First round-up of 2019! Hope it’s going well for everyone!
We wrapped our Christmas holiday with the kids, and everyone is back in school now. We finally managed to get rid of the crud that hit with the Christmas + New Years holidays — it was a real doozy. Autumn seemed to get the worst of it — just this last week — somehow spiking a nasty fever in her fight to get rid of it. Once Jeff & I were finally recovered, we started going to the gym again. We’re easing back into it a bit, but it’s nice to be going back. I’d be a little more consistent about it, but Boogie is still being walked 5 miles a day. So I’m for sure getting my steps in and staying active!
We’re already planning some fun stuff for 2019. Less fun is the tax trip we have to take in March, but it’ll be sandwiched between some fun stuff. We’ll get to meet our new gal at Autumn Lane, Jessie, in Savannah. And we’ll also get to hang out with my parents for a few days in Florida.
We also pinned down Spring Break — we’re going to Big Bear this year! I’ve enjoyed the Big Bear area every time we’ve been for a day trip. So I’m really looking forward to being there for more than a few hours. The Air BnB that we picked looks lovely, and I think the kids are going to have a blast. Best of all? Boogie gets to come with us!
Our Princess Boogie is doing well — we’ve jokingly called her Princess Boogie a few times because of the ridiculous amount of spoiling she receives.
Boogie finally made it to the beach – we worked our way up to the dog beach, which is off-leash, with a ton of other pups. She did really well — better than I expected — but stopped listening after about five minutes. Baby steps, I suppose! She definitely went straight for the big dogs, even running with a pair of Danes that frequent the beach. She really does think that she’s big.
It’s still pretty cool here, so we didn’t encourage the water at all, She’s not a fan of baths so we aren’t sure if she’ll like the water at the beach. But we did learn that she’s a fan of the sand and it excites her. A lot. Like, literally running in circles around us kind of excitement.
I think Boogie’s favorite part of the beach is actually the bagel shop nested inside one of the surf shops. She might get a little crumb or two while we’re eating breakfast. And my jacket pocket is always loaded with little treats for her if she’s sitting like a good girl. I would have never thought, with the way she acts at home sometimes, that she would sit still for a little while and wait. She does, though! Impressive.
I’ve been slowly adding things to Ancestry, and uncovered some pretty amazing information…through a few DNA tests and the realization that it didn’t quite match up.
Long story short, my Gram (who passed away in 2017) grew up thinking one man was her father — based on what she was told — but it seems to not be the case. It seems that her father was likely her mother’s husband, and he passed away when my Gram was about a year old. We aren’t sure why she was told someone else was her father. But we do know quite a bit about his heritage, since my Gram was heavily into genealogy.
She grew up believing she had heaps of Italian heritage, but neither my mom’s nor my own DNA test returned anything of the sort.
With the understanding that it doesn’t necessarily reflect anything exact, it seems a bit far off based on my own results and my mom’s results. We basically realized that Gram’s mom’s husband (and father of her siblings) was more than likely actually her dad, too. Because all of what we can trace with paperwork matches up perfectly with the results in our DNA tests.
We’re currently awaiting results for my Gram’s identical twin sister to see what we come up with! We know that there may be some variance, as we’ve done research and found that even between identical twins there may be some differences. But we think that this will be enough to make a determination!
Both my mom and I wish that my Gram was here to learn this. Although she seemed keen + excited to get to know the family she’d been told she was related to (and we’ve met some, and they’re good people!), we also know that she’d always wished that her mom’s husband had been her biological father. Back in the 1930’s when my Gram was born, I have to imagine that being born out of wedlock had quite the stigma attached to it and isn’t quite as commonplace or “normal” as it is now.
Anyway, my mom has a bunch of binders, books, and CDs with additional information — I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on that so that I can keep completing the family tree.
I spent some time this past weekend diving a bit further into my dad’s side of the family. Even though there’s a lot of questions, it seems like there may be a tie to royalty in the 1300-1400’s in Scotland. I think that’s pretty cool, but mostly because now I’m trying to convince Jeff that this is absolutely the reason why I need a castle — it’s obviously in my blood.
With this revelation, Autumn’s becoming intrigued with the family tree, and hopped on a call with her grandma (dad’s mom) to get a bit more info about their side of the family.
Autumn’s about the age that I was whenever I took an interest in learning about the branches of the family tree. And I hope it’s something that she continues. I realize now that I have questions, and wish that I’d taken more time to pay attention to stories and details when I had the chance. So, in a way, this is aimed at making sure that some of the questions (that the kids don’t know they’ll want answers to) are answered ahead of time. Fortunately, my generation and my parents’ generation can answer them right now.
It feels so good to be releasing fonts again! During the last quarter of 2018, I took a bit of a break — I spent time preparing fonts for release, because I really wanted to hit it hard in 2019 and make sure that I had some solid releases prepared. All of the time I spent cleaning up alphabets + programming has paid off, because I’ve got a ton of releases planned for the first half of the year. And, I have some really awesome ideas planned out, too!
My first release of 2019 was Fete Casual Script. I named it Fete, because it sorta felt like a bit of a celebration, getting back to releasing fonts again! Fete has a casual feel to it, and comes with a full second set of lowercase letters – being able to swap letters in & out makes it so that this font has a truly unique, hand-lettered feel.
My second release in January was Boogie Down! Over the summer, I lettered + released a handful of fonts that I named after the kids. Kate mentioned that Boogie needed her own font, as well. I had this alphabet sitting in my folder, and it seemed like the absolute most perfect fit — it’s fun and playful! One thing I love about this font is that it comes with some ligatures that add a unique quality based on the letter combination.
Seen in the wild: Rolling through my Instagram and came across a sponsored post that just happened to include one of my fonts! Check it out – Spring Market is used in this design! I think Spring Market is shaping up to be a favorite for rustic fonts.
I’m happy to report that even one month into 2019, I’ve checked the box for my monthly goal with regard to earnings. One month down, eleven to go! I’m 10% of the way there, meeting my goal!
And!! One more final fonty happy news: Farmhouse Country got picked up as a free good of the week on Creative Market!
I’ve been submitting products since I started this awesome font journey, and it finally happened! I’m thankful to see that I’ve gained some new followers because of the free product, and it finished with over 53,000 free downloads. Incredible.
I’ve got two more fonts scheduled for release in February, and plenty more ideas in the works. Here’s hoping February is good to y’all, too!