We’ve been out of commission for two weeks, and we are well aware. It kind of puts a lot of pressure on this comeback post. Then again, we’re sure the world didn’t miss us terribly much what with all the celebrations and festivities that were going down.
Husband had a few extra vacation days and decided to start his holiday early, so we had two whole weeks to ourselves. (We saw plenty of other people, too. (; ) It felt like one epically long and lazy weekend. We ate breakfasts in bed, watched movie marathons, wore our new Christmas pajamas, made homemade candy bark, went out on date nights, and spent a couple hours driving around aimlessly in search of the best holiday lights. It was our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs., and I can’t think of any other — less cheesy — word for it than magical.
(The new purse the mister got me is pretty magical, too.) (:
We rang in 2014 by popping open a bottle of bubbly grape juice at 8 p.m. and accidentally falling asleep around 10. Exciting, no? Well, L did wake up at half past midnight, inform me that we’d missed the countdown, and give me a groggy “Happy New Year, sweetie” and a kiss. So we were wrapped up in warm arms and warm sheets when the great big calendar page in the sky flipped, but that’s a darn good way to spend it if you ask me.
Anyway, the new year comes with a lot of talk about changes and progress and the future, but I can’t seem to get myself to commit to any resolutions. I have some high hopes for this year, and I’d wager it’s going to be a pretty spectacular one what with our first anniversary, some swoon-worthy travel plans, and the impending arrival of a four-legged addition to our little family. I’m ready for it. ALL OF IT.
2013 had some moments I’ll cherish forever, like marrying L and starting our life together, but it had some low blows, too. There have been losses and delays and uncertainties that I’d rather forget than harp on here. I realize that pretty much describes every year that passes. That’s how it goes. Highs and lows and whatnot, so I guess instead of a resolution I want to have a focus. I was to relish every good moment that 2014 has to give, whether it lasts a day or second. I want to be present, to do and not just think or plan. I want to grow — to read more, travel more, learn more, give more. I want to focus on the things that matter and last, to simplify, to let go. Maybe that sounds like a batch of bad fortune cookies, but it’s where I’m at right now. I’m so grateful for this life that I have and the man I get to share it with. I don’t want to take it or him or anything for granted.
That said, I’ve been thinking about this blog and what I want it to be … and not be. I love that it’s given husband and me the chance to chronicle our adventures, but there were days when I posted out of sheer obligation than anything else, and I don’t like that one bit. I’m planning on mixing up how I view this whole blogging thing. There will be fewer posts, but my hope is that they’ll be more thoughtful ones. I love editing, but there are times I’m just aching to write. I miss it fiercely. So I want to use this space to keep honing my own voice and style, to share the stories I might not otherwise get to, and to preserve the good stuff (that’s a biggie).
So here’s to the wipe of the slate, the refresh button, or whatever metaphor you prefer. We wish you all a year that’s filled with the things that make life beautiful. Clink! -C