Another one bites the dust! August is almost over…can’t wait until school starts 🙂
Here’s what happened this week:
This past week was Brooke and Blake’s first week of camp! Those two have a love-hate relationship with this day camp I signed them up for. Some days they love it, some days they hate it! I make them go regardless because its good for them. Plus I’M THE MOM.
They get to swim, play sports, work on arts and crafts and do other things that I can’t think of. And I get to stay home with Eddie and work! Except the nanny still comes and has one kid to watch instead of 3! It’s pretty great 🙂
Eddie realized that he fits through the ladder on the bunk bed and gets stuck there every once in a while. We know he is stuck because he just screams and screams.
Eddie can also run!! Well, sort of. He tries really hard, but it mostly looks like a shuffle.
I got a hair cut this week! Just a trim, but it was much needed. The girl cutting my hair told me in the nicest way possible “yeah, there’s a lot of breakage.” So I was happy to see it go! Hello healthy hair!
I forget this every summer but am reminded every fall: I THRIVE OFF OF SCHEDULES AND ROUTINES (and so do my kids). Sometimes its hard to get up in the morning (any by sometimes I mean all the time…anyone else’s kids wake up at 5:30 consistently?) but once I get going, I don’t stop. That’s part of the reason I’ve been happier this week.
ALSO! Before I get ahead of myself, the first half of the week was awful for me. Even though my kids were gone to camp for the day, I was feeling miserable because I’m so behind. I made goals for myself personally and professionally at the beginning of the year and because we moved and because I had to do 94% of it on my own, I feel like I lost my momentum, my good juju and my happiness for 4-5 months. That compared to my husband, hard at work in his dream career, has been rough to say the least. I’ve felt a little left behind.
BUT! I’ve been starting to listen to this podcast and it has been so helpful. I might even say life changing?! I feel like the sadness and weight of my shortcomings/circumstances are lifting. Not all at once, but I do feel them slowly dissipating. Not just because I’ve been listening to this podcast, but because I’ve started implementing a few things this week. They are:
- An intentional time alone in the morning to meditate. This includes reading scripture, praying, and actual meditation with deep breaths and all.(Happens during Eddie’s morning nap)
- Listen to a podcast (usually while I’m folding laundry, getting ready in the morning, walking back from dropping the kids off at camp)
- Writing in a gratitude journal
- Writing in a self-love journal
- Writing down thoughts and ideas that come to me in a notebook throughout this morning ritual as listed above…things like emailing this person or texting that person.
I need to try really really hard at being happy because this is a different, uncomfortable season of my life. I wish it wasn’t hard, but it is. If I can be happy, then it’ll be much more enjoyable 🙂
I also made a happiness list for times when I need a little boost. A lot of these are so silly, but they make me happy! Things like ice cold Diet Coke, a hot bath, Chrisley Knows Best, FRIENDS, a facial, a nap, exploring the city alone, fresh flowers, looking at my wedding photos/baby photos of our kids or browsing Barnes and Noble. Simple but effective!
I tested a few recipes this week with only one making the cut. Fudgy cookies coming your way tomorrow!
Gordon told me he had 11 weeks left of his training. Still a long way to go, but we’ve come so far! Not losing hope on a trip to Tahiti as my prize for surviving 2017. Actually, I’d take a week at a hotel room around the block just so I can sleep. That’s all I really want in life.
Oh! I ordered Brooke some new bedding, purchased and then returned some book shelves, took even more stuff to good will (our apartment still feels overrun with stuff) bought a bunch of Spark, got a Stitch Fix box (remember those?) and made some fat pants worthy stuffed shells.
Gordon was a rockstar for the 41 hours he was home this weekend and helped organize, clean, hang and get rid of all sorts of stuff. I really like how handy and helpful he is. He also came home Saturday afternoon with a gift card for a massage for me. So, he wins. He also noticed that I was happier. My little happiness project is working.
In an effort to encourage Blake to sit still for longer than 15 seconds, we let him pick out a chapter book with pictures for us to read to him. Brooke also wanted a book and we got her this one. We’ll see if this idea works 😉
Blake also gave a talk in church today (in front of other children…not the whole congregation) and he did it so loudly and effectively! It was so cute! He talked about the sabbath.
Here’s what’s happening this week
Another week of day camp for my littles!
I’m getting back to my camera and filming a few fun recipes this week 🙂
I’m getting a facial (staying happy!), meeting up with a friend, and seeing a dermatologist. Wheeee!
Staying busy with work.
Blake and Edward have the sniffles and I’m starting to get a little something too. Hopefully it all stays at bay and doesn’t get to crazy for any of us.
Oh! And I think Eddie is getting a few more teeth. At least that’s what it felt like when he bit my shoulder tonight. The butthead.
What’s on your happy list?
Do you actively try to do things to keep yourselves happy?
I’d love to get your ideas!
Have a great day, friends!!