Have a great weekend guys, I’ll be back on Monday with a new blog post.
Have a great weekend guys, I’ll be back on Monday with a new blog post.
So it’s Monday, which means new blog post day… Except it’s 6:45pm at night and I do not have some amazing new post to share.
To be honest I’ve been in survival mode a little lately, I have a lot to do and I love being busy and doing things, but then coupled with a few sleepless nights my body crashed. My doctor said I burnt myself out 110% and my body was crashing- big time… I’m meant to be resting, rest doesn’t really happen when you are a mum of 2 small children and a wife to a shift worker. So I just try and get what I need to do and make sure in the evening I am taking some time out.
Over the weekend we had our first working bee for the kindy and I feel it was so successful, we got a lot done and it was a beautiful and social get together. I really love being actively involved in LuLu’s kindy. How involved are you at kindy/school?
I am the “plus one” person for the executive committee and I am also on the fundraising and tech committee. Trent is the maintenance officer for 2018, a role that suits him well. He is a builder by trade and loves helping out where he can. On Saturday he ran his first working bee and I’m quiet proud of him!
On Sunday we had a busy day, the lawns had to be mowed, then groceries – all before church! Then church, lunch at church and then out to a small local town to see LuLu’s artwork in the show! And what a surprise for her, when we got out there it had a ribbon on it! I’m not sure what the ribbon means, but we will get them back to kindy shortly and find out! She was so excited and we are very proud of her!
Today Trent was back at work, it was my first Monday flying solo to do kindy drop off & pick up and also gymnastics. So just the 2 kids and I, and I have survived, kids are asleep and house is tidy! Trent just walked in the door, so I best go serve him some dinner and then get back to resting!
Have a lovely week guys, I will be back on Friday with another easter haul, if you haven’t already seen my latest video click HERE.
Today’s video is an Easter Haul video! You can watch it HERE.
I love Easter decorating, do you? I think it is very sweet. In this video I show you some items I got from TKMaxx, Woolworths and Big W.
I just did an Easter shop at Kmart on Friday and got quiet a few items as well, I might do another Easter haul with all that stuff too? Thoughts? Comment below, connect with me on social media or comment on the video if you would like to see the Kmart video!
Ok, so I still feel stuck in this creative funk/writers block mode and it’s getting me so down. So I figured I should just start typing and see how it goes…
There is nothing planned for this post, so Lord knows how it’ll end up, but let’s chat.
Trent just got home from work and bought KFC because today felt like one of those days where I just felt defeated… I made the kids dinner but I felt miserable/sick (stupid body) at the time and didn’t want to eat with them, so I ate with Trent.
You know those days, where you feel drained and just worn down and touched out. Yeah, it was one of those…
I think that’s my downfall with my motherhood, I can feel touched out. I’ve never been a huge “hugger” or anything, so maybe that plays into it. Now don’t misread that, I love cuddling my kids and husband… But 24/7 can be a bit much.
Trent does huge shifts – and my kids are big on attachment. I cuddle Tommy to sleep (like I did with Lucy) and he is currently very attached to me & is incredibly shy to anyone he doesn’t know, LuLu loves to be near me most of the time and both of them usually/eventually end up in our bed at some point during the night. So it’s a lot contact time, which I love, but 24/7 over a course of a few days where I’m the main one at home, it can feel a bit draining. And I end up feeling like a vacation to an isolation cell would be darn dandy. But usually, 7pm rolls around and Trent walks through the door and after he has eaten & had a shower – I pass the baton to him for a few hours and I recharge. Well, that’s how it normally plays out, but over the last few nights we’ve both had unexpectedly late nights out (I had a meeting and Trent had some stuff to do after work the other night) so our normal routine got a bit muddled and we both weren’t getting home until after 9pm, so – it’s just been a long week. Usually I find just having a few hours to sit and read or do whatever in the evening is enough time for me to recharge and get ready for a new day of snuggles.
And this muggy and hot weather adds to the drained feeling. Because who wants to bloody snuggle when you have to peel your sleeping child off you, like I mean literally peel them off – because sweat – gross!
But I am glutton for punishment, because I love my kids cuddles. I swear I sleep better with LuLu attached to my back like a baby possum and having Tommy snuggled somewhere in between us all. Especially when Trent is on nights, I cannot sleep without them nestled in my bed, because when they are there – I know they are safe, so I sleep better.
And everyday I try so hard to soak in those fleeting moments where he still needs me to go to sleep and that I am his safe place, because I know all too soon – he won’t. I still often miss my sleepy baby LuLu bug cuddles!
I just think it’s that time of around 3pm when our day is winding down, the temperature is hot and I’m just feeling exhausted, that I get a little overwhelmed. I just TRY to remind myself these moments are so fleeting & this chapter will soon merge into another with new challenges and I will probably long for these simple challenges back! So I breathe through it, I cuddle them, put them to bed, go sit down and have a minute to collect myself and then long for that heavy feeling of a sleeping baby snuggled on my chest… It’s a funny thing parenting, you long for a minute alone and then when you have it, you long for them back! It just goes around in the circle…
Do you ever feel touched out? How do you handle it?
PS; Feeling that creative block lifting – woo hoo!!
Ok it’s been a hot minute since my last post – like twenty days! Gosh, I just do not know what’s going on with me this year, I’m just in a bit of a creative funk and have the worst writers block ever & life is busy! Life is always busy.
I filmed a short vlog the other day! YAY! It’s when we did a very quick trip to Toowoomba to finalise our kitchen choices for the house.
I’m in total awe of how wonderful my kitchen is, I literally cannot wait to get my new kitchen. I’ve picked some pretty special pieces for it, so I think it’ll be beautiful. (I was leaning towards a different splash back tile option to save money, but Trent wanted me to get my dream tiles. Which I am very thankful for!)
If you would like to watch the vlog please click HERE.
In this post I thought I would give you a first look at our new house that we are building…
This is my pantry – and I love it… It’s pretty much an entire room, in it we will have our main sink, dishwasher, microwave, toaster & kettle as well as general pantry items.
I’ve put a lot of thought into this and I think we are finished tweaking it… I think.
I really like my colour choices, I’ve gone white 2 pack cupboards and grey bench tops (the style of cupboards I’ve chosen are that in the picture).
We decided not to go for stone bench tops in this kitchen as I had them in my last and they I find them too precious and high maintenance. For me personally, I felt I could use the money better elsewhere.
But can we have a minute for that back splash tile – like holy wow, I LOVE IT! (For a better look at it, click HERE)
So that’s a little sneak peek of our kitchen. I would love to know if you want to see more build related posts… So please feel free to leave a comment below, on my video or connect with me on my social media.
(I post on facebook & insta pretty much everyday!)
So let’s catch up a bit… My mind has been in a bit of an inspiration funk lately – I just am stuck with what sort of content to put out. But I’m here, working away – I’ve updated my website and just sometimes staring at a blank laptop trying to think up words to string together…
So – I sat down and made a video to chat to you all. You can watch it HERE.
I do apologise, it’s a touch rambley and Mr Tom tries to be the camera man at one point… But hey – it’s a video…
So friends, have a lovely weekend and please feel free to connect with me and suggest any content you would like to see!
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1
One of the most common questions I get asked is what is on my playlist. Random right, but I like that question.
Back in grade 12 I use to dream of being a music journalist or a photographer at festivals like Big Day Out. (I was given THIS book by my cousin one year and I love it, I often flip through it with major FOMO because I never made it to one)
I love listening to music and if I don’t have the kids in the car, my songs are normally played at full volume… If the kids are in the car, I still listen to my music (ain’t no children’s songs in my car) but at a more eardrum friendly level, and we all sing along (LuLu loves ‘The Outback Club’ by Lee Kernaghan)
Anyway, as I was saying… I often get asked about what I am listening to and when I found this new artist I HAD to share him with you all.
Now the sounds I like are basically any American country (American country radio stations play 24/7 in our house) with some christian music thrown in, The Zac Brown Band being my favourite band for at least the last 8-9 years, but any country music I normally like… (And I’ll always love me some T-Swift, I’ve been a Swiftie since before there were Swifties.)
I am always on the look out for new music and I often buy a few songs here and there to update my playlist, but it’s pretty rare that I ever buy a full album. But I bought this guys entire album!
Friends let me introduce you to, Zach Williams.I am in love with THIS song and LuLu and I often are belting this one out in the car… She actually asks for it now. It is an incredible song! New favourite right there. It’s got a great message and awesome sound, I adore everything about it! The lyrics are spot on and it’s so catchy – I am obsessed!
The other 2 songs on his YouTube are quiet powerful and remind me of the intense video clips Rascal Flatts use to put out – remember those? THIS one is incredibly powerful as is THIS one.
I’ve briefly listened to the rest of the album, I really like it. The songs are faith based and really strong & powerful and the sound is outstanding.
Give it a listen and let me know your thoughts…
What songs are you loving right now?
If you listen to Christian music, I would love to know your top 3 favourites!