Summer 2013: When I Chose Not to Do It All

by Becky Elmuccio on August 25, 2013

I would have to say that the summer of 2013 was one in which I was neither crafty nor in the garden very much. But, I definitely had on my mama hat 24/7.

We navigated potty training this summer, took some great overnight trips to the beach and D.C., and worked a lot on finding our family organizational groove within the house. I have always been a multitasker. That person who could do her homework while watching tv? Yup, that was high school me. The student who could memorize Haydn’s full works for a final while searching the stacks for other books? Yessiree, me again. But, I am finding that it no longer works as current me. So, I needed my DH’s help in shifting my mindset.

I got scattered and unorganized in the last few years. I tried to do too much and I tried to put a halt on that this summer. We backed out of a few playgroups because the stress of not making events was not making it fun to go to the ones we could. I opted out of being the newsletter editor in one of our neighborhood groups, and I didn’t knit or garden this summer. I said no. It’s not easy for me to do that, but I did.

I had trouble finding my blogging mojo too. It was tough to balance summer fun and getting posts written. I have also been trying to learn more about the business of blogging and so some writing time has shifted to be learning time. But, I have plenty planned now for the fall and shifting some obligations around the house and designing a new work space should prove to be amazing in the next few months.

And then there was Tomato. Watching her have fun this summer was too important to miss. Helping her get adjusted to going to bed when she knows we aren’t yet was a tough road this summer, but one we have navigated. I also had to change the layout of the sunroom/catchall/ office to become a shared space so that she can do activities while I write or answer emails. We started to teach her how to read this summer and a lot of our time was spent at the library devouring books about geography (her current favorites are the countries of Africa) and the Presidents (we had to explain why Ulysses S. Grant had coffee on him when we returned the book). So, I did not knit and I did not garden. Instead, I helped my most important Tomato grow.

As we wrap up the summer, we started to put the garden to bed a little early. I did a massive clean up, as pictured below, and I starting drafting posts for the fall. I am looking forward to returning to this space on a more regular basis. I have a ton of great original ideas to bring your way, products to review and TV Free Friday will return. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and enjoyed time outside and with your families. I know that I did.

Front Hedges 2013

Hedges, meet old school clippers. Clippers, meet hedges.

August 2013 lawn

At some point, this lawn will mow itself. Until then, I know I’ve gotten it under control for another week.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda @ GGG August 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Sounds to me like you’ve got your priorities straight and know how to set boundaries. I just heard from another blogger who shared with me that she takes every summer off.


Becky Elmuccio August 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm

It hasn’t been an easy balance, but I think I have a better sense of moving forward for next year and understanding how much to write at different times of the year.


sandra krapf August 27, 2013 at 7:49 am

Good for you and Tomato… glad to see you have stepped back to smell the roses or coffee whatever works for you… looking forward to your upcoming posts…


Becky Elmuccio September 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I am looking forward to some great posts this September now that I have had a chance to reorganize and move forward.


Lauryn September 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Becky, Good for you! Proud that you made the decision to take a step back and regroup. You will be better off for it!


Becky Elmuccio September 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Thanks, Lauryn! You have been a great sounding board this summer. I appreciate it!


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