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Thursday, December 31, 2015

best of 2015

What a year.  This year I worked at a job I loved, had an amazing artist in residence experience, became a mother, and moved home to St. Louis.  Looking back this year feels like a complete blur.  I read through some of my blog posts, and I barely remember writing them, especially the ones written after Baby T was born.  Maybe because I was so fully immersed in so many moments this year, being needed immediately so often by Baby T in such an intimate way.  Whatever the reason, it's true what I had heard about being a mother to small babies - this season of your life flies by like a blur.

                                                    T O P   F I V E   P O S T S

These are the top five most read posts from 2015.  Funnily, it reflects my top nine Instagram posts - they all have to do with pregnancy and baby Theo.  Other cool things happened this year like like being asked to paint a portrait of James Foley, taking trips to Portland, a JVC reunion, a vacation in Michigan, and moving to St. Louis.  But the highlight was most definitely becoming a mother.
F A V O R I T E     B O O K S
I read seventeen books this year and rated them all on Goodreads.  These were my favorites, and seeing that the list is pretty short is making me want to read a lot more good books in 2016. Listed in order starting with my favorite, but I would recommend all of them.
  • Big Little Lies
  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • Station Eleven
  • Operating Instructions
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Oryx and Crake (I went through a big apocalyptic kick at the beginning of the year)
  • Bringing up Bebe
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
F A V O R I T E     M O V I E S
In no particular order - and not necessarily released this year, just new to me.  I know I liked more movies than this in 2015, but these were the only ones I could remember.  Probably because they all connected to Theo in some way. 
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (last movie I saw in the theater before Theo - went to the bathroom twice)
  • Selma (Theo jumped about a foot in the bomb scene)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (Somehow I had never watched this movie before 2015)
  • The Naked Gun (we watched all three of these right before Theo was born)
  • The Man from Uncle (the first movie we saw in the theaters after having Theo!)
  • Inside Out (watched after Theo fell asleep on New Year's Eve)
F A V O R I T E    T V     S H O W S
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)
  • Master of None
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Brooklyn 99
  • The Walking Dead
  • iZombie
  • Great British Baking Show
  • This Old House
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
H A P P Y    N E W     Y E A R !

Sunday, December 13, 2015

st. louis and christmas trees


It is so nice to be back, in more ways than one.  After one of the craziest months I've had in years, I'm back in St. Louis and back to blogging.  Blogging is usually the first thing to go when life gets busy, but I really miss how it roots me.  It's been a great outlet for me, and a good motivator to try new projects, set goals, and push myself creatively with my photography.Now that life is slowly getting back to a new normal, I'm hoping I can blog more, but we'll see how it goes.  

It's also amazing to be back in St. Louis, my home city.  Settling in is taking some time, which is only natural for taking on such a big move with a family.  But I've got a feeling this is going to be a great, fresh start and ultimately a really good home for us.  It's a dream come true to be back here. 

Not only is it great to be with my family, but it's great to see Baby T with people who love him just as much as me and Paul do.     

Since being in St. Louis, we've had time to go on a couple Christmas adventures.  Like chopping down a Christmas tree!!  Last weekend we drove out to Meert Tree Farm Nursery to chop down our tree.  And then when we got there, we let my dad and brother do all the actual chopping.  

We picked out a really beautiful one that fit everybody's requirements (price range, height, freshness, good trunk).  We have it up in the house, but it's not decorated yet.  Which is oddly similar to how my life feels like right now -- a lot of stuff going right and being patient with things taking a little extra time to get all set up.  But it'll get there.  And it'll be pretty beautiful when it does.