saturday morning

on the move

20150304-911420150304-9115 Last weekend, Kressa finally started crawling (at 9.5 months)! It’s not a full-on traditional crawl. She uses her right foot to push herself forward, so it’s really just her left knee that she keeps on the ground.

fuji love

For Christmas, I gifted myself a Fuji X100t, mostly because I wanted a compact camera I could throw in my purse and pull out in public without looking like I worked for the local newspaper. iPhones have great cameras, but they do have their limitations. I got around to shooting a bit and while I am still learning, I love this little camera so far. A few of my first snaps, all shot in Aperture Priority mode.

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send coffee and cough drops

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Oh my goodness. That past two weeks have been trying, to say the least. About a month ago, Kressa came down with a fever that lasted for a couple of days. The fever then turned into another cold and her cough started two weeks ago. Once again we started the daily routine of her coughing so much that she would throw up after some of her bottles and even after eating some solids. Her sleep has also been interrupted because of coughing fits.

I decided to take her into the doctor this past Wednesday (12 days into the cough). The doctor took one glance into her right ear and proclaimed that she had a pretty bad ear infection. Although I felt horrible for not taking her in earlier, I was somewhat relieved that we could at least now give her something that should make her feel better. We started her on amoxicillin, but she’s still been throwing up. Since I’m in charge of getting the kids up and ready for daycare, there have been some mornings the past two weeks where I’ve almost lost it.

Kressa has generally been waking up around 5:30 coughing nonstop and crying. This is in addition to occasionally waking a couple times a night crying. I’m lucky if I’m able to get a shower in. Her coughing and crying usually wakes Decker up early, so between trying to get myself and both of them ready, plus cleaning up Kressa’s puke and changing her outfit and mine after she’s vomited all over us, I really don’t have a moment of peace until I get into the office.

On top of all of this, last Friday I came down with some sort of sickness that kept me in bed all day with a fever and body aches. I’m feeling better now, but I’m congested and have been snoring at night (lucky Scott.)

I’m so thankful it’s Friday and I’m hoping that Kressa’s antibiotics really kick in tonight. I am sooo tired of hearing the poor little girl cough.

one little word 2015: simplify

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“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofman

This year, I am participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop. I actually started the workshop last year in January, but didn’t end up following through and finishing (big surprise!) However, I’m looking forward to really focusing on my chosen word and living it each day as the year progresses.

In choosing my word, I reflected back upon the previous year. 2014 brought me many blessings, with the most important one being the birth of Kressa. However, overall, it was a challenging year for me. I started off the year 3 months pregnant, and found pregnancy the second time around much more exhausting with a 3-year-old to tend to. I also had the added challenge of getting my solo law practice off the ground. Once Kressa was born in May, I found the transition to two kids more difficult than I had anticipated. Between trying to run my business, mother two kids, and make it through each day sleep-deprived, almost all the goals I had set for the year fell by the wayside.

Kressa finally started sleeping through the night around Thanksgiving, so I am entering 2015 much more well-rested and with a renewed spirit. I’m ready to really concentrate on myself this year, and make myself healthier, both physically and mentally.

I threw around a lot of words before finally deciding on “simplify.” Other words I considered were focus, habit, action and do. In the end, I realized that if I start focusing, creating habits, taking action and doing things, then my life will be much simpler. I feel as though I am in a constant state of overwhelm and never able to enjoy my free time. I want to get rid of all the unnecessary things in my life so that I can focus on the good stuff and have less stress. Here are some specific areas that I am hoping to simplify this year:

Home

  • Get rid of excess items. I really want to start living a more minimalist life. I’ve come to realize that the more material things we have, the more time it takes to clean these items, organize them, etc.
  • Create routines that will streamline our life. For instance, coming up with a weekly meal plan and sticking to that same meal plan each week for a month. This way, we can spend less time on having to decide what to eat/cook, and also streamline our grocery shopping list.

Health

  • Keeping with the minimalist theme, I want to create a capsule wardrobe. Along the same lines as eating the same things each week, this will help me to eliminate decision fatigue. (I plan to write more about this in future blog posts.)
  • Consume less information. Cut back on time spent on social media, television and reading online.
  • Start taking better care of my skin, which begins with washing my face at night (I know, horrible bad habit!)
  • Eat healthier, drink more water, exercise.
  • Get enough rest.

Work

  • Focus on the task at hand and eliminate distractions.
  • Stick to a consistent work schedule. Since I am self-employed, it’s too easy for me to say that I’m going to “work from home.” I find however, that I have a hard time focusing when I work from home. So, I want to make sure I go into the office everyday.
  • Reach the monetary goal for gross revenue I have set for my business.

Mothering

  • Do new things with the kids and Scott. Spend more time outdoors.
  • Come up with activities at home that will help enrich the kids’ time (cut down on tv and iPad use.)
  • Being a good mother requires energy, which means I have to really invest in taking care of myself, both physically and mentally.

Marriage

  • Be more thoughtful and selfless.
  • At least one date night per month without the kids.
  • Take one vacation, just the two of us, this year.

Hobbies

  • At least one blog post per week.
  • Keep up with 2015 Project Life by keeping it simple – journaling and pictures.
  • Get all my home videos edited. I’m currently taking Xanthe Berkeley’s yearlong Creating Time Capsules course to help me accomplish this.

Whew. That’s a lot of stuff. Throughout the year, I’ll be documenting my progress here on the blog. Have you chosen a word for 2015 to focus on? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

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