Three Things (an update of sorts)

Since I took a blogging hiatus I figured an update about the three members of the Rose household was needed! Sort of a reintroduction, if you will. First up is obviously the most important member of the family. 😉 


Sadie | Perks of Being a JAP |

I can’t believe this little girl is going to be SEVEN in April! The minute Christmas was over she was talking about her birthday haha. She is the biggest girly girl and loves all things sparkly and dressing up fancy – but then the next day she’ll get ready for school dressed all in black and ask me if she looks cool. Nothing can be cute anymore (clothes wise), it has to be COOL. She never wants to wear socks, wishes she didn’t have to wear pants (it’s 25 degrees outside!) and would never wear sneakers if she didn’t have to.

Sadie LOVES music and she sings and dances all the time. In our house, you’ll frequently hear her yelling at (Amazon) Alexa for playing the wrong song (when most of the time Sadie didn’t ask for it properly.) She loves the soundtracks to Disney’s Descendants (1 & 2), the Barbie Rockin’ Royals movie, The Greatest Showman, and music by Taylor Swift, Kidz Bop, Michael Jackson, Feel This Moment (by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera – she calls it the Emoji Movie song since it was in it) and very specifically Waterfalls by TLC. She has told me she wants to be a prima ballerina, which is great but she doesn’t even take ballet. Maybe next year?

She has been struggling with reading and has been getting in-classroom help this year – it’s made a world of difference! She understands the letters and sounds but often gets in her own way – she is gets distracted very easily and has trouble sitting still. But she works SO HARD to get through it and her teacher told me during Parent-Teacher Night that she “sparkles” and in a thank you note for a Christmas present wrote that Sadie “is a gift in the classroom”. (I adore her teacher this year.) She isn’t yet reading on her own for pleasure but I can see it coming soon! Dave and I are avid readers so I can’t imagine she won’t be!


Sadie & Dave | Perks of Being a JAP |

Since August Dave has lost over 40 pounds!! He’s been on the Keto diet, and was mountain biking a lot when it was warmer and now he’s skiing for the winter. He goes to the gym frequently and he looks fantastic. Not he didn’t look good before, now he’s just more compact. 😉

He has a knack for finding the most random shows on TV to watch – like right now he’s got us watching Norsemen on Netflix. Other gems have been Bojack Horseman, F is for Family, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Big Mouth, and I know there are more but I probably blocked them from memory. I think he seeks these shows out on purpose. I’m just glad I got him watching something normal like The Good Place now!

Dave is turning 40 this year which I like to tease him about. HE’S OLD! 😉 He also has been teaching at a new(er) school going on his third year and has made incredible progress with high school kids – some of which have never had a music class before stepping into his classroom. While he used to teach guitar he now focuses on digital music as well as piano. He’s pretty awesome, right?


Lacey & Sadie | Perks of Being a JAP |

Hey, that’s me! 🙂

Let’s see… I just hit five years at my job! I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast. I really do enjoy what I do (Director of Events) and the people I work with (friends who are more like family). It can get stressful for sure and at times the travel is hard in terms of long hours and being away from home but I’m happy. I have a great team, supportive bosses and it gives me a lot of flexibility when I need it – our unofficial motto is family first!

I’m turning 36 this year. ACK. I really don’t care about the number, but I want to actually DO something for my birthday this year. The last couple of years I’ve just made it a low key day and we’ve gone out to dinner, which is always nice. But I want to do something with friends, like a Paint and Sip or some kind of activity. I just don”t know what!

I find myself on the struggle bus a lot with anxiety, doubting myself, FOMO, the jealousies and more. I am hoping that 2019 is the year where I can conquer some of these things, or at least find a way to have them affect me less. I have started collecting and writing down little mantras for myself to repeat and remember when things feel tough or topsy-turvy – visual reminders always help me. Fingers crossed for improvement throughout the year!

If we were catching up, what would be new with you?


  1. Your family is beautiful. It sounds like everything is going well! Go Dave on losing the weight and Sadie for working so hard in school.
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  2. The good news about aging is that those worries you have now vanish! Look at social media less, focus on what makes you truly happy, and spend as much time with you beautiful little girl and loving husband as you can. The rest, doesn’t matter!

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  3. I adore Sadies hair!! I have followed you since you were pregnant with Sadie as I was a few months behind you and I also can’t believe my girl is turning 7. I turn 39 this year (WTF) and I used to struggle a lot with the same issues you have. Now that I am nearly 40 I just chuck it in the f*ck it bucket and get on with things. Don’t get me wrong I still stress about things but not nearly as much as I did when I was younger. I am so glad you are back to blogging as you were always one of the more relatable bloggers out there. Enjoy 2019!

    • Aileen – Thank you so much for following for so long!! <3 I am totally stealing "Chuck it in the F*ck it Bucket" as my mantra hahaha - I love it! And thank you so much for that comment about being relatable - that means so, SO much to me in light of all the pressures blogging puts on people to have a ton of sponsorships, followers, etc. <3 <3 <3

  4. good for your man to lose 40lbs! a few years back, my husband decided to lose weight and lost nearly 50lbs through cycling and proper eating (snacking was his downfall). he continues to cycle daily and has recently joined my muay thai gym.

    • That’s so great for your husband too! Dave’s problem is forcing himself to finish what’s in front of him. He grew up in a house of “clear your plate” and I feel like that bad habit sticks with a lot of adults who had to do it! (My problem is snacking… especially late at night!)

  5. Thanks for sharing an update of your little family – loved refamiliarizing myself with you guys!
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