Happy October! As you may have noticed, I took a little (unexpected) break from the blog. At first, I was overwhelmed once Bash was home from summer camp alongside Baby Sister Ava. I thought we’d just take a week off and then hit our stride with coordinated naps (a mom can dream!). As August and September came and went, I was happy to let the blog and social media slide as I needed some time to recharge. Despite all of my planned ideas, I let go and enjoyed some time to relax (well, as much as any SAHM could in between rounds of Whack-a-Mole, aka, 2 kids at home).
We weren’t sure how life would work with baby Ava in the mix, so this was really the first summer where I didn’t make any plans beyond Bash’s summer camp, giving us an unplanned August and part of September to fill. Initially, I had anxiety that each week (let alone day) didn’t have a full itinerary. (Can you tell…I’m a hyper planner; it’s the triple threat: Virgo + OCD + ESTJ). But I have to admit that it was nice to just chill. During somewhat coordinated afternoon naps, I indulged in summer chick lit (devouring the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy and catching up with Sarah Maas’s series). We survived rainy days thanks to my dear, wise friend’s advice, “Put on a video for a toddler and you have 20 minutes of quiet time. Teach a toddler to use Netflix and you have a lifetime of mornings to sleep in” (thank you, Michelle!). And, somewhere in between way too much screen time (Paw Patrol for Bash, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for me) and a house full of croup patients (seriously, who gets croup in the summer?), we adjusted to life with 2.
We were regulars at the parks and even Baby Ava joined in on the fun.
We cooled off and took in some art at our favorite museums.
Towards the end of August, I was even able to take another photography class, which helped me recharge creatively.
We also decamped to the beach for a last minute “family trip” (formerly known as “vacation”). It felt good to be as lazy as one can be when traveling with kids.
With summer vacation a distant memory, we are settling into our back-to-school routine. We are all adjusting to earlier mornings but I’m very excited that Bash has school every day now for a couple hours longer. Since Nick does drop-off, I get to drink my coffee (hot), actually read the paper (not just skimming the headlines), indulge in a shower (uninterrupted), spend one-on-one time with Ava (we play with Bash’s cars when he’s away…shhh, our little secret), and get stuff done.
As we usher in the crisp, cooler air, we can’t wait to see what Fall brings. Cheers to turning over a new leaf!