I’m hanging my head in shame as I climb out from beneath a pile of discarded wrapping paper and bows, stale Christmas cookies and New Year’s confetti. I just can’t believe it. For the first time since this blog was born, I lost my way and broke my promise to post my weekly reflection. Dear readers, please accept my sincerest apologies. This holiday season absolutely buried me with its parties, trip to NYC, celebrations and house guests. I’ve spent the last week cleaning out the mental cobwebs and trying to come up with a way to virtually grovel at your feet while asking for your forgiveness. But, alas, all I can come up with is a simple, “I’m sorry.” Life got in the way, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
So, Happy Belated Holidays and Happy New Year! I hope that all of your days were merry and bright and that the first couple of weeks of this new year have been healthy and fruitful. Things in the Henshall Household have been just as busy as always. Business trips, Spanish and music classes and a neglected To Do list have been filling up our days. We finally took the Christmas tree down this past Sunday (the rest of the decor came down a couple of weeks ago, but Taylor insisted that Clara wanted the tree to stay up a bit longer). I was happy to see it go as it had been taking up residence in our living room for the better part of the last two months. In its place are new toys and our fake Ficus. I did reserve one strand of white twinkle lights, which Clara and I happily strung on the Ficus. Even though the holiday season has come and gone, I still like to light the Ficus up in the evening and turn down the lights while we watch tv. The warm glow is enough to keep me cozy during the coldest of winter nights.
The end of last year brought about a flood of emotions for me. 2012 was a big year for us, as we welcomed little Elyse into our family. It’s hard to believe that she’ll be a year old in just over six weeks. For me, the year of the dragon was one that began with a boatload of stress, anxiety and fear. And after Elyse’s birth, I spent the remainder of the year learning the delicate balance between parenting two children while still retaining a part of my own individual identity. While this is a skill that I’m still working to master, I’ve gotten a better handle on carving out enough “me” time during the day. Carving out enough “we” time — time for Taylor and I — is another story, however, but we’re working on it. :0) And although I’m proud of the fact that I have been breastfeeding Elyse for almost 11 months, I’m looking forward to the time (coming soon!) when I get my body back completely and don’t feel as if I’m “on call” 24/7. And in the spirit of striving for more “me” time, I decided to sign up for my first half-marathon — my new challenge — taking place on Mother’s Day of this year. 2011 brought about the challenge of my first and only treated NAIT pregnancy. In 2012, I was challenged with the end of my high-risk pregnancy and simultaneously parenting an infant and a toddler. Now in 2013, I’m taking back my body for good (no more babies or breastfeeding for this mama!) and setting new fitness goals. I have 16 weeks to get myself trained and ready for the next race on my list (5K, 10K and 15K — check, check, check!).
As 2013 has already been underway for just over two weeks, I couldn’t be more excited to share our new adventures and challenges (as I’m sure there will be plenty to come!) with you. I’ve decided to revamp the blog a bit — check back for a fresh new look, along with some new features! But, even with the new changes, the underlying goal will be the same — to provide, you, my dear readers, with a glimpse into our chaotic, but simple, lives. With weddings, new babies and many other joyous celebrations on the calendar, this year is already flying by! So, I invite you back into our world as we live, love and laugh our way into 2013.
What you “missed” while I was away…
Highlights from our trip to NYC