Dreams To Do

August 2012 archive

Don’t forget about YOU!

There’s one thing about parenthood that’s super easy – forgetting to make time for yourself.  When your first child comes into the world your perspective instantly shifts. Instead of living life for yourself, you are now living for someone else. Selfishness gives way to selflessness as their needs come before yours.

It really is an amazing thing.

However…  It is crucial to make time for yourself. Between mouths to feed, diapers to change, a career, rooms to clean, laundry to fold, and a partner to make time for, it is usually YOU that comes in last. Am I right? This is all fine and dandy until momma gets burned out…. until you have a nervous breakdown or at least until your hair hasn’t been cut in a year and your toenails still display remnants of last mother’s day pedicure polish.

I’m a big proponent of mom’s NOT giving up their lives just because they have kids. YES, your children and spouse should come first. YES, you have a lot to take care of and very little time to do it all. BUT, your happiness and zest for life is what your children and significant other will thrive on. And your happiness is crucial to your day-to-day success.

Why am I thinking about all of this? Well, today I played hooky from work. I treated myself to a little spa day (facial, pedicure, hair treatment). And then I spent the rest of the day with my family – another neighborhood walk and a trip to the farmer’s market. And ya know what? I feel completely refreshed and happy and ready to take on the world again.

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PS – I bought my spa day through Yollar for like $50 ($150 value)… Yollar, Groupon, Living Social, and other group couponing sites often have awesome deals like this, so next time you see one snatch up a little something for yourself. And don’t feel guilty about it!

Wise Words Wednesday: Workout

“Wow, I really regret that workout!” ~ No one. Ever.

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Image via Design By Rita K (please pin from source, thanks!)

If you know me or you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know that I struggle with working out. I struggle with finding the time, but even more so I struggle with motivation. Not to mention that I just have never liked working out or any form of physical exercise. Ever.

On Monday I took my first ever Bar Method class. And let me tell you, it kicked my ace! If you aren’t familiar with the Bar Method, it “integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.” It is serious business people!

My friend Mary is training to be a Bar Method instructor at a new studio that will open this fall. So, she has been teaching practice classes and I got to take one. Two days later and I am still sore. But ya know what? I loved it! And I loved how it made me feel afterwards. I was so proud of myself for surviving the class and every sore muscle that I still feel 2 days later is proof that I got a good workout. I am super excited for the studio to open in a couple months! It is just right down the street from my work, so I can take classes over my lunch break. Maybe I’ll finally be able to cross something else off my Dreams To Do list!

I’ve been feeling a little bit down lately and I know it is directly related to my lack of physical activity. I’m very hopeful that my new double stroller along with The Bar Method classes will help turn this frown upside down!

Soakin’ It Up… even more

Being at the office today was even tougher than usual after such a fantastic weekend with my little family. I missed my kiddos (& the hubby, of course) like CrAzY! Here is the second half of my lovely little family weekend in pics…

Our friend’s lake cabin. Yeah, I’m pretty jealous…
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Landon & I got to enjoy some solo time on the shore while everyone else was off boating. It was special…
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Leila Jade enjoyed her 1st jet ski ride! My girl is normally so timid (won’t even go down a slide by herself), but when it comes to going fast, I guess she’s got a need for speed!
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Father & Son… such a special bond. I love watching these 2 together…
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And my favorite part of our lake day? This little guy…
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Landon’s first froggy experience…
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Ahhhhhh, the cuteness just kills me!
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Can I just say the I think photography is the greatest invention ever? I feel so blessed to be able to capture so many special moments in pictures. Sure, I’ll always be able to remember experiences, but photographs allow me to never forget them. Does that make sense? 🙂

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Soakin’ It Up

I feel it coming. I feel summer coming to a close. Labor Day is just a week away and that’s my unofficial signal that summer is over. No more speeding through the school zone on my way to work. Time to dust off my cute fall boots (yessss!) and whip out the scarves. Well, almost…

My family & I had the BEST weekend. The hubby was off from work, the weather was spectacular, and for the first time in a loooonnnnngggg time we had no serious plans. With Andy scheduled to work over Labor Day weekend (3 days of me versus the kids and nothing fun planned…. nooooooooooo!)we soaked every bit of summer we could get as a family out of this one. So much so that I need to devote 2 posts to sharing my awesome pics.

I remembered to bring along the camera on our weekend adventures and it paid off. Today I take you on a walk in our neighborhood.  Tomorrow, I will take you to the lake.

Lando-pie is loving his new ride (& I love it, too!)…
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My little Pinkalicious! Leila always insists on walking Billy…
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Aqua camper? Me Me Me! I want!
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We let our girl live out her dream of running down the middle of the street. Just for a moment (& for this pic)…
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We were in tree lined street heaven…
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Hubby’s got mad style – Ha!
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Our park has the cutest little outdoor cafe smack in the middle of it…
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Can you believe she just turned 3? Looks and acts like a 6 year old…
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My boy had a nice little nap…
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These leaves were screaming at me to take their picture…
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Taking a breather – we walked about 3 miles…
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Our new Phil & Teds – luuuurve it! Lando likes it & Leila actually loves riding in it, too. 
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Our morning walk to the park only lasted a couple of hours, but it made my weekend. This is the epitome of quality family time to me. It is our thing. I cherish all of our past family walks through the neighborhood (Landon’s first one was one of my faves!) and look forward to the many, many, many more to come.

Oh! I just realized that there were NO photos taken of me on our little adventure, so I’m grabbing my Leila for an impromptu computer pic as I type this…

CHEESE!
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More from my amazing final-days-of-summer family weekend tomorrow. For now, it is my bed time. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!

What a week! High five for Friday!

TGIF!!! This has been the most horrible & amazing week for me. A mish-mosh of fantabulocity & horrificness (like my word choices? – HA!). Here are my highlights from this odd week…

1. My sweet hubby sent me flowers at work, just because. Before you vomit in your mouth a little over this sickeningly sweet gesture, the truth is that the hubby & I have had a rough few weeks together. Every marriage, even ones that seem perfect, take a lot of hard work. We’ve worked through the bumps and we’re in a better place now. And now that he’s sent me flowers, we’re in an even better place. 🙂

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2. I got a new toy! I thought I could survive having two kids without a double stroller and I made it 10 whole months. The fact of the matter is that I don’t need a double stroller, I just decided that if I had one I may be more likely to get out and go on more walks with the kiddos or maybe even *gasp* start running. I’m hoping this beautiful Phil & Teds will get me moving. 🙂

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3. A change in the weather. I feel fall-a-coming. Our 90+ degree days are dropping into the low 80s and it’s actually getting chilly at night. Normally this would sadden me, but I’m battling a nasty, miserable cold this week and the cooler weather is allowing me to comfortably partake of hot soups and teas and snuggle up in sweats. Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes, boots, and scarves! (okay, maybe that’s going a little too far!)

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4. Bye Bye Helmet. Landon woke up on Wednesday with a bright red line across his forehead from his Hanger helmet. It was finally getting too tight. So, I called his orthotist and we decided to discontinue use. This means that Landon is done with his helmet therapy!!! A post will be dedicated to this very soon. I am thrilled with the outcome.

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5. A new kind of relationship. The fact that I’m a mommy of two smacked me in the face this week. I was taking a breather on my fabulous chaise lounge in our living room while my 10 month old and 3 year old laughed and played on the floor. Their laughter, fun, and enjoyment had nothing to do with me. I could see their innate sibling love for each other and I let my mind drift off to the future… Leila crying when Landon destroys her baby doll, Landon’s friends flirting with Leila, Leila driving Landon to school when she turns 16. I can’t wait to watch their relationship grow. This is what makes having more than one child SO worth it.

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Happy weekending friends! I hope you find some happiness and fun in whatever you have on the agenda. 🙂

Linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk today.

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