Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s officially January 1, 2018! To be honest, I am really glad the holidays are over. While I love Christmas and enjoy doing the Christmas “things”, this winter has been incredibly cold and I have barely wanted to leave our apartment. Which is also a big deal when you have a super active toddler who needs to let that energy out but every time she steps out, she comes back with her cheeks so red, it kills me. Normally I’m ok with the cold but I’m ready for some spring which I know isn’t due for a good while.

Anyways! I’m rambling. I am really excited for a brand new year and to do it all over again. I’m into it, you guys! I’m the cheesy person saying “new year, new me!”. I don’t really have specifics but I know I want to be healthier and make better choices and I think that’s why I appreciate the symbolism of a new year. I really like the thought of just evaluating things right now and determining that something needs to change. I could probably do with drinking more water, maybe going out for more runs. This is it! This is the time to just start fresh.

We started the year off great by heading over to Tatiana’s apartment. Todd and Tatiana had invited us for dinner and it was AMAZING. They used their new sous vide to cook us perfect filet mignon. We hung out and drank wine and chased Petra around. I was semi-determined to keep her awake until midnight but she was soooo due for sleep around 10am. She slept in the next room while we waited for the ball to drop. Honestly, it was perfect, just me and the people that I love. Todd and Tatiana have become like family to us here in New York and I couldn’t be more grateful to have the opportunity to spend the holidays with them.

Petra woke up shortly after the ball dropped and we went home where she pretty seamlessly continued to sleep and woke up on time at around 7am lol she’s such an early bird! That’s ok, though because I’m ok being an early bird too. If it hadn’t been 15 degrees outside maybe a walk would have been nice. Did I mention how I can’t wait for winter to be over already? I hope this year is full of love and happiness for everyone! Cheers!

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O Christmas Tree!

This past weekend, Lukasz, Petra and I finally set out to get our little family a Christmas tree.  Ideally we wanted to visit a farm upstate but we didn’t really have the time as our days off are now spent preparing for my parents visit.  Nevertheless, walking through our neighborhood, there are plenty of cozy little Christmas tree lots to be found so we walked around until we were able to find one that also sold cute wreaths to put in the middle of our apartment.  

Even when I was little, I would always think about Christmas and the traditions I would begin with my family someday.  I feel that Lukasz and I already do things differently than my parents since we get a fresh Christmas tree every year where my parents are believers of the fake trees which also has some positives to it such as no needles on the floor.  Even so, nothing really beats that fresh tree smell. 

While we put up ornaments, it was so adorable to play Christmas music (that She & Him Christmas Album is absolute magic) and to watch Petra play with some of the ornaments we’ve stored for the last couple of years.  Her favorite happens to be a cute little reindeer Lukasz and I bought in a little store near 14th street when we first started dating.  Who knew two years later that our little girl would playing with it and hanging it on the tree? Gosh so hard to believe!  I loved watching her little face light up with happiness and curiosity when showed her the tree all lit up.  Even now, she loves crawling over and hanging out underneath the Christmas tree.  I’m so excited for her first Christmas! Later this week, I also plan to make some salt dough ornaments and paint them gold.  An easy DIY, plus I can also make an ornament out of Petra’s hand print. An easy keepsake!

Please note the drool in all of these pictures from this little teether! Too adorable for words.

Xo,

Karen