Life Lately: Feelings and Stuff
Dear Party People,
I’ve been slacking on blog posts and I know it. I hope I haven’t failed you … or your Christmas party. Ready for some emotional blogger stuff?
I feel a lot pressure to create for That’s so Michelle (and have a ton of ideas!) but have other responsibilities to my family and my professional life. As much as I’d like to be able to execute on all levels, I just can’t. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to fall freely into my hobby, it’s felt really forced. Because of this, in my eyes, That’s so Michelle has lost it’s luster.
I think (pure honesty here) the excitement of That’s so Michelle having a book sucked some of the real life out of my blog this past year. It’s become a business venture instead of a place to be creative and have fun.
I need to get back to my roots. Sharing awesome treats that I make for people in my life and the stories behind them.
Please forgive me while I zone out this holiday and try and find that magic again. The post below (and perhaps more to follow) is an exercise in inspiration.
Nick and Austin on a windy beach in OBX this Thanksgiving.
We learned a lot this Turkey Day about wanting to start our own holiday traditions for our little family unit. It’s wonderful to be a part of something bigger but feels really important right now to create memories and holiday spirit for just the three of us.
I can’t wait for Christmas. I want to do a Christmas Eve box that will have matching pajamas for the whole family (cheese ball alert), a Christmas movie and lots of treats. Little man won’t totally understand but I can’t wait to get started!
New silk flowers complete my work space transformation. Bright, clean and white. A blank palette.
This face. “Dank you” – “Buh-bye” – “Mow, mow” (Mickey Mouse) He is perfection. Yesterday at this small Italian restaurant a stranger standing near our booth said she remembers that phase when you can’t stop hugging and kissing them. I hadn’t even realized I was doing it.
We decorated the house with lights this year for the first time. I’ve always dreamed of tasteful twinkling icicles, garland and matching topiary trees. Which we have. But then … How can you say no to a giant inflatable Mickey Mouse santa when your little ones eyes light up every time he sees it?
Cramped hotel rooms. Wet cement. (Can you tell how I feel about NY?) Amazing Korean BBQ and a trip to Sephora. I picked up a bottle of Benefit High Beam and I am officially obsessed with highlighting eyebrow and cheek bones.
And my favorite holiday memory yet. Our home owners association organized a holiday tree lighting in our neighborhood with hot chocolate, cider and Santa! Austin loved the cider. He kept saying “mmm!” over and over after he took sips.
Then when Santa arrived he zipped around the parking lot in a motorcycle with reindeer antlers on it, everyone yelled “Look there is Santa!!!!” and all the kids went wild! I felt like I was reliving my childhood all over again. It. Was. Awesome.
Once we got to the part where Austin would sit on Santa’s lap, he got scared. Poor Munchie. But he got some stickers in a goodie bag (his new obsession) and got googly eyed over Santa’s motorcycle. Anything with wheels. Such a boy.