It's been so long since I updated my blog, I thought it was time to finally write a life update. The last time I posted I was struggling with my health in a major way. That struggle lasted for several weeks and there are still days when I feel pretty unwell. But since that update, I have been feeling much better. The vertigo has subsided for the most part. I do have days where it returns for a bit, but usually not more than a few hours which is sooo much better than the constant vertigo. I still have frequent headaches/earaches and just general malaise sometimes but have been taking good care of myself, exercising and eating well and just generally not letting it get to me. An afternoon nap every couple of days seems to help keep my body feeling well and my husband and kiddos have been great about letting me rest when I need to. I will admit that I still do experience some confusion and cognitive difficulties when the pain in my head and ear is at its worse. But I've learned not to let it bother me too much. I mean realistically, I have three small kids so I'm expected to be a bit confused and absent minded, right?!
This summer was one of our best ever. Truly. It was a summer of new experiences and adventures. Our kids got to see and experience things they'd never dreamed of. At the beginning of the summer we sat together and wrote out a bucket list for the summer break. And we managed to cross off the majority of their bucket list items. We did splash parks, stayed in a hotel with a pool, stayed in a penthouse suite (thank you Georgian Court Hotel!!), visited the wildlife park, went to the lake, went on amusement rides, visit the Kids Market on Granville Island, did bungee and luge adventures in Whistler, went on a gondola ride, tried eating at new restaurants. It was seriously awesome. In between all the exciting new things we did lots of relaxing in the backyard pool, ice cream runs and playground dates. Looking back at the summer, it was the perfect balance of doing lots of nothing and everything :)
Creatively, it was a challenging summer. I've always put myself and my own interests last. And I don't say that in a negative way. Being with my family is the most important thing to me. So creating is for those times when everyone is happily doing something of their own or when hubby's at work and the kids are at school or friends' houses, etc. So finding the time to create was a challenge, but I did manage to squeeze in some time here and there. It wasn't a super productive summer of creating, but it was fulfilling because everything I created was just created in a spur of the moment, overwhelming desire to get messy. And most of the time the kids were right by my side getting messy too so it was the best of both worlds.
As lovely as summer was, I'm happy to see September. I'm always and forever going to be a creature of routine and truthfully, by the end of summer break I tend to start feeling a little anxiety stricken about how chaotic our life has become in just a couple of months. I was so happy to sit down a few nights ago and do our meal planning for the month. Like giddy excited. Yep, I am a big dork. It just feels so good to start sliding back into a routine where everything just fits and you don't find yourself trying to throw together a meal at 7 in the evening because you've been going non stop all day long.
And of course, I would be lying by omission if I didn't admit that I am looking forward to those two blissful hours a day I'm going to have to myself while the oldest two are at school and the little one naps. I have been writing inspiration notes to myself all summer long and I can't wait to start making them more than just ideas and thoughts!