Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Struggle Is Real

The last couple of months have been so busy and I feel so behind on here.  I have so many posts that go through my mind several times a week, but there is just never enough time to get it typed out.  Work has been crazy, Nicholas was in baseball and it seems like I'm always chasing myself; struggling to keep the house clean and picked up, meal planning is lacking, and Lord knows by the time I workout at 5am, rush home, shower and get ready, work a 9-10 hour day, cook dinner, get Nicholas to bed around 9:00, my brain is TIRED!

It has been almost 4 years since I officially became a "work outside the home mom" and it took a long time for me to feel comfortable in that role.  I am finally in a place that I am happy with our life.  For the first two years or so I felt like I was the most unorganized, crazy person on the planet.  I had no clue how those with multiple children survived, I was barely getting by with 1!  The last year it has all kind of fallen into place.  I feel like we are in a great rhythm at home, I love my work, Michael loves his job, and we are just in a good place in life for the first time in about 6 years.

There are still some things in my life that I just can't figure out how to squeeze in.  I need to pick up and do laundry, meal prep, errands, plus I need a little "me time", and I have a stack of books by my bed I just can't get read after spending all day researching and reading current OSHA literature at work.  It is hard working, being a mommy, and still having time for everything I want to do.  I feel like I live life one crisis away from a meltdown. (Trust me that this is true, it happened last Thursday.)

How do you all keep your life in balance?  I want to hear from women in all stages of life!  New moms, older moms, stay at home moms, work outside the home moms, everyone! Leave a comment on how you survive a busy schedule, if you manage to exercise, read for fun, and still spend time with your family and not feel like you are drowning in life?  I also feel like I say the same things on here over and over, so now I want to hear from you! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thoughts For Thursday

Look! I'm back within a week! That's got to be a record for me lately! Haha!  

1. Pool Time - we have been at our pool a lot over the last two weeks.  This past weekend we were there all day Saturday and Sunday and it was fabulous!  I love having a pool down the street, especially now that we have a child.  Nicholas' Gigi got him a space ship inflatable and he had a lot of fun with it Sunday and sharing it with the neighbor kids!  It makes me proud that he shares well (at least from what I see!) 

2. Beach Prep - we leave for the beach in just two weeks and I'm starting to make a list of everything we need.  I love making lists and I love getting ready for a trip!  I can't wait to get there and enjoy a few days of just relaxing at the beach with my favorite boys!

3.  Summer Reading Update - I found a book on my nightstand I have had in a pile of books since last summer and I am loving it.  I was hesitant to read Amercan Wife after I bought it when I realized it was based on Laura Bush and I was worried it would portray her in an unfavorable way. (I love George and Laura and decided to quit if it made them look bad)  I am more than halfway through and can't put it down at night. Hopefully I can finish it this weekend, then on to Moms Night Out! 

4.  Summer Hair - I have naturally curly hair that I flatiron during the Winter, but now that it is humid outside I am giving up.  I dried it curly today and I guess that is just how it will be the rest of the Summer.  Some things are not worth it and fighting Southern heat and humidity in June, July, and August sure isn't one of those things! 

5.  Anyone else find it hard to believe it's already June?!  I can't believe we are almost halfway through the year!  

6.  Playrooms - let's talk playrooms and clutter!  Anyone else feel like they cannot keep a playroom organized and clean...or is it just me?  It is the one room in my house I struggle with and find myself just shutting the door.  I have so many cute plans for our playroom and I will have a couple of days while on vacation from work that I plan to devote to our room of disaster!