Alaska

Alaska writing

Let me just clear out the dust and cobwebs around this place….sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve written anything. Life happened and then we went on vacation. And, since it’s much more exciting to talk about vacation than real life at the moment, let’s just start there!

My mother-in-law has been planning this vacation for over a year now, so it’s pretty epic. She, her three sons and their wives and children (7 adults, 7 children) are in the middle of a 7 day Alaskan cruise!

I am currently writing this as we are cruising slowly through the Tracy Arm Fjord (somewhere in Alaska, glacier pics to follow). Hubby and toddler are napping on the bed with Zootopia playing quietly in the background on the ipad (soundtrack of my life) and I’m sipping a hot macchiato whilst awaiting room service to deliver my lunch. It’s truly amazing. Not every moment has been this serene and relaxing but the kids have all been relatively well behaved and the sights are breathtaking. The shore excursions thus far have been both fascinating and educational. The food….ay yi yi the food! I won’t go into too much detail about the food but I’m enjoying lots of seafood, carbs and riesling…I’ll just leave it at that.

And…possibly the best part of the whole trip….I haven’t had any internet access the vast majority of the time. I couldn’t justify the $100+ for 1 device charge for the week on the ship. I just don’t need internet that much. I’ve gotten spotty service while in the port towns but haven’t had much time to do anything but send off a few quick text messages even then. It’s been slightly painful to disconnect but ultimately fantastic. My attention is focused in the right direction.

**I wrote this a few days ago, we got home at 3am today. Hopefully I can be back to some regular blogging this week!**

Here are a few pictures from our trip. Have a good weekend everyone!

 

Skagway River taken on a train ride up the White Pass & Yukon railroad which was made during the Klondike gold rush in Skagway, Alaska.

Skagway River

 

Daws Glacier in Tracy Arm FjordDaws Glacier

 

Buchart Gardens in Victoria, British ColombiaImage 2016-07-30 16.48.07 (1)

 

My baby girl enjoying the sunshine 🙂Harper Buchart Gardens

Selfish

I’m taking some extra time to take care of myself today because the consequences of not doing so are far worse than inconveniencing a few of my loved ones for a few hours so I can have some alone time that I’m needing.

It feels extremely selfish. But, I’m forcing myself not to feel all the mom guilt this time because I have to stand up for myself and I have to take care of myself…no one else will.

And since my daughter has only one mother–and she deserves a really good one–I’m going to do what it takes to give her one.

So, when you need that extra time to focus on yourself, whether it’s something small like taking an overdue shower or a long walk to clear your head or something bigger–do it.

Only you know what you really need and when you really need it.

Chances are you will rarely find yourself in a situation where someone walks up to you, takes your child out of your arms (or any other responsibility you may be carrying) and tells you to go take care of yourself for a little while. In my experience, I have to initiate those moments myself. No one can read my mind.

Whether it’s getting your workout in everyday, taking the time to prep your meals or putting on some makeup–you know what you need to be at your best.

So, stop ignoring the nagging voice in your head. Make some arrangements, ask for some help, do what it takes even though it may not be convenient and it may really suck asking for help. And, go take care of yourself.

I’m giving you permission to be selfish for a little while.

You will be a better mom and a better person when you’re done.

Heart Warmers

♥These two…

Cousins/Besties at our family’s 4th of July get together. They had a blast.

Harper Millie 4th of July

♥We had quite the summer storm last night. Rain, thunder, lightning and lots of wind. Lots of trees down on my morning walk around the neighborhood. Hubby, toddler and I slept through all of it with no problem. My 10 year old stepson, across town at his mom’s house, was not sleeping well through the storm. He texted my hubby at midnight to ask if his little sister was OK. He was worried about her. It makes my mama heart swell, he is just the sweetest big brother!

♥My toddler has not, up until this point, had really any interest in movies or cartoons or TV in general. I definitely wasn’t complaining. She loves books and occupies herself with toys (or emptying out every drawer/cabinet/cat food bin that she can get her little hands on that is not satisfactorily child proofed).

Until now. We rented the latest Disney movie, Zootopia, to watch as a family a few weeks ago when my stepsons were over and this little girl was HOOKED. I don’t blame her, even I loved the movie. I have a hard time sitting through an entire movie these days. Too much stuff to get done around the house or someone requires immediate attention right in the middle of the movie. Anyway, this movie is all about a city made up of animals and it has the catchiest theme song in the world performed by the fabulous Shakira.

When this song comes on, my child dances with wild abandon. She dances like this is her last day on earth and she will never get the chance to dance again. It is really a sight to behold. When we’re not watching the movie version of the song, she will settle for the YouTube version on my phone. She even pulls out the “Oh, oh,  peas, mommy?” while pointing to my phone. Oh oh is what she calls the song. You’ll understand if you listen to it. How can I refuse?

I’ll try to get a cute video of her dancing for Facebook 🙂

♥I had my official 7 year anniversary at my job late last month. In 7 years, I’ve gone from a single 22 year old fresh out of college to a 29 year old married mother of one. I have grown and changed in so many ways and so has my job.

My manager and coworkers gave me a sweet note, gift card to the movies and certificate for 5 hours of babysitting from one of my coworker’s daughter to show me their appreciation. I don’t even know what to do with myself for 5 hours outside of the house when I’m not working and sans child!! AMAZING!! I work with THE BEST team. The support we all have for each other is so awesome.

♥ I found this article a few weeks ago about our tendency to rush, rush, rush and be busy all of the time. The article points out that rushing is a choice. You can refuse to rush. You don’t have make your way through your errands like  you’re a NASCAR driver.

This article made a light bulb go off for me. It seems so simple but it was almost like I needed someone to give me that permission not to rush around all of the time. I’m trying to be a lot more intentional with my actions. Slowing down helps immensely in that department.

♥The sugar moratorium is starting today! I’m committing to going a week without sugar! I’m a few days late from my goal start date but better late than never, right?! Who’s joining me? Accountability is huge with these kinds of goals!

I’m going to start putting up some Facebook posts to ask if anyone would like to join a free 1-week Accountability Facebook group soon. So keep an eye on my Facebook page for more details!

Sugar Free Zone

Lately

We’ve been making the most of summer over here lately!

Splashing like it’s our job in our splash table.

Splash

 

Resting under every shade tree on our walks. Don’t worry, she’s not overtired, she’s just pretending. We only made it a few blocks and she perked up as soon as we got back to our yard. She just wanted to play with her ball instead–how many toddlers live in my house?

lazy walker

Overtired in the mornings…

tired dog

Getting ready to celebrate this weekend! Hubby’s been having a ton of fun with his freshly installed flag pole. The bottom one says “You Just Don’t Mess With Freedom”. I indulge him, he’s like a kid in a candy store with that thing.

Don't mess

I hope everyone has a great weekend!