Where Did All My Productivity Go?

Oh wait, it’s summer vacation. Summer vacation means my productivity level has taken a bit of a vacation, too, at least when it comes to my online presence. I’ve had plenty to keep me busy, though. Summer vacation means Big Bit is back in the fold at home, so I have all three home to take care of and entertain. All day. Every day. It’s fun getting to do things together as a family, such as zoo trips and all that, but it is harder to get things done around the house with three little ones under foot. And even harder to do some of the stuff that is just for me. Especially blogging, since that requires a certain level of energy in order to maintain coherent posts and such. After a day of managing the house and taking care of the girls, I find it hard to muster the energy to do anything other than sit down and veg for a bit before calling it a night. Part of me hates to admit it, but when school starts up here in a few weeks, I will probably be one of those moms doing a little happy dance in the parking lot after drop-off.

So what have we been up to?

The garden survived those last freezes and is blooming, though not as well as last year. My guess is the late freezes and such messed with the growing season. The moss roses are still my troopers. Of all my plants, they seem to have handled everything the best. The bluebonnets have barely bloomed at all, and this late in the season I doubt they will do much more. The bulbs don’t seem to have handled the stresses of our weather this year as well, either. They aren’t dead and are still growing, but neither the gladiolus nor dahlia has bloomed, yet. I’m not holding out much hope for the gladiolus, however I see some possible budding on the dahlia, so maybe I’ll still have some luck with that. If it does bloom, I’ll take some pictures, since it should be a pretty one.

We also took some time for a family “vacation.” First one in nearly two years (such is military life). We went back to visit family and let everyone meet Niblet, since most of the family hadn’t been able to meet her in person before. I’m guessing you noticed I put vacation in quotes. I’m not saying the trip wasn’t enjoyable, because it was. It’s just that traveling with three small children, isn’t much of a vacation for mom and dad. Luckily, since we haven’t taken any sort of time off like this in so long, my husband has enough leave accrued so now that we’re back home from our journey, we get to take a “stay-cation,” which is proving to be much more relaxing. He’s been spoiling me by taking point on the kiddos and letting me sleep in the past few mornings. It’s so decadent to sleep past 8am!

After this though, it’s back to the routine. Hubs will be back to work and it will be time to get ready for back to school. I’m not mad at that, though. It’s nice to have a routine and a specific set of to-do’s for any given day. Anyway, maybe when the routine comes back, my productivity will come with it!

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Happy New Year!

A happy 2014 to you all! We had a successful Christmas and a low key, but perfectly acceptable New Year’s Eve. Our Christmas decor was all put away by Dec. 27 (a record for us!), and while I was sorry to see it go, the layout of the house is such that I am glad to have the space back. Hubs had to work New Year’s Eve, so my date was Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy. I watch the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice as my New Year’s countdown. A most genteel way to spend the evening.

Unfortunately, we’ve spent the last week or so taking turns being sick. Nothing horrible, just a yucky, phlegmy cold/cough. It’s the kind where you sound horrible, especially in the morning, but once you get up and about, you feel mostly fine. Hopefully we’re all on the upswing, though. Sick kids are bad enough. Well kids while you’re sick is worse.

So I hate to say it, since I do love the holiday season and all the trappings of that time of year, but I am happy that we will be getting back on our normal schedule. Big Bit will be back to school, and we’ll be able to resume our routine. I’ll admit, as much as I love getting to hang out with all three kids, I get so much more done with Big Bit in school. We’re also hoping to start the potty training adventure with Little Bit, and lord knows that’s easier to do with a semi-regular schedule in place, rather than when the family is running around all the time with no set routine.

There you are. A short little update. Hopefully as we get back into the swing of things here I’ll be able to post more recipes. I have a few that I found over the holiday that I want to try in the near future. Also, I am committing myself to trying some crafting this year. I’m not sure what, but it will happen. I hope.

Happy 2014!