Four Years Later….

Four Years Later….

Today is our fourth wedding anniversary.

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When I stop and really think about it, I can’t believe four years has gone by so quickly. And sure, some parts have seemed to drag on and on, but overall time is passing so fast. You spend so much time planning your wedding and your big day goes by so quickly in the end. Foreshadowing, I think, about how a marriage itself will go.

Kevin and I have had some of the best times of our lives since getting married. We bought a house, and we had a baby. We celebrated joys and milestones together. We’ve also had some of the worst times – deaths of loved ones, personal struggles and the struggles of those we love.

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I love to share our life with the world, but it isn’t always happy and perfect. Kevin and I have both allowed each other the grace to be angry, sad, anxious, upset and then to lift each other up when that time we needed has passed.

This coming year promises to hold even more for us – we are having another baby! And Kevin is likely to deploy across the world. But we are veterans now, we’ve done this before and we will do it again. With love, we can do anything.

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Someday, we’ll have been married for 64 years, and I’ll be looking back thinking that four years was nothing. I bet when I’m thinking about my life I will have so much advice and guidance for the wife I am today. Over the last four years we have been learning as we go along, and we have been doing pretty good so far!

Here’s to four years down, and a lifetime ahead of us, mon amour. <3

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I’ve never felt more like a princess than in this moment.

[Photo Credit: Ashleigh Curlew]

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September Photo Challenge

With Fall quickly approaching I thought it was time for another Instagram photo challenge! I love seeing how everyone interprets the daily prompt, and I know I love having something to look forward to each day as it gets colder and closer to winter!

September and October are two of my favourite months of the year – I’m all about cozy, warm, and snuggly fall days! So save the image below, & join me on INSTAGRAM using the hashtags #mytweetlife and #septemberphotochallenge and I’ll share some of my favourites!

Happy September, everyone!

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Valentine’s Day Prep

There are only five days until the big holiday – Valentine’s Day.

*snorts*

I know there are people who love celebrating Valentine’s Day – with their family, loved ones, kids..

But that’s just not me.

Kevin and I have rarely done anything beyond cards & flowers and even that seems a little routine by now. But I’ve noticed a lot of really great Valentine’s Day traditions/ideas online lately and it had me feeling a little guilty for not showing baby bird that there is more to this holiday than candy and flowers.

So today we did some crafts together and I picked her up an outfit just for her, for her daycare party. We filled out little valentines for her friends and she may or may not have enjoyed one heart-shaped lollipop.

I picked up gifts for her and her cousins (but I can’t post them yet!).
I’m planning to write her a little note on big pink heart to stick in her room too!

Seven Goals for 2017

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These are NOT new year’s resolutions.

I repeat –

THESE ARE NOT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!

Whew, glad that’s clear. Here are 7 goals for 2017 that I think we can all agree on:

I | Do not judge…myself. Originally I planned to type a big long paragraph against judging others but I feel like that can be read anywhere. With so much hate in the world, anyone with a conscience is trying to be a little less judgemental. My goal for 2016? Be a little kinder with myself. I plan to gain a whole bunch of weight and then have another baby and settle into an entirely “new normal” for our family. And I’m planning to cut myself a little slack!

II | Save more money. Holy hannah no one warned me that being a grown up would be so tough! Now, with another baby on the way I realize I’m waaaay behind on this one. I’m sure even the most (financially) comfy people could stand to save up a little more and this is definitely my major goal for 2017.

III | Spend a little more time unplugged. I’m pretty glued to my devices a lot of the time. I can’t think of very many minutes in the day when my cell phone or iPad isn’t within reach. Even when I’m doing something fun and enthralling with my toddler, I’m trying to snap photos with my one free hand! Planning some device-free time each day is a must-do for this coming year (and always!).

IV | Be a more thoughtful gift-giver. I see things all the time while I’m out and about and I think of a certain someone they would be perfect gifts for! And I always pass it by, thinking it’s too soon for Christmas or their birthday has already passed.. Then I’m stuck at Christmas time scrambling to find gifts that are just perfect for the special people in my lives, when I could’ve had them tucked away and waiting. So many of my family and friends are very thoughtful gift-givers and it’s a quality I envy.

V | Be a more committed blogger. I love this blog. I love to write and take (amateur) photos, I love to share my perspective and thoughts with the world. I love wondering who’s reading my latest post, and seeing in my stats that someone, somewhere in New Zealand or Europe has looked at my tiny slice of internet real estate. I want to grow this blog, I want to better design it, and I’d someday like to buy my own domain (*cough* procrastination at it’s finest *cough*). This new year seems like the perfect time!

VI | Be a more patient mother. Or a more patient person in general. I feel like I’ve been trying to be more patient my whole entire life. Sometimes, when my daughter gets frustrated we tell her “patience” and wait for her to calm down. And thinking about that made me wonder where exactly she learns her impatience from in the first place. Oh that’s right, me. So I would like to model a little more patience in this upcoming year, for my husband, for my toddler, and for this poor little baby I’m waiting (impatiently) to meet.

VII | Get outside. I love to walk outside, to explore my neighbourhood, to people watch and struggle to wrangle my husky-mix as she chases everything in sight. Hang on, maybe not that last one. But seriously, I need fresh air and a cool breeze and the smell of trees and fresh rain every now and then to keep me from going totally cuckoo.