I have loved seeing so many people jump on the #2015bestnine as we close out and say goodbye to this year. What a ride it’s been! So in my best attempt to pick only nine images to share, I came to nearly 40, which I felt was quite the feat, because if you saw how many photos I end up with each year – you know what, we don’t need to talk about that. I truly love documenting and that’s what this is all about anyway, haha. 2015 brought many things for my family, but as our story usually goes, it was more mellow than our usual, so I’m anticipating 2016 to be an even more wild ride! Just the way we like it :). So this year, we explored new places throughout the Pacific Northwest, built new gardens at home (including a greenhouse), welcomed a niece AND nephew to our family, our two dearest friends welcomed baby girl’s as well, went on my first trip to the East coast (LOVED IT), my babies started preschool and 5th grade, my other niece came to visit us for the summer (her first time to WA), Alyx and Kate learned to play piano, Alyx is also practicing the viola, and my husband and I took our CJ’s out for the first time together (we’ve waited so long to do that) – are just some of the best things that come to mind from the year.
I’m so grateful to have another year, to see another birthday, to be apart of my children’s stories, and to really live every chance we get. Some days, weeks, and months were harder than others, but it’s all apart of the journey and who we are – I’ve found that giving myself grace this year has made a huge difference. Grace that nothing is perfect, embracing my imperfections, and even giving grace to my husband and children when needed. So if there’s one thing for you to take away from this, it’s to give yourself grace next year. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t set unrealistic goals, but maybe raise your standards instead. Live a little more, play more, love more, enjoy good food, get enough sleep, take care of yourself, spend more time with family and friends, explore new places. These are my resolutions. These are the things that I look forward to in the coming year. I wish nothing but the very best for all of you in the new year. Dream big, my friends!