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Camping Prep for Memorial Day Weekend

This will be Lydia’s third summer going up to our family property and camping! After our first summer with Lydia, Justin purchased a camper to make life camping with Lydia: easier. It’s still a tough go, but I’m determined to make it work better this year. Lydia loves going up to the pond and she’s… Continue reading Camping Prep for Memorial Day Weekend

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Crafting with Great Friends & Bitty Friends

When we are with our friends we can be ourselves. We can be silly, enjoy wine, be healthy and drink water (Missy 😉 ) or simply enjoy the feeling of being with the kind of friends that you can be absent from for some while, and feel just as close to when you see them again. I’m lucky to have such friends in my life ❤

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Beachbody On Demand: 30 Day Free Trial

Alright, I did it, I  signed up for the 30 day free trial of Beachbody on Demand! Mostly because it’s free and I love free workouts, but also because I’ve been interested in this ever since Sara Roche told me about it. (If you are interested in contacting this coach, please see my post: Interview with… Continue reading Beachbody On Demand: 30 Day Free Trial

Thoughts about Lydia

A Working Mom’s Morning Hope

Each morning I get up and get going. Before Lydia is up, I’ve worked-out (hopefully), packed the lunches, showered, made lean shakes, keurig brewed coffee and kissed Justin goodbye. Then it’s time to go scoop up my little princess from her bed.

Lately, she “requests” that I sit down by her crib and slowly pull each of her blankets (4) out from the rungs of her crib. She often “requests” that I pull her out this way too, which of course doesn’t work and she finds my effort to try very amusing. This has become a routine, like so many other morning rituals that must be done before I get to work.

There are times I feel myself struggling with conflicting feelings: We have to keep going so that we won’t be late … vs.  …I want to snuggle with my little girl while I can!

Each morning I play a little guessing game as to which items Lydia will want to bring along in the car. Today she helped me shove my bedspread into the washer and decided that her blankets needed to go in as well. I knew this was probably a bad idea.

“Aren’t you going to want your blankets in the car?”

“No mommy, wash.”

Okay, I put them in the washer, Lord knows a wash would not hurt them. Then two minutes later, quite literally, she is distraught in her car seat, wanting those very same blankets. As I mentioned, she has four blankets. I did NOT throw all four into the washer, that would have been silly. But Lydia doesn’t want those two, she wants the two in the washer. (ARRRRGGG!!!)

“Mommy will go see if they got wet yet,” I tell her.

No luck. They are already soaked. Stupid efficient washer! 😉

“Want blankets!”

Tears stream down my little princess’ face and I’m feel awful, because deep down, I knew this could happen. I also take a deep breath (the first of many to come for the day) I tell her it will be okay, and I wait for the storm to subside as we head out of the garage.

Before long she’s settled down. She is pointing out manure trucks in the fields and I’m relieved that she will no longer be in tears when I drop her off at daycare.

I love my baby. I squeeze her so tight when I get her out of the Terrain. She brings her baby in with her, because she’s my  sweet little mommy. Now she’s acting like a big girl and suddenly I’m sad. I want her to cling to me, to wish me to never leave her side, but instead, she’s ready to see Miss Chloe (one of her fabulous teachers who I’m only slightly jealous of … lol). Lydia reaches up for one last hug, her arms wrap around my neck so tight and I hope that she knows how much I love her. 

It’s hard to leave your child with anyone else. You want to be with them every moment. You’re telling yourself you are doing the right thing. You hope that you are. 

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Time with Your Baby: The Bigger One

Before there was your bundle of cuteness, there was this other … much bigger guy that you found difficult to resist or to be away from. Some days that feeling may be difficult to remember. After all, you have to clean, bathe, feed, dress and care for the tiny baby. At times I feel they are both equally as needy, but it’s always good to feel needed and loved by both.

When your list of to-do’s gets too long, it’s our spouse or significant other that can often be put on the back burner. I try to not do this, but it happens. I’ll even catch a look on Justin’s face once in a while, a look that makes me think, he wants some time with me too and I’m missing our time together as well. That’s why we find time to do things together.

We are lucky in that we share many of the same interests, mainly our enjoyment of the big outdoors. He may hunt it, but I love basking in it and together, whenever we can, we take it all in. Remember it’s often in those small moments, the ones you catch together, that your relationship can be stronger, you can remember what you love about the other person, and know that you’ve never forgotten.

Justin and I picked up a hobby last year, dirt fishing! ❤ It’s a great activity for the two of us to share. We can look up maps (Justin) and delve into the history of a local area. Then we get excited over the relics (rusty treasures) that we may found buried and forgotten beneath the soil. Often, on a nice weekend afternoon, we will employ the loving care of our parents to look after Lydia while we go dig.535186_10100922977952015_1215222338750810482_n

Why anyone would want to get dirty and smell like rust may be beyond your imagination, but it’s more than that. It’s the sharing of a hobby, an interest, time together that makes our bond stronger.

Justin has really gone out of his way to include me in this hobby. He purchased our equipment and together we started watching Youtube videos, that most would find ridiculous, about our new hobby. It’s something we do and enjoy together. I think a lot of my family and friends laugh when we talk about it, and of course that’s fine, but to the two of us, it’s this amazingly fun treasure hunt we get to go on together. (If you haven’t caught The Dectorists on Netflix or BBC, I recommend it, it might explain a few things … or make you think I’m crazier.) Either way, it’s not crazy to us. In fact, I think we often daydream about our silly hobby.

Yesterday a package came in the mail for Justin, but it wasn’t for him, it was a gift for me! A pink fishing vest, that will consequently be used for a digging vest 🙂 It was so thoughtful and truly better than flowers that I would undoubtably kill.

Each couple has something, some spark that made you want each other way back when. Now you just have to find a way to keep that spark a sparkling. It helps when you take the time to try. When you find something you can do together that you’ll both enjoy and be interested in. For us: it’s being outside and recently: digging. For you, it could be going to concerts, going to the gym, watching a season (or ten) of some show on Netflix.10482852_900424233305407_8734619419359527482_n

To each couple: may you find your thing. The important part is that you’ll do it TOGETHER. You’ll turn your devices off. You’ll let someone else love your kids for a few hours, and in the end, you’ll be happier for the time you had together.

Our relationship is still young, but I truly believe that if we can dig through dirt together, then we will be a couple that will always be able to find the good, the treasure, that important glimmer of love together.

How do you keep your relationship going while take care of your little ones too? What is your shared interest? Please share how you “do it” in the comments below )

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Pinterest Challenge: Workout Challenge

I pin different workouts every time I use Pinterest. Have I done any of them? Yes, sometimes I do, but more often than not the pin remains on some board (I actually ended up with two workout boards somehow…) and I don’t always remember what or why I pinned it. Does this sound familiar? If… Continue reading Pinterest Challenge: Workout Challenge