There are few things in life that can match the joy and excitement of becoming a grandparent for the first time. Welcome Baby Graham!
The anticipation of holding your grandchild for the first time, seeing them grow and develop, and being a part of their life is truly an amazing experience. We welcomed our first grandchild Graham into the world last week and the experience is everything I had hoped for and more.
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The day our grandchild was born was filled with anticipation and excitement. I remember waiting anxiously for the call from our son to let me know that their baby had arrived. When the call finally came, I felt a sense of relief and joy wash over me.
And then of course I cried lots of happy tears.
My son and his family (oh my gosh, the first time I have written that!) live in Northern California, so we packed the car and headed out onto the road to drive up North. We stopped along the way to pick up my sons Matthew and Michael and Michael’s girlfriend Ellie from the airport, and then headed to meet the newest member of our family.
The anticipation of meeting our new grandson, together with seeing my son as a father was immense. The joy and overwhelming feelings we felt the moment we saw our son holding his son were incredible. And Charlotte is the most beautiful, incredible, caring and calm new mother! It was also an emotional moment to see our sons Matthew and Michael meeting this new little life. Pure joy is the only way I can possibly explain the feeling.
The first time that I held Graham, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The love and joy that I felt for this tiny, new life were indescribable. I knew at that moment that my life had changed forever in the best possible way.
I do have to say that things have changed more than a little bit since I had children. The new technology and baby equipment are absolutely incredible and Andrew and Charlotte are so incredibly prepared to be amazing parents.
Look at Michael and Ellie with Graham!
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My Latest Project
I am laughing out loud because this is the first time I actually couldn’t think of a “latest project” I am working on.
Other than becoming the best grandmother in the world. Hehe.
Seriously though, I always have a gazillion projects going on at the same time and most are usually projects for blog posts.
But this week has been about spending time with my new grandson and family. And that is the most important thing in my world right now.
My Biggest Challenge This Week
Have you ever seen this? It’s my Editorial Calendar. And this is from last week!
This a really great system we use to keep us organized. We brainstorm blog post ideas, research SEO, and schedule them in advance. We always strive to have a variety each week and most of the time it is scheduled weeks ahead. I wish we had the content done weeks ahead too, but on average we are about one week ahead.
Of course, this is only one week out of the 52 weeks for 2023. And just so you know, last week was week 15. Only 36 left to go. Ok, that’s scary.
My goal is to have content scheduled at least three weeks out and finish the blog posts a week in advance.
But there are always changes with brand collaborations and new blog ideas but it really is a great system to use!
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Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett and author of Dream First has a website packed full of aprons and accessories for all of us who love to create in the kitchen. You’ve seen H&B aprons on Top Chef and in restaurants around the world. Mother’s Day is right around the corner and one of her aprons is a great gift idea!
In case you missed anything this week, we started off the week sharing my Favorite Potluck Recipes, then I shared about Mixing New and Vintage at the Beach House. Now that the weather is warmer, I shared How to Make Your Own Lemon Plates, a super yummy Spring Salad Recipe, my Favorite Lemon Vodka Drinks, and also Lemon Decor for your Table.
Martha shared 13 ways to upgrade your bathroom without renovating it. Take a peek if you are in need of a refresh!
Next week is packed with so much goodness, be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss anything! We have some crafts to share, some beach house design decisions to share, and an incredible event that we hosted celebrating Mother Earth!
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