It is so nice to be back from blogging. I haven’t had a substantial post since July 16th! The second to last week of July, we went on a family vacation and then we came home to a non-working laptop. It’s taken us this long to save up the money and find the right new laptop to buy. But, I’m back and I’m hoping to be even better.

But, for now, I think I’ll tell you about our summer! It was the second summer I haven’t had a job in my adult life (last summer we moved and I had a baby…no way I could’ve handled a job!). But, what was different about this summer was that I didn’t have to worry about going back to teaching. School started yesterday and I’m still sitting at home. It was nice and relaxing to know that I didn’t have to worry about unit plans or teacher meetings and could just enjoy my summer.

June started out with a very productive first week as a stay-at-home mom. The house got deep scrubbed, social media got organized, unit plans started to get backed up onto the computer. Rhys and I began to develop a routine. Then, it got harder and harder. Yes, I’m an introvert, but I get lonely very easily and very quickly. Rhys also started to refuse to eat at all and naps were crazy. My anxiety started to affect me for the worse this time and I finally got diagnosed with anxiety and depression/PPD. More on that next week. My brother also graduated high school and my family went up to visit my paternal grandparents in Idaho.

Rhys turned one years old and we celebrated with family. Four days later, Justin was also finally able to celebrate his birthday for the first time in two years (last year we were brand new parents, and the year before that he was very ill from some medication he was taking). We went to Tucanos and Rhys loved all the new food, and especially the Brazilian lemonades!  Rhys and I spent a lot of time with my family, going to parades, hanging out, and having lunches. Then, the Morrell clan had a reunion at Bear Lake.

I had forgotten to grab my camera on the way out and was saddened about it for the first hour of driving. But then I realized that I could take the opportunity to just stay off social media as a whole and be more engaged. (Luckily, in-laws had nice iPhone 6’s and took a few pictures of us!) Bear Lake was absolute heaven. There are 25 of us (parents, siblings, spouses, and kids) and we rented a huge cabin. We all had breakfast and dinner together every day. The cousins played non-stop, and included Rhys (they loved playing with him…we hardly had to keep our eyes on him). The grown-ups chatted and played a lot of card games. It was so fun getting to know my in-laws better! And the lake! My goodness, what a beautiful lake. Rhys had the time of his life playing in (and eating) the sand and water, even if it was a little chilly. I had a blast riding on the boat and tubing with my nieces. Some of us even went to visit the caves and I loved watching the little kids’ expressions of discovery. For the next few weeks after we got home, I yearned to go back.

We finally got a new couch–a post about our living room rearrangement soon, a new laptop, made a huge Goodwill run, and got the entire house completely organized. This month, due to the lack of laptop, I haven’t really been engaging much in social media. Sure, I’ve checked it every now and then on my iPhone 4, but to be honest, I prefer using my laptop over my iPhone. Also, my iPhone 4’s camera is broken (so does anyone want to give me or buy me an iPhone 5 or 6?), so that’s made Instagram harder. But, ever since I started taking medication for my anxiety/depression, I’ve felt so much more happy and relaxed. Rhys and I have visited the park almost every day, and have adventured out a bit with the stroller or the bike and trailer (as we only have one car which Justin takes to work). But, this past week or so, Rhys and I got a terrible stomach bug, and we are now all better.

This summer has been really extraordinarily busy, full of family on both sides, last minute excursions, new purchases, and trials and obstacles, but at the same time it has been one of the most relaxing summers I’ve had. I’ve been able to enjoy every single minute of it and really be present and live in the moment. It has really been good for me.

Right now, I’m aching a little to be back to teaching because 1) I’m not used to not having a job, 2) I love teaching, 3) all my friends are going back to teaching, and 4) the beginning of the school year (August-end of October) is my favorite. But, I’m excited to continue this new chapter in my life of being a stay at home mom and to learn more about myself and Rhys.

Look forward to these topics of posts starting Monday, August 24th
-Being a SAHM
– My anxiety and depression/PPD
– My trial of faith
– New Recipes
– Thoughts and introspections
– Blogging, and specifically, why I won’t be getting snapchat.
– and soooooo much more!

What has your summer been like?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. Glad to see you're back!
    Even better to hear you're feeling better.
    Your summer sounds like it was full. And those lake pictures are awesome.
    Being a SAHM certainly can be challenging, especially if most of your friends work. Is there a Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) group in your area? I know of some SAHM who are in groups like that and love it.

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