if my oldest complaining about the glare on his chromebook while he’s completely capable of moving out of his cozy spot while he listens to sports radio under a blanket as he does his math homework doesn’t just sum up that preteen life, you got me. (also relatable. he’s my fave.)
I think sometimes as mamas, the needs around us and the to do lists are so infinite, that we can’t imagine having the space to do anything else. but whether it’s reading a book you’ve been staring at for six months, or working on a fun hobby, taking up journaling, going for a run, starting a side gig, or going back to school: don’t be afraid give yourself permission to do something life giving, soul nourishing - something that makes your heart sing. allowing ourselves that time and space makes our world a little bit brighter - not just for us, but for the people that love us, too ❤️ what makes YOUR heart sing?
I love a kid that gets as excited about dressing up as I do. 100th day of school and this is what we call granny chic. #francesmarylee
sometimes it seems like motherhood on the internet is either the sweet culmination of every perfect thing ever dreamed of, or really freaking hard. I like to think of myself squarely in the middle of all that. all added up together, I can’t imagine a greater calling than being mama to these six remarkable little people, but some days you might find me secretly eating dark chocolate peanut butter cups behind a locked bedroom door while at least two of those little ones are knocking incessantly and slipping notes underneath. I wouldn’t trade any of it, but I also don’t feel guilty flying the coop every so often either. let’s call it balance. I hope this little space of mine is an encouragement to those of you that fall somewhere in the middle, too. motherhood can be a sisterhood, and I think all of us could use that, ya know?
tuesday mornings we get coffee and egg bites (and maybe sometimes a chocolate croissant 😬) and stroll the aisles of @target together. only a few more months left of just her and me before she’s at school all day long like her brothers and sisters. soaking up our dates as long as we can! ❤️ #eloiseglenda
I wrestled with my intent for this year for awhile, but then it came to me: contentment. I think I’ve been chasing it my whole life, but never really feeling it. and it’s definitely not because I’m not surrounded by an abundance of things to be grateful for, but because in my mind, there must be something even better right around the corner. the problem is, when I think like that, I can never fully appreciate the moment I’m in. so, while I’ll never stop dreaming and pursuing those things, I’m determined to make this year the year I stop chasing it, and start living it. . . . . . #enneagram7 #seekingcontentment #contentment #livinggrateful #fridayintroductions #letsbeadventurers #dreamersanddoers #dreamgooddogood #obbeans
california (adventure) dreaming over here. current mood: so happy to be getting back into the swing of real life while simultaneously longing for palm trees and sunshine and Mickey. #takemeback
someone is definitely living her best san diego life. #francesmarylee
the last few days at Disneyland have been such a gift. it was such a special place to me as a kid, and it was all summed up so perfectly by my oldest the first day we walked through the gates, “I decided I’m not going to care what anyone thinks about me here - this is a place to just be happy and soak it all in and be free to be yourself.” 😭✨ yes, there were meltdowns and tired feet, but mostly there was fun and excitement and wonder and joy. what a gift to experience all of that with them! and now three days of rest and bunking up with their cousins in a house by the ocean, all because of my mom’s generosity. we are one blessed bunch.