Good Morning friends, or by now, maybe it’s afternoon.
I know I’m a little late to check-in, and I’m skipping the usual Friday Favorites. It’s just been that type of week, ya know? My workouts were, uh, non – existent, my child care was low, and I was in business/mommy survival mode. So nothing new to share, no pictures of meals, and no workouts. I didn’t have much to say about this past week.
So I figured I was long overdue for a coffee date with y’all. Aren’t we all long overdue with coffee dates and wine dates with all our friends? I know I am.
(Pictured above is my pumpkin spice cold brew! If you haven’t tried it, it’s a fall must, especially if you live somewhere that hot coffee is still off the books for a while!)
So, if we were having coffee, I’m sure we’d both have lots to talk about. I mean, regardless of whether we haven’t caught up since springtime turned all our worlds upside down or if we chat regularly, life changes faster and faster, now more than ever. I’d ask you what your life is like this fall. Are you working from home or going to work? What are the kids doing? Virtual school, daycare, in-home nanny, you’re staying at home, what’s life like now?
For me, the childcare aspect has been super challenging. We’ve been lucky to have a lot of family help since the spring, but right now, I’m constantly switching between mom and work mode. I’m working more on the weekends than I care too. And life is just different this year since I’m teaching online and I’m home much more (which is both, at times, a blessing and a curse.) It’s just a different normal, but I may have some upcoming changes to my schedule that may require more childcare than we currently have.
If that happens, I’m not sure how we will handle it. I’m most concerned about older family members and putting them at risk. It’s so hard. I don’t judge anyone’s choices. I envy you for having made a choice, whatever that may be. I’ve been hiding out, stating over and over how lucky I am, I don’t have to make that decision this year. And thinking to next year, when I had planned to enroll KJ in preschool, only to realize his October birthday makes him ineligible for most 3-year-old programs, especially the ones where we already have friends enrolled and like the schools. So now, we will have to find something else. One thing is for sure, the kid needs socialization, I can only keep pretending for so long that I care whether he shares his toys with me, ya know? He isn’t buying the “oh but Mommy wants to play with that one” bit at all. I don’t blame him, I wouldn’t believe me either.
Anyways, the endless scenarios and options in my head for the next month and year are driving me nuts. I guess this is just being a parent, though!
Switching topics, our bathroom reno is officially done, and I owe you guys some pictures! Sometimes I look around and can’t even believe it’s our bathroom. We have one other bathroom in the house, and we ordered all matching materials at the same time as the master, so the question is when to start the second bathroom? While it won’t be near as much work as the master, I can’t help but want to delay it as long as possible. It was a lot of work, for them mostly, but still! Less family time when all day on Saturday is spent on the bathroom. But it has to be done at some point! I’m just praying for cooler weather first.
Speaking of cooler weather, I seriously envy those of you in a place where it’s started to cool off. It’s still 100+ in the afternoon here, and I’m dying, well, technically melting. I know that it’s usually still warm here in November, and that doesn’t exactly make me thrilled, ya know? We barely had any rain this summer; you think we could catch a break somehow!
Do you know what else has to be done? I mentioned on Instagram stories that my computer is on the fritz, so as soon as I’m done with this post, I will pull the plug on a new one. I’d probably try harder to fix this one, but Mr. Hungry’s computer is over ten years old, and it would be a bonus not to have him ask me to borrow my laptop for apple TV anymore. I know it’s selfish, but still. That being said, thank God for my SIL, who can help walk me through the smartest decision for me on what model and where to upgrade to have a computer that meets my demands will into the future.
What else? That’s almost 1000 words, so, I think that’s it for now. I’d love to hear what life is like for you this fall, friends!