My Summer Recap

Yes I am still in the Game( A slugger)

Wow has it really been 4 months since my last post? I am really slipping. I guess it is time to play catch-up.  Where to begin where to begin? Lets see in my effort to Do All Things New some things have changed and some things are still a work in progress. I promised to be honest so here goes. I am still struggling to carve out time for myself, there I said it.  I really have to fight for it my kids naturally gravitate to me when I am sitting on the couch no matter what I am doing. I have figured out that when I create a family time of just me and the kids they are less likely to impede in on my personal time.  I am able to do some things in moderation I guess I am okay with that. Having a glass of wine while I watch my favorite tv show is better than nothing at all. Thank God for DVR. I can always go back and watch my favorite tv shows when I have time to sit back and enjoy them.

In the spirit of total transparency this is the reason why I have avoided posting. I didn’t want to come to you singing the same old song about how important it is to make time for yourself followed by a list a mile long of why I failed to do just that. So here is my list LOL…

Sometimes things don’t always go as planned and that is okay as long as it does not become a habit.  I have learned that as moms we have to make tentative list as things are subject to change at a moments notices. Just make sure you are doing more writing than erasing. I have found that if you change your plans every time something comes up it becomes expected of you. No one wants to fall into that pattern.

Our family had an unexpected turn of events this summer. My husbands truck driving job doing mostly day trips suddenly became an over the road gig. He is often gone several days at a time. This threw me into instant single parent mode or so it seemed as he is away sometimes more than he is home. Needless to say we had to make a lot of adjustments. However it was important to me in taking a stance about still having time for me, the kids, and us as a couple.

Now on to more positive things my family did take a real vacation the first in 8 years.  Can I get a Whoop! Whoop! Don’t get me wrong we’ve taken some day trips over the years and trips to the lake but not a real vacation.  I wore a bathing suit granted it was one of the ones with the skirt attached to it. However that is big for me and I got into the ocean for the first time in my 40 some odd years of living. I felt so free on our vacation and truly challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone, relax and have fun. I am usually so uptight a typical A type personality.

I  also started green eating everyone in my family except my husband are officially green eaters. I serve healthier breakfast in the morning and have now started packing our lunches 3 days a week. Green eating is something that I have always wanted to do but was afraid that my family would not like it. I didn’t like the idea of possibly having to cook separate meals. The hubby is not too keen on everything that I prepare so there are times when I have made him something different.  The kids love it!. You see some things have changed, as a result I have more energy. I did tell my husband that green eating is a new permanent healthy life style for us and that I would not be able to continue to cook extra meals. I let him know ahead of time what I plan on cooking and that if he does not like it he will have to prepare himself something else. My husband is a great cook so this should not be a problem for him. You have to put your foot down sometimes.

Side note: Isn’t it funny how some men act like they forget how to cook when they get married. I have a feeling my husband will be brushing up on his cooking skills.

Well I guess it is time to bring this post to a close. Thank you so much to my dedicated readers for sticking with me. I know that it is often a long time between post but I have not forgotten about you. I vow to get better at getting my post out. I am learning to take baby steps in carving out time for myself. My goal this week is to read a book and do a little self-maintenance, Mani-Pedi here I come.

Until next time!… Live, Love, Laugh!

Lady Allen



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