True to form, the New Year is off to a quick start…How we’ve already made our way mid-month blows my mind. Enough small talk though, I feel like I’ve been keeping so much from you, and I want this year, this new season, this new chapter of this place to be different. Lately, it feels like the reason I haven’t felt as connected is in the way I’m partially leading with a front, and holding back so much of what is going on in my world for sake of being embarrassed or exposed, and that makes me nervous. I also know what a blockade that has made between us, and that changes now. My body is literally begging for me to be more vulnerable with you, and I have to admit, that is hard for me. Maybe I should read some Brene Brown? But until I can schedule more time to get on that task, I thought I would start by listing all the things I’ve been afraid to tell you and then some.
Location: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Miles turned 30 towards the end of 2016! He’s not much into birthdays, but I am, and I always love a good excuse to celebrate. I knew I had to do something out of the norm for his entrance into this new decade, and I knew I wanted to gift him an experience rather than something tangible. So, I started where every great experience begins, in planning a trip, first to Norway (top of his bucket list) but then I realized we didn’t have weeks to spend there and knew the trek abroad wouldn’t be worth the short time we’d have to spend there. I want that trip to be one for the books–plus, I should mention it was going to be well below zero, and we wouldn’t be able to properly explore, so I nixed that one quick. Plan B went like this: Miles was born in Queens, NY + what better way to bring in turning 30 than by taking it all the way back to where the journey first began. Good, no?! I thought so. And get this, I wanted it to be a surprise until we boarded the plane. This is hard because Miles is the most organized person I know, and I’m the absolute worst at trying to keep surprises a secret…
2016 was one for the books. We made so many memories this year, and I can’t wait to do the same in 2017. I’d say the highlight of our last year was bringing our new baby, Harlow Rue Wood, into this world. As second child syndrome tends to take effect, we realized we were 6 months into our new gig and hadn’t a single photo printed or framed of baby H (talk about feeling guilty). It made me feel awful, as I nearly took 50+ photos/day of Luca as a baby, and then, in turn, printed out thousands of those photos. The problem hasn’t been photographing Harls, it’s been printing and framing the photos we do take instead of letting them just sit on our phones, cameras, and desktops. A big goal of ours this month is to print and frame a few photos of Harlow and even out the playing field on our gallery wall.
At the end of October and beginning of November, we traveled to the south of Italy and France. We were invited by my dad, and we never pass up such an opportunity. The boys and I went and unfortunately, Miles had to stay home to work. I made a video recap of my trip to Europe with the boys here (it’s lengthy, but I didn’t have the heart to cut down the footage). I also should prepare you for a boatload of photos, because I loved all of them too much to cut them down either! Here are our travels in a photo story!
This wasn’t Lu’s first plane ride, although it will probably be the first he’ll actually remember. It was Harlow’s first plane ride. At 6 months old he won’t remember, but I promise I will never forget.
Happy New Year friends! What a year I/we had. It was a true wavelength with so many ups and downs. It was a year of tremendous growth, and also a year of big change. A look back on what 2016 was like for us:
January: We rang in 2016 with me being 22 weeks pregnant with Harlow. It’s crazy to look back and think I was only half way there to meeting little H this time last year. He’s such a quintessential part of what makes our family, well…us, so it’s hard to remember a life without him. Luca potty trained himself in January which was a huge feat. He decided one day he was ready and we haven’t looked back since. You can read about potty training Lu here. Also in January, my sister and I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the ALT Summit conference where I met so many wonderful people and really gained a lot of knowledge and perspective that I implemented into my business this year.
Harlow officially started eating solid foods a month ago and Luca is having a growth spurt…sooo our pantry seems to be in a constant state of “low supply.” Nothing lasts around here. I cannot seem to keep up, so I’m at the grocery store constantly. Harlow has shocked me with his appetite, and Luca’s a machine when he’s growing, plus he burns so many calories with all the energy he exerts. Miles and I have always been extremely intentional about feeding our kids, and we made the decision after Luca was born that we would raise them vegetarian. I’m vegetarian, so it came very naturally for me to want that type of lifestyle for my children, but I’m really happy Miles was just as persistent about it.