Why hello there!
Just taking a break from some gorgeous weather and fun with the kids!
As the weather improves and we look ahead to summer, the kids are requiring more and more of my time. This doesn't happen overnight.
Life changes gradually.
The first child clearly brings the most change in our lives as we kiss our carefree living goodbye and become tied to schedules, sleep patterns and parenting books about schedules and sleep patterns.
We wear JOE FRESH because we can get our groceries in the same place.
We start accumulating late fees from our library visits...not for ourselves, but for the kids. A bag full of board books and Elmo DVDs adds up quickly!
By the time the second child rolls around, we're pretty sure we've got it all figured out. We are well used to our new 5 maybe 6 hour a night sleep (interrupted, of course) and our ears have adjusted to new heights of volume. We can hold our toddler's hand while also carrying the baby seat in the crook of our elbow and the overstuffed diaper bag across our chest. Oh yes, we know how it's done.
We might even try a new venture, start a blog or a stay-at-home-business...we've just become so excellent at multi-tasking we think we can take on the world!
There is nothing more motivating than the idea of being home with your kids and making a living.
What's amazing is that there are so many incredibly talented, creative, smart and funny MOMS out there! Before all of their talents and passions...they are moms. Who love their kids and want to be there for them.
For the scraped knees, for the first goal at soccer, for the first time they attempt saying their siblings' name.
Small moments and big memories.
When I had Ember, I thought I could continue to just "do it all".
More so this year than ever before, I've noticed having to put myself in the backseat.
This part of life is a hard lesson.
The things we want to do sometimes can take away from what our children want to do.
And isn't it just as much their lives as it is ours?
As an adult, I remind myself that I had a great childhood and I am in a position to grant my children that as well.
This Sunday is Mother's Day, and it only seems right to wish you all a very happy Mother's Day weekend!!
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We have had a tremendous year at Barla Banana Boutique.
Things picked up at our ONE YEAR mark and we introduced some new members to the team to help with the load.
We are planning to take a few steps back in the upcoming months.
To spend time with family.
To review our goals.
To improve what is great and make changes where things can be better!
We cannot thank you enough for your loyalty over the last year and a half!
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Hope you have a wonderful summer and pop in to say "hi" on the page sometime!!