. I mean, look at this guy.

My girl has (another) cold, so she wasn’t feeling celebratory last night, but I still love her so and want to see her grow. (Shout out to my sis for bringing over the NYE goodies!)

But health is about so much more than the physical. I’m talking mental, emotional, and spiritual health, too. I want to make time to slow down and read a book instead of being hypnotized by an Instagram video on icing a cake. I want to call my 97-year-old Grammy and go see her when I can because she’s funny and wise and I love her so much. I want to go on dates regularly with my husband instead of twice a year. I want to have a hobby again. I want to plan a vacation. I want to live in the present instead of being sad about the past or anxious about the future.

And I want to blog again.

Last year was about the big things…this year is about self improvement, challenging myself to be my best, while slowing down to enjoy life. Taking care of myself and my family is number one.

Happy New Year to all!

a quick errand run? right…

It’s 8:09 pm. I just put my son down to bed…for the second time…and I can hear him crying again. #needtosleeptrain #iamasucker

I’m laying in my daughter’s twin bed with her. She is fighting a cold, but I always lay with her. Usually until, like, 10 pm, so if I’m out of here in 10 minutes I’m not really sure what I’ll do. Watch a movie? Online shop? Maybe sweet treats for tomorrow’s New Years party? (Insert reality: I’ll probably do some of this while I pump—not make candy…)

Today I was itching to get out of the house again. So my 3-year-old and I hit up some of my favorite places: Walgreens, Costco Gas ($1.99 per gallon unleaded!), Target, and the Jewel. Yes, I am a suburbanite (all of these places are within 7 minutes of my place), and, yes, I am old.

Usually it’s me strolling all of the aisles of Target alone at 10 pm (God bless the late store hours!). Today, on mom and daughter outing day, it was me coaching a 3-year-old girl who is into everything through the store. “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,” I said. “Focus, focus, focus!” I repeated. A woman actually laughed at me and said, “I wish someone would say that to me.” I will if you want me to, sister.

As exhausting as it was, I did have a mild parenting victory. When I asked Ellie if she would rather have a letters practice book and two paint projects from the dollar section (really, people, is there anything better than Target’s dollar section when it’s stocked?) or a PJ Masks t-shirt, she chose the dollar section treasures. That’s my girl! Education and art? You bet!

Another highlight? Rocking out to some tunes in the door mat aisle while a creepy dude looked on. Let’s keep it moving, Elle! Focus!

XO

how I’ll miss you, glazed and infused

I’m not kidding, this post is going to be about my love for a doughnut shop. But not any doughnut shop, Glazed and Infused, which closed their doors this week without warning.

It may seem a little weird, but Glazed has been a part of many special moments in my life.

My mind was blown when I first saw a jumbo doughnut at our friend Jeff’s birthday party at Lagunitas Tap Room two years ago.

That’s when the love affair really began. I then proceeded to get these delicious doughnuts (mini to jumbo, and everything in between) for lots of occasions:

Mini doughnuts for Ellie’s birthday picnic!

Jumbo birthday doughnut for my Uncle Tommy!

Victory doughnut during the World Series last year!

Birthday doughnuts made the perfect small present for colleagues!

When my brother-in-law broke the news to my family, I shared the YouTube link to Sarah McLachlan’s I Will Remember You, half kidding and half serious.

I’ll always have fond memories of going to the Fulton Market location for a coffee and doughnut before work as a special treat. The kind staff that always made me feel welcome. The smiles the doughnuts would always give to the recipient. And how something so simple can bring such joy.

The Kings will miss you, Glazed!