Dear Evelyn Morgan,
Oh boy. Poor Evelyn. Poor second child. Another monthly update that is a week two weeks late! I haven’t really been blogging at all last month, and of course this gets pushed to the back as well. Even the pictures aren’t the best. I actually used your Halloween costume for this month’s pictures. You were a snow leopard for Halloween. It’s been cold, windy, and cloudy a lot recently and I just never had the time for dress you up and take pictures outside.But, boy what a month this has been Evelyn! One major up and one major down. You are walking!!!! And, Grandma and Grandpa came for a quick visit. You loved all the attention they poured on you all weekend long. But, you’ve also had a major teething session and currently have a double ear infection and bronchitis! You are actually on a nebulizer right now.
When you took the first bit of steam from it at the pediatrician’s office, you did not like it at all. It was a big oxygen mask on your face and I had to pin your arms down. You fought the whole time. Rhys got very upset, to the point of crying for fear. He was scared of the “bad guy medicine” on his baby sister. He only calmed down once he saw that you were safe and out of the nebulizer. Your brother loves you so much. I hope you know that, even when he pushes you and takes away your toys. You are the apple of his eye.
One of my resolutions this year was to discover where I live more than I had ever done. I grew up going to National Parks for the summer and camping with my family. During the rest of the year, we would go hiking and geocaching on trails. I loved it. I loved exploring nature. I loved being out in the open. I loved feeling that unique holiness of nature–that’s why I was super excited to go to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.
We had been doing pretty good exploring and discovering the North DFW area: restaurants, activities, little shops, playgrounds. But, for our anniversary, Justin gave me a wonderful gift. He sent me a list of State and National Parks and said every three months we would go and either spend all day or camp overnight. It seriously was the best gift.
On Saturday, we went to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas on the south end of Lake Texoma. This is a pit stop for migrating birds and butterflies, and we came on the perfect day: official Butterfly Day.
I have a DSLR, but I only have the two lenses it came with. I’m not a professional by any means. But, I am very proud of these pictures I took. I especially loved the pictures of the butterfly garden–I couldn’t believe that I took these pictures! I didn’t let anyone else touch my camera, so there aren’t any pictures of me.
A few years back, Justin and I decided we wanted to eat a little healthier. So, we decided that once a week we would have vegetarian dinners. At this point in time, quinoa was a huge fad. I decided to give it a go, but I was unsure how Justin would feel about quinoa tacos…
I made it and held my breath as I told him what dinner was when he got home from work. But, after one taco, he ate a second. Then a third. He loved it. He liked the texture and the flavor. We had a healthy Mexican recipe!
Self-care. That’s a hot topic right now. Every blogger, everyone online, is talking about the importance of self-care. There are lists upon lists of ways to self-care NOW. How to drop everything and all responsibilities and self-care now. The most important person to take care of is you. Do what you want. Ignore all else. That is self-care.
I have to disagree. Self-care is not ignoring responsibilities. It is not putting yourself in front of others. It is not indulging. It is not an excuse to be lazy, to eat what you want, to give yourself unnecessary “grace“, to buy what you want, to get away now. No. Self-Care is actually caring not only about yourself, but for yourself.
September was a blur. Sadly, it didn’t feel like fall at all–it was just an extension of summer. Yuck, Texas. There were quite a few ups and downs. None really too far, but it was quite a hilly ride. Hitting (or not hitting) my goals this month, my physical and mental health, finances, etc.