Stress Less Holidays

 From Christmas shopping and the huge list of DIY crafts you’ve been wanting to try, to trying to fit everything onto your calender, it’s easy to feel instantly overwhelmed once we get to November.  I know I tend to get slightly crazy (really, only to my husband) between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with endless thoughts of worrying, stressing, and putting myself down.
I know what I can do to combat this negativity! So I’ve made it a priority first thing in the morning to get Zachary from his crib, and read the Bible, usually out loud to him. Having that daily reminder of Gods love, and grace for me gets my days started better.

 I have so much to be thankful for. From being married to an amazing man for the last 6+ years, and having three adorable, energetic boys to owning a home, and being surrounded by a great church family.  I want the holidays to not be focused so much on the gifts we get, but the gifts we have.
(I am not saying gifts are bad….We’re getting the boys gifts!)
I want to start traditions with our family, have the boys enjoy the time we spend together, and teach them the joy in blessing others. Those things I can do without the stress of finding the time, or having the finances.
Those things are things that can be taught just through our daily lives.
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Fatigue at it’s finest

We’ve recently returned from a 10 day visit back to NY. My family lives there, as well as Jordan’s daughter. Our trips back are quite frequent, and over the past four year, all the boys have flown multiple times a year. Zachary flew at 3 weeks old to go back with my for a family reunion.
Our flight there was perfect, even with our 6am departure time! The boys slept, read books, played leap pad games, and looked out the window.  We had an awesome time spending time with family, going on little outings, and catching up with old friends.
Although we’re looking forward to getting back home, it’s always hard to leave.We have to say goodbye to J’s daughter, cousins, my mom and sister, and usually we don’t know when our next visit will be.
Our flight home, was beyond horrible. Besides our original flight getting canceled, and having to stay another night in a hotel, our new flight was not through the same city for the layover, and we had a 5 and a half hour flight to look forward to.
I can’t even begin to describe the flights, just close your eyes and use your imagination….
super hot, screaming baby, airsick kid, no sleep.
Lets just say, we prayed alot for patience, and grace while trying to get home.

Here are some memories from our trip:

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 We miss everyone, but are happy to be back home, and getting back into a routine.
We have decided that it will be million years a very, very long time before attempting another cross country journey with the whole family.

Fitness as a lifestyle

I’m sure that everyone has a busy life, and if you don’t make fitness one of the priorities, it wont happen.
We’re currently on a ‘vacation’ to NY visiting family, and friends. It’s always harder to keep you’re routines when you aren’t home, but if it’s important to you, you just make it work. From walking to the playground, to going for morning runs, or trying out the YMCA’s in the area, we’ve managed to get a few good workouts in.

It’s all about finding what works for you, but there are plenty of options!  You can find workouts on youtube for 20-60 minutes, ranging from yoga to HIIT workouts. There’s ‘quick’ workouts such as T25, which with people with littles this is the perfect naptime workout!
Besides heading to the gym, the boys really enjoy when I take the double jogger to the park (Carter rides his bike if Daddy isn’t there to push another jogger) and run around the track there, and they get to play afterwards.

Maybe for some people, it isn’t a priority, and to each their own.
However, Jordan and I have decided that we want to have healthy, active lifestyles, not just for us but for our boys.
We not only notice physical changes, but mental and emotional changes. We are less stressed and have more energy when we get a workout in.
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Do you struggle with fitting a workout into your crazy schedule?

Siblings

24 years ago, God  blessed me with a little sister.
I’m sure at first, I wasn’t sure what this would mean, but now I am so thankful!
Sure we had our normal girl fights (….locking my closet with a bike lock so she couldn’t steal my clothes is normal, right???)
but we had a great childhood together.
It was great to have someone to borrow things from, share secrets with, and maybe pick on a little bit.
Hayley, I officially apologize for the endless teasing after you got your “Princess Diana haircut”
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We were there for each other, to laugh with, and to cry with.
Now that we’re grown up, married, each have children, and live on opposite sides of the country, things are more complicated than when we were young.   But no matter what, I know I can call my sister to vent, share a silly joke, or  to get her input.
Our living 3000 miles apart is rough, especially since we both have boys the same age, but it makes our times together that much sweeter.
I can still borrow things from her (by stuffing them into my suitcase before heading to the airport), share secrets with her, and pick on her. (Although now, she tends to tease back)

I hope that my boys have as close as a relationship that we do, with each other.
God blessed them with brothers to laugh with, joke with, depend on, and lean on.
I can already see their friendships blooming.
From Carter rubbing Zacharys’ head and singing to him, to Jesse asking Carter if he’s his best friend.
They already borrow things from each other (sharing legos…. is soooo hard, but they do it!), and share secrets (like Jesse giving Carter all his meat, and taking all his veggies at dinner).
I’m beyond blessed to be home, and be able to speak Gods truth into their little lives, and their friendships.
And hearing them tell each other that ‘God is in your heart, and you need to be kind’ is super cute!

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