One of my favorite parts about there being so much history in this blog, is exactly that – the history! I LOVE looking back at my older posts and reading about what we were up to, especially with the kids. I wanted to make sure I documented a few early summer highlights before I forget. Between quarantine loosening up, work ramping up as we prepare to return to in-person church, the kids being BEYOND bored of being home all the time, exploring outside when we can, hot afternoons at the pool, and running, running, running – we are doing as well as expected and we really have no complaints!
Can I be honest though for a second? I have really struggled with what to do with my blog. I have conflicting thoughts about shutting it down, so for now I’m finding joy in blogging when I have time and when I have something specific on my heart I want to share, or something that relates to running/postpartum fitness. Do people even still read blogs? I used to LOVE blogging and writing and doing reviews and sponsored posts and sharing.all.the.things. but ya’ll, I just can’t keep up with that anymore. I’ve purposefully taken a step back from the blog and it’s amazing how much more time I’ve had to focus on other things. Now, in an ideal world I’d then have time to share those things, but I still haven’t found that balance and it makes me sad because I truly miss the joy I found in blogging and writing consistently and I STILL want to get back to that. Anyways, it’s a constant weight on my mind of how much longer I can continue blogging, but I think after we have another baby (if we do, I mean!), and I blog through that pregnancy and newborn phase, I might feel more at peace with shutting it down. Who knows!
Also, I’ve shared quite a few of these photos below over on Instagram, which has basically become a family diary/running diary. I don’t know about you, but this mama is worn out trying to keep up with the jones’ and could care less what my IG feed looks like now. AM I GETTING OLD AND CRANKY?! I think I am. I think the fact that now I only care about posting things on my personal account that I want to show up in my Chatbooks is a pretty solid indication. #momlife I think between a more demanding job and two little kids, maintaining that influencer vibe on IG is the last thing I have time for. Can anyone else relate?! I feel like I’ve said goodbye to a season! Sad face.
So, with all that said, here we go!
Adeline learned to swim and Barrett LOVES to float with his puddle jumper.
I say that loosely, but really, the girl is seriously swimming like a FISH! She did a 5 day swim lesson back in May and hasn’t touched her puddle jumper a single time since! I obviously don’t feel comfortable leaving her in a pool unattended, but as long as I’m sitting on the side, or fairly close by in the water with her, she can swim enough to keep herself safe. She’s jumping in off the side, (even off the high side!), floating on her back and swimming on her tummy back and forth consistently, getting rings off the bottom if we help push her down, doing cannonballs off the side, and even towing Barrett around. I mean the girl has gained so much confidence so quickly it’s crazy! The best $ I’ve ever spent!
We celebrated our 8th anniversary and I fit back into my rehearsal dress.
Say it louder for the people in the back – I fit back into my rehearsal dress!! From 2012!! LIKE WHAT! Super proud moment I’m not above bragging about because it felt DANG good to put it back on and have it fit comfortably! I’ve been working so hard this past year to get back into shape and so this was one more reminder that hard work pays off, and there is great reward at the end of the journey! I’m 1-2 lbs away from my pre-Barrett pregnancy weight, and I’m working hard to get it off. (Don’t @ me with why I don’t need to lose weight – this is just a personal goal I’ve been working towards!)
To celebrate our anniversary, we headed to our favorite rooftop patio restaurant/bar and spent the night reflecting on the past 8 years and enjoyed having some quiet time together without the kids.
We’ve been taking the kids ‘hiking’ and they love it.
Pretty much as soon as the weather got nice and stayed nice, we’ve been making it a habit to take the kids ‘hiking’ at our favorite parks. Adeline is MADE to be outside, I’m convinced of it, and I absolutely love seeing her inner-tomboy come out just like her mommy. Barrett has so much fun exploring, and picking up sticks, and throwing rocks in any water we find and it’s just so much fun watching them play and be in nature.
Speaking of the great outdoors, Barrett is OBSESSED with yard work and it makes me so happy!
Barrett is the cutest little gardener and he always, always insists on helping me water our flowers and plants. He has his own little watering pail and will carry it around and beg for “moee moeee!!” when he wants more water. And, anytime Adam mows or weed eats he is glued to the window to watch!
Adeline is loving riding her bike and turns out a balance bike was not for her!
At the beginning of the summer, Adeline’s big cousin Layla gave her a hand-me-down Frozen bike with training wheels. A couple years ago, we’d gotten Adeline a pink balance bike, expecting her to love it and learn it super quickly. However, she actually hated it and NEVER wanted to use it. And as soon as she got this bike with training wheels, she took off and has been so happy riding around all by herself! I think balance bikes can be for some kids, but it was definitely not for Adeline.
I ran two virtual trail 10k races.
Trail running is something I actually really enjoyed for a brief period of time in Little Rock, but again, after having the kids and moving down here I’m just now getting back into it. Trail running to me is WAY harder than road running – it’s like a full body workout, constantly jumping over roots, rocks, and stumps, and running on terrain that’s ever-changing in elevation. And, every trail is so different. Some trails I’ve found feel like I’m doing burpees over and over again and some trails feel like I’m running on a smooth, flat path. I love it though, and it just brings so much variety to running and TBH I feel like my legs have never been more toned or felt more strong than they do after incorporating trail running!
After dinner family walks have become the norm and they are so, so sweet.
After long hard days of working from home with the kids, taking family walks after dinner as the sun begins to set are my favorite. There’s just something magical about spending a few minutes as a family outside, watching Adeline ride her bike, and either pushing Barrett in the stroller or watching him help daddy walk Truckee. I hope at the end of all this COVID stuff, our kids remember that we spent a lot of time together.
Adeline loves building and writing.
Our girl has always loves doing crafts and coloring and painting, but she also has really started to love building things and practicing writing short sentences. She’s always asking us how to spell things so she can leave us notes around the house. Tinker toys and Kinex are some of her favorite building sets!
Barrett’s room got a makeover and he looks so big in his crib!
We recently took out his changing table and put in a bookshelf for some of his books and toys. At bedtime, he LOVES going to his bookshelf and picking out what books he wants to read and it just melts my heart! He also has been looking extra big in his bed lately and I’m not okay with it!
We love our house but have been daydreaming about our forever home.
We love our house, but we certainly are still dreaming about the day when we can find something on a bigger property and with more trees like we had in AR. (Remember our old house? All those trees were such a dream! GAH!) We just get super annoyed with people who drive WAY too fast down our street, but unfortunately I know that’s a battle you’ll have to fight in most neighborhoods where there are a lot of people. We aren’t looking to move anytime soon, but it’s fun to drive around and daydream about where we want to go next!
Barrett has morphed into the cutest little boy and basically gives me baby fever 1,000% of the time.
He seriously is so cute I can’t even handle it. Like, so cute. But, he is one tough cookie, at least compared to Adeline. He’s always been more difficult though, so I’m really not surprised. I mean, they’re just difficult in different ways. He’s also a bajillion times more physical and I’m convinced he’s out to hurt me most days, HA! (Remember my black eye last month?!) But really, baby fever is real and I wish I could have 10 more sweet little Barretts. I think I for sure want to try for a third someday, but truth be told I am REALLY enjoying getting back in shape and having so much more freedom right now, and I’m just not ready to give that up again. We are at such a sweet spot right now in parenting – both kids are fairly independent (and become even more so by the day!) and it’s soooooo nice. But also, Barrett isn’t even two years old yet so I can’t even fathom adding a baby into the mix right now!
We re-did our front flowerbed and love the results.
When we received our Trump economic stimulus payment, we wanted to make sure we used part of it to pour back into some local small businesses. So, one thing we did was hire a local landscaper to redo part of our front flowerbed. It’s made such a huge difference and looks SO much better. I didn’t realize how awful and overgrown it was until they ripped it out and replaced it! I can’t wait to see it all grow and bloom and fill out as time goes by! (It’s already grown so much since these photos were taken!)
Barrett wants to do ev-er-y-thing big sis wants to do and it’s the cutest thing ever.
Barrett is currently in that ‘monkey see monkey do’ phase and I LOVE IT. Oh my stars it is so cute! He looks up to sissy so much and he is constantly, constantly, constantly copying her. This also means we’re constantly telling Adeline to be a good example, because again, literally everything she does, he tries to do right after! They already have such a sweet bond and have truly become the sweetest playmates, when they’re not fighting of course ha! Barrett has gotten really good at pulling sissy’s hair and pushing her over and Adeline has gotten really good at teasing him by dangling his favorite toys above his head so he can’t reach them – sibling love at its finest!
I’m on day 22 of a 41 day run streak.
Adam and I recently signed up for a 41 day run streak from Memorial Day through July 4th. The only ‘requirements’ are to run at least one mile a day. And YA’LL. It’s way harder than it sounds. I would very confidently argue that it’s harder to run 1-2 miles every single day than have a higher mileage week with rest days in-between runs. I’ve been doing good so far, but yesterday was the first day that I was exhausted and truly felt like I had zero motivation to run. I felt like I struggled through every step and was so thankful to finally be done with my two miles. I know it’s a combination of factors but whew, no rest days for 22 days is tough!
Barrett has been talking more and his personality is the funniest!
Compared to Adeline, he’s definitely not talking as quickly or coherently as Adeline did at this age. He is a great communicator, and communicates in many different ways, but by this same age Adeline definitely had way more clear words and short phrases. He will say words, don’t get me wrong, but it’s hard not to be spoiled by how quickly Adeline’s language developed. I just want to hear his little voice more and every time he does use his words I just melt into a puddle! I know a lot of this can be due to Adeline being a first child, and a girl, so I’m not worried at all, just noticing how different they’ve been! Some of Barrett’s new words as of late include: blue, purple, you, yeah, yellow, hello, momo for Elmo, ball, he can tell us what a lion says and holds his little hands up to roar, mo for more
Our backyard has been our oasis during the pandemic.
I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it again – our backyard is tiny but mighty. It’s just right for this current season and I’ve never been more thankful for this sweet little space than during a pandemic where we’re home all the time. The kids have had so much fun playing back there, and there’s nothing sweeter than hearing and watching their giggles outside while I work inside.
Adam has been taking the kids to breakfast every Thursday morning and he sends me the cutest photos.
Does anyone else’s husband somehow magically escape with the kids with absolutely zero stress or chaos? Adam has been taking the kids to breakfast every Thursday morning and they’re literally ANGEL BABIES every single time. Yet, when I take them somewhere by myself I feel like a hot mess express with my wild animal children in tow. It’s pretty much just become a joke now around here, but I would imagine Adam just runs a tighter ship than mom does when we’re out. Ha!
Adeline has turned into a confident, brave, outgoing little teenager. Her new favorite thing is placing her order all by herself when we eat out.
We’re embracing the mess, the weird schedules, and the extra cuddles.
This COVID season has shown us what our priorities are and has helped remind us to focus on what really matters in life…snuggles on the couch, obviously!
And that’s a wrap! 2020 has been the strangest year, and Adam and I joke that we need a re-do. But, I feel like we’re closer as a family than ever before, and truly soaking up these days with Adeline and Barrett. 4 and 1 has been a doozy, but also incredible to witness firsthand. I’m so lucky I get to watch this life unfold before me.
If you made it this far, thanks for following our little family for so long!
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