Wow!! The past month and a half have flown by!! I have to say that it has been very overwhelming… with the kids starting school and extra curricular activities along with Drew being out-of-town… a lot!! I seem to be getting through the days with a “just one day at a time” attitude. (And lots of caffeine!) For those who know me, that’s not how I usually roll. I am a planner!!! Probably to a fault. I do not do the ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ thing very well. Although, things aren’t really calming down, we seem to be getting into the groove. Thank goodness!!
I have always told new moms or anyone who will listen to my parenting advice, “that in order to be the best parent that you can be… You must take care of YOU!!” I really do believe this. I think that when we find balance in our lives, we are able to give the best part of us to our relationships. (Friends, Spouses, Family, Children, Co-workers, etc.) I think it’s great advice… that I SUCK at doing myself!! I think that this is probably true with a lot of stay-at-home moms. Our entire day is centered around our children! Not that we don’t love them and enjoy our time with them. But we need an outlet! I think this goes for the working moms too… you also need an outlet outside of your family and work.
So, I decided that I should finally practice what I preach….
I am a very creative person. I really like to make things with my hands. I have pretty much dabbled in it all. Drawing, painting, sewing, scrapbooking, crafting, crocheting, sidewalk chalking, coloring, school project assisting… That’s all I can come up with for now:) But my new-found hobby is Knitting! There is this cute yarn store, I went and checked out one day… next to the Ice Cream shop;) The customer service was excellent!! I left there wanting to learn how to knit!! So, I signed up for a class and am now almost done with my first project. YAY!! It took me about an hour to start feeling comfortable, it was very awkward. (It’s a totally different feeling to use both hands opposed to just one, like when crocheting). It is also a great, productive thing to do while watching TV with the hubby! Here’s my 1st project… I need to “felt” it, add some fabric to the inside and a zipper. Then I will have a fabulous new Clutch!! I am really enjoying it and looking forward to my next class!
(I will post a pic of the finished product soon!)
In addition to my new knitting hobby, I have also begun to workout. I am so unbelievably out of shape. Go figure since I haven’t worked out in 12+ years. I don’t really care about the weight on the scale. However, after 3 kids, there are some areas that need some toning. LOL! Plus I am pretty sure I would not be able to keep up with Baylee running around the block. Paramedics would probably need to be called!! I have always said that my 30s will be about getting healthy!! Next goal: Give up Soda Pop!!!!
I am trying to do what I tell others is so important for them to do!! Even with a four-year old boy who is testing my patience more frequently these days, and a 21 mo. old girl who has decided to not sleep through the night anymore… I am feeling the balance!! I go to bed at night feeling more peaceful.
Now, if I could just get better at blogging!!!
PS: I am hoping to have a website up and running by the first of the year. I would love to offer some inspiration to my fellow crafters out there!!! I will let you know when we’re getting closer. My dear friend, Gabe is helping me get it designed. I can’t wait to see it finished!!!