a mini-post

Well, I did exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do, and that is get wrapped up in rushing around as a professional, as well as a mommy.  It’s really hard to not think about work when I’m at home, but it’s all in the profession, I suppose.  I’m trying to stay positive, and keep blogging.  Projects have been put on hold for now, except for a few *wedding present surprises* that I can not divulge at this time.

We have been eating fairly well since adding another working parent to the mix.  It has been easy, however, because of Mr. C’s busy schedule, I really only have to cook 3 days a week, and we have enough food for lunches too.  I’ll try to post sample menus next week, as we’ve been dealing with a sick toddler and trying to throw in some birthday celebrations in for me (although, acknowledging 29 is not a priority!).

Until next time, when I’ll try to get my head unjumbled and actually remember what we’ve been up to lately!

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Whirlwind Sunday Preview

I think I’ve gone crazy. Or at least attempting to be it all and do it all.

Tomorrow I’m hosting a shower for a dear friend and bride-to-be, Baby C’s Auntie A.  I’m her MOH, of course, and will happily be fulfilling that role 🙂

Tomorrow I’m going on a week-long family vacation to the beach.  When I say family vacation, I don’t just mean our quaint little three-some.  Both of my parents come from enormous families (which I love, by the way) and as such, one side of that enormous family will be joining us for the week.

How did these two events overlap? Well, let me remind you about that barely-above-water life that I was (am?) living when all of these arrangements were made.  Oops.  So, tomorrow I have the marathon day of playing hostess and then trucking it to the beach.  Let’s hope we all survive.  And by survive I mean, we get to the beach with all hair in tact (except is that really fair, seeing as I’m really the only member of our Cupcake fam with hair these days?).

The great news?  This stress has finally gotten Mr. C to put away our Christmas decorations, which have been sitting in our master walk-in closet for the better part of 4 months (before that? They were chilling in our hallway.  We had to class up Casa de Cupcake for BabyCakes’ 1st birthday.  C’mon, we’re not that bad…)

Mrs. Cupcake: Fraud

 

Today I was a fraud.  I stay at home (at least for a few more weeks)–my job should be to take care of Baby C, and all that it entails, plus show some sort of evidence that I touched a broom, vacuum, or the washing machine.  Like I said, today I was a fraud.  This morning, thanks to a contest I won (or, should I say my students won), some fabulous ladies came over and cleaned my house.  I can’t even remember the last time Casa de Cupcake felt so un-disgusting.  I guess this post is admitting that while I was suffering from some domestic dysfunction today, at least my house looks amazing.  You’d think that after not lifting one finger on housework, I’d have something delicious planned…oops. If only I didn’t already tell Mr. C about this…I could’ve passed it off as my own work!

 

Terrible Transitions

Recently, I posted a little blurb about not doing well with change.  That’s not really accurate.  I do like change…the excitement that comes with new events like getting married, owning your first home, and starting a family.  What I’m not that great at dealing with are the transition phases that come with each change.   As the summer winds down, and my “stay at home mom” stint comes to an end, I’m actually getting those same, horribly anxious feelings about going through a transition.again.  This time, it will be hard on two of us.

It’s not always about leaving Baby Cakes all day.  When he was first born, I wasn’t ready.  In my grand plan, I was going to work until the Friday before I was due and I would get to have a little down time/ date time with Mr. C before our family of two became three.  Baby Cakes had other plans, and decided to break into the world on Thursday, leaving me “running out of my classroom screaming” (so the rumor mill said) and to the hospital (yes, I was that girl who had to leave work to have a baby!).   After all was settled and we were home, those horribly anxious feelings settled in.  This time, I was sad about rushing out on “my kids”, when in fact, I was home with the most important kid of all.

It took me some time to settle into the stay at home routine, but I really took to it.  This summer, with Baby Cakes being another year older, our routines are set, and our activities are so much fun.  I’m having a good time planning out our weeks’ events and meals.  Although I’m still learning to be that bargain grocery shopper/meal planner/ chef, I’m starting to get the hang of it.  Now with about 4 weeks to go, I’m starting to get those transitioning blues that always creep up.   It’s going to be a challenge, but I hope that I can somewhat keep up this momentum as a working mom and just know that if I can keep my head a few more inches above water than it was last year, my family will be happier.

And so it begins…

For a while now, I’ve wanted to blog, but didn’t know what to write about.  Sure, Baby Cakes is the most adorable one-year old on the planet (not biased at all, I swear) but I didn’t feel right only writing about him.  The way I see it, I’m not solely defined by motherhood.  I’m a full-time teacher, wife, mom and homeowner who is creeping up on 30.  While I’m new at this mom thing, I’m also still learning how to be the wife that I want to be…even after almost 3 years of marriage.  In addition to the chaos, we recently purchased a quaint 13-year-old town home, without any sort of updates, that desperately needs some TLC.

Mr. C and I have a lot of big ideas that are out of reach right now, due to our full-time jobs and his part-time MBA program. Time is definitely a hot commodity in this household, as we struggle to even make time for the 3 of us as a family.  I won’t even sugarcoat it when I say that the past 16 months has been a beautiful challenge that we wouldn’t trade for the world.  And so, as I finished up my first year as a working mom and my head finally came up above water, I realized that there is so much I want to do and work on in the various roles that I hold.

I will be the first to admit that food and cooking for 2 (now 3) people is never at the forefront of my mind.  I have tons of ideas about decorating, but hardly any follow through, and many fun toddler and family activities that I would love to plan (again, no follow through).  That’s where this blog comes in.   By chronicling my trials, tribulations, and successes, I’m hoping that it holds me accountable.  I hope that I either inspire you to try something new, or at least give you hope that someone out there may be a little more domestically challenged than you 🙂 Enjoy!