That’s a Wrap! [July]

Today I’m sharing my favorite moments, lessons, posts, funnies, etc. from the past month.

Favorite Moments

It was a quiet month, but we (safely) went to the zoo, went to weekly swim lessons, and socially distantly visited with family. Little moments that seem SO big right now.

We took M camping in a travel trailer last weekend and had a much much much better time than I anticipated. I’m not a pessimist, but I am a realist… and I anticipated camping with a 7 month old to be miserable. Turns out it was a lot of fun and totally do-able for our family!

Favorite Lessons

I am not in control of other people. I can’t control how they think or react. I can’t control what they do or say. And I won’t always like how things shake out. But confidence is key & knowing that I am in control of my own behavior is a big deal on the pathway to happiness.

K is the most loyal partner & person I know. My husband is excellent at letting me fight my own battles and informing me (privately) when I’m wrong in certain situations, but he is a true partner, forever in my corner. He has my back, lends his shoulder, and tags in when I flounder.

Favorite Posts

Stephanie has revamped her blog and it looks so good! Check out Simple by Stephanie!

Other Favorites

One of my all time favorite books, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, is on sale for Kindle on Amazon right now. If you’ve been meaning to read it (or read a Christie novel), this is the one!

COVID-19 is keeping me from Target & limiting accessibility to my favorite restaurants, but it’s not starving my family. The same can’t be said for thousands around the world (including approximately 10,000 children per month). If you have the funds to donate to the food banks and organizations who are responding to this crisis around the world, you can do that HERE.

From My Blog

My favorite post from this month was my letter to new moms. A close tie for second? These conversations with K and my 101 in 1001 list! And of course, all the things more uncomfortable than wearing a mask.

Funnies

That’s all I’ve got- a relatively quiet month with lots of family time. How about you?

That’s A Wrap! [June]

Today I’m sharing my favorite moments, lessons, posts, funnies, etc. from the past month.

Favorite Moments

Kristen inspired me to look into Mercari to resell some of M’s clothes AND I’VE ACTUALLY HAD SUCCESS! I’ve never sold anything online before but I love hosting garage sales… and this feels so similar. I get so excited when I make a sale!

K is still cooking. He told me that helps him unwind after a day at work or gets him motivated for the day on weekends. I love that a) he’s found an outlet at home for stress and b) I get to eat his feelings. LOL. We bought an outdoor Blackstone Griddle and I truly believe it’s K’s new best friend.

Favorite Lesson(s)

I need to work on becoming a type-lower-case-a. My best days (as a mom, as an employee, as a human) are when we have a very loose schedule and I more often than not just go with the flow. I’m a controlling person but I’m learning to have a little patience & grace with everything and everyone around me- including me.

Favorite Posts

Steph shared a link to BuzzFeed with Black Bookstagrammers to follow! I wanted to share it, too, as well as a link to top rated books by black authors. I’ve only read THUG but I’d like to read more of these.

Other Favorites

K and I are watching Letterkenny on Hulu right now and if you’re not, you should be. It’s crass and raunchy and profane… but also PC and hilarious. It’s a weird show with weird humor but if that’s your thing, give it a try.

I joined a book club this month that focuses on and discusses racial literature. I have high hopes and I’m happy to keep the conversation going- I don’t want to become complacent once the hashtags are no longer trending.

From My Blog

Erin’s newest book challenge starts TOMORROW and I shared my picks.

This month my baby turned SIX MONTHS OLD. And I blogged about it.

Funnies

Kyle’s major complaint (with sunglasses)

I’ve posted that last one before but it is Enzo through and through.

Let’s cross our fingers for no alien attacks or meteors in July. 

That’s a Wrap! [May]

It feels odd to start a series in the middle of the year, but that’s what I’m doing.

Today I’m sharing my favorite moments, lessons, posts, funnies, etc. from the past month.

Favorite Moments

We went back to work this month. There are only a handful of us in a very large office/warehouse and we all keep our distance, but it’s nice to be within conversation-shouting distance of other adults.

We took M swimming last weekend and SHE LOVED IT just like I thought she would! She loves baths and doesn’t mind water on her face one bit. I’d hoped to have her in swim classes by now but COVID ruins all the things. Oh well, swimming with Mama is the next best thing.

K has been cooking more and I AM A-OK WITH IT. Our grill took a poo so we splurged on a new outdoor griddle and K is making sure we get our moneys worth! Yay!

Favorite Lesson(s)

Worrying about tomorrow steals today’s joy. Often when my anxiety creeps up I tell myself that it’s a waste of time and energy to worry about something that’s 100% out of my control… but lately I’ve been struggling. And I’ve been trying to “anticipate” bad habits that K or M might form and then reacting to them long before it’s an issue… which just creates an issue. Essentially I just need to chill.

Favorite Posts

My sister-in-law Christina is one of the cutest humans I know. This Easter was a bust as far as family get-togethers go but you need to pin/save/bookmark these adorable cupcakes for next year!

This collection of meals from new-mom Carolann is so impressive. She and her husband put in the time and effort before baby M was born and it paid off SO MUCH for them. And then she shared their recipes and tips for other folks!

Other Favorites

Pixar released a new short on Disney + called OUT. It’s so adorable and heartwarming. 10 out of 10, would recommend ♥

From My Blog

I didn’t post much this month.

I shared my favorite Aldi finds at the beginning of the month.

I also shared my initial discomfort and anxiety about becoming MOM.

Funnies

Typically I will include funnies but it’s late and I don’t have any saved so I’m wrapping this up for now.

What was your favorite moment from the month?

Happy New Year! 2019 Recap

The past 365 days have had wonderful moments and terrible moments. I don’t like summing up an entire year as good or bad… but dammit I’m glad 2019 is over.

I would say this was our toughest year. We had a ton of work stress, we (especially K) traveled way too often, and we lost our first fur baby to a freak infection. There were some serious lows this year and I hate to reflect on them, but it’s true.

That said, we got pregnant and met our girl Madelyn! Best moment ever ♥

Physically, I had a pretty easy pregnancy but mentally/emotionally, I struggled. The ppd has been a doozy, too. Everything has been worth it & we know we are blessed to have a perfect daughter, but dang…. 2019 can see itself out. Lol

Here are a few other highlights- both good and not so good:

fmea | puppy snuggles | HP in concert | girls’ weekend | negative temps | omea | E & T’s bdays | tmea | PI move
new office | father-in-law’s bday retreat | Enzo’s hives | girls’ night in Cle | Arizona vaca | purple hair | PREGNANT! | telling the family
Bristol | wgi | Easter | 6th anniversary | public baby announcement | Rascal passes | Baby! | wedding | gender reveal
2nd at car show | family winery tour | midohio race | halfway! | dci | Bristol night race | car show | nola | Indians game
tampa vaca | Lylee passes | two hospitalizations | Bristol adoption | HONDA visit | baby shower | maternity pics | Halloween party | 1 month to go!
nursery prep | pasic | Thanksgiving | due date! | Madelyn is born! | newborn pics | PI company party | Xmas Eve | Christmas

I won’t write off an entire year as “bad”- just stressful and insane and overwhelming. We felt like we were tied to a freight train- sometimes running behind it, sometimes running in front of it, often times being dragged by it, and once in a while being run over by it. We got to actually ride it once or twice maybe.

I know it’s a lofty wish with a newborn and business and life and whatever, but if 2020 wanted to bring some tranquility and slowness and boringness to our life I wouldn’t object.

Tell me about your 2019! What were your favorite moments? Are you looking forward to anything big or small in 2020?? And HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friends ♥

What’s New Link-Up

Happy Thursday! I’m linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You?.

She does a monthly review for her posts so I’m going to give that a shot this time. (Feel free to still sip on coffee like we normally do every other month 😉 )

I know people say it every month, but I truly don’t know where August went… It flew by and that terrifies the living bejesus outta me. (Less than 13 weeks until I’m due- HALP!)

Ok… back to August.

At the beginning of the month I put some purple back in my hair, met with my mom and mother-in-law about baby shower plans, and helped K decorate and improve the office at work. Also, my dad rescued a squirrel from his garage cats. (Unfortunately Secret died after a few days- we think the kitties caused some internal damage. RIP little guy.)

We took a work trip to Indianapolis for a few days. We weren’t there long but we definitely had some long nights. (That’s typically how our trips go. We’re headed to NOLA soon for a very quick work trip soon.)

The following weekend we packed up an overnight bag and drove to Bristol, TN with my parents and my brother for the NASCAR race. It was probably my last live race for the next few years… sigh. (Oh well, she’s worth it 😉 )

On August 23rd K got LASIK surgery. It was a thought-out decision but whirlwind process. He hated the procedure and was in a lot of pain immediately following, but he was much better the next day and he’s healed up really well. We also did a car show that weekend.

This past weekend was cookout mania. We had the employees over to our house Friday night for a cookout, Saturday we headed to our best friends’ house for a cookout, and Sunday we had a double headers- K’s aunt and uncle’s house, then my parents’ house in the evening. We topped off the weekend with a lunch cookout on Monday at my grandparents’ house. I consumed two steaks, four hotdogs, and two bratwursts. Live in the same town as all your family, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. (I kid, I kid. We enjoy all the perks of having family close.)

And that was August.

And now we’re in September and I am freaked out, lol. We have two trips this month (one work, one fun) and then it’s nesting season… which also happens to be FALL and my introvert, cold-loving, Halloween soul just can’t handle the excitement! Whew!

But, again, back to August. Tell me what you were up to and what’s new with you!