Monday, October 10

Weekend Wrap-up

Here's to a great new week my friends. Many of you have suggested that sharing more of my 'old' types of posts might help life feel a little more normal, and actually it did feel pretty good just typing up the words 'weekend wrap-up' in the title, so here goes:

THIS LAST WEEK: mostly involved lots of extra one-on-one kiddo time, many many laundry loads, lots of great new music playing around the house, and tons of dreaming and planning. I found myself curled up on the couch many times with my little ones reading and coloring or playing/arguing around me, while I scribbled up lists of Fall activities to do together, places we wanted to go, treats to make, things I want to write about here, etc. And did I already talk about the treats I want to make? :) Anyways, you guys know how much I love making lists. I've gotten used to feeling consumed by all that I have to do and am behind on, as I know many of us do, but through the daily pressures and stress about meeting every need, I can smile thinking about that growing list of happy goals sitting on the kitchen counter. Something about the new season always inspires changes though, don't you think? Especially with how much our life is evolving lately, I'm seeing such positive changes everywhere, for the kids especially. The future feels so bright, but every day holds so much enthusiasm for them. 


SNAPSHOTS OF THE WEEK: (I've not been super great at taking pictures, but I'm working at it:)

TO-DO'S & GOALS FOR THE WEEK:

- teach the girls how to french braid
- stack up the wood pile
- keep a consistent workout schedule
- try filming some family videos 
- try wearing more than shades of black and gray
- figure out what everyone wants to be for Halloween
- find the missing Harry Potter DVD so we can start our marathon
- finally hang up the photos and things stacked around the house
- sort more boxes out of the garage 
- practice more boldness and bravery
- use the big camera every day
finish digging the firepit in the backyard

A FEW FACTS:

The weather has been changing a lot around here in the last week, and suddenly our trees out back are dumping the rest of their orange leaves onto the still-bright-green grass. So it's officially that awkward phase between fake Fall and real Fall, but we're loving it anyways.
- Believe it or not, I'm still figuring out how snapchat works? but the kids and I love playing with the filters, and I only send clips to like three friends and my sister:)
- Moving forward I do wonder what type of posts I haven't shared in awhile that you'd personally like to see come back? 

SOMETHING TO TAKE AWAY:

"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, 
because that's the one that is going to help you grow the most." -Caroline Myss

How has October been treating you so far? Hope to see you guys back here tomorrow. 
So much love and appreciation,

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful, inspiring, and uplifting post. I woke up feeling pretty blah and down and your post completely changed my outlook and energy. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love posts like this! I love to hear how the kids are doing.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love this old-style post! I'm glad it helped you - the to do's & goals section is my favorite part because many of the bullets are /meaningful/ (I mean, that HP movie NEEDS to be found, right?). Thank you so much for sharing. As for my October... I can't believe we're already almost halfway through it!!! I haven't even bought a pumpkin yet! But I have figured out my costume for our party ;)

    Best, Karen from Life in its Natural State

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love this post, there is always beauty and happiness to be found in even the most everyday mom tasks.
    I went back to your old posts some time back and liked the "this moment Sunday ritual single photo no words" post. Please bring those back.
    Love from my family in Kenya to yours.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I don't know if you'd consider doing a q&a post - like a light version with no super deep questions. For instance, I want to know how you keep your hair from getting everywhere. Mine is half as long and drives me nuts in our laundry, on the floor, etc! I'm also interested in work out posts! But really, I'll read anything you want to write :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes I agree! Hair/beauty and work out tips are the best.

      Delete
    2. Ugh. Addie, I hear you. Hair everywhere!

      Delete
  6. I love posts like this! So good to see how you're healing and living life to the full :) I would LOVE a post about you teaching your girls to french braid. I have 4 daughters 6 months to 6 years and I would love to teach them to braid and then french braid! Not sure how to teach them that skill though. I would also love fitness posts <3 I tried clicking on the "fitness" category at the top but it says there are no posts :( Much love, Susanne (Fox + Key)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love anything you post. I really enjoy getting a glimpse into your every day life. :) Those are my favorite posts.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It is great to see you get back in the swing of things! I love when i check in and there is a new post, it makes me smile! I miss your beauty tutorials!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am so happy to read your latest posts! It's so inspirational to watch you continue to grow even after going through something so difficult. I am absolutely dying to learn more about Richard and see your wedding photos.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm just newly following along but I really liked this post! I look forward to seeing what this new part of life looks like for you :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I heard that you have a hair thickening serum of sorts that you use or have used. I am always looking for one that actually works. Is this true?

    ReplyDelete
  12. Honestly your post got me to climb out of bed and make a list for my self and my kids!! I love the fun list of things to do even if my kids are mostly teenager's..... I can still have those fun times I cherish so much❤️ You amaze me! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am also dying to hear more about Richard and the wedding, but I understand those typws of posts are a bit heavy, so I will also accept recipe posts. :) I always love finding new recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'd love to know: What's your favorite hair conditioner? Best way to fight frizz?

    So inspired by how you've managed to keep it all together - your kids are blessed to have you as a mom!

    Alyssa @ Feathers and Stripes

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a great list of fun and practical things to do! I hope you find that Harry Potter dvd... I've been looking for a lost DVD from The Office for like 2 years now... it might be a lost cause for me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a fun (and practical) list! I hope you find the Harry Potter DVD... I've been trying to find a lost DVD from The Office... it might be a lost cause for me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. silly questions, do you now have a dog???
    And cannot wait till we find out more about Richard <3

    ReplyDelete
  18. I'm new to your blog, but family video's would be a great idea! www.supersana.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm sure everyone else is as anxious as I am to hear more about you and Richard, how things evolved so quickly and see some wedding photos!!!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Did you guys move to a new house?!

    ReplyDelete
  21. We have a stray Harry Potter DVD as well!! I'll lend you mine and i'll borrow yours. ha! ;) I love your hope and happy outlook. Those sweet kidlettes really ground us and keep us on our toes.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Yes! More on you and Richard! And wedding pictures would be nice. Also curious about daily routines. Do you have any? I figured with the handful of kiddos you could share some tips on routines and things you do to keep things as simple for you as possible. I have two and I feel like I can't keep track of everything between the two of them. From bed time to school work to after school activities! Boy oh boy how do you do it?!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I would love to hear more about Richard! Also, routines! You've got your hands full with those kiddos.. I know there got to be some routines that are your go to! I have two kiddos both in school now and keeping them on schedule between homework, after school activities and bed time rush.. yes I said rush because bed time is always so chaotic. What routines do you have for your family?

    Keep posting! Always great to hear from you!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Fun to read an "old" post! Seeing your kiddos smiling made me smile! I loved the video posts you did talking about makeup and hair products! Also like everyone else getting to "know" Richard and seeing your wedding pics will be wonderful!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi Emily, I was would like to send you a email but I noticed in your contact info it said "for business inquires". Is it fine for me to use just for a private message? Thanks!
    -Julia

    ReplyDelete
  26. So happy for you. What a fun list! Hope that DVD surfaces!

    https://yldist.com/essentiallyjody/



    ReplyDelete
  27. I've missed these posts! It's so nice that you're back to blogging again :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. you are so strong, Emily.. this was a beautiful post with beautiful words. xxo
    Jamie
    www.jamieeverafter.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Dear Emily, I am from Czech republik And I follow you blog for a Long time... You have no idea, how much you are inspiration for me... I wish you love and hapinnes.. you deserve it. God bless you, and I am sending big hug for you, your sweet children, and to Richard. Praying for you all! �� Love, Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  30. How funny, we are missing the 5th harry potter movie and it is holding back our marathon too! enjoy this wonderful holiday season with your little ones :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. I had a great laugh when I read that this week you were teaching the girls to French braid ๐Ÿ˜† I've tried my whole laugh but never mastered it. I can do other's hair but not my own as I end up with a mess. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฌ

    ReplyDelete