Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Some Joy and Some Fun

Well!

Thanksgiving is over.  I am not going to a full 'recap', because the summary suffices well: we spent a nice weekend with family, and Josh and I are both tired.

Parenting these days is intense.  There are generally 2 streams of management going on:  the behavior of A&C, and the safety of G.  Neither job is easy.  At the end of many of these days, Josh and I just look at each other and note: "Well.  That was tiring.".  And at one point I pointed out to him that we have approximately 150 weekends until G is 4!

(I cannot decide if this is a sadly high or low number.)

There is so much cuteness, so many inspiring moments.  There are peaceful segments of each day.  But it's also a whirlwind.  It is a challenge not to lose myself (and my chill) in the process.  

Highlights and trends:
* Dressing the kids in matching plaid outfits!

* Taking G for scenic stroller runs in which she falls asleep

* Reading!  (I'm on a non-fiction/personal development bender, as fits my mood at the end of the year.  Current read = Ryder Caroll's The Bullet Journal Method)

* Challenging myself to remain calm while parenting all 3 -- it's actually a fairly effective exercise with an almost meditative quality.  I took all 3 to YAA (kids' art museum) and out to dinner on Sunday by myself and actually sort of enjoyed the experience

* I am not spending much time on my phone, which is really refreshing and actually feels like a somewhat momentous habit shift.  (How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price did help, and I think I was also just ready for a change.  I did not follow her plan specifically but used her ideas as inspiration.  I will share the changes I made to my actual phone/habits in a future post if, as I am fervently hoping, this habit change sticks.)

* I am doing a lot of reflection and forward thinking on future projects and what I'd like 2019 to look like.  Laura and I recorded our annual goals podcast, which helped me define goals for each quintile (yep, using this system again!) 

* Blog makeover is nearly done!  I've now seen the preliminary migrated site and it looks beautifully clean and modern.  I am now motivated to improve my photos and update some of my main pages (some of which have been languishing for year.  Oops!).

Happy Tuesday -- I was off yesterday (very strategic use of my one day off, as I knew I'd need a Thanksgiving recovery day), and entering my last ever week of pumping at work!  Here we go . . .


Two separate days.
Two different beaches.
Same unimpressed passenger.


Gorgeous


I love this drink pic!


Plaid pic #1 (outfits Tea Collection)


Solo parenting (and rather zen) museum trip


Plaid pic #2

Brainstorming ways to make weekends run smoothly
(Math problem: can you fit in some personal/work time for each parent, workouts for each parent, a date night, and a morning to sleep in for each?  Yes!  So why does it so rarely actually happen?  Trying to figure that out!)