New Beginnings in 2017

Mixed Stripe TeeWhy, hello! It’s been awhile.

These past two months have felt like a complete blur, and as a result, I wasn’t up for posting regularly. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post prior to the holidays, or maybe you read this blog post before Thanksgiving. 2016 was a doozy, and that feels like a huge understatement. Since my mom was in the hospital the week before Christmas, we spent my brother’s birthday there, which wasn’t what we had in mind, but at least we were together. After my mom was released from the hospital, we wanted to spend as much time with family as possible. We weren’t up for traveling so we had a few game nights at my parents’ house. In case you’re looking for new recommendations, some of our favorites include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Exploding Kittens and Salem: A Card Game of Deception. We still weren’t up for much on New Year’s Eve so we had another game night (are you catching on that our family loves board games?). Bill read a handful of reviews, and we  settled on Codenames and really liked it.

After the holidays, I accepted a new job and officially start week three today (more on that later this week). After the longest year of my life, I was in need of a fresh start, and while I know this year will bring new challenges and some of the same pain of 2016, I needed a change and am truly excited for what’s to come.

This is starting to feel like the quickest life update after some very long weeks, but I’ll talk more about the above throughout the month on Fifth & Rose. I think another reason I was eager to start blogging again was so that I could share what I’ve learned these past few years and am still learning along the way, whether it be about loss, illness or new careers. I know a lot of people are navigating the same things, and while there are times you just want to shut the world out, it can really help to start a dialogue with others.

So, for today I’ll leave you with my weekend uniform as of late. We have been doing a lot of running around, and when I’m tired and emotionally drained, I tend to reach for pieces that are comfortable but still make me feel put together. Sunglasses are a must, and you can’t go wrong with a stripe tee.

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Mixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe Tee Mixed Stripe TeeAbercrombie & Fitch Mixed Stripe Tee / J.Crew Jeans (last seen here, here and here) / Loeffler Randall Flats (old, similar here) / LOFT Sunglasses / J.Crew Factory Earrings / Madewell Necklace (old, new version here and similar version here) / Alexander Wang Bag

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  • Thank you all so much for the love this weekend. We are definitely still navigating life at home with a newborn but our hearts couldn’t be more full. And watching Bill as a Dad has me like 😍 all day long. We’re so grateful for our guardian angels watching over us as we start this new chapter. Right after the delivery, there was a knock at the door, and while I couldn’t see who was dropping something off, I heard the nurses say “Thank you, Rosie”. How’s that for a sign that my mom was with us the whole time?
  • Ainsley Rose surprised us with an early arrival last night, and we couldn’t be more in love 💗
  • Celebrating three years of marriage today (just short of 10 years together) and under a month until we’re a family a three. I’m having a moment over here ❤️ grateful for you every day, @williamritt. 📷 by @juneandjae
  • While I may have strained my back moving things around the nursery this week, this corner still makes my heart happy. My mom found the dressers we’re using on Craigslist when I was in college, and we gave them a quick facelift with some new paint and knobs. I remember telling her how great they’d look in a nursery one day. And because she and her friends had quite the inside joke about penguins, naturally I needed these adorable prints that we’ll get around to hanging one day (thanks, Auntie Al @allisonhaslee).
  • Going to bed feeling extra grateful after today’s baby shower for our sweet girl. We have the most incredible family and friends who have been more supportive than we ever could have imagined these last few months. Can’t believe we get to meet her in under two months 💗 http://liketk.it/2wWi5 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #tuckernucking #32weeks #ltkbump

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