It’s Another Monday!

I know I say this all the time, but time is really flying by. October is passing in a blink and I am not ready for the craziness of the holidays yet. Time. Just stop. Seriously.

We had a great weekend full of lots of fun and a good amount of down time. Megan went on her first sleepover and we sent Tyler off to Grandma’s which led to our first kid-free night since Megan came into our world (I am pretty sure). We had an awesome dinner out and and even better evening just hanging by ourselves at home. But, I must admit, I missed my little ones. I was glad to pick them up Sunday morning.

We also attended our first costume party of the season and it delivered. Big time. Meg was LaLaLoopsey and Ty was Batman (obvi)…they might have been the cutest kids there…in my opinion, anyway.

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On Sunday we watched my nephew’s last peewee football game and had a lazy afternoon with family. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Oh, and last week Tyler had his first dentist appointment. My kids love the dentist. That is weird to me.

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Hope you all had a great weekend and are gearing up for an even better week. I have conferences this week, so it will be busy but good. No work Friday. WooHoo!

I should add, I have become a morning exerciser. It has been over 28 days so I will consider it a habit. Call me crazy, but I kind of love it. I feel so amazing all day long. The first five minutes (getting up) is always the hardest but once I am out of bed it is up and up from there. Oh, and my clothes are fitting so much better. Yay for progress.

Anyone else easing into a new regiment this fall?

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The Everyday Blessings

So much to say, so little time.
This week has kicked my butt.

I am currently sitting in my kitchen with cinnamon rolls in the oven and the sound of my little guy singing along to Doc McStuffins in the background. Life is good right at this moment.

This week I took my baby to Pre-School orientation. A few moments of “how did this happen?” and a couple of tears later (by me, not her) and she was sitting in her classroom doing a puzzle like it was no big deal. Megan is awesome. I got a winner.

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An hour later we were off to her first tap class…this was one of those full-circle moments that I had to step back and realize this is my life. I am her mother. I am so lucky. I started dance tap class when I was four. I loved it every week. The feel of the shoes, the leotard and tights, the smell of the room…and now, as I pass the torch to my daughter, my hope and prayer is that she loves life just as much even more than I did as a child.

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My little ones are growing up. I am in complete denial that one week from today my Megan will be four. I just cant conceptualize it. Sometimes it feels like time is moving so slow in the day to day and then you stop for a moment and look around and wonder why things moved so fast. I guess this is just how life is.

Since starting back to work I have really tried to be present in everything I do. My goal for the school year was to teach with passion and purpose and carry this mantra into my home as well. I am also working on being the best version of myself whether it be in work, home, or my own well-being.

We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend back in Western New York. We spent so much time with people we love. My family, near and far, are such a blessing. When we travel “home” it always feels like no time has passed. And my Auntie is holding strong at 98. She is smart as a whip and watching her interact with my children is amazing. She is the last of that generation and I want to soak her up.

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Finally, I feel like I owe one dedicated paragraph to this guy…

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The only time he will sit still for a picture is when he is strapped into his car seat. Word.
He is a little fireball that has so much energy and passion that he is unstoppable. We say all the time, “he is lucky he is so cute” because his behavior is questionable at best…but then he stops and gives the biggest kisses and monster hugs and it is like all is right in the world. I love that little cuddle monster.

I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend of soaking up my family. Enjoy!

The Beginning of the End…of Summer

It has been kind of crazy here for the last few days because my mom is visiting. When my mom visits we are go go go all the time. Not that my days are not busy without her; but when she comes in town I likes to find “Stay-cation” things to do with her.

Megan finished up VBS yesterday with a cute little program. It was adorable…all the children had a singing and dancing party in front of the parents. It is yet another reason why I love my church and the community we are building. I kept imagining Megan as one of the teachers and how she is going to build fantastic friendships every summer of her life. I love fellowship and I do believe that it is the way to have a healthy Christian life. In fact, I often miss my single days when I was involved in a church small group. I keep wanting to get back into it, but with Shawn working nights it is not feasible in my schedule. Maybe someday.

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I wish I had more to write about, but I really don’t. Life/summer is just moving was too quickly for my liking. I wish there was more than a month left of summer vacation. I know, that is such a selfish statement, but I just had to say it.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Oh, one more thing…my mom watched the kids while I got a pedicure. It has been years and felt so amazing. I wish I had a lot of money, because I would be getting a pedicure and a manicure every other week for sure.

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You are welcome, Internet, I am sure everyone will sleep more soundly tonight having seen my feet!

Monday Happenings

Another great weekend is in the books. I know being off all summer means everyday is like a weekend day, but it is different when Shawn is working during the week…weekends are really for family time.

This weekend was packed with smiles but also a bit of sadness. We spent time hanging with friends and going to our church festival which is always a blast. It is so nice to see my students and their parents in a relaxed setting. Megan and Tyler loved the rides and the games and just being the center of attention with everyone. I don’t know about you, but growing up church festivals were not a “thing” in my town, but in Cincinnati they are big, like really big. I had to reel in my obsessiveness and just put the kids on the scary carnival rides. In the end, Shawn was more nervous about it then I was!

The dad of one of Shawn’s friends died on Friday night. He had suffered cancer for a while. We went to the wake yesterday and will be attending the funeral today. This is the second funeral I have attended of a friend’s father who has lost his life to cancer since my dad died. It is hard because I know exactly what they are going through and even more so, I know what the years to come bring. It is rough.

The circle of life, I tell you, sometimes is is awesome, but sometimes it sucks.

In other news, I went 936 calories over my goal for Saturday. Not good. Even when I am on great swing I still have setbacks. I am human, I have to accept the choices I make and own them and move on.

It was a hard week for me on the diet/exercise front because my mom was here. Not that she is a bad influence, but I am a creature of habit and it is hard when my schedule gets messed up . I will say we did a ton of active things with the kids…things that a few months ago I would have skipped because it would have been too much walking, too hot, excuses, excuses, excuses.

I am ready for this week…we will be knee deep in getting organized for our BIG VACATION which we leave for on Friday. So exciting!!!!! I post coming this week about where we are venturing and what we are going to do.

Shout out to one of my second mamas…My BFF’s mom who is having hip replacement today. Pat, you will be in my prayers and hopefully the prayers of some of my Internet friends too!!!

here are some pictures from last week…if you are local to Cincinnati, Sawyer Point and The Cincinnati Children’s Museum are great options if you’re looking for something a little different to do!

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