Anyway, we have also had a cold spell down here, plunging highs into the upper 60s to mid 70s. For my FL-converted blood, this means jeans, long sleeves, and sweaters or sweatshirts in the mornings. We hit the beach for our Christmas Beach Party on the first day of our cold spell, Wednesday.
One of the joys of being a designer is getting custom invites for every little get-together you have.
It was a light turn-out, but still a lot of fun. Turns out everyone around here goes home for Christmas. Ah, the joys of having money. But the rest of us got together in the afternoon and stayed until sunset. As the day went along, Matt and I deemed the theme of the party "lazy with careless abandon."
Falling asleep at the beach - all bundled up from the cool breeze.
What is this business about a camera? (Later it became, Can I eat this camera?)
When we leave Naples, we aren't going to remember the days we sat at home on the couch. But we'll remember times like these.
-I am on a homemade apple pie kick. I made some for the first time for Christmas and it was incredibly delicious. Good for taste buds, not good for weight loss.
-I let Abigail sleep on her tummy. She is very congested and she breathes a lot easier on her tummy, so when I sneak into her room to check on and discover that she's flipped over, I let her stay that way.
-I love baby pajamas almost as much as I love baby blankets. There is something so cute about her little body clothed from head to toe in a soft, baby-print fabric. Abigail got these for Christmas and I pretty much just let her live in them.
-Between May and now, I have only lost half the baby weight, but my laziness stalled the weight loss process in early December and have only lost 3 lbs all month, and I gained 2 of them back over Christmas. Oi!
2011 has been amazingly crazy. I started out the year by quitting my job after my boss tried to break copyright laws. I started this year four months pregnant. Then our car died. And we bought a new one. We found out that our baby had a serious series of heart defects. We moved back to Michigan. We gave birth to our first child. Our first child had heart surgery. We moved back to Florida. We had to have our apartment fogged due to a roach infestation. We are experiencing a financial low point.
2011 has taught me that it is okay to depend on your friends. I learned that I'm not a bad mom. I learned how to be happy even when things in life are more pain than joy. I learned that I'm smarter than I think I am. I learned never to burn bridges. I learned that some things and some people do change. I learned that even when I'm mad at God, God still loves me. I learned that some things in life happen and it isn't always my fault. I learned that life is 85% mindset, determination, and will power and 15% luck and circumstance. I am learning not to underestimate the 85% or overestimate the 15%.
Being the goal-oriented, to-do list maker that I am, you can bet I am all about New Year's Resolutions. A few years ago, I tried to convince myself that they were a silly fad used to generate more sales, but I have to admit, for the last month, I have been looking forward to this day. I could come up with 100 more, but I figure having too many is a recipe for disaster. Okay, so here are my resolutions (in no particular order):
#1: Resurrect my prayer life
#2: Hit my goal weight by graduation
#3: Take more pictures
#4: Read more books, watch less tv/movies
#5: Learn to be less jealous of other people's joys and successes & more satisfied with my own lot in life.
So, to all my loyal blog readers out there, the ones who have been with me since the beginning and the ones who found me at some point along the way and found something worth sticking around for: What do I love about right now? You.