Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year, Same Me!

We're already 9 days into the new year and here I am finally showing up after almost a month away! Life has been pretty crazy around here. The last few months were amazing, but crazy nonetheless. It all started in September when I went to visit my bestie Julie and go to Disney World for my birthday. Then I went to Cancun followed by London and then Green Bay! In between my travels JP and I were busy looking for a new home!


I told you it was awesome, but crazy! While we were traveling, I was constantly online searching for houses, favoriting and sending them to my rockstar realtor. {Shout out to Mary Lewis! If you're looking for a home in the Houston area, let me know and I can send you Mary's way. She did such an amazing job helping us. She took me out looking for homes countless times and didn't stop until we know I found "the one."} When we were in Houston, I was constantly out looking at homes. We went out at least once a week, sometimes more, and saw 6-9 houses each time. We looked at several different neighborhoods trying to find our perfect fit. After a few months of searching, we found it! The perfect house, in the perfect neighborhood, on the coolest street! We were able to close on the house on December 19th in just 30 days, and officially moved in 2 days after Christmas.


So what did we do between closing and moving in you ask? A TON!

We celebrated Christmas in College Station with JP's parent's, Kate and Nathan. We visiting JP's Mimi & Papa, saw the lights at Central Park and just hung out with family!


We had Baby Christmas with Chloe's girlfriends! Brunch, presents and playtime for the win.


We went to Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo with my friend Dominic! They never fail to disappoint.



We went on a final Whole Foods coffee stop and long walk on the Bayou before moving! We had planned to do our usual 2.5 mile loop, but were enjoying our time so much that we did 4 miles. The pups were exhausted.


 We sent out our beautiful Christmas cards designed by Meeker Pictures. They shot the pictures for Emily's wedding and we HAD to do their Christmas mini shoot. They're so detailed and amazing.


We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day! Unfortunately I have very few pictures because I was sick, sick, sick! I caught some sort of stomach bug and was up all night the night before and all of Christmas morning running to the bathroom. Luckily we were at my parents' house and I was well taken care of. That evening I had to skip out on Christmas with JP's extended family, so I laid in bed and watched Elf instead.


On December 27th, we moved in! Chloe and the dogs have a backyard to run around in and we've spent SOOOOO much time outside. It's been pretty amazing.


While I'm at it, let's just finish out the year...

I went to see The Nutcracker put on by the Houston Ballet. Our cousin Claire dances with the Houston Ballet Academy and was one of Clara's friends and a Sugar Plum Fairy this year! She was elegant, graceful and nothing short of amazing to watch.


We celebrated Best Friend Christmas with the Waites and Crowsons! Two years ago, it was just the 6 of us and I told the girls that I was pregnant. This year there were 10 of us!!! We all have babies and it was the best Christmas yet!


 We rung in the New Year with a pajama party at Rachel's house! We ate lots of food, shot off tons of fireworks and drank a little (or maybe more than a little) champagne.


Whew! There you have it, the rest of the year is as condensed of a version as I could possible manage. For the record, things have finally calmed down a bit around these parts and I plan to be back to blogging as usual! Stay tuned for more life, Chloe, dogs, workouts, recipes, new home decorating, travel and so much more!

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