Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I've missed you...

I've recently been missing this dear old blog of mine. I'm not sure how often I'll post or what it will look like from here on out but I find myself wanting to write. I hardly ever pull out my "nice" camera and instead, like most of the world, take photos with my phone more often then not. I can't say that I print my photos very often either so I just want another form of documentation about our days. I love going back and reading old blog posts and seeing what was going on with our family - seeing what the kids looked like and were doing. There is so much I could write about in an attempt to "catch up" here but I'll maybe just give a low down...
Cain is 7 and in 1st grade and is such a smarty pants! He does really well in school. He plays basketball and baseball. He takes piano lessons. He enjoys computer games, rollerblading, and Stink books. He's a little sassy these days and knows how to push my buttons!
Carly is 4 and she can't wait until she goes to "Cain's school". She is so much fun and I will be a teeny tiny bit sad when she goes to school all day next year. She calls us "Team Olive Garden" - can you tell where we like to go to lunch, haha (and the girl can eat Olive Garden salad all day long). She has tried a tumbling class and she has tried a ballet class and next month she is going to do basketball. She enjoys playing babies, coloring or anything "crafty".
Chris is still loving his job - and I am still loving staying home with the kiddos. I'm not sure what will happen when both kids are in school next year.
I am hoping 2017 is going to be a GREAT year! I am very much looking forward to a "new start" and I'm going to try and make it the best year yet :) I hope you come visit this little blog space of mine this year and follow along with our adventures.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Having it all together...

Just recently someone made a comment to me along the lines of "how do you always have it all together"? And I was like "what! who me?! are you talking about me?!"  It was a very nice compliment but it got me thinking. I promise that I do not have it all together. I repeat I do not have it all together. I try but there are areas in my life that seem turned upside down at any given time. I feel stressed about things and have sad/depressed days. I have days where I need to run away from my family and make a solo trip to Target. I have days when I can't wait to open up a bottle of wine at night.

*these photos have nothing to do with this post but I'm sharing them anyway*

So I'm not a morning person. If it was up to me I would get up at 10 am on a regular basis. That being said sometimes I get up a tiny bit early and get ready for the day. On these days I curl my hair or put a little extra effort into getting ready. Secret - I can keep curls in my hair for like 3 days, so if I do it once it will look semi ok for a couple of days. 

I make it a personal choice not to wear yoga pants to Cain's school. I have made the exception like two times this year when I was sick. For me I just feel more put together with real pants on and it takes the same amount of time to put jeans on as it does to put yoga pants on. Secret  - I may put pants on for that short amount of time that it takes me to take Cain into school but I drive home and put sweat pants on to clean my house and do laundry. If you show up at my house unannounced there is a 90% chance that I will have sweat pants or pajama pants on. 

I am an organized person by nature. I like things to be tidy, put together, and well planned. I plan things in advance and don't like to wait last minute to do things. Cute things that you may think I just "threw together" were actually planned and probably ready to go weeks in advance. I have my calendar with me all the time and am planning things out. There is no secret for that I guess. We do little things each night that help make us run smoothly in the morning - kids lunches are packed the night before, clothes for the morning are laid out the night before, backpacks are ready to go, shoes and jackets are sitting by the door. I don't have time in the morning (see I like to sleep in) to look for kids lost shoes. We are very much a routine family - my kids have had the same bedtime routine sense they were tiny babies - so they know what is coming next, they know what to expect when they get home from school, etc. I sometimes feel like the bummer parent every once in awhile, when for example, we're on vacation and I'm not letting them stray too far from our normal routine but 90% of the time it works for our family so I'm sticking to it. 

I'm sure there are other things that I can't think of right now. All this to say if you see someone and you think they always have it together chances are they don't. Every person has issues in one area or another. I just wanted everyone to know that I don't have it all together and I am not pretending to :)