Happy New Year! It was back to life, back to reality yesterday and Camden and I were both sad to watch Nathan head to work. The holiday fog is starting to lift but the tree is still up! Sigh. We decided to do a day date to Pitch Perfect 3 (meh) and an early dinner on New Year’s Day instead of taking it down and that was a-ok with me. Please tell me some of you still have your Christmas decorations up, too…
Checking in today to link up with Anne for her monthly Currently prompt! It’s always so fun to chat about these seemingly random words and “meet” other ladies in the link-up. Looking forward to seeing what you ladies are starting, hoping, scheduling, reading, and playing right now!
S T A R T I N G
Nathan and I both started Whole30 yesterday! He sent me a “Surprise! I’m going to do Whole30 with you!” text randomly mid-day yesterday and I was thrilled! Let’s face it, he was going to be eating mostly Whole30 compliant dinners but it’s awesome to be in this together. He actually has a couple of work trips scheduled this month so he is going to have it much harder than me and I’m super proud of him for taking it on! I plan on doing a little Week One recap on the blog next week (what we ate, why we are doing this) but until then I’ve been trying to share my experience over on InstaStories. Follow me over there @RachelEmilyBlog if you are interested in keeping up! Find my Whole30 Pinterest board (pictured) here.
H O P I N G
I feel like this is a total theme with every post I’ve read on the topic lately but man, 2017 was a hard year, wasn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, there were some amazing things that happened and beautiful memories made but overall I wouldn’t rank it very high and the end of 2017 downright stunk for our family. Here’s to 2018, a fresh start, a renewed sense of our priorities, and reaching those goals!
S C H E D U L I N G
Nothing, ever again. The social engagements of the last two weeks have just about killed me. But I’m super happy to be “scheduling things” in my new planner. The joy a new planner brings me is unmatched. Do you guys still use a paper planner? I’m so curious to know!
R E A D I N G
I just finished Winter Storm by Elin Hilderbrand and it was pretty good. If you have read and liked other books by Elin Hilderbrand you would enjoy it! I also read Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber in one sitting during over Christmas while Camden was napping. I can’t tell you the last time it took me less than a month to read a book from start to finish let alone one day, but don’t take that to mean it was a great book. It was a fun, Christmasy read but nothing to write home about and predictable from start to finish. I started Rachel Jeffs’ book Breaking Free yesterday and I’m excited to dive in some more! In case you aren’t aware, Rachel Jeffs is the daughter of the FLDS (polygamist) cult leader Warren Jeffs and I have a weird fascination with polygamy. I’ve read several books about people who have been a part of the cult and gotten out (read this one multiple times) and it’s always so interesting to me.
P L A Y I N G
We had some friends over on NYE (thank the good Lord for white noise machines) for snacks, drinks, and games and What Do You Meme was a big hit, have you guys played it? So terrible, but so so so funny! It’s in the same family of appropriateness as Cards Against Humanity (which we also played) so I wouldn’t suggest playing with your children or grandmother but for a group of adults with a certain sense of humor – so much fun!
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