Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Vacation...Well, Almost.

Is it me or is summer vacation taking forever to happen? Although I've been done with classes for over three weeks now, Dana will be going to school until the end of June. For that reason, it just feels like summer vacation will never get here!

Spring break was awfully late this year for the city schools as well as the weird, cold weather that we had all this year! I can't wait to get on a beach (with a book) and enjoy some much needed sun.

But let's recap this year, so far.

1. Dana is almost done with Pre-K and this was a huge deal. When she first walked into that classroom in the beginning of the school year, I was actually super worried because she was a three year old baby to me! Quickly, I realized that she would be fine in school and as a matter of fact it was the best decision we made, sending her off to Pre-K instead of keeping her home until Kindergarten. She's grown so much and learned so many new things!

2. Family of four, three in school. School was hard this semester. Since I'm nearing the end and I'm in all major classes, I find myself writing papers back to back. Sometimes my papers are over 10 pages long and that can be tiring when you are a mom juggling your kids and life. I tried my best and I'm proud that I did well but now I'm off to my last year in my bachelor's and I can't wait to hold both of my degrees next year.

3. We realized that routines matter, a lot. I have to tell you, I kind of despise a routine. I know they are necessary but when I became an adult, I just did what I needed to do, whenever. Now that the kids are older, when they aren't sleeping on a good schedule, it makes me crazy. I'm the first one up and the last one down and that's super hard when the kids are falling asleep really late and waking up really early. Ava is usually the culprit that will fight her zzz's until she no longer can't. However, we hope to establish some good routines over the summer in preparation for Dana going to Kindergarten and having an earlier arrival time.

4. We need to take breaks. We've been kind of on the go all year and we are well overdue for a nice needed break from the city. I find myself longing for the outdoors sometimes, especially when I am stuck in NYC traffic. Even people who aren't from NYC know what the traffic is like. I want to wake up and feel relaxed which isn't something I am able to do with our morning rush to run out the house and get everyone where they need to be.

5. Time for myself matters. My best days are the days when I wake up earlier than the kids, drink coffee and read something inspirational. It sets my mood up for the day and I'm able to wake up peacefully. I don't do it everyday but I would love to. On days that I don't take that little bit of time, by the middle of the day I want to stop moming or adulting period. I know a lot of moms can relate to this. Sometimes you just want some time to be you. I also find that working out and taking time to do my hair or put on makeup drastically improves my mood.

So what are your plans for the summer?


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