Cookies and milk.

I just stepped into the office after riding downtown with PJ to get our end of the year Cowboy Cookie and milk snack. Robert Fulghum wrote, “think what a better world it would be if we all-the whole world-had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are-when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.” I couldn’t agree more.

Right now PJ is busy in the middle of the living room putting together some sort of Lego contraption and enjoying his winter break from kindergarten. Michelle is at her office answering emails, writing reports and negotiating through a landfill of bureaucracy after her lunchtime visit to the pool. And I’m sitting in my office where I spent a large portion of my time this year answering emails, dealing with business paperwork and sorting through content in an attempt to recreate the experiences and feelings I had with so many amazing people.

There have been consistent themes rattling around in my head the last 12 months that continue to make their way to the surface as I scroll through my blog this afternoon pulling random images in an attempt to summarize my 2013 wedding season. Thankfulness for both my family and my business is consistently at the forefront of my thoughts. Along with a certain amount of skepticism and awe that things can and will keep going as well as they are. I’m not sure if there is such a thing as healthy skepticism but, I do know that a certain amount of motivation exists when the fear of losing what I have isn’t ignored. But mostly, I am excited for the future. I seem to book up faster each year, PJ is healthy and happy and has a really good heart. And Michelle and I are figuring out this marriage thing and are getting better at it the longer we are together.

My house is in order, my future full of hopeful optimism; and with that I look to the stars and say goodbye to 2013. With a deep breath and bright eyes searching for more of the same and more of the unexpected gems that will without a doubt cross into my field of vision and fill my lungs, heart and soul with fuel to create and appreciate, I welcome 2014 and all that the year will bring!