joyeux anniversaire

Yesterday was my birthday. My 31st birthday, actually. This is usually my "happy new year"--meaning, this is the time of the year when I reflect on the previous year's growth as well as the downfalls, and I look forward to the year ahead with the exciting potential it holds. I also try to make a list of things I would like to accomplish- big or small: drink x cups of water, read x number of books, call my parents more often, etc...

Last year went by so blindingly fast I hardly had the time to think about making or accomplishing goals. The only goal I've had from day-to-day is making it to the next one. Is that terrible?  Sometimes I think so, but on the other hand I'm ok with it.  30 was a crazy year. A great year.  But man, oh, man. I'm ready to slow down the pace and breathe.  So that's what my hopes are for year 31.  Taking it slow. Breathing in each moment. Enjoying my babies while they're babies. Loving the life my husband and I have. Not striving for vanities. Just living & enjoying.

My husband let me sleep in (as long as the baby would allow it), and then he made 
French toast for breakfast.

And he bought me an orchid for my night stand.

And he hand squeezed a glass of sanguine {blood} orange juice.

My madeline "birthday cake(s)". They were amazing.

We reused the 1 from my daughter's birthday cake.

My husband also asked a friend to come over in the late afternoon to watch the kids so the two of us  could get a coffee together.  He bought a nice charcuterie plate, which we enjoyed for dinner with roasted camembert cheese + veggies for dipping. After we put the kids to bed, we enjoyed a quiet night at home.  Not an exciting day, but one full of endearment and cherishing. I'm so grateful. And so looking forward to all that's ahead of us.

Happy new year,


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