Happy New Year! Coffee Talk 01.01.17

Good morning and Happy New Year! It’s time to start getting used to writing 2017!

You know a girl who loves Mondays HAS to love a new year… fresh start, blank slate, and all that. I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store.

Plus, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I’m happy to be home for a while and get back into my routine.

We had a great time in Maine, and I’m so grateful that our travel dates worked out perfectly with the weather. My brother, unfortunately, did not have such good providence. (I’m Presbyterian; we don’t believe in luck. Ha!) He was supposed to fly to Maine the day we got the snowstorm, so his flight was canceled. I was bummed because I was looking forward to spending time with him. I haven’t seen him in a year, and we always have a good time together. He’s a fun guy.

We, on the other hand, managed to schedule our flights on two clear days, and everything was gloriously on time and smooth sailing for us. We had a few days buffer on each end just in case of delays and cancellations, but all went as planned, and we arrived home yesterday around lunchtime. That allowed us plenty of time to get home, unpack, rest, grocery shop, and host a New Year’s Eve party last night.

It sounded like a good plan until I was using toothpicks to prop my eyes open at 9PM last night. It was about that time that I decided we are indeed certifiable, but it was too late to call the party, so we pressed on.

I wasn’t the only one struggling. In fact, by 10PM, most of the adults were threatening to pretend it was midnight and usher in the New Year a few hours early, but our teenage kids were having none of that. When they were little, we could pull it off, but not anymore.

We managed to make it to midnight with only one family defecting, and we all rung in the new year and then promptly said our good-byes. I think everyone was out the door by 12:15. Ha!

After church today, we will start taking down Christmas and putting our house back in order. Happily, everyone is off from school and work tomorrow, so we have plenty of time to get everything in tip top shape before getting back to our normal routines on Tuesday.

I love Christmas, but I also love getting it all taken down and having the house feel more spacious and uncluttered.

I mentioned in a recent post that we don’t have a lot of hard set plans for 2017, so on the way home from the airport yesterday, we were talking about what trips we want to take this year. The kids really want to plan a beach trip this summer, so we’re going to start looking into that. We only live 2 hours from the Jersey Shore (which is far more lovely than the TV shows may lead you to believe) but we’ve also heard great things about the outer banks, and we might compare prices and consider a change of scenery this year.

I also made the decision while we were in Maine to sell my Mom 2.0 blog conference ticket for May so Paul and I can take a trip somewhere warm at the end of March instead. My mom agreed to watch the kids, so now we just have to decide where to go. We’re considering Savannah, GA, because it’s a direct flight from Philly, it’s not terribly far, and neither of us have ever been there. I’ve flown through Savannah to get to Hilton Head a few times, and last fall to go to Montage Palmetto Bluff, but I’ve never explored Savannah, and I’ve always wanted to.

I’m excited because it’s been a while since we’ve gone somewhere alone together, and of course I’m hoping to get some good outfit photos wherever we go! It’s so ugly here in March, so I figured that’s a good time to go somewhere. I’m looking forward to planning that trip because we don’t usually go places where we get to plan our itinerary. It seems like we usually go where we are invited for my job, and I’m certainly not complaining because those trips are great, but I’m really excited to research and make our own plans and be on our own schedule.

In addition to that, I’m eager to get to work on blog posts for 2017. You guys have given me a lot of great suggestions already, and I’ve been writing them down, but I’m always open for more! So far, I’m planning a hair tutorial, a smokey eye tutorial, some posts on how to wear one wardrobe piece multiple ways, and a few easy outfit formulas. Oh, and completely non-fashion/beauty related, I want to put together a roundup of my favorite easy paleo-friendly meals as I promised in my Q&A.

If you have other ideas or requests, feel free to leave them in the comments!

I’m also planning to update my site in a few months. I’m on a lengthy wait list, which is fine, because I’m in no great rush for that, but I’ve been piecemealing my design from the back-end for several years, and it’s kind of a mess. I’m excited to have someone start from scratch and build it the way I want it for what I’m doing now.

ANYWAY! That’s probably way more than you wanted to know about my plans for 2017! Ha! But I’m excited. (Could you tell?)

I need to get ready for church, so I’m off!

I hope you have a blessed Sunday and a productive and restful New Year’s Day!