That Mom

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On the chance that you’re ever invited over to my house to hang for a bit, let me go ahead and apologize for the state of it. I can almost guarantee that there will be some kind of combination of toys strewn across the living room, an entire downstairs to be swept, dishes in my kitchen sink, and a kitchen island full of clutter. I wish I could be one of those moms who has the time and energy to put in a 40 hour work week, keep a clean and orderly house, get a solid nights’ sleep, and take time for her own hobbies and interests too. They exist right, or am I just thinking wishfully?

I let go of the expectation that I could be that mom who managed it all pretty early on because I actually never was that great at managing it all before I even had the privilege of taking on the title of mom too. Instead I’ve decided to cut myself some slack and that it’s ok that I don’t do everything well. My role of mom and wife has of course stayed my top priorities, with my job usually coming in second. I love and believe in the work that I do, I just tend to get emotionally drained and overwhelmed by it from time to time.

Last week was one that was exceptionally difficult at work, but rather than let the stress get me down I decided that Jacob and I were going to pick something local that we had never done before and check it out on Saturday morning together, a time that’s typically spent just the two of us. This time around I decided on a local farmer’s market and it did not disappoint, despite what the look on Jacob’s face may try to tell you. 😉

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It was the perfect distraction, truly it was. Weaving in and out of people, making one big loop to scope out the goods and decide what I wanted to pick up when we circled back around, I didn’t think once about work. It was a little bit crowded and the set up was a little bit tight in spots, so it felt a bit impossible to get pictures of some of the stands without feeling obnoxious. That and you know, making sure a certain almost 2 year old wasn’t acting up. But plenty of fruits and veggies to go around, and quite possibly the largest peaches I’ve ever seen. Pretzel bread for my carb loving husband, something I knew he’d like when he got home from a long workout on the bike.

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And flowers, because did you really go to a farmer’s market if you didn’t come home with flowers? Those purple beauties up top were selling for something as low as $2, but I opted to bring home the $5 bunch of orange and yellow flowers. There was a table of tiny succulents for sale too, priced at two for $5 and I had to literally talk myself down and into putting my wallet back into my purse because there was no need to go overboard (I already have 3 at home).

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The whole outing took maybe an hour and a half, and it was just the distraction I needed to wipe out the constant to do list from repeating in my mind. The scenery was even enjoyable!

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The farmer’s market we went to is in a really pretty part of our area, a city with that old, brick everything type of charm. As we were almost back to my car the bells at this church started in and it was just beautiful too!

Casual to a New Level

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shirt: H&M (similar) / pants: Walmart (similar) / shoes: Target (similar)

These pants are most definitely the closest thing to pajama’s that I think I could get away with wearing to work. Even though we’ve been granted a more casual dress code for the summer at work (jeans any day until September!) I still held onto this outfit for a Friday with the hope that even in the most casual of environments during the whole work week that we could still lower our expectations on Fridays, right?!

Currently

My favorite time of the month! Linking up with Anne and Dana to talk about a little bit of what life’s been like lately…

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Hearting

This current toddler stage we find ourselves in 21 months into the parenting game. Communicating with him is so much easier and it feels like every couple of days he says something or knows something new that leaves my husband and I looking at each other and saying when and where the heck did he pick that up? So fun!

Watching

My kid related answer is Finding Nemo for what feels like a million times. My kid is obsessed! I have some mixed feelings about this and a little bit of mom guilt going on about how often we watch it, but I’m making myself feel better about that by focusing on how he can now identify fish, whales, sharks, crabs, birds (although he calls any kind of bird a quack quack!).

On a much more serious note, my husband and I have gotten hooked on the Missing Dial special on the National Geographic channel though.It’s the story of Biologist and explorer Roman Dial’s son going on a solo trip and disappearing in the jungle of Costa Rica and it follows the investigation that he brought in two men for (one a former DEA agent and another retired from the Air Force). The 6 episode special is sad – losing a child is truly tragic, but watching the investigation unfold was pretty interesting. The ending had me scratching my head a bit though.

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a coffee shop in an airstream – how cute is that?!

Exploring

I’m trying to be better about making sure weekends consist of getting out of the house to do something other than just run household errands. So far we’ve wandered around the grounds at Franklin Park Conservatory with friends (seriously, for an active toddler this was the perfect amount of open space to let him explore without feeling like I had redirect him every 5 seconds) and checked out the newly renovated main library. They don’t have to be grand adventures though – I’ve also done things like walk to a coffee shop I’ve been wanting to check out because the area is pretty and I knew we’d get to see the ducks (an animal Jacob’s recently become familiar with), or even grabbed the stroller so that after our trip to Trader Joe’s we could walk a few blocks to the outdoor fountain that kids run freely through and just let him run around, get soaked, and enjoy himself. So far I think it’s doing us both some good!

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Creating

My shopping wishlist. My birthday was about a week and a half ago, on a Sunday and I took the Monday after off work. I told my husband that I wanted my birthday present to be that I spent the afternoon shopping by myself and he happily obliged. I wanted to go with a bit of focus and I’m so ready for fall that most things on my list were for the upcoming season. Distressed denim and cozy sweaters were at the top of my list, give me all of them please! I did find jeans, some new t-shirts, and a new purse for the fall so I’ll call it a win, but it was a little too early to find cozy sweaters so that search will continue at a little bit later date.

Eating

Last month I mentioned The Peach Truck and this month they came to Columbus and I went and bought some. You should’ve seen the look on my husbands’ face when I came home with a 25 pound box of peaches, haha! But I’m determined to not waste them so we’ve been eating lots of them and I froze a bunch of them, but my favorite way to use them may have been to make bellinis! I wish I could find the recipe I followed, but it really just consisted of throwing peaches, some sugar, and some lemon juice in my blender and then mixing that with Prosecco when I was ready for a drink. So good!