It’s been a long time…

It has been quite awhile since I posted anything on my blog.  I wish I had some funny excuses but in all sincerity after taking the new job opportunity, I have been unable to adjust.  Returning to work has been a great experience on one hand; however, on the other hand, I feel totally out of touch with reality.  As a former SAHM, I was actively involved in the lives of my children.  I would go on field trips, meet with the teachers after school when I picked up my daughter, have lunch with my son and complete homework with them when they came home.  NOW…that’s not even in the cards. There are days when I feel like a bad mommy and the guilt feeling overtakes me.  Yes, my husband is at home to pick up the pieces, drop off the children to school, cook dinner and keep the youngest child at home to help save daycare costs, but it is still not the same.  On top of keeping up with schoolwork, three of the 5 children were involved in soccer this year, which meant two practices a week and 3 to 4 games on Saturday and possibly one on Sundays.  Oh, let’s not forget that I am a Leading Lady of a church.

In addition, returning to work has caused my house to go lacking.  It was depressing to come home to a house that looked like nobody cared.  Don’t get me wrong, the house was not dirty dirty, but it was definitely not the way I like to keep my home.  So, during my week long Thanksgiving vacation, I cleaned my house.  Now, the house is where I need it to be whenever I come home and I am no longer feeling overwhelmed or depressed when I walk through the doors.  The challenge is keeping it this way until my Christmas break.  This definitely was not the way that I wanted to spend my break.  But, it needed to happen.

Needless to say, going back to work has not been easy but the door was opened and I had to step through it.  I am taking it day by day, moment by moment.  Do I want to come home and become a SAHM? YES! YES! YES! I love being at home! But for now, this is my season to work.

I am going to make the adjustment.  It is just taking longer than I expected.  At the end of the day, I am going to keep pressing and remind myself that even though I am busy and tired, I am BLESSED!

Beba Bean Design Giveaway!

I wish Beba Bean Design had been around when I was having babies. Even though that time is up for me, I look forward to giving these gifts to other mothers who are taking on the life of motherhood.

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The preparation is what’s hectic!!!

Getting ready for a vacation is very hectic especially when you have to make sure that all SEVEN of us have the things we need and are ready to leave on time (yeah right). The kids definitely do not understand all that goes into going on a trip. Their only concern is how many days are left before we leave. Meanwhile, I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Preparation.is.not.a.laughing.matter. I am not excited until I am riding and the car is loaded. But, if you are the mommy or parent that has to prepare, you already know what needs to take place. Let’s just start with ensuring that all swimsuits and swim shoes from last year still fit…but of course not…at least three of the 5 have grown so off to the store. Then you have to make sure that Ariel (the 2 yr. old) has NOT “misplaced” the “#vacation” toothbrushes. Yep…she misplaced them…so add that to the list. Then, of course, I cannot find the sunscreen and floats from last year…so these things are added to the list. Then, on top of all that, I still have to clean the house, plan to cook just enough food prior to leaving to avoid leftovers, do laundry and pack. Oh, and let’s not forget all of the unexpected things that happens and throws you off course. Just thinking about all of this has made me tired. I need a another vacation already and we have not left yet. Nevertheless, we are #blessed to have this chance to enjoy time away from the hustles and bustles of life. #Vacation #Destin #longridewith5kids #funwithfamilyandfriends