This family vacation was one for the books! So many wonderful memories captured, thanks to my love Mike 💓. Our stay was last minute, booked 2 weeks prior. I had requested time off from work knowing I wanted to go somewhere with the family, I just didn’t know where. I was long overdue to get away, and what a perfect getaway it was.
This year marked my 4th official Mother’s Day, but my 1st Mother’s Day I felt as confident as the mother that I have evolved into today. I say it proud. I feel it proud. I am proud. Nobody can tell me I cannot do something when I have birthed these two lives, which have both almost taken mine. But I am here living and breathing fire.
As working parents with little ones it’s certainly challenging to “date your spouse”. However, we’re pretty fortunate to have our kids on a really good routine that they’re usually in bed by 8pm. This leaves the rest of the night to ourselves 🙌🏻. With that precious time we always try and make an effort to reconnect and catch up with each other, and essentially, have a date night in at home 🙂.
Over Thanksgiving weekend I rounded up the cavalry for a casual family photoshoot. I’ve been meaning to share this on the blog, but have been super busy with work as it’s my busy season with my company’s budget 😱. Also, without realizing, I took on some side contract work because I have a problem with saying no 😑. Sometimes I don’t know what I get myself into haha! You feel me?! I’ve also been feeling guilty for neglecting my blog, but prioritizing my time as a working mom of two little ones is not easy. Sleep always wins 🤷🏼♀️. I promise (you and myself) that I’ll get back on it in the next coming weeks! I’ve already got some stuff brewing!
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
This past weekend Mike planned the most amazing birthday surprise for me. I’ve known for weeks that we were going somewhere, but it’s my busy season at work and I honestly haven’t had any time to think about it, let alone, have any kind of excitement towards it. So that entire day was the first time I actually felt the anticipation, eagerness, and joy during the build up. I didn’t know where we were going up until we got there and I saw “The Lights” sign and then my excitement hit its peak. I was overjoyed. This was something that was on my bucket list.
We arrived pretty early to enjoy the festival fun. As you can see below, we started off with double fists of beer, moved along to fill our bellies with food truck treats, and then proceeded to do what everyone else seemed to be doing… have a mini desert landscape photoshoot haha 😂 ! What was not pictured here was Mike trucking along (with his two hands) 2 heavy camping chairs, umbrella and stand, our bag of snacks, and blanket from the car to the hour long line we waited in, and to our spot further inside the festival. In hindsight, a wagon would’ve been nice. I will also mention, I was told to wear a sweater in what felt like 85 degrees. I make a point to say this as a tip to the next man that is thinking about planning a surprise for their significant other because we all know woman are just more organized and prepared 😉.
In our family, Sundays are for Papa’s Motorhome. Mike’s grandpa (aka Papa) purchased his Motorhome in 1997, and since then it has been filled with many family gatherings and memories. It’s kind of crazy to see the multiple generations of grandchildren (and now great grandchildren) that have spent their childhood there. Every Sunday Mike’s grandparents take it to the Bay and we will either spend the day there, or make an effort to at least stop by when we’re out and about. Mike loved it as a kid, our son looks forward to it every weekend, and I’m sure our daughter will grow to enjoy it.
I became internal this week. I was actually feeling uninspired and unmotivated to write, but after a few days I decided to be proactive instead and take action for my family. And in liu of the senseless, heartbreaking, tragic Las Vegas massacre, I decided to dedicate this post to the first responders and good samaritans that helped save some lives during that terrible event. As sad as it is to have this mindset, this is the reality and current world that I am tasked to raise my children in. But, I would rather be prepared for something that never happens, than to be unprepared if it ever does.
I’m definitely a sucker for romance and I always dreamed my Prince Charming would ride in a white horse and sweep me off my feet, but instead…he rode in driving a white Dodge Charger 🤣. Continue reading “Watch out for the quiet ones…👀”
This is my T R I B E.
First, there’s me. Truly the Queen of my own castle. The motor that gets everything running and the glue that holds everyone together.
Then there’s Mike. The love of my life. The grounded earth sign for my very emotional and complex water sign self. The quiet one with the loud mind. Full of integrity and genuineness. My real life Prince Charming and constant reminder that chivalry is not dead in this 21st century.