Monday at my mom group we talked about how it's important for everyone (especially moms) to take the time to rest. And rest can look different for everyone. Some people might rest by going for a run, others take an hour out of the house for themselves. To me it's reading.

Unfortunately I often waste rest time by mindlessly scrolling the internet. I waste so much time on Facebook or reading about other people's lives on blogs that I'm left feeling unfulfilled because it isn't productive to my life, my kid's lives, my husband's life, etc. So why do I do it? (Why do we do it?)

I feel like the tech era we live in often does more harm than good because we are only reading someone else's highlights. I heard a quote a year and a half ago when I went to the Origami Owl convention that stuck with me:
It's so true. I know people who post about how amazing their life is on Facebook, but in person they talk about how much they're struggling. I feel like it's especially true in blogging/reading blogs because we see pictures of perfectly clean houses with 2+ kids or read about some amazing outing they went on and I think, Wow, I'm happy if we get out of the pajamas we woke up in on a day we don't have to go anywhere or if we do go somewhere we all make it in one piece with 2 shoes on without any major meltdowns. And it certainly doesn't end in a trip to the donut shop with pictures of my beautiful children eating sprinkle covered donuts, because who has the time or energy to do that with kids?

This year we've decided to do "no tech Tuesdays" in our house. No tv. No tablets. Phones only in response to texts and calls, or if necessary. Yesterday was the second no tech Tuesday and I already love them. I'm reading more. The kids are playing so well and they barely mention the tv or wanting the tablet. We are focused on play and ourselves and each other and it's so... restful.

So while I still love reading blogs I'm not going to compare my life to your highlight reel. I'm going to focus less on what hundreds of other people are doing and more on what my people are doing. I am going to spend less time mindlessly scrolling the internet and more time reading. I am going to make a conscious effort to rest.

How about you?

Liam's Birthday Present

I completely forgot to tell you what we got Liam for his birthday yesterday. Duh. He got golf clubs!
He got a plastic set almost 2 years ago that he loves, but TJ really wanted to get him his first real set. They're so awesome. And he loves them. TJ took him to the driving range on NYE Day, but Emery and I couldn't stick around long because Emery can be quite distracting... who knew?! lol. So she and I went next door, but not before I could take this video. He's too big!!!
*Sorry for the poor picture quality. I have trouble transferring pictures from my Galaxy S6 to my Mac, so if you have any pointers pleaseee tell me!*


Christmas morning Liam woke up at 7 and walked out to the living room. TJ and I were awake and stayed in bed listening to see if he was getting in the presents (everything is off the same hallway), but he didn't even go by the tree... he just plopped down on the floor just past the hallway and it looked like he was trying to go back to sleep. On the floor. We aren't sure if he was just really tired or wasn't sure what to do. We woke Emery up and then got to unwrapping. Unfortunately I didn't take a lot of pictures.
Santa made it!
Liam usually won't keep socks or anything on his feet, but before he left his room he put his slippers on. I think it's safe to say that he loved them.
I love the excitement on his face. 
Can you tell how tired Emery was? 
Their bikes were a hit! Liam still doesn't have the hang of riding it, but we haven't really spent too much time on it. Unwrapping took all morning because they wanted to play with what they just opened instead of opening more, but that was okay.

We had a wonderful Christmas! I hope yours was wonderful, too!

Christmas Eve

Happy New Year! I'm going to catch you all up on our December and even though we started December off at Disney World, I'm going to start with Christmas because if I don't I'll just skip over it (you know, because it'll be March by the time I get to it, haha). This year for Christmas it was just the four of us. Usually we spend Christmas (or somewhere around Christmas) with my family and last year we went to New York, but this year everyone decided to stay put. It was weird not to be with family when we were opening presents, but we still enjoyed ourselves.

TJ is the big cook in our family (I'm the sous chef and the taste-along-the-way-er) and he decided that we should cook on Christmas Eve this year so we could relax and eat leftovers on Christmas Day. It was definitely a great decision. We made a casserole for brunch and TJ decided to smoke a prime rib. Uh, yes please. Every single year! While the prime rib was smoking we made some sides, but we really spent most of the day relaxing and watching Christmas movies.

After dinner we threw the kids in the bath and then let them open up their new pajamas and some popcorn so we could watch a few more Christmas movies. (Popcorn is a special treat around here, though I don't know why.)
Christmas Eve pajamas!
Liam's Lightning McQueen slippers. 
I wish they mad Emery's slippers in my size! 
He was more excited about the popcorn than his pjs. 
I asked Liam if he'd let me take a picture of his new pajamas and slippers and he seriously struck this pose! I've never seen him do that, but he must have felt awesome because he acted like he'd done it a million times.
Emery does this thing where if you're sitting on the floor she walks in front of you and then backs up into your lap. It's so hilarious. (Beep, beep, beep...)
Why is it so impossible to get a picture with everyone looking.
Em enjoying her popcorn.
Here is a picture of TJ's prime rib. Seriously, he is amazing, though by the end of the week I was prime ribbed out!
We decided last year that Christmas Eve pajamas would be a tradition. Do you have any traditions?