Monthly Archives: July 2011
The other night was a night to write in the books. We had a babysitter put BOTH boys to bed while we went out on a fabulous (much needed, much deserved) date!
Of course I was nervous, but I was also happy that we had such a wonderful babysitter. She watches Brayden every Wednesday morning, putting him down for a nap, and she has watched both him and Zackery together before also. Zack has had a few different babysitters put him to bed, so I wasn’t too worried about him. I know that Brayden, however, can take up to an hour to get to sleep, and that’s what I was concerned about.
I don’t really know exactly how long it took her to get Brayden to sleep, but she said he was asleep by 8pm and Zackery was asleep by 8:30pm. The house was quiet, clean and peaceful when we got home and I was so happy! We now can open up ourselves to more opportunities of actual date “night” instead of date “day.”
I’ve come to adopt this tagline: “Love & Mommy Hugs.” It’s a simple way for me to express who I am and what I’m about – spreading my love with an open heart; being the stay-at-home mom that I love to be; encircling everyone with my warmth, support and caring.
It seems to put a smile on my face whenever I say or write it, and that smile seems to radiate out to those who get to experience it.
It embodies my essence (‘All Heart’), my personality, my individuality, my spirit, my soul.
It’s fun, it’s real, it’s something I can visualize, it’s something I can feel, it’s something I can share.
It’s been a busy week, and the week’s not over yet, but at least it has been packed with FUN! Maybe I’m making up for being gone last week, or maybe it’s the gorgeous weather we’re having – whatever the reason, I don’t think I need to explain just having pure fun and lots of good times with family and friends.
Someone said to me today “you’re a hard lady to get a hold of!” My response was “Just because I’m a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean I’m home all the time…” Monday we went to the park, Tuesday we had a dentist appointment and then errands, Wednesday was a play-date at a friend’s, Thursday we had a play-date at the pool, Friday was another play-date and dinner, Saturday (today) was a summer celebration / meet the new baby / pool party, and tomorrow (Sunday) is the Truckee Rodeo.
It might sound simple – just doing one thing a day – but let me tell you when there are 2 young ones running under foot while trying to get them ready, it’s an all day affair just to get out of the house! And not to mention, getting myself ready too… Sometimes I amaze myself at how I get it all done and out the door on time. I guess that’s why my house is a disaster – ha!
Housecleaning can wait for a rainy day. Here’s to another week of good summer fun!
I feel blessed that I am able to stay home with my two boys, but it doesn’t change the fact that I still have the drive to be successful. I don’t ever see myself going back to the corporate world and those 40-50 hrs/week. What I do see is working from home, doing something that supports my passion for my family; doing something that ultimately supports me.
I can’t explain where my drive comes from, but I know it is strong, and it is always present – even if just a tingling in the back of my head every so often. I am truly in love with being home, don’t get me wrong, but I am also truly in love with the idea that I can share my experiences and help others.
I just returned from a fantastic trip to Dallas where I got to attend the eWomen Network Conference (WOW!) and finally meet face-to-face all my wonderful co-authors in the new #1 best-selling book ‘Get Your Woman On! – Embracing Beauty, Grace, and The Power of Women.’ Can I say, double WOW WOW!! These women are amazing (check us out! – GYWO).
These women (along with my incredibly supportive husband and my wonderful friend Kathy – who stayed with my boys so I could be fully present in Dallas) held a sacred, safe place for me to be while I was away from my family. It was the first time I had been apart from Brayden, and the longest I had been away from Zackery. These women became my family, and gave me the love I needed to stay strong and be okay with putting myself first. I cannot thank them enough, and I am so proud to be a part of this extraordinarily inspiring community. xoxo
Now that I am back home, I feel renewed and refreshed (although still completely sleep deprived – that’s for another conversation…). I am ready to start taking action on something for ME. I will always consider my family my priority, but now it’s time to take my own advice and do something to take care of me. I know that if I’m not at my best, I can’t possibly help my family (or anyone else, for that matter) become their best. I know I am a great Mother. I know I am a great Wife. I know I am a great Friend, Sister, Daughter. And I KNOW, I am a great ME.