Ramblings, Routines, and Life.

by April on August 27, 2014 · 0 comments

We’ve developed a routine in this household. It’s the first one that’s truly stuck in the last 8 years, the past years filled with travel and survival that comes along with child raising. For the first time in years, (since B was a toddler!) I’m actually leaving the end of the day with a couple of hours all to myself. (Do you hear the trumpets of joy?!)

I can’t complain about my life. Truly, I cannot. Right now we are living in a house that we love, in an area where I am surrounded by friends, a church I enjoy, and my children are happy and healthy. I feel comfortable and rooted in a way I haven’t been in a long time, and I know that this sweet part of my life is most likely a ticking time bomb. I love Oklahoma. I love the way the prairies look in the afternoon sun and the way the grass crunches under my feet in August. I love that I live in a town that knows everything about everyone, and you dare not wear sweats to the store unless you want to see everyone you know!

I love being able to plan trips to the fair, the pumpkin patch, and the water park. I love everything about this place.

I’m thankful that my husband works so hard to allow us this life. He’s taken his role as provider seriously, not because he feels that I shouldn’t work, but because he wants me to be able to follow my heart just like he does. My heart now is here, within the walls of love, sticky hands, and stained carpets.

It has it’s drawbacks. I won’t lie. So many days he’s gone. His only companions are a long stretch of highway, a conference call (or 3), and problems to solve. I know how much he hates that I have the routine down to an art, and that sometimes he feels he gets in the way of our life here at home. It’s a constant and active battle to make sure he stays as active as he can in the kids’ world, but he does it, even if it means getting his hours with his kids by being curled up next to them in sleep. I can’t tell you how many nights he crawls in bed with our oldest so I won’t have to divide my time between her and the little man.

I’ll never claim to be a single parent, but sometimes it’s hard being the only one for most things. I’m an independent person by nature and you’ll never see me post some “missing my husband” post after 24 hours, but being alone often does become isolating. It’s fun at first when you get to watch your own shows and eat ice cream without guilt, but you forget how to do life with another person. I know that’s true for both of us.

Days like today are hard. We’ve been solo for a while and I wanted to try to take us to church tonight, but we’ve had enough tears that you could have formed a river. I just wish I would have come to this conclusion before I wasted makeup (anyone else hate a wasted face?) I decided to preserve the routine for tonight and pray for an early bedtime.

Speaking of, I better go get that baby boy before he’s up until midnight tonight!

Thank you for those who actually stuck through this. Writing brings me peace, even if I ramble for 600 words!

And now here’s a photo of my girl in her natural state. You’re welcome.

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First day of school!

by April on August 21, 2014 · 0 comments

Well, sister did it! We all woke up early this morning, too excited to sleep. I made pancakes and we got ready.

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I did fine, although I got a little choked up as I saw her wear her little backpack on the way to class.

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When we walked in, she went straight to her cubby, put on her name tag, put up her backpack and stayed still for a quick photo with dad.

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Then she went straight to the Legos and started playing. I think she’s going to be just fine. :) 
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In fact, she’ll probably be upset when we come to pick her up. Ha!

Happy first day of Pre-K, Bluebelle! We love you!

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Bluebelle and the classroom.

August 16, 2014

This is the last Saturday of summer for this crew, as Bluebelle starts Pre-K this week. My baby, starting school. Hold me. Truth be told, I never intended to put her in Pre-K. I always assumed I would wait until Kindergarten to put her in, as school drags on forever and I want to keep […]

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The American Dream

August 13, 2014

Today I stood around talking with some women at the pool. We were there collectively, watching our little tots complete their swim lessons. We’ve become casual friends, finding common ground in early motherhood, a lack of sleep, our combined desire for a moment of adult companionship and the common everyday occurrences in our local area. […]

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Wordless Friday. Because I can.

August 8, 2014

I’m just in the mood to update this blog with a few photos from the last few weeks. Enjoy! These are from the month of July — our trip to Texas, the zoo, and the 4th of July! I love my family. The end.  Pin It

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VBS, looking foolish, and finding “home.”

July 28, 2014

(This post isn’t so much about my week at VBS, like the exact things we did, but some of my thoughts that came with it as the week progressed.) This past month I taught music to younger children at VBS. This was the first time I had been back to VBS in the last 5 […]

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On ETBU, and meeting up with an old friend.

July 26, 2014

I loved my college experience. Loved it. I know a private Christian university isn’t for everyone, and you wouldn’t think an 18 year old whom had never had a curfew and had very lenient parents would choose to attend a school where many policies were considered antiquated. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, […]

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A year of Squishy in pictures.

July 8, 2014

 Sunday, my sweet boy turned ONE. I’ve actually been working on this post for a few days — I still can’t believe it has been a year since I was in labor with him and the hospital stay that went with it! The days leading up to his birthday has been pretty emotional. The 4th of […]

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Influenster’s TLC VoxBox: a review

July 6, 2014

I’ll begin by being completely honest (as I always am) and say that this was not the easiest VoxBox I’ve ever received, but not because of the products! I just happen to be busy enough in my life right now that it’s hard to sit down and properly review anything, so I guess the fact […]

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I’m wearing my grandma’s clothes. True story.

June 20, 2014

I’m hot. Seriously. I’m sweaty and gross and yes, I’ve even had a shower. Do you ever have one of those days that starts out kind of fun but then gets really crazy and you just want to throw the day away and start all over? That was and is today. The morning started off […]

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