new year in new hampshire

Well, I didn't quite make my 70-post goal last year, but I did close out the year well, and I'm happy to have the posts to look back on a good, albeit difficult, year. 2017 is shaping up to be an entirely different year with Ryan's deployment, as well as all my goals for the year. Truth be told, I'm really looking forward to it - as crazy as that sounds!

We rang in the new year in New Hampshire celebrating a belated Chrismakkuh with my family. Both my brothers in law are Jewish, so we celebrated both holidays together since Josh was on call over Christmas and Ryan was OIC. It was a lot of fun! It was a little stressful with the kiddos, and Porter managed to catch the raging cold that Spencer and I have been fighting for a few weeks, but we're glad we went and equally glad we came home.

Spencer got to experience his first time sledding with Ryan, Uncle Adam and Uncle Josh, and he loved it. He didn't want to go inside for nap time despite the fact that his cheeks were chapped, the snow was deeper than he is tall, and he was shivering. I love that my little boy loves the outdoors, and I can't wait until Porter can be out there with his big brother. I see a lot of fun times in the pool coming this summer!

There's a part of me that's so sad Ryan is going to miss so much this coming year, but there's another part of me that is so grateful for the family we have. I know that my brothers in law will be great surrogate fathers in his absence, and I'm so grateful for their love and kindness. And mostly, I'm grateful for the time we do have together before he leaves. 

Here's to a wonderful 2017.


  1. Look at all of that snow! I bet y'all had an absolute blast playing in it. Hope that your 2017 is off to a great start :)

  2. So much snow! I have yet to go sledding with Swede although I know she'd love it... There's another storm coming in this weekend, Maybe it's time!

  3. What a fun experience for everyone! The sledding sounds like so much fun!

  4. What a fun belated Christmas celebration!! I hope we are able to get some snow in KY soon! I think it's wonderful that you have two brothers-in-law nearby to be there for your boys while your husband is deployed. I'm sure that brings him great comfort too!

  5. So nice you were able to celebrate both holidays with your family! Love all of that snow!