Where did my 24 hours go??

I know for a fact I am not alone when I ask this question! 24 hours seems like so much time but it feels like some days it goes by in an instant and then its 9pm at night and I’m trying to figure out what in the world I accomplished that day. There are days I feel on top of the world and get a whole bunch done but that for sure doesn’t happen all the time. I work part-time at home and between that, the house stuff, being a wife, being a mother and trying to get a little bit of time for myself to work on projects I am busy a lot! I know I could be busier so I treasure the relaxing time I do get. Like right now I am in bed cuddling Avery while I write this blog and it’s so nice! I also think it’s a little bit of my fault that I’m so busy because I hate sitting down and doing nothing so I always have the next thing I want to do or a project I want to start in my head. I have actually been working on taking a little bit of time for myself everyday and either doing a podcast devotion, watching a show, or doodling floor plans for fun haha. This gives me energy to accomplish more in the day. I sometimes can get myself stressed out in my head just by thinking about all I need to do and fixing that is a work in progress. I guess it’s hard for me to see that my daily stuff (working out, 3 meals for everyone, tidying up, school with Avery, practicing ballet with Avery, going for a walk, working from home, laundry, and spending quality time with Josh and Avery) will take up most of my day and if I don’t have time to get other things done in a day that’s okay. I make a daily list and I used to get stressed out if I didn’t accomplish it all by the end of the day but now whatever doesn’t get finished I just move to the next day. That’s an exciting overcome for me haha. It’s easy for me to sometimes feel like at the end of the day I didn’t do enough as a wife and mother but then I remember that Avery and Josh both feel loved and cared for and it’s just in my head that I didn’t do enough for them. Being a mom and being a wife is who I am. I am beyond thankful that I get to be a wife and a mother every day and the love I get back from them is so rewarding! So even though I wish I could function off of less sleep or have the days be longer I am grateful for every second that I have. Being God’s daughter, Josh’s wife, and Avery’s mother come first over everything else and whatever else I have time to accomplish in my 24 hours will ┬ájust be a bonus. Here’s to a relaxing Saturday, hope you liked reading this blog!

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Wales Recap

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Balancing life

Balancing life is hands down the hardest thing to do. There’s never enough hours in the day. Why didn’t God make more than 24 hours in a day? Or just make me capable to run on less sleep? Even though I’m in bed for 8-9 hours a night I haven’t got a full and good night sleep in almost 2 years. It’ll be 2 years once Avery turns 2 haha. Continue reading

Lying to our kids

I don’t know when and where it started that lying to our kids was considered ok. Most of the time it’s to get them to do things they don’t want to do or to try and protect them but lying is lying. It’s wrong and in my eyes it doesn’t protect our kids it just makes them trust us less when they get older. I know there are tough situations sometimes and we have to parent the best we can but we can tell our kids the truth accommodating their age of course. What made me write this blog was a woman in Disney World talking to her daughter who was probably 5. They were in front of me in the bathroom as I waited to change Avery’s diaper and the little girl didn’t want to try and go pee. So her mom told her that she had to because when they go to the next ride they will ask her if she went pee and if she says no she can’t ride the ride. Hearing this I accidentally made a weird face (quickly removing it) because it sounded so weird to me that a mom would tell her kid a straight lie. What happens when they go on the next ride and they don’t ask the little girl if she went pee? Does her trust for her mom weaken? Now there’s a chance she won’t even remember what her mom said when they go to the next ride but it didn’t sit well with me. Even if Avery forgets about something I told her and it was a lie I would remember and feel awful. I don’t want to look my daughter in the eye and ever lie to her. I’ll be sure that what I tell her is age appropriate but I won’t lie to her. I want her to always trust me and be able to ask me things and get my honest opinion. The mom in the bathroom probably didn’t think anything of it because she just wanted her daughter to go pee but those little things can grow into bigger things and now you’ve become accustom to lying to your kids. Kids are just as much people as we are and I think they deserve respect and honesty. Set yourself in a good habit of telling your kids the truth and they will do the same!