my blogging hiatus has officially ended!

I think this goes down in record as my worst season of blogging since I started this blog 3.5 years ago.
BUT I feel like I have good reasonings:
having three months off is the best/worst thing ever.
best? because DUH. 
worst? because eventually it ends. and it is SO much harder to go back to work.
except yesterday was the first day I felt like I was ready to go back.
I actually told taylor yesterday, "I'm kinda sick of sleeping in until 9:30 every morning."
I think his mouth dropped to the floor. HA
my summer has been such a good mix of laziness + vacations.

2. A secret I can share in t-7 days.
NO, not pregnant.
but I feel like this "secret" has controlled every waking thought lately, and I felt like I had nothing to blog about besides said secret--and so every time I sat down to blog, I just got stuck and gave up.

so there's why I had a little blogging hiatus.
but I'm happy to announce it is officially over!

and you know what else is almost over?
I start back tomorrow!
and the kids come back wednesday. GAH
the back-to-school nightmares have already begun.
Last night I had the "I'm totally unprepared and it is the first day of school, and the bell just rang...and OMG what do I do!?" nightmare.
the night before I had the familiar "classroom management" nightmare. where students yell at me and I yell back and then I cry because no one is listening to me.
I know when I'm ready to go back to school when these nightmares start--because I cannot wait for them to STOP.
see here for more about these annual nightmares. HA

last night taylor and I went on a little picnic.
it was just about the best thing ever.
and let me clarify--when I say picnic, chick-fil-A comes too. 
I actually make a mean pb&j (since I swear it's what I've had for lunch since I was 5 years old), BUT taylor isn't so thrilled with pb&js. and since that's the only picnic food I would attempt to make...chick-fil-A it is.
(my other go-to meals, chocolate chip waffles, quesadillas, and grilled cheese don't picnic so well. ;)
you may laugh...but these are weekly meals in the gilbert home. HA I AM NOT A COOK

probably one of my favorite "things" that taylor and I share is our love of reading!
frequent library trips together make my heart happy.
and reading right next to each other, and then one of us will say, "hey, read this paragraph. isn't this a cool thought?"
and then swapping books if the other recommends it.
get this...taylor woke up at 5:50am just so he could read for 2 hours before going to work. HAHAHAH...I'm not that dedicated.
(although when SIMS first came out, my siblings and I did wake up hours before school started to play on the computer. ohhh memories.)

I am also anxiously waiting for some swimsuits to come in the mail because we leave for HAWAII in 8 DAYS!
(not the secret)
We could not be more excited!
except, I'm a little stressed since I'm missing the FULL second week of school.
that was a really fun conversation with my principal:
"heyyy, so I know I have three months off, but the second week of school, I'm gonna take off and go to Hawaii.  That cool?"
a tiiiiinsy bit worried about how this will affect the "reigning in of crazy students" when I come back.
but...I'll be in Hawaii. 
so mostly I won't think twice. HA

summer with this forever sidekick of mine has been quite memorable.

WISH ME LUCK because I have to wake up early tomorrow.
gooooodbye summer vacation!

but I am actually craving crisp air and crunchy leaves and fall colors...sooo that makes life a little better!


  1. So excited for you to go to Hawaii! Remember how I told you I went and still needed to blog about it? Well I finally did start blogging about it, just this week in fact! 3 posts down and one more coming either today or tomorrow, so if you're still looking for suggestions and ideas of things to do and eat, they ARE up and miraculously, they're up before you leave! Haha :)

  2. It's totally acceptable to eat Chick-fil-a for picnic food! Welcome back to the blogging world!! I feel like when I go back to school next week I might disappear for a while, haha.

  3. I told myself at the start of summer that I would have all the time in the world to blog, yet here I am, starting the school year and I feel like I've blogged more since summer is over than I did all summer. Funny how that happens. I hope you have a great start to your school year friend.

  4. I approve of chic fil a picnics!!! I love that you both love to read! I wish my husband and I shared that thing!! Enjoy Hawaii!! I approve of that school year start!

  5. I feel the same way, summer is just too fun to be in front of a computer! Can't wait to hear your surprise!

  6. YAY for Hawaii!!! And I cannot wait for your announcement (although quite sad it's not a baby one!) x

  7. HI! :) So excited to see your cute face on here again- and seriously, hawaii?! AH!

  8. Glad you're back! I don't blame you one bit for soaking up every ounce of summer. It does get much harder to blog when you'd rather be outside! Hawaii?! Jealous! Can't wait to see some blog pictures from that! Good luck at school!