Surviving a Long Week (And Other Monday Stuff)

Last week was the longest. week. ever. Did anyone else feel that way? I mean, it really felt like it was never going to end. We celebrated the end of that ridiculous week with pizza delivery, because I didn’t have a single brain cell left to think about anything other than what we wanted on our pizza (sausage, onions, mushrooms, and green chile). By the way, I’m thankful Julia finally likes pizza. I mean, the girl was born in Italy, so you’d think pizza would be her favorite meal, but nope. She wouldn’t touch it up until a few months ago.

This week is already shaping up to be better. To start with, my husband has today off, so he’s in there watching Daniel Tiger while I’m in the office. Also? We have TWO potential baby sitters coming over here for an interview this morning. Do you know what this means? This means I may find some balance again—hallelujah! I’m crossing my fingers and toes, and saying some prayers that at least one of the two will work out. I also factored in a plan to get me to the gym, which makes me really happy; I’m actually going to go sign up for it after the potential sitters leave.

Because I know family reads this blog (hi, family!) here are some updates on the girls and some pictures to go with them. Things have been busy over here, so I haven’t done a great job of keeping up with them on here, so hopefully a quick post will give you a peek into how we’re doing.

Julia is really happy to be back at school. They’ve had a couple themed weeks lately: dinosaurs and snowmen, and she was pretty happy about the edible snowman she made:


This next picture isn’t “special” by any means, because neither girl is actually smiling, but I like it. They were both unintentionally matching that day, and I love the Julia’s being a toddler with her almost-smiling face, and Maddie is just looking at her. The sisterly bond and love these two have for each other is overwhelming some days. I’m sure they’ll fight when they get older, but for right now it’s simply amazing.


These next pictures are more great examples of Julia being a toddler, and Maddie being herself. Smiling is this girl’s favorite thing in the entire world.



The other day we went to Chick-fil-A, and while Julia was running off her energy in the play area, Madilyn decided to get her read on. If there’s a book around, she’ll pick it up, open it and then just smile or giggle.


And so she won’t feel left out, here’s a collage of Julia. One minute she’ll say, “CHEESE!!!” And the next minute you get…this. Oh, Julia!

PicMonkey Collage

Seriously. She stayed in that last position for about a minute, which is basically an eternity in toddler time. Then, of course, she wanted to see that particular picture, and then laughed hysterically at it.

Here’s another one of her playtime antics. She insisted I dress up with her and put on more eyes! I happily obliged…at least I got a tiara to go with them!

PicMonkey Collage2

A couple of weeks ago I also had my first vendor fair! I packed up a bag of my favorite Pampered Chef stuff and set up shop. Even though it was sort of a flop (not a single guest came by—due to extremely poor advertising), it gave me a chance to practice setting things up, and talking to other home business owners next to me. And the bright side: one of them booked a cooking show, so I get to pamper her and her friends next week!


And so he’s not left out, here’s a picture of Kenny with Julia. They almost always get silly after dinner:

PicMonkey Collage

So there’s that—a quick post with some pictures and a few updates on our lives! We’ll have some hard days/weeks, but it’s always nice to get back into the swing of things. I’m so thankful for a husband who takes time and appreciates his family, and who helps out around the house. He may work long hours and go away often, but I’m grateful he makes up for that absence when he is home.

Hope you all have a great week!



  1. What cuties you have! I’m a nanny to quadruplets who are 3 and I’ve loved seeing how crazy they can be and how fun their personalities are. I love all of the collages of your girls, they are absolutely precious! Congrats on your first vendor fair! I’ve done a few selling my painted crosses and have loved doing it!

  2. Thank you for the update and pictures! You totally made my Monday! I am smiling from ear to ear!

  3. The girls are growing up so fast! How cute are they together?! Good luck with the baby sitter interviews. Having a sitter is life altering. The balance gets easier in the toddler and preschool years. You’re doing great things to find it now!

    Funny that Julia won’t eat pizza. My youngest is the pickiest eater on the planet, but thankfully eats pizza. Preferably with buffalo mozzarella or no cheese at all.

  4. Your kids are adorable and just naturals in front of the camera. My cousin’s little girl is the same way… you pull out a phone and a camera and she poses.
    I hope this week is more relaxing for you! But yay pizza victory!

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