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.

13 October 2014

Pass the soda, please.

In the interest of full disclosure, and because I like to stay real and acknowledge that I'm only human -- I have a admission to make. You know how back in May, I wrote a post where I was saying Adios to soda? Specifically Coke? Well first I should say that I'm happy to tell you that I did in fact mostly give it up for a while. Like... 6 weeks or so. lol

Truth? I am more than capable of cutting out soda. However, I don't want to. I'm glad that I experimented and gave myself the challenge to cut way back on my coke intake, because I sort of just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. But at the end of the day, I LIKE it. And even though I know it's not good for me, I'm okay with that. For now anyway.

I really don't eat that much in the way of sugary treats/desserts, so I'm allowing myself to make soda my daily indulgence. I kinda sounds like I'm making excuses, but I don't see it that way because I am fully aware that I could be a healthier person if I cut out soda. I'm making a conscious choice to enjoy it. I own my love for Coke. :-)

Here's what I've learned about myself throughout the past year or so since starting to try and be more healthy, "try" being the operative word there. I am not the kind of person that can thrive or succeed on strict eating plans. On the same hand, I can't and won't be the type of person that ever completely deprives myself of a food/drink that I love. I mean, I will definitely cut back when I feel the need to, but right now? I don't feel that need. So really, it's simple.... if I want a coke, I get a coke. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. 

I think that back in May, I was feeling like because I was trying to get fit and healthy (and being so public about it), that it meant I needed to cut out soda and if I didn't, that I would look like a fraud. Which is partly true. But I also think there's a balance to be found. 

Maybe the day will come when I just decide that sugary soda's aren't for me anymore. Maybe the day will come when I really decide to crack the whip on my diet. 

But today isn't that day. 

So I'm going to drink my $1.00 large fountain coke from McDonald's, and I'm going to do it with a smile on my face. And then, I'm going to go to the gym and burn 700 calories.

See.... this is me going to the gym...

10 October 2014

Boys Fashion - Bringin' On The Plaid

I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of plaid on myself. But on my kids? LOVE it. I feel like it's such a classic pattern, and especially for little boys. I kinda wish I was cool enough to pull it off as well as Bennett, but I'm just not. lol.

Plaid Top: Old Navy
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Walmart

I actually bought these shoes in a few different sizes because I loved them so much! So, that's why you've been seeing them since last Spring. What can I say, when I find something I like, I stock up! :-)

We've actually been experiencing quite the lovely Indian Summer here in the Pacific Northwest! And as a Seattleite who knows the rain and grey are on their way to stay for the next 6-7 months, I am enjoying every last bit of the sunshine and warmth!

What is the weather like where you're at?!