Holy buckets, it’s been awhile hasn’t it? I’m glad I don’t have to explain myself to anyone when I go off the grid a bit, but I will let you in on the fact that there’s been a ton of stuff going on and I just needed to get settled into life after marriage. Life didn’t all of a sudden change because I got married, but a bunch of new or stressful things coincidentally occurred as soon as we got back from our elopement.
Nugget (my stepson) started 4K! That isn’t stressful, but it’s new and changes my days around when we have him here during our weeks. School ends at 2:45pm, earlier than most are done with work. Seeing that I work third shift, its also earlier than I am awake. Now, I wake up an hour and a half early on the days he is at school so I can run there and pick him up. Baby (my husband) doesn’t get done with work until 4pm so it works out that I am able to be up earlier than normal. I am concerned for the day that I eventually switch to first shift, whenever that may be. I’ll no longer be available to get him at 2:45. But I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there. He is doing incredibly well in school! He’s so smart and creative; I’m glad he started now and will be acclimated to the environment a little early.
The (carpeted) lower level in our home flooded while we were in Grenada getting married. It then flooded again about a week and a half later. Green Bay was under an immense amount of rain; nothing we see on a regular basis. There were flash floods, cars were almost completely underwater in some parts of the city. Luckily we have a split-level home and we just moved all our furniture to our upper living room and will buy more when the lower one is refinished. Dealing with insurance, worrying about mold, ripping up carpet and tacking, making sure we have an adequate drainage system outside and in, having to see the disaster every time I walk by the stairs all stresses me out considerably. But you can only take it one day at a time.
Most recently, we had our small wedding reception this last weekend. It was held at Baby’s grandparent’s cabin an hour north of Green Bay. It was put together entirely by his grandparents, his aunt Jen, and her boyfriend. The floral arrangements were breathtaking, the table settings were out of this world, and the food was great. Baby’s family from Indiana came up just for the reception and it was truly amazing. My mom got to help me put my dress on beforehand, which I obviously didn’t have when I was in Grenada. The gifts were incredibly kind and we appreciated them all. We plan on using some of the money to purchase my first wedding band (we will get two eventually). It was about 45 degrees the whole time and I wore my dress for 3 of the 4 hours, but it was so worth it. My aunt Nikki took pictures for the entire reception due to my photographer canceling. I’m so glad I have her, pictures are so important to me. It’s the only thing that really preserves the memories of anything. My mom preformed and beautiful reading. My sister and I cried together. I will say, it was a successful day due to those involved in planning and to those who showed up. It was beautiful and will always be remembered. There were a lot of twists and turns before the day of, things fell through, things changed constantly, all of which stressed me out as well. But. It was perfect.
With all of this going on, I had to put modeling on the back burner. There is no way I can model during the weeks we have Nugget now that I am responsible for pick up. I would actually never sleep if I tried to do it all. I could model on our weeks alone, but I prefer to catch up on housework, sleep, and quality alone time with my husband those days. I love modeling so much and it’s the only thing I really do for myself, but my family is number one to me and it’s going to stay that way. I will make time for photoshoots if I really REALLY want, but I am more focused on my husband and stepson right now.
There’s been a ton of other little stuff that I’ve been dealing with; Baby was just on another week-long business trip, legally changing my name, figuring out insurance changes, cleaning the house after the flood, etc. September has seemed to last forever and it also seems to have come and gone in the blink of an eye.
So. Coming back to a ruined living room, having a 4 year old start school, and anticipating a wedding reception, and not being able to model was a lot to take in upon coming back from paradise. It’s only been 3 weeks since we got back and life has not slowed down just for us to catch up, not one bit. But you learn to adjust your pace to keep up with it all. You learn what is worth worry, what you need to let roll off your back, and what is truly important. I hope this was a nice little catch up for you all; you can expect you hear more from me in the near future. Love you all!