Well I definitely took my July mantra to CHILL pretty seriously, including taking an unplanned month-long break from blogging.
I don’t feel bad about it. In fact, it was really good for me in some ways.
That said, I’m tired of not creating. I need to write, among other things. It helps keep me sane. And I still owe you a whole heap of details from our Europe trip way back in June.
That is one thing I’ve been spending time on lately. Most of my countless photos are edited and ready to share. Every time I flip through them I get giddy. Rather than spend like 45 posts on a recap, though, I’ve decided to create a travel page with a permanent link on my home page. It’ll be a one stop shop for all my travelogues, with links to details and tips and tons of photos for each place we went. Then I’ll share some deeper thoughts about certain aspects of our adventures in regular blog posts.
Does that even make sense? I hope it will be clearer as things come together.
Then there’s housekeeping stuff. Usual bills and maintenance and whatnot, but also some overdue hands-and-knees floor scrubbing and finally following through on major update plans. If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ve seen how we basically destroyed our house while redoing the floors in the girls’ bedroom. It’s been a longer process than I care to admit, but we’re finally almost done. I don’t expect to have their bedding finalized any time soon, but I will share a room reveal when everything but that is done. Yay for house progress!
I’ve also been reading a ton. No regrets there. I’ll have a book post coming soon, since I’ve there are several I would love to recommend.
Of course the bulk of my time these days has been spent being a wife and mom. It is…many things. Exhausting, always, but so so good. The kids are all at such fun ages. While he’s still not walking independently, Ryan is making huge strides in mobility and is the funniest little man you ever met. Mila went back to school a couple weeks ago, which has been great so far, and Margot will start preschool at the end of the month. She’s really looking forward to it. So am I.
We’re settling back into a routine and that has been good for my state of mind.
David and I have gone on a handful of fun dates in the last couple weeks, which has been great. I don’t know why I often forget how important it is for us to spend one-on-one time together. Fortunately, with kids back in school, we’re not letting them stay up as late as we did all summer, so we get more time to ourselves in the evenings. Plus Marriage Month is coming up soon, and that’s always a good way for us to examine and improve our relationship. We’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary! Tin-finity, baby! Woo!
Summer seems like it will be endless and we’ve only had one decent monsoon (I busted out my camera to capture the kids LOSING THEIR MINDS OVER PUDDLES) but it will end. It always does. Autumn will come, later here than everywhere else perhaps, but it will come.
And maybe I’ll survive till then.
Yeah. I think we’ll be okay.