In these final couple days of January, here are some things I’ve been getting into this month.
Drinking: La Croix. I got Myke to jump on this bandwagon with me. #hooked.
Eating: hummus and pretzels. So addicting.
Binging: The Great America Baking Show (only 7 episdoes on Hulu), Parks and Rec and This Is Us.
Reading: My cook books looking for the next thing to make. Also just finished The Magnolia Story-I love Joanna even more now, if that were possible.
Loving: my new hair. I’ve been curling it with a wand more and more. It’s been so fun.
Playing: Disney Emoji Blitz. It’s sad, but true.
Writing: my blog again. I really did miss this.
Embarrassed about: our Christmas tree and decorations are still up. Before you judge us, hear me out! We put them up much later this year than we planned and we left for Nor Cal literally a week later, so we wanted to enjoy them a little more. I’m going to try and be better about putting up the decorations earlier this year-maybe even before Thanksgiving so they are up when we get back from being in Nor Cal.
Practicing: Lettering. I’ve seen beautiful videos on Instagram and wanted to give it a shot. I’m awful at it-of course, I’ve never done it before, but I’m going to keep practicing!
In April last year, I was sitting at church while Myke was with the media team and I got a call from my mom. She calls every so often to chat so I answered not thinking too much of it. She was calling with some very unexpected news-my parents had just bought a new house. They had been thinking about moving for the last year, but nothing serious-so we thought. They ended up getting an amazing deal on a wonderful neighborhood-a neighborhood that my mom has been wanting to move for mostly her adult life.
The whole process didn’t hit me until I was visiting my parents to go up for our big family trip in May. I stayed in my room for the last time. I got up and went for a run and decided to make this a special run. I put on my old playlist that I made in high school and ran to our old country club in our old neighborhood. Then I took one last detour: my old old house. The house we moved from to the house I grew up in most of my life. My parents and I got to talking-they lived in the Loch Lomond house (as it is now called) for 20 years. We moved in when I was 7 going on 8. My room has been white, than a sky blue with clouds on the ceiling and purple butterflies over the door.
My parents moved out of the Loch Lomond house and then went on their big 35 anniversary trip. We got a text 3 days into their trip-the Loch Lomond house sold. That’s when it really hit me. My old house was gone. It will now be helping make memories for another family. I have wonderful memories of that house. From hiding behind a chair pretending to be Harriet the Spy back in 1998, hosting graduation parties in 2006 and 2007, and looking out the window waiting for a boy I was falling in love with to come meet my parents in December 2009. I will hold those memories close to my heart. Now this new house will be filled with more memories, which is exciting to think about.
A few months ago we got on Skype with Myke’s brother and wife, like it was any other call. I felt like there was something that they were going to tell us-but I didn’t know what. They asked us what was new (really guys?) and we told them and then we asked was new with them. Umm….just a little something!
The most amazing part of this whole thing was my sister in law wasn’t sure she was going to be able to have kids. To that I said, no way! I knew they were going to have kids eventually, but I’m so glad they are having a baby. They found out the gender a couple weeks ago…
I’m going to have the most perfect and handsome nephew that ever walked the earth. I know that might be a little early to say, but trust me, if you know my sister and brother in law, they are some of the most incredible, faithful people I know, so by default-their children will be perfect.
To my little nephew-you have no idea the love that is going to shower over you when you are here-I’m already counting down the days until I get to hold you. I already love you.