Making: Lists in my 2017 planner. I accomplish a lot when it is on a list and I know I’ll have the satisfaction of crossing it off when it’s done. My plan is to write out in advance (like right now) five goals for each of the 52 weeks in 2017. We’ll see how it works!
Cooking: Mmm, good food recently. Yesterday we made the Pioneer Woman’s potato soup for dinner. Tonight we made our favorite – pan seared chicken with balsamic cream sauce. Tomorrow night will be our favorite beef stew and homemade bread.
Drinking: Water. 80 ounces each day. Some days are tougher than others.
Reading: Several books. The Secret Garden on my phone. Team of Rivals, slowly but surely. Truly, Madly, Guilty, my current library book. Kevin and I are listening to Duplicity as well.
Wanting: Ava to reach the end of her current teething phase. The first set of top molars have been visible for a week and minimal progress seems to be happening. Poor thing. She’s also in a developmental leap which means she’s hyperaware and clingy and doesn’t go down for her regular bedtime as easily as usual. Will I ever stop obsessing about her sleep habits and patterns and phases? I certainly hope so.
Looking: Forward to 2017. A fresh year just feels so full of promise. I don’t know how I want to capture each monthly recap on the blog, if at all. I enjoyed this format this year and it allowed me to share my favorite five or six Instagram photos from each month. But I don’t think I want to do another year of it.
Eating: Well. See above under cooking. :)
Wishing: My parents and sister lived closer. I know I’m very lucky that they’re only 2.5 hours away – some people are so much further from family. But schedules prevent regular visits. I wish Ava had the chance to know them the way she does her other grandparents.
Enjoying: Some of Ava’s newest mannerisms. She picks up books and holds them up to us, making this cute little grunting noise to indicate that she wants us to read them to her. She’s also started dancing and girlfriend has rhythm on par with her mom, which is to say, no rhythm. But it’s adorable. I love how she pulls herself up on her little bear chair and looks so proud to be sitting there. She knows where we keep the crackers and gets so excited anytime we go near it. She’s a master climber of the stairs and has also gotten really good at going down them properly.
Loving: My new booties. I thought I hated booties, but maybe I am just really, really picky.
Hoping: The weather allows us to resume our regular walks around the neighborhood. It’s really so good for the mind, body, and soul to get that fresh air and leg stretch in semi-regularly.
Needing: To remember this verse: Ephesians 5:4 – “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Amanda shared it recently and it really resonated with me as something I need to focus on myself.
Smelling: Lavender mist from my diffuser. So soothing.
Feeling: Relaxed and happy. I am so blessed.
Wearing: Sweats and a t-shirt. New Year’s eve party clothes.
Watching: Homeland. We’re on the first episode of the sixth season. Poor Quinn.
What are you wishing/needing/loving/eating right now?