Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Life Lately

Oof. It's been so cold here. Manny and I miss our walks. It's been a lot of cozy nights in by the fire under blankets reading or watching Parks and Rec.

Even in the cold temps I am digging a little Halo Top for dessert. So good.

Last week we had G's work party. It was so much fun to see friends and catch up. It was also our first time out of the house since recovering from the flu so it was extra nice to join the land of the living again.

Before the flu hit we had a lot of fun decorating our master bedroom. It was one of the first rooms I wanted to tackle since it was the most neglected room at our last house. It feels like a hotel and that is exactly the look I was going for. Also? Having a King bed is life changing. This bed is so comfortable and I love having so much extra space to sleep. As someone who was known for kicking or punching G in the face during sleep, this is a marriage lifesaver. 

G had a customer in last week and he had never had Mexican food. We took him to our favorite place and he couldn't believe the drinks were as big as his head, ha! He also could not get enough fajitas and so I think we have a new Mexican food fan!

Biggby has a new cinnamon latte that I am obsessed with. Give me all the cinnamon. This cup also made me extremely happy. 

So that's life lately. Recovering from the flu. Decorating the master bedroom. Cinnamon lattes. Mexican food. Work party. Life is good.

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Intentions

Happy New Year! I'm a little late to the game thanks to the flu that had me holed up in bed for two weeks. I have finally recovered and I'm heading into the new year like Manny in fresh fallen snow.

I love a new year. Clean slate. Fresh start. So I couldn't resist sharing my intentions for each category of my life for this new year.

Body: Lift weights two to three times a week.

I want to be strong and this movement is joyful for me so I want to incorporate it into my lifestyle and make it a habit this year. I think lighting a candle and listening to a podcast will help make this movement more enjoyable and something I can stick to this year.

Health: Read Body Kindness and Intuitive Eating (with workbook).

I want to be intentional with eating and movement. I want to get away from the diet mentality of our culture. I want to focus on healing my relationship with my body image once and for all. My plan right now is to read a chapter a week of Body Kindness and take the time to deep dive and do all the journal exercises. I finished chapter one this week and it was so good for my soul.

Food: Eat what I love and be mindful.

Part of letting go of the diet mentality is listening to my body and feeding it what makes me feel good. What satisfies. Without counting calories or points. It brings freedom and joy and is a key to intuitive eating. I want to choose foods that are delicious and satiating. I want to be mindful of what I'm eating and savor every bite. Right now I'm obsessed with buttered toast with a hard boiled egg for breakfast.

Mind: Read more books.

The more I know myself the more I realize I love reading. It is such a vital part of self-care for me. It brings me joy and fulfillment. I just read The Marriage Lie (in one day!) and it was so fun to get lost in the suspense and the need to know what happened. I usually average about 36 books a year and this year I would like to read 50 books.

Discover: Travel more.

Last year was all about the house. House projects. Selling. Packing. Purging. Moving. This year I want to be about discovering new places. For our anniversary this year we are going to South Beach for seven days of relaxation, sun and fun. I'm excited to explore a new city and escape the cold winter. We are also in the process of getting our passports so we can plan an international trip this fall. 

Spiritual: Find a new church community.

I think we will feel more at home and settled in our new city once we find a church home. A place we look forward to going every Sunday. A place to get connected, join a small group and start serving. I know it takes patience and time and I trust we will find the right fit for us this year.

Marriage: More date nights.

We are celebrating ten years of marriage this year. TEN. A decade! Time flies when you're in love. And work hard at your relationship and make it a priority. I want to be more present when I'm with G. Put my phone away. Savor the time together. Ask questions. Keep learning about him. Keep exploring and going on adventures with him. I don't want to ever take our relationship for granted. I want to keep falling more in love with him everyday. More date nights. More laughter. More fun.

Passion: Clutter free my life.

It started with freeing myself from negative and toxic people. Surrounding myself with people who lift me up and make me my best self. After moving last year and purging most of what we owned I realized how freeing it is to get rid of clutter. To minimize possessions to what brings joy and what I use everyday. Even after six months in the new house I found we had 10 boxes in our basement storage unopened. Unopened! Over Christmas break I went through all the boxes and had 7 boxes of donations. It feels so good to remove clutter and have empty space.

Serving: Show up.

So many times someone is hurting and going through a hard time and I overthink what to do for them and end up doing nothing. I want to change that. I want to just be there. Show up. Offer a listening ear. Bring a meal. Send a text that I'm thinking and praying for them. 

What are your intentions this year?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017: A Look Back

It's hard to believe another year is coming to a close. When I look back at this year I'm so proud of all we accomplished. I started a new job that I love and was promoted within six months, G was promoted at his work, we sold our first house, house hunted, moved into a new home, took weekend trips, purged a lot of stuff, explored our new hometown, decorated a new house, developed new friendships at work, and in our new neighborhood. 

It was a good year. I think the highlight of the year was moving into our new home. It was such a leap of faith and I'm so thankful we had the courage to do it. Moving is something G and I talked about for years, but the timing never felt right. We were never at a point with our jobs to make the commitment. But this year was different. G was in a place at work where he was ready to take the next step. I was finally in a job I adored and was going places and I felt ready to take the next step as well. Timing is everything and God's timing is perfect. 

But it's more than that. I always felt unsettled in the old house because I was always thinking about the next project. The bathrooms needed updating. The banister needed staining. The furniture was in need of updating. This new house doesn't need a single bit of work and it feels so peaceful not having to think about what project is next and when we will squeeze it in. 

I'm not sure what my future will look like in terms of blogging, but please keep up with me on Instagram at LindseylovesGarth. But I'm back because reflecting on the year is always a favorite of mine to write. If you want to see my years in review from the past, click the dates below:

Without further ado, here is a look back at 2017!

In January I set goals for the year. Most of them I still work to accomplish each month. It's nice not to have house projects to tackle each month anymore and I'm thankful I'm not doing Weight Watchers anymore. I'm working on body kindness, intuitive eating and health at every size

We rung in 2017 at a Roaring 20s Murder Mystery Party, hiked at the lake, found a church we loved, and enjoyed a few sushi dates.

I got a new hair do, had a blast at G's work party, and had a few fun lunch dates. We celebrated Ella's birthday with good family time and I binged This Is Us. We celebrated G's birthday in Ann Arbor, I had a super fun girls night and I wrote a book review.

In February I reviewed my goals, had a fun Mom and Lindsey Day, and good family time.  Bah I can't get over how tiny Bennett was!

G and I went away to South Haven to celebrate his birthday. We ate good food, had a few fun cocktials and enoyed the beauty of Lake Michigan. I started Fit Fridays again and accepted a new job.

We continued our church and lunch tradition every Sunday, and celebrated Valentine's Day. I discussed boundaries in marriage and wrote another book review,

I reviewed my goals, hosted a girls night, went to a cooking class with my mom, had an amazing three hour dinner with Eric and Jess, had a date night, and had sweet family time.  

I met up with a friend for dinner and drinks, hosted friends for dinner and had our church and sushi Sunday.

We celebrated nine years of marriage with a long weekend in Hocking Hills, Ohio. We stayed in the cutest cabin with a hot tub and did lots of hiking, and exploring.

In March we started house hunting, saw Rent (and it was EVERYTHING), had a few fun date nights and brunch. I wrote another book review and reviewed my goals.

In April we had lots of house showings, walked away from a house I absolutely fell in love with and took a quick getaway to Grand Haven for a breather. We kept house hunting and reviewed goals

In May we received offers on our house (and celebrated with sushi), continued house hunting and exploring new towns. We attended a Murder Mystery Dinner Party with friends and brunched. We spent time with family, finished up house projects, and the house passed inspection and appraisal.  

We kicked off patio sitting season, hiked at the lake, had a bonfire and enjoyed evenings on the deck.

We celebrated Brad's birthday with one last hurrah at the old house, finally found our house (you can read the whole story here and here), passed inspection, and reviewed goals for the month.

In June we savored the last few weeks in our first house, and did a lot of packing.

We closed on our first house, rented from the new owners, and finished packing. Our closing was delayed so we wine tasted, and we lived on one chair and lawn furniture since we gave everything else away. Then a tree fell on our house and we had to let the new owners know and handle it, UGH.

We finally closed and moved into our new house, I reminisced about the old house, reviewed my goals, and we explored our new little town.

In July my parents came to see the new house and explore the town with us. We ate out, and then walked downtown for ice cream. We celebrated the Fourth of July at Eric and Jess' with sweet family time and a deer hit us on the highway and totaled our car. By the grace of God no one was harmed (RIP deer).

We car shopped, hiked, enjoyed some deck sitting with some epic sunsets, continued to explore our town, unpack the house, and wrote a book/movie review

We enjoyed a fun date night, ordered a dining room table, celebrated Bennett turning one year old, hosted the whole family to see the new house, and I reviewed my goals.

In August we experienced our little town's fairwent to a baseball game, and celebrated my birthday with my favorites. 

I shared our new dining room table and had the fourth annual girls weekend up north. I ordered new kitchen stools as I continued to decorate the new house, dog sat for friends, spent the day at Jess' family lake house, and took a weekend trip to Traverse City to wine taste.

In September we enjoyed more hiking at the new house, did more exploring our new town's restaurants, went crazy over the sunsets, celebrated my mom's birthday, hosted Supper Club, and saw the property where my parents are going to build a new house (that's Ella in the model home).

In October I created my first gallery wall in the dining room, dressed Manny up like a hot dog for Halloween, went to supper club, had a few date nights, enjoyed more hiking by our house and put Manny in a bow tie.

In November I hosted all our neighbors for dinner (and it was a blast!), spent time with family, enjoyed crazy good sunrises on the way to work, went to the cider mill, and had our annual Lindsey and Mom Day of Fun. 

I hosted an early Thanksgiving celebration at our house with the family, and for Thanksgiving weekend G and I went to Traverse City. It was in the 60s and sunny and just perfection for wine tasting, hiking and relaxing.

In December we decorated for Christmas in the new house, spent time with family, and shoveled our way out of multiple snow storms,

We went to our towns Christmas festival with friends and it was like being in a Hallmark Christmas movie. I hosted an amazing girls night sleepover with my besties and it was just so good for the soul. 

We celebrated Christmas at my parents' house for the last time, watched all the Christmas movies, drank mimosas and had Christmas brunch and did more shoveling. 

Whew! What a year. Thanks for looking back with me on our adventures. It was a big year for our little family and I'm just so thankful for all our blessings. Happy New Year, friends!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mondays with Manny

A tired puppy is a good puppy.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mondays with Manny

I walked into the house the other day to Manny's toy greeting me, ha!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mondays with Manny

Just another day in the life of Manny.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New House Tour: Dining Room

The dining room is quickly becoming my favorite place in the house.  It took a few weeks of searching to find the perfect dining room table. Like finding your soul mate, when you know you know. And when I saw this table I knew. G loved it just as much as I did. The reviews were awesome and I had a coupon and just like that we had a table!

Ta da! I'm so obessed with this space.

I love hosting in this space. It is large and yet feels intimate at the same time. I love all the memories we have already created and cannot wait to make even more memories!

Table: Wayfair (LOVE! It's sturdy and the pop of color in the chairs is perfection. There are reviews that warn the chairs are difficult to put together and that is accurate. G had to drill his own holes which is unfortunate, but so worth it in the end).
Rug: Rugs USA (It's soft and beautiful and I'm in love. We have an awkward space with the columns so we had to measure a few times to get exactly what we wanted and were pleased Rugs USA had the size we wanted).
Table Runner: A gift from a sweet friend so I actually don't know where it's from.
Flowers: Kroger.