Emotional Sniffles and Solo Trips

Its amazing how long it took me to regroup from two trips back-to-back with my girl. I always get a little bit of ... something ... after coming back from vacation. Almost a case of the emotional sniffles. Just thrown off and different, and you know it will be back to normal soon, but in the meantime you aren't always sure what day it is, and you just want to sleep it off.

But in this case Gwen was off of school for another week, plus, so there was no sleeping anything off. In fact, I found myself falling into old bad habits of staying up too late because that was the only bit of quiet I could find. It took me almost that whole week just to get my car completely unpacked and all the laundry done, and I basically had to wait for her to go back to school before I could get the apartment cleaned up and put away. She was a little extra touchy... I think she had the emotional blahs too.

So two trips in two weeks = two or more weeks recovery. At least with a 6 year old home from school.

A picnic helped us chase away some of our blahs!

Ironically, I'm heading out again later next week, but this time for a solo trip! The last time that happened was Wanderlust just under a year ago, then Elise's Graduation almost 2 years ago, and California with Heather 3 years ago. Noticing a trend? I actually get two of these solo trips this year, and I can't even express how excited I am. I adore my trips with Gwen. I think they are ones we will both remember all our lives. But the upcoming 4 whole days of not having to be "on"... well that is a completely different kind of excitement!

Recharging, re-energizing, and I'm only packing a backpack full of stuff, so no extended clean up! Hallelujah!


This and That - A Thought and Photo Dump

Gwen's break ended last Tuesday, and we're settling back into our more normal routines and rhythms. There is definitely catch-up to do when a big break ends (especially when much of that break was spent roadtripping), and I'm using this as a good enough excuse to do a bit of a photo dump and share some pictures I've taken over the past few weeks, but haven't gotten to share otherwise.

Now that its getting warmer, we love going on walks. Those walks often end up down by the Creek we live near, and inevitably Daisy ends up in that water at some point!

When we get home, we all head out to the porch so Daisy can sun herself dry, while Gwen and I relax and enjoy the warmth a bit more.

Did you know that a physical yoga practice (asanas) is both a great body workout, but it is also meant to help calm your mind and prepare you for the practice of meditation? Asanas are meant to be a little difficult... not painfully or frustratingly so, but enough that your mind is focused completely on them and not all the other junk going on in life. I've enjoyed deepening my practice over the past few months!

Gwen has developed a natural love for hockey, specifically for the Avalanche and the Quinnipiac Bobcats! One of Trav's coworkers will often give us hockey tickets if he can't use them, and his son plays for the Bobcats. Gwen loves going to the games, and always roots for the Avs now... even when Mommy's precious Flyers are playing them!

Trav's ready to get her playing.  :-)

Gwen is a "Dolphin" now in swim lessons. She's progressing so well, and she really loves swimming. One of my favorite days of her break was going for the free swim time at the pool where she takes her lessons. It was nice to get in the water myself, and so nice for her to just get to be a little fish for a few hours.

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Trav and I are both excited to see how she does up in Cape Cod this year!

Our other little fish, out on a walk with Trav one of the weekends Gwen and I were away. 

I got a few shirts from a site called Look Human a few months back. I just have to share this one because I love it so much! 

I have another that says Roadtrip Warrior. I'm looking forward to wearing that for all our upcoming trips!

Speaking of trips, my strongest scent memory of California is now definitely going to be the smell of orange blossoms! Such a beautiful scent, but WOW was it strong in Porterville, where we went to visit Babs.

The place is completely surrounded by orange groves, and the smell is intense! It did make me want to go out and look for an orange blossom body lotion for the summer!

Months ago I requested a mala from my teacher and friend Maram Yoga. I gave her some general parameters, but left the final design up to her. She did not disappoint!

She is an amazing person and she makes truly gorgeous stuff.

And there is all your Friday morning randomness!


Wordless Wednesday {YTT Ashram Field Trip!}

We visited an ashram as a yoga teacher training field trip. Yoga, meditation, and lunch.

It was a great day with great people in a beautiful place! 


But the Good News Is...

I feel like I've been writing a lot lately about all the fun stuff that we've been up to, and showing a lot of what has been happening with me and yoga. All of that is true. But there are definitely days of frustration.

There are days when I look at the same counter that I've cleaned off 100 times before, and there are a dozen other things to do, but here I am cleaning that same counter. Days when Gwen is cranky, and I'm patient for the first 20 snappish remarks, but then I am cranky too. Days when I realized that I messed up some plans, and just feel so frustrated with myself. Days when I think I've done all I need to do, only to remember 5 more things as soon as I lay in bed.

Gwen returned to school last Tuesday. We have had some really amazing times during her break, but I'm not going to lie, its always a bit of a relief when she goes back. Its a little disheartening when her breaks sometimes feel like daily reminders of why I'm not meant to be a stay-at-home-mom, but I remind myself that we truly love time together... 3-weeks is a long time though for a sweet 6 year old who thrives in school and during time spent with friends her age, and a Mama who needs her yoga time.

That is definitely a big part. Its hard when I can't get to yoga as regularly, I feel it in my body, mind and soul. I do my best to have a healthy home practice... but that definitely isn't the same with Gwen in tow (in both good and bad ways).

But the good news is... I am much more surprised by the not so good days. We've settled into such a rhythm here and I'm doing so many wonderful things to support my mental health, that the bad days are few and far between. I am so happy that we are well into Spring. The warmer months bring so much that I love: outdoor time and travel, especially.

There are always going to be normal life frustrations, but overall, things really are good.