Hello there guys! How is your first week of 2018 going so far? How are those goals and resolutions coming along? I am very excited for the new year and looking forward to accomplishing all of my goals. This year I made goals for both my personal and blogging lives. My resolutions are very simple and are basically just to be more patient and let things happen when they need to happen.
I tend to be the type of person who has to know what’s going to happen and where things are going. It’s hard to just go with the flow and not have a plan. But being a mom I have to get used to this. Children don’t generally follow your plans. They are on their own schedule which usually involves well being a kid! Making plans and not being able to stick to them really stresses me out. So this year, while I still have goals I want to accomplish, I will try to go more with the flow on a day to day basis and know that it’s ok if I don’t get through everything on my to do list.
2017 was a great year for me for the most part. While it was a very difficult year in my personal life with a lot of ups and downs and a lot of times not knowing what the right decision would be, I still accomplished a lot and did some personal growth. I started my blog which has helped me a tremendous amount in this growth and also helped me define what I want to do with my life other than being a mom and a wife. You can say 2017 was a healing year for me and definitely made me a stronger and more resilient woman. I feel like this pass year I really got to know myself more.
Now getting back to our holiday season, it was overall a pretty great one. Despite of my family and myself being sick for most of it, we still enjoyed it very much. The beginning of November started by getting this nasty cold and it lingering for about two weeks. Even after that it never felt like we quite got over it. By Christmas Eve we were all sick again and spent all Christmas Day at home feeling like we could barely even walk from the bed to the couch. We still had plenty of fun in between and had a wonderful end of the year.
We spent our holidays surrounded by close family and friends which is the most important thing. We also got to spend a lot of time together as a family and bond. My husband worked long hours during this holiday season so any time we got to spend together we took advantage of it. There were many days when we only saw him for 1-2 hours a day. It was rough but it just made our time together that much more special.
Thanksgiving was hosted at my house and I did most of the cooking. As many of you may know by now, I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I made turkey with my homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans with roasted almonds, stuffing, and my Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Almond Crust. My husband made his usual Thanksgiving Mac & Cheese and the rest of the family brought even more food and desserts. Emma had a wonderful time surrounded by her grandparents, uncles and everyone who loves her.
Get recipes for my turkey and pie here:
Despite getting sick on again off again, we still had a great holiday season and got to enjoy it to the fullest. We gave back, went to see Santa (twice), took a road trip to NYC, and had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We also got through most of my warm and cozy bucket list!
As far as giving back we participated in adopt a family as we do every year. We also went through our clothes and donated to good will. I was going to do the same with some of Emma’s toys but I decided to hold off. The reason for this is because they’re all baby toys and we may still want to have more kids. In this case they will come in handy. Plus she does play with most of them still. By next year I think we should be able to have more toys to be able to donate some of them. We also got some canned goods and donated them to a food bank. For more ideas on how you can give back and get the kids involved take a look at my post here.
Meeting Santa was pretty interesting. The first time we went Emma did not want to have anything to do with him! She refused to sit on his lap or even on a trycicle they had next to him. We went the following weekend to the same Santa we took her to last year and she did much better. She was willing to sit with him and was fine until the girl taking the picture started calling her name to get her to look at the camera. She got a bit scared and started to cry. But she got over it right after and was fine.
Our trip to NYC was so much of fun too. We only went for the day and it wasn’t too cold so it worked out perfectly. We took Emma to see the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center and it was such a magical experience. We walked around NYC and got to see all the lights and Emma even had her first New York hot dog! Lol. It truly was a wonderful trip and perfect family bonding time.
New Christmas traditions were made this year as well. Since Emma is older and walks now as supposed to last year we got to put the tree up and decorate it together as a family. She really loved that! We also got to drink cocoa, watch Christmas movies (us not Emma she can’t sit still), make cookies, drink eggnog, wrap presents, and read Christmas books. We pretty much got through my whole Christmas bucket list except building a gingerbread house. I just didn’t get around getting a kit this year. Next year we definitely will! You can get my Warm and Cozy Family Bucket List here.
By Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was when we felt ill the most. I still worked up some energy and cooked my Rosemary Garlic Roast Beef With Red Wine Mushroom Sauce. We went to my mother-in-law’s house for our Christmas Eve family party. Unfortunately we didn’t stay for as long as we usually do but we still got to spend a lot of time with family. We ate and opened presents and you could feel the Christmas spirit in the air. Even though we felt so sick I’m glad we didn’t cancel and still went.
Christmas Day was spent at home and we rested as much as possible. Emma woke up to her gifts from Santa and her excitement to see more gifts under the tree was priceless and it really made me feel what Christmas is all about! The house was a mess full of toys, wrapping paper, leftovers and used tissues. But it was still a pretty perfect Christmas! It was our Christmas.
New Years Eve:
New Years Eve has really become one of my favorite holidays to look forward to. Reason for this is because we just cook a really delicious and fancy dinner, enjoy some champagne and stay home cuddled on the couch to wait for the new year! Much better than being out or being at a party. This is exactly what we did this year. My husband cooked some filet mignon and seared scallops. I made some roasted gree beans and we enjoyed our dinner in the comfort of our home after the baby went to sleep.
A very important part of my New Years is having grapes. I’m Colombian and it’s a big Colombian tradition to eat 12 grapes at midnight. After you toast with champagne you eat every grape and make a wish for each grape you eat. Each grape represents every month of the upcoming year and the wish you made will come true on the specified month for which you ate the grape for. It’s a tradition I’ve had since I could remember so I do it every year! And yes some wishes do come true but I should mention that they are goals so they probably happen because I work towards them lol.
Like I mentioned, 2017 was a year of growth like and getting to know myself more. It was a year where I decided I wanted to become more independent and use my blog as an outlet and a project where I can assert this independence. This blog is the place where I can be me and I can share who I truly am with the world. I am excited for what 2018 will bring and I just want to concentrate on making this blog grow, being a great mother, and just letting the rest happen as it should. Hope you guys are having a wonderful start to 2018 and that you continue to grow and have a year full of happiness and fulfillment! Happy New Year my friends!