Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year, New Post (Long Overdue)

I think it’s been over a year since I've posted anything to this blog, so needless to say I’ve been a huge slacker. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to write more, whether on here, my other blog, or just for myself and not for the world to see. Writing has always been an outlet for me, one that helps me talk myself through my own experiences in life, gets things off my chest, and lets me express what I’m feeling and thinking better than I am able to say it out loud. I love writing, and if I could make a living simply reading and writing about whatever I wanted from my couch, I would probably be a millionaire by now. Or at least a six-digit salary earner. Anyway…

There are probably a thousand things I should write about to get this blog up to speed since the last post, but that sounds really boring and monotonous to me, so I’m just going to give a quick rundown and pick up where I want to.

Long story short, we had our baby, yay! It was (IS) a girl, yay! Her name is Tesa, and she is the cutest, perkiest, funniest, smartest baby in the world. Here’s proof:

Tesa Kitchen
Making dinner for Mommy and Daddy in her new kitchen!
She turned ONE in October, and I can’t believe I already have a toddler. There are days when it seems like I should still be pregnant and nervously preparing for her arrival. But in reality I have a walking (or running), talking (almost) little person with a big personality that consumes my life everyday, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

In June, we took her on her first big vacation, a cruise to the Caribbean. Everyone thought we were crazy, but our group had over 20 members of our closest family and friends, so we had lots of help. As you can see, she had a really rough time!

Tesa Cruise
She was the star of the ship!

In December, we flew her across the country for a ski trip in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She was not a huge fan of the snow, but she LOVED hanging out in the Baby Bjorn with Daddy and seeing all the pretty lights!

Tesa Colorado
Could there even be a cuter face than that?!

In Tesa’s fifteen months, she has been in ten states, and flown over several others. She is quite a traveled baby, and lucky for us, she does so well in virtually any situation. She is seriously the easiest, most well-behaved child in the world. (Knock on wood!)

As good as Tesa is while traveling, it is HARD to cart a toddler and her massive amount of necessities with us everywhere we go. This year, we returned from our week long ski trip, and the very next weekend we turned around and drove to Atlanta, spent two days with Tyson’s family, drove back, spent a day with my parents, drove to my grandparents, and spent another day there. I love being so close to both families so that we can make those trips in a day, but it was a lot of traveling for such short visits! I can only imagine what it will be like when Tesa has a little brother or sister and we have TWICE the amount of clothes/food/diapers/gear/toys to lug around with us!

Despite the chaos and confusion of getting from one place to the next when we were supposed to, the Patrick family had a fantastic holiday. I see a lot of my family anyway, but it’s nice to have the whole crew together at once. And I love when we get to see Tyson’s family and they get to see all of Tesa’s new tricks and sweet faces. She is truly my pride and joy, and I love to see other people getting so much enjoyment out of her laughs and cuddles too!

Tesa’s Second Christmas will always be one for the books. It will be the one I always remember as the year we lost our dining room and Tesa gained a playroom. Seriously, there were JUST THAT MANY toys. To say that little girl is loved and spoiled would be the understatement of the century. Here are some pics of our adorable “dining room,” before and after:

Tesa Playroom
I mean, even I'M kinda jealous of this playroom...

So now everything is returning to normal, some things more slowly than others (i.e., Tesa’s regular sleep schedule...), and though I’m sad to see the holiday magic fading away, I’m also kinda glad to be getting my old routine back, and doubly thankful for some much needed time at home. Tyson and I were talking about our plans earlier this week, and when we realized at the same time that we had no real obligations or any place we had to be this weekend, you should have seen the joy on our faces. It was like Christmas all over for us! All the traveling and visiting and jet-setting is great, but sometimes there’s just no better place than home sweet home!