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BEAR IN MIND

The "Bear in Mind" blog project is meant to be my outlet to put thoughts of all aspects of my life into a digital form.

 

You'll find a wide array of content here as I write whatever is on my mind from my family, to different passion points, to how I go about my career in the world of digital advertising, and more!

 

All thoughts are my own. :)

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This family is about to get a little bit bigger, and we're super excited about it! We are expecting another little girl in August 2022. 💖


Parenting Kaylee has been absolutely everything we wanted, and seeing her grow up and exploring this world has been eye opening in some ways. Teaching her new things every day while she discovers herself and having a front seat view of this all is just absolutely crazy. I know my Instagram is literally filled with pictures of her, and you can expect this new baby to blow up my feed as well. Never did I think I would become this type of mom. This family has become the center of my world, and I'm so happy and appreciative to have it.


Surviving the first trimester again did take a little bit more in me to get through, but we're half way there now and I'm feeling so much better. I've regained a lot of my energy, and the morning sickness finally subsided. Now it's about keeping up with Kaylee while I get so much bigger, and let's just say I'm definitely getting bigger faster.


This time around we're very slow to get ready. No new nesting has begun. I've been kind of procrastinating it all knowing what to expect in the next year or so. Ken and I want to continue looking for new houses in DFW but as you can expect it's super competitive. Both of us have been working hard to build up savings and landing us a new home that we can call "forever" hopefully! With all that in mind, I've had zero motivation prepping another new space and might regret it, but we shall see....


Little one has gone through all the initial tests and we are passing with flying colors, nothing alarming has popped up yet. She's a mover! When she's awake, she's kicking and moving all over the place - it makes it very difficult to get a great picture of her unfortunately. Here's what we got so far as a first look. 😀



As a family we recently went to the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine to participate in some of their Halloween events. While we took Kaylee around to different parts of the atrium, it quickly inspired Ken and I to take a look at staying there for a couple nights. I think the last time I had been there was probably 8-10 years ago and honestly I don't even recall the details in my memory of it. Ken and I had been debating on whether or not we should take a vacation. We're practically too lazy to travel this year and this place seemed to cover off on a few things we were trying to check off.


Great Atmosphere. Check.

Good Food. Check.

Spa. Check.


We are so basic, and easy to please. Also, it's super close to our home that it would be easy to pop by and get Kaylee anything she needed. Luckily that did not happen. My mom handled it all very well while we were out and we're so appreciative to have her help while she's staying with us.


Meanwhile, staycationing at the Gaylord during this time aligned really well to kicking off their holiday events too. They had so many activities all throughout the resort, but most catered towards kids (which was unfortunate we didn't have Kaylee there to experience it all). Ken and I truly wanted break. The work, the parenting, life as a whole. We needed to pause and reset. We wined and dined, and pretty much slept. What could you ask for more? We ice skated, enjoyed an amazing massage, walked through some beautiful Christmas lights and explored the entire resort inside and out.


The staycation was short, but all the more worth it. We typically like these short and sweet because honestly the hustle is really what gets both of us going. Our next adventure is already booked...we'll be visiting Colorado in December. It will be Kaylee's first time on an airplane. Wish us luck.






Let's do a little deep reflection and some appreciation, I mean it's November so might as well, right?


My Husband


So sappy and I know it! But damn, this guy I chose to do life with is someone that I greatly appreciate. Our relationship is different than I think the standards are. The perception that we spend time separately and enjoy that confuses people, and when we are together there's a ton of banter that's going on with lots of smiles.


My husband has taken the brunt of my emotional spectrum and I can't believe he's still here to this day standing by my side. I can be utterly mean one second, and flip into a rage at a random trigger and he patiently deals with me. I don't think we've ever gone to bed angry with one another and it's something we pride ourselves on. We open our communication, and I can truly say that I've improved the way I've dealt with conflict since being with him. I appreciate the things he does for me, thinks about me, and the family he wants to build together. The way I see him light up for Kaylee always makes me get a little fuzzy inside. He's in this relationship for the long haul and man oh man marriage is a growth experience for us both.


My Career


This year there was so many transitions however along the way I had the greatest support when it came to my peers and mentors. I'm so grateful to those who had a hand in how I've developed and built on my expertise, and how we've also become a source of friendship along the way. Career used to be my everything - I did the grind and hustled where I could and although I wish I could say I still give it my all, the introduction of becoming a mom was harder to grapple between the balances. But no matter what, I still dedicated the time to my career and the people around me and can truly say there was a return that couldn't be measured. Also, being welcomed back with open arms to my old company has been a great experience in the sense that getting back in the groove was so easy and comfortable. These people and the culture can't be uniquely found in every place, and for that you have to be so appreciative of.


Coffee + UberEats


I'm joking on this, but not joking. The fact that I live off of coffee getting me going every morning and UberEats to keep the family fueled. We stopped cooking every day as we just couldn't handle the prepping and planning, and cleaning that's all involved with it. It's so much more expensive BUT the return we get with more time to spend with Kaylee and each other, and the down time to recharge the HP expended throughout the day has been necessary to keep us all happy.


There's obviously so much more to be grateful for and I could go on and on. For now, I'm going to cap it off on top 3 that's top of mind, and close it off with this little recap photo of Halloween. (I'm still recovering from this weekend of festivities)