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The new normal

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It’s been quiet around here.  Life has completely changed, and we are trying to get a good schedule down.  Any free time I have, I’ve been working on Love Threads.  The store has been very busy, and little miss Eleanor keeps us quite busy too. All good stuff, but really just trying to find the “new normal” around here.

First and foremost, the sleep schedule.  We are sleep training and it has gotten a lot better.  Some nights better than others. Eleanor is only a month old, so we don’t expect a lot out of her, obviously. Ha!  Next up, trying to figure out how many hours a day I’m carving out for Love Threads.  Mornings work best for us.  We all function really well in the morning, and Eleanor usually takes a couple hour nap.  So basically all orders are filled in the morning, and my buying usually takes place in the late afternoon, when she is napping again.  Lastly, just getting an overall day schedule down. We are really organized people.  We have always had a schedule and pretty much stuck with it.  Obviously, we know having a newborn it isn’t always easy.  Although, we know we can try our best.  For us this is what works, others can fly by the seat of their pants, and that works for them.

Overall, life is good and finding this new normal has been a great life lesson, especially to slow down.  The biggest lesson we have received is not being selfish, one bit!  I’m glad I waited 36 years to have my first child.  I’m not sure I would have been ready before now, to be honest.  I commend you twenty something mamas, it’s not a small feat.  This is definitely the biggest accomplishment my husband and I have had in life.  It’s also the most amazing thing that has happened to both of us.  I’m so so happy we have been blessed with this opportunity.

We love you more than all the stars in the sky, Eleanor.

ellie2^^^Picking up Eleanor’s birth certificate^^^

ellie3^^^Our first walk to the Santa Barbara rose garden^^^

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a beautiful baby shower

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This past weekend, one of my dear friends gave me a beautiful baby shower. The setting was amazing, the food was delicious and the company was the best! We had a nice mix of people, along with some fabulous cake! Ha! It was an outdoor setting, overlooking the ocean, and the weather was perfect!

Dave and I feel so grateful to have so many loving friends in our life.  Baby J is lucky too!

Thanks to everyone who has done so much for us throughout this time.  As some of you know, this is a true miracle that we are even pregnant.  We feel so blessed.

baby shower^^^One of my dear friends, and our baby doctor^^^

baby shower3^^^The beautiful host^^^

baby shower7^^^The best baby shower mocktail I’ve ever had^^^

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baby shower6^^^I mean…^^^

Thanks again to everyone who joined us on this beautiful day!

 

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beach day

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We decided to take advantage of this gorgeous weather we are having.  I almost hate to say this, but it has been in the upper 70’s and low 80’s around here lately.  Can’t complain.  This is definitely what we pay for, and I tell you, we PAY for it!  The husband and I rarely have a full day together, so when we do it is definitely a treat.  We packed up the grill (best investment ever), which I’ve talked about here and here, grabbed some burgers,  and headed down to check out the surf.  It was PERFECT!

It’s days like these that I never want to move from Santa Barbara.  Everything seems just fine the way it is.

beachbbq^^^It really is the perfect, portable grill.^^^

beachbbq2^^^My latest craving.^^^

beachbbq1^^^Snacks and buns.^^^

beachbbq4^^^The husband shot this.  I’m over half way there.  Yay!!!^^^

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a year in review

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

I know I’m getting old when I decided against having a party tonight, because I honestly don’t think I can stay up late enough.  I know, lame.

I hope everyone had a wonderful year.  We sure did.  Lots of ups and downs, and turnarounds.   Overall, it was a great year!

Most of our year was trying to get pregnant.  As some of you may know we went through mounds of fertility treatments, that ended in us (me) finally getting pregnant.  Wow, I commend any woman that has gone through that.  Hardest thing I’ve ever been through, and you are all my true heroes.  The support I received from friends and even strangers, was the biggest gift I could have received this year.  Unless you’ve been there, you’ll never know the angst, worry, fear, pain, and then relief, if it even works.  Love to all of my mamas.

We did a bit of traveling, which we intend to do more of in 2014. We are starting the year off with a trip to Big Bear with some friends.

I opened my online shop, Love Threads.  I’ve been in the business for over 10 years, it’s pretty much all I know.

My mom and dad made their appearance quite a few times, which we always love.  We tend to get out and travel to different areas along the coast when they are here.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a ton more things, but overall can’t complain, can only be thankful.

I thank every one of my readers who have supported our blog and shop throughout the year.   I am truly thankful for all of you.

2014, is going to be the best year yet!

Peace~

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