It has officially been a full month since I last logged onto Instagram. This month has been filled with lots of squishy baby snuggles, adjusting to life as a family of SIX, and spending time together. I realize this post may not interest everyone, but for the few who asked for updates I thought that this would be a fun way to share what us Weissers have been up to as well as some baby spam for those who are into that sort of thing!
What we did this month
A lot of rest and snuggles
The boys are back in school- Jude in Kindergarten and Knox in Preschool 4 mornings a week
The boys went to their first Monster Truck Rally with Nate
A trip to our old College with the kids
A night at the Drive-In Theatre to see the new Paw Patrol Movie as a family
Morning walks with friends
Started clearing out the back 8 acres to begin the process of putting in a driveway for our future home by “Weisser Beach”
Slowly starting back into work after having all of August and most of September off (HUGE shout out to my Studio Assistant Ellie for holding down the fort and helping me with projects while I was down and out!)
Jude started back at soccer for the fall season and had his first game
I started back teaching at the dance studio and am preparing for our fall concert
Things that September has taught me.
I quickly learned how much time I spent on my phone while I was still on Instagram. It is almost comical how many times I would catch myself reaching for my phone the first few days/week only to realize I deleted the app.
Being off social media has made me more intentional with reaching out to friends and using my phone for actual phone calls (gasp)!
Having some sort of daily rhythms has made the transition to 4 kids a whole lot simpler and reduced my stress significantly (especially in the mornings getting the boys off to school).
After an embarrassing trip juggling all 4 kids to the grocery store, I now think grocery pickup will be my life for the unforeseeable future.
Each baby you have grows a little bit faster. How is Millie already a month old?
I really enjoy taking pictures of everyday moments in our home with my “big” camera. Having it out on the counter and easily accessible has been a game changer for capturing sweetness in our home the last few weeks. Shockingly I haven’t done that in a LONG time, so it has been really enjoyable to use this gift and be creative for my own family.
Buying yourself a new pair of jeans that fits your postpartum body is a non-negotiable for feeling yourself after having a baby.
Listening to worship music during late-night feedings trumps scrolling social media and has made me so incredibly grateful even though I feel exhausted.
What I read this month
Christy Nockles “The Life You Long For”. This book was absolutely incredible. There were so many times when I would have to reread the same paragraph 5 or 6 times because it was as if I could have written it myself. I could not recommend this one enough!
“I’ve experienced all the above- the chronically over-scheduled life, an imbalance between family and work, the pressure to build big things, and even the complications of trying to achieve authentic community. I lacked the ability to be present for anything in my life as I felt compelled to plow through what I know now were precious seasons, just to get to the next seemingly urgent thing.”
“I often rushed through meaningful moments like the bedtime routine. After all, I had emails to check, books to read, commentaries to study, journaling to catch up on. I wanted to get to my real life stuff- you know, all the things that were going to make me a better me! Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of a bedtime routine that gets the kids down at a decent hour and makes room for some me time. It’s just that in all my rushing to get to the stuff of life that I thought truly mattered, the makings of real life were right there beneath my nose! As God continues to reorient my heart toward home, He faithfully kept placing in front of me that He truly values and treasures in this life: His people.”
Things I would like to do next month
So my goals are to stay healthy, keep my little family alive and happy, make time to move my body, to read, and to plan ahead for the rest of the year.
Plus enjoy the beginning of fall with lots of yummy soups and homemade bread. Jump in a pile of leaves with the kids and do all the fun fall activities.