Some Joy and Some Fun

November 27, 2018
Thanksgiving is over.  I am not going to a full ‘recap’, because the summary suffices well: we spent a nice weekend with family, and Josh and I are both tired.
Parenting these days is intense.  There are generally 2 streams of management going on:  the behavior of A&C, and the safety of G.  Neither job is easy.  At the end of many of these days, Josh and I just look at each other and note: “Well.  That was tiring.”.  And at one point I pointed out to him that we have approximately 150 weekends until G is 4!
(I cannot decide if this is a sadly high or low number.)
There is so much cuteness, so many inspiring moments.  There are peaceful segments of each day.  But it’s also a whirlwind.  It is a challenge not to lose myself (and my chill) in the process.
Highlights and trends:
* Dressing the kids in matching plaid outfits!
* Taking G for scenic stroller runs in which she falls asleep
* Reading!  (I’m on a non-fiction/personal development bender, as fits my mood at the end of the year.  Current read = Ryder Caroll’s The Bullet Journal Method)
* Challenging myself to remain calm while parenting all 3 — it’s actually a fairly effective exercise with an almost meditative quality.  I took all 3 to YAA (kids’ art museum) and out to dinner on Sunday by myself and actually sort of enjoyed the experience
* I am not spending much time on my phone, which is really refreshing and actually feels like a somewhat momentous habit shift.  (How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price did help, and I think I was also just ready for a change.  I did not follow her plan specifically but used her ideas as inspiration.  I will share the changes I made to my actual phone/habits in a future post if, as I am fervently hoping, this habit change sticks.)
* I am doing a lot of reflection and forward thinking on future projects and what I’d like 2019 to look like.  Laura and I recorded our annual goals podcast, which helped me define goals for each quintile (yep, using this system again!)
* Blog makeover is nearly done!  I’ve now seen the preliminary migrated site and it looks beautifully clean and modern.  I am now motivated to improve my photos and update some of my main pages (some of which have been languishing for year.  Oops!).
Happy Tuesday — I was off yesterday (very strategic use of my one day off, as I knew I’d need a Thanksgiving recovery day), and entering my last ever week of pumping at work!  Here we go . . .

Two separate days.
Two different beaches.
Same unimpressed passenger.




I love this drink pic!


Plaid pic #1 (outfits Tea Collection)


Solo parenting (and rather zen) museum trip


Plaid pic #2


Brainstorming ways to make weekends run smoothly

(Math problem: can you fit in some personal/work time for each parent, workouts for each parent, a date night, and a morning to sleep in for each?  Yes!  So why does it so rarely actually happen?  Trying to figure that out!)


  • Reply Marissa March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    In your allotted time for “afternoon family outing,” I”d totally implement “quiet time” (ie-in their rooms) for your older kids on some of those days & have the baby nap then. That would create some more “free time” for you & your hubby to have down time, get things done, etc. Just an idea & what we do with our kids!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      good point – I am hoping G’s nap will drift later to help this be possible! RIght now she often passes out 10am – 12:30pm and that’s it!

  • Reply Callie March 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Just out of curiosity, did you consider having more kids, or are you sure you’re done with 3?

  • Reply Marci March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    How was the solo outing to the museum so zen? I dread taking all three by myself anywhere. There is so much stuff to carry, and they seem to be in three directions. How is it going living with your in-laws? How did you pack for a long time? We may be doing this for 4-6 weeks in a few months and it’s already making me think about the planning.

  • Reply Dawn Burke March 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Loved the schedule–visuals like that are so helpful and inspiring to me. I know it seems simple but when you are in the middle of it everything feels crazy so seeing it makes it feel doable.

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