23 October 2014

If we were friends in real life!

Ok first, I should say that I hate saying "if we were friends in real life." Because honestly, the friends I've made by way of blogging and social media -- they are as real as the ones that I see in person. So there's that.

But do you ever have those bloggers that you've been reading and following for years and think to yourself "Man, I bet we'd be bestie's if we knew each other in 'real life!'" I think that way all of the time. There are some people that I just click with and wish more than anything I could meet them. But there are also so many things about a blogger(s) that I don't know. And that I would probably only know if I spent a lot of time with them in person. So here are some things you would probably know about me if we were friends in real life.

// If we were friends in real life, you should know that I basically don't get out of my yoga pants unless I'm going "out on the town." The grocery store, the bank, the post office, school drop off, home depot... wherever. I feel it's perfectly acceptable to wear my yoga pants everywhere. So if we were friends in real life and were meeting for froyo, don't expect me to look cute. ;-)

// If we were friends in real life, you would know that I eat my pizza without cheese. Yes, sauce & toppings and that's it. Melted cheese makes me gag. I have tried for years to overcome it, but it's still a work in progress. Weird as it might be, it's something you would and should know if we were friends in real life.

// If we were friends in real life, you would know that my Husband and have lighthearted bickering sessions on the daily. It's totally normal. We don't love each other any less than any other couple, but over the years, we've gotten comfortable bickering in front of other people. So when you and your husband invite us out on a double date - don't say I didn't warn you.

// If we were friends in real life, you should know that my memory kind of sucks sometimes. It's not that I don't think what you've told me is important. Because trust me, I am listening to you when you talk to me. But between running my photography business, teaching my fitness class at the gym, running this blog, being a mommy, and all the other day-to-day stuff, my memory is shot. Am I making excuses? Perhaps. But it just comes with the territory. You will probably need to remind me about stuff. But as your friend, I want you to know, I appreciate your reminders and don't consider it nagging. ;-)

// If we were friends in real life you should know that while I'm extremely opinionated, I will always respect you and yours. In fact, I love diversity and embrace different perspectives. Just know that with this, comes the expectations that you will do the same for me. I am a firm believer that you don't have to agree with someone to love them and respect them fully.

// If we were friends in real life, you would know that I'm a drama-free kind of girl. I have plenty of drama on the day-to-day with my Two and Four Year Olds. Ain't got no time for drama amongst friends. I will walk away from drama every time, without looking back.

// If we were friends in real life, you would know that if you needed me, I will do everything humanly possible to be there for you. I will drop whatever I'm doing to help you if you call for help, and I won't hesitate to lend an ear, or a shoulder, if you need one. And chances are, I'll cry right along with you.

So. Those are some of the things you would and should know about me if we were 'friends in real life' :-)

Tell me, what are some things I should know about you??

21 October 2014

A Happy List

It's been a while since I've just sat down and written a blog post without any forethought or planning. I try to keep things on a schedule around here, it just makes it easier to keep track of things, ya know? Plus I'm kind of Type-A sometimes.

But I was sitting here on my laptop answering some e-mails, when a text message from my Husband popped up and said "Nothin' new on the blog for a while, what gives?" lol. I love that my Husband actually reads my blog, but he's kind of a drill Sargent sometimes. He's always ordering me around, telling me what I should be writing about and how I should be handling my blog. Okay I'm kidding -- he doesn't order me around. But he does take an interest in my blog, and for that, I'm grateful. 

Do your Husband's read your blog???

Back to what I was saying, I feel like blogging has become a little bit more calculated as of late. I miss the days that I just sat down on a whim, wrote was I was feeling, then hit publish without any hesitation. Even if it was just one or two sentences or something that is meaningful to me. Or something that really isn't that meaningful at all.

So with that said, I thought I would make a Happy List. And who knows, maybe I'll make a Happy List every week if I feel like it ;-)


1. I ordered the new iPhone 6! I actually wasn't planning on getting a new phone for a while, but recently, mine started having major issues with reception. So... my new phone should be here by the end of the month! 

2. DISNEYLAND! We are just over a week away from our trip to Southern California and I'm absolutely stoked!! The countdown is on. 9 Days....

3. Nail polish. It a small thing, but I've really been loving nail polish lately. Adding that little bit of color actually cheers me up! Ya know?

4. Amazon Prime. I'm legit obsessed with Amazon. I basically do all of my shopping online through them now, well, except groceries. But the 2-day shipping is amazing.

5. My clients. I don't talk about my photography business a very much here on my personal blog. I'll the first to admit that running a business can be stressful, but I just love the people that I meet and have the privilege of working with.

5. This sweater. I got it at H&M a few months ago and I've been waiting for it to get cold enough to wear it! I am really digging the black & white chunky stripes.

17 October 2014

Friday Tidbits

Once again I find myself with very little time to write about all the things I'd like to. I feel like this happens about every other month or so. But you know, life is life is life. And it's always busy. Seriously, always busy. I can't remember the last time I sat around and said "Man, life is so boring. I
wish I had more to do!" -- nope.

Anyway, here come's a bullet point post ;-)

ONE | Fall is in full swing! The leaves are changing and all the beautiful colors are popping out everywhere! It's also cooled off quite a bit. We turned our heat on for the first time last week because brrrrr. But with the cold, comes warm sweaters, scarves and boots! Bring it on!

TWO | Well, my family has caught our first cold of the season, and it sucks. Stuffy nose, sore throat and now we're all starting to cough a little. I knew it was coming, especially with Bennett going to school 4 days a week, but it still sucks. The only upside to all this is that I got both kids down for a nap yesterday and I was able to start a couple of projects!

I'm hoping this cold passes quickly, though. UGH.

THREE | Speaking of projects, I've been looking for a new dresser for our room for a while now, just haven't had much luck. But then other day, my Mom messaged me and told me she found a dresser on craigslist for a great price. I took one look and said "YEP" that's mine. So we went to pick it up and now it's sitting in my garage in the middle of a makeover. I decided to make my own chalk paint (not to be confused with chalkboard paint) and so far, so good. I still need to put on more coat on it and then put the finishing wax on, but I think I'm going to like how it turns out! I'll share the before/after here on the blog when it's totally done! :)

This is what it looked like when I picked it up. And actually, it was very pretty as it was, but it just doesn't match anything in my room. Definitely needed to lighten it up a little :-)

FOUR | Umm... guys. The Walking Dead season 5 premiere was amazing. Like, super amazing. Definitely the best of all the season openers in all the land. I don't know exactly what it is about this show that keeps me hooked, because truth be told, I don't like Zombie's or bloody, gory violence. This show makes me legit anxious and stressed out when I'm watching but I just can't stop. The writing is so ridiculously good. And the actors are incredible!

Do you watch The Walking Dead??? What did you think of the premiere??

Whoa it's getting late and I need to get to sleep and try to fight off this darn cold. This weekend I have a rizzmic event to attend (if I'm feeling up to it), a photo shoot, a halloween party, and a chili cook-off to go to! Being sick right now really sucks. Ha ha.

What are you up to this weekend??

15 October 2014

Yes Actually, I Am Having Fun.

I basically take my kids everywhere with me. The grocery store, the bank, the gym, Home Depot, doctor's appointments,  the post office.. you get the point. I mean, they're pretty much little extensions of me, so where I go, they go.

I'd be totally lying if I said that it was easy to go places and get errands done with a Four and a Two Year Old in toe. But I will say, that I enjoy their company none-the-less.

To the man at the grocery store that passed by me and my kids, laughed, and said "Having fun!?" with a saracastic I-Pitty-You smirk on his face: 

I can imagine it was quite the scene as you walked by us and I was simultaneously trying to diffuse a toddler tantrum and yelling at the top of my lungs for my 4 y/o to stop banging on the Redbox machine after he cut 2 people in line. But to answer your question.... Yes, actually. I am having fun. And no, I'm not being sarcastic. 

Let me explain. While going to the grocery store with my kids isn't usually my go-to idea of a good time, this is my life. These little boys, though hyper and out of control sometimes, they bring me so much joy. And it might be hard to believe, but they bring me joy even when I'm struggling. Why? Because sometimes you just need to laugh it off when things are going awry. See, it's a trick that us Mom's have -- that's how we stay sane. You just have to laugh.

And actually, the definition of "fun" is as follows:

  1. 1.
    enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure.

So really, even if I'm not getting absolute this-is-the-best-time-I-ever-had enjoyment out of taking my kids to the grocery store, I am constantly amused by them. Even in the most frustrating of moments when they're running around like crazy banshees and doing generally obnoxious things. They make me laugh, which brings me joy. And remember, having fun includes amusement, per the aforementioned definition. K? So YES, I am having fun.

Okay so I didn't say any of that to that man. I just smiled and kept walking. But in all seriousness.

Either that man has probably been in my shoes at some point, trying to corral a couple of crazy kids in the store without completely losing his mind and was throwing some sort of empathy line at me when he said "Having fun??".  OR, it's perfectly possible he was being a jerk and was basically saying "I'm so glad I'm not you right now."

Either way... whatever. This is the way things are in this season of life. I'm trying to do my best to laugh it off when these things happen. Because they happen often. And I hope, no, I'm sure -- that sometime down the line, I will look back on these times and think of them as the good ol' days. And how much fun my boys and I had together.