I accidentally-on-purpose took a blogging break during the month of February, and I'm surprised to admit how refreshing it was. I've wanted to scale back my internet shenanigans for a while (for a multitude of reasons) and it felt good to just…take one thing off my plate, I guess. It's no secret that managing everything in my life these days is a bit of a struggle. So, I'm slowly learning to get through each day, commitment and to-do list without losing my head.
And if that means "disappearing" for a while, then so be it!
That said, this past month has been filled with goodness.
Eisley turned six months old. She's busy crawling all over the duplex (no idea how to babyproof our tiny place, by the way), nomming on baby food (sweet potatoes are her personal favorite), trying to pull herself to standing on everything (which leads to tears on a daily basis), and making Jay and I laugh constantly. The other night we sat around for a couple hours just watching her antics, and it made me realize that this simple home life is all I've really wanted.
Jay and I celebrated our sixth (ahhh!) anniversary on the 25th. I can't believe it's been so long—until I look at our engagement photos and realize we were babies. The past six years have been the best of the best, for sure.
I surprised my older sister on her birthday by flying to Washington with Eisley and showing up in her kitchen. It was the sweetest moment. Her husband is the greatest for planning the whole thing, and for generously funding my trip! I haven't been back to the town I grew up in for a couple years, so it was such an emotional, wonderful, delightful little trip. (It's also worth noting that I successfully started my sister's Jersey Shore addiction. No shame. Just meatballs.) In addition to all of that, I was able to finally meet my sweet niece, Lilliana. She is such a little gem.
I will write a post about flying with the wee one when I get a chance, because sweet mercy. It was both one of the most terrifying (and encouraging) experiences I've had as a parent. Let's just say that if you want some good karma coming your way, be nice to people traveling with babies. Because they are probably seconds away from sweating through their winter coat. True story.
Jay's mom came into town for a few days last month, which was the best. I can't believe I've been blessed with the greatest in-laws in the world, and we end up living states away from each other. I dream of living on the same street as Jay's parents. Which I'm sure many people would find crazy, but those people have apparently not met Jay's parents, so they can hush.
Also, a bunch of my family is in town right now and it makes my heart swell with happiness. I already get that choked-up feeling in my throat just thinking about them leaving. It never gets easier to say goodbye, especially when I feel like I'm missing out on so much (and that they're missing out on so much, too). I'm just trying to soak up as much time with them as humanly possible.
In other news: Jay is adoring his new job, we are breaking into hives as we start to look for a new (bigger) place, I have a couple creative projects in the works that have been challenging and exciting and wonderful, I am eating my weight in Girl Scout cookies, and last week I purchased a pair of $10 Forever 21 skinny jeans that changed my life.
February was a good one.