During the game, I was constantly reminding him to sit with his team, cheer on his teammates, and pay attention. He was only 4, but I did not realize this was what I'd signed up for. My soccer mom dreams were not coming to fruition. I barely sat in my chair, I did not speak to any other soccer parents, and I certainly did not get a chance to drink my coffee. I found myself counting down the minutes until the end of the game.
My husband and I have always known we want three children. I am one of two, and my husband is one of four. I knew I wanted more than two; my husband thought four...
School's out, and summer is halfway over. I usually start my summer with a book or two waiting for me to read. Before kids, I had the goal of reading 10 books each summer....
Pollen! The yellow stuff on my car, the backyard toys, and basically every surface in the house when the windows are open is hurting my 5-year-old. I have never seen someone use as many tissues...
Thrown into this new lifestyle, I am trying to listen to ALL the advice. Social distance, wash your hands, don't hoard toilet paper, make a schedule, FaceTime with friends (and wine), and get some...
I have been Zooming all week. Staff meetings, department meetings, morning meetings, read alouds for my kids, a special 'happy birthday' for my son, and my favorite — happy hour. Zoom happy hour has become a regular part of my day, when I carve out time to enjoy a drink (or more) and chat with friends. These calls have been vital to my week and help keep me sane and grounded each night.
It doesn't matter where — school, daycare, soccer practice, swim lessons, a birthday party, Nana's house, vacation. It could be the most exciting trip to an amusement park that we've been planning and talking about for months. We are always late!
Whether your meals are on a couch at dinner time, at the counter in the morning for breakfast before school, or on a picnic blanket for dinner at the playground, do it together. Find your normal, make it a priority, and stick to it. It doesn't matter what other families do. Do what works for you.
But when I walk into Target I am ambushed. I am hit smack in the face with the reminder that it doesn't last forever. The back-to-school posters, classroom decor, colorful pens, pencils, and folders. I do love colorful supplies but not in the middle of summer. These organization tools and writing utensils that usually excite me are now just a reminder that summer does end. And I don't want summer to end, just as much as my kids don't.
Yep, that's right. After planning a girls night out with friends for some much-needed time to catch up, we spent our night discussing bottles, diapers, sleeping, not sleeping, trips to the hospital, breastfeeding, birthdays, and when we are going to have more. What was once girls night out has become moms night out, and we cannot help it. We are moms and future moms.
What are you drinking this summer? Other than half my weight in water, my choice is margaritas. Not sweet, not spicy, no salt. Just a plain margarita. If you've been looking for the perfect summer drink, try my margarita recipe!
These two small-ish projects actually took me several days to finish. And by finish, I mean get everything back in their places so I could once again walk into my boys' room or actually use the linen closet without things falling on me. I love the idea of being organized and tidy, I really do. I just don't think I have what it takes to Marie Kondo my entire house. (Well, my 1,300-square-foot condo.)
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