Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Striving in January?

I know that American culture encourages the “new year, new me” mentality. In the past, I have very much enjoyed and embraced that excuse for a fresh start. As of late though, it’s just not how I’m feeling. I may embrace this idea in the future, but not now.

I’ve found that as I’ve been trying to live more rooted in the seasons, there is a different rhythm to be found than the one promoted by our culture today. 

All month I have had this deep desire to cozy in, hunker down, create something sustaining in the kitchen for my family, etc. However, the world is trying to tell me January is not the time for what I’m feeling. The world is telling me it’s time to start over, it’s a time when all things become new, it’s a time to strive. 

If we look out our windows or go outside, does it seem as if January is really the start of something new? I think the world is off by a few months on this one. (Ahem, that's Spring.)

I don’t know where you are reading from today but here where I am there has been a big thick blanket of snow covering everything in sight for weeks now. We are in the thick of winter. I don’t feel motivated to tackle new weight loss goals or make resolutions. I feel like living quietly with the ones I love. I feel like making bread and planning out my spring garden. I feel like sitting in the comfy chair that overlooks our pond and knitting while I watch the snow fall outside. 

I don’t feel like striving in January; I feel like slowing down.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been trying to maintain my weight while hunkering down for the winter. I have not been working on losing weight but, I have been working on savoring the treasures to be found in this winter season. As the seasons begin to change I trust I will, too.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Unmotivated in January + Comfy Weight

Hello, and happy Monday! How is the month of January treating you so far? Truth be told, I started out the month feeling less than motivated. I haven't been making weight-loss a goal or priority since before the holidays. Thankfully, I've still maintained around the same weight, despite my lack of motivation. 

Over the past couple of months, I have maintained the bare minimum of healthy habits and practiced them about 50% of the time. That seems to be the magic percentage for me to maintain my weight but, I know it's time to start moving toward that 80/20 percentage again so I can start losing the rest of the weight I have to lose.

My husband and I were talking the other day and I think the reason I have trouble getting out of the 230's/220's weight range is because this is my comfy weight. He said he feels the same way for himself. Like, sure, I still have a lot of weight I could lose but this is the weight where I am still fairly comfortable in my body and so it take a little more motivation and discipline to keep moving on from here.

The way I plan to work through this struggle is to start reassessing "my why". I'm going to take some time in the next couple of days to journal the reasons I want to lose weight and live a healthier life. If you're feeling unmotivated, I'd encourage you to do the same! Let me know if it helps you at all!

Sunday, January 9, 2022

*VIDEO* Laney in ONEderland Birthday Party

Happy Sunday! I don't usually post on the weekends but if you've been coming around these parts lately then you know I haven't been posting all that much in general. This is my way of trying to get caught up so I can start blogging more regularly, again.

This little project was special and fun. Today, I'm sharing a short video from Laney's First Birthday Party!

Saturday, January 8, 2022

*VIDEO* Family Update: Summer - Fall 2021

Nothing like starting out the New Year trying to catch up on vlogs from last Summer. Oye! I had a bunch of clips from the past year that didn't make it into any videos and so I mashed them all together to share this cute family update from Summer and Fall of 2021! It is so special for us to look back and see how much the girls have grown in such a short time!

I am hoping that by sharing this video, I will be able to catch up on my other videos (Laney's Birthday and Christmas), then we can chat in real time. I have so much to catch you up on! Stay tuned.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Our Family Christmas | 2021

Hello! I started typing out this post sometime during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day when we weren't quite sure what day it was at any given moment, but we did know we were eating far too many cookies to care. 

It was a little disorienting that week because Piper was on winter break and Nick was laid off from work. While we were all out of routine we were all still enjoying the extra time with one another. 

Truth is, it's already January 7th and we are still feeling quite the same. Nick isn't back to work yet, which has been really nice but also a little disorienting as far as our routine goes. We're trying to cherish all of this extra time together while also tackling some projects we wouldn't usually get to do during the day. That's why I've been more quiet on the blog lately.

Before too much more time passes by, I want to share a little bit about our Christmas! Every Christmas has been special to us but this Christmas was uniquely special in that we had a 1 year old and a 6 year old to share it with this year. What a special time for our young family!

We had a fairly isolated Christmas last year when we were navigating the season with a newborn in the pandemic. This year, we felt much more safe to spend our time with family as we had just gotten over COVID a couple of months ago.

It was so nice to have an almost normal Christmas with our family this year! We made sure to do our annual traditions like baking cookies and eating popcorn while driving around looking at Christmas lights! 

On Christmas Eve, Piper went on a surprise shopping trip with her Aunt Fancy. They went to Build-a-Bear and had a special time with one another before coming back and having lunch with us all. Usually, we'd go to church on Christmas Eve but Delaney was in desperate need for a nap right when it was time to leave and so we settled for church at home for the sake of having a happy one year old at the family festivities later on.

Later on Christmas Eve, we went to Nina and Papa's for dinner and to exchange gifts. It was a relaxing and fun time visiting with everyone!

We got home at a decent time that night, just in time to set out cookies, milk and homemade reindeer treats. For those wondering, Piper's reindeer treat recipe is 1/2 dried oatmeal, 1/2 un-popped corn, with a dash of red sprinkles.

Christmas morning was as special as ever. Piper woke us up at 6am with that Christmas day kind of excitement! We went downstairs to find that Santa came! Piper got some time with just myself and Nick while Delaney slept in a bit. Delaney woke up just as soon as Piper was done opening up her gifts, and then it was Delaney's turn!

After opening gifts, we went to my mom's house for breakfast. My grandparents were there! It was nice to visit and exchange gifts with everyone. 

After breakfast, we came home so Delaney could nap and Piper played with her new toys. We drove out to my dad's for a late lunch and visited with everyone over there.

After visiting with my dad's side of the family, we went home for the rest of the evening and that is when Christmas festivities came to an end for us!

Here are some pictures from our Christmas!

This Christmas was really special and for as much running around as we did, we were so grateful to be able to spend time with our family this Christmas!

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year 2022 + Focus Word: Growth

A new year brings new mercies and new hope.

Today is the first day in the new year. I’ve spent a good majority of my day meditating on what I might choose as my resolution for the new year. In between the quiet hustle in the kitchen this morning, between prepping pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes for dinner and, while prepping fresh fruits/vegetables for our fridge; I was thinking about what I might choose as my focus word for 2022.

I’ve decided on the word Growth for this new year.

I believe growth is always a goal tucked deep within our hearts for ourselves and our loved ones. Growth in myself and in my family will be done in various ways this year. 

Our family is excited to grow a more intentional garden this year! A garden that will grow not only food for our bellies, but will hopefully grow us in patience and in other ways. We’ve been planning and preparing for this garden in various ways for various months. I started documenting this fun process on a new Instagram page called Gracefully Grown: 

Most importantly, I hope for our family to grow closer to God in 2022. This past year was spent a little further removed from church than in previous years. While church doesn’t equal faith for us, it does support it. I hope we will grow in our faith through a deeper involvement in our church community and in our relationship with God this year.