New Year's Eve!
HAPPY New Year!!! There's so much pressure in those three little words, isn't there?! If you haven't noticed in your Instagram feeds, every photo seems to be "the first," fill in the blank, of the year photos of everything from first walks outside, first meals, first manicures, you name it! We didn't do any major excursions on New Year's Day, and I don't plan on documenting every single first we do.
As for resolutions, I am not one for putting anything in concrete, but I have a few loose ideas of things rattling around that I'd like to work on this coming year. Reading more is a major one. I read so much to the girls, but sadly, I have never been a real bookworm myself. I am not aiming to become this crazy reader overnight, but I would like to find a genre or perhaps an author or style of writing that I enjoy reading, for me. Over the holiday break, my husband was overly gracious with his spare time, suggesting I take time for myself, most days he was home, and I took him up on that offer on more than one occasion. One particular day I took some dry cleaning in, some tops and jackets that I had neglected to clean in, oh, about two and a half years! I also stopped at a thrift store and purchased a few reads. I started and stopped one already, and plugging through the first few pages of another. For you readers out there, how far in do you give yourself before you realize its a dud? Any great book suggestions out there? Besides reading, smiling more, yelling less, praying more and working on faith and also tending to some family relationships. Remy is extremely sensitive to emotions, body language and highly in tune with my moods. For a few months now she has expressed wanting to change my from upside down by doing something she know I will be proud of or something she knows will get a smile out of me after I had been scolding or complaining about something, and then she says, "Now you're smiling! Now you're happy!" In approval. She reminds me every day to be a better human.
New Year's Eve DAY was an absolute joy, truly! It was the first year in a couple that I was not pregnant or nursing, and I feel like my hormones and mood are finally starting to settle back to "normal." I felt the buzz in the air of the holiday and we made last minute plans that morning to go to Casa Bonita with the girls for lunch. I LOVE Casa Bonita! There, I said it, and I don't care! Maybe it's because I am a Colorado native and grew up going there with family, but as soon as I walk in, and smell that waft of Mexican food and hear that waterfall, I just bean and get giddy! I LOVED coming here growing up and now I am LOVING taking my kiddos! So much to experience for the senses!
The girls were incredible and they really had fun! We were seated right by the divers and Remy was intrigued! She went down to give "high fives" to the diver. She sin't quite old enough for the arcade, and the cave spooked her a little, although she went in twice (once with myself and once with her dad.) The puppet show only happens at 6 pm, so we missed that, having gone at lunch, but I bet the girls will die over that! There were some coin rides downstairs too. We didn't get coins this time, but let them hop on for fun. Next time, next time. They had awesome Christmas decorations too, which I didn't expect and it made it that much more magical! I am not sure who had more fun, the girls or me!
The food was, what you can expect, not delectable or memorable, but not horrible either. That's part of the place though, guys! BUT, the sopaipillas! OHhhhh.... those sopaipillas have me! I had two smothered in honey.
Needless to say, BOTH girls napped pretty hard that day! After naps, we took a family grocery store trip. Husband and I picked out some treats to have while watching the New York countdown on television after the girls were to go to bed. They ended up staying up a little past their bed time. We ate Bugles and danced to some of the televised music. After the girls went to bed we had this whole champagne toast ready to ring in the new year, but it sort of got all botched over a piddly argument. I ended up being upset about something and called it a night in a pout. Even after the apology, I still held a grudge stubbornly. That is a something I need to work on this year, last year, and all the time.
So circling back to NYE expectations and hype...it all sort of changes, a lot, once you become a parent. I think things SHOULD change when you become a parent, if you're doing it right. In my little opinion. It changes, but I would not have wanted to be in any other room or place on New Year's Eve than where I was last year, this year, and hopefully many years to come. Cuddled on the living room floor, whispering so as not to wake the girls, and sharing a glass of wine with my love, knowing our sweet babies were resting in their rooms peacefully, and sitting in a home we built together, it is all the buzz I need! So the countdown was a bust, and that kiss didn't happen, who cares! If there's one thing that last 10 seconds of a year teaches all of us, it's that it isn't about that last moment, but about all the millions of moments leading up to it. At least for me.
Here's to 2016!
Here's a few photos from our afternoon I captured on my NEW camera! Yeah! Okay, so this wasn't exactly the best time or place to practice a new photographic device. The lighting in there couldn't BE any more challenging! Also, back to those resolutions; husband does not exactly like it when family time is interrupted with a camera. Who does?! However, I feel like I am experiencing and appreciating just as much, while also documenting. I can see his point of view and see the annoyances of a blogger in the room too. So, I am going to try to be more mindful of when and where I snap photos with all of us together, or maybe after a few of my new photography classes with my camera I will be faster and better and more selective of when I snap. ;)
^^^Arlo's coat! And her tiny Capezio ballet slippers! I found the slippers, brand new, at the thrift store for $2 the other day!
^^^Remy's belt! A little big still, but I found this thrifting.