Kline Family Portraits

I met Lesley and her two kids at the park within the first couple weeks of living in California.  I’m pretty sure we spotted each other across the park…we were both wearing babies that looked close to the same age and chasing crazy boys around the playground.  She is another stay at home mom and we get together about 4 times a week for playdates and soccer classes and have even snuck away from the kids a couple times for shopping and drinks.  It was talking with Lesley about taking our kids to the park to take some photos that got the gears turning in my head about restarting my photo business. I’ll have to say taking photos of her sweet little family was a great way to get back into it!


This is Esme.  She is 6 months old and the sweetest, happiest baby…and those blue eyes!



Big brother Henry.  Oh Henry, it’s the sweetest when you tell Esme “I love you baby”.

That dimple and blond wispy hair!

Henry looks JUST like daddy.


These next two are my favorites.  I can’t get enough of these fun candid family moments!




I am dying over these palm trees! I can’t believe that I live in a place with so many palm trees and a 20 minute walk (5 minute drive) from the beach!

Baby blues.

Okay, now I want photos like this of me and my baby!

Bringing back my photo business

For those of you who have followed my blog, it’s no secret that my photo business has been on the back burner the last few years.  The year I had Sebastian I had 14 weddings, lots of engagement and family sessions all while teaching full time.  To tell you the truth, I just got extremely burned out that year and knew I couldn’t do all 3.  Photography is what ended up taking a hit. I continued to do a few weddings a year and a few portrait shoots here and there but nothing like what it was, and I was okay with that.  Actually, I hated leaving my family so much on the weekends and missing out on things so much that it made me dislike photography there for a while.  Once I got to the shoot I was fine and had a good time but it was the leading up to it that I dreaded.


Now that I am a stay at home mom, and settled in a new state, I’m starting to itch to get back to it.  I haven’t lost my touch, I mean I have two of the most adorable boys who are probably the most photographed kids on the planet.  I feel now that I am home with them during the week, I won’t mind, in fact, I’m sure I’ll love to get out every now and then to do a shoot.  I may not jump back into weddings right away, but I would love to start doing family portraits again.  And I mean, come on, the bay area is just gorgeous…I don’t think it will be possible to take a bad picture.


So hopefully what that means is you’ll start seeing a few more sessions on the blog (in addition to personal posts).  It may take a while to it get going again being in a new area and all and starting from scratch but I’ve done it twice already so starting is nothing new.  I have a few ideas and a couple places I can reach out to try and drum up some business.  Basically I’m not going to put any pressure on it. I’m going to just put it out there and if I end up getting a shoot or two a month, then great!


My Plans in the next two months:

1: Update website info to California.

2: Start an Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/silverleafphotos/  Follow along if you’d like!  I will surely be posting pics of my two boys as well as client work and mini session info (see number 3).

3: Scout out locations: using my two little models and some great light.

4: Hold family mini sessions and advertise on local mama Facebook page.

5: Come up with a ‘bag of tricks’ on how to get kids to smile.  I already have a ton of ideas for this one!

Adventures in CA part I

In an attempt to start blogging more, I’m starting a series for my little blog called Adventures in CA.  With Matt working at a start up company, you never know how long the job will last and how long we’ll get to stay here…maybe 6 months – a year, maybe forever.  With that in mind, I’m trying to make sure our family takes advantage of living here and try to do all the things.


1.  First day exploring the city

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t so excited about this.  Christie and I had just made the 4 day journey from Indiana-CA with the two little ones.  I wanted to take her to SF for some sightseeing before she headed back to Boston but it was not love at first sight for me.  I think I was just a little over-whelmed from the trip and the city.  Here we are taking a bus ride to the train.



2.  First trip to wine country

This day was so much fun.  It may have helped a little that for the first time in like 11 months, I got to drink.  I fed Sawyer and then indulged in a few wine tastings.  We met some (long time) friends who live in Denver and their cousin’s family.  Overall we had 6 adults, 7 kids (2 of them were babies) and 2 dogs.  We were quite the group!



3. Union Square, a trolley ride, and Fisherman’s wharf

The second time in the city went a lot better.  I met up with the friend from Denver and her kids and the day couldn’t have gone better.  The kids were great and had so much fun playing together.  Even though there were a few problems with the trolley’s, we had a perfect day.16388001_10106328192099187_4711943217682743542_n  16406694_10106328191999387_2636388060683925484_n


4. Exploratorium

Matt’s mom bought Sebastian a membership to this fun science museum for his birthday.  We’ve only been once so far but plan to go back asap (and ride the ferry to get there).

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5.  Golden Gate Park

The kids and I met my sister-in-law here for a playdate/picnic lunch.  This park is awesome and Sebastian had a blast.  It also really showed me how much Sebastian is like me.  He’s such a social butterfly and was busy making friends the entire time we were there.  I just love this about him!  I didn’t take any pics while here…blogger fail.  I really need to clean a whole bunch of photos off my phone so I quit running out of storage.


I have a list of so many things I want to do and can’t wait to do them all.  I also can’t wait for family and friends to come visit so I can show off this awesome place!

Early to Rise {5 on Friday}

I can’t get back to sleep for some reason so I finally got up and put water on to boil for some tea and you guys will actually get a five on Friday post today!  I’m going to be regretting only getting 5 hours of sleep later but at least it’s Friday!  It also feels pretty great to get a bit of me time!


1.  Speaking of sleep…Sawyer is 3 months old and is not sleeping well.  No surprise right?  Well, it is to us.  Sebastian was the best baby, if you’ve read this blog for a while this is not news to you.  He was sleeping through the night at 2 months old.  We definitely didn’t expect this with him and were pleasantly surprised.  Once he started sleeping through the night, (unless he was teething or sick) he continued to do so.  Sawyer was having the exact same sleep patterns as Sebastian did up until a couple weeks ago (sleeping 9-10 hours at a time at 2 months old) so we thought we were in the clear with him as well.  Well last night (and the last several nights) he didn’t go to sleep for the night until after midnight and woke up at 5am to eat.  (and for some weird reason today I couldn’t get back to sleep).  Hopefully it’s just a 3 month sleep regression and he will get back on track soon?? Sebastian has been going to bed pretty late too…not until around 10…am I supposed to admit that??  He’s just wide awake when it’s time for bed. Is it time to drop his afternoon nap?  Please say no!   But at least that means nobody (usually including myself) wakes up until 8 or 8:30. The time change this weekend is going to make this even worse.  Ugh.


2.  In better news my mom is coming the end of next week!  This was totally a last minute decision and the plane tickets got booked last night.  Matt has decided he is either going to fly or drive back (hopefully fly) to NC to tie up a bunch of lose ends at the house.  We left in such a hurry that so many things didn’t get finished…several bags of trash were left, a bunch of things in the garage, a live wire in the attic??, holes all over the walls in the house and it desperately needs paint.  We were quoted over $5,000 to get all these things fixed up for us so hopefully we can save a bunch of money by having Matt go back.  And bonus, I get to show my mom around this awesome city and spend a whole week with her!  We have someone lined up to rent the house for a year starting first week of April (a hopefully at the end of that year buy it).


3. Ever since we moved here it has been raining a lot in the bay area.  Everyone says this is extremely rare but it’s been doing it ever since we moved mid-January.  It would rain for several days, then be nice for a couple and then more rain.  These last couple months of rain have fixed any drought problems CA has had for the last several years.  It looks like the rain is finally gone and we have started getting beautiful weather in the high 60s and even some low 70s!  I’m so excited for the typical not too hot, not too cold CA weather!  It really is perfect.  Since we walk everywhere (and usually with a baby strapped to my chest) it would be pretty miserable to have too hot weather.  And I hate, hate, hate being cold so it’s pretty great that it doesn’t get below 50.


4.  Sebastian has this sore on his cheek.  It started out as a little scratch and he picked it into a huge sore.  He keeps picking and picking and its been there for months.  This is the third time he has done this in the last year with a sore on his face but this one is worse because its on his left cheek and when he sucks his thumb, his fingers are in perfect positioning to pick at it.  I spent two weeks putting hydrocortisone cream on it every five minutes but he still finds the one time I forget (or at night) and picks until it bleeds.  I then bought a huge box of round Bandaids and after a couple days of putting them on him 24/7, he developed a circle rash from the adhesive that made the sore 10x worse.  My mom suggested I buy hypoallergenic bandaids and will get those in the mail today.  I really hope this works because he’s also started picking at a sore on his chin.  I’ve edited the sore out of most of the pictures I post because it’s just not pretty and I really want my baby’s pretty little face back.  So frustrating!


5.  Living in a city with 2 dogs is a pain.  Especially when you have kids.  We have a tiny little yard but the dogs hate it.  You have to force them to go out there.  They are lucky to get one 20 minute walk in the evenings and one bigger hike/dog park visit on the weekends.  But the dog park is the coolest dog park I’ve ever been to.  It’s right on the bay and has a panoramic view of the golden gate bridge, SF and Oakland.  It’s off leash and has a long path to walk and the dogs can also swim in the bay.  It’s also right next to Costco so we can kill two birds with one stone.  If Sawyer ever starts going to bed a little earlier, my plan is to start taking the dogs for a quick walk in the mornings before Matt leaves for work in addition to the ones in the evenings.  I’ve tried taking the dogs on a walk during the day with the kids a couple of times but I’ve gotten this comment “you’ve got your hands full” twice now and it’s certainly not the easiest thing to do.  Sebastian rides his balance bike, Sawyer goes in my carrier which gives me two hands to walk the dogs.  But for some reason Jake always poops twice, Oliver once…it’s a pain picking up poop and stinks even more having to carry it.  It was also really hard finding an apartment in the city with two big dogs.  We love those damn dogs (especially Sebastian), but man are they a pain these days.


6. Bonus!  I’ve been using Instagram a lot more lately.  Even a lot more then Facebook. It’s just so much prettier and so much less political.  If you want to follow along my Instagram handle is @rachaelallex. Click here to start following me if you aren’t already. I also bought two Chatbooks early this year of my Instagram pictures.  This is actually what motivated me to start posting more pictures on there so I can buy more Chatbooks. They are only $8 per book and will make great flip books for when the boys are older.  You can get your first one free if you click here.  All you have to do is download the app, it automatically fills the pages with your Instagram pictures and posts (I love that it has the date on each) and then all you have to do is press the order button.  So easy!


Also, in case you missed it, Sawyer’s 3 month post was published on Monday.  I still can’t get over how huge this kid is…  Cheers to the weekend! I can’t wait to do more exploring…we may go to a beach…we may take the Ferry to SF, we may hang out with the brother-in-law and his family and we’ll probably take the dogs to the park and go to Costco.

Sawyer 3 months


My big boy turned 3 months old on Saturday!  It seems like he has been with us way longer then three months though!  Of course so much has happened in his short little life…meeting lots of family, celebrating Christmas, New Years, Sebastian’s birthday and Valentines day, spending almost 3 weeks in Indiana with grandparents and moving across the country.  His personality is starting to show through a bit and it looks like he going to be just as happy as Sebastian was as a baby.  I’m definitely not mad about that! I love that my babies are so happy!


So far Sawyer isn’t a huge fan of tummy time but is starting to spend a couple minutes on his tummy before getting angry.  He rolled over for the first time on Saturday!  He did it twice in a row and I was hoping for a third time when I got the camera rolling but no such luck.  I tried to get it on video again on Sunday but his rolling was too fast.  He loves his swing but is already about at the max height for it so we won’t be able to use it much longer.  He’ll hang out on his play mat for a good chunk of time batting at his toys.  He’s still sleeping in the pack n’ play in our room.  We only have 2 bedrooms now so once I move him over, he’ll be sharing a room with Sebastian.  I’m not quite ready to do that yet!  Luckily Sawyer isn’t as loud as a sleeper as Sebastian was and doesn’t keep me up at night.


Sawyer has already grown out of so many clothes (and tons of 3 month short sleeve onesies he never wore).  I had to go buy 9 month long sleeve onesies and outfits because the sleeves are too short on his 6 month clothes.  How is my 3 month old already in 9 month clothing!?  Matt is starting to push a little about getting rid of the clothes that are too small but it makes me way too sad to even think about it.  Right now they are hanging out in a bin in the bottom of his closet.


We are totally settled in our California home and loving it.  It feels so much easier getting to walk every where with the boys.  I either put Sawyer in the stroller or carry him in my baby Bjorn.  If he’s tired I have him facing towards me so he can sleep, if he’s awake I turn him around so he can see everything.  We get out of the house at least 4 times during the week.  (last week we got out all 5 mornings)  The unusual rain for CA seems to pretty much be gone and the weather is just beautiful.  I’ll have two little blond (maybe one red…jury is still out) haired California boys in no time!  Sawyer’s hair in the sunlight looks pretty red and his eye brows are definitely red.  He makes such a cute little red head so I hope it gets redder/stays this way.


I’ve finally got my butt in gear and am working to get the rest of this pregnancy weight off.  When I started about 2 weeks ago I still has about 13 pounds to go.  I’ve lost about 3 pounds in those 2 weeks which has really motivated me to keep going and get the last 10 off.  I’m definitely ready to be able to fit back into all my clothes.  My diet so far is 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast, salad (kit) from Costco (with kale, seeds, dried berries, etc.), snacks of crackers, carrots, fruit, cheese and then whatever we are having for dinner.  Tacos, tilapia, fish, chicken, etc.  I’ve been using the app My Fitness Pal to track calories and have stayed under the count during the week and let myself go a little over on the weekends.  So far that seems to be working pretty well.  I’m still breastfeeding and that is going great.



Likes:  Listening to mommy and daddy talk and sing to him. Watching big brother.  Playing on his play mat and batting at toys.

Dislikes:  He’s not a big fan of tummy time.  He also tends to get a little fussy in the evening (witching hour).

Nicknames:  Sebastian calls him ‘little flubber’ (not sure where he got that from) and ‘little stinker’.

Firsts: First hike, first time riding in the stroller, first time meeting Grandpa and Grandma (Nana Hannah) Allex.  First time I forgot his diapers.  He had the biggest blowout yet, luckily I ate least had wipes.  After cleaning him up I put Sebastian’s underwear on him with a sanitary pad.  Gotta be resourceful as a mama of two!

Milestones: Giggling.  Oh the giggling!  He also gets a dimple in his right cheek when he giggles and I don’t know if that’s just because his cheeks are so chubby or if he actually has a little dimple.  Rolls over from front to back.  He’s also starting to bring objects to his mouth.

Sleep: He is sleeping through the night!  The night after his two month post he had his first 8 hour night.  He has now gone a few 9 and 10 hour stretches.  He typically goes to bed for the night around 10:30 and wakes up between 7:30 and 8:30.

A look back:

Sebastian 3 months

Sawyer 2 months

Sawyer 1 month

Valentine’s Day Fun

We are absolutely loving California and I’m glad we moved out here.  That being said, I really miss our friends from back home and my heart breaks a little every time Sebastian talks about them.  To try and make myself (ourselves) feel better, I decided we’d send Valentines to some of our friends and we’ve already gotten a couple back in return.  Sebastian loves checking the mail and it’s so exciting when we get some mail for him.  With his party prep and family in town last week, we couldn’t get them done until the day before Valentines Day so sorry that they are a little late and I hope your kids like raisins!  I figured it was clever since we live in California and they are California raisins.  Next time I should send home bottles of wine from California…

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Walking to the post office.  I absolutely love being able to walk everywhere!  Wearing his new paw patrol watch from my mom (for his birthday).
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This is not the best picture, but the only one I took while at the post office.  Sebastian helping stuff the envelopes.IMG_8440

Miss you guys all so much and hope you enjoy getting a little bit of fun mail from us.  Click here for the link to the printouts.  Pinterest for the win once again!


On Valentines Day we had friends over to make cookies and Valentines.  I only got one picture because after I took it, the storage ran out on my phone and trying to make cookies with a toddler, while tending to a fussy baby makes you feel like you ran a marathon.  Sawyer and I may have taken a nap on the couch that afternoon during Sebastian’s nap.


Valentines night Matt brought home pizza for dinner and we made chocolate covered strawberries (one of my favorite things).  Sawyer has finally been going to sleep earlier (used to be midnight or later), so I was out like a light by 10pm. It’s been a fun week so far!


Sebastian’s 3rd Birthday Party

I have been planning to do a dinosaur theme for Sebastian’s birthday this year since the day after his second birthday.  I know, I’m a bit crazy, but I love planning and creating parties for my boy.  I’m already looking for themes for Sawyer’s 1st birthday in December, any ideas??


This year at first I was kind of sad that we wouldn’t be doing his party in NC with all of his friends, but we had some family and one friend we’ve met in CA and it was perfect.  I didn’t do as many decorations as I usually do, but the ones I had were perfect as well.


I am not a great baker as I don’t have a lot of experience so I was nervous to make his cake by myself.  I’m pretty proud of how it turned out!

These dinosaur balloons were a big hit.



I was maybe just a little too excited over these tiny dinosaur party hats.

That smile gets me every single time.  Love my sweet boy so much!





That’s a photoshopped picture of Sebastian running away from a dinosaur on the left.

His reaction when he saw the yellow Lamborghini from Aunt Jennie and Uncle Peter.


Love that little Sawyer is watching in the background.









Sebastian is 3!

Sebastian is 3 years old!  Does that mean he’s not a toddler anymore?  He definitely doesn’t seem like a toddler anymore, I guess he’s a preschooler now?  Phew, this year certainly has been a whirlwind!

This was the year where he started developing some really close friendships (we were so sad to move him away from his besties Sarah and Parker!)  We’ve already met a friend in California so I’m looking forward to seeing that relationship grow.

This was the year where Sebastian has taken on his greatest role yet as big brother.  It’s so amazing how much he completely loves and adores Sawyer.  The transition has gone incredibly smooth.  I can’t wait until Sawyer is old enough for them to start playing together.  I’m pretty sure Sebastian can’t wait either.

This was the year Sebastian was potty trained at around 2 and a half.  He was mostly potty trained by the end of the summer when he went back to daycare.  After doing amazing for months, he has regressed a bit (having accidents) after the big move and Sawyer coming which pretty much happened simultaneously.  Now that we are finally getting settled in California, he’s stopped having accidents.

This was also the year of the terrible two’s which started around 2 and a half and finally seem to be subsiding…a little.  Let’s just say there was a lot of whining and screaming…also a few tantrums here and there.

Sebastian knows his shapes and colors and how to count.  Now that I will be home with him all day, we are going to start working on learning his letters and numbers.   He’s great with a screw driver and loves helping daddy fix things.  He’s very inquisitive and has entered into the “why” phase.  He’s been getting really good at doing puzzles.  His favorite toys are his cars..always the cars.  He would play with those things all day every day if it were up to him.

This year I get to stay home with Sebastian (and Sawyer).  I plan to frequently walk to the park and to the beach with them and get together with friends as much as possible.  We are turning in an application for a co-op preschool for the fall and hope we get in.  Until then, I’m going to do a home preschool with him.  Sebastian has been getting really good at riding his strider bike and about gives me a heart attack every time he picks up his feet and puts them on the feet rest of the bike.  He has such great balance and coordination, I’m excited to get him into soccer this spring.  We just had his well check yesterday and he weighed 24 pounds and is 3 feet 2 inches tall.

Sebastian is still daddy’s boy and follows him around like his little shadow.  Their relationship is so fun to watch and Matt really is the best daddy on the planet.





I can’t believe another year has passed and that I have been a mommy for 3 years now.  It’s definitely been the most challenging, but the most fun 3 years of my life!

Sebastian 2 years

Sebastian 1 year



Sawyer 2 months



This month was a big month for our family.  With the help of Aunt Christie, we drove 33 hours (4 days) from Indiana to California.  Sweet little Sawyer slept the entire way and did amazing at night in the hotels.  He’s already shaping up to be a ‘go with the flow’ kind of kid just like his brother.  We reunited with daddy after being apart for 2 and a half weeks.


My babies seem to grow faster then most babies and Sawyer even more so then Sebastian (by a lot).  At 6 weeks old I had to pack up most of his 3 month clothes and start putting 6 months clothes on him.  We just recreated a photo of Sebastian in his Tigger sleeper and looking at the date I realized Sebastian was 6 months when he when he wore it and Sawyer is 4 months younger!  He’s also already in size 2 diapers.  I wonder how tall he will be as an adult!


With Sebastian, I went back to work at 9 weeks and am so happy I get to stay home with my guys!  Leaving Sebastian to go back to work was so hard and now I don’t have to leave them until hopefully kindergarten.  So far I have loved being a stay at home mom.


For me, the weight is coming off a lot slower then last time.  With Sebastian I was already down to pre-pregnancy weight by now.  I still have about 15 pounds on me and nursing makes me so hungry so I’ve been eating a lot.  I’m sure all the walking I’m doing in the city and caring for two boys, the weight will come off eventually.  No rush, we are all healthy and that’s all that matters right now.


Stats:  14 pounds 1 ounce 24 3/4 inches long.  Big boy!!

Likes:  Looking at mommy, playing with daddy, playing on his play mat, sitting in his swing, going for walks in the carrier

Dislikes:  I can’t really think of anything he doesn’t like.

Nicknames:  “little brudder” (how Sebastian says brother), “Soy Sauce”, “Little man”

Firsts: First trip to California and San Francisco.  First time staying in a hotel.  Met Aunt Christie, Aunt Jennie, Uncle Peter and cousin Adelaide.

Milestones: Smiling (first social smile 4 weeks 1 day), hitting toys on the play mat, cooing, tracking

Sleep: Sawyer goes to sleep anytime between 10:30-12:00 and sleeps for about 6-7 hours, wakes up to eat and goes back to sleep for a couple hours.


Here’s a flash back to Sebastian at 2 months.

New Years Goals 2017

Happy New Year to all!  2017 is going to be a crazy year for my little family.  I’m enjoying hanging out in Indiana for a little while, but will be happy to join Matt in Alameda, CA the middle of this month and start our lives out there.  For the first Friday of the New Year I’m writing up 5 goals I want to follow this year.


1. Lose the baby weight

I have about 15 extra pounds on me from being pregnant with Sawyer.  I keep telling myself that ‘I just had a baby’ 2 weeks ago, 3 weeks ago and now 4 weeks ago so the extra weight is no big deal and to be expected.  I’m not planning on dieting as I am breast feeding, but I would like to still try to lose it by summer.  (We will be a 20 minute walk from a beach).  My plan is to eat healthy, walk a lot more (should be easy in a big city) and continue feeding my baby. Hopefully the combination of those 3 things will do it for me…it would be nice to have most of my clothes fit me again.

2. Learn to live with less

I spent a great deal of time in 2016 learning to be happy with my “small” 1500 square foot house in NC.  I was nervous about the small space bringing another member into the household. I did a lot of organizing, made a big boy room for Sebastian and got the nursery ready for a new baby.  Towards the end of the year I was content to live in that house for at least 5 more years.  Then came Matt’s job offer and the decision to move.  While packing we purged as many things we felt we could part with at the time. We’ve spent the last few weeks looking at houses in Alameda Island (where Matt’s work is) and in Oakland (just north of Alameda).  Matt just signed a lease for a 1st story apartment (with a tiny backyard) with (gulp) 950 square feet.  That includes a small kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 1 and a half bath and a living room.  My goal is to purge even more and learn to live with the bare minimum that a family of 4 needs.

3.  Be patient

With the decision to move came the ability for me to get to be a stay at home mom.  I am really excited about getting to do this especially in a big city that has pretty great weather year round.  Sebastian is at a tough stage and requires a lot of patience.  Since I’ll be home with him all day every day, my goal is to make sure I don’t lose my cool.  I don’t want to become one of those moms who yells a lot (or at all) at my kids.  Sawyer also seems to be a bit more needy then Sebastian was and requires a lot more holding and bouncing.  This will be frustrating for me because I’ll be anxious to get work done (unpacking, cleaning, etc.) and Sawyer is going to make it tough to do all that for a while.  I need to learn to be patient with the housework and just enjoy my baby.

4. Get out and make new friends

My goal is to get out of the house at least 3 times during the week.  There is a park that’s about a 15 minute walk from the apartment.  The beach is a 20 minute walk.  A street with a lot of shops and restaurants is two blocks away.  Knowing me I’ll get super stir crazy (especially living in that small of an apartment) so getting out of the house will be a necessity.  It will be a little trickier with two kids, but it will be easy to put Sawyer in a carrier and hopefully I can get Sebastian to start riding in a stroller again.  It’s been a while since I’ve needed to put him in one but the city makes me nervous.  Hopefully getting out of the house will allow us to meet some new friends pretty quickly.  I’m a very social person so it shouldn’t be too hard to strike up a conversation and make friends with a mom at a park.

5.  Family time

Matt spent the three weeks he had off after Sawyer was born, flying to CA for a job interview, discussing whether we wanted to move or not (with many tears on my part), and finally packing like crazy.  I feel like we didn’t have time to just enjoy our new baby and our family.  Matt now has twice as much vacation time at this new job.  I want to make sure that this year, we spend at least a week off doing nothing but family things.  Relaxing, taking day trips, exploring the city and just spending a ton of time together.  I’m not worried about a big trip or time away from the kids (that’s hard with a baby and can be a goal for next year).  Of course weekends will also be dedicated to our family as well.


Hat’s off to a new year!  It’s definitely going to be our best, most exciting one yet!