Coming Off of a Hiatus

Is that what you call it? Getting too busy, failing to manage or prioritize my time enough to really grow this blog…It’s been a while, and not for lack of anything to share!

Life moves too quickly, priorities change or come into focus more. This is supposed to be an act of mindfulness in itself, but it takes time and dedication and I needed to focus on what was most important.

The past several months have been filled with traveling and trying to balance a stable home life with adventure and learning.

We stayed in Hilton Head over Spring Break, then celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary by splurging on a romantic trip to Belize, spending 4 days in the rainforest and 3 on a private island. How can I not share this experience!?

For the past year, my husband has been working with an architect to add on an extra stand-alone living space inside part of his family’s French farmhouse. By this I mean, 5 bedrooms, bathrooms, a beautiful living room complete with a pressoir (a big cask-like contraption used to grind grapes, I think), and another kitchen. It’s connected to the original living space, so multiple growing families can all stay together over the summers. All the kids can play and sleepover with their cousins and make great childhood memories together. This was the first summer we were able to use the almost-but-not-quite finished space. The kitchen is currently in the works. I cannot wait to share photos of this really neat project.

These first few weeks of school have been promising and chaotic. One of my kids is a handful in terms of his INTENSE emotions and difficulty regulating and managing those feelings in an appropriate way. It’s gotten in the way of learning at school. So, I’ve made an extra effort to get him in the habit of doing homework every other day throughout the summer. encouraging his reading (he’s reading now! and he’s good at it!), and a more positive attitude.

The biggest challenge now that school has started is the logistics of managing all of their after school activities, being on top of homework and planning healthy meals while everyone is on the go.

May daughter is now involved in 6 after school activities. She also started her own Etsy store, with a few of her art pieces. Frankly, I don’t know who would buy her stuff outside of family, but how else is she going to learn, right? The activities keep piling up, but I feel like it’s my job as a parent (especially one who stays at home and has the means) to give them every opportunity to explore their interests and build their skills.

What else has been going on? Well, I started the Noom app back in March and lost about 13 pounds so far! I’ll definitely be writing about that. In fact, the Noom app is what inspired me to get blogging again.

Otherwise, I’ve got the usual podcasts and books that I’d like to eventually share my thoughts and notes on.

I hope you’ll stay tuned for all the adventures I still need to share and more to come in the future (Telluride, Hawaii, Whistler, maybe Argentina?).

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