March 2, 2012

on a month of goodness...

Girl time.

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.


  1. so happy to read your post!! what an uplifting and sweet month you had :) congratulations on the anniversary,6month ,new job etc! glad you had a nice break and are doing so well!

  2. I'm so glad I got to visit you! One of the best parts of *my* February was hanging out in the duplex. xoxo

  3. I think that might just be the most adorable picture ever.

  4. OMG. I totally have those jeans and they also changed my life. I mean, they don't last as long as jeans that cost more than a small pizza, but they're also the only skinny jeans that are actually skinny around my ankles.

    I seriously almost blogged about them at one point, but I wasn't able to take good pictures. This is why I'm not a fashion blogger.

  5. My heart is swelling with joy at hearing all this wonderful happiness in your life. Promise me that the next time you are blue, you will reread this post. <3 Love!

  6. I'm flying with Mika in 2 months...
    D R E A D I N G I T! :(
    Would love to read how you did it!
    Have a great time w/ ur family!

  7. I was wondering where you went! hehe. No, I think it's great to step away from the blog world for a little while. There's no need to post if you don't want to.
    It's great that Eisley is starting to stand up! That's so exciting! I've been lucky that I'm a Nanny and I can witness things like that myself! Except for the airplane situation!
    Great to read about how you all are doing lately :)

  8. I have missed your posts and of course pictures of the growing girl but I am glad you had some enjoyable "timeoff" from the blog. Sounds like it's been a great month!

  9. I've been toying with the idea of a blogging break. Alas, I think I would miss it too much. :)

    I'm glad February was good to you. It sounds like it was just a fabulous month.

  10. It makes me happy that you have been enjoying your family and life to the fullest! Missing out on the internet world is certainly excusable.. missing out on your precious family is not!

    Way to go Eisley on her crawling acheivement, and way to go you for such a wonderful February!

  11. Ahh, this post was sweet. As all of yours always are! I cannot imagine traveling with a baby, but I am sure that trip was so wonderful! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  12. I was missing your blog! Great post. I love love love that pic, could it be any sweeter? Sometimes you need time away I agree!

  13. I'm glad to hear you had such a nice February! And how exciting is it to surprise your sister??? Awesome.

  14. Wow, that's a lot of stuff in a month! It all sounds fabulous. Eisley is crawling! Meredith is getting so close. I'm secretly happy that she's not developmentally advanced. No crawling or teeth yet and I'm just fine with that. Stay my little baby forever please!

  15. I love these posts, full of love and baby sweetness! That photo is priceless Kerri, I love it!

    I hope March is treating you just as well so far :)

  16. Breaks can be so refreshing, I accidentally took one for about 2 months & I think it was actually really good for me!

    Your month sounds blissful, I'm pretty jealous right now. ;)


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