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Monday, December 29, 2014

A new year, a new you...

Although the end of the holidays often leave me with the Christmas blues - and especially this year, with so much excitement this month and seeing how much Hayzey has inherited my love of all things merry and bright - knowing that a new year is on the horizon and feeling like that change in calendar date holds so many possibilities gives me something to look forward to.

I'm a big resolution gal. Every year, I resolve to be a better person in one way or another and I have every intention of following through on the goals I set for myself after the holiday gluttony is over. Sometimes it works and the resolution is something that becomes incorporated into my daily life. Other times, the promises I make to myself fall by the wayside and flicker through my mind when I find myself doing the thing I wasn't supposed to do anymore (ahem, texting and driving ;-(! ).

Regardless, 2015 is a new year and I wanted to jot down some new goals I'm setting for myself (and my family) to try and keep me on track.

So here goes...

...stop texting and driving - for reals.
...drink more water. Santa brought me a lovely new Lifefactory glass water bottle in a bright and cheery aqua and my goal is to fill it up 5x a day - that's 100oz of water. Right now, I'm drinking maybe 40oz on a good day, so this'll be a challenge, but it's imperative I follow through. Water makes your skin supple, your body working and helps to ward off those pesky kidney stones - and lord knows I don't feel like rekindling that love affair next year! (side note, Hayes was about the same age as Greyson is now when I first started getting the kidney stones after he was born so I'm on high alert!)
...get back into a more consistent workout routine. I've cancelled my membership at the gym- I know, sounds counter-intuitive but here me out. I haven't been to that grimy hell hole called LA Fitness in probably 6 months now, so I might as well have been throwing the $30 monthly fee into the garbage. So by cancelling the membership, I won't constantly feel that guilt of never going - and instead, I can buy individual classes at Cardio Barre (which I LOVE), Soul Cycle (which I've been dying to try) and other places that might afford me a better workout than reading US Weekly on the eliptical for 30 mins. If I can do two workouts a week - whether it be a CB class and the Culver City stairs or a Soul Cycle class and a family run, it'll be twice what I'm doing now and I'll already be making good on my resolution.
...blog more.
...experiment more in the kitchen.
...stop leaving Greyson out of things under the assumption that "he won't know the difference". We find ourselves leaving him home to do fun things with Hayes more and more and it's a bad habit to get into. He's part of the family and he should come along for the fun, even if it's a little more hectic wrangling a 1 year old. I'm also going to get him into some of his own classes stat - Hayes had already done Toddle Tunes and Gymboree by this point and poor Grey has done nothing!
...my last one is my biggest one - and the one that I think will make the most difference in my life: Disconnect. With the modern convenience of smart phones and laptops, I find myself (and Grant) constantly with our phones in our hands, checking FB or instagram or emails instead of having face to face conversations. I'd like to implement a no phone zone for at least a chunk of the night - put the devices down away from the dinner table and spend some time together as a couple and as a family. Grant works hard and this means he's often on his laptop until late in the night, long after I go to bed. I get that we won't be able to completely eliminate this - business needs to be done and emails need to be answered, but as a family resolution, I'd like to at least make an effort for that to not be every night. It's a good example to start setting for the kids and I think it will increase our quality of life ;-)

I'm going to step back in time briefly to share some pics of the holidays and then sign off until the new year, when my resolutions will be in full force ;-)

The holidays were good to us and I've actually really been enjoying being home with the boys and having a low-key Christmas in LA. The city is empty and the weather is a bit cooler, so it's a nice change of pace. Here are some shots from the past couple of weeks. We've got a revolving door of visitors this week, with Aunt V and Thomas currently in town and GG and Pops stopping in tomorrow. Nini and Pa will be assuming babysitting duties while we party it up on NYE and then we have one more weekend left of holiday before it's back to work. 
Meet Juniper Claire and Dylan Rose, our new nieces, born December 18th. We are so excited to go meet them and visit with the whole Kelly clan at the beginning of January!
A visit to Santa Claus, wearing our festive attire, of course!
Christmas Eve at the beach...
Venice Sand Berms - such a unique thing to do in LA...
Christmas Eve, 2014.
Loving the new table and chairs from GG and Pops!
Dinner in Hayes' new robe...
Cozy mornings with these tootsies...
Hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays with your friends and family. Here's to a fabulous 2015!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Blur...

Wow, has it really been a whole month since I last posted?!? Yikes. Sorry about that - been in the midst of the holiday craze and haven't had time to check in with my dear readers. Here's an update of what we've been up to the last four weeks...

We made the trek up north to Angel's Camp for one of my favorite weeks of the year to celebrate turkey day with the Dake clan. It was a lovely few days filled with lots of food and family and the Thanksgiving break felt extra long (in a good way) as we came home on Friday so we had the whole weekend in LA to get back into the routine.

Hayes wearing G Pops' authentic ushanka hat and killing it...
Grey enjoying the park in Murphy...
What it's like to take a picture of Grey these days - he's a squirmy worm who purses his lips when he's angry...

Of course, he'll slow down to get a snuggle from his favorite 'DAH!'...
And Hayes is always trying to grab a drive-by hug...
Here's our family photo from Thanksgiving 2014. A corrupted memory card situation rendered our other photos useless, which was infuriating to say the least, but also a lesson learned to never turn off your camera when files are being transferred ;-(
We used this extra weekend to deck our halls and put up our Christmas tree (who Hayes named Poppy) - the earliest we've ever put up the tree but we were feeling festive and ready to embrace the holidays. Our elf, Lobster arrived the next morning, advent calendar in hand and has been surprising Hayes by showing up in a new place every morning. Turns out Hayes particularly likes Lobster to perch in his room, which has been working out to our advantage as we tell him Lobster will only come there if he sleeps in his bed all night. What am I going to do without our little magical friend after Christmas ends?!
We are on major baby alert around here waiting for the arrival of our two little nieces who should be joining the crew any day now. My parents, whom we usually spend the holidays with in Scottsdale, will be going out to DC next week to lend a helping hand, so we celebrated an early Christmas with them and the newlyweds last weekend. It was a full house, but fun to host our official first Christmas with the family and it's seemed awfully quiet since everyone left.

Christmas #1 with the Maillouxes...
Hayes helping Nana make tarte tatin...
Christmas dinner. Can't believe there are 8 family members missing from this photo!
Hanukkah kicked off last night so yours truly (the shiksa of the family) lit the menorah with Hayes after we returned from his pre-school holiday dinner and he's anxious to tear into his daily gift from grandma Nini for the next 7 days.

Everyone knows how spirited I am about this time of year and I couldn't be happier that Hayes has seemed to adopt my love of all things Christmas (even though I think Grant may be a bit overwhelmed by it all). It's so fun watching him race to find Lobster every morning and answer his questions about Santa Claus. I was a little afraid that with all of the pre-holiday hoopla, December 25th would come and go with little fanfare, but he doesn't seem to be slowing down and we're making sure Santa Claus brings the gifts that top his list.

And what's Greyson been up to, you ask? He is a boy on the move, into EVERYTHING and is mainly just trying to keep up with his big brother. Sadly, he's still at the age where Christmas doesn't mean a whole lot to him yet - too young for advent calendars and gingerbread houses and more interested in napping than opening presents. But he is delighting us everyday with his new talents - he now knows where most of his body parts are, blows kisses with reckless abandon and will even boogie down to a song here or there, which is the cutest thing ever, IMHO.



I have high hopes to update you all on the comings and goings of our family before the end of the year, but in all reality, I probably won't have much time to since starting Friday, I'm home with the kiddos for 17 DAYS. So if you don't hear from me again, I hope you have a fabulous holiday season, filled with good food, good company and everything your heart desires ;-)