Lucky 2013 Pt.1

So grateful for Christmas, Christmas Jammies & these two wee littles.

According to my Google Analytics people are still looking at this blog. On Saturday I got a whole 21 pages views! Amazing! If you haven't noticed I took about a year off, and I really did feel something missing from my life. I needed that year but I'm ready to start this whole thing over. I really am the type of person who needs a creative outlet.

I was supposed to have a hot date with the Mister to Urban Taco and Les Mis tonight but someone called in sick to the restaurant so here I sit in front of my computer. My baby boy (who isn't really a baby anymore) is asleep in the next room & Miss. S is watching The Incredibles for the time being allowing me a few minutes to quietly reflect on the passing year. Every year has it's trials and it's joys. This one seemed to be one of extremes. I read back to last year's New Year's post and a couple of the lines stuck out to me. It said "2012 looks to be better. Still hard. But better At least the struggles I see on the horizon in 2012 will all be to better our little family." Indeed this ended up being the truth. It was a hard year but it was the best year. Great things happened for us!

I don't really make resolutions. Someone put a status on Facebook today that said something to the effect of if you're waiting for New Year's to make a change, you've got it all wrong. I kinda agree. You can make a change at anytime of the year. I do however have a New Year's tradition of choosing a word for the coming year. A word to keep in the back of my mind as I go through out the year. Last year my word was Action. I'll tell you more about that tomorrow though. As far as words go that was the perfect choice for 2012. This year I've decided to go with Gratitude. I really want to concentrate on being a more grateful person. To give thanks more. To make the people in my life feel more appreciated. To remember all my blessings daily. Especially the small and simple things that make life beautiful. I haven't always been the type of person to express my gratitude well. I feel it in my heart but have a hard time showing it. This year I plan to show my gratitude daily.

Choosing a word of the year has really been an amazing experience for me. Each year I've learned something new about myself and grown as an individual. I'm really excited for this upcoming year and what it has to bring! I'm off now to celebrate this holiday of staying up late to play Spot It and drink hot cocoa with my favorite little lady. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's and what ever your tradition may be (resolutions or other) I hope you have an excellent 2013!


It Happened Again

I am completely aware that I have not put up a new post in months. It's happened before and I'm sure it will happen again. And you know what? It's ok when that happens. Sometimes life just gets in the way. Back in December I started working again and since then life has been a bit busier than it was before. Trying to juggle work, family time, church, house keeping, exercise, ect. is tough. I do miss blogging though. I've been trying to think of ways that I can add it back into my life again. It wouldn't be in the same capacity. I don't have time to make it an everyday part of life and I don't have much time to sew and craft like I used too. So little by little I may add a post here and there. It makes me pretty happy when I do. I like having this space that is purely for my expression.

You know what I really don't have a problem with updating? My Instagram. I might be more than a little obsessed. You can follow me if you want to @baileyl. You'll see lot's of pictures of my kids and even some like the one above.


Monthly Photo Project: 9 Months Old

This is slowly turning into the monthly and a half photo project. Oh well! I do what I can! Funny thing about this fabric. I did a post about it here last year. I had found it on the Fabric Worm etsy shop.  Then I couldn't find it anywhere. It disappeared. The other day I was with the fam at Joann's and lo and behold they had it! I was super surprised to see it at Joann's of all places and on sale to boot. So I bought 2 yards.

Can you believe there are only 3 more pictures in this series?!!? Where is the time going? This boy is perfect in Every. Single. Way! I just adore him more and more as the time goes by!


Good Riddance

This just proves that I have found my muchness. I HATE posting pictures of myself. However I'm doing a photo a day project and the first day is a self portrait. This is as good as it gets.

Oh 2011. I'm not too sad to see you go. Don't get me wrong a lot of good things happened in 2011. But a lot of crap (excuse my crassness) happened too. By far the hardest year we've had. So I'm sorry to say this but 2011 I'm breaking up with you. I'm leaving all my negative feelings for you on the 31st of December. I'm on to bigger and better things.

Now 2012. That's a different story. 2012 looks to be better. Still hard. But better. At least the struggles I see on the horizon in 2012 will all be to better our little family. Hopefully they will all lead to great things. The only way to a wonderful life is through hard work. This I know. There are things that I don't want to do that I have to do in order to move our family forward. And I'm proud to say that I'm brave enough to handle those challenges. My words for last year were Simplify & Muchness. I may not have simplified as much as I wanted to. But this much is for sure. I did find my Muchness. So it looks like 2011 wasn't as much of a disappointment as I thought it was!

This year I want to continue to see how brave I can be. But I want to dig a little deeper. What 2011 lacked was action. I want to find what really inspires me and do it. Figure out what I'm really passionate about and live it. I'm the type that gets wild ideas and then they pitter out. Not this year. This year I'm going to learn to follow through. Even if the idea seems crazy. This year I'm going to put my whole heart into whatever I do. Even if it seems impossible. This is the year I'm going to make something of myself. Just you wait 2012. The word for this year is action. I'm going to try with all my might to act on the things I think are most important. There are a lot of changes that we've have talked about making in our life in the past. And they haven't gotten done. This is the year to change. Change requires action. So that's what I'm going to do.

So 2011 I'm done with you. 2012? Your future looks bright my friend.


Favorite Holiday Instagrams

This Christmas was so so wonderful! I won't lie though I'm ready to get back to life and a good routine! Here are my favorite Instagrams from December.

This last one makes me laugh so hard. We were trying to get a nice Christmas Eve picture by the tree. Instead Miss. S turned into the Christmas Eve Strangler.

I hope you all had a great Christmas! Now onto the great things in 2012!

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