home is where you say it is

Well hello!  2014 is moving at a steady clip for us over here.  Hardly a moment to “stop and smell the roses” much less write.  But alas I have some time now so why not put something up to remind you all that I’m here. 🙂

Since the start of this year we’ve been renovating, selling our house and buying a new one.  Is it really April?  Oh yeah soon I will be another year older.  I still think we are in February.  All good things but also things that can cause a lot of stress and less time for each other.  Living in this house  for five years, well, I’m reflecting a lot now.  We’ve had massive amounts of change and

New Home!

New Home!

abundance:  our budding romance,  then marriage, and then a beautiful baby.  We live in a wonderful neighborhood but our house is just simply too darn small.  We will embark on moving to a new home together (first time for us) in July.  We are giddy with excitement because we get to shop for new things like a COUCH [looking forward to a burn party for the one that we have now], drapes, etc…  As my husband said the other day, “We get to be in a real grown-up house and be grown-ups!”  ha ha.  This was a mimic from me a few months back.  But really we have been living with borrowed stuff and things that don’t quite match for far too long.  We are thrilled to have a beautiful newer home that will be modern and safe for our child.  The neighborhood is quiet and filled with families.  It is wildly different than anything either of us has ever experienced in our adulthood but we are really ready for this change.

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A new decade has begun!

I made it!  I am so excited to start this part of my life.  I kicked it off with a new do that was really outside of my comfort zone.  I LOVE it!!!  I feel like a new person.  Though I will probably tone down the color in a few months.  For now I’m rocking this badass look.

My hair for 40!

My hair for 40!

I am simply amazed at all the wonderful things that have come into my life over the last decade.  If you had asked me when I turned thirty where I saw myself in 10 years I would have never guessed that I’d be with a different man [and married to him!], had his child and live in the Netherlands for 4 years.  At thirty I was camping out on the couch at my best buddy’s apartment after making a really poor decision in roommates, working in Alexandria, Virginia in a challenging position [which is to say low pay grade with no possible advancement opportunities] and dating the wrong guy who lived in Georgia.  At that time I was a “party girl”.  Whenever there was an opportunity to go out and have a few beers, I was there!  With two packs of cigarettes, thank you very much.  Yeah HEALTH was not on my list of priorities.  De-stressing, in any way possible, was very much a TOP priority.  I had good company in these choices.  It was a stressful time to live in the DC area.

For my thirtieth, my good buddy and I packed up and drove to the Bronx [New York City].  We stayed with a friend, Johnny 5, and hit the town.  It was my first visit to NYC and it was so much fun.  I love New York City because it never stops!  In usual fashion we found a watering hole and promptly set up shop for the day into the night.  We would visit this place on another trip later.  It was a great time with lots of fond memories.  The next few years to follow would be difficult and life altering.  I would move from DC back home to Michigan after a failed relationship and a fast paced downward spiral.  I needed to go home and figure things out.  It was a good decision.  It made me realize what was more important in life.  I learned that you can heal from some pretty seemingly devastating stuff and renew yourself.  I’m happy to have traveled that road.  It brought me here.  Had I stayed in DC and just kept going well, I am not sure who I would be right now.  I most certainly would not be a mother!

The most important thing is that I found my true self and I continue to grow from there.  I can start a whole new decade with a totally different outlook.  If now you were to ask me where I see myself in 10 years (oh lord that means 50), well, I probably will have a new hairdo, have a beautiful daughter who is 10 years old (whoa!), and fantastic husband of 10 years and uh,….well what else can there be?  Only time will tell.  For now, life looks pretty great.  Here’s to another 40!!  Hip hip HOERA!