For my first “5 on Friday” post of 2016, I thought it would be refreshing to look forward.  There was so much about 2015 that was amazing: we welcomed Gracie Kate and moved into our first home.


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At first glance, 2 huge milestones in one year might make it seem like 2015 will be hard to beat. While we aren’t looking to top it, I do think 2016 has some awesome adventures in store!  In face, it was fairly easy for me to come up with a quick list of 5 things I am looking forward to.

1. Gracie Kate turns 1

I can hardly believe it’s only 4 months until our little big girl turns 1 year old!   Ever since about 12 weeks old, the time has been flying.  While I loved snuggling her as a tiny newborn, it’s been so exciting to watch Gracie grow, change, and see her personality develop.  I can’t wait to watch our baby monster smash a cake!


2. Mommy turns 30

So, apparently I am leaving my 20s behind in May.  Gracie and I have birthdays 9 days apart, and in my newborn-baby haze, I barely remember turning 29.  When I’ve needed to report my age this year, it’s always surprised me.  Despite it sneaking up on me, I’m excited to start a new decade in my life!  My twenties began in college, a time of unrest and pending possibilities.  My thirties will begin in a more stable place, happy and content with this beautiful life we are building.


3.  We love Beech-nut!

Gracie and I are so excited to announce that we will be joining Beech-nut as Boston-based brand ambassadors in 2016!  We started Gracie on solids foods around 4 months, and after reading labels on other brands, I was drawn to Beech-nut for the simplicity and quality of their product.  I don’t have much time to make baby food, and their product allows me to give her like-homemade food, but it’s more convenient and offers tons of variety.  I’m so excited to share our love of Beech-nut with the Boston area!

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4.  Our Midwest Adventure 

This March, we are taking Gracie to visit her extended family in both Minnesota and Michigan.  It’ll be a 2 week trip, she has lots of people to meet!  Although I am slightly nervous to travel with a baby for our first time (tips are appreciated), it’ll be so fulfilling to see our little baby connect with family and friends that stood by us and supported us through these past few years.  Prepare for takeoff, little baby!

5. Our little family

Finally, I’m so excited to be starting this first full year as a little family.  Every day, we learn and grow and become closer.  We have so many new things to experience: first steps, first words, first plane rides…I’m just so excited to do it all together!


Happy 2016!

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