I Want it All

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I want to be the best mother. The most loving wife. I want to have a perfectly clean house and make delicious home-cooked meals every night. I want to be in the best shape of my life. I want be a successful photographer. I want to run a regular blog that people love to read. I want to be there for my family and friends, both physically and emotionally. I also want to sleep.

Clearly not all of those things can’t be on the front burner, the blog and perfectly clean house are the two that have suffered the most.. And that makes me sad. I have missed doing a 9 and 10 month update, posts that make me so happy to look back on, and I have missed just doing regular updates on our daily life. Our daily life has been so busy and fun lately, too.

E and I took a last minute trip to the beach. My mom, dad, grandparents, and aunt and uncle (my grandma’s brother & wife – visiting from Germany) were all going to the beach, so I invited myself and E to join them. We went during the week, so Tony couldn’t join us unfortunately.

 

We had a really nice trip, and on our last day the sun finally came out!

 

 

It was so good to spend some down time with my family, but it did put me a little behind back at home. Although, I am always a little behind… let’s be honest.

 

 

It was worth it though. These are the memories I want to have, even if it leaves me knee-deep in laundry.

As for the rest of my wants, I am trying to figure out a balance (aren’t we all?). Right now my biggest priorities are my little family and my growing business. Pretty much all my time is spent on those two things. I can’t complain though. My photography business is growing faster than I could have ever hoped for, and I am absolutely in LOVE with it. Also growing at lighting speed is my daughter, who is 11 months old today. I can’t even believe it. We are in full-blown party planning mode over here. And by we I obviously mean me. Bring on all the pink and gold glitter!

As for being in the best shape of my life? I am LOVING Barre3! I’ve been going 4 times a week since the studio opened and I am officially hooked. If you’re in ATL and looking for a great work out (and that offers childcare!), I highly recommend. I’ve already convinced 3 people to sign up for memberships with me.

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They just stared a 28 day challenge and I think that it might be just what I need to get into a bathing suit (I hope…).

So that’s where I’m at. I hopefully will find a better balancing act for it all. I hate to have the blog fall behind, because I really love coming back and reading our family memories. I also love connecting with all of you through my blog and social media, but as you know, sometimes something just has to give every once in a while.

And with that, E just woke up from her nap!

My Girls

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I’ve got sunshine

 

On a cloudy day

 

When it’s cold outside

   

I’ve got the month of May

I guess you’d say

What can make me feel this way

My girls

 

My girls, my girls

Talkin’ ‘bout my girls

My girls.

 

Five.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Five years of marriage.

Four years dating.

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Three states.

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Two sweet girls.

One happy family.

Thank you for all you have given me, Tony. I love you so much. Happy Anniversary!

I hope you don’t mind that I’ve put down in words, how wonderful life is now you’re in the world.”

Girls Weekend Away

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This past weekend six of my girlfriends and I left Boston, Cincinnati, Richmond, Charlotte, Atlanta and DC, our kids, and our husbands at home and headed south to the gulf coast!

We had a big weekend of doing exactly what we wanted. Which included eating (way too many) doughnuts, drinking bloodys (& champagne & wine & pina coladas), going out for late (past 6pm) dinners, and lounging on the beach.

These six girls (there are two more that weren’t able to make it – missed you Kim and Melanie) are the absolute best. We all met 5 years ago when we picked up and moved our lives to Chapel Hill, where our husbands went to business school. Since meeting we have gone through a lot together. More things have happened in five years than you can imagine. We have had 9 babies between us (one more on the way!), we have lost loved ones, and we have gone through big personal battles. The friendships that I have made with these girls are simply irreplaceable. I am so very thankful for each of them.

And I am thankful for my husband for gifting me this trip for Christmas. Little did he know that it would become the gift that keeps on giving because we decided it’s going to be an annual trip. Sorry T.

Jenny, Mel, Meaghan, Ang, Kelly, Al, Melanie (missing), and Kim (missing). You girls mean the world to me. I honestly don’t know what I would do without these friendships. I love you all to the moon!

Now I have to get back to reality. We have no food and I am so far behind on just about everything that I don’t even know where to start! Oh, and I gained FIVE pounds in four days down there. But it was so worth it!

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