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First post in over a year…

2020 February 29

How has it been over a YEAR since I posted to this place?

How did I just dump something I spent 8 years creating, the place spilled my guts about all the stuff none of you probably want to hear?

I guess I just got a little blogged out…the web has become SO saturated since I began this family-update-system back in 2010. At that time, I’d never even read a blog before and now they are my go-to for so many things like recipes, paint colors, furniture suggestions, fashion tips. I know who I trust and who’s style is like my own and it makes searching for inspiration or help on the web less daunting. But as for sharing my life, instagram is just easier.

BUT, with everything kind of crazy in my life right now, quite a few people have asked if I would start blogging again. So I figured I’d give it a go and see how it feels.

Let’s start with a recap of the last year:

We went to France! Stu had a conference there and I tagged along. We were gone for 10 days and traveled to Brittany, where we stayed in the walled city of Dinan and zipped around through all the cute towns including Mount St. Michele—one of the most amazing places on earth. Then we spent a week in Paris, which came with several work-related perks like a private celebration at the Musee D’Orsay and a party in a club under the Ponte Alexandre bridge. It was a much needed parents-only trip and our first time out of the country since Ethan arrived.

That was the year we started our tradition of spending Thanksgiving in Sanibel, FL. We LOVE this cozy island. The condo we rent is in a small complex right on the beach with a pool and club house with kids activities. The boys had freedom tom roam safely and loved biking around the island. This is THE place for a family vacation.

Ethan turned 8! In lieu of a party, he requested a movie with a few friends and LOTS of snacks. Easiest celebration ever.

As usual, we spent Spring Break in Florida with my parents and the highlight was spending time with Great Grandma. She’s 92 and living on her own in Treasure Island and looks amazing. 

Stu turned 40! We celebrated a couple times, but the big party was at home with friends and a my surprise was a mixologist bartender—every party should have one! He had a whole set up with garnishes and fancy glassware and a smoker box for smoked bourbon cocktails. Stu said it was his favorite gift ever. If you are in the DC area and want the bartender’s info, hit me up.

We took a last minute trip to NYC. We met our amazing friends the Reeds and showed our kids everything we could. It was maybe the hottest weekend on record but we still had tons of fun. My favorite parts were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and taking the kids on the subway—they loved it. Our hotel was tiny and meh but it had a rooftop bar with a crazy-good view of the Empire State Building!

And the biggest news…

Stu accepted a promotion in Seattle! We were sad leave our incredible friends in Virginia and I of course had a quite my job, but we were ecstatic to experience a new part of the country. The Pacific Northwest is unlike anywhere we ever lived and we fell in love durning our house hunting trip in August. Check out the video to see all the fun stuff we did to learn about our new city!

We moved in late September so the kids started school in Virginia and then started their new schools in Seattle the first week of October. It wasn’t ideal, but we didn’t have enough notice to get everything together to move earlier. Luckily, the boys adjusted really well and love their new schools! It was a very smooth transition.

Finn turned 5! We hadn’t been here long enough to have a party—poor kid, that’s happened twice now!—so we celebrated as a family. He requested a “kitty cake” and sushi for dinner.

And since it’s been over a year since I posted, I’ll fit in here that we headed back to Sanibel for Thanksgiving 2019. This time the rest of my mom’s family joined us for part of the week and it was so incredible to all be together for the first time in a long time.

This was one of my favorite weeks ever because we had perfect weather, family, and had such a relaxing and fun time together.

But this was also the week I found out I had breast cancer. I’d had a biopsy the week before and my doctor called the Tuesday before Thanksgiving with the test results. Instead of being home where I would be consumed with emotions, I was in a sunny place with plenty of distractions and room to process what the next few months would bring.

Fast forward to today, March 1, 2020, it’s been eleven days since my bilateral mastectomy. In my next post I’ll be sharing more information about this! But for now I’m happy to report I’ve been deemed cancer free.

I’ve missed this space. It feels good to share our adventures! While I think I’ve outgrown the Preparing for Peanut(s) name, I’m not coming up with anything else for a title right now. SO I’m going to try to write here more often and see how it goes!

One Response
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    March 6, 2020

    Glad to see you back on the blog! I miss reading about your life and adventures. And of course the grandkids. Have a great day!

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