Well, it’s certainly been awhile, eh?
I thought I would stop in and do a little life update. I have no life altering news or any big announcements, so don’t get too excited. It’s been so quiet around here because plain and simple – I was tired and uninspired so I wrapped up most of my obligations, cancelled some stuff, and proceeded to be a Grinch through most of the holiday season. Literally the last time I logged onto my site was November 1, 2017.
I suppose I just needed a little break. In the blog world it is easy to get wrapped up in numbers and stats, comparing yourself to other bloggers, and bogged down with obligations that steal the joy from just writing. Add that to all of the stress from the holidays, it was pretty clear I just had to peace out. You might have noticed I’ve been slipping for a long time since going back to work. I wrote a little bit about my story as an overwhelmed mom on Genesee County Mom’s Blog if you want to get a little more personal.
So long story short, basically I’ve been MIA because I’ve been grouchy. But I don’t want to be grouchy anymore and I don’t want to waste time worrying about not having time or energy to do all of the things I want to do or think I should be doing. Because seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that. I spend way too much energy on worrying about things when I could actually be doing the things.
For those of you who care or are maybe just a little bit nosy, here’s a quick summary of what’s been going on in my extremely ordinary corner of the world.
Evie started a new daycare in October and I could not be happier with the switch. It is a lot more expensive but when it comes to daycare – you certainly pay for what you get. I didn’t even realize how much better it could be once we found the right place for her. It’s worth all the money and more. She loves going to “school”, loves her “fwends,” and loves her teachers. It has made the mornings a whole lot easier and I don’t even think twice when I drop her off anymore because I know she loves it. I mean, she claps when we pull into the parking lot. That’s a good sign.
She started gymnastics recently and asks to go everyday. It’s perfect for her since she is always doing somersaults in the living room and jumping off the couch! We aren’t doing swim lessons anymore – because you know, Grinch. But I’d like to get her back into lessons because I think she misses swimming. And she was doing so well! I’d hate for her to lose those skills she was getting so good at.
She talks a mile a minute and is an extraordinary story teller. She loves to sing and drops her knowledge bombs that she learns at school on us everyday. Who knew she could count to 5 in Spanish? Or the fact that she knows this month is February? She shocks me with how much she is learning. At least all that tuition money we are shelling out is paying off!
Life, Marriage, and Home
Overall it feels like we are just hibernating waiting for spring. This time of year in Michigan gets a little rough. It’s been cold for so long, there is little sun and the days are so short, and most of the time you are stuck indoors.
In November we did take our first big solo trip without E. My husband had a conference in Vegas and so we took advantage of that and I flew out at the end of the week for a long weekend. We almost didn’t know what to do with ourselves and all of the freedom. It was glorious.
E keeps asking about when she will be going on a trip. She was a little offended when we told her she wasn’t going and she kept asking where her suitcase was. I love that she has that sense of adventure in her veins. So we are trying to come up with somewhere to go for a little stay-cation this month before we take off again for another weekend for a wedding. I’m pretty sure she would not be happy staying home for two trips in a row because she keeps asking when it’s her turn. I’ve created a monster and I love it.
I am coming up on my one year anniversary in March. I can’t believe it’s been that long. Going back to work was a good decision and I’m certainly a better mom as a working mom. But man, it’s hard. I still don’t feel like I am 100% adjusted even though it’s been so long. My ideal situation would be part time. I enjoy what I do (most days, I mean, it is still work) and I don’t dread it, like I have jobs in the past. So, there’s that.
If you don’t know, I work at the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) clinic as a nutritionist. I think it is what I’m meant to do – but it gets to me sometimes, too. A lot of unfortunate situations for the people and kids we see. And then some people are just crazy – so you never know what you’re gonna get that day. I don’t know – but it’s hard for me to think this is what I will do everyday for the rest of my life. Honestly, I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up!
I can’t bring myself to quit. I love blogging and I love the community. Meeting and connecting with other moms, even if it has not always been in person, was my lifesaver. It gave me purpose when I had no idea what I was doing with myself. The opportunities blogging has brought me are worth more than any dollar I’ve ever earned. So I’m going to keep on keeping on. I’ve got some great things lined up and big plans to be intentional with my time.
So see ya around!