Happy Friday: Volume 22 // Back in the USA, camping in our house, and so many appointments. We couldn’t be any happier to be back and exploring our new town.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. If I had to sum it all up in a word, it would be appointments. Man, we’ve had so many appointments in the last few weeks. Getting the kids registered for school, physicals to register for sports, housing, getting cars, meeting the new orthodontist, dentists, so. many. appointments.
I am not complaining at all. I am thrilled to be here and these things are just par for the course. We absolutely love it here. We are in the Lexington/Concord/Bedford area and it is the nicest place we’ve ever lived.
The only real hiccup is that we don’t have any of our stuff yet. We are bare bones camping in our house. We won’t get out first shipment until July 3rd, and the other two trickle behind them. It’s truly amazing what you can live without. Generally speaking, I’m not a big stuff person, but I am going to be very happy to be reunited with mine. I really miss cooking and baking and working in my studio. I also never want to wear these clothes ever again in my life.
I can’t even begin to tell you how nice it is to be home. I think that I was low-grade depressed for two years and didn’t realize it. As soon as we got back, I immediately felt more like myself.
I can already read the comments in my mind, “But you lived in Europe. You got to travel and do so many things.” 1000% yes. I did. And I am forever grateful for the opportunity. Just because something is wonderful doesn’t mean that it isn’t hard or full of challenges.
I also experienced loneliness I’ve never felt before. A disconnection from myself and my community. Wes wasn’t happy, the kids couldn’t wait to get out of there. We never felt settled. We made friends, but the way life is set up there it was hard to really grow those friendships. It was really hard.
The travel and the cool stuff was the relief from that, the day-to-day was really challenging for all of us. Some people really love it and never want to leave, and some survive, not thrive. We fell into the second category.
Would we do it again? Yes. But differently. Knowing what I know now might have made a difference in our overall happiness.
Ava is at camp for a few weeks, so it’s just me and the boys. (I miss her, and I also miss having another girl to temper all of the boyness in our house.) We are going to go to Vermont this weekend and stay somewhere that has real forks and plates. Did I plan this getaway with the sole purpose of going to King Arthur Flour? You betcha.
Have a great weekend!
WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE THIS WEEK //
I can’t wait to be manipulated. We’re so ready to meet our baby.
The dog I never wanted is getting me through the teen years.
I would like something to make me as happy as The Spice Girls make Adele happy.
I love a party, but asking people to spend $500 for one is a little unaware.
We’ve watched countless episodes of this show. I knew it was staged, but I really had no idea how much.
I really need to clean my makeup brushes.
I bought Wes an espresso pot for Father’s Day. I love the ritual of making coffee this way.
On being a stepmom.
5 minute technique for overcoming anxiety.
I’ve been working with Jamie and she’s a wonderful coach if you are looking to up your blogging game.
I have missed flying my drone and was so happy to take it to my childhood beach. These are some recommended settings for shooting with your drone.
This is my favorite purchase of recent. I make the kids put their phones to bed before they go upstairs and this is helping. *affiliate link*
I’ve been working on making this site faster. I learned this week that I have almost 100k images here!!!
To the average kids…. so much of this.
I’m a batch worker and it really helps me. If you feel like you can’t catch up, give this a try.
I now have a Whole Foods less than 10 minutes from me!! Whole Foods hacks.