Let's Catch Up
We've got some catching up to do, friends! I can't believe it's been so long since my last post. Between the holidays and new clients, I lost track of time and haven't blogged in over a month. Yikes!
A lot has happened in the Averill house since I last wrote. If you're following along on Insta, you probably saw the fuss I made over Livy coming home for Christmas, so let's start there.
Our big gift to Olivia this year was a bedroom makeover featuring a new, big girl, BUNK BED! So I spent the days leading up to her arrival cleaning, organizing, and redecorating her room. Livy is obsessed with kitties so my decorating journey began with the purrrfect kitty sheets from Pottery Barn Kids. I then went to Target and picked up all of the animal heads I could find, new art bins, comforters and pillows. I printed new photos of our family, photos of her mommy and her sissy, and finally hung the Bob Dylan painting I made months ago. I'm so pleased with the way it all came together and thrilled with how much she loves it!
I flew to Texas the day after Christmas to pick up Olivia and surprised her with matching pj's for the plane ride home. I know some of you are probably cringing over wearing pj's in public but my shame game is ZERO when it comes to doing something for a kid, especially mine. So we ducked into the nearest bathroom, shimmied into our jammies and slippers, and proudly skipped through the airport. Hours later we made it home to Daddy and the doggies who were waiting in their matching jammies- it was the best ever and we all loved it, even the pups.
I wrote a letter to Santa before she came, asking him to come to our house two days late (since we live so far north and all). And would you believe it? Santa got the letter! There were no presents under our tree on Christmas morning, which meant there were no presents from Santa when Olivia got here. So we told her that there was one present for her to open that night waiting on her bed. Upstairs she went and squeals of excitement and giggles filled the house as she opened the door to see her new big girl room! It was pure magic.
Santa came late that night and the next morning, we finally had our Christmas. I told Boo (my husband's actual nickname since Kinder, I promise I'm not referring to him as "my boo", even though he is) that even when we have kids of our own, Christmas can't come without Livy. So I think this whole letter to Santa, asking him to come late, has to be a new tradition.
We spent the rest our time together playing Barbie, Jr. Monopoly and decorating cookies. We had playdates with the neighbor girls (who we just adore) and went sledding with cousins. But my favorite memories made, were the ones of her and I sitting side by side at my drafting table, singing Christmas songs and painting together. She fills my heart.
The day she leaves is always the hardest. I get so worried. I'm worried about helping her properly transition, about my husband and his feelings, and I'm worried about my abilities to keep it together because I'm a true sap. This time was especially hard because it was the first time she flew home with someone other than Daddy. It was heartbreaking to watch her say goodbye to him. It was the hardest goodbye yet. I held her in the airport and we cried. I pulled together as much bravery as I could and said "I know this is hard and it hurts. But we can do hard things". I should have seen this coming and better prepared her before leaving dad. I got so caught up in my own excitement over her wanting to travel with me, that I neglected to think about how she would feel leaving dad for the first time without mom. A huge oversight on my part that I still feel awful about. I couldn't let our sadness or my oversite win so I did my best to lift her spirits. Hand in hand we did a hard thing, and I flew her back to Texas.
Now that it's back to just Boo and me in the house there's a little less joy and a lot more productivity. Ya win some, ya lose some, right? Business is busier than I could have anticipated and I'm still working on finding a balance between home and work life. We've been mindful to schedule more date nights and I'm at least attempting to keep the house clean 😂. I've baked a lot of banana bread and chicken pot pies, we've been cross-country skiing and spending time with good friends.
This weekend we are heading to my husband's hometown of Red Lodge with our good friends, Timmy & Rita. The boys are planning on skiing while Rita and I visit the shops and relax at the cabin. I've been there once before for a quick visit, so I'm really looking forward to spending more time in the town where Kent grew up. Also, there is supposed to be the most amazing candy store so I'll definitely be doing a post on this visit if for nothing more than CANDY.
Keep your eyes peeled for my next post- it's all about catching you up on paper & the biz.
Exciting things are happening! I have so much gratitude for you all.