I pray your Christmas was a great one and that you were able to relax a bit and connect with friends and family. It's been a hot minute since I've been on here. We've enjoyed the finale of the year pretty well. It's been busy, but we've finally figured out how to make it enjoyable instead of stressful. We spent lots of time with family and friends. I particularly love the end of the year because it means lots of my friends come home for the holidays. I was able to spend Thanksgiving break with my childhood besties again, third year in a row. Many other friends have come home for Christmas, and I also found time to reconnect with some friends closer in distance for lunches, dinners, and coffee dates. Quality time with my people is one of my love languages for sure.
We also spent time watching Carter play basketball these past few months. He will continue to do that in January and February. It was a little different with Jaedyn deciding not to play basketball this year. She didn't have AAU, but instead filled her time managing the boys basketball team. She really enjoyed being able to watch them play. She will also manage the wrestling team for the next few months. Jae begins AAU volleyball, and Sawyer is in wrestling this winter, so we will have full weekends from now through March. I absolutely love this time of year for that reason, despite the busy schedule.
Another thing I love about this time of year is that it always feels like a fresh start. I feel like this in January and again when school starts in September. I know that you can always change for the better any time of the year, but it's always a good reminder that we can start fresh and shake off the negative in our lives. While I don't do resolutions, I do reflect on what changes I want to work towards in the coming year. This year God just kept whispering the word "self" into my heart. It wasn't until this week that I realized that giving yourself a "word" for the year was trending, so I guess I hopped on the band wagon without knowing it. I decided that this year was going to be the year of Self- self care, self love, self confidence, self actualization. I am going to take care of me- mind, body, and soul. What's different about this than an actual resolution you ask? Well, this comes with the knowledge that I will fail at times, but self care will ensure that I give myself grace and hop back up. I'd like to commit to a word each month that I can really hunker down on. I'm not going to make it another to do item that doesn't get checked off, but I'd like to really be intentional about taking this seriously, so I'm not giving myself a list of twelve words for the year, but rather really listen to my own heart and body and figure out what it needs from me. This month, I really want to focus on balance. I don't believe that life is black and white in any facet, so I'm going to be intentional about balancing things in my life and doing what feels right for my family and myself. This includes food, time spent at home and away, money, work, you get the picture. My hope is that this will keep my anxiety and depression at bay and lead me out of the tunnel of survival mode and into the land of the living. No more being paralyzed by fear. Baby steps, but I'm coming for ya 2018. #dontcallitacomeback
Anways, what's a blog post without some pictures? Here's what you've been missing over the last few months.
|Giddy excited to hear Jen Hatmaker at Dordt College- October 26, 2017|
|Listening to Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman was the equivalent of coffee and pjs on the couch with a best buddy. Super blessed by them and the besties I went with. :)|
|Substate Volleyball game- onto State!|
|Hanging out after our 2nd win. Onto the championship for the first time ever in Sioux Center Volleyball!|
|All in one week, we went from Cedar Rapids to Nebraska to celebrate Dan's cousin getting married.|
Reuniting with bridesmaids and family from Jenni's wedding! Fun weekend regardless of the 20 hours spent in the car. :)
|Favorite tradition- cutting down the tree|
|You know we posed this with the bundle of wood and the trees in the background. #werelame #lumberjackstatus|
|Annual childhood bestie overnighter on Black Friday! Love these ladies and our shenanigans|
|Saturdays watching Carter play basketball|
|Blessed to catch the last tournament our niece Adelle played in this year.|
|School Christmas program for Sawyer|
|Our very first "Friendsgiving" feast. A fun night that I hope will be a tradition to carry on!|
|RFKC (Royal Family Kids Camp) Dinner and Dessert Auction|
|Church Christmas program- Only Sawyer left to participate. Makes this mama's heart a little sad.|
|Dance for a Cause- Jae and the girls had fun getting dolled up at our house with their moms, lots of bobby pins, curling irons, hairspray and makeup! They look so grown up here!|
|Just shy of two years, but the braces are OFF|
|Lee and Matthew came home at Christmas, so we got to have some quality bonding time!|
|Our tree. Cause I like it. (Fun fact: Still haven't taken it down. Needles are dropping. Pretty sure it's dead. Kids and hubby say it's time. I say over my dead body. ;) )|
|Christmas at the Wolfswinkels and the ONLY family picture we took in 2017. For as many pictures as I take, this is weird for me.|
|This one just feels a bit magical. My kids under a comfy blanket, reading the Christmas story with twinkly lights reflecting in the background. Blessed.|
|Spending some time with Grandma on Christmas Eve. I love her so.|
|Obligatory picture in front of the tree.|
|Off for our family overnighter to Sioux Falls- Jae's choices: Shopping and Texas Roadhouse,|
Carter's choices: Chuck E Cheese and Buffalo Wild Wings, and Sawyer's choices: Air Madness and the food court.
|All four of us under the same roof! Merry Christmas to us. Mr. P's Friendsmas|
|New Year's Eve 2017- Love these girls|