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Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.

 

I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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A Sullivan Family Update

July 18, 2017

One of the things I’ve come to terms with as I adjust more and more into married family life with Nick is that our life will never be calm or boring. We don’t seem to be the sort of people who settle into a situation and stay there. We don’t seem to have long periods of calm or whole months on the calendar with nothing major planned. It’s like it just isn’t in our DNA, no matter how hard we try.

 

                                                            Daisy refuses to look into the camera now :(

 

This summer is no different - a lot is happening here. 

 

Nick started a new job on July 10, working at another advertising agency downtown Philly. He joined some colleagues from his previous firm who we like very much and he’s excited to get back to work after a little time off (although I’ll be honest, I was reallllly enjoying the stay-at-home-dad thing). We are (okay, I am) relieved that the new job is in Philly – there were some attractive offers in NYC but the commute would’ve taken a big bite out of cherished morning and evening family time. For now, work/life balance remains somewhat in tact!   

 

I was promoted to a new position within my company so I will be transitioning away from my current team, hiring a replacement for me then building a new, bigger team which I am excited about. I was also chosen for a leadership development program run by the EVP of Revenue and I am really, really elated about it. Finally, I am also gearing up to start business school in the fall. Getting my MBA has been a long-held dream of mine that I always managed to shove onto a back burner until finally it wouldn’t allow itself to be demoted anymore. I am at a turning point in my career where many of my peers have their MBA and to stay competitive (especially given that most of my peers now are men), I want to have that extra strong foundation to keep my edge. Balancing business school with a full-time career and a growing family isn’t going to be easy but I am committed to being gentle with myself and plan to surround myself with lots of support. If there comes a time where I feel I am juggling too much, I can pause my MBA program at any point.  

 

Finally, we are in the process of trying to move to the suburbs. This is a hard transition for us. Nick and I are both city people. We love eating at great restaurants, exploring new neighborhoods and enjoying all the amenities that are right outside our door. We’ve been really fortunate to land right smack in the middle of some of the best neighbors you could ask for. Our house is special, too. We bought this beautiful brownstone rowhome right after we got married, demolished the interior down to the studs and completely rebuilt it, inch by inch, room by room, floor by floor. The renovation of this home was a labor of love and is a product of late nights, saving like crazy, lots of tears and many hands. We are so proud of the result and we will hate to say goodbye, but, we are simply running out of space. 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms and two full baths seems like a lot to newlyweds, but, when you add a child into the mix and suddenly your front door is a revolving stream of family and friends coming to visit for long weekends, bearing toys and gear for baby, each square foot gets a little more full and before you know it, there’s no room for the people! We are searching high and low for the perfect house to accommodate this new chapter of our lives and hope to be moved in or moving by the fall.

                                                                    Playing with drawers, as usual.

 

Daisy is growing like a weed and learning new things every day. She talks a mile a minute all day long in this special language all her own. She is very interested in organization right now – she loves to pull things out of drawers or boxes or pouches then put them back in and close them. She doesn’t mind the summer heat one bit and loves being outside as much as ever. Daisy seems to be developing a bit of a flair for the dramatics. When she is unhappy she throws her little body on the ground and flails her arms or walks over to the couch and buries her face in its cushions. It’s quite difficult not to laugh. She’s just so damn adorable.

 

                                                                              Dramatic couch pose

 

We are counting the days and minutes to our New England vacation in August and hope to see as many of you as possible ❤

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