This year is SO MUCH FUN with Maddie; 5 is a golden age where she is so excited about everything that matters - our time together looking at the lights in the neighborhood, reading The Grinch every night before bed, singing along to her curated Christmas playlist (thanks, Amazon music!) and counting down the days until Santa swings by. She is excited for gifts, of course, but is way more focused on all that other good stuff, which I am going to relish for as long as it lasts.
I have been making sure we get all the Christmas cheer in that we can fit while also taking time to just enjoy these little humans (and that older, handsome one that lives in our house too). I transitioned into a new job a month ago and it has made a huge difference in my work life balance. I didn't even realize how much I was carrying out of the office on my shoulders until that weight was lifted and it has been nice to set new expectations and boundaries in the hopes of keeping things that way. I am also really loving my new position, the people I work with and the work that I am doing so overall I am just feeling really happy and at peace with something that was pretty scary to do!
I am out of the office early today and am going to head home to do some Christmas baking (the one thing we have not had time to do!) and then we are headed to see the Blink show at Fanueil Hall and to get dinner with Auntie Kate. Tomorrow we start three days filled with seeing family, friends and relaxing together just as soon as I bang out my first official long run for marathon training season (Boston 2017, here I come!).
I hope all my peeps have the very best holiday season and continue to be oh so thankful for all the love and positivity I am able to put out and receive back from the world.
|Little elf + creme brulee = happy elf!|
|The first tree lighting of the season!|
|Shiny things are AWESOME.|
|Pumped to see this guy.|
|A lot of frosting was consumed this evening.|
|At the finish of our road race - so lucky to have these people!|
|She makes me smile with all my heart!|
|Her first Nutracker experience!|