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Monday, July 10, 2017

Can't do all the things

I'm a sucker for a good quote. Pretty fonts, words that have meaning....big fan over here. Lately the ones I choose to share have a common theme which is being gentle with yourself, accepting that you can't do it all and things aren't always perfect. Sometimes a little reminder helps bring me back down to the ground when my head is in the clouds. When I'm working like a maniac and striving for the perfect balance between work and home I need reminding. When I'm on a break and home with the girls trying to find time for them AND myself...I need reminding. When I'm striving for "wife of the year" status....yup, reminding.
There is this pressure to make sure I'm "being productive" and packing as much into the day to be sure every moment counts and is worthwhile. Thankfully I don't at all have a husband who has any kind of expectations on how I am spending the day with the girls. Obviously I'm the only one putting this pressure on myself...but why?!? I KNOW I'm not alone on this.  

Surely many of you know the feeling. For me, the day begins with an unrealistic grand plan and when I reach that point where it's obvious things aren't going the way I first envisioned...it almost feels like failing. I'm beginning to really see how ridiculous it is for me to feel the need to justify every moment of the day. It's a lot of work and frankly I'm over it. I posted this on instagram the other day and it completely sums up how I'm feeling...
My summer vacation is coming to an end, and there are many things on that summer to-do list that just won't be happening. Every year I go through this. Summer starts and I'm thinking "this is my chance to accomplish everything I've been wanting to". I'm going to organize my life and make every moment meaningful.

In a perfect world, this is what my summer vacation would look like:

-Organize, organize, organize! My closet, the kitchen, the girls toys....minimalism looks nice...try that out!
-Craft! This includes, crocheting, and my latest obsession that I'm doing research/buying materials for but haven't actually done....bracelet making. You could learn anything from YouTube tutorials...my "watch later" list is a LONG one!
-Read! Oh, there are so many things I want to read! I've gotten into a bunch of essential oil books and cook books. Non-fiction is fitting into my life the easiest at the moment, but oh how I long to dive into some good chick-lit! I've also got a new Marzano book that is calling my name. 
-Cook! From those cookbooks I've been poring over, I've got some big plans. I'm picturing the movie Julie & Julia!
-Oils! I want to learn everything there is to know about essential oils! I'm part of several amazing communities I would love to keep up with, read everything that's shared, learn about the latest products, watch all the live videos, participate in all the classes! 
-Document! I want to take a million pictures (which I do), blog all the important moments, and capture every milestone in some way!
-Be a #fitmom! Eat well, exercise at least 4-5 times per week. 

This is just a glimpse at a few of the things that have my head spinning. I want to do all the things! Ummmm, helloooo! This list is insane...the reality is I can't do all the things. Balancing my work and home life doesn't mean that I have to spend every home moment jamming in a ridiculous amount of accomplishments in every minute of free time. I know this...yet sometimes reminders still help.
Who cares about a to-do list anyway? All I really want to do is sit on the floor and play with my babies! They are only little once, and in 10 days, our summer vacation will end and I won't have the option to spend an entire lazy day with them like this. 
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Friday, June 30, 2017

All about Emmy-Ems

Let's talk about our Littlest E! Since I left things hanging at 36 weeks pregnant, it only seems right that I dedicate this entire post to the newest member of the family. Emmy Kate was born on August 29, 2016 at 6 lbs, 10 oz. The best way I can describe her is an absolute JOY...this includes now and even during the "newborn trenches"! 
Emmy has such a sweet little personality and a smile that melts our hearts. She is a very easy going, low-key and go with the flow kind of baby. I think I birthed one of those mythical unicorn babies....parents often refer to them as "good babies". Ella gave us a rough start, mainly due to her tummy troubles, so you can't really compare (and shouldn't). Since I don't want to jinx things, I'm not going to get into what a great napper and sleeper she is...and how she is smiling most of the time. Ha! 

Ella is a phenomenal big sister and of course, a great helper like Stephen and I knew she would be. People often ask me if she experienced jealousy. She absolutely did, but in never presented in any animosity between her and Emmy. Instead, she demonstrates it through attention seeking behaviors. She absolutely adores her Little Sis! Now that Emmy is more interactive, Ella gets the biggest kick out of playing with her. All day long Ella says things like "isn't she cute", and "awwwwww, look at Emmy". I love how she loves her and is just as fascinated with her as Stephen and I are! We are all enjoying watching this baby girl grow. Why does it have to be happening so fast?! 
As of now, Emmy is in full-on crawling mode, is always trying to pull herself up and she cruises around in her walker like a boss. It's hilarious to watch her fly across the wood floors and crash into things! She also has found her voice recently and is always trying to copy us and even sings too. Speaking of singing, she LOVES the movie 'Sing'....even the cover of the blue ray makes her excited! Anything with music she loves because bopping along and clapping is her favorite. She is just so happy and sweet! So far, she claps, stomps, waves, blows little kisses and pretends to talk on the phone. No joke, her first official words were "Aunt Laura"...referring to one of her little people with blonde hair! We call her Emmy-Emys, Em, Ems, Emmy Face...sometimes I call her my meatball baby, or my "Shnookies" (not sure where that came from but it really stuck for me). 
It's been a blast being home with her this summer vacation. The timing is perfect because she's changing and learning so much by the day.  Hubs and I are thrilled to have another little Skoblicki girl to love on! Now if only time would slow down!
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Dear El + Em

Oh, Hi! It's been a while, huh?! 

A few nights ago, I was going through my e-mail....I mean REALLY going through it. Deleting, unsubscribing, the first step in organizing my life like I said I'd do this summer vacation (that's now halfway over). What a cluster! Things had gotten a tad bit out of control. The e-mail icon on my phone had been haunting me for a while. How did I things get to this point? No idea! I'm the person who doesn't like ANYTHING hanging over my head...let alone WELL over 1,000 e-mails! It wasn't work e-mail, these were 99.9% personal e-mails....and of course it was mostly junk. The only time I'd pop in was to check for Michael's coupons, or to check a tracking number for whatever the latest delivery was that I had on the way. However, buried amongst all the junk was a very important e-mail. My domain for "neverthesamespicetwice.com" was on the brink of expiring within the next few days! 

Yes, that was a whole lot of dramatic build up to get to the point...but for me this was a wake up call in so many ways. It's not like my blog would have disappeared if I didn't take action immediately, but it was time to make the dreaded decision. Should I stay, should I go, should I start over entirely. I've invested the past EIGHT years into this space. It's changed and grown along with me. The big move to Florida, an engagement, wedding planning, two pregnancies, bumpdates, motherhood. Let's not forget all the scrapbooking (old school "Day in the life of Sessy"), new friendships, jobs, recipes, meal plans, link ups and guest posts! There's no part of me that thinks of myself as a good writer, it's not like I'm one of those people who use writing as an outlet...maybe I do, but sometimes it can certainly feel like a chore.

I just simply like to document life. Yes, I have a tendency to highlight the positive for the most part of course, with some boring every day details that no one necessarily cares about thrown in there too. What are the things I want to remember? Am I marketing my "brand", or am I just using this as a place where I can compile my thoughts, share my favorite things and document life's blessing big and small? This blog is MY place, maybe I should just blog what I want and stop overthinking things. 

For now, I'm getting back to basics with a little good old fashioned "no-frills, no-pressure blogging". Who reads this thing anyway...and does that matter? I'm not trying to please the masses. There are two tiny people that I know will maybe want to read my thoughts some day...Ella Rose and Emmy Kate. These girls are my everything, I'd like to think that they would get a kick out of checking this place out. When I thought about starting completely over, I figured there's just too much history here it would be a shame not to keep it all together. So, here I am again. Same blog, a new name. I don't know how often I'll be around or exactly which direction is coming next. Let's just start here! I still love to cook, I feel like maybe I'll share an occasional recipe from time to time. Even though Hubs and I are nowhere near parenting experts, there are definitely certain aspects of this adventure that deserve to be documented! Besides my two girlies, the two new latest obsessions include essential oils (which I'd love to post about... Young Living distributor up in here, WOOT) and planner stickers (did you know that was even a thing...no really)! 

Boy, I'm glad that I finally decided (at 1:00 in the morning) to take charge of my life and sort that disastrous inbox out! It's amazing how simply changing a blog name can make you re-evaluate your entire life! Even though a few years ago I said I wasn't going to change it, it felt like it was now time. If not for any other reason, I needed to freshen things up in order to have a little added motivation. "Tacos and Target" was available....5 years ago, 20-something year old me would have been ALL over that! However, I needed something a little less trendy, and a little more personal! "Dear El and Em" seems perfect because at this point, the minute I open a draft or proofread a post....I'll be picturing reading it from their point of view, years from now. This is for me, but it's also for them. LOVE you both! 
Ella, 3 going on 13 - I mean 4 Emmy, 10 months
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(Mommy)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Sunday mornings are for jammies! That's a thing, right? We are lounging over here. There's lots to do around the house. It will get done, but I'm in no rush.
Sunday: BBQ at Mom & Dad's house! (Gotta love it!)
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Cucumber Avocado Subs
Thursday: Pulled Pork with sweet potatoes and mixed veggies
Friday: Roasted Garlic Spinach White Pizza

For most of this weekend, the theme has been "RELAXATION". Not total "laying around the house all day" kind of relaxation, but "taking it easy and enjoying quality time doing homey things" kind of relaxation.

Yesterday, we had some Mommy/Ella time in the morning when we went shopping for her new "dancin' shoes". My baby started dance class this past week, she's a natural of course! We also bought lots of goodies to finish of Lil Sissy's room. At night, we met up with friends for dinner, dancing and ice cream with the kiddos.
Tonight we are going to my parent's house for a BBQ, and then Grandma may come back to my house to put Ella to bed so Hubs and I can watch the last episode of Game of Thrones with my dad on his fancy-schmancy new TV! We literally binge watched that entire series in a little under 2 months. LOVE it! Now we have to wait for season 7 like normal people?! We need something new to get into...suggestions?! 

So that's it over in our world. Enjoying one more day of chilling before we get back to the grind! 

Happy Sunday! 
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

36 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Baby Girl is the size of a chihuahua...or a cabbage patch doll!
Whoa, she's getting big, I promise....this pic seems to be a bit deceiving. I don't know if it's the angle, or the black shirt but I'm glad I snapped this one a few days prior. Now, this is a little more realistic!
At my appointment on Wednesday, I found out that I'm two centimeters dilated already! I'm not surprised because I've been feeling all kinds of pressure lately. She feels very low and it doesn't particularly feel very good! The news doesn't excite me too much because I know there's really no way to know if this means she's coming early or not. I'd like her to cook a little longer despite the fact that I'm very OVER being pregnant. Regardless, I'm trying reallyyyyyy hard not to rush whatever time I have left and enjoy our last days of being a family of three. My next appointment is on Tuesday, so we'll see if I'm progressing any more. I'm trying not to put too much stock into it though. 
As you can tell, I've been taking more photos of the bump these days. I never know which bumpdate is going to be my last. I had to take this one of my shiny coconut oiled belly the other day! Just weighed myself...I've gained exactly 30 pounds so far (same as 36 weeks with Ella). I'm super bloated and noticing that I'm seriously retaining water. I've been vigilant in making sure I'm drinking lots of water. There's nothing worse than waking up with cramps in my ankles and calves. The goal is to avoid that altogether! Speaking of waking up...I wake up anywhere from 4-6 times per night. Getting up to go potty is not as big of an issue for me as the actual act of getting up out of bed. It takes a lot of effort. Looking forward to having a core that works again!

Two more weeks left of work! It has been intense, I'll just leave it at that! I'm planning to stop working about a week before my due date (I'm about 90% sure of this, may extend it if I'm feeling fabulous). It would be nice to have a little time home to prepare for Lil Sis. Her room is coming along, it's starting to look like a newborn is going to be living here soon! Hubs, Ella and I are getting very excited! 


Click HERE to check out 36 weeks with Ella Rose! 
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