Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Forward

Ahhhhh, Spring. Other than allergies, what's not to love? This time of year is always great for me. I usually experience seasonal affective disorder from the end of December to the middle of March, so when Spring arrives I can always look forward to feeling more like myself and less like a zombie. I'm also a huge fan of spring cleaning, which for some reason helps me pull out of my funk. I guess it's cathartic for me to reorganize, weed things out, and get my house ready for open windows season.

My family is springing forward in all kinds of ways too. We're trying to begin teaching Liam how to read, and in an effort to help with that we joined our local library's "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program. For every 100 books your kid reads they get a little prize from the library, like a sticker. Once they read 1,000 books the library gifts them their own book to add to their home library. I absolutely love this idea, not only because it promotes reading and libraries but because it also is a family activity. You can never get enough quality time with your kiddos. Owen is walking more and more every day, and he's self-weaning. He's down to only nursing at night all by himself. My baby isn't a baby anymore *tear*. Nathan is getting ready to test for Staff Sergeant in a few months. He's been studying (which has been a challenge since he's also in school) but I know he'll nail the test. He's been working so hard to advance in the military and I'm so proud of him.

Me? I've been trying to take a slightly small step back and make some time for myself. I actually got 2 new dresses AND a pair of shoes! This is a big deal for me because I almost never get things for myself. I get horrible buyers remorse and put stuff back out of my cart before I even get to the checkout counter. I usually feel guilty for spending money on myself, even if it's on something that I need. I started small, a $10 monthly subscription to Ipsy, a site that sends you custom tailored makeup samples. Something so small, $10 a month, has made the biggest difference. It reminded me that even though I spend most of my days at home with the kids, that doesn't mean I shouldn't make an effort to do small things for myself. Now, I don't mean get all dolled up just to go to the grocery store or so I can look good while we read bedtime stories. I just mean that doing something small, like painting my nails or trying a new shade of blush, makes me feel like I've had time to be my own person that day. 100% devotion to your kids 24/7 can drain your batteries quickly. And sometimes, just sometimes, a firming facial mask can recharge them again.