Spring is gone, summer is here, life is super crazy, but here I am still plugging away at my 365. I am not a poet for sure I can't believe that we are half way through July already. I feel like it should still be March. Oh well. I have been super busy lately with the kids, life and The Narrative Society. I signed up last quarter, struggled just a little because nothing was there to keep me accountable. Well they changed it this quarter and I have to say its been awesome! And I took a leap into underwater photography. Its been awesome, at first I was nervous to put my good camera underwater, but then after struggling with my backup camera I said I can't do this and put my good one underwater. So now there are lots and lots of pool photos.
Well I always say I am going to do something, and then there are those weeks when my little humans need me, or when my husband is traveling for work, and then I slide on my personal goals. But that doesn't mean I stop, I just need time to get things posted. So today you will get weeks 17-21. Yes I know sad, but like I said those little humans come first.
Week 17 -- My biggest Fears
Well this one is something that I never thought it was an issue, I call myself pretty independent, but really I am not. My biggest fear is having to parent alone. My husband travels for work, and I always fear the worst, I worry like no other when he is traveling because I fear the worst and I know that I need him as my team mate, my partner, and as my parenting partner. We are a team and without him I would fail. Now I know things happen, God is the one in control but I still worry because I can.
Week 18 --My embarrassing stories
Oh where to start? They all seam to roll into stories, and I honestly couldn't for the life of me think of an embarrassing story. I know I do dumb things, I know I don't think, but maybe I can't think of one because they all roll together.
Week 19 -- My OCD habits
My OCD habits come out like no other after I have been stressed out, or when things are not going like plan. I have a plan, and I have to follow it. I have things completely color coded when it comes to our calendars. One big habit is that all the plastic containers in the kitchen have to be in the right spot. They can't stack, they have their own piles. Another OCD habit is the kitchen counter. I can not have crumbs on the counter it sends me into next week for sure. But if you look at my car the dust is horrible, the gravel inside is gross, and the van needs to be washed at all times. But those things don't bother me.
Week 20 -- My favorite movies
Disney all the way! I am by far a Disney addict. Little Mermaid is my fav for sure. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, or Toy story are not far behind.
When it comes to non cartoons, I love Sweet Home Alabama -just love a good love story! Longest Ride was another good movie. I am a chick flick junkie, but I have to be in the mood because otherwise I fall asleep.
Week 21 --If I could eat ONE last meal.
Oh man.....I would probably say Plaza in Madelia MN. Chicken Chimichanga is my favorite there! Beans and Rice on the side with some quad and sour cream. MMMM
I keep looking at the calendar and thinking time sure flies when you are having this much fun.
But why can't my babies stay little forever?
Why does time have to go so fast because this thing called life is fun?
Well here I am on day 138....so a little recap of the last however many days.
Well I am not the girl that needs to have her fashion accessory. I seriously do not have a must have other than my wedding ring. I have a few other rings that are super important to me like my hockey stick ring, my grandfathers wedding band, and my emerald ring. Other than that it depends on the day. I have a necklace that my husband gave me that has my kiddos birthstones. Other than that there are some things that get added depending on the day. I am just a plain jane kinda girl and I like it that way!
Lists, Lists, and more Lists!
I am a firm believer in a list, a checklist, and a routine. I don't stray very far with my normal routines, and sometimes the routines are solely based on my children. If its summer routine is much different then our weekly routine during hockey season.
But with that being said, I try to make sure that my kids are always number one along with my hubby. Weekly we don't do a ton, because with homework, supper, baths its then bedtime. And that means my bed time too. I need sleep or I become cranky.
I am always looking for a new routine enhancer or a change that will make the process that much better. One of my favorites is online grocery shopping now. I just need to get it on a different day so that my routine works even better. I meal plan, the order, then meal prep on Sundays, but right now it seems like when I want to order and pick up its just not the same schedule with Hy-Vee. So I need to perfect that.
My phone is also my main squeeze when it comes to organization and time management. I have my calendar, email, and anything else I may need at my fingertips. Its perfect!
How do you manage your time?!?!?
Oh where do I even start. I am not sure that I can pick just one book. Currently I can tell you I have a favorite author that needs to hurry up and write some new books..hehe. Colleen Hoover was recommended to me by another photographer, mom, and super awesome hockey mom. Well I have gotten through all of her books, and I would have to say she is awesome! The last book of hers that I read was November 9. Amazing book, with such a great story. So many emotions in just one book.
I am by far a love story girl and I need a book that can hook, line, and sink right away. But once I have been sunk I have a hard time putting the book down.
But like all good books that come to an end, I am not on a book hangover and I can't commit to another just yet.
This is difficult question....I have so many months that I love for so many different reasons. I love December for Christmas and the time with family, but I love November because its my month. I would have to say my favorite month is May. Its garden planting time, I married my best friend who I get to annoy for the rest of his life in may, and well its generally when school is out and we get to write our summer bucket list. Every month has amazing things to love, and every month has something that I dread so really I am not sure the May is my favorite :) I like all 12!
Social media has come so far yet still seems so scary at times as as parent. Just yesterday I lost my phone in the field and it reminded me of when I dropped my phone in a bucket of water because I had stored the phone in my bra. Well yesterday when I lost my phone in the field, had I had it in my bra I probably wouldn’t have lost it. When I dropped my old phone in water was when I went from a flip phone to a smart phone. It was nearly 5+ years ago, but yet since then so much has changed.
So 5+ years ago I didn’t have Facebook on my phone, I didn’t have Instagram or Snap chat, but I had a phone that could call and could text. Raising a child who has a phone sometimes drives me crazy, yet I love that he can be just that much more independent. But when I got my first phone I was 16 and the only game I had was snake on the good old Nokia. No my child doesn’t have social media and it will stay that way for a while.
Social media has so many great options, and even more I would be so lost without my phone. It holds my passwords, has the apps so I can pay bills, has 5+ email addresses, and I can google at any time. But there are times when I like being unplugged, unaware of all the crazy things that are happening in this world.
I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, god-mother, friend, Christian, donkey loving, accountant, and photographer with a love for my clients and my camera!