I used to always do a daily journal entry. I have had a journal since I was 16 and had daily entries until the middle of last year when I switched jobs. Things changed drastically in how I felt about a lot of things and some areas of my life have not gotten the attention they should have.
I haven't done a journal for this baby like I did with JOE. I don't have a record of all my visits with the doctor and how I am feeling on any given day with this pregnancy. It makes me sad sometimes but I try not to dwell on it. I often process my thoughts through writing in my journal and not being able to do that because I am just so tired or am not in the right frame of mind has me feeling a little off centered.
However, I am determined to make a change this year and work on my happiness. I want to be able to write down my thoughts and feelings and spend time doing things I love. I want to plan a vacation without thinking about all the obstacles. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel abroad and I want to get back into it. I have always said I want our kids to know the world and not just the borders of the US and this is something I'll start working on.
I would also like to spend some time exploring hobbies. I haven't sewn anything in a LONG time. I want to get into food photography but haven't even felt like it. No, I didn't get my camera for Christmas but I haven't given up just yet.
There is so much I feel like I am missing out on and I'd like to get back to my "happy place"!
With that said, here are some pictures of the last 2 - 3 weeks. As you can see, I haven't really taken a lot of pictures but these are some of the ones that have given me a chance to pause and take notice of the blessings I have around me.
I love this picture of JOE and I. By the way, her glasses are upside down. How cool are we in our matching sunglasses? Worn indoors in the evening :-).
Another selfie of JOE and I. I love taking selfies with this little one and I promise to do more of these. I'd like to get at least one selfie of the both of us every week. It reminds me of the simple things and why I work so hard.
Another area I haven't really focused on is the addition to our family. Like it or not, baby girl #2 will be joining us soon and we need to start preparing! She is certainly making sure I take notice now :-). JOE LOVES talking to and kissing her baby sister. I already know they'll be best of friends.
Talk about good friends who bless you. The week before last, I
Well, this time, she made
Yes, I started eating the cake before I got home. It smelt so good and tasted great with coffee :-D.
Another selfie of JOE and I from last Sunday evening.
We were about to go to church and I just had to take this picture. JOE insisted on wearing her own necklace for church so I let her wear this one. Why the face? Well, this is what I get when we insist she take her daily multivitamin. Its a struggle EVERY TIME!
We had a lot of errands to run on Monday but J and I decided at the end of the day that since JOE had been so great throughout the day, we would take her to the mall to play. She certainly had a great time. I love that she is starting to come into her own. After J helped her down a few times, she insisted on doing it herself.
Another reminder of baby girl #2 is this! Had my glucose test. This thing is YUCKY!!! I felt icky a solid 36-hours after taking this thing. Now the wait is on for my test results. Praying all goes well. This stuff can't be good for momma and baby. I spent my entire hour long wait before the blood draw trying not to throw up. Folks say it tastes like Fanta. Well, I think it tastes like Fanta on overdrive!
And in the midst of it all, this view made me pause and think of just how beautiful things are. The sun was just rising (I get to work early) and I happened to look out my office window. I know it doesn't look like much but the colors looked spectacular so I snapped a picture with my phone camera.
Well, there you have it. I hope you're having a great year/month so far. My last post talked about learning to be thankful and I really am learning to be thankful and making an effort to do things that'll get me more in a thankful frame of mind.
What are some ways you've made changes in your life to alter how you feel about things around you? Has it worked? Did it last? I'd love to hear from you.