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Holiday Parties (Liberating Working Moms)

Dont feel bad, I’ve been neglecting this space almost as much as I have Liberating Working Moms. But after a missed preEaster party at L & Z’s daycare, I had to turn to my fellow working moms to see how these events were handled.

Thursday before the Easter holiday weekend, Lucy & Zach’s class held an Easter party complete with decorated eggs & holiday snacks. All the class parents were invited – dare I say encouraged – to attend. In attending, parents can watch their child eat snack then take them home (a couple hours) early. I had missed the party sign up sheet, but I had extra stickers & napkins on hand to provide that morning for the party.

Jason & I (along with my aunt) attended their Halloween party. We left work early to watch them eat snack (& smile at us while also looking like why are you staring at us eat?). Since it was still working hours we then took L & Z by my work to show off their costumes & cuteness before dinner & trick-or-treating.

We went out of town Thursday night to my grandparents’ house at the beach. So instead of using vacation time to attend their Easter party, I met my husband at home, & we finished packing, loaded up our van & went to daycare together. We arrived about 30 mins after he usually picks L & Z up. Out of the 11 toddlers in their class, only 5 were left. But L & Z were the typical thrilled to see us & off we went on our road trip.

Click over to read the rest of Holiday Parties & see photos of L & Z during our cool & raining Easter beach weekend. I’d love to hear what you do for your little ones parties?!

Getting to 50/50 – What We Gain from Working

blogI read & reviewed Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All by Sharon Meers & Joanna Strober a couple of weeks ago on Liberating Working Moms. Sadly, life got in the way of my sharing that giveaway with y’all before now. {But I’ve enjoyed this book so much I’m considering in the future giving away my copy because it’s that good.} So good in fact that I had too much to say for one post.

So while it’s still fresh in my mind, I wrote a follow up post for Liberating Working Moms about what we gain from working. Getting to 50/50 spends the first third of the book on this topic. I shared my favorites & why over on LWM this morning.

I feel like as working mothers, we often hear {& even talk amongst ourselves} of what we lose by having a career and family. Things like extra time during the day with our kiddos, the ability to sign them up for the early afternoon dance class, to make it to the 11a library story time.

In reading Getting to 50/50, I learned there’s a whole other side of the coin that we working mothers can & probably should focus on: what we, our spouses & our children gain by us having a job beyond motherhood.

Jump over to LWM What We Gain from Working with me to read the rest? I’d love to hear your thoughts {working moms & stay at home moms alike} on this subject.

Just Keep Swimming

I’m channeling my inner Dora {from Finding Nemo for those not as big of fans as I} & using ‘just keep swimming’ as my current work mantra.

I decided to write about just how swamped & drowned I’m feeling at work these days on Liberating Working Moms today. {and yes, the irony isn’t escaping me that I’m taking a 5 minute break that I said I wouldn’t do to write this post.}

I’ve been drowning swimming treading water at work for a few weeks now. My attempts at staying on top of things, staying afloat if you will, much less getting ahead have all been in vain.

And while there have been times in the past year that I’ve felt similarly due to our vacations or my kids’ sicknesses, I don’t really have those excuses right now. Just seems like I can’t do it all at the moment.

And I’m not even talking about the state of our home. It’s my life from 8-5 that’s wild right now.

Click over to LWM so you can finish reading the rest of Keeping My Head Up.

Give a Little Thanks {Liberating Working Moms}

It turns out I spend more awake hours in the day with my coworkers than I typically do with my family.

I’m over on Liberating Working Moms today sharing a few tips on how to give thanks to your work buddies.

Join me there?

Being Present

I’ve gone over a week & a half without data signal on my cell aka the link to the outside world. I’ve taken brief advantage of WiFi while at home, WakeMed & the beach to share photos of Zach & Lucy’s recent big events.

While I shuffle through the 700+ photos we took during a beach family weekend full of birthday & baptism celebrations, I’ll leave you with a link to my Liberating Working Moms post from Thursday. I’m realizing I’m really enjoying being present during this unexpected social media disconnection.