Today started out amazing and then...😳The kids slept in and we started slow, but then I told them we were going to go for a walk and then go to the grocery store. Zeke was mad because I had told him we didn’t have plans for the day. Isaiah was mad because he wanted to play video games with Zeke. Zariyah was mad because she didn’t want to leave. Jasmine was mad because she wanted to stay home and Tekiah always hates leaving unless it’s to see daddy.
I had a long conversation with the kids about being respectful and considerate and how much we as a family want to be outdoors more. That we need to accepting of chores and all of those things. Then I asked Zeke what he needs from me. He said through tears that he just wants to have meaningful conversations and to play long board games and laugh together, but we can’t because I’m always on the phone and when I get off, it’s to do chores.
Guys, I hide in my phone because I don’t like dealing with the reaction from my kids. I hide because I hate resistance. I want it to be easy. I don’t ask them to do chores consistently, I hesitate going on errands because of the resistance I feel from the kids.
However, I have to be the adult. I have to be the one to set the boundaries and change my behavior so I can model it for my children. The idea of doing that drove me to tears tonight. Which is when I realized how huge a problem this has become.
So what did we do? We went for a very late walk at Boulevard and had so much fun! We walked, climbed rocks, threw rocks in the water and then finished off with hot chocolate and then the grocery store.
I’m excited to see things change the more I grow and choose to be present and set an example of proper boundaries with love and presence. 🌻
And?! How awesome is Zeke for articulating what he needed so well and with so much maturity. I am constantly amazed at his wonderful heart. 🌻
So since I can remember there’s been this house not far from mine that has done the most incredible displays for Halloween. Being that I was raised without Halloween I was always so curious about what it was like. Tonight I said fuck it and took a beautiful Halloween night walk over to the house and checked it out. This is hands-down the most insane awesome set up I’ve ever seen. This family has been doing elaborate Halloween displays for 30 years. They literally had smog machines going to look like cannons blasting and the Pirates of the Caribbean music was playing throughout. There was a maze of insane pirate magic to be seen. This was the most awesome way to end my day. Happy Halloween everyone👻👻👻☠️☠️☠️!!! #halloween#hauntedhouse#pirate#pirates#pirateship#instapic#instagood#instalike#latenightstroll#coolesthouseever#goth#gothgirl#gothic#spooky#creepy#dark
It’s amazing how different each dog is. On walks, if unleashed, Hendrix is full of energy and would be bolting everywhere and Teddy is calm and right by my side with little to no correction (I don’t ever unleash them when walking on a regular path, just Teddy briefly to show that he’s right by my side)
Went exploring and found this super cute cafe with a delicious menu. I was craving something other than Thai food and they had, hands down, the best tacos I have ever had. I don’t usually order vegetarian dishes but they were out of fajitas. Don’t regret it though. These chickpea cauliflower tacos were 💣 And the passion fruit mango cheesecake...👌🏻👌🏻 #thailand#aonang#krabi#cafe#latenightstroll#dateyourself
Perfect evening filled laughter, tears and love. Grateful to be a part of the celebration of Ms. Jude’s life and meeting the lovely friends who’s lives she touched. My most favorite part about cooking for a living is the people who I meet along the way. I know I don’t live a traditional lifestyle. I know I’m a free spirit, but it’s weekends like this that inspire me to try to live my best life. It’s about creating memories and most importantly, how you leave your stamp on this world. I’m inspired by this woman of whom I’ve never met. I know she’s here in spirit. #ripmsjude#celebrationoflife#beachweekend#privatechef#cheflife#isleofpalms#iop#sc#latenightstroll#halloweenmeal#letseat#tablesettings#catering