Beauty in the Busy

I’ll be honest. I have been really “UGH” lately. I clearly need a thesaurus, but that’s the best word I can think of to describe how I feel. I suppose it explains my unplanned small blogging hiatus. This really is a tough time of the academic year. The end (summer) is in sight but there’s just so much to do before it gets here. I want summer here now. I am tired of being away from my girls. I get mad when I log onto social media and see moms complain about their kids, because I got to spend such little time with mine that day. I get mad when I pull up to MDO to pick up my kids and see women in yoga pants pull up in their minivans wearing those disposable flip flops you get after a pedicure. Wouldn’t it be nice to drop my kids off and get a pedicure on a random Tuesday?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have more time with my children? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a better work-life balance? Wouldn’t it be nice to not be so busy?

Busy. This busy sucks. I hate being busy. I hate planning every single second of my day without room for error. If I make a simple mistake, such as forgetting to put Caroline’s bottle in her diaper bag, it completely throws a wrench into the whole day. It forces Greg to pick up my slack, and ruins about an hour of his work day. All from a simple mistake on my end. Stressing out over the little details is a daily thing. Spending about an hour at the end of the day to prep for the next day is becoming annoying.

So…. UGH. I’m just UGH. This mindset and UGH-ness is bringing me down. I’m forgetting to enjoy the small things. I’m forgetting to repeat “this too shall pass” over and over in my head. I’m running out of reasons to stay positive.

I then forced myself to do something. I told myself that I was going to take pictures when things get busy. I was going to look at the “busy” with a different lens (literally and metaphorically). Instead of thinking “Why can’t I just watch Netflix?” I was to think “Let’s appreciate the small things.”

I have been pulling my phone out the last week and just capturing as many beautifully busy moments, hoping that I would grasp onto some hope in them. I’ve edited them and now I am going to share them with you.

Leaving work to pick up the kids

Leaving work to pick up the kids

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picking out pillows to use as set decoration for the play

pumping away

pumping away

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Kennedy running out of school, saying goodbye to everyone as she does so. She kinda owns the place.

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Driving, driving, driving. I do a lot of that.

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I love these little sleepy eyes. She’s also started wanting to hold on a blankie in order to sleep.

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The best smile is when I pick my lovey up.

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A good lipstick and jewelry day

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I love the flowers at Caroline’s school.

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These two, on a rare non-busy weekend.

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Starbucks at Target in sunglasses. Totally normal.

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I just adore this picture.

Looking at these photos again, all together, really put a smile on my face. It’s not that bad, y’all. These small moments really show that beauty in the busy.

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    Sarah
    May 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I love this outlook on being busy…such an eye opener. I also HATE being busy, it stresses me out to the max. This week already has me worn out. I didn’t sit down on the sofa until almost 10 o’clock last night. If life could slow down that would be great!

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    Chrissy
    May 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I feel really UGH as well. Totally busy and stressed out at times. I feel like the day just doesn’t have enough hours.
    Loving all your pics though – cute shoes, cute kids and Starbucks at Target with sunglasses, totally how we roll as well! xxx

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    Jess Beer
    May 5, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Girl, I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes I just wish I could take a break from real life. Like seriously, must be nice to get a random pedicure during the week. And don’t get me started on the 2.5 hours I spend in the car daily. You are so right though – we need to find the beauty in it. It’ll all be over before we know it.

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    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    May 5, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve been UGH lately too. It’s tough to find that “balance” and I’m certain it actually doesn’t exist.

    Your photos are gorgeous! You have such a sweet family.

    It was lovely to “catch-up” in this manner.

    Thanks for sharing. I hope your UGHs are over-run by YEE HAWs!
    xoxo

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    Kristy
    May 6, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Oh, this is adorable! Doc McStuffins said you have “teacheritis.” It’s what teachers get the moment the clock strikes May. But it looks like you already have the cure: adorable pictures to cheer you up through the day. This was awesome. And genius. Love you, girlfriend! Can’t wait for June!

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    Ailee | Snapshots & My Thoughts
    May 6, 2015 at 9:15 am

    There have been a ton of ‘UGHs’ over here lately too!!! But your photos made ME smile – aren’t review posts the best for that purpose? To compile all of the good moments together? Love, love, love. xo

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    Tawnya Faust
    May 6, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I’ve been feeling very “UGH” over here as well, for different reasons but I totally hear you. I love all of your photos, it’s amazing what slowing down and recognizing the good does 🙂 XO hope you can dig out of your ‘ugh’ soon 😉

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    Elly
    May 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I love this. I understand how you feel. Life is always rushing and its always go go go. You feel like your drowning in all of it. Love the idea of just looking through a different lens and appreciate the little things, the now moment.

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    Jessica Dimas
    May 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I love your photos, there is definitely always beauty to be found around us. And girl you got an amazing shoe collection! I’m sorry things have been so crazy, I’m looking forward to summer break for you!!

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    Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
    May 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I’m so glad the plays are finally over for you Meg! I really hope that things slow down and stop being Ugh. Ugh is no fun that’s for sure! Glad you were able to take time to enjoy some good in all the chaos.

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    Alycia
    May 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Oh girl, I totally get it!!! I am so UGH right now too, I’ve been having a MAJOR blogging slump and am so tired and drained!! Working fulltime outside the home is difficult and you are so right, taking the time to just slow down is the best way to make me feel better. Enjoying each moment I get with palmer to the fullest makes me happy!!! XO

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    Caitlin
    May 31, 2015 at 3:14 am

    I could NOT agree with you more about the UGH and BLAH feeling. It’s so incredibly hard to find a good balance between work (especially the type of work we do) and our home lives. There are so many times I wish I could just up and quit and run home to snuggle on the couch while watching Rio with my little boy! But, at least I’m thankful that this stressful job takes a hiatus for the summer, unlike so many other professions! Gotta see the silver lining somewhere 😉 Hugs momma!

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