Sometimes my husband tells me that my blog posts make our life sounds all honky-dory and perfect. Well, our life is anything but perfect, but I’m not one to air my dirty laundry. This blog is an outlet for me to share what goes on under our roof with friends, family, and anyone else that would like to read.
Like other newlyweds and new parents, we have our moments. Since we’re both working full-time, taking care of a 10-month old, and renovating our new home, it gets pretty hairy at times. Some mornings we snap at each other after a sleepless night with Avery. We moan and groan over dinner about a stressful day at work. We argue if one of us is doing more of the household chores and the other isn’t pulling their weight. But we also have some good moments, like going for walks as a family after we’re back from work at the end of the day. We curl up together in bed some nights and read. We make it a point to schedule special date nights together.
Lately, we’ve been extremely exhausted and it brings out the worst in us. We’ve had weekend after weekend of traveling, passed a cold from Avery to Vinay and I just got over it. Avery STILL isn’t sleeping thru the night, and both our jobs are extremely stressful right now. Our days are full of working and commuting, completing the needed household chores, spending little time at home as a family, and then passing out so we can do it all over again. Oh and since we’ve been traveling to see family on the weekends plus we took a unexpected trip to California last week, we haven’t had time to stop, relax, regroup, catch up on sleep and spend time together.
Maybe it’s because it’s summer and there have been more events and functions to attend, but we have been traveling A LOT and it’s taken a toll on us. So, we’ve made a family decision to travel less. This is a HUGE decision for us. Both our families are 4 hours away (in different directions!), so this decision hasn’t been made lightly. But for our sanity, well-being and health, and our overall family balance, we think it’s for the best. We know our families and friends will understand.
After this past week in California, and the previous weekend at my family reunion, we have parked our butts at home for the entire month of August! We don’t even have any plans for September. We have BIG plans to enjoy late mornings in our PJs, afternoons in our back yard, taking walks to the park, dinner on our deck, and just hanging out as a family!
We hope this change will bring a better balance at home. Some other changes we’ve been talking about are: fitting in time to exercise regularly (to help with the stress from work), keep going on date nights (to keep the fire going, Rawr!), and spend more time together renovating the house… (we’ll share soon!)
How do you maintain a good family balance? How do you fit in time for work, family, exercise, friends, ‘me-time’, etc?