July Goals –

Well, I tried to start Whiny Wednesday but as it turns out, I don’t have all that much to complain about! I am sure this is a good thing but it kind of foils my blogging plans. My complaints lately are minor: the cupcake shopped closed at 8 and I pulled in at 8:10; there is somehow a mosquito in my office; we’re having a hotter than usual summer. Other than that, things are good. So instead of complaining today, I am going to link up for this July goals linky, hosted by Karen and Miss Angie.

Monthly Goals

Since I didn’t do June with this link, we’ll revisit some of the to-do list items I had been talking about and let’s see if I got them done:

  • Put St. George Island sticker on car
  • Clean out car; Windex inside of windshield
  • Water kitchen windowsill cactus
  • Rinse off camp chairs – sand sticks to them
  • Order new ones of these
  • Get a pedicure
  • Book vet for boarding in June
  • Sort through Baby Girl clothes; some no longer fit
  • Change crib bedding
  • Vacuum hair on bathroom floor
  • Get a haircut
  • Have Elliot write thank you notes to people who did the Flat Stanley project
  • Experiment with some Pinterest recipes
  • Take a damn vacation! 

OK, so I didn’t do three of those. Not bad!


  • Finish reading Kingdom Come
  • Eat more salads
  • Find the patience to discover new music
  • Get to the beach at least two times
  • Get my boys registered for flag football
  • Keep up this excellent tan
  • General catching up


Stolen from Kenzie; done before but needed blog fodder today. SO, Currently I am:


READING | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. So far I like it. The 80s references are great but it’s depressing that I can imagine our world being this way.ready_player_one_by_sepiawolf-d5iw7bc

WATCHING | World Cup, mostly. When Game of Thrones ended, we haven’t’ picked anything else up.

LISTENING TO | If you know me at all, Jimmy Buffett.

LOVING | These “vintage” v-neck shirts I found at Old Navy. I needed a new one to replace my old brown shirt from there and though they haven’t a single bit of brown in their current line, these are super soft and wash great! They fit even better after the first wash.Old-Navy-Vintage-Tee-Product-Photo

WANTING | To do some fun things with the family but with the energy needed. I feel exhausted and blah every weekend so it’s hard to make plans. (OK, last week we made it to the beach so I should stop.)

NEEDING | Clarity. Simplicity. I have some possible new things on the horizon and they might bring this about for me.

GETTING READY FOR | class, and working on editing a manuscript.

EXCITED ABOUT | The fact that it’s summer and I do feel a sense of laid-back-ness. It was actually hard to think of something I’m truly excited about. All I could think about was how I might be getting some extra money soon and it’s like, should I be happy about that as much as I am? I kind of hate money, in principle.

THANKFUL FOR | The fact that I have a job and money and great kids and for the most part, stability in my life. Silly, I know, but I just feel grateful for those things.

What a pain

I saw a show on TV once about a woman who had her bottom half amputated due to an injury and yet, she was a mother.  I have no idea how people do it. People who lose limbs in war or other accidents are far stronger than I.

On Friday, I went into the hospital around 8:00 AM and by 11:50, I was having carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve surgery.  Everything went well; I woke up feeling pretty good and I was never nauseous, though the nurses asked repeatedly.  Ash was back in the recovery room when I got back, and about an hour later I got to go home.  Some of the details are fuzzy, but my mother showed up around 3:30 to help.  I don’t think I took into account how much more difficult it would be to have my elbow also operated on.  This is obvious now; it is almost impossible to use my left arm, whereas last time I could still use my arm but just not my hand.

The biggest difficulties are changing the baby, getting her in and out of seats, and putting on my bra.  On Saturday, my mom and I went and got pedicures and ran some  errands but I didn’t realize how tired I was going to be.  The biggest problem I have is sitting back and letting people help.  This became evident on Sunday morning when I requested that Ash take me to the store while my mother stayed home with the kids but he didn’t really want to because he had to run and it was also raining.  He didn’t understand why we couldn’t do it later,  which was totally true.  I was being stupid in that I wanted to go right now and I didn’t take into account that people wanted to be doing other things.  Once I took a step back and let people do things, all problems were solved.

I’m back to work today;  the morning went pretty well, except that I forgot my main bag with my wallet and had to go back to get it.  I’m using the Windows seven speech recognition program to write this because typing with one hand is exceedingly slow and that irritates me.  The next week and a half are going to be pretty difficult, but I’m sure it will be over before I know it.  Every day I have felt a little bit better, and I have definitely regained use of my fingers.  I can almost put my hair back now, but the pressure from the hairtie does hurt a little bit.  My elbow hurts most of all.  On my hand are regular sutures that come out on the 31st, but on my elbow they used the staples that dissolve on the inside, and that dermabond glue.  That is what they used when I had my appendectomy, and it’s pretty neat how you don’t have to do anything; everything just fades away.  Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t have waited a little bit longer, but it’s a pay me now or pay me later type situation.  Had I waited, I would’ve been in pain anyway.  Best just to get these things out of the way.  At the end of the two weeks, I will be mostly back to normal; at least I’ll be able to pick up the baby.

It has been a humbling experience to have to let others do things than I normally do, and understand that they will never do them the same way but they will still get them done.  I plan to go by the store this afternoon and I know I can get it done, but it will be a slow process.  And I may even have to let the bagboy take the stuff to my car, which I always reject because I don’t want to make them do extra work than I can clearly do.

I’m kind of glad that I have had to go through challenging things now and then – like pregnancies, childbirth, and surgeries – because they have made me very grateful for every single thing that I have: a body that is able to perform at a high level, my friends and family who help, and just the world around us. Today, what are you thankful for that you tend to take for granted?

New year, new you… as they say

I sat on the couch last night, reading a novella and looking at my Christmas tree – enjoying it before I take everything down this weekend. I felt a little sad and zoned out as I lay there; maybe the weight of all the travel and family and cleaning up had finally hit me and I simply had to turn off my brain. I whole-heartedly appreciated my holiday but thank GOD we are back to the grind today. I really do thrive on routine and so do these kids. Isaac cried his way through the morning, bemoaning the fact that he had to go to school and yet, once he was in the classroom, he was just fine. And Baby Girl didn’t cry when I handed her over. It’s always a little odd getting back to it.  I feel off-kilter and trying to find my new year stride.

What is it about a new year that makes us feel simultaneously hopeful and downtrodden? I wrote last year about how January 17th is statistically the unhappiest day for Americans. And yet, we are all elated by the prospect of new things and good stuff on the horizon. Perhaps it is the weather. 2014 began rainy and cold and tomorrow, it’s supposed to be a lot colder. This is typical and yet, I am already over it. I am looking forward to Spring already.

I take solace in the fact that this afternoon, Elliot is going to a friend’s house and I will once again have some quiet. I really appreciate having an office job, most of the time. Not that I don’t love the fact that I have spent all day, every day since the 20th of December with my kids; but it’s definitely time for me to get back into office/working mama mode. I get SO much more done when I can quietly focus on each task. I am great at multitasking – even working with music on- but when a kid is constantly calling my name, not so much. I don’t regret for one SECOND being a working mom. And I hope it can stay that way.

I don’t like to make resolutions but I do like to focus on change, mentally. I will try to be more patient with my children and understanding of things I cannot change in the world. I will focus on being the kind of person people want to be around. (Not that I think I’m NOT but it can’t hurt.) I want to make more time for friends. I know it is sometimes hard to make plans but they can be made. I’d like to write more and maybe find new ways to make money. I want 2014 to ROCK and not SUCK the way the majority of 2013 did. This time last year, I was dreadfully ill with the flu so we’re doing good already, eh?

Yearly Recap – October, November, December

A little late on this but we were driving the lower portion of Florida yesterday and by the time we got back, there was no time for blogging. So, let’s go and finish the year, shall we?


I went back to work after maternity leave!

And I wrote about how running with my oldest son repaired some of our relationship.

I went to see Luke Bryan and realized I can’t do THAT every day!

I wrote about 10 things I miss about being a kid and five secrets to a good marriage.

And I finishes up with a randomy post about the time change.


I recapped Halloween.

I wrote about how the end of the year seems to spiral out of control.

And I got a chance to talk about why I like Florida.

I also wrote about a regular day for me in specific detail and wrote about getting older.

Some random things happened in the house and I thought I might be losing my mind.

And we had a late-month Thanksgiving.


I recapped Thanksgiving

I started to lose track of time

We tried our hardest to hold it together but my days were crazy

I finished Christmas shopping, as well as watching Breaking Bad.

And to be honest, that’s where we are now. I plan on recapping Christmas at my parents’ house as soon as we’re back home and I have more time to sit down and think. For now, the photos.10226841313_af9c1e0254_c10226687104_cd1d44b4cc_c10392214813_91e7ae5dfd_c10616212193_a69400c2cb_c11033581203_502ca2cc4b_c10914531585_8ccbbdce69_c11115442426_f7688e877f_c11180622275_a2d58f5407_c11315052306_495631d938_c11260321395_93ccacaa44_c

Yearly Recap – 3 x 3 – July, August, September

This is when our year really got crazy and picked up. I’m excited to start recapping!


It rained for weeks on end and I turned 35 weeks, which made me insanely tired.

We watched A LOT of Game of Thrones. It was our nightly habit.

We got the nursery mostly finished.

I recapped how I was currently feeling, etc…

I started having a lot of contractions.


Baby girl was born! (This post occurred on the 12th but she came on the 3rd.)

I got used to baby# 3  and won a $100 gift card to Bonefish.

Elliot went back to school and had a birthday party.

Elliot lost his first tooth!

Ash got sick and made my maternity leave more stressful.


We belatedly celebrated Ell’s birthday (his actual one) and he finally learned to swim.

Ash ran a color run and some family came to visit.

I mused while on leave.

Maternity leave ended and Elliot started getting good at flag football.

And now, photos:








Yearly Recap – Next three months

The first three months were pretty cruddy and uneventful but things got a lot better in April, May, and June!


In the beginning of the month, we celebrated Isaac’s 3rd birthday by having a whole ton of family come. We had the party, Ash and his brother ran a race, and it was great fun!

Elliot was playing tee ball and I rediscovered hair metal.

We made our first of many sojourns to St. George Island.

Got sunburned the next time we went to the beach, got a new gate, saw my parents again, and concluded the month.


I was feeling the overwhelming pressure of being a parents.

My obsession with Sonic cherry limeades continued and I had a minor breakdown about pink baby clothes.

Had a typical crappy Tuesday but I turned 28 weeks ! (This one for the Jake Gyllenhall gif :) )

I made a May bucket list. Looking back, I finished 6/9. Not too shabby.

Hit up garage sales, went to the beach with friends, and the end of school.


Isaac got sick and I ruminated on various things.

Lost one of my side jobs and felt entirely too stressed.

We took an excellent vacation! And we went to Disney World!


And now, the photos:


Yearly Recap – First three months

I really love these recaps because it puts things into perspective. It’s really nice to go back and look at all your accomplishments and even maybe your failures. I’ll link to some major posts and add some photos from the months featured. So without further ado, here are the first three months of 2013.


I got the flu very badly and I was only about two months pregnant, so that was crappy. I couldn’t breathe through my nose at all and slept like crap. The beginning of my year was not so good!

I ruminated on making a baby and all that encompasses.

I took over the We Want to Know meme from Mamarazzi and co-hosted it with Kenzie.


I talked about how pregnancy sickness was getting me down.

Ash got rid of the arcade machine; thank God!

I made some funny Valentine’s Day cards.

The month ended with more pregnancy woes.


We found out that the baby was a girl!

I got comfortable with the idea of having a daughter.

I had to solo parent for four days and it was hard.

And some photos: Elliot’s first season of soccer, 100 days of school, Baby Girl, and Easter