Taking a Vacation from Life

Taking a Vacation from Life

It’s been two weeks since we went to Cancun, Mexico and as I write, I think how nice it would be to be there now. The hot tropical climate, the sandy beach, and even the humidity was perfect.

The trip was nothing elaborate, and we spend our days moving from the pool to the beach and vice versa. We built sand castles, and when the kids got tired, they ran to the kid pool and splashed to their heart’s content.

As with all beautiful vacations, it had to end, and we returned to our usual routine. Yet, as I think back on our trip, I remember it as a perfect escape from our daily routine which up to that point had been full of moving from one task to another and one stressful event after another.

Every so often, we need these escapes, and we should take them without feeling guilty. It may not be an international vacation or even a vacation. It may be something as simple as going out for coffee by yourself to rediscover yourself, and that’s okay to do as well. If you have small children, we as parents (and especially mothers) tend to feel guilty for taking care of yourself, for going out without your children, but perhaps that hour away will prove to be more helpful to the relationship. So whether it is a week-long family vacation or a solo trip to the coffee shop, take care of yourselves. Our relationship with our children will benefit significantly from a parent who cares for them but also takes time to care for themselves.

Shared a couple of pictures from our trip below but I tried not to have my phone on me so I didn’t take as many as I thought I would.

You can’t tell in the picture but our wall was quite impressive.

Being so sweet to each other!

How will you take care of yourself this week?

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When Depression Surprises You

When Depression Surprises You

Before children, I knew the statistics on mothers who experience postpartum depression (PPD), yet I never thought it would be something I would deal with. Ignorantly, I thought that because I wasn’t prone to depression, I am a mental health professional, and because generally optimistic, I wouldn’t be affected by it. But that’s not the way PPD works.

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Finding Peace in Loneliness

Finding Peace in Loneliness

I was speaking to a friend recently about loneliness and how despite our ability to have immediate access to each other through social media, texts, and emails we are lonelier than we were a decade ago.

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Photo Diary: Earth Day

Photo Diary: Earth Day

Hi, how was your weekend?

I had a four day weekend and deliberately wanted to spend the time outdoors together as a family. I also wanted to spend it away from Instagram, Facebook, posting, taking pictures, and so on and solely focus on enjoying my family, and that’s what we did except today where I took out my camera out to snap some pictures.

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Music of Our Parents

Music of Our Parents

In our 2007 Jeep, we have an album binder full of CDs from when CD buying was a thing. Our radio stopped working several years ago when I took the car to a car wash and came out without an antenna. The car already had bumps and bruises so I never considered replacing the antenna. Rather we moved forward, or should I say backward, to the world of compact disks. Among the CDs in the binder is a Top Hits of 1983. It may very well be my favorite album. There is something great about 80s music, dare I say, it was THE best music time period? READ MORE

Mad Mommy

Mad Mommy

Some days relationships are incredibly easy. Everyone is getting along and in a calm state of mind putting out positive energy into the world. But there are days and moments when tension is high, and relationships are hard and messy. READ MORE

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

The afternoon started as most do, I walked into the house and within one minute of Remi seeing me he was crying, and Sofia was asking me to play. I rushed to put my work bags down, say a quick hello to Joshua, and get the pumped breast milk in the refrigerator. I picked Remi up and began talking to Sofia. After a few minutes of sharing about our day, she was ready to play.
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Raising Children with Pitbulls: 4 Truths You Need to Know

Raising Children with Pitbulls: 4 Truths You Need to Know

We all know that having pets in the home can have significant benefits to a child’s growth. They learn empathy, compassion, patience, and responsibility to name a few character traits. Since, dogs are considered man’s best friend they often become the preferred pet for many families, including ours. Like with most things, Joshua and I rarely chose the easy path, and we now have three large pitbulls with two kids under four years old. Every once in a while I’ve been asked something like, “aren’t you worried about having your children around those dangerous animals?” Or we may encounter people who flinch when they see us out and go in the opposite direction. Neither bothers me, but recently I had friends who were denied the opportunity to attend a dog-friendly event because of their dog’s breed which led me to share five truths you need to know about having children and pitbulls. READ MORE