Family

Christmas, New Years, and the year ahead

I’m finally getting around to uploading a few of the pictures I took while spending Christmas and New Years with my family in Alabama. I would describe our holiday as peaceful and much needed. The month leading up to Christmas was our busiest yet. It was filled with parties, friends, work travel, and Matt finishing his masters at Georgetown! I can’t believe we moved here over two years ago so that he could start the Masters program. And now he’s finished. I couldn’t be more proud and grateful to him for applying to Georgetown and bringing us to D.C. I’ve fallen in love with this city and its people.

IMG_4709My brother’s dog, Maxi. Bart and I accompanied Maxi and Joe on a crisp Christmas Eve morning to the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge for a hike. 
IMG_4698As I add these photos, I realize the majority of them are of my brother and his dog. You’re cool with that, right?

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Christmas crew 2017.(LEFT to RIGHT: My little brother John Paul, Matt, me and Bart, Joe and Maxi). Hopefully we can get the entire family together next year!

I always thought it was nauseatingly cliche when people would make grand statements about the year ahead on New Years Eve. But as I sit here, a week into 2018, looking at our plans for the year and the amount of change that is going to happen, I couldn’t be more excited to say, “2018 is going to be an incredible year.” I hope to share most of it here. Including our adoption journey! Coming 2018…

Marquette Memories 2017

Matt and I just returned from a family reunion in Marquette, Michigan with his family. It’s been over three years since all of Matt’s six siblings have been together. Fun, relaxation and quality time were had by all! It was also a much needed break for Matt and I from the D.C. grind.

Marquette is such a gem of a town and will always hold a special place in our hearts since it’s where we said “I do.” If you’re looking for an idyllic vacation spot with lake front views, a historic chocolate shop and friendly “Yoopers”, look no further than Marquette, Michigan.

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My niece Natalie was really into my sunglasses and beanie combo. Also, shout out to my sister-in-law who gave my Instagram husband a break from snapping #ootd pictures!

Sunglasses $10 (Similar) | Brown leather mules are from Matisse | Leather jacket $110 | Backpack $80

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Until next time, Marquette!

Life Lately

We are all moved into our new place and fall is officially here. These last few years, fall has been a season of change for us. Last year we moved across the country and I made a (sort of) career change. This fall we moved — again — and I just had an incredible breakthrough with my health issues.

I don’t talk about medical issues very often on BBB but this is a moment in my life I want to remember. Since Matt and I got married, I’ve been to many doctors, had surgery, several scans and office procedures, months of taking this medication and that, months of blood tests, physical therapy, frustration, confusion, exhaustion, and tears. All that to say, after five years of trying everything I possibly could, I was left with no answers and a dead end.

After an encounter at an event over the summer I can only describe as providential, I learned about a doctor in Oklahoma who I’m able to work with over Skype. Thank you technology! I won’t get too into the details but basically hormones are super important and mine were incredibly out of whack. With one prescription, it’s looking like I will finally, finally, feel like myself again.

The fact that this news came at the beginning of fall is simply the icing on the cake. In between traveling all over the country for work, we’ve been able to explore our new neighborhood and a bit of the surrounding Maryland/ Virginia area.

Time for a few recent pictures to remember this season in our lives:

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Asking For Help

As women, we want to do it all. Clean the house, grocery shop, do the laundry, have a successful career, maintain a social life, take care of the dog, take time for ourselves, take time for our husbands, all the while maintaining a “perky” and “can do” attitude so as not to come off as a royal Witch.

Couple feeling like I alone have to do all of these things with a sometimes intense type-A personality, having it all or (attempting) to do it all is exhausting. But, I’m learning, it really doesn’t have to be this way.

I don’t have to do it all. And you don’t either.

Whether you have a husband, a best friend, a roommate, or a friendly neighbor, you can ask for help.

I know it sounds obvious but honestly, I’m really just starting to figure this out. I’m away from my home five days a week for about ten hours a day including my commute. This doesn’t leave a whole lot of time during the week to grocery shop, clean, cook, etc., etc. To think I have to do all that stuff on my own and keep a full time job is insane.

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I don’t like to ask for help. I like to just do everything myself. And that’s stupid. I have a wonderful husband who is happy to help. All I have to do is ask. That’s it! And sure there are some days I feel guilty that we don’t have a home cooked meal on the table by 7pm (or at all), dirty laundry is exploding out of the hamper, and the refrigerator hasn’t been cleaned out in a month. But that’s okay. I don’t have to do everything. I have help. We have help. It will get done. All we have to do is ask for a little help.