21 April 2014

A new chapter.

As Mothers, we tend to put our children needs ahead of our own. Don't we? I mean it makes perfect sense, and I think that for the most part, it is necessary -- while they're little anyway.

But lately, I've been feeling drained. Not physically drained, but more so emotionally and mentally. I feel like there is so much I want to be accomplishing, but all of it gets put on the back burner so that I can be home with my kids and give them the attention they need.

But I think at some point, we have to start paying attention to our own well being and makes sure that we are making ourselves a priority.

As most of you probably know, I've been trying to create a fitness routine that works for me. I go to a local gym near me, 4-5 days a week. 3 of those days, I take a high level cardio class called Rizzmic, and the other 2 days I do weight training and strength exercises. I've talked a little bit about Rizzmic before on my blog, but it's a fairly new fitness program that incorporates American style dances into the workout. Picture Zumba, but instead of the latin music, you're dancing to country, hip hop, jazz, disco, jive, hula... you name it. It's amazing. I first started taking Rizzmic classes last year and immediately fell in love. The creators of it live just down the street from me and I've gotten to know them over the past year and can see their passion for it, and it's really inspiring. Currently, it's only being taught in Washington State, but they are doing their best to broaden the reach of this fitness program.

So I've decided to do something kinda crazy. This coming weekend, I'm taking the Rizzmic Instructor Training course to become certified to TEACH it. I'm still a little bit in shock that I'm actually going to do this, because really, I hardly have enough time as it is to be a Mom, run a business & a blog, and workout 5 days a week. BUT, this is just something I've really wanted to do, so dang it, I'm going to do it. I'm not sure how good of an instructor I will make, but I do know that I love to dance, and I love to share that with others. I'm just ready for a new chapter in my life.

And it feels really good to make myself a priority, and do something for ME. Wish me luck :)

20 April 2014

Because of Him.

I don't talk about faith & religion very much on my blog, because for me, it's very personal and means a lot to me. Sometimes the things that mean the most, I tend to hold closest to my heart.

But I watched this video, and it really really touched my heart. I'm so thankful, and humbled by the sacrifice that my Savior made for me. And I'm grateful that he was resurrected, and because of Him, we can all change and become better people -- and return to live with our Heavenly Father.

And today, I celebrate Him.

Happy Easter everyone!! <3

18 April 2014

Five on Friday vol. 13

So quickly these weeks go by, I can hardly keep up!! I feel like this time of year gets a little more hectic and time just sort of gets away from me!

It's baseball season!! If you've been reading here for a while then you probably know that I'm not much of a sports fan, except for baseball!! I definitely prefer the more chill, laid back atmosphere of a baseball field to other sports. Plus I just love the game, I find it interesting and entertaining. So we had a date night last week with our best friends and attended opening weekend at Safeco field. Granted, the Mariners aren't the most amazing team in MLB, but they are my home team and I will always support them!

And you can't tell me you wouldn't get some garlic fries, too. These things are the bomb.com. Oh but the best part of the night? We won 6-4. Booya!!

I got April's Ipsy Glam Bag in the mail this week and again, they continue to impress. I am loving the root pump, urban decay eye liner, the city color eye mousse and the tinted lip balm!! I really do use all of the products I receive, which makes it totally worth the $10/mo. With that said, though, I think I'm going to put my glam bag on hold for a little while and put that money toward some other things I've had my eyes on.

We made a trip out to one of our favorite farms this past week, Fox Hollow Family Farm. The boys always have fun petting the animals, riding the tractors, taking train rides and playing in the gigantic play houses. Wish it was a little more affordable, though, because I'd take them every week if I could!!

I've been trying to convince my 4 y/o that it's a good idea if he naps. He doesn't usually listen to me, but when he does, it's glorious. He gave up his nap about a year ago, but every so often he'll crash at the same time as his little brother and I really try to use that time wisely. I feel like lately, I've had such a hard time balancing everything I have going on, and everything I want to do. Sometimes I really feel like I need to hire a nanny part time or something. Trying to run my photography business and this blog while being a full time Mom is starting to take a toll. But I will save this for another post because I think it might turn into a book. ;)

I have kind of a fun little announcement! I have a post I'm working on for next week with the details, but I've decided to do take a little leap of faith into something new. I'm sure it will really only add to the amount of stress I feel. But I'm super excited about!! Hint: it has to do with fitness & exercise!  :)

As for this weekend?? It's going to be pretty mellow I think. I'm having a hard time believing that EASTER is this weekend. We don't have any huge plans. We'll do Easter baskets in the morning, and of course, go to church with the kiddos. Later that day, we'll probably do a little egg hunt and dinner. Nothing fancy, but hopefully we'll really be able to remember and celebrate the true meaning of Easter.

What are your weekend plans?!

16 April 2014

Big boy status.

Remember those milestones I talked about a few weeks ago? Well here's another one I can add to the baby book. My littlest boy has gotten his first official hair cut, and I'm kinda weepy about it. Something about cutting his hair short like this has aged him so much. He looks like such a big boy now. It's sorta ridiculous.

But really, the shaggy bowl cut needed to go. I tried my best to trim it from time to time but I usually just ended up butchering the poor kids hair. And he's got a lot of hair, too, so this will be much more manageable. Plus? It's pretty darn cute, don't you think? He looks like such a little man.

This experience was pretty hilarious. I took him to a local hair place called Sport Clips. He was really nervous about sitting in the chair. He'd cry and whine on & off, but the funny thing was that he held perfectly still the entire time. I think he was scared of moving, lol. But overall, he did really well. I'm proud of him for braving it out and letting them do their job.

The stylist was super nice and did exactly what I asked. I'm one of those Mom's that pulled up Pinterest on my phone and showed her what I had in mind for his hair... and I'm really pleased with how it turned out!!

 What do you think?? Did you like it better longer, or does this shorter hair-do suit him?