December 1, 2016

Cruise day 1

The last time the hubby and I went on a cruise together was 2 years ago. We had a wonderful time and have been planning this one for over a year. I wanted to try some ports that we had not previously been to and I wanted to go out of New Orleans since it's such a quick drive for us.

We met up with some new/old friends and enjoyed the 90 degree weather when we left. HOT y'all.

Checking out the decks here:

The view from the side of the Serenity deck, which is an adults only area. No kids allowed so it's a little more peaceful. Except that the waterslides are just beside it so little people were always coming up part of the way. The chairs are WAY more comfy on this deck too. CUSHIONS make a big difference.

We did the required muster drill and luckily we sat through this one. On my last 2 cruises, we all had to stand outside on the decks and listen to them. Not fun. But usually quick.

We headed to our room to unpack and get ready for our first dinner as the boat was headed down the Mississippi River!

The first of our towel animals. The kids love seeing pics of these!

After dinner, we headed to the Lounge for night nightly show and then to the Comedy Club. 

Day 1 was a success. Stay tuned for our 1st sea day soon!

November 28, 2016

New Orleans

So, the hubby and I went on a 7 day cruise in November. It was glorious and relaxing. But we went to New Orleans a few days early to spend some time in one of our favorite people watching cities! It doesn't hurt that they have some pretty spectacular beignets either!

I've gotten into this habit lately of trying to NOT take as many pictures and just enjoy the moments. However, I realized not long ago that the hubby and I don't have many pictures of just the 2 of us. And many of you know how I LOATHE selfies. But this was the perfect opportunity to get some new pics of just the 2 of us. And well, you see how that turned out. Hubby HATES taking any pics.

We had a great time, ate some fantastic food and enjoyed some phenomenal people watching (Bama was playing at LSU this same weekend and the Saints were playing at home the day we left on the cruise. I will never hear Sweet Home Alabama the same ever again). Oh and we heard some awesome zydeco music, with washboards and all.

Keep watching. Trying to get cruise posts done soon!

November 2, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

September 16, 2016

I Choose Me

I recently read this article someone posted on Facebook. I kind of laugh and thought, "Hmm, yeah I'm there." Then I forgot about it.

Until the other day. I saw some co-workers leaving for lunch together. I wasn't invited. No big deal, right? I was headed to the gym at lunch for exercise class. Because I have kids. That's when I have to get my exercise in.

So it made me think about this stage of my life. I LOVE that my kids are older and we can really all enjoy each other (minus the in the car fighting and endless rounds of 'that's not fair') and do fun things together without too many major meltdowns (not counting the grocery store, which I can't do with 2 kids, it stresses me out toooo much. Call me crazy but I just can't. Judge me all you want that we hadn't been to the grocery store in like 2-3 weeks until I went last night.)

Since my kids are older, that means they are into more stuff. My best friend text me the other night to tell me that a certain band was going to be in town if we all wanted to go have dinner, then listen to the band. On a Thursday night.  Um, I wish. We have gymnastics that night. And a spelling test the next day (not the we really study for those, it's MULTIPLE choice now, seriously, how hard is that??). While I would love to go, I declined.  But response was "My kids' social lives have taken over mine."

And nothing could be more true. And I'm ok with it, usually. This is just the stage of life I'm in. I know it's temporary. Pretty soon, they will be driving themselves places and only needing me for money (yes Mom, I know how it works!).

But that makes me sometimes feel like a bad friend. I feel like I have to squeeze every minute of free time I have into doing something for myself. I am not sure what I'm going to do once the TV shows start back next week (HELLO BLACKLIST, where is Lizzie????). I never watch them in real time. Who, with kids, has time for that? That's during bath time and bedtime. Ha. 

I go to exercise class twice a week on my lunch break. I do that for me. I am so glad there is finally a lunchtime class! I don't want to exercise at 5:30 or 6. My kids have been caged up in school for hours and then in after school care for a few more. I don't want them to go sit in the 'nursery' at the gym for another hour. Plus, we only have one night a week that we are free to do that. So we don't. We go home and jump or ride bikes or watch Property Brothers.  I get up super early 2-3 days during the week to run before it's 90000 degrees (even though it's still about 85000 that early). I don't say this to make myself sound better than anyone else. I say it because that's what I choose. For myself. I could choose to be fat for the rest of my life. But sometimes, I choose me.  I also have a great running friend group that encourages and understands. They are almost all Mamas.  Some work weird or long hours, some have husbands that hunt and some have husbands that work awful hours (READ: ME). But we make it work. Somehow, it always works.

So the fact that in this stage of my life, I choose me and my kids, if that makes me a horrible friend, I'm sorry. Kind of. There will be years from now that we can hang out. And I'm ok with that.  I still keep up via social media (which I need to cut more out of too) so I at least know what's going on in their corner of the world. 

Sometimes, we just like being homebodies. That's hard with our full schedules but we take advantage when we can. And that's ok too. ha.

This stage of life is a weird one. But a fun one. And a hard one. They are all hard ones. Just different.

So this is my life and my random thoughts for the day. Annah Mary, your posts have inspired me to do some writing!