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It’s a shiny brand new year and even though it’s technically not any different type of day, but for some reason, we tend to find inspiration in the fact that it’s new. New means lots of things, and for me, it feels like I’m starting with a fresh slate and I’m ready to tackle stuff. Perhaps it was all that time off I took for Christmas + the New Year. Anyways, nothing beats starting the New Year with a dusting of snow, and that’s exactly what we did over here. I ordered my little guy a snowsuit right before Christmas when we had snow in forecast then (didn’t see a single flake), and it finally came in handy now (when it was not forecast at all, ha). Isn’t he just the cutest little snow puff ever?

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  • Laura Jolly

    I just looked at these photos; they are lovely, and your little bundle of joy is adorable. Thank you for sharing.

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autumn leaves

Autumn is here. I prefer that word so much more than fall. It sounds more beautiful. I saw the leaves (pictured above) the other day and was giddy. The first signs of fall. It was just one main branch of the tree, oddly enough, for the bulk of the tree is still a luscious green. I do love summer, but we had such a hot one this year, I’m so glad to see the rain and hear it falling at night. I love being able to step outside and not instantly sweat. Give a couple months and I’ll start complaining about all the rain and how I long for summer again, but I guess that’s just life. I’m really looking forward to all the adventures this season holds, and if you’re interested in following along, I post more regularly over on Instagram, so it’d be really really cool if you followed along there: @anastasiamika

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I love summer. It has been incredibly hot and dry this year so we’ve been spending more time indoors than summers gone by but on the cooler days, we venture outdoors (as we should) and Henry can never get enough. He’s grown to love berry picking (thank goodness both grandmas have berries in their backyards), flower picking, bug discovering, and the like — but what he loves most of all is water. Just not the getting soaked part. It’s adorable to watch him get excited about simple things that we grown ups have long since forgotten.

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So it’s been a considerable amount of time since I’ve been really active on this blog. I miss it terribly, and I’m still working on trying to come up with a way I can make it all work. There are some really amazing mamas out there who can juggle multiple kids and maintain a small business. I’m here with just one babe and all of a sudden, time just vanishes. At the end of the day, a to-do list that I could easily complete before has now become a list of things to do tomorrow. It’s frustrating. It’s challenging. There are days when I just want to throw in the towel — but then I walk into my creative space. I start dreaming and planning again. I itch to get start again and attack that to-do list. Sure, often times than not, I fail with personal deadlines and keeping things orderly, but I’m just trying to stay positive over here. Do I really want to give all this up because I haven’t learned time management well? Absolutely not! Am I going to keep striving to get where I want to get? Yes, yes, yes! My pace is definitely slower than before and that’s what bugs me. I want to achieve more in less time, but at this moment in my life, I need to be okay with slow and steady.

My Etsy shop right now gets most of my attention, but there are some things in the works on my actual site. I’m hoping soon to add an actual shop to my site where I will sell pre-designed stationery for weddings and parties. It’s been a long-time plan of mine, and now that the wheel is rolling (slowly), I can’t wait to see how it all works out.

So while you’re all waiting for me to put myself together, how about you enjoy some photos from my family vacation to Maui from about a month ago?

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This week I’ve spent putting together lots of new items to put into the shop. I’m pretty excited about them! Some of them will be those long-promised items that I think I was planning on having available before Henry was born (it’s never too late, right?) and I can’t wait to show you. I just need to snap some photos of them and get them listed. Henry is turning one soon and is getting more and more independent. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the time when he’s more than happy to play without me so I could use that time to get more things done with the Shop and blog. I think that time has finally arrived! Let’s see how this goes!

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On a personal note, remember when I mentioned Henry going through some major teething pain? Well, it turns out it was much more than that. The poor guy had a case of Roseola and a cold/flu following — all on top of his teething aches and pains. Knowing all this, I have a much higher appreciation for my little guy. Through all the suffering, he certainly was cranky, but not as cranky as one would expect. I know I certainly would have been much more cranky than him if I had all that tumble upon me at once. I’m happy to say that he’s been super chipper for a week now. Love seeing him back to his old self.

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