A Day In My Life

A day in the life as Greyson’s mom is a beautifully stressful full-time job that doesn’t pay but in memories and the benefits include learning more about yourself as a mom, finally kicking your feet up once you’re able to put them down for a nap, and reheating the same cup of coffee throughout the day. Oh yeah and then there’s the whole getting to watch your kid grow up which is pretty great too.

Today’s prompt for the #blogtemberchallenge is all about sharing a day in the life and although I failed at snapping a photo every hour (even though I thought the concept was pretty great), here I have a few snapshots of being at home with my little booger a.k.a my little man, Greyson. BTW everyone he’s 6 months old today!

At around 8am he’s rearing to go, but every so often can we successfully pull him into bed with us where he falls back asleep for another hour or so. However, those days are few and far between as I swear he’s gotten good at pretending to sleep only waiting for my husband or I to move or make the slightest sound – then all of a sudden he’s wide awake. Nonetheless, our day starts and how else to begin a day than with a nice hot cup of coffee (and YES I’ve already dug out my pumpkin spice coffee from Trader Joe’s).

After we have our cup of coffee and some breakfast Greyson is typically happy playing by himself either in his jumper, reading books, playing with his wooden puzzle, or just simply laying in his swing or crib. We also have him spend a lot of time sitting up or practicing tummy time so that he builds up those arms and legs in preparation for crawling whenever he decides he’s ready.

Greyson is also at the age where he’s really curious about everything around him. He’s beginning to notice Murphy and vice versa (he loves to lick his face). Grey also loves watching him and if given the chance he’ll pull or tug on his ears or fur. The funny part is is that Murphy lets him – it’s a pretty funny dynamic they have.

His breakfast isn’t too far behind and around 10am he’s ready to eat and go down for his first mid-morning nap. A couple of months ago I noticed he gets really fussy in-between his longer naps and realized he needs a little cat nap to get him through. These little naps are only about 30-45 minutes at a time and really help him reenergize – plus he tends to sleep more towards his monthly birthday (the 10th of every month) which I assume he goes through a little growth spurt. Also, I am so thankful that we have this daily sleep routine down because we are well past the days of him fighting us at nap time. Unless there’s a special occasion where he knows people are around or we aren’t home and he has to sleep in his stroller he’s pretty awesome about going right down. Having this routine also makes the day predictable, which is a huge plus.

During these periods of rest I am able to jump on the computer here and check email, get some blogging done, respond to comments, peruse the web, and Pinterest. I also love using this time to take a shower or watch tv. While the baby sleeps I try to do as much for me as possible because once he wakes up, everything I was doing gets put on hold as I tend to him. Thankfully I am able to get a lot done and knowing I have a small window until his afternoon nap I find myself being more productive. Then there’s days where I just feel like doing nothing and that’s pretty great too.

After Greyson wakes from his nap we’re back to playing, tummy time, going for walks, or swimming at the pool. Around 12:30pm he’s ready for lunch which is typically the homemade baby food we have prepared mixed with some rice cereal. Not too much longer is he fussy and rubbing the eyes to go down for his longer afternoon nap. On a good day he’ll sleep for about 1 1/2-2 hours, which again is great because it gives me another chance to focus on myself and what I need to get done around the house or here on the blog.

During this time I’m also busy making educational resources for my teaching blog and Teachers Pay Teachers shop which allows me to earn a small income.

While he naps I’m also able to start prepping both a lunch and dinner. Lunches are typically really simple and usually involve easy-to-make meals like sandwiches or leftover dinner from the night before. Prepping dinner isn’t too difficult and by this time my husband is home to help out with watching the baby while I cook if he were to wake up. Another fun aspect to cooking if Grey is awake is having him sit in his Bumbo chair on the counter and be involved in the process – which is usually him munching on one of his wafers and watching either me or my husband cook. He’s so curious about what we’re doing and I can’t wait for when we can get him cooking and preparing meals with us!

After a bit more play time or watching his favorite movie, it’s time for bath time around 8pm. This is a special time that’s shared between father and son to which I get to just sit back and enjoy. It’s fun to hear their conversations or them playing either by splashing or making funny sounds. Greyson loves bath time and we can’t wait to be able to put him in the big boy tub (which isn’t too far from now). Then, it’s lights out after a nice warm bottle. By this time my husband and I are pretty pooped and enjoy relaxing in bed watching our favorite tv shows or movies to wind down.

Although most days Grey keeps us on our toes and running all over the place, especially as he’s getting older, I wouldn’t trade this exhaustion for anything! What’s keeping you busy during the day?

Linking up with Bailey for day 10 of her #blogtemberchallenge!

P.S. I’m not like those other moms, I’m a cool mom so if you want to follow more of me and what keeps me busy during the day you can find me on Instagram!

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Wanderlust

I feel as though I am always in a constant state of wanderlust. My husband is guilty of this too. Our minds are always thinking about the next place or randomly looking up if a certain hotel is pet-friendly. Our little family travels as a pack and it’s rare that our Murphy-dog doesn’t tag along with us wherever we go. Travel is in our blood and I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to move around thanks to that husband of mine and we’re both excited to share this with our son as he grows up.

Upon meeting my husband I’ve traveled only a little bit from all around the east coast to as far as Paris. On the other hand, and many thanks to the U.S. Air Force, my husband had the chance to visit all around EUROPE, Greenland, and don’t even ask how many stateside cities he’s been to/lived in. His travels were amongst the first conversations I had with him when we met – I just sat there in awe of where he’d been and where he’s looked forward to going to next. Our first trip together was to New Orleans and that is still a city close to my heart and can’t wait to return. Since then we’ve been to Turks & Caicos for holiday and returned on our honeymoon, Las Vegas to get married, and have lived in D.C. and now find refuge in good ‘ole California.

Although put together we’ve managed to rack up quite a few memories, there are still places that leave me in wanderlust. Here are my top cities I look forward to traveling to the most…

Charleston, S.C. – Having lived on the east coast for my entire life up until now, I’m kicking myself for never making it to Charleston. If you follow Nelle from Vintage Simply Love she’s all the time venturing all around North and South Carolina! She has me with such wanderlust envy! I love the southern charm it has and just to walk around the rows of houses with flickering gas lamps and ivy and moss creeping along the exposed brick exterior just makes my heart so happy. As with anywhere my husband and I travel it’s typically planned around food and I know Charleston is home to more than just a cold glass of sweet tea. My mouth salivates at the thought of Food & Wine Magazine’s list of must-eat restaurants!

Portland, Oregon – Aside from seeing Portlandia and loving the scenery from the show, I’ve always wanted to visit Portland for that east coast seasonal feel it seems to have. Living in CA for two years now I’ve learned to say goodbye to fall and winter since I traded it in for constant sunshine and 70-80 degree weather (seriously, I can’t complain). We get some rain from time to time, but for the most part I’m left with pining for a little variation. Portland seems like a fun city to venture around in and anywhere I can throw on a scarf and frolic with a coffee from a local coffeeshop is fine by me!

Seattle, Washington – Theres something mysterious about the misty PNW that is just alluring to me. I’ve always wanted to visit during the sunny seasons if there is such a thing even though I’m NOT AND OUTDOORSY person by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve watched my fair share of Grey’s Anatomy and sipped on a Starbucks a time or two (hear: sarcasm) and to visit the homeland of both of those things would be a moment for sure. Of course there’s other places around town I’d love to see like the Public Market, take in the mountainous views, go whale-watching, and eat my weight in seafood.

Chicago, Illinois – I’ve always wanted to travel to Chicago for their laid-back city lifestyle and of course to take a picture in front of the famous ‘bean.’ I have to try one of their Chicago-style hot dogs and even a slice of their deep dish pizzas. Can you tell I love food? I know there’s a bunch more to discover in the city but I feel like that’s a good place to start.

New York City – Although I’ve been a couple times before, I’ve only been to Times Square and once at Christmastime to see Rockefeller Center and the Christmas trees. And as great and touristy as midtown is, I have always wanted to venture all around to take that Sex & The City tour (if it’s still around), take a walk through central park, and eat at Katz’s Deli, Grand Central Oyster Bar, and many others.

Linking up with Bailey for day 9 of the #blogtemberchallenge!

Where would you like to find yourself?

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Five Things That Bring Me Joy

Joy is a funny thing – it’s a feeling that can sometimes be fleeting but yet we all strive for it no matter what our circumstances may be. It’s what we hold onto when the ‘going gets tough’ and when we capture it it’s best to hold onto those precious moments because in an instant things can change.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

+ Joy is what I feel when I look into my son’s eyes and see pure love.
+ Joy is where my husband and I gather to enjoy a glass (or a few) of wine and discuss what’s on our minds…
+ and joy is with my little family and the adventures I know we have yet to experience.
+ I find joy in the little things; like planning for our family Halloween traditions, the return of the #PSL, and a good fall scented candle.
+ I also find joy in the big things too like celebrations of marriage, babies, jobs, and new prospects and endeavors.
+ Joy is experienced each and every time I can walk outside my door and smell the sea air and watch the sun set over the waves knowing there’s a new day tomorrow.
+ Joy is the culminating experience of gratitude and I try to find it even when it may be hard to spot.
+ And joy is felt knowing deep down in my soul the love He has over me and my family.

I love this prompt today because it allows all of us to reflect on the good in our lives despite the bad that may be lurking around whether it’s personal, professional, relational, here domestically, or globally abroad. Joy is what binds us and I am eternally grateful for the blessings and joy that I get to experience because of His love and grace. So, although the prompt said to choose five things that bring me joy…well, I couldn’t help but share a little more for there is where my heart and joy lies today.

Linking up with Bailey for day 7 (OMG!) of her #blogtemberchallenge!

What is filling you with joy these days?

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My Summer Playlist

When one thinks of a playlist it’s often in reference to a list of music. Although I could easily write this prompt a year ago when I was still working and commuting every day, music is a little nonexistent at the moment. So, in lieu of a music playlist, today I am sharing with you all my tv/movie playlist that have been filling my home these last few months.

Ink Master – The newest season just premiered the other week and this time around it’s judges Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez who are picking teams to see which one of their chosen tattoo artists makes it to the end. My husband and I both have tattoos and appreciate the artistry and talent in which these artists have to bring their illustrations come to life through tattooing. Each of the challenges focus on different skills and techniques and since watching my husband and I find ourselves to have more all around knowledge and critical eye.

Bachelor In Paradise – This season is coming to a close with the two-part finale last night and tonight. We have Hulu so I’m always a day behind everyone else, but it’s been fun watching this current season. I’ve only recently gotten into the Bachelor and Bachelorette game (starting with Chris Soules and JoJo’s seasons) and it’s pretty hilarious that my husband watches right along with me. Somehow we both got suckered into this show and I swear he has a gift for picking which woman/man who will be proposed to by the first episode. It’s hilarious but also frustrating all at the same time!

Home – I first put this kids movie on when looking for something to chill Greyson out. He was acting fussy and I could tell he just needed some down time and thought, lets see if this works. I’m not sure the official age in which children can pay attention and follow a movie, but this kid was enamored with the colors and sounds of this movie literally from start to finish. I’ve tried putting similar animated movies on and – nope – it has to be Home. I’m now fully fluent in this movie and even have the Rhianna and Jennifer Lopez songs down. It’s so adorable and highly recommend it to any mama out there.

Master Chef – Anything Gordon Ramsay does we’re watching. I know he’s a huge star for the Fox Network and literally has a million different shows from Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell, The F Word, and the kid friendly Master Chef Junior. We’ve been tuning in to Master Chef since it first aired and it’s been fun watching home cooks compete in these different challenges that teaches them a new skill or technique in the kitchen. We consider ourselves to be home cooks and it’s great to see the talent these everyday people have. Such inspiration!

Real Housewives – The varying cities’ franchise is pretty much in rotation in our home. It’s truly my one guilty pleasure and although I know these women are batshit crazy, it’s fun to watch even though I know I should be praying for them. I’ve always loved the O.C. and New York and I’m excited with Beverly Hills gearing up to return. I watched Dallas and have a mixed attitude about it – I do hope it returns (unlike my very own D.C. being a flop) but maybe change up the ladies. Nonetheless, Andy Cohen has me returning to watch each and every episode!

Chelsea – Chelsea Handler has a new talk show on Netflix and I absolutely love it. It can be a little political heavy at times but it’s refreshing to see a female-led talk show where she discusses real issues with a comedic spin instead of beauty and home tips (although those are pretty great). She really does try to become informed and therefore inform her viewers. I also like the show because it’s on Netflix and therefore she can do or say whatever she wants considering there’s already an Ellen or talk shows like The View. She’s always so amusing and I love that new episodes come on every Wed, Thurs, and Fri.

Have you seen any of these shows? Any recommendations to this stay-at-home mom? What are your favorite movie/tv shows?

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