Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts

tball and father's day

Hey! How are ya? Long time no see! 

I am a terrible blogger, but ya know what, at least I'm consistent(ly bad)! 

I did want to share a few things that have been happening lately in my life. 

First up is Chloe's cute little Kindergarten graduation picture. Growing up in Idaho in the 80s, we didn't have Kindergarten graduation.  Times have changed and now it's a whole production, which made me unexpectedly very teary. I also think it's a great excuse to dress up a bunch of little 6-year-olds into some very grown-up looking cap and gowns. Anytime little kids pretend to be grown up, it is adorable. 

Chloe did a great job and it was fun to watch her and her classmates share what they want to be when they grow up.

In other news, Chloe and Elinor are both in Tball this summer. It's Chloe's second summer and Elinor's first. It's already a juggling act to get them both ready and off to play each Saturday morning. It was so chaotic that I somehow lost the diaper bag (ooooooppps). I think I'm just glimpsing what is going to be like when they are all in different sports and we have to figure out how to get everyone where they need to be. 

They are both doing great. It hasn't gotten too hot yet, which seems to be our number one complaint from both of them. The snacks at the end are still a big hit, so at least that is staying consistent. Chloe has really picked up the point of the game and is fielding balls like crazy. Elinor is only 4 and not one kid out there knows what's really going on. They do look really cute in their giant t-shirts though.

We ordered a baseball T and a bat so we can practice a bit at home. I think once they figure out how to hit, it will be a bit more fun.

This weekend was Father's Day and we had some unexpected vistors stop by. My sister and her family had their flight canceled so they got to stay with us for about 24 hours until the next flight was available. We got to visit and take a walk around the lake down the road. It was a really nice surprise.

I think Chris had a good Father's Day... We gave him some nice cards and some candy and made sure he knew how much we appreciated him.

Hope you all had a good weekend! 

weekend update

Happy Friday everyone! This photo was from last weekend on Mother's Day. It might be one of my favorite photos ever. All three of my kiddos are happy and enjoying the outdoors together. Here is another one with their dad!

What are you up to this weekend? The weather will be a little chilly here this weekend, but that will be perfect for some outdoor yard work. I am ready to get outside and get some yard clean up done.

I say this now, ask me on Monday what I actually got done...

I'm also hopeful we can get a raised garden put in. I'd like to get some vegetables planted for the summer and put into a place that will be automatically watered. I think it's good for kids to know where their food comes from, and I probably can get them to pull weeds if I through in some allowance money. I think I'm finally starting to understand how parents get free labor out of their kids. Here is my Pinterest page on my ideas!

monday updates and a poll

Good afternoon!

Chris is currently taking both of the older kids to the doctor for pink eye medication. So that's how my Monday is going. On the bright side, the baby doesn't seem to have anything yet. We'll see how the next few days go.

Also, now I swear my eyes feel itchy...

How was your weekend?

The weather is in full on spring mode around here. We'll have beautiful sunny weather and 3-4 days of rain and cold. It's a bit disconcerting and I feel like I'm always dressed for the wrong weather. All the precipitation is helping green up the grass and the trees are budding. All of the beautiful flowering trees are out in full force which is actually pretty terrible for anyone with allergies. This year I have been dealing with a few seasonal allergies. Mostly my eyes have been itchy which makes our evening walks extra annoying.

A couple of things I've been looking into lately are clean beauty products and recycling. Ever since I read this book, Plastic, I've been very looking into the effects products we use every day have on our bodies. We recently switched over to using metal glass and water bottles and have mostly gotten rid of all of our plastic plates.

I've been investigating clean beauty products also after reading this article on how quickly products we place on our skin get into our bloodstream. I've been looking into Beauty Counter products, but I would love to know from anyone who has used it whether they like it. I believe it is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, so I am worried I am just getting sold too. I want clean products and not just the best marketed 'clean' makeup.

So, let's take a quick poll!

the update

Hey, good morning! How are you?

Thanks for joining me!

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately. Work has been super crazy and I swear I was sick more than I was healthy in January. I did actually write a draft post about how crappy being a working mom was, but I decided not to publish it. It was a bit self-indulgent and who really wants to read about someone complaining? Not me!

I did want to share that I've been on track with my 2019 resolutions. The most important one was about not buying any new clothes this year. So far so good! I think for me it has been a lesson in managing stressful situations. I think I was using buying new things as a way to make me happy when life was getting too overwhelming. So, now when I get that urge I am able to recognize it and then think about why I feel that way.

I've definitely have had to reevaluate my existing clothes, especially ones that are starting to wear out. I bought some patches the other day and I'm going to see if it's possible to patch leggings. I predict an epic failure, but it's worth a shot.

I honestly don't know if I'll make it 12 months, mostly for practical purposes. But I am learning things about myself and definitely trying to consume less.

Eating healthy is a win most days and an epic failure other days. Chris has been on a Zone diet eating challenge at his gym, so we've been eating more vegetables as a family. Also, we've just been trying to vary our vegetables a lot more. As it turns out, I really like roasted broccoli. Who knew?!

Working out has been a joke. I've been having issues with my knee, so I haven't really been able to do much. I've tried to run a few times, but I just end up having a really swollen knee for about a week. I swear to god, 35 hit me like a brick wall. Or maybe it was the third kid? I'm not sure. Either way, my body seems to have given up.

Well, there's the update. I plan to keep you updated as the year progresses. I should plan a big reward at the end of the year if I make it. I'll need to think about that...

simple joys

Happy Friday everyone! The week is finally over. This was one of those weeks where it was so full of activity that it seemed to fly by. 

One minor accomplishment for me this week was that I was able to go to my favorite gym class (twice actually). Consequently I can barely walk, but it feels REALLY nice to get back to things that I love.

Last weekend when I was having a particularly harrowing experience with three small children, I wrote down a list of things that bring me joy. I wanted to refocus my attitude on the simple, good things in life, and stop stressing and complaining about the annoyances of life. I was trying to write down the little joys as well as the big ones. Well, working out was definitely on my short list. 

So this week I decided to get over my fear of not being in shape enough. I'm never going to be 100% ready to do something, so I might as well just go in, be a mess, and try as hard as I can. Basically, I was going to ignore my self consciousness and just get out there.

And surprise, surprise, I was able to do a lot more than I thought I could. I also got some kudos for being back at it only 4 months after having a baby. Which gave me a little perspective that I probably really needed.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!