Where Does the Time Go?

It has been far too long since I’ve languished in the enjoyment of blogging. This month is flying by at the speed of light and I feel like I’ve hardly come up to breathe! Do all school years start out this way going forward and I’m just now on board for such?

In a nutshell all is well but I’m noticing there are a number of areas in my life feeling very disorganized and with colder weather approaching I’m trying very hard not to react so strongly to such. Long ago I diagnosed myself with seasonal mood disorder because when the sun doesn’t come out to play for days and the snow piles up on my mountain well I start getting feelings of stir-crazyness and begin to slowly lose my mind. Now mind you there is no hint of snow yet and Fall is my absolute fave season so why in the world am I jumping the gun here?

Perhaps I owe it to myself to make a mental list of all the good points in life at this very moment so as not to dwell on any such things I deem ‘bad’? My oldest is loving AND thriving in school so far this year and that is a huge plus. My two younger ones drive me absolutely batty with their immense amounts of energy some days but that is simply a reminder that I need to find more sleep and rest so as to battle such. lol! The Man ran off to Germany for a week unexpectedly for work but we managed to throw him a surprise welcome home party equipped with balloons, cupcakes and quietly hidden children! Silly fun seems essential to married with children lifestyles if you ask me. 🙂

So again what is there to complain about really? Date night has been a bit nonexistent due to insane schedules of work/school and no play? I just need to throw something on the calendar pronto and nip that in the butt asap I think. Quiet time has all but removed itself from my life? Again… find the time and make it happen. I guess I’m just not good at such things. So this blog with all its ramblings seems to simply be a reminder to me that I need to make time for what is important and enjoy the little things that keep us all smiling. The goal is set!

Boldly Venturing Out

Wow what a crazy week has flown by! Here we are in the month of August and I can just feel 2013 knocking on my shoulders and about to arrive. So much seems to be on my mind and wandering through my thoughts that I can’t seem to keep everything in order. I’m usually someone who needs to write things down and make a ton of lists to keep the chaos at bay but I’m losing my momentum with such. So this week is all about getting down to business and finding some peace with myself regarding those things I thought important but did not accomplish… with the piles of laundry that always seem to be stacked somewhere throughout the house… the fact that I still haven’t secured a trumpet for my daughter and the school year is almost upon me and so SO much more! There has been family illness and concern, my oldest is now 10 and seems well on her way to 16 and add to that I’m trying to find a consistent amount of work from home despite having 2 toddlers constantly at my elbows.

As you can see I’m a bit overwhelmed but that isn’t going to slow me down. Recently I was asked to consider starting a small cupcake biz in my area. I’ve always laughed at the thought but if you live within a 2hr radius of me then you have already been blessed with cupcakes by my kitchen. I find baking to be soothing and a way to destress. The act of mixing and decorating and then sharing that sweet goodness with someone more than willing to take a bite? Priceless 🙂 So I figured why not? I’ve created a few cards and will pass out to some local establishments and already have a couple orders in despite advertising myself! A couple young friends along with my oldest daughter are more than eager to help out so I think this might be fun. (am I fooling myself here? only time with will tell I suppose)

Next up? Etsy love… apparently my daughter and some older friends of hers and mine are obsessed with the fun things they can find on there. So much so they want to start there own little place in hopes of learning to create trendy goods and sell such in hopes of raising money to one day fly to Paris. Cute right? Well I will give you one guess who they want to help them get started and run the show 😉 but again why not? This can be a wonderful way to engage young ones on the art of DIY creations and making $$ as well as all the work involved with such.

A number of fellow Mom friends have commented… ‘I don’t know how you have the energy for all that you do!’ but at the end of the day you are only as old as you feel. The more busy I am and the more fun I’m sharing in with my kids and family and friends, well the more young I feel. At 33yrs I guess I shouldn’t be crying a river over my already greying hair but there are days where I find that I’m dragging to keep up with my 3 kiddos! They can either wipe me out or keep me going and I prefer the latter. 🙂

So with that I look forward to seeing how some bold new ventures work out and ask that you cross your fingers on my behalf in my quest to find a solid work from home gig that allows me to enjoy the next 2yrs of still being a SAHM. Good Night!

Wordless Wednesday: Two Digits

In less than ten days my oldest daughter will be two digits… the big  1 0 ! As much as becoming a teenager seemed like a big deal when I was younger, it seems these days preteens are ruling the scene. Hunter is an amazing daughter and the best big Sister to her younger siblings. We always felt, however that she did a horrible job preparing us for what being a parent was all about because she was “too good”. lol we never remember hearing the words ‘no’ from her or having to reprimand her for much of anything. Perhaps that was because she was the only child and therefore gained all of our attention? The world may never know but the fact is that with 2 toddlers now in the mix we definitely turned Hunter’s world upside down too. 🙂 She took it all in stride and has the perfect amount of patience to help out with them but also find her me-me time which is crucial. She keeps my world sane at times and is a beautiful soul. Her love of animals has never changed and we all still assume that she will one day be a vet or run the hugest animal shelter in the world! I’m so proud to be her Mom and watch her take on new challenges without a fear in the world.

So much for wordless right? 😉

A proud Mom who can’t believe how fast 10yrs flew by!

Feelings of Gratitude

This morning I woke up with my 4yr old sleeping next to me (again) and despite the fact that I do not sleep well when she jumps into my bed I was just so grateful to have her there. My husband and I know that one day this trend of 2am visits from Lucy will end and we may actually miss it a bit.

Many of us can’t help but find ourselves feeling grateful for what we have today especially after the recent top news story of the shooting in Colorado. My heart goes out to all those who lost family and friends that evening… to those in the theatre who were injured by a horrendous situation.  I can’t imagine their lives will ever be the same and it makes my heart sad for each of them.

It is so difficult to understand what compels someone to commit such violent acts but if you watch the news even just barely you see that it is a common trend in the world these days. So I’m feeling grateful that today my family is safe at home with me. I remind myself that the world won’t/can’t be like this forever and there is promise of a better future for everyone… especially those whose lives have ended so abruptly and unfairly.

Beach Bum Planning

This week is all about planning, packing, sorting, listing, cooking and more for our trip to Cape Cod. The kids are so excited and all I can think is how this is starting to feel like a full time job. Truth is I am really excited for this trip!  Nothing spells out fun quite like quality time in the sun for me and I do believe this will be a very memorable family trip for the kiddos.

When my husband was younger trips to Cape Cod were tradition for a few years and so he decided to try and set such in motion for our own family. Along for the ride will be our 3 kids (ages 9,4,2) as well as my Mother-in-Law. She has already called and given me her list of items that she will be bringing along plus recommendations for what I should pack. 😉 We both are old school and plan our lives on sticky notes, index cards and other forms of paper. I’ve come to realize that as wonderful as an iPhone may be with scheduling apps and calendars etc. I truly love writing things down. Recently I was introduced to an amazing collection of life planners, stationary sets, recipe cards, calendars and more! Consider me smitten and also kicking myself for having not ordered my planner before now lol! Go check out her awesome goodies:

Do you have any Summer travel traditions?