Year three has come and gone! I’ve been with the Momaha.com team for more the three years and 150 posts, and I’m incredibly grateful to share my experiences, joys and sorrow with all of you.
I love looking back at each year and I’m excited to reflect on the last year of my blogging and personal life.
My life since this time last year has been equal parts incredibly busy and incredibly fun.
Now that our kids are a bit older, my husband and I have been getting babysitters, which is tougher than I expected. Along that same line, I also debated the topics of boy babysitters and how there aren't enough of them.
Our oldest, Marin, started kindergarten this past fall, which is exciting and sad at the same time. I miss all of that time we used to spend together before full days of school! But she loves it, even if she doesn't get to carry an overpriced backpack — a hot topic at the beginning of this year's school year!
Along with that, we've started talking about Marin and sleepovers, but I've been stuck on how the logistics work — especially when she needs complete darkness to fall asleep (where most kids need a night light). We're still working on that one...
We’ve also hit the age of birthday parties and have tried to manage the etiquette with those along the way. My husband and I have also learned we are going to do less toys and birthday parties, and more trips and experiences going forward.
We took a lot of great trips this past year and brought our kids along for the ride. They've been with us to New York City, Europe and Mexico. So you lucky readers have gotten even more travel tips and posts from me pushing you to just say yes to going on vacation with your kids. I’ve also tried to relay how important my friends are to me and why you should take time out for a trip with your girlfriends.
I also took a little time for myself last year! I decided to prioritize reading and getting organized.
I read 42 books last year and wrote several posts with book recommendations for adults and kids. I love reading so much, and I hope to top 2017's reading list this year. I also shared organizational posts about getting rid of toys, how to avoid becoming a hoarder and spring cleaning my life.
My most popular posts with all of you were related to Disney World. I had several articles, including the amount of cursing I heard while there and some tips and tricks for maximizing your trip to the magical kingdom.
I hope my posts this past year have helped support, encourage and make you laugh (see "the 10 emojis that perfectly describe parenthood") during this thing called parenting. You may or may not have agreed with me, but I hope you enjoyed them!
I hope to keep traveling and learning more tips and tricks to share with all of you. My summer is, once again, full of juggling nap and activity schedules, and I’m looking forward to every minute of it. I'm also looking forward to making our summer fun list soon as well. This year, I’ve also committed to exercising more, eating less dessert and saying yes to more experiences and no to more commitments. So be on the lookout for posts related to those topics in the near future!
Thank you so much for reading my posts and for all of your support. Writing has been an important outlet for me during times of growth, change and boredom (when my husband is traveling and the kids are in bed). It connects me to the real world and reminds me that not only am I a mom, I’m me, and that is priceless.