Life Lately: An Update in the Midst of Busy

Happy last day of August!


{All photos of random things we’ve been up to in the past two weeks}

I don’t know about you, but tomorrow officially begins fall in my house. It’s my favorite month of the year – and not just because it’s my birthday month. I’m turning 34 on the 30th, which is so exciting! It’s also the beginning of college football season (Go Gators!) and it’s only a week until New York Fashion Week.

September is a busy month for us, and I love it. We have zero plans this weekend but to lay low, watch some Gator football, and have some sweet time with our kids. And visit with some family that’s in town for the weekend, which is always fun. The past few weeks have been hectic, which is why the blog has been a little crazy.

That said – I’m just going to share a life update with you guys rather than a useful blog post you can do anything with. At the risk of sounding like I’m impressed with myself, we do a pretty good job of keeping our house, our kids, and our business in order – but sometimes life gets a little out-of-control all at once. It’s especially problematic when one or more of us gets sick, because it takes a while to bounce back from that. When all six of us are sick at once – Oh. My. Bear with me as I try to keep up-to-date with the blog and with the crazy hectic life I have at the moment.

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The Week From Hell

Last week….oh, last week. I’m not a complainer, but I am absolutely glad weeks like last week are few and far between. We’re fortunate, and I’m not complaining. But I will share.

Monday – forgot to pick the kids up from school because I was an entire HOUR off in my brain. That was panicky. Cue the mom guilt. My husband panicked when he realized they’d been out of school for 25 minutes and I wasn’t there! Thankfully some mom friends kept them entertained. Perks of being a PTA board member, I guess. Anyway, I felt horrible about that.

Tuesday – Picked the kids up on time (Go me), blew tire. Well, the rubber started coming off of the back passenger tire in my 18-month-old Denali as I drove to pick the twins up from school. Apparently, you should look at your tires (and my car dealership should be VERY ashamed of themselves, because they did not tell me I needed new tires when I was in there for an oil change in June!).

Wednesday – Got new tires. Really noticed a huge change in the way the SUV drives. Huh. I should pay more attention.

Thursday – Woke up to lots of kids with runny noses, and a husband with a runny nose. And me with a runny nose.

Friday – Posted my fourth blog in one week only to realize that NONE OF MY BLOG POSTS were showing up. It took me three days and 4 people at WordPress to figure that one out.

Saturday – Busy day. Lots of plans. Wake up to four kids unable to swallow anything. All crying and whiny. Doctor instead of fun. Doctors save we have lots and lots and lots and lots of tonsillitis.

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A New Week

Thankfully everyone is feeling so much better this week, back at school, we are all on the mend, and it’s been a good week. But it’s a busy week. I have my regular clients to handle each day (which, in case I’ve never mentioned it before, means I have 10,000 to 15,000 word per day to write for them Monday-Friday) as well as a few new clients, a blog post to write and edit and submit for a collaboration I’m doing with Smile Brilliant – get excited about that one!

And I have one week until NYFW. That means planning on house sitters, and kids’ schedules, and our schedules. I have so many runway shows, presentations, and collections, and events to attend in NYC next week I don’t think I’ll have time to breathe. None of my outfits have arrived yet, and I haven’t even started packing.


But – it’ll all get done. I’m just swimming through this week trying to get as much rest as possible to get better, trying to work ahead as much as possible to clear my schedule for NYC, and trying to enjoy my babies being healthy again.

Oh – and our oldest daughter began tap, ballet, and hip-hop dance classes three weeks ago. She also began an advanced tumbling class with her best friend at her new dance studio – and they are LOVING it. They are currently working on their aerials and their front handsprings – and watching them is amazing. Though there is a part of me that thinks they like the fact that they are always on television in the waiting room where parents sit to watch them perform more than anything – they have superstar status! These classes mean adding even more to our schedule, but she loves it and we love that she loves it – so we do it.

Now, if only my sweet husband would start to feel better…

On that note, I do have some very exciting blog posts coming up in the next few weeks. I have some travel advice, the most amazing collab with Smile Brilliant, a full NYC recap, Fashion Week recaps, and so many other fun stuff.

But mostly I’m just excited to spend a long weekend away with my husband. I kind of like him, you know, and I enjoy spending some quality time with him without the kids from time to time. It’s nice. *insert all the heart eyes and smiley faces here, please*

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A Moment of Realization

Here’s the thing. Life is good, and we enjoy it. It’s easy to get swept up when everything inconvenient and annoying happens at once, but at the end of the day our problems are quite small. We try to focus on the good. The extra cuddles we get when the kids are sick. The extra time we had at home this week when we weren’t feeling good and we were cancelling plans all over the place.

The fact that most things are just an inconvenience and not real-life problems is something to be thankful for on its own.

How has life been for you lately?


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