Dear December 2017,
December is always one of my favorite months. It’s filled with Christmas fun and so many family memories. This month we had a case of the flu, but we pushed through and took it as an excuse to slow down and snuggle… A LOT! Since this was a record breaking, unseasonably warm month for us, we traveled to cooler temps when possible. We celebrated the girls first dance recital and my mama heart just about burst with anxiety & pride! Meanwhile baby bump and I successfully finished our first and last race! Haha, check that off the bucket list! We visited Santa again and thankfully it was another tear-filled visit for Payton… Tears make the best Santa photos! Trav and I were able to sneak off for an unforgettable court-side Suns date night! And of course it was another beautiful celebration of Jesus’ birth and showing the girls the true reason for the season.
We had so many great memories this month, but I am most thankful for not overdoing it. We did and saw amazing things, but I never felt like we squished too much into our month. We did just enough and rested just enough, and I’m grateful for all of it! Sometimes it’s easy to fall victim to the commercialization of the season and feel like you have to do more, buy more, stress more… But this season, I made sure to fill up our time up with what was most important to us, and it was just right.
With a new year knock’n on the door, we’re excited for a new year of adventures and memories and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come with 2018! Baby #3 will be joining our family in April and I don’t know what could be better than that – Cheers to a great year ahead!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – December 2017 ::
You were a month of traveling and holiday fun! Between Thanksgiving celebrations, my husband’s birthday and my annual best friend trip it was an adventure-filled month…. Just the way I like it! I was able to jet set away to San Francisco for a kid-free girls weekend full of yummy food, beautiful sites, much cooler weather and lots of shopping. It was dreamy and exactly what this pregnant mama needed! I am now in my second trimester so hopefully this morning sickness will fully go away soon, counting on it December! But, what I loved most about this month was the excitement it brought for the holiday season ahead. It was a month of gratitude and family time and a special first… Our oldest learned how to ride a bike! This is a big deal in the parenting world of firsts!
As the hustle and bustle of December begins, I pray that I can stay grounded in the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus is the reason for the season, and continue to demonstrate for my girls what giving and showing love is all about. Blessings to you this Christmas, remember to pause and cherish each moment.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2017 ::
You were a month of special news! We excitedly announced that we are growing from a family of four to a family of five. It was a month filled with kindness, love and sweet comments that made our month! October has also been a month of fun holiday functions and preparation for the thankful season ahead in November.
As our AZ weather FINALLY cools down we are so grateful for the family fun ahead and our growing baby bump.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – October 2017 ::
Here we go – Our family is growing -Pregnant with Baby #3!
You heard it right, Baby Wodiske is joining our family in April 2018! While it still hasn’t completely sunk in yet that we are going to be a family of 5… We are thrilled to grow our family and we feel extremely blessed. BUT, why does 3 seems a lot scarier than any of the other pregnancies?! (EEK!) I am thankful to say that our transition from 1 to 2 went very smooth and we have been blessed with two sweet girls who are going to be the BEST big sisters. We are saying goodbye to man-to-man defense and transitioning to zone defense as our little team of 3 will officially be outnumbering us! Let the games begin!
I come from a family of 3 kids and I am the beloved middle child, so having a family of 5 has always been a dream of mine. Although life is harder in the baby stage, I know it will all be worth it to have the fun bigger family to make memories with forever!
With all the joy of growing our family comes all the agony of morning sickness! Unfortunately, morning sickness for me is for REALZ!… and whoever dubbed it “morning” sickness never had to endure ALL DAY sickness! Sadly I have endured nausea and vomiting with all three pregnancies. I am praying that in the next month or two things will calm down and I will start feeling more like myself again. It took until 19 weeks with my first two pregnancies, and right now 19 weeks seems like forever away! For all you ladies who were/are sick during your pregnancies, I feel for you… It is tough, physically and emotionally.
It was so special talking to both of our girls about the new baby in mommy’s tummy and seeing their expressions. They are going to be fabulous big sisters and already have so much love for their sweet little baby! My oldest is already calling it a little baby girl… we shall see!
We couldn’t have asked for a better friend and talented photographer to take these beautiful photos of us as we celebrate our new bundle of joy! Chris, you captured our joy (and craziness) in such an authentic & beautiful way and we will forever cherish these photos! Thank you La Brisa Photography for always capturing our special milestones in the most perfect way.
Well that’s the scoop! I plan on keeping you posted on our journey through this special pregnancy, I’m sure you will hear a lot about my cravings and exhaustion, but most importantly my excitement and preparation. Stay tuned a gender reveal post may be coming your way soon with highlights from both of the girl’s gender reveals and a little trip down memory lane.
Thank you again for joining us during this exciting time. So much fun is ahead!
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Dear August 2017,
WOW what a scorcher! With extremely high temps comes a lot of staying inside or pool time for this family! It was a slower month for us to regroup and focus on one another, sometimes uneventful is a nice time to recharge before the busy season hits.
September is going to bring a busy schedule and new exciting adventures. We are excited for what is to come and I am looking forward to football and Pumpkin Spice season!!! How about you???
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – August 2017 ::
STAYcation: [vacation close to home]
My husband and I recently celebrated our nine year wedding anniversary with a STAYcation at one of our favorites! When you live in a state that offers some of the most beautiful resort options available, why leave town to have a good time!? As you already know from my previous posts, we are big fans of STAYcations and constantly promote the idea of staying nearby and enjoying all of the amenities that your city and state have to offer! We selected the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa because it holds a special place in our hearts and is filled with sweet memories over the last 9 years of our relationship. Plus, it is beyond fabulous!
The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona is simply stunning! From the second you walk in, you feel like you’re at a desert oasis. The pool area is magnificent with different areas to lounge and delight in their decadent drinks and poolside food. You can also jump on a raft and float along the lazy river. With several different pools to chose from, our personal favorite is the waterfall pool because you get an awesome experience of a tranquil waterfall with a nearby DJ providing musical glory!
The JW Marriott Desert Ridge offers a fabulous grand entrance, and the rooms are so accomodating; once you arrive, there is no reason to leave. They have everything you could possibly need, want or desire on site: an incredible spa, a full service Starbucks, a large store/souvenir shop, nightly live music, top notch restaurants, kids activities, golf course and unbelievable views in every direction you look.
Don’t just take my word for it, enjoy a few photos from our amazing weekend away and trust me you, too, will want to stay here!
And just like that, the holidays are over. December was a festive month filled with wonderful Christmas adventures, and it was extra special sharing it with our sweet girls, (You know what they say, the holidays are magical when shared with little ones, and I couldn’t agree more!)
We celebrated the birth of Jesus, ate our body weight in Christmas cookies, sang our little holiday hearts out, watched every Hallmark Christmas movie possible and of course enjoyed bundling up for the cooler weather. December is my favorite month of the year, not just because of all of the fun activities the month brings, but because of the joyful spirit in the air and all of the family time and memories made each year. December you will be greatly missed.
As I pack up the Christmas decorations and close the door on December, I excitedly anticipate the new fun times ahead as we ring in a new year and welcome the adventure that will be 2017.
Thank you November for finally bringing cooler weather to Arizona! Fall has been lovely, but your chilly winter weather has really added a festive touch to the month. You were a month filled with thankfulness and gratitude and we loved sharing Thanksgiving traditions with the girls. But, with open arms and eager hearts, we welcome you December!!! Bring on all of the holly jolly Christmas spirit and let us not forget the real reason for the season ahead, the birth of Jesus!
Goodbye pumpkin spice and hello peppermint mocha. ☕️
I just like to smile, smiling my favorite. – Buddy the Elf
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. – L.M. Montgomery
What a jam-packed month of fun firsts!!! You brought pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins, my one year BLOGiversary, a family vacation and our first trip to SeaWorld, and lots of Halloween festivities.
However, one thing October forgot to bring was cooler weather, so November we are counting on you to do so!
Goodbye spooky fun, hello thankfulness!
Blogging has become such an amazing creative outlet for me, in a time that I have needed it the most … mommyhood! I am so thankful that over the last year through blogging I have been given the opportunity to do what I love and to grow as a wife, mom, friend, and writer through Espresso Ever After. I am so thankful to you, for following along, encouraging me and and supporting me through this blogging adventure! Cheers to 1 year and to many more to come!
In honor of my 1 Year BLOGiversary, I wanted to give you a behind the scenes Espresso Ever After tour of my 5 favorite blog posts from the last year. This tour includes my vision as well as my mental and emotional states at the time of creation and reveals the WHY behind the content of each post. I hope you enjoy the tour, and thank you for your love and support in my blogging journey! As usual, grab a latte, get cozy and enjoy!
:Backstage Access to Espresso Ever After : My 5 Favorite Blog Posts: