Twelve years. Wow. It’s flown!
Something I love about Kyle and I is how natural we are together. Don’t get me wrong, we get on each other’s nerves and have to work on our communication! But we are, and have always been, really good friends.
With that said, this year was both incredibly wonderful and simultaneously challenging! Figuring out our groove as individuals, business partners, and new parents— definitely took time! We may have clunked our way through 2022 like a pinball game, but I’m so proud of our teamwork and feel like we are finally hitting our stride.
This year was about relishing small memories: trips to Home Depot and my favorite home decor stores, lunches at Chickfila, hanging pictures, reading books to our tiny bookworm, and neighborhood walks. Day trips to the aquarium and Dollywood. And the few and far between date nights to eat Mexican and drink margaritas.
In the midst of a very full season with work and a toddler, relishing in these small moments slowed time down and I’m so grateful for doing life with my two favorite humans.
We finally have clarity on our individual roles in the business, something that was harder to figure out than we expected.
Figuring out consistent childcare threw us for a massive loop this year. We never knew when we would get to work or for how long and neither of us thrive outside of a routine. We’ve finally figured out a way to tag-team childcare that’s giving us both dedicated work time and dedicated Madelyn time!
We’ve had a lot on our plates this year, which means our minds are often consumed trying to manage all the things—parenting, running a business, laundry. It’s been extra important to make space for each other. We are so grateful to have found a wonderful babysitter we trust with Madelyn and have seen how important it is for a regular date night. We soak up the rare just us time.
For our anniversary we had a low key date night: dinner at a local favorite and browsed the used bookstore. I bought beautiful coffee table books on discount, could there be anything better? Kyle knows me so well! We are planning a trip to Asheville in December as well.
With each day and each year I love you more. We have grown so much this year and have seen new sides of each other. You are a wonderful husband and incredible dad. Madelyn and I are the luckiest.
Your Fav. 🧡
October 22, 2022