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18 summers

I saw a meme this morning that says “We get 18 delicious summers with our children. This is one of your 18. If that’s not perspective I don’t know what is.” Boy they weren’t kidding because that definitely puts a whole lot of things in perspective. 18 years really isn’t that long, not when you look it in time spent with your children. Sure they will still be around after they become adults, we’ll maybe, unless they go off to college, decide to travel the world, or maybe decide the need a change in scenery. Even if they do stay close it won’t be like it was when they were in your home. Becoming a parent changes you, it’s kind of like you branch off of your original self into this kind of the same but kind of new person. You experience a love like no other, you develop an attachment to this tiny human you’ve created and that attachment will grow stronger and you grow together. Your child will grow into their own person and you will grow into the person you’re now meant to be and then one day they will be off on their own and you will branch off from your new self and change into the post child version of yourself.

Summers are meant to be fun but man can they be exhausting. If you have school age children, your food bill will surely increase as will the need to find things to occupy them. Three months is a long time to have to entertain someone! Not that you need to do things everyday but surely you will want them to have fun. Summers are a great time for making memories, whether it’s camping, arts and crafts, family vacations, or the movies, we recently went to the drive in and it was a blast. I absolutely recommend seeing Toy Story 4 and the new Aladdin (my new favorite live action remake). Whatever you decide to do, the fact that you are spending time with your kids and making memories is what’s important. I know as parents we all joke well okay half joke about being ready for kids to go back to school by the time August hits. A structured routine and not being eaten out of house and home definitely have their benefits but when you put it into perspective 18 summers isn’t really that many. When our kids are grown we’re going to cherish all the memories we made and probably wish we had time to make more.

Parenting is such an emotional whirlwind, it hard and it’s exhausting, but it’s also beautiful and rewarding. It’s okay to be tired or to not want to spend every waking moment with your kids, it’s even okay to be ready for them to go back to school, just don’t forget to slow down. Put the phone down, take them all in, be present, and make memories. Make the most of the time that you have with them, 18 years sounds like a long time but when your kids are grown and off living their own lives there’s going to be times where you will miss them being little, miss their smell, and being able to still pick them up. You’ll miss taking them to the park, or the crazy trips to the drive in, you might even wish you had just one more summer.

Hello there

This morning I realized it has been a bit since I’ve posted anything here ( waves finger in shame at self) hopefully you all don’t feel too neglected. There really isn’t any one reason why I haven’t been blogging, life just gets in the way sometimes I guess. Between kids, work, and every part of life in between it all kind of just flies by in this fascinating blur. Add exhaustion into the mix and you’ll find yourself in the middle of March thinking it’s still January. Now when I say exhaustion I am not exaggerating for effect. I’m talking not really sure how you’re going to make it through the day standing exhausted. Do you ever find yourself so tired you’re making deals with yourself to get things done? Saying things like “Come Ashley, just do one load of dishes and then we can sit down and watch an episode of Chicago PD or three before we start another task”. I saw a meme about a permanently exhausted pigeon once, pretty sure I’m that pigeon. 

So what’s new with me you ask? Well I am now the mother to a 12 year old kid, seriously how the hell did that happen? It really doesn’t seem like it’s been THAT long since he was a baby. I feel a lot older when I think about having a 12 year old. I’ll be 33 this year which just doesn’t sound right. We’re now 35 days away from our next trip to Disneyland. I cannot tell you how needed it is. This time we’ll be spending five days in the parks this time which I’m super stoked for. We’re intentionally going before Galaxy’s Edge opens, as much as I love Star Wars, there is no way I would be able to handle that many people. We hope to go back in October though so I can’t wait to be able to tell you guys all about it then.

Spring is finally here, which means getting to take the kids out of the house to do thing like go to the park. This is good for them because they get to play, this is good for me because it means less time destroying the house and somewhere they can get out some of that crazy kid energy. We live within walking distance of our elementary school so evening walks have become a thing again. With nice weather on it’s way be on the look out for posts about beach adventures and hopefully some camping. We’ve also got a teeny tiny amusement park here so who knows maybe we will do a post to show that off. It’s going to be a great spring/summer so stay tuned!

Just a day

Today I have decided to do something a little different. Instead of writing a full blog post I’m going to do a day in my life told by pictures post. It’s just a plain old Monday so prepare for exciting pictures of me at work, and my kids, and the things I do to keep my sanity. I figured it might be fun to give you a little peak into my life.

So at first I was going to take a “this is what I look like when I wake up picture,” then I decided I wanted you to actually get through the whole post and not scare you away so we will just skip that part. Seriously 3 kids plus insomnia, nobody needs to see that. Instead here’s a few, that’s right I said a few, of my alarms that go off well before the sun comes up.

My shift starts bright and early at 5:30AM. Now you’re probably looking at my alarms and thinking to yourself “how in the world does she make it work on time?” Well, 1. I live like seven minutes away from where I work. 2. I lay my clothes out the night before and basically roll out of bed, get dressed, and walk out the door. Ain’t nobody got time for makeup at 5 in the morning. Well somebody does, but I am not that somebody.

Here’s a glimpse of my desk. If I were to do a panoramic picture you’d see my walls are covered in photos and Disney tickets and passes.

My super amazing lunch, more like I forgot to bring lunch so I stopped at the market in my way to work.

Part of what I do is create content for our social media accounts. Here a #MondayMotivation quote I was working on.

Finally home and spending time with my daughter. My boys ran away to play Nintendo. Who need your mom when you have Smash Bros.

There’s no such thing as alone time when you have a one year old.

Shopping for dinner is always a blast.

Taco soup came out pretty good.

Mommy’s cleaning which means it’s a perfect time to start playing.

And she’s out. Taking up more of the bed than she needs as always.

It was a pretty uneventful day for us. Next ‘Day in the life’ post will be in a few months when we head on back down to Disneyland so stay tuned. Have a great week and as always thanks for reading.