Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ready for a slow down

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It's already August and I cannot even believe there's only three weeks until the start of school. We have done a lot so far this summer (considering I worked the five week summer program at school), but the weather has felt more like fall on some days and our tans are fading because of that, which I'm not thrilled about.

I'm definitely looking forward to just enjoying these next three weeks though, and we are really excited because we have a big trip planned to Disney. This week has been so crazy because this trip is kind of last minute and I've been organizing everything and running around making sure we have everything ready to go. Booking a trip last minute sucks in that you run around like crazy trying to get everything done, but it's also allowed me to see that as much as I would love having everything all planned out far in advance, it's not really how we do things. It's hard for me to commit to something two months from now because things change and you just don't know what's going to happen or what things will be like a few months from now. This has really shown me that it's just not how I work. I hate waiting for things so booking a trip a year from now would be complete torture for me. It was hard for me to even book fast passes to the rides at Disney because how do we know if we will do a certain park on a certain day, let alone commit to a certain time for a ride. It stressed me out! I have been able to see how I prefer spontaneity over a strict schedule- things change, the weather changes, things come up. I would rather roll with it then get stressed or annoyed if something comes up or things change.

I am so ready for a slow down on our trip. No emails, not thinking about work or grad school or anything, no real responsibilities for a week- just being and letting go of any stress and centering and recharging myself and being with my little family and reconnecting and enjoying every moment with them.

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These photos are from the other week on a hike with my mom and the girls and dogs. It was a great two-hour hike and super relaxing and but it was also a lot of work with the three dogs and two little girls because I made everyone climb down to the waterfall and back up, but you can't take me to a waterfall and just expect me to look at it and not go to it :) It was so worth it.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

a day at Roger Williams zoo

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We spent the day at Roger Williams zoo with my parents. We usually go every summer but it was my parent's first time here with us. It was a gorgeous day and we had a great time. We got there for when it opened so we beat a lot of the crowds and had lunch outside on the picnic tables.

some photos from our day at the zoo...

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

newport

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Josh and I took the girls to Newport, RI the other day. I had the day all planned out and thought the girls would love it here. We started the day out walking along a street filled with shops, but it was nothing like I expected. The shops weren't that great and we spent half the time walking back and forth trying to find a restroom. We were over that pretty quickly so we decided to head over to the cliff walk. It was hot, the girls were tired already, and they could have cared less about how pretty the walk is. The girls complained and Nicole melted down- definitely not the start I was expecting! We cut our walk short and took the girls over to Second beach to relax, walk along the beach, and swim. Before heading home I was hoping to find a restaurant with a patio overlooking the ocean to have a late lunch. We drove around, but we couldn't find the type of restaurant I was hoping for, so we just ate at the first restaurant we saw and called it a day. After this trip, I realized I'm not the biggest fan of Rhode Island, especially because there's always so much traffic.

On a more positive note- the cliff walk was really pretty, we tried somewhere new, we spent time together as a family, and we got to to play in some good waves.

A few photos from the day below...

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The ocean changed the girl's moods at least!

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One of my favorite things to do with the girls is walk along the beach and collect shells. It's always so calming.

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Nicole was being fresh and didn't want to take a picture with us :)

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This photo makes them seem like sweet and happy sisters, but oh no- Kennadie was being fresh at this point and didn't want Nicole touching her, but I made them stand there until they smiled for a nice picture together :)Newport