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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sail away, sail away, sail away

I'm back! I figured I'd kick 2017 off with a bang by not blogging for 3 weeks. Actually it was completely unintentional, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it a little bit. 

The primary excuse for my absence is that once January 1st rolled around, I knew it was time to get serious about planning our anniversary vacation this summer. We decided we wanted to go somewhere in the Caribbean because there are plenty of pretty beaches to choose from and we didn't want to go anywhere too far away so as to avoid having too much of our precious vacation time eaten up by traveling to/from the destination.

As I do with pretty much anything I'm planning, when I plan a trip, I like to do a lot of research. And by "do a lot of research," I mean gather any recommendations, obsess over every piece of information I can get my hands on, and generally allow it to consume my every thought. I am not kidding when I said that every free waking hour over the past couple of weeks was spent thinking about/talking about/reading about this trip. 

(As a side note, whenever I was researching a particular place, I would stalk facebook to see if any of my friends had been there before. I reached out to a lot of random people asking for their input and everyone was so gracious and detailed with what they provided!) 

I had to take this screenshot when I was looking up info on my phone the other day because it totally captures mom life: at the top is a travel article from Fodor's and the bottom is an ad for toddler underwear!


ANYWAY, we FINALLY landed on a destination this past weekend, praise the Lord. We're going to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and staying at a resort that is hopefully as amazing as it looks!

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No agenda. No obligations. And no children (... though I will miss mine terribly as this will be the longest we've ever been away from them... sniff sniff).

Anyway, I'm going to try and take a break from thinking about it for a while, though it will be hard not to daydream when I'm stuck at work or attempting negotiations with two three-year-olds (dangerously close to becoming four-year-olds).

Other than vacation planning, we've gotten back in our usual routine of work/school during the week and birthday parties/church on the weekends. Though I miss the holidays, it has been nice to get back into our groove.

Though not for a happy occasion (my grandfather's funeral), it was fun to get the great grandkids together with my grandmother!

Partying like the princesses that they are

Bouncing with friends

Buying rain boots for the twins (which proved quite useful last week)

Enjoying the sporadic pretty weather

Hunkering down in the not-so-pretty weather

And with that, my friends, I semi-promise to return more regularly with frivolous details about my first world problems and life as a working mom, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wrapping up 2016 and ringing in 2017

Victory #1 from 2017 has been accomplished: we all survived the return to reality yesterday relatively unscathed! Now we shall count down the days until Christmas "break" 2017.

Because I'm certain you've all been wondering, I'm going to fill in the post-Christmas details of our lives for you. We spent our time surrounding my parents' visit doing important things like...

... grocery-shopping in our jammies (good practice for when she's in college)...

... meeting friends for a park play date and visiting our other friends that moved out to "the country"...
Mom, where are all the squirrels, roaches, and other "wildlife" we normally see in the city??

... attending a super fun "Noon Year's Eve" party for the kids, complete with donuts, a milk and cookies toast...

... poppers (the firework variety)...

... and a balloon drop at noon!

... celebrating New Year's Eve with (surprise!) the Olivers, complete with setting up the bounce house inside...

.... popping poppers (the confetti variety) before dinner...

... letting all 4 kids have a slumber party together...

... and then foolishly staying up until midnight playing Guitar Hero and Cards Against Humanity like the party animals that we are...

... and making a semi-impromptu trip to the zoo, complete with snake-petting...

... animal-watching (duh), picture-posing...

... carousel-riding, and popsicle-consuming!

Some extended time off and more importantly, time together, was just what we needed and the perfect way to bid farewell to one year and say hello to another. And considering this time last year we were kicking off potty-training, I'd say this year is already off to an infinitely more enjoyable start.

Happy 2017, my friends- make it a great one!