5 Things

This past weekend we had the best family time. The Mr and I had a lazy Friday which we both so needed. Ellie had her first swim meet and although she didn't place I was extremely proud of how far she has come in such a short period of time. KJ had baseball and well I will never tire of watching him battle it out. The kiddos played, we rented movies, and we took advantage of the slightly cooler weather and they made smores around our custom firepit. Is it too early to say I am ready for another weekend of the same? Here's to 5 things...

1. The kitchen above was designed by the principal designer, Katrina, at Katrina Porter Designs. I had the pleasure of shooting it and it quickly became a favorite of mine. Our new website should be launching November 1st and I am giddy to show you my labor of love. 

2. This shop is quickly becoming a go to for vintage rug pulling for clients of ours. 

3. This house, oh my. Love every last detail. 

4. These leggings from last year are quickly making it back into my clothing rotation as the weather starts to cool off. 

5. KJ came home with this. Kind of cool and kind of freaked me out. ha. 



The Hamster Wheel of Life

Get up extra early to get Ellie to her AM safety patrol duties, make waffles and lunch, get the kiddos to school, head to my three day a week chiropractic session, head to work on Katrina Porter Designs, pick up kiddos, head home for snack and homework duties, then head to activity of the day, head home, fit in Two Ellie and give time to Kellen Jacob Photography when needed or better yet I crash and hope the Mr was planning to make dinner that night. Weekends look a little different as we consider a weekend Friday and Saturday since the Mr works on Sunday's. Friday the Mr and I try to stick together. It's a date day of sorts as the kiddos are in school even if said date is to the grocery store. Saturday can be filled with kiddos activities or we lay low, but regardless of what we are doing we do it as a family. Sunday is church, meal prep for my Dr diet, baseball currently, and the kiddos and I clean the house. We all have tasks and knock it out in about an hour. Sound familiar? I know all moms and women in general have some form of daily tasks that can leave room for little else.

I had a swim mom ask if I ever get tired of the hustle, when I am healthy, then answer is mostly no. I try to do whatever I am doing at that moment well. When they overlap that is when frustration {as in fly off the handle when the slightest thing goes array} occurs and I can become overwhelmed. I know this is my trigger so I try to order my hours in such a way so that can't happen. Does it always work? no, but I feel like every week I am getting better. Honestly ALL the things I do daily I love. I love being part of the kiddos daily lives, I love my husband, I love design, I love photography, I love Two Ellie, I honestly feel refreshed once the house is back in order. Granted I could do without mopping the floors so that hasn't happened in forever. Gross I know, but atleast they get swept or vacuumed on a regular basis. 

There are days I stop and think about the hamster wheel I feel like I am running on. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this wheel won't run like this forever and it's okay to feel like the repetition could drive me mad. I also have to look deeper and make sure that all the things are God ordered. That I am ultimately following the path He laid out for me. Currently I believe I am and once one of those tasks are no longer a part of who He needs me to be then I will shift and move on. I have stopped planning what the future holds as it never is I imagine. I do find it's always better though. What I do plan on is following His path and where it leads, to better myself in Him, and along the way many doors open and close but I am better for it because God is the writer of my story. How do you all maintain a daily hustle without going crazy? For me I know I need to start and end my day in prayer even if it's only for a few minutes, a good cup of wind down tea and I will never pass on a good book. Of course time spent with friends may be a cure all for me. How about you? 

 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledgeβ€”that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.- Ephesians 3: 17-19

Sweater Perfect

Aging. It happens to everyone and at 36 I am slowly, but surely seeing signs of it. Some absolutely refuse to admit that aging will occur, but I am welcoming it with open arms. The lines on my face that are developing are ones that represent a life lived with ups and downs. Just recently I noticed my eyelids getting softer and looser as I applied makeup, but I also saw laugh lines that represent years of joy. My hand veins are popping more as KJ likes to point out. I am also noticing the lines between my eyes growing deeper from years of squinting in the sun and maybe concentrating a bit too hard. I now try to be conscious of when I am furrowing my brows and never leave home without sunnies. No one wants to look permanently grumpy. Ellie is starting to wear my clothes more and more and I although I love it I also wonder if she is dressing older or am I dressing too young. This past week as I walked into Abercrombie and Fitch for the first time since high school I knew I aged out, but it did not stop me from finding the very piece I went in there for. The lights were so dim I could barely see and the music I found to be a tad too loud. The kids working there gave me "may I help you ma'am" and my only thoughts were how absolutely adorable they were. Alas none of that stopped me from finding the sweater I saw on a much younger generation that I knew would become a staple in my small rotation of clothes. So here is me sans makeup sharing the most perfect sweater fit for any age. It hangs just right, I sized up to a medium from my usual small. It's warm, but not so warm it can't handle a hot flash or two. It's soft enough to wear as I throw it over my pj's for carpool and can then be worn to client meetings or on a date with the Mr. I loved it so much I even bought it in green. 

* I have been reading Cameron Diaz book longevity and the insights it has on aging. It's a great resource for those who inch towards 40 and beyond. 

SOURCES: sweater | PJ shorts old {similar} | jeans this line by Paige bought mine years ago {this is a great similar deal though!} | heels are old coach ginny found at nordstrom rack a few seasons back {similar high, medium, low}  | most comfy new boots 

{photos by Ellie age 11}