Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oh, hey...

I never thought I'd take such a long break from blogging. But I for sure couldn't let a full year pass!

I'm not going to delve into a recap of what we've been up to this past year. That just sounds overwhelming. It has been both the most amazing and exhausting year combined. Parenting is not for the weak at heart. With J & I both still working full-time, there is a whole lot of scheduling, organizing, prepping, planning, running around. There are late nights and early mornings. There are night showers, days with unwashed hair, more ponytails than ever before, and lots and lots of coffee.

But there are so many laughs, ok and some cries, "mamas" and "dadas," the biggest smile and glittering eyes, curls that are growing by the day lately, toddler gibberish and a vocab that's slowly starting to grow.

The house is turned upside down most weeknights and there's been a load of laundry in the dryer  since Monday but I can't let these things get to me. The short amount of time I get to spend with L each morning and night is far more important. And so isn't the glass of wine that follows her bedtime....that is so important. We survived another day, cheers!

While I typically end my day on the laptop each night, its to get work done, not blog. Wah. I find myself missing blogging more and more as the time passes. I'd say weekly I experience a moment where I'm daydreaming about something, anything and think "oh, that would make a great blog post!" 

So here I am! Not the most exciting post I've ever written, but a quick chance for me to say hi! We're alive and doing excellent. Life as a mom has been so incredibly rewarding I can't even begin to describe it. It pushes you to your limit and challenges you to reach new goals. It puts many aspects of life in perspective - why are we a nation that works to live?!

To end my first post back in nearly 12 months, here are a few of my recent "oh blog post!" thoughts:

1. We are a nation of workaholics - I can't even. Oh, me included. I was on the road by 4:15 am one morning last week to catch a train to NYC. Do you know how many cars were also on the road at that hour? More than I ever expected. It was shocking.

2. Work/life balance is a real stress point for me lately. And I need to figure out how to fix it. What do I need from work? What do I need from home? I've enlisted the help and a few books lately, and kinda wish I had done so sooner.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - I am almost done with this book and it hit a home-run with me. When J asked about going out with the guys Saturday night to watch college football I nearly pushed him out the door! It was time to tackle my closet. This book has changed the way I feel about tangible things - it's hard to describe - but it helps put clutter in perspective. Which I desperately needed!
From my insta this weekend. 7 bags of trash/donate from the wardrob... next up is the office, and then kitchen!

I am also reading Lean In finally. And enjoying it. It's reassuring to know that many of the traits that I fear hold me back at times are tendencies of most women. And I use the term reassuring in the sense that, oh phew I'm really not that crazy. But it also frustrates me that women think the way we do and do not put ourselves first nearly enough, or ever (and I'm talking workplace, not family). Ya, I'm on a little bit of a woman power kick...but it's helping me figure out what I need and where I want to go in my career. 

3. We're back to day dreaming about the next big house project we'd like to tackle. This happens each fall once the summer madness unwinds. We find ourselves with time on our hands and a few extra $$ in our pockets now that wedding season has ended. We are really, really hoping to update the kitchen a bit in the next 6 months or so.... think cabinet refinishing and an updated backsplash. Yessss.

Goodbye sea of orange-ish cabinets! We've had a taped up sample of SW Grayish for a month....loving it - at 50%.

4. And finally, I am going to be an Auntie again!!!!! My sister is due in early January with her first baby. Guys, she is seriously glowing - I couldn't be happier for her and my brother-in-law. The gender is a surprise which is making the anticipation that much sweeter!

So much for a quick hello! Thanks for the free therapy session. Same time next week? :)


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