Thursday, September 14, 2017

Life and Stuff

Hey, y'all! It's been a long time! I'm sitting here at gymnastics with Big M and decided to try to update this little spot. I've been fairly productive at work and have nothing huge hanging over my head, so a blog update it is!

Y'all. Last year when I was supposed to be updating my blog more often because of our new baby (now a 15-month old), I was busy trying to keep my head above water. I was a HOT MESS my first year with two kids.  I went back to work when Little M was 3.5 months. I felt constantly behind at work AND home. I was pumping twice a day, which made my work day super tight. At home I was set on spending time with my family in the evenings, which meant that house stuff and everything else would be neglected. We had lots of help -- our mothers are WAY TOO GOOD to us -- and I STILL felt like I could never catch up. I was finally able to somewhat catch my breath over the summer.

Despite that constant feeling of being behind, it was an amazing year. We were able to experience that new baby love and watch her big sister blossom into this amazing protector. Big M is just over the moon with her baby sister - even more now that she's a toddler. Seeing my girls together makes me so happy.

My blog is like a gazillion months behind (okay, YEARS), but hopefully I can slowly regain some momentum here. I still have hope for me and this blogging thing...

Y'all, I remember a time when I would digitally organize my photos and have them ready for blog posts. Now? Ha! I have THOUSANDS of pictures on my phone and this crazy belief that one day I'll go back and post them all and their stories on the blog. But for now, I'll go back a few months and focus on a few random days. No particular order, either.



This was the chirrens one day at home. I'm sure it's the weekend 'cause Big M's hair isn't combed (hair doesn't get combed in my house unless we have a reason to comb it). When I think of my girls, this is what I think of. Us at home being lazy, having fun, dancing and singing, and probably driving my husband crazy.


We went to the library as much as possible over the summer for the free shows (like we have every summer since Big M was tot).




It was fun watching Little M discover the library playroom. It's still one of Big M's favorite places to go. Little M LOVES to read, by the way, thanks to her grandmothers. I don't read to her half as much as I read to Big M when she was a baby (second child syndrome is soooooo real, y'all), yet Little M is more interested in books than Big M was at this age. Thanks to the grandmamas, no doubt.


Morgan still does gymnastics. She'll be inducted as a Tech Ambassador for her school later this month, and is in the gifted program. She loves school. Can you believe she'll be NINE soon? Oh. My. Gosh. She sometimes has the attitude of a teenager and I seriously wonder every single day if I'm doing this parenting thing right. 



Summer is our favorite time to try new restaurants and frequent our favorites. I'd forgotten about how hard it is to eat out with a toddler, though. This was us one day at Five's Sunday brunch. (Big M was with her Kimble grandparent's house, where she spent lots of time over the summer.)

Here we are at that same restaurant, but when the baby was a little younger. Oh, how I miss the stage when they napped or played by themselves while you ate! 😪





There were lots of bike-riding, wagon-pushing, and park days in the spring and summer.



We also went to Chicago back in the spring for one of my conferences. I was mostly in sessions all day while M and her daddy tried to see more of Chicago (we went a couple of years ago for the same conference). That included a Cubs game, which I thought was cool.



I couldn't go with them during the days, but I was able to do more unstructured things with them like visit Millennium Park.


And now football season is upon us.


We're excited as always. 






This little thing is loving it already. It's in her blood. And of all the words she says now, Roll Tide is included. Y'all know I'm not kidding. 





Oh, and I cannot forget that we went to Punta Cana over the summer with family. We've got lots of memories to share from that, including a tan mark on Little M's face that we're starting to think is a permanent scar from the Punta Cana sun! 


I'll be back to share some pics from that. But that's all I have for now, and that's better than I've done in forever. I don't even care that the post is all over the place. Y'all be patient with me. 

Woohoo to putting up a blog post! I hope y'all are doing well. Hope to be back soon!

Love,
G

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