Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Balance.


Balance. Probably what I struggle with the most in life. But like I always tell myself.... if that's my biggest problem we are probably doing ok. #firstworldproblems am i right?

This really wasn't an issue for me when I had Quinn. I still had a full time job and to be honest... everything else usually just got swept under the rug, because all I wanted was to spend my time with her when I got home and on weekends. Cleaning, exercise, etc just didn't matter as much. 

Now that I am a stay at home mom, balance is hard. Like insanely hard. I think I've gotten to a comfortable medium now that Harper is a little older and to be honest thanks to my insanely wonderful mother who helps me with every aspect in life.

But there is always room for improvement and I want to be the best mother I can be and I think the key to that is balance.

Housework

I tried working out a cleaning schedule that actually worked pretty well for a long time.


I've come to terms with the fact that I suck at doing laundry. We have too many pairs of underwear in this family for me to go weeks without doing it. Hashtag shame.

So if I could just keep up with that schedule.... that would be great.

Social Media. 

This is something I have been trying to cut back on for a while now. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Bloglovin. I can't even explain to you how much time I could waste. I am and will always be an insane picture taker. I love having those candid memories of my babies and the everyday things. But maybe of instead immediately uploading things to Instagram, I wait until later to do so. 

I allow myself to check social media 3x a day. Which is totally doable for me. Now I put my phone somewhere that isn't right next to me and try to be in the moment. It's actually working out pretty well,  although I do miss Pinterest. But playing Hungry Hungry Hippos for the 78th time that day always trumps my phone.

Date Nights

This is something we've been pretty good about. My mom basically shoves us out of the door on weekends when we've been insanely busy, or she hasn't put the girls to bed in a long time. Dinner, movies (never both, because hello? sleep) and our favorite... Dinner and shopping. Because how often do we get to shop for ourselves kid free?! Even if we do end up bringing home tons for the girls. 

Friends

This is probably the easiest thing for us to balance. Because who doesn't love getting together and having all the children entertain each other? When Quinn was a baby we used to bring the pack and play to Colleen and Jason's house and put her to bed and then enjoy some much needed adult time aka drinking. Now the kids are a little older so we can keep them up later and they are nice and tired for bed. 

Eating and Sleep

Never an issue. LOL

Exercise

This is something I have to make myself make time for. And it usually happens at nap time. I go to the pool house, lift some heavy stuff and call it a day. If I'm lucky, Anth gets home early and I can go to a yoga class or get a run in. Sunday mornings are my mornings to sleep in and instead I go to Body Pump and Spinning class. Which sucks because I would much rather sleep, but it works. I am also insanely lucky that my mom is the daycare supervisor at my gym, so I get to go anytime during the day and get a quick workout in while the girls spend time with their Lita. So I'm kind of spoiled. Poor Anth is the one who struggles to get time in, but I have a feeling once we move he will be back to his normal workout routine. (That's what a desk job does to you, huh babe?!)

At this point in my life my house is always a mess, my laundry is always overflowing, but my kids are always happy. And that makes for a happy mama. I've made peace with the fact that I can never do it all. At once anyway. And that's ok. For my sanity, for my family's sanity. 

These days have been nothing but chaos with Anth finishing up last minute projects before the photographer comes (LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!) and our house goes on the market. So life these days has been filled with housework, the Redfin app and driving around countless neighborhoods and lots. 

Which I am so looking forward to being over :)




Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. {danger inside}

I know I've shared my love for the Anniversary Sale's before, but I just can't control myself. The deals are too good! Here are just a few picks I've seen. Can't wait to hit the sale this weekend!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Current Loves May/June




4. Philips SB7220 Shoqbox 5. Forever 21 Coffee PJ's

Since I haven't done a whole lot of blogging, I thought I'd throw up a Current Loves for May and June really quick. It's kind of a gross day today and yesterday we had what seemed like a tornado and hurricane all rolled into one. Sidenote: Thanks husband for letting me know you spent 30 minutes in the rain cleaning up the pool toys, bounce house, bubble blowers and sippy cups from our backyard. 

Oops.

Anyway, these are a few of my fave things lately!

1. Steve Madden Crossbody Bag. I bought this at Nordstrom Rack for something like $30 and it is my new favorite bag. Big enough to hold enough, but not large enough that it becomes a pain. And the neon color is my absolute favorite! 

2. Almay Liquid Lip Balm. Not sure if I've ever mentioned these but holy awesome sauce. These are amazing. The colors (I have 3) are a perfect mix between subtle and color and they aren't sticky. Nice and smooth and by far my most favorite lip gloss ever.

3. Mala Beads. I came across these on Pinterest I think and found a company called Tiny Devotions who make the most beautiful ones. I started researching the meaning and purpose of these things and I was hooked. I wear mine everyday and have since ordered a few more to go with every color scheme possible. Obsessed.

4. Shoqbox Bluetooth Speaker. I got this for Anth for Father's Day and I think I've been using it just as much as he has. It syncs up to your phone, laptop, iPad, anything with Bluetooth. It gets pretty loud and the girls and I love to take it on the deck with us when we play outside. Anth loves to use it when he's working outside and it seriously is the best invention ever. 

5. Forever 21 Pajamas. I don't know about you, but I feel so much better about life when I go to bed in cute pi's. That and when my bra and underwear match. Like I really have my life together. Just me? These are adorable, cheap and totally cute. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oh, hi.

Things have been super busy around these parts. Like the exhaustion at the end of the day is unreal. The holiday weekend completely wiped us out and needless to say the girls and I didn't even make it out of bed until almost 8:30 on Monday. (Sorry Daddy!)


We spent the weekend at two different get together's with Anth's coworkers and it was a really nice change of pace. I am on The Whole 30 (Day 9!) and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. THERE WERE HOME MADE MASHED POTATOES PEOPLE. More on the Whole 30 later, but holy hell is this is hard.


We spent literally all of Sunday in the car with the girls house hunting. We drove all over Maryland and ended up in a city 40 miles from our house that we fell in love with. It was a brand new development with sidewalks and kids playing everywhere and you could literally walk to Coldstone. Downside? It was an almost 70 mile commute for Anth. We still haven't ruled anything out, but my GOD is house hunting ever hard. It seems we always fall in love with something and then we see the school districts are bad. Or something. We ended the day finding an absolute gorgeous community a little closer to home (not that close, actually) but we both fell in love hard. Anth got to talk to the owner of one of the houses listed for sale and we both just got in the car and said "Whoa". We loved it. So I think we've definitely locked down an area that we didn't know about before and totally fell in love with. So hopefully this puts us on the right path to not being homeless! The girls were actually really good for being dragged around all day and we all ended up asleep pretty early Sunday night!


Other than that Anth has been working like a crazy person trying to get our pool done and open. The pool guys come Wednesday to give it one last good vacuuming and then we will be good! Now we have to focus on the punch list that the stager gave us before listing our house. (Holy hell).

So this summer has definitely been a little insane so far, but we are definitely making lots of time for fun in the process. Here's hoping the rest of the summer will crawl by before I have to put my baby girl in pre-school in the fall. As Mandy put it today, I am trying to see life right now less as "insanely busy" but as "my life is full!". Positive, positive, positive.

I just want to be moved and settled. Then can come the oh so anxiety filled idea of having another baby. But we will take it nice and slow :)


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!


Happy 4th! I hope everyone has a safe, fun filled holiday! Every 4th of July this pops up in my head. Also every time I think of America.

Thanks Will Ferrell.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Quinny's Cinderella 4th Birthday!

This past Saturday was Quinny's 4th birthday! Letting it sink in that my first born is now 4 years old is a little terrifying. Time is a bitch.

It shaped up to be the most perfect day. The weather was hot, but great. Sunny and no rain! All of the kids were so well behaved it was a little unreal. I don't think that's ever happened. And best of all, Quinn had a blast. It was definitely one of if not the best parties we've ever thrown.


While Anth and I were finishing up last minute things, this one was on the deck squirting all of the guests as they walked in. Nice, Quinn. Nice.


We got this bounce house for Quinn for her actual birthday present and it was a blast. After putting in a million hours trying to get the big pool ready, we gave up and this was a bigger hit than we expected. So thank God for that!

Quinny and her cousin Sloane!

"This is the best party ever!" That was all I needed to melt in a puddle. 

Trouble had fun too!

Giving her hubby a little love. He was thrilled, obviously. 

All of Quinny's aunties and besties.

I can't even control myself around this face.



This may be my most favorite picture ever of the girls. 
Anth would like it noted that they are smiling because he is right in front of them.

Harper #1! The sweetest face.

Not so much a fan of the cold water!


Lily! Or Yiyi as Quinn calls her.

Anthony picked out the cake all by himself and it was amazing. I have a thing with amazing birthday cakes. I told Anth if I am to peace out early in life I want my babies to always have amazing birthday cakes at their parties. Awesome cake just makes me insanely happy. And it's delicious and we all know how much Andrea loves food.


The grandmas!

Playing nicely with the hubs.

Sneaky girl. 

Those wings did not come off until bedtime.

love.

Quinn had only asked for a "horn". That was all she wanted. Thank you Aunt Tessa and Uncle Ryan for making all of this 4 year old's dreams come true lol.

She has been practicing ever since!

Snuggled in between all of the tissue paper as always!


This guy. I know we look like America, but words can't describe how lucky we are to call him ours. He's definitely one of the good ones. 

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with our nugget. I am forever grateful for how loved my babies are by so many. 

Hashtag blessed.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy Birthday my baby girl.


4.

I can't believe I am typing these words. Becoming your mama was the most terrifying and awesome thing that has ever happened to me. You made me fall in love with your daddy all over again times a million. You are so, so loved little angel and I hope you know it. 

There aren't enough amazing words to describe just what a blessing you are to everyone who knows you. You are simply wonderful. 

You are mama's best friend and daddy's little girl. My god you love your daddy. 

You are the most kind hearted, animal loving, bug hating sweetest soul ever. 

Seriously the way you love makes me daddy and I so proud. You have the kindest of hearts and I hope you always stay that way. I always tell you you'll be a better mother than I ever dreamed I could be. You inherited your Lita's patience and your daddy's overall calm nature. But you get crazy just like your mama. 

Watching you with Harper has made is live you even more if that's even possible. 

4. 

I just can't believe it. Were starting a tradition of letting you sleep with mommy and daddy on the Eve of your birthday. You are currently sitting next to me, way past your bedtime, eating popcorn and watching Bubble Guppies. In your Cinderella pjs and your insanely long flowing hair. (I promise I will get it cut this year!) we just love you. Every piece of you. 

You are loved, you are loved you are loved. 

Happy Birthday baby girl. I hope the day brings you nothing but happiness and joy. Spending the whole day with mommy, daddy and Harper usually does that to you though. 

Love,

Mommy
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