ON RECENT BALANCING AND ALL THAT JAZZ

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I started this blog to help document my journey as a new mom, and the difficulties I faced while trying to find the balance in my life. Somewhere along the way this little space became a community and a platform for not only my thoughts but yours as we all tumble through motherhood and tried to keep ourselves centered amidst the tides of life. I’ve made plenty of mistakes with this little space, one of which was trying to monetize it-as so many of us stay-at-home women who want to help support the family from a monetary stand point-do. And most recently I’ve neglected this little space because I somehow viewed it as a time hog, and maybe I’d even allowed it to become that.

But today, as I rode home on my commuter shuttle and read the words of our modern day Prophet and Church leaders in the Ensign, I felt very strongly the need to keep up this little space. It was perhaps the message titled ‘Keeping A Journal Your Way‘ that planted the bud, and somewhere between that headline and the article titled ‘Leading Like The Savior‘ that I felt the need to dust off my Journal-of-sorts and start anew.

One thing I would love to share right now is my work-out journey. You see, I went back to work full-time about 10 months ago, and with that I became much more stagnant than I have been in years. A desk job doesn’t exactly require heavy lifting and long walks, like being the mother of Quinn + Twins does. Couple that with the 2-3 (some times 3+) Dr. Pepper’s I was consuming on an almost daily basis and I had become very… ‘squishy’. [Read more…]

SOMETIMES THEY FALL ASLEEP AT CHURCH

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Sometimes, some blissful times, these two little monkeys of mine give me the best Sunday present of all. They fall asleep. At church.

It is amazing to hold a sleeping baby while listening to the messages of the Lord’s servants. I remember being newly weds of two-ish years, baby hungry and longing with all my heart to start our own family. My sweet friend would let me hold her sleeping baby all through Sunday school and I remember feeling so close to the Spirit during those meetings. While staring lovingly and longingly at that perfect little bundle of joy. Smelling her sweet baby smell, feeling her soft baby breathing. It filled my heart with such joy and happiness that I was remiss to return her at the end of the meeting, and impatient to return the following week.

When we finally had our own babies the same feelings of joy and closeness with the spirit  were apparent in my life. I didn’t think it was possible to become even more close until we brought the twins home [Read more…]

HE RAN THROUGH THE SPRINKLERS WITH SUCH GLEE

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Do you remember the first time you ran through the sprinklers? Allowing the cold, harsh water to splash your face while running and jumping about with such glee that you’d think it was Christmas morning.

Quinn had his first opportunity just the other day. And he ate it up, like all kids should. With 95*+ weather for the past three days our sprinklers have been turning on around 6pm to help keep the grass cool. Just at the same time we decided to take a quick dip in the pool to keep ourselves cool.  [Read more…]