You win some. You lose some. Well let me just tell ya - we've been losing a lot more than we've been winning. The ebbs and flow of life as two working parents. It's hard. And even 20 months into this I still haven't figured it all out. I can't quite find that balance of working a stressful, demanding, exhausting job (that quite honestly I hate!), being the best mom I can (and want to be!), finding time to work on my marriage, staying fit, and finding time for me (oh, I forgot to add in keeping up with the house and family and friends!) Honestly, I don't think I'll ever find that balance - and that's a hard pill to swallow. How do some people do it?!? I need to know their secret :)
And toddlerhood...it's no freaking joke. Matt and I always joked that C was such an easy, perfect baby that toddlerhood was going to be payback. And honestly some days that is totally true. Don't get me wrong - C is still an easy, happy baby most days. But lately we've had some really rough days - the not so glamorous side of kids that people don't talk about. And I get it - the last 4 days he hasn't been feeling well. I understand that and that of course plays a huge part in the rough days we've been having. But he's also your totally normal toddler who gets frustrated, has temper tantrums, doesn't know what he wants (even if he thinks he does), and clings to his mama like no other. So - yeah some days are hard. Like really, really hard. It's amazing to see your tiny newborn grow up a little more each day. For me, that's been one of the most amazing parts of being a mom. And yet on these hard days I remind myself of two things - I WILL miss this one day and it's totally normal. And the funny thing about kids - when you're are at your breaking point...just when you're about to go over the edge your kid will stop, look up at you, give you the biggest smile and bury their head into your shoulder for the sweetest hug and all else is forgotten. It's amazing how they have that ability :) And you go on to fight another day and know you wouldn't give it up for the world (just don't ask me right now if C is going to be a big brother anytime soon LOL)
So there ya have it - the not so glamorous side of things. You know me - I don't sugar coat things and I tell it like it is. And yet being a mom is my most favorite thing EVER!!
Our weekend was pretty low key. No real plans. It was HOT! HOT! HOT! both days so we stayed inside most of the weekend. C isn't feeling 100% - a constant runny nose, slightly congested, a cough, and super clingy - so a low key weekend was exactly what we needed. Saturday during his nap I went and got my hair done - lightened it up a bit for *what's left of* summer. Then Saturday night Matt went out after C was in bed so I had the evening to myself. So what's a girl to do?! Eat s'more Oreos, drink wine, and watch a chic flick (I rented The Choice - soooo good!!!) Sunday C was pretty miserable and he definitely tested our patience. But he did have fun helping me make some zucchini bread. And he got a surprise visit from Mimi and Pops (who spoiled him with his first t-ball!) Once C was in bed Sunday night I cooked a yummy dinner of grilled chicken and pineapple and also threw some thick slices of yellow squash on the grill for a yummy, healthy summer dinner. And that's pretty much it for us - not the most exciting weekend but hey - it was still good!!
Hoppin' back on the Confessions train this Thursday...
I forgot my cell phone at home today and I feel very lost without it.
I've already started thinking about Christmas. I created my Christmas 2016 tab on my Excel budget worksheet and I've already started putting down ideas for people. And I hope to start Christmas shopping next month!
Camden's favorite treat is a donut. He is his mother's child :)
I'm stressing out already about C's 2nd birthday party. I've picked a theme - animals because if you know him you know how obsessed he is - but I just don't know how big or small to make the party.
I'm getting my hair done Saturday and I freakin' cannot wait. I'm excited - and READY - for a change!!
That everyday Camden makes me a super proud mama. He is getting so big and though I hate that he's growing up, seeing him learn and grow is just so amazing. He's so smart (I know, I know every parent think their kid is the smartest!) He has such good manners. And he's sweet - he is soooo, soooo sweet. I am soaking up these days let me tell ya.
I started using essential oils with Camden and I'm a believer. I can't wait to start experimenting with others.
I was never on the bootie (shoes I'm talkin' about...) bandwagon. I thought they were ugly. But these - these have changed my mind.
What do you confess?
Two of our PR guys here at work started their own photography and videography business a few months ago. If you remember, back in May they did Camden's 18 month photos. So last week when one of the guys asked if I was interested in doing a mommy and me photo shoot (for free since they'd be using the pics to advertise) I jumped at the opportunity!! It was a casual shoot - just Camden and I being us...playing, laughing, and being goofy - they are all perfectly imperfect :) He got some cute shots and I'm so happy to have these photos!!
This past weekend was fantastic. The weather was perfect. We had no real plans. We laughed. We played. We caught up on life. It was glorious and for that I am thankful.
I got a 6 mile run in Saturday morning before the boys were out of bed. After that we played and just hung out. At 11 Camden and I had a 'mommy and me' photo shoot. Once that was finished we came home, ate lunch, and C went down for his nap. During that time I was able to clean the house (which was VERY needed let me tell ya!) After Camden got up we all headed to Sam's for our monthly stock up trip. After Camden went to bed, Matt and I had a date night at home. I actually cooked a 'fancy' dinner (ie not in the crockpot ha-ha) - we sat outside and just talked while we ate - we enjoyed some red wine. It was much needed and it was perfect!
Sunday I hit up Pilates as usual then we headed to the zoo. Camden is obsessed with animals and he's at the perfect age for the zoo. His favorite (this time) was probably the baboons!! It is so much fun to see him get so excited and talk about all the animals. Seriously, this age is just the best <3 During nap time, we were able to get more done and I also snuck in a nap since C slept for over 2 hours!!! It was glorious! After nap time, we went outside to play in the sprinkler and water table and were also able to hit up the park before dinner. Camden went down the BIG slide all by himself for the first time and LOVED it!! He did it 3 or 4 more times :) Mama's big boy <3 We finished our prep, I did some banking, and then Matt and I had some time to watch some TV before hitting the sack early. I love summer weekends with my sweet little family <3
Why hello there! Long time no talk. Summer is in full swing over here and it's just so busy all the time!! But I wanted to pop in and give ya'll a little life update - because I'm sure you all care :) But that's the purpose of this blog - right?!?!
So anyways, our little family is over here working hard and playing harder! Camden is no doubt a full fledged toddler - he yells, he screams, he runs, and he talks non-stop. He is also just about the sweetest thing ever - he's the best hugger EVER!! He loves the summer just like his mama - being outside is his favorite. He loves to swing, play with water, and just run around. He's pretty dang cute and honestly so much fun - I want to freeze him at this age :)
Work is work - you know how it goes. Gotta do what you gotta do. Matt's summer session started this week. It's only 3 weeks long and then he has the rest of the summer off. He has also started coaching CrossFit at the gym he goes to so that's been fun for him. In non work related news, we both got new tattoos a few weeks ago. We've been wanting to get them for years now - but then I got pregnant, and breastfed for over 18 months - so we were finally able to do it together once Camden was fully weaned.
Let's see what else. Oh, I have an appointment next Saturday to get a haircut and highlights and lowlights from an actual salon!! I'm really looking forward to it and excited for something different. Tomorrow Camden and I have a 'mommy and me' photo shoot. A couple of guys I work with started up a photography and videography business so they offered to do a photo shoot for free to use in advertising. So yeah - I'm pretty pumped to get some cute pics with my favorite little man!!! Other than that, life is life. We keep pluggin' away - doing the best we can - and enjoying summer as much as possible!!!
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!