I am long overdue for a blog post. It has been precisely one month since I last posted. I have not posted a year wrap-up. I have not listed or shown what I have been thankful for from the year. I have not posted my word to focus on this new year or goals I have. This is unusual for me; however, that does not mean I have not thought about this. I definitely have.
The year was far beyond anything I could have hoped. I went on several amazing trips. I finished a year of grad school, enjoyed it, learned a lot. God answered my prayers of a desire for life balance, mindset, and keeping priorities.
And then, in the midst of the craziness and my reluctance, I met this guy. Oh, man. Knowing him has changed my life. Here are some favorite moments of the holidays.
|From friends' holiday party--the beginning of the many festivities!|
And then a quick photo op at my office's holiday party (our 2nd holiday party of the evening, after his work party). This one included dancing and me laughing a ridiculous amount. The more I laugh, the more he makes me laugh.
We took a brief pause on the Downtown Mall after his holiday concert with the Oratorio Society. The man can sing. And rock a bowtie.
He is not as great at checkers though. Ha. I swept the board at Cracker Barrel before we met a few friends from college on our trip down south.
What is a trip south without introducing him to Bojangle's? His face is amusingly funny here.
And now for some real favorite moments...
We spent a few days with my brother's family. My parents were quite sick, and the kids actually got sick too. My brother and his wife both worked most of the time, but overall it was okay. First holidays together. That was great. Two weeks solid together, and I couldn't have hoped it would have been any more fun than it was.
My oldest nephew took such a liking to Matt. It probably helped that Matt knows all the superheroes, likes video games, and will have (foam) sword fights.
After the holidays, my brother told me that from the week we were there and the week they visited my sister-in-law's family, one of nephew's top 5 things of the holidays (even including all of the many gifts he received) was Matt. I mean, come on. How adorable is that??
We had a really enjoyable week visiting Matt's family too and had more time to rest and be surrounded by children. So fun!
Since my family had been really sick while we visited, we had a Christmas do-over this weekend! My brother's family came up to my parents', and we got to see everyone, including having our holiday dinner with some of mom's family.
The first thing oldest nephew asked when he saw me Saturday morning (they were in bed when we arrived and I often sleep in the living room so I'm one of the first to get morning greetings) was, "Where is Matt??....I'm going to go get him up to play!" hahahahahahaha. omg. THAT IS SO CUTE I WANT TO BOTTLE IT UP!
And play they did. So, I'm sharing a few other moments I caught on camera.
Back to Charlottesville we went. He drove so I could do a little work. We had some great chats, sang a bit, had a little dance party, and oohed and ahhed at the sunset.
My heart is happy and full of exclamation marks.