Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekending and A Little Confession

Hello hello, my friends! I took a few days off from blogging last week, really without any planning or intention. In all honesty, I have been feeling slightly burnt out of the social media world lately. Despite my best efforts, it can often feel like a rat race, and I have gotten caught up in it. While I love this space and the opportunities that it has allowed me, I never want to deviate from being true to myself and remembering why I started blogging in the first place; because I love to write, and because I love having family memories to cherish and look back upon. Family and real life always come first, and in the dangerous world of social media it can be easy to slip into a gray area where your priorities may not be quite as they should be. At the end of the day, I love blogging, but if I need to take a week off because life is hectic, I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I am learning to say no to things I do not truly believe in or feel passionate about. I don't know if I would call what I am doing 'taking a step back', but I want to get back to focusing on my family, what we have going on, and the things in my life that are truly most important. And with that, onto our weekend!
On Friday, I got a last minute call over the lunch hour to go see the wedding dress that my future sister-in-law was in love with. My calendar was wide open (does anyone actually have meetings on Friday afternoons?) so I took the rest of the day off to go enjoy watching her try on dresses! The one she went back for didn't end up giving her all of the feels like it did before, BUT..she found her dress! She looked so beautiful, and the more time I spend with her the more it because so obvious that her and my brother are a perfect match. While I would love to share's bad luck to see the bride before the wedding ;-)
Once I got home on Friday, we made dinner and fed the boys, and I got Lincoln put to bed. And then I got ready to head out for some appetizers with my sister-in-law and our high school friend. I drove over to meet them, and the second I walked in the door, I checked Jessie's left hand (she has been dating Jer for 7 years) and THERE IT WAS! He finally popped the question! Poor Jessie got tackled by me, but I didn't care :-) I am so thrilled for one of my oldest childhood friends-it was a total highlight to start the weekend! I rocked my fun new top that I plan to share with you all soon, and it felt so nice to wear something that wasn't covered in slobber and baby boogers ;-)
On Saturday, Mike offered to smoke some pork for my nephew's confirmation, so our whole day was pretty busy between all of the meat preparations, going on a walk with the boys, and getting ready for our first church attempt in nearly six months. And you guys..we lasted half an hour. We really tried. We did. But our kids made it R.O.U.G.H. They were so squirmy, and the only thing that would quiet them at all was snacks. So, when both of us had left for the entryway because each child was being so unruly, we decided to call it a day. I must say, it didn't leave us particularly encouraged to go again, but I suppose we will keep trying. Or bring books. WHY IN THE WORLD DIDN'T I THINK TO BRING BOOKS OR CRAYONS. Next time!
The rest of the night was spent having dinner at my sister-in-laws to celebrate my nephew. We stayed out late (for the boys) and didn't get home until around 8pm ;-)
Sunday was the ultimate lazy day. I went to the grocery store, Jackson never got out of his jammies, and I actually managed to prep dinner. All of the boys took naps, and we watched The Office, which is just our all time favorite.  
Did any of you do anything fun this weekend? Here's to a great Monday and a smooth work week!
Linking up with Biana today!


  1. This sounds like the perfect weekend! I love your black top. And girl, as evidenced by our texting conversation on Friday, you know how I feel about that first part! ;) Family will ALWAYS come first...this blog will always be here, but those sweet babies won't. Thankful for you!

  2. I've definitely been there with the blog and social media (Instagram in particular). At one point I decided I wasn't going to look at my site stats anymore. All it did was frustrate me and feel like I was in a rat race. I wrote posts that I wanted to write and I didn't check in to see how they did. That really helped getting me back to focusing on what I truly enjoy.

    - Claudia

  3. I totally feel you on the blogging rat race! It can be so motivating yet at the same time so depleting. It looks like you had a fabulous weekend with family though. I don't have children yet (goddaughter who I've taken to church before) and I know how hard it can be to get through an hour there lol. I always feel for the parents with squirmy little ones!

  4. I LOVE The Office - such a good show! Sounds like it was a great weekend - lots of family and fun!

  5. Oh church with kids! Always nerve-wracking! Haha. Fortunately our church has a "cry room" in the back where we used to sit until ours were finally able to behave well enough for the big church. Most weekends they are really great, but sometimes Olivia still gets a little crazy. Her new thing now is to say, "SSSSHHHH!!!!" so loud that it actually negates the being quiet and it ends up makes more noise than it would if she were just talking. Lol. Definitely bring books next time! They are lifesavers in church!

  6. We did absolutely nothing exciting this weekend- I need it to be June to be excitement-free all day, every day! I love your black top!

  7. Love that black top on you with that lipstick! And yes, I work on not feeling pressured to blog constantly!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  8. I LOVE your top and can't wait to find out more about it. I have been feeling that way about blogging and social media as well. I try so hard to get my numbers up and not much happens. And I don't want to overshare because I want to respect my kids' privacy. It is a vicious cycle. I can't wait to see her wedding dress.

  9. You looked so cute in your outfit! I always love lazy evenings with snuggles from the kiddos! Also, I can completely relate with the social media/blogging burnout. With all the constant changes with Instagram it can be frustrating, but try to focus on the reason you love blogging in the first place- that always helps me when I'm going through a rut. Happy Wednesday!


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