The Best Year Yet

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When we look back at 2017, we both agree that it’s been one of our best years yet, but we think it’s equally safe to say that the best is yet to come. The photo above makes us smile so hard, but to be honest, we were torn on having a proper maternity photoshoot. Was it for us? Would we regret not having one? I was asking this to a group of my girlfriends at our baby shower, and one of them, genius that she is (thank you, Kelly!), suggested that I take the stress out of it and throw my camera on a tripod. Pile the dogs on the bed. Wear pajamas. Set that self-timer, and by all means, get a little cheesy! But no matter what, absolutely commemorate this moment in time.

This year has taken us by storm. When we think back to the beginning, we were diving head first into The Scary Room – with the highest hopes that it might one day be more than just another space to collect ‘stuff’. I also remember holding back tears in the darkest corner of a candlelit restaurant with a friend, recounting every frustrating, and sometimes painful, doctor’s visit from our journey-towards-pregnancy. To keep our minds occupied on anything else, we stayed busy. We renovated a kitchen in Baltimore alongside some of our very favorite people, and we’re convinced we’ve never had more fun or been more exhausted. We booked a trip to a small town in Michigan, where we later found our very own Tree House. We flipped the garden apartment on its head, but we think the galley kitchen stole the show. We made over three rooms, three ways. And in the midst of it all, we received the best news of our lives! We still get weepy thinking about that moment in time and all the stories you shared, too.

Thank you, truly, for reading, encouraging us and making us work smarter, better. Over the next few days, we hope to wrap up the nursery, eat cookies, stay in our pajamas and get our fill of Christmas movies (any favorites you’d recommend?). We’ll see you in the new year, and until then, we’ve rounded up a handful of favorite posts from 2017 (just click on any thumbnail below to take you to the post!). Warm, happy holidays to you all! xx

A Look Back | 2017

  • Cara - December 22, 2017 - 5:55 AM

    Y’all are the best. I am so excited for you. Being a mama to 3 (6 yr old son and 4 yr old ID twin girls) it makes me smile to see others at the beginning of their journey, although I guess I’m still at the beginning of mine:) What an exciting time this is for you both. Thank you for all the wonderful genuine content and letting us have a peek into your lives. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 22, 2017 - 7:26 AM

      Thank you, Cara. Your comment means so much to us. Merry Christmas to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - December 22, 2017 - 6:03 AM

    Have a wonderful holiday. Cheers to a great 2017 and a sweet new beginning in 2018.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 22, 2017 - 7:25 AM

      Happy holidays to you as well! Was just looking at your 2017 recap and still can’t get over how sweet your ORC breakfast nook is. I’d never leave, sipping coffee and nibbling on croissants all day.ReplyCancel

      • Stacy G. - December 27, 2017 - 6:55 AM

        Thank you, Kim. <3 We love to sit in the breakfast nook to watch the snow fall and the squirrels play. It is the nature channel 24/7. :)ReplyCancel

  • Juliet - December 22, 2017 - 7:49 AM

    Happy Holidays to you and your family – two-legged and four -legged! I just saw the YouTube video of the staircase lift at the Tree House and laughed at the look of sheer joy on Scott’s face.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 22, 2017 - 8:47 AM

      Haha, he’s like a kid on Christmas. :D More to come on that addition!ReplyCancel

  • Krissy - December 22, 2017 - 9:33 AM

    Just had to chime in with a movie, if you like steve martin, ‘Mixed Nuts’ is a classic.
    Happy Holidays to your sweet growing family <3ReplyCancel

  • Deena - December 22, 2017 - 11:27 AM

    Adorbs!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - December 22, 2017 - 11:43 AM

    Merry Christmas to my favorite creative family! Your sincerety and CC’s sweet mug make any day brighter!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 22, 2017 - 12:54 PM

      Aw, geez, thank you, Erin! (CC just has a way, doesn’t she?)ReplyCancel

  • Staci - December 22, 2017 - 4:33 PM

    Merry Christmas! It has been wonderful following you these past several years, and this year in particular :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - December 22, 2017 - 5:16 PM

    I hope you two have the happiest Christmas! What a beautiful post- you are such a skilled writer. I’m glad you got some pictures. It really is a special time and you’ll cherish the images. My son likes to point to our maternity photos and say “I’m in mommy’s tummy”- its so sweet. I am so excited for you and that sweet baby! Merry Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 22, 2017 - 7:42 PM

      I love this! We framed a little print for the nursery as well. Thank you for the kind words, Ashley, and Merry Christmas to you as well!ReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - December 23, 2017 - 3:31 PM

    Happy holidays! Here’s a suggestion, Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter. It has Robert Downey Jr. as her brother and a sweetly sexy Dylan McDermott (pre-The Practice.) I love it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 23, 2017 - 5:07 PM

      Ooh, I’m into it! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Geraldine - December 24, 2017 - 4:08 AM

    My favorite Christmas movie is Just Friends, an old silly comedy with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. Have a good laugh on me if you watch it :) Joyeux noël from France!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 24, 2017 - 8:44 AM

      I haven’t seen that since it first came out! We’ll have to look it up again. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • 'col - December 24, 2017 - 7:31 AM

    I’m so delighted for you. I hope this upcoming year is filled with laughter and happy surprises.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - December 26, 2017 - 2:56 PM

    Love this shot of you guys! We’re in the same boat (due in February) and I keep promising myself that I’ll set up the tripod and do a couple of shots with the big girl camera instead of my phone. But I have a feeling my trigger finger will be itching more after the little lady arrives! :) The best is here, right now, until the next moment comes! Big hugs to you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 27, 2017 - 9:34 AM

      Set up your tripod! It will be worth it. Best of luck to you and stay well in your last few weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - December 27, 2017 - 10:24 AM

    Wishing your family the happiest holiday season, and a joyful new year!

    I teared up reading your post today. We too started off 2017 in the midst of an infertility journey and are savoring these last days as a family of two (humans anyways!) with our own little one due in March. It has been a delight (and inspiration) watching your prepare for your new addition.

    Any tips on taking your own maternity pictures?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 27, 2017 - 11:19 AM

      We are so happy for you, Amanda! Thank you so much for the kind words.

      I spend the most amount of time setting up the shot – making sure that the photo is framed properly, the background looks right, etc, etc. We got the dogs set up and settled before we started, which also takes another little while. I’d say setting up takes us at least 30 minutes! Then I have Scott get in the shot so I can set the focus, and I set up my camera to take the maximum amount of photos with a single click. Once I hit the shutter, I jump into the shot! My biggest tip would be not to worry about perfection – it’s the spontaneity that you’re looking to capture anyway. :DReplyCancel

      • Amanda - December 27, 2017 - 3:16 PM

        Thank you for the tips! <3ReplyCancel

  • Megan - December 28, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    I am so happy for you. I went through a similar journey to have my own family. I cried in some very public places, and had to hide out in a bathroom or two at friends baby showers (of course I was happy for them, but so sad for myself and husband). My twins are now almost 6! It was worth every trip to the doctor. Good luck in the coming days, and cant wait to see what is in store for you in 2018ReplyCancel

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