EOD Thoughts: 05.16.2021

These two-day weekends just aren’t cutting it. Time goes by too fast.

We didn’t do a whole lot today, but that is just the glory of Sundays. We played around the house in the morning and by 10 o’clock we headed outside to get some air before the rain came. The day turned out to be nicer than I had anticipated, which was a sweet surprise. At about eleven, I decided that burgers on the grill would really hit the spot. So I ran to town to grab some lettuce, a tomato, an onion, and some potato salad. Dylan grilled the burgers and we had an incredible lunch. We ate so much, we didn’t really eat too much the rest of the day.

The rain was supposed to come around 4, so we soaked up as much time outside as we could. When we came back in, it was naptime for Della… Dylan and I couldn’t resist either, so we all ended up taking about a two hour nap. When we all woke, we spent the evening not doing a whole lot at home.

It’s days like these that make me so thankful for the family that I have. We have moments where we’re all playing together and chasing each other around the house, and then there are other moments where Della is playing alone and contently with her toys, and Dylan and I are both off doing our own things as well. We mesh so well in our home to where we really do get the best of both worlds. I wouldn’t trade our lazy day Sundays for anything.

Della was sitting in my lap earlier today and I was thinking about how much I’m going to miss this someday. Someday she will be too big to fit on my lap, and our lazy day Sundays will change to days spent at home wondering if our teenage daughter is okay while she runs around with her friends. We won’t always be blessed with a full house, so I’m consciously trying to enjoy what I’ve got while I’ve got it.

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EOD Thoughts: 05.15.2021

I just put Della to bed. What a great day we had. It was a rainy day, but it was garage sale day in a town about a half hour from us. So we put on our boots and went out. Didn’t find a whole lot, but the experience was fun. I’m a sucker for a good garage sale.

I’m now laying on the couch relaxing. I just started the movie called ‘Dinosaur 13,’ which is based on the true story about the T-Rex named Sue. I’ve actually seen Sue one time at the museum in Chicago. I remember the awe and amazement I felt looking up at the huge, amazing creature. Can’t wait to hear the story behind her. I’ll make sure to write on this later.

Have a good night, everyone.

EOD Thoughts: 04.06.2021

Hi friends! I apologize for my lack of content here lately- it’s been a crazy few weeks! I have lots of small updates to share!

Our offer was accepted on a new home! We’re officially UNDER CONTRACT!! I can’t believe it. It’s been a long time coming. It’s exhausting looking at house after house with dying luck every time. I’ll make sure to write more on this soon!

The Easter holiday also took a lot of my attention. Friday I took Della and we went to Iowa to visit my sister. Unfortunately, on our way up there Della puked. I didn’t figure it was a bug, so we went to Iowa anyway. The next night after we got back from Iowa, I was puking. We ended up staying home all day on Sunday because I still wasn’t feeling well. By Sunday evening, Dylan was sick too and ended up calling into work on Monday. It went through the whole house. So I have been consumed with life lately, it seems. We hunted for eggs in the yard, dyed eggs, and gave Della an Easter basket. It was a good day at home even though I was exhausted.

I also got a very NÉW haircut!!

•• New feature! I started a photography portfolio on here and I plan to post some cool shots I take every once in awhile. I hope you guys enjoy this, since it’s an abstract look into a moment in my life.

See the first post here.

Can’t wait to catch up with all of you!!

EOD Thoughts: 03.23.2021

When we were kids, my uncle would take all of us out to the garage to watch a big storm roll by. We just so happened to live south of what seemed to always be the path of the storms. So we would get our lawn chairs and flip cell phones out and have a fun night.

Times were so much more simple back then. We would laugh from the adrenaline running through our bodies – being so close to a storm yet so far away, you never know what could happen. We would gather around the weather radio and listen to where the rotation of a tornado was spotted. The garage was facing the right direction to see the storm go by and not have rain blowing in on you. There were no true worries back then. Those were the nights we were the closest. Those were the nights we came together. I wish I could get those childhood memories back. Now we’ve all grown up, split apart, and started our own families.

Tonight my own little fam sat in the garage and listened to the radio forecasts and watched the storm roll in. It was nothing too serious, but it did make me feel happy to share memories like this with the family I made. It connected me to my roots, and I’m thankful.

“I wish somebody would tell you you’re in the good ol’ days before you’ve actually left them.”

EOD Thoughts: 03.06.2021

The temps have seemingly brought warmth that is here to stay. We spent a majority of the day “spring cleaning” the garage. It had an entire winter of piled up trash and dirt. We had cardboard from Christmas out there that was long overdue to be thrown away. Our daughter played while we cleaned, so it was a good day.

We wrapped up the night with cooking some ribeyes on the grill. I gave Della a bath and we snuggled up on the couch. Snuggles are hard to come by these days, so it had my heart full.

Dylan started a fire in the fire pit and he and some friends are outside drinking some beers. I’m exhausted so I’m on the couch watching old seasons of Survivor. I don’t imagine I’ll be awake too much longer.

Hope you all had a good day. Goodnight! 🌙

EOD Thoughts: 02.10.2021

It snowed almost all day today. It’s snowed on consecutive days this month more than I can remember. I remember by sophomore year of high school when we had a literal blizzard, but I can’t really remember when we got this much snow over an extended period of time. It had seemed like most of our winters had been pretty mild, but February has brought it on.

Not that I mind, though, because I think snow covered trees and landscapes are absolutely beautiful. I like playing in it and watching it fall. But I also love when it rains. Maybe I’m just an odd duck about these kinds of things. I was saying the other day how I can’t imagine living in a place where it does not snow.

Now I definitely prefer summer to winter, but I like a good snow in the winter time. I’m that person that looks forward to a white Christmas every year. I remember a couple years ago it was 65° on Christmas and I was dying in the yellow sweater I chose to wear that day. We opened our presents and went outside to play.

What an odd time in our lives.

How can anyone deny that climate change is a very real issue that we face today?

The sea level rises about an eighth of an inch every year.

The hurricanes have increased in strength and damages.

The summers are hotter and the seasons are shifting.

I really don’t know how anyone can deny these facts. They are literal facts of science. The world is crazy and everything is changing.

As for me, I’m going to enjoy the snow and hope that everyone with more power than I have realize the true dilemma we are facing today.

More snow is in the forecast tomorrow with temps only supposed to reach a high of 13°.

EOD Thoughts: 02.09.2021

Motherhood tested me tonight.

I had really an overall okay day at work. The day seemed to go by fast, but I was in meetings from 10am to 1230, so days always seem to fly when I have a lot of meetings.

Everyday I get off of work and go pick up my daughter from daycare. This morning was rough when I dropped her off because she just screamed MOMMMYY when I tried to walk out the door. I hate mornings like that because I feel so guilty leaving her behind when she’s screaming for me, but sometimes that’s just what you’ve go to do.

When I picked her up today, her babysitter said she had been in and out of timeout all day because she was hitting and pushing down some of the other kids.

My daughter is definitely an alpha female. I can already tell she is a leader instead of a follower, but I’m beginning to wonder how in the world we are going to teach her the limit not to cross with her personality type.

Tonight putting her to bed was awful. She did not want to lay down so we had to just leave the room and let her soothe herself. It took her probably less than five minutes to quiet down, but the guilt of leaving her to cry always eats at me.

Parenting is hard. And the fact that it’s never going to get easier is exhausting to think about.

Regardless, I’m soaking in every moment we have together now- even if she almost pushes me to my breaking point sometimes. She makes my life better even on her worst days and I wouldn’t trade it for a second.

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EOD Thoughts: 02.05.2021

I am glad another week has come and gone. Hello, weekend.

Not that I have any plans, but it’s nice to not have to work and spend time with family.

Friends are few and far between when you’re a young mom.

I’m going to be 25 this year, so I’m not really all that young to be a mom, but it still shocks me how immature a lot of people my age are. But then again, I matured at a really young age.

I’m hoping with time, the people that are meant to stay in my life pop up. Because I’m tired of feeling like I have no friends that understand and accept the mom life. I can’t party every weekend and I don’t want to do that anymore.

I need some girlfriends that just wanna lay in bed with a bottle of wine and complain about how exhausting our kids are.

Because goodness, they are exhausting.