baby · faith · family

a word for 2017

bringing a baby into the world was undoubtedly the highlight of 2016 (and our lives!), but i’m taken by surprise when i look back at everything else we were able to accomplish this past year. between traveling, renovations, lacrosse commitments, finally opening my own little etsy shop, adding abigail into the mix and trying to figure out my new normal as a stay at home mama… our year was very full.

we couldn’t be more lucky in the baby department and i have loved every second since she was born, even the super-frustrating, both crying, seriously exhausted moments. one of my struggles has been (and i’m sure other parents can relate) feeling like i am not doing enough. when you have a baby that is on the move at not even six months old, your cleaning routine, meal prep and work schedule take a backseat to constantly following this itty bitty human around who refuses to stay still. it’s a lot – but not – at the same time. strange feeling, for sure. i need to work on giving myself grace instead of dwelling on every little “failure” that didn’t get crossed off the checklist.

my word for 2016 was C A L M. at the very least, i tried. but the pressures and anxieties that come with being a mom just wasn’t something i could have prepared myself for.

which leads me to 2017 and what i hope for the year ahead. i hope to be more F A I T H F U L. i know that leaning on Him is the key to a calmer, more simple and content life. instead of viewing my faith as a task to be squeezed into a busy schedule, this year i want to strive for making my faith a way of life.

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new-years-eve

family · travel

sam + andrew | jersey shore beach engagement photos

my baby sis gets married one year from today!!! when we were in new jersey for our family vacation, i snapped a few engagement pictures (more like a few hundred… so hard to choose!) and am sharing some favorites. love you sam and andrew!

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https://mrsjaclynleblanc.com/2016/09/23/sam-andrew-jersey-shore-beach-engagement-photos/

family · travel

a week at the jersey shore

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it’s true: absence makes the heart grow fonder, for sure. i spent every summer growing up at the jersey shore and then in college, stopped visiting because of so many scheduling conflicts… and having to use my vacation days to visit a certain someone:)

but once i found out i was pregnant last summer (was that really a year ago?!), i knew we had to make this family trip happen for 2016. and it was honestly one of the best vacations i’ve ever had! we always stayed at my grandparents but this time rented a house right on long beach island and every single day was jam packed with seeing family, eating lots of yummy food and lounging on the beach. abigail was a dream and slept to the sound of the breeze on the beach every day:)

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we got there a day early and it made me super happy that abby was able to spend some quality time with both of her great-grandparents on this trip.

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and then once the rest of the fam arrived, we crossed the bridge to long beach island, where honestly every other house was photo-worthy. so much cuteness on our street!

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we got there a little late that first day but still made it to the beach not once, but twice!

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some other highlights…

+ boogie boarding

+ the guys chartering a boat to go fishing

+ eating the crabs my grandma caught (for breakfast!)

+ rides at fantasy island… steph’s FIRST ferris wheel! can’t even believe it.

+ a day in north jersey getting to see most of our wonderful extended family

+ taking abby to the lighthouse, which she slept through

+ snapping some family photos & sam and andrew’s engagement pics

+ abby and whitney meeting for the first time!

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our darling little room…

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four generations. amazing:)

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so glad we made it to the barnegat lighthouse, even if it was for just a few minutes. not even close to how deserted it looks in the picture… the place was packed with people wanting to climb the lighthouse!

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and then, before i knew it, the week was over :( our last day we said goodbye to the beach and headed to north jersey where i grew up to see more family and then drive back to canada late in the afternoon.

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cousins and our little babies!!!!

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with her cute grandma

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seeing/doing everything for the first time through my husband and daughter’s eyes made it even more special and i am so happy that we have all agreed to bring back our annual beach trip for the future.

CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR!

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