Monday, March 1, 2021

Pieces of December 2020

 



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Weekend Vibes: Hanging with The Horses & My Fav Songs Lately

Some of my favorite songs lately:

"You Should Probably Leave" Chris Stapleton
"Hey Ma" Bon Iver
"Stay" Cat Powers
"Hero" Michael Kiwanuka
"Love" Lana Del Rey
"It's you" Ali Gatie
"Send Me A Picture" Gwen Stefani
"Chasing After You" Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris 
8 (Circle) Bon Iver
"Citizen" Sir Sly featuring Gary Clark Jr
"Better Than You're Used To" Tyler Rich
"Near Mrs." LANCO












Wednesday, February 17, 2021

November 2020: Getting Back to Normal

 Rereading the title and thinking....Not really sure what normal is anymore but November is when Ty came back and we spent the month trying to spend as much time together as possible. We tried to find a rhythm and flow again. It came pretty easily. These kids are growing so FAST. It's a bittersweet thing that I struggle to watch. I love to see them do their firsts and at the same time, I mourn that it's the last time they will do each thing. I guess I don't have much of a choice in the matter but to count it as a blessing to watch them grow. 

Thanksgiving was spent by ourselves this year. It was simple and quiet. Well, as quiet as it can get with 3 kids and 2 dogs in the house. Ha. We made some cocktails and lounged around. We did get dressed for Thanksgiving Dinner but after that, it was right back in pj's. There were no plans and it was truly perfect. After having Ty gone so long, it felt like a party just to have him back! 

I found myself super excited to decorate for the holidays and I put our trees up in the beginning of November. I just love the feeling of the holidays. I like to make it last as long as possible. So all of the decor came down and we had fun decorating the trees and kid's rooms. I let the kids each decorate a tree in their rooms so that they don't touch mine in the living room. Ha ha. November was another good month of spending a lot of time together. Even though we were busy, at least we were together. I love this house full of crazies. The madness that happens is often overwhelming but I wouldn't want it any other way! 


Saturday, February 13, 2021

October was a GOOD Month.

October was one of the better months of 2020!!  It was the month that we found out Ty was coming back!!!! For good. Eeeek!!! And we had a pretty rad Halloween. I got a lot of fun decorating in and I just felt like things were aligning well. I felt that it would be great to get into the Halloween spirit since the kids didn't have a whole lot to look forward to this year. I have wanted to be The Addams Family for Halloween for over 4 years now. This year, the kids were finally into it. We had the best time. Our neighborhood did trick or treating "social distance" style and it was a blast! They made contraptions to bring snacks to kids and tunnels for candy to shoot down to them. We left out candy in baggies for kids and even some drinks for the adults. It was a month that goes down in the books as "Good Times". We prepped for Ty to come back home and it felt like everything was aligning well. Lots of people asked about my bats that I used inside and spiders that we put out on the front of the house. They were both from Amazon and I linked them HERE and HERE.


It's Been Awhile...

 

It's been awhile since I've said some words here...

I've learned to give myself grace. Grace for the things that I just can't get to.  I've come to peace with it all. 

Which is a lot of things this past year. I cannot even recall the last time I had time to write. In fact, I have 7 posts full of photos but haven't had a breath to write about any of them. To catch you up....I had Vera back in January 2020 and was looking forward to a wonderful year with my new little one and opening our gym. Then pandemic, chaos, quarantine, riots, Ty left for work in DC, he couldn't visit back to TX because of restrictions, we somehow opened a gym still, I went back to work, my Nanny left, couldn't find another during a pandemic, election nonsense and now here we are. LOL.  I look back and cannot even believe it's been a year. 
I'm working full time again for a team based in NY and I help to run the gym on the side. The kids are thankfully back in school and have been since September. If it wasn't for that I would have lost my mind long ago. Our gym is staffed and up and running and I received the best news I could have gotten all year in October......
Ty was coming home for good! 

Y'all.....it's been a year, hasn't it? I think back to complaining about how hard my pregnancy seemed and I laugh. It was nothing compared to what I faced this year. And I know there are much harder things than what I went through this year. So I stay positive in that thought. 
All year, I continued to step one foot in front of the other and let myself have mini breakdowns here and there. Ha ha. But since Ty came back, life is happy again. 

Yes. Ty is back for good! For those who don't know, Ty works in specialized construction management (building things like semi-conductor plants and such). He traveled now and then for work. This was okay pre-pandemic as it brought us to new places such as NY and TX. But once we planted roots in TX and began our passion project of opening a gym, traveling couldn't happen as often. He ended up having to go to DC in the beginning of July and I basically became a single parent for 6 months. Normally, if he were to leave, we would go with him, but with the gym just starting and the kids in school, I had to make the decision to stay.  It was a really difficult time juggling it all as I had an infant, 2 kids virtual learning and I was going back to work full time while trying to launch the gym. It was chaos. That is an understatement. My mom said to me, "Lauren, you are one of the strongest women I know." And that sentence brought me through a lot of it. Life just keeps on going, doesn't it?  After 6 months of pure survival mode, I told Ty that something had to give because if not, I was going to have to give something up. I didn't want to continue to survive, I wanted to enjoy life again. Enjoy my kids and baby. 
Ty ended up taking a local job here so that we don't have to worry about him leaving again. AMEN!

I was so eager to get back to the things that I once was. I am not the girl I was prior to Ty leaving. Kids alone are a full time job. I have a whole new respect for single parents that I never had before. When Ty left, it was just 24/7, nonstop- no breaks ever. I stopped doing a lot of the things for myself because there just wasn't time. Not to mention I had a baby who never slept so I was often sleep deprived. Weekends were the only time that I got to workout (my stress reliever and coping mechanism) and to be honest, I had to sacrifice that for awhile so that I could get gym things done. I lost everything that I used to enjoy and let me tell you, motherhood without a break, is not fun. I'm not afraid to say that I am a better mother when I do things for myself.  Moments to regain my sanity and find myself. We all need even just an hour for ourselves to do the things we enjoy.  I missed slow moments. I have always loved being busy but this year has taught me that there is such magic in the slow times. I am grateful to have those slow moments back even if they aren't every day! Slow to us is just a regular busy to another...I understand that but I'm still okay with it.  The load I was taking on was the work of 3 people. No exaggeration. 
Subconsciously, I was afraid to be happy that Ty was coming back because all year, when we would take one step forward, something else would have us taking 2 steps back. I'm trying not to live in that mentality.

Man, just writing this is like the last several months of hardship are fading. It was hard to watch the kids cry when Ty would leave. It was hard to watch Vera cry when he would return, not know who he was. It was hard to maintain my sanity some nights. It was hard to think straight when I was working every second of free time that I had away from the kids.  It was......well, it sucked. But thinking back, I remember specific moments that were good. In between all that mess, there were moments that helped to ease the stress. Cereal parties with Maxwell on the couch. Just him and I cuddling and watching a movie together. We bonded a bit as he was the new man of the house. On many nights, he slept with his play sword next to him. He informed me it was his way to "protect the family". If he isn't a mini Ty, I don't know who is! Scarlett helped me tremendously with Vera. If it wasn't for her, I may have never showered or cooked dinner. Now that Ty is home, Scarlett and I have done a couple Mommy-Daughter dates.  Last weekend we went shopping together and hearing her say, "This was the best day ever!" just made motherhood worth it in one single sentence. 
Anyhow, life feels so much better with Ty back with us. We are still busy but it doesn't matter. We are together and that makes everything okay. The next few blog posts will be catching you up with photos and stories that we have made since October. Life is full of seasons. This one is a breath of fresh air compared to the last. I can taste it and man, how sweet it is. Here's some photos that bring me joy from the time when Ty was gone. Ones I don't want to forget.