Lately, I've really been trying to update my wardrobe and get some new things. I rarely buy myself clothes - and when I do it seems like it's always a lounge/comfy shirt or some plain ol' t-shirts. So I really want to invest in some key pieces that I can wear not only to work but also on the weekends. I purchased a pair of booties (may need to exchange for a smaller size though) and have plans to buy some over-the-knee boots, as well as a jean jacket, military vest, and some colored skinny jeans/pants.
Here are a few of my favorite fall inspired outfits (all found on my Pinterest board!)
Dear working mom,
I see you getting up day in and day out trying to find that balance.
I see you trying to do the best you can and it never being quite enough.
I see you trying to be the best employee you can be AND the best mom you can be. But you can't be both at the same time. But you'll keep trying.
I see you struggling with the guilt of being a working mom. I understand what it's like when you want nothing more than to be there for your child 24/7....but sometimes you just can't.
I know how hard (and SCARY!) it is to drop your child off at daycare every day. I know the heart break you feel when you go to leave and your little one is crying and there is NOTHING you can do about it.
I feel your exhaustion, no matter how many hours of sleep you get.
I understand how guilty and sad it makes you feel when you constantly hear 'well I didn't have to deal with that - I was home with my kids.'
I know how sad you feel when you think about how much you're missing out on because you work. I know that's a difficult pill to have to swallow.
I know how lonely it can feel at times. It seems like everyone else around you either stays home, or only works part time, or has more people around to help them. But you're not alone.
I see you wipe your tears away quickly and paste a smile on your face as you go into work each day. You are strong and do what needs to be done.
I know how overwhelming it is for both parents to juggle a stressful, demanding job that requires a lot of hours.
I know how heavy the weight of the world feels on your shoulders - trying to do it all - trying not to fail - trying to just keep up.
But listen. You're not alone. I feel you - I understand you.
You're doing the best you can - every minute of every day. You're not perfect but you're trying. You're trying to keep it all together. You ARE a good mom. You ARE a good employee. You ARE a good wife. You ARE a good person. And, most importantly, your child LOVES you unconditionally. What you're doing IS enough.
So keep on truckin' along. Keep your head held high. And keep on doin' what you're doin' (oh - and don't forget the coffee and wine...LOTS & LOTS of coffee and wine!!!)
Another weekend in the books. Seriously, why do the weekends fly by? We are trying to soak up as much summer as we can - and of course, our almost 2 year old keeps up on our toes every second :) There is never a dull moment in our house..
By the time Fridays roll around we're all beat. I picked up a pizza on my way home for dinner, C went to bed, and then Matt and I spent the evening watching Homeland. We are seriously OBSESSED!!
Saturday morning I got up early and got my 6 mile run in. As soon as I got home Matt left to work out so C and I just played and hung out together. As soon as Matt got home we all showered up and headed down to my parents. C took a nap on the way down so he was ready for a fun filled day. My sister and brother-in-law were away so my parents were watching my nephew. The boys had lunch together (well attempted - ya know...toddlers and eating...I'm not sure how much either actually ate) but anyways, after lunch we headed to a local petting zoo. Seriously, C was in HEAVEN!!! He hasn't stopped talking about it. We had so much fun and both boys got a pony ride!! If you ask C what his favorite animal was he'll say 'yak' (yes, there was a baby yak there - soooo adorable!) My nephew fell asleep on the way back to my parents house so we ended up just heading home, which was good because C ended up taking another nap on the ride up. We ran a couple errands then headed home in time for a quick dinner.
Sunday was a doozy of a day let me tell ya....C was up really early and was CRANKY!! Matt also woke up with pink eye so our Sunday was off to a great start :/ Matt headed to urgent care and by 8am C was in his stroller and we were off for a loooong walk. He ended up falling asleep for about 20-30 minutes. While Matt waited for his prescription he grocery shopped so he got home around 9:15-ish or so. Then he headed back out for open gym at his Crossfit box. C and I played, went to the park, and he helped me with some food prep and laundry. He has always loved helping us out and I think it's the cutest thing ever - he truly loves being a big boy and helping us out. He was still pretty cranky throughout the morning and really just wanted to be held. Once Matt got home we fed C an early lunch and he was asleep around 12:20-ish. He ended up sleeping until 3:20 which gave Matt time to do some work for his classroom and do some other things around the house & for me to finish the food prep AND get to the gym!! We had some ice cream for a little afternoon treat and spent the rest of the day playing and being outside. We grilled up some burgers for dinner and enjoyed dinner outside (oh wow I'm going to miss eating outside once the weather turns cold!!) C was in bed early - we finished up some stuff for the week - and Matt and I were in bed shortly after 9 (yes, we're old....) And that's a wrap...another weekend in the books!! What did you do?
We had quite the busy long weekend. It was a lot of fun but let me tell ya - we're all exhausted.
Saturday morning Matt and Camden joined me for the first 3 miles of my run. It was perfect running weather and I loved running with my family. I continued on for 3 more miles and Matt headed home with C. After our run, we all got ready for the day and headed to Springdale Farm. This is a local farm owned by Monroe County but ran by a local not-for-profit. Camden had a BLAST seeing all the animals - he was in his glory let me tell ya!! :)
We then headed to my parents for a cookout with them and my sister. After dinner we headed to Dansville to watch the balloons. We got home, I cut Matt's hair, and whipped up two desserts for the next day's festivities.
On Sunday we were up and getting ready pretty early. I cut Camden's hair and then we were off to Matt's parents' house for their first annual family reunion. It was an absolute blast!!! Camden LOVED being around all his cousins and second cousins and EVERYONE and especially loved the bounce house and the pool!!! You should have seen this kid - he had the best day EVER!!!! I don't think I took any pictures that day because we were all too busy having fun!! We were all exhausted and as soon as we got home Matt and I settled in for a couple episodes of Homeland.
Monday Camden woke up sleepy and miserable. We had plans to go to the lake and hang out with some of Matt's Crossfit people but decided against it since Camden was clearly off schedule and needed to just stay home. He took two good naps that day and by the end of the day was acting more like his happy self. During his afternoon nap I went to visit my grandpa in the hospital and then came home to take a nap myself since C was still sleeping (big shout out to my hubs for doing all our food prep for the week while I was a lazy bum and slept ha-ha) We just spent the rest of the day at home getting things done and playing.
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!