Jan 11, 2016

2015 in Review

Well, it's 2016. Every year I am shocked at how fast time flies... and this year is no different. I usually post a little bit about my goals for each year on the blog but I'm a terrible blogger these days, so this post is going to be a little bit of a reflection on 2015 and a little bit about hopes for 2016 and honestly who knows what else because I haven't planned this post out. I'm just writing. So let's see what happens, shall we?

Style


 
 
2015
I didn't blog many outfits in 2015, and not because I joined a nudist colony, which is what I'm sure you figured :)  I didn't post at all over the summer and just struggled with finding motivation to blog in general. My style has evolved a little because I'm wearing "mom clothes" half of the time (I work two days a week) but I feel like I've finally found a good rhythm.

2016
I don't feel like I'm actually done with blogging so I'm hoping I can share more this year. That means there will be a little more in the casual department since I spend a lot of time chasing after a toddler, but I'm okay with that. I'm also planning on moving some of my outfit posts to instagram, so follow along there if you'd like!

Body

2015
I feel like I cannot really look back at these pictures and not notice my post-partum weight fluctuation. 2015 was definitely a weird year in terms of dressing my body due to not being able to wear most of my pants (It was hardest to lose weight in my hips... which is just weird... pregnancy is bizarre) and because of nursing (13 months of nursing so far... that's been crazy too).

2016
I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight (yay!) so most of my clothes fit these days, thank goodness. However, it has been really tough to find the time to exercise with a baby. My goal this year is to wake up earlier than Piglet and exercise Mon, Wed & Fri mornings; running on warm days and doing a video workout on cold days. Also! We are doing a Whole30 this month! So far, it's fine. That's because it's day 3 :) I'll keep you updated on that one.

Marriage

2015
Having a baby does crazy things to your marriage/life. First, there is the sleep deprivation... some of our friends told us that they had a deal; "what you say between 1-5am doesn't count" and we definitely used that policy. When I am sleep deprived, I am mean. After Piglet started sleeping through the night (around 5 months) we were like, "okay, now what." We had to learn to start prioritizing our alone time together because it was usually just a couple hours each evening after the baby was asleep.

2016
I feel like our marriage is super-solid right now, which I am so thankful for. We are both working this year to make sure Christ is the most important thing our lives (more important than one another) and I think that will help. I could also see our marriage getting tougher because we are starting to enter the stage of toddlerhood that involves discipline/strategic parenting vs the mainly caretaking of babyhood.
 
Travel

2015
Last year we traveled to Dallas a couple of times to visit friends and for Eric's work. We ventured north a little bit to Kansas City for my cousin's wedding We also visited Michigan for the first time for a family reunion and fell in love. It was Piglet's first big trip and he did great. I am honestly ready to go back! Also, and this is a big one, Eric lived in NYC for 2 months this fall. If you've read my blog for a while, you're probably thinking that he already did that. Yep, he did that in 2014. And then he did it again in 2015. For a completely unrelated reason. Last time was for an internship with his MBA, this time it was for training for work. It was fine, I'm over it. Ha. But, it meant I visited NYC twice this fall (after visiting twice last summer!) without Piglet. I'm honestly glad I was forced to leave him overnight (the first time was around 9 months) because it was hard, but it ended up being great and so important for our marriage.

2016
Ahhh planning travel for a new year is one of my favorite things! Eric and I don't have anywhere we have to go this year, so we are thinking about taking a beach trip (we haven't been to the beach since our honeymoon 7+ years ago!) and possibly a Colorado trip to visit friends. Oh and if you have suggestions for awesome beach places, let me know.

Home


2015
We moved! And I have yet to post a single house picture on the blog. Of course. Anyway, we lived in our old home for 5+ years and when we left, everything was decorated in a way that I loved. Our new house is double the space (1100 sq ft to 2200 sq ft) and nearly every wall in the house is empty. But, I love the house so much. The location is perfect and it has such a great feel to it in general.


2016
We have sooooo much to do on the house. Still lots of walls to be painted; we want to add a pergola, knock out a wall, etc. And so much to buy! I just keep reminding myself that we can take it slowly and that I will love it more if I collect things over time instead of just going out one day and buying all the décor from one store. I hope to share a lot more on the blog about our house this year.


So, in summary, 2015 was a great year. It was the first year of having Piglet in our lives, and it was so much fun. It was also a year of big changes - new job for Eric, going part-time for me, moving, etc. I'm so excited to see what 2016 has in store!


 

10 comments:

  1. I love your honesty about the ups and downs this year! I hope 2016 has great things in store for you!

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  2. I love the run down of 2015 and 2016! What a great post! I hope 2016 is a fabulous year for you!

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  3. excited to see what's in store for you in 2016. Happy new year, friend! :)

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  4. Loved your recap!! 2016 is going to be another great year. Can't wait to hear more about your house and see how you decorate it. I love your big fireplace/mantle area. I lol'd at your motto of things said between 1-5am with a newborn don't count. So true!! My family loves visiting Destin, Florida or Gulf Shores, Alabama. The beaches are great and it's a pretty easy drive.

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  5. I love that you shared this! I feel much more caught up now than I have in a long time. I admit that I have been waiting for you to post house updates, so I'm definitely looking forward to that. I'm glad that you and your little family are doing well!

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  6. ahhh what a fabulous year! hope 2016 is just amazing and i hope you share photos of your house on the blog, because i just love love loved your old house.
    hahaha at what you say between 1am-5am doesn't count. to be perfectly honest, i am terrified of that part of having a baby, how it changes your marriage. KC is super crabby when he is sleep deprived, and wakes up easily, so even if i'm the one getting up, he will still wake up. if only i can plan the baby around his summer holidays, lol.
    yay beach vacation! how fun. KC and I are doing a cruise this summer, it's actually the first beach (well there will be beaches) type of vacation we've been on together, so i'm excited!

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  7. I love this recap! Your year was so full of goodness and I'm praying 2016 is full of so much more! P.S. PLEASE post about Whole30 and what you're eating! Lol, the hubs and I are doing that next month and I am dreading trying to find compliant recipes!

    Alysia Ave

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  8. 2015 was a big year for you guys! Have you ever used those YouTube workout videos that you do with your baby? I don't know how heavy Piglet is now but they use baby as an extra weight for your workout. Might be worth a try!

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  9. I really loved the way your reviewed your year...I've totally been out of the blogging world for a good while, it is weird how that happens, but I just might have to copy you on this layout.

    Also, loved reading your review! Happy 2016!

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  10. I just transitioned with jobs too! I'm working from home all but 1 or 2 days a week and my wardrobe has totally changed. Can you say leggings and sweatpants? haha! On days where I do have to go into the office my dress code is still casual (jeans and a blouse) but it's crazy how dressed up I feel. I don't think I'd trade it for the world though!

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