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2018, thats a wrap! Word of 2019

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Celebrating a family wedding in Bozeman

Wrapping up 2018 was definitely bittersweet, to say the least. It will forever be one of the most memorable years of my life with the birth of my second daughter and moving to a new home, but it has also been one of the hardest years. Change can be a tough pill to swallow and I am very proud of how far my family has come in 2018. The transition from one to two kids can be very tough. I thankfully have the help of my husband, but when he is working and providing for our family, I am outnumbered to my two crazy girls! Finding a balance has been the toughest part of my year, on top of trying to get used to a new home. Comfort was something that I felt I lost this year. I was extremely emotional moving from the first house my husband and I bought. The house we bought thinking we would ‘start’ a family in, not necessarily live there and grow a family for 5 years. We built a family there, we built community and relationships with our neighbors and friends, we built a life and a loving home. Leaving that behind left me feeling sad and empty when we moved. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE our new house, but leaving that home felt like we were leaving behind a big piece of our family and our life. Luckily I have come to learn that leaving a home is just that- you leave the home. All of your memories come with you, they don’t live in the house. The memories of us bringing our girls home from the hospital to that house is a memory I will forever have in my heart. I will drive past that house when my girls are older and be able to show them where they began their lives and how many memories were created there. After living in our new home now for just over four months, it is finally becoming home and not just a house. We have created memories here; celebrated holidays, fought illness, laughed, loved, cried, hugged, smiled, danced, sung, played games, entertained, praised, snuggled, and lived. I am incredibly grateful for the people I get to call my family and friends who have helped us share these memories and helped make this house a home.

Two big life changes in 2018 made for an emotional year with a lot of ups and downs. I have thought long and hard to come up with a word for 2019 in addition to a couple of resolutions (which I think may not even really be a thing anymore). I couldn’t settle on just one word as I have lots I can work on and strive for in 2019 which is why my word(s) of the year are going to be: BALANCE and CAREFREE.

For those of you that know me, you know that these are great words for me. Balance is always tough to achieve when you have families, friends, kids, a hubby, all the while trying to also squeeze in some ‘you’ time. I am going to find a balance that works best for me this year and brings an abundance of happiness. I am going to surround myself with the people and things that bring me the most joy. 

Carefree is also going to be a challenging word. Unfortunately, I am a very high-strung person who internalizes a lot and stresses even more. I am going to take leaps and bounds towards being more carefree this year and enjoy and live in the moment. Be present 🙂

I am excited to embark on a new year and journey with all of you!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Fitness Journey: Self-love or Self-hate?

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Happy hump day all!

After getting back into a rhythm at the gym over the last month, I was asked a very honest question by my workout instructor. She had asked if my fitness journey was started by self-love or self-hate. Truly, this question didn’t even need pondering because I knew in my heart that I started out this fitness journey with self-hate. I wanted to lose my baby weight, get back in shape, lose love handles, tighten my tummy, get rid of dimples, etc. As I began thinking of all the reasons I was back at the gym I came to realize that I have a heck of a lot of self-hate. I need to give myself grace and be much kinder to myself and my body. My entire body transformed to grow a human over 9 months, I can’t expect it to go back to normal right away. I am a role model for both my girls and would never let them know of any self-consciousness or body image issues I have. What I always tell them is what I need to constantly remind myself- I workout to get strong and to be healthy. 

After setting out on this fitness journey (it’s only been a month as I just got released to workout postpartum), I am now finding myself going to the gym for self-love. Am I one that is super hyped and always looking forward to my workouts? No. But the gym is the only “me time” I get in a day and I carve out those 60-90 minutes to get a good workout in, reset, sweat, get my heart rate up, breathe, and destress. This instructor also reminded me that if I don’t prioritize this time and make it mine, someone will fill it. I show up for my classes with excitement to give it my all, have fun, make new friends, sweat, gain strength, be better than yesterday, and hope that the transition I want to see in my body will eventually follow. For now I am just enjoying getting my strength back, getting my butt kicked by the motivating instructors, sweating out all of the negative emotions, exhaling my stress, and inhaling the goodness that the gym brings. Results will follow- but until then, I am going to love and take care of the body God gave me and enjoy my fitness journey.

Talk with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Reflecting on my 30th Birthday & Mother’s Day

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far.

I have been doing a lot of reflecting recently since I just had our second little girl in March, turned 30 in April, and will be celebrating my second Mother’s Day this weekend. So… where to begin?

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Top Golf with my family and friends to celebrate my 30th!

If you had asked me where I saw myself in 10 years when I was 20, it would most certainly not be where I am today. I have accomplished so much and am extremely proud of where I am at the age of 30. I got a lot of questions from friends and family on if I felt sad or weird turning 30 and the honest answer is no. As I look and reflect on my life, I realize that I am incredibly happy where I am at and turning 30 in my eyes is just turning another number. I have been given 2 amazing gifts with my girls who bring me more joy than I have ever experienced in my life, or could have prayed for. Seth, Brooklyn, Blair and Paisley (woof!) bring me so much happiness, love, and laughter that I can’t wait to see what our future holds. I think that my 30’s are going to be the best years of my life with the greatest memories that I will hang onto for a lifetime.

Okay, so enough about me and my birthday 🙂 Being a mother has been hands down the most difficult, amazing, wonderful, crazy, frustrating, exhausting, and best things of my life. I am so incredibly blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mama and raise my two girls with my values and morals each and every day. Is it easy? Hell no- this is the hardest job I’ve ever had and I learn SO much every day. I feel as though I rarely know what I’m doing or if I’m doing the right thing, but I am always busting my butt to make sure my girls are happy and safe. I guess that is part of the fun of parenting- as long as you are doing your best, there really isn’t any way you can go wrong. All of us moms are constantly making mistakes, but as long as we put our best foot forward that is all we can do and it’s also how we learn 🙂 I had such an incredible childhood that I can only hope and pray that my girls have the same feelings as I did.

Mothers are incredibly strong people, and I don’t think you can fully understand to the extent until you are one. What an amazing day to celebrate all of these strong mamas and role models that I have surrounding me. My mom is my best friend, who I look up to, and she is constantly helping me down this crazy unpredictable path of motherhood with my own girls. I have learned so many lessons from my mom and wonder how in the world she raised me some days, haha. I call her A LOT with questions, concerns, to chat or vent, make plans, cry, laugh, and just about everything else that happens in my day. She has helped guide me to be a wonderful mother to my girls, and I am incredibly lucky to have her as my mom. I look up to my sister, who is a mother to 3 little boys and is also there for me for every question, panic situation, frustrating day, venting, a good laugh, and the list goes on.

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My mom, my sister and I at my cousins wedding last weekend.

My grandma is one of my best friends and raised my incredible mother, her two sisters and brother. She is the coolest, most fun, caring, hilarious, and awesome grandma you will ever meet. I talk to her at least once a week about the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a mom. She is always there when I need her and I feel fortunate that I got to spend last weekend with her at my cousins wedding.

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I know it’s blurry, but it is such a special photo- My grandma meeting Blair for the 1st time.

My other grandmother passed away this week after battling Alzheimer’s for many years. She was a great example of what a good mother and wife is. I will never forget how much she and my grandpa loved to dance. They danced all around the cul-de-sac at my high school graduation party and continued long after the last guest left. They were so in love with each other and were honestly the real-life ‘Notebook’ couple. Although she isn’t here for Mother’s Day, she is in our hearts and I know she and my grandpa are in Heaven dancing and celebrating what a wonderful job she did raising her children. She made huge sacrifices for her kids and is another role model I have been so fortunate to have.

Last, but not least, my mother-in-law raised my amazing husband in addition to his two brothers. The stories I hear of these 3 boys growing up… I don’t know how she did it! She is always there for me, to lend a helping hand, or help me with any questions I have.

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my MIL taking great care of Brooklyn while we were away at my cousins wedding.

To all of you awesome and strong mothers out there… enjoy a weekend celebrating you, and all you do for your family! We work hard and deserve a day for us and acknowledgement of all the sacrifices, blood, sweat, and tears that we put in day in and day out (and nights) for our kiddos! Cheers mamas near and far!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Transitioning From a Family of 3 to a Family of 4!

Happy Friday Eve!!!! I can’t believe we have almost made it through another week 🙂

So I’m not exactly sure if my emotions are due to pregnancy hormones, or if they are legit, haha. Just the last couple weeks I have been SO emotional over the fact that Brooklyn is no longer going to be my only child! I am beyond excited to welcome another baby (VERY soon), but just have been holding on to these moments with just me and Brookie. To be completely honest, I can’t even talk about Brooklyn not being my only child without having a complete meltdown! Does it make me feel guilty at times? Yes, because I truly am so excited for number two, but just have these sad feelings to know I am sharing time and/or love, or feel like I’m taking that away from Brooklyn. After talking with other moms who have more than one kid, they reassured me that they had all these same feelings and its completely normal. 

One thing that I have been reminded is that I’m not ‘sharing’ or taking away any of the love I have for Brooklyn, but I am growing more love for the new baby just as our family is continuing to grow. Any moms out there who are in this same situation, or anticipating being in this same situation soon… don’t forget that! Sometimes it is hard to see past our emotions, guilt, or thoughts, but it is important to know that just because an unknown situation makes you feel a certain way, doesn’t make you a bad person. We just need to remind ourselves of all of the positive aspects that will arise from the situation and not focus on the ones that make us sad or upset. Siblings were the best thing that ever happened to me, I couldn’t imagine my life without them. I just need to remember that I am giving Brooklyn one of the best gifts that my husband, Seth and I received from our parents 🙂 We are both the youngest of three kids, and we know the special bond that is created between siblings. Siblings are your forever friends, your best friends, always there for each another, and will always be the people who know you best and known you the longest.

I can’t wait to see Brooklyn become a big sister, and meet this tiny little bundle that I’ve been waiting for all these months. Stay tuned for if it’s a boy or girl 🙂 

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

28 in a Nutshell

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”

Hello everyone, I can’t believe we have almost made it to Friday- yahoo! Yesterday was my 29th birthday, and I felt like I needed to do a little reflection on the past year of my life. I truly am still in shock that this is my last year of my 20’s, AH! 

28 was one of my most memorable years yet. The biggest highlight being that this was the year I became a mom for the first time to little miss Brooklyn Ann. This year there was a lot that was out of my control and put into the hands of God. Through faith and prayers we were blessed with a healthy baby girl in September. I overcame numerous trials and came to realize the amount of strength I have within me. I have never been tested as much as I have over the last year, and am truly stronger than I ever thought imaginable. After being home with Brookyln for three months, I had the courage to quit my corporate job so I could take on one of the most important jobs in my opinion- raising my daughter. My birthday last year I was four months pregnant with no clue how much my life was going to change in the coming months. My birthday this year, I have a seven month old daughter who brings me more joy than I have ever experienced or thought possible. 

The word ‘blessed,’ to me, is an over-used phrase and as I sat up in bed last night after what was a hands-down perfect and special day, I couldn’t come up with a better word for how I feel about my life. I am so very beyond blessed- with incredible family, friendships, job, health, and happiness.

In a previous post I wrote about how good friends are hard to find, and with a precious few, you should hold on. This last year I have been blessed with the best friends I could have ever asked for (near and far). I am surrounded by the most thoughtful, loving, and caring friends who have been with me through thick and thin. Even my friends without kiddos of their own, love and care so much not only for me, but for little B as well. The amount of love I felt yesterday was unlike any other year- the pictures that were shared, calls, texts, one of my best friends from middle school took me to breakfast, face-times, walks with neighbors etc. were enough to fill my love bucket for years to come. Thank you to everyone who reached out- I feel extremely fortunate to have you in my life.

For my family, I can’t thank you enough for all that you do for me. I have an extremely loving and caring husband, daughter, fur baby, parents, sister, brother,  in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. They have been there for me through the biggest trials from the past year and I can always count on them. I was overjoyed to spend the afternoon with my parents, sister, nephews, and daughter sharing laughs and love around the lunch table. I then came home to be spoiled and pampered by my husband and daughter with a fun family pizza night, cheesecake, singing, laughing, dancing, and a big celebration to top off the night. 

I can’t thank everyone enough for their love and support over the last year. 28 is a year for the books and will be a huge milestone for me forevermore. I love you all so much and can’t wait to see what this next year will bring- Bring it on 29!!! You have a lot to live up to 😉

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Friendships- When to Let Go

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

I know we’ve all been there- wondering how or why you lost a friend. As I’ve gotten older, I have found that there are always people put in your life for what you need at that time. Growing up, you have a few best friends and as you mature through high school and college you have lots of acquaintances, but fewer and fewer close friends. This quote rings true on so many levels. I have made some incredible friendships over the past couple of years, and I have also lost some friends over these years. The friendships I have held onto from college, high school, and middle school are some of my strongest friendships I have. These are the friends who have known me almost my entire life! They know the young girl who poured her heart into sports, stressed about every test in school, dealt with heartbreaks as they came, laughed uncontrollably, loved slumber parties, had way too much fun throughout college, they know me at my absolute worst and my best, and yet they still love me (this includes family- my parents, my siblings, my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents). I am always so thankful to have these precious few friendships that date all the way back to those young, stress-free years. I have reconnected with several of my wonderful friends from middle and high school and it is always like no time has passed and we pick up where we left off. I am beyond grateful for the wonderful friends who have touched and changed my life for the better. You come to realize that “sometimes your circle decreases in size, but increases in value”. I’m always stumped as to why some friendships come to an end, but honestly, you don’t have the time to sit and dwell or wonder. I have come to realize that my life is no different without that person in it. I need people in my life that make a difference. Not many of my friends are moms yet, but they understand my life has a changed a little with having a baby and still want to be a part of it. They love my daughter, but they also know that I can leave her with daddy and have a fun night out. Friendship is a two-way street, and as we get older and mature, we don’t have time for the friendships that aren’t bringing us happiness or take too much to nurture. We all have our own lives to live and life changes, and its important to “understand that people change and sometimes they are no longer compatible with our lives. We just have to learn to accept it and move on”. Friends are such an important piece of our lives and as we get older, it is important that you know people from when you were young. Throughout the trials in life and the deck of cards you have been dealt, these friends remain constant- and know the you in which you were raised and haven’t wavered too far. They help keep you in check 🙂

As a person who has wondered why some friendships haven’t lasted, don’t waste too much of your time or energy wondering why. Keep on moving and put the time and effort into the relationships you love and care for. “God puts people in your life for a reason, and removes them from your life for a better reason.” I have been told that friends are the family you get to choose, or the ‘siblings God forgot to give you”. Be picky of these friendships- and know how important these friendships are throughout your life. ❤

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie