FIVE THINGS

Monday, June 25, 2018
I have a few minutes (finally!) to sit down here and write a smidgen. I haven't forgotten about The June Project -- I've just been SO FULL of so many good things that, yes, finding time to shut off my present, real world and sit down here has been a bit of a challenge. But I'm so glad I'm here tonight!just with five things that are making me really happy lately...

1.  Our rhythm. Our groove, our schedule, our daily vibe -- the girls and I got it. We've had it for a a while, meaning the last 7/8 months since moving to San Diego, but I felt a real sense of gratitude for it this last week when were all so in sync with where we had to go, what we had to get done, what we didn't have to get done, and each other. A super structured, yet flexible-as-a-rubber-band-life is a good life (for me)!

2. Repeat dinner meals. My family hasn't made one comment about the meals I've been re-making around here (a cobb salad, smoothie bowls, coconut lime white chili, etc.), and I'm glad, because they're good meals and I don't feel like finding better ones right now. 

3. Emmy's naps. Sis napped for THREE HOURS TODAY. Tears tears tears! I knew this day would come when we were in the throughs of newborn life, colic, and moving all over the place -- this day of reliable, regular naps that lasted more than 20 minutes. I used to envision us here - literally picturing a happy, sleeping Emmy and a thrilled mommy in my mind - and (more tears!) we are here (I talked about that "envisioning" coping mechanism back here and what to do if your baby is kind of tough back here).

4. My cleaner-than-ever house. Remember when I wrote about how I couldn't keep up with the mess back here? I don't know why verbalizing things is so magical for me, but ever since I opened my mouth just about that real aspect of my young-mom life, something clicked inside and now the mess can't keep up with me! Haha, well, mostly -- it's still messy around here, of course, but I'm not overwhelmed by it anymore because I really am staying on top of it. The girls are being more helpful, too (hallelujah -- being vigilant with the Chore Charts has helped so much with that). Distancing myself from Instagram has given me more time, which has (obviously) helped immensely, too. I go to bed with a totally clean house every night and man, my soul is HAPPY. 

5. Our burgeoning budget. One of my best fiends, Camie, has inspired me for YEARS with her budgeting skills, and when we were talking recently she reminded me that she just uses a good ol' Excel spreadsheet -- she inputs her expenses all on her own and watches the numbers crunch. I started copying her exactly and, guys, things are happening!! Budgeting apps are definitely helpful and awesome - we've used our fair share - but I don't know if it's because Camie does it the Excel way and I love her, or if that method is just naturally the peanut butter to my jam, but I'm loving it. I'm managing the spending around here and it feels so good!    

Alright I can toss in a sixth. The view outside my kitchen window. Behold: 😍   
That BOUG! Hands down, it's another thing about life that makes me really happy. That first shot is the exact view right outside of my kitchen window. Doing dishes is a gift, thanks to that big beauty. I love it! 

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