Things have been busy as ever in Kendraland. The job is going well and keeping me very busy which I'm enjoying. The biggest challenge in our lives right now is a great deal of stress related to our finances. It is something that we are getting through one day at a time but man-oh-man is it a challenge! I never anticipated our first year of home ownership to be like this but then again, I suppose I really didn't know what it would be like. The whole unemployment phase of this year certainly didn't help matters.
Those who I've shared our situation with have all said they've been in our shoes before and their stories of rising out of the hardship is inspiring to hear. It's nice to know we aren't alone and we also know our current state is temporary. If there is anything this blip of time in our lives has taught us it's how thankful we are to both be employed and to have our children go to bed with full bellies, in a warm house every night. On our most challenging days it is important for us to remember that we really are doing okay, we have each other, we have our health, and we have everything we truly need.
Honestly? I didn't know how much of this to really share here. Of course it is very personal but I at least wanted to document a little bit of it so I can look back one day and see how far we've come! People don't often talk about their finances and why should they? I just wanted to touch on it because it really is all consuming and very overwhelming for me at this time. If anyone else has been through something similar or is currently there, then you can relate. There is nothing fun about it but as the saying goes, "what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger." Yes?
But enough of that... now for the good stuff! Kids update!
Little C's thoughtful mind continues to amaze and challenge us. The way he mentally works through situations and then is able to verbally express his feelings, is such a gift. Sometimes we can't believe he's only 3.5 years old! He pushes his boundaries constantly and argues and barters over everything. Year three with our boy has by far been the most challenging. He is an old soul with a tender heart, he talks all the damn time, and he loves to snuggle but has very recently started to wipe off my kisses. #sadface
Little Miss Mayhem continues to live up to her name. She loves to jump, climb, slide and swing. She keeps up with her big brother pretty well and loves him intensely. She can be adorable and sweet one minute, then a bossy sassafras the next. Homegirl wants what she wants and if she isn't going to get it, you better watch out! She is quite the little comic and I can not believe we will be celebrating her 2nd birthday next month!
This time of year has been so much fun with the both of them. There is magic around every corner and I'm going to be so sad when all of the Holiday wonder is over.
What have you been up to lately? Are you enjoying the Holiday season with your little one(s)?