Andrew had work yesterday so it was just me and these three!
Skye had no desire to go to nursery so she hung out with me.
The kids told me that this should be a repeat recipe.
The bubble machine provided a lot of entertainment.
We finished off the day with dinner at my sister’s house for her little boy’s bday. She made pizza and we brought a salad.
We gave my nephew the Crocodile Dentist Game and he loved it.. this was one of my favorite games as a kid!
I thought it would be fun today to answer Carly’s questions!
*Growing our family…. I’ll get back to you on that one but currently the 2 year old stage is keeping us really really busy!
Post tantrum at the grocery store where everyone was staring at me because Skye was screaming and because I was wearing shorts in January:
*Andrew’s first thought about blogging? The person that set us up on a blind date told him that I was a blogger before our first date but he really had NO idea what that meant. Just like any job out there, you don’t really know what it involves until you see the backside of it all. I think he thought it was something I did once or twice a week and it wasn’t until we were married where he really saw how much time I spent on it each day. He definitely had to get used to having SO many pictures of him taken each day but I’m sure he enjoys that every day of his life the last three years has been documented ha. PS there are so many times we have to go look back on the blog to see who was right about something haha (ie when we did something/where we ate/what we did for kid’s bday etc).
Our first picture together:
*What are my thoughts about going back to teaching? At this stage in life I am really happy with our current set-up. I absolutely love blogging and can work it around Andrew’s and our family’s schedules nicely. I love love love that my job right now is all about connecting with other people from all over the world. I feel very lucky to have the job that I do where I truly enjoy it. I also have times when I really miss teaching. A few months ago I spoke at the kid’s school about health/drugs and I wanted to cry because it just felt so good to be doing that again. I think long term, I want to go back to teaching high school when our kids get to that high school age (hopefully they are okay with that, ha). At that point, we won’t have kids at home during the day and Andrew will be done with schooling (he starts Nurse Practitioner school in a little over a year)! Until then, I am excited to start coaching cross-country at the kid’s school so I still get a little bit of that passion in a few times a week!
From back in my student teacher days… I don’t remember what I used the piñata for that day to teach them a valuable lesson but I’m sure they remember;)
*What do I do about slow blog periods? For many years of blogging I would stress out majorly. Luckily, my banner ads are pretty consistent each month which is nice but there are definitely periods of time when I am not working with sponsors. Things always ended up working out but I would just do my best to focus on the things I could control and let go of the rest. During any slow sponsor months I would focus on increasing page views (by writing more posts, sharing them in more places) and affiliate earnings. Those ’slow’ times were definitely stressful when solely providing for a family of 2-5 people during those years of blogging. But now, I feel very lucky because of Andrew’s job. I don’t feel any stress or pressure about it now because we have a steady pay check and HEALTH INSURANCE (self-employed health insurance for a family was a joke) from him. It’s really nice to not have to stress about a slow month because our incomes together work great for our family. Oh and I monetize my blog through sponsored posts, banner ads and affiliate links. There were points where I was doing 2 sponsored posts a week but now even if I have that chance to do that many sponsored posts from companies that I love and trust… I try to stick to 1-2 a month now. PS you can read more of my blogging tips here.
*What do I do when I’m struggling emotionally? Or maybe you don’t? Oh this is a good question too because I DEFINITELY DO. I feel like I can share online if I am going through a problem that is personal (ie eating disorder problems in the past, loneliness, anxiety, injuries etc) but I do not feel comfortable sharing problems online that I am going through with other people involved (because I don’t want to ever affect someone’s reputation for the worse). Last year I went through a few really hard emotional things. They were things that made me pull all-nighters because I was so sad and couldn’t stop crying (nothing to do with Andrew). I wish I had a golden answer for what I do when things get really hard but really… I just survive. Time heals all wounds and sometimes you just have to get through those hours/days/weeks/months before you start to feel better. I run, I take baths, I cry, I eat chocolate for every meal, I pray, I journal my feelings, I go to therapy, I listen to music that feels healing to me, I talk to people I trust and I just hope to wake up feeling a little bit better the next morning. As I get older I am learning more and more that we aren’t made to always be happy. It’s normal to go through pits to get to the next peak, we all have to trudge through the pits every now and then. If you are ever in a pit and need someone to talk to, I’m HERE!
What are some thing that you do when you are struggling emotionally?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What in your world is currently keeping you busiest?
What was the best part of your weekend?