I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts
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The Sky Was All Purple

If you’re thinking this is another Prince post, you’re wrong-ish. This is a Dean post (that’s me for anyone who is new here), but Prince is obviously my inspiration. I’m heading into purple skies and gray clouds….

The Sky Was All Purple

The Sky Was All Purple| I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts being here and there.

I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple, my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts being here and there. The problem is I do care. I know too much about everything and everyone and I’m losing myself in it all. My focus has become blurred by a million things to do. The gray clouds are creeping in. I’m feeling a little lost. I’m ready to fit in and find MY place. Formation.

Life Is Just A Party and Parties Weren’t Meant To Last

The sky was all purple there were people fighting everywhere....

There are wars all around us, I’m tired of all the fights. If we can’t live together as people, how can we live at all? I almost feel like 1999 was more progressive than today. If we’re fighting over Old Navy campaigns in the name of “racial genocide”, then we STILL haven’t decided we’re equal. And if we can’t love enough to put down our damn phones to save a life, what the hell….

When a front runner candidate for the position of PRESIDENT of the United States is backed by hate,  endorses xenophobia, talks poorly of women (and you know how I feel about being a woman), mocks others (I could hyperlink that to numerous stories); this person doesn’t want to build bridges… just walls- zero parties. Perhaps, party over. Opps, we’re out of time!

If You Didn’t Come to Party, Don’t Bother Knockin’ On My Door

I’m done with the bullshit. But the bullshit is all around. I thought I moved away from it, but it follows. I’m a lover not a hater, but I am a fighter, and I will fight off hate. If you’re not here on this earth to be the good and party like it’s your last day, what are you here for? I got a lion in my pocket and I’m ready to roar. 😉 Everybody has the ability to fight for love, for peace, and happiness. We could all die any day, but before I let that happen I’m going to love, draw, paint, write, and dance my life away. Those are the things I need right now to stir away from the gray anyway…

I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts

 

 

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Welcome to Thank You Notes!

I love Fridays, I love thank you notes, and I love Jimmy’s Thank You Notes. So, naturally, Fridays here on my blog means: Thank You Notes and Jimmy Fallon.

Here are Jimmy’s weekly Thank You Notes:

My Thank You Notes:

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Thank you, birthdays, for being the perfect opportunity to walk around with balloons.

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Balloon wrangling.

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Yesterday went by so fast I didn’t post any pictures of our fun day. 10 years went by even faster! I cannot believe my baby girl has lived a whole decade. I honestly have no idea where the time has run off to, but it feels like a sprint, & I’d rather keep it slow & steady. But it’s not about me, it’s about my sweet baby girl. AKA the artist, love bug, mermaid, our little sunshine, the comedian ? I hope she’ll always color the world with her kindness & and imagination, I hope she keeps her love of all things mermaid & never misses an opportunity to swim in the water, and I hope she keeps healing souls with her laughter, because let’s face it laughter & love ARE the best medicine. Hot cocoa cheers to many many many many many many many many more decades!!! ?☕️ A photo posted by Mrs.AOK (@mrs_aok) on

Thank you, baby girl, for being artsy. I had such a great time creating with y’all.
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Also, thank you for being a Christmas elf. 🙂

      Teal Christmas Thank you, elementary school, for putting on a lovely assembly for our veterans. It was so cute to hear those little voices sing patriotic songs and see them hand out flowers to all the veterans. The slideshow was nice too!

⬆️❤️ My hero, my love, my life ❤️⬆️ 10 years & 9 months ago two of my favorite people came home from war and a weight was lifted off my chest. The love of my life & my sister from another mister (@yvetteays) came home on the same day, to the same gym, at the same time, and I was in a state of elation. I felt like the luckiest girl, up to that point my life was: hating the news but I had to watch, avoiding unexpected knocks at the door, and a slight depression that I couldn’t shake. It was hard, but again, I was lucky, I got them both back! Military families & our veterans sacrifice SO MUCH for us. These veterans, service members, and families deserve more than a day, they sacrifice for us each day. We’re still at war. Thank a veteran, thank a service member, and their families this week, please. I don’t know how my parents did it but they did it, career soldier & career Army wife. Thank you, veterans, service members, & military families. ************************************************ How do I know the timeframe? Well, we just celebrated our celebration baby’s 10th birthday a few days ago ? #AtLastMyLoveHasComeAlong #instagood A photo posted by Mrs.AOK (@mrs_aok) on

Thank you, day dates, I need you! 🙂 Sushi, Starbucks, and Seattle…

Sushi and Starbucks

Thank you, encouragers, for being so supportive to me during my first Periscope yesterday!! I was beyond nervous.

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Thank you, everyone, who has joined my kindness challenge #RandomAOK! I cannot wait to see what others will share. So far we’ve had thank you cards, an Empty Bowl Project, clothes donation, and treats for a mail carrier. What are you going to share? I have 30 acts of kindness you can choose from here PLUS a printable 🙂

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Thank you, Friday the 13th, for being all about kindness today. 🙂

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Happy Friday the 13th!!!

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That’s What She Said: Odd Man Out

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    Your Hosts             Hosts TWSS Thank You Heart   Thanks for sharing your “fun” with us! 😉 #TWSS Pick Your Own Quote This week we asked you to choose your own quote, we cannot wait to see what you picked!      lines Frida Kahlo| Strange company SOURCE I’m kooky. I’m silly. I’m flawed. I’m slightly strange (or squirrelly?) I’m me. I wondered in the past am I that aberrant- why am I always singled out for being silly? “You’re silly, Dean!” Is that bad? Is it wrong? To want to laugh and make others laugh, could this be a flaw? There were times when I would withhold my silly. There were also times when I was surrounded by many, but felt alone.   Something bizarre happened, I found out I wasn’t alone. I met someone who felt just like me. At first we both put up our guard, we only displayed our best traits. We grew closer. We laughed, we got silly, we shared our flaws. And then something even more bizarre happened… my flaws were now called beautiful scars were healed with love my silly was brilliant! We both let our guard down. We were free. Hours were (and are) spent talking, healing, loving, and caring. There is no longer a facade, the walls have come down.     We all have flaws, quirks, oddities that weave us together and make a beautiful mess The older I grow, the more I know I’m not alone. The people who have always been there are still there and there are more people out there I need to know. They too are not perfect. We’re not perfect. We’re perfect enough. Yes, it’s true, I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. Untitled   If you’re out there 🙂   

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Thank You Notes: Nutella and Love

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 Thank you, Jimmy!!

Thank You, Jimmy!

Jimmy’s Thank You Notes:

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Oh Jimmy, thanks for the laughs.

So, last week I was kind of having a blah week, I’m happy to report this week was much better. All of you, my sweet friends, helped lift me…

Thank YOU, for all your sweet comments last week! You’re kind words seriously warmed my heart.

TY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU

Thank you, South Carolina, for this beautiful weather. South Carolina, is not my forever home, sometimes I complain about this place, but this week/weekend made me thankful for what I have here. (We spent the weekend and week at the beach, pool and al fresco dinning. You have to enjoy the good weather before it becomes hellish hot and humid.)

My babies in the pool

Thank you, Nutella. Do I have to say anything more?

You're not Nutella, you cannot make everyone happy.

Thank you, babe, for late night chats & crazy kettle bell workouts. I love us!

TWSS Quote Take A Lover That Looks At You Like Maybe You Are Magic

Thank you, #TWSS friends, for linking up such inspirational posts this week!

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Thank you, Friday! Another week closer to seeing my Mama!! I cannot wait to see my mom and get all touristy with her. I also cannot wait to go out with my stud muffin, which my other man is not too happy about.

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When I originally started thinking of what to write about I was going to go a whole different path. But on Monday, my husband and I finally watched the interview everyone has been talking about, you know, the Bruce Jenner interview. It was not necessarily the interview that made me think, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are,” it was the comments about the interview and the video clips of hate weaved in the interview.  If you have no idea what I am talking about: Bruce Jenner has finally spoke his truth, he is transgender. That does not mean he is gay. He said he is not gay. Bruce also said he has been dealing with not feeling comfortable in his own body since he was young. He would secretly put on his sister’s dresses and battle with hiding his secret for years. He told all three of his wives about his secret. Before he married Kris (Kardashian Momanger) he was taking hormones for five years! He was considering a transition back then.

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Where am I going with this?

While watching the interview 20/20 shared a few clips of hate crimes against transgender people, and it broke my heart. Along with the hate crimes; there were videos of transgender teens who committed suicide, because they were bullied or their families did not accept them. Although, I understand that the unknown sometimes is confusing, it does not mean it is wrong or right, it just is. Nobody ever deserves to be beaten, killed, or bullied over it.

An Instagram friend posted a picture of Bruce Jenner with the word BRAVE across it. I am quite sure when she posted that image she did not expect to get people hating on her for doing so, or the vicious words towards Bruce Jenner to pop up on her IG, but that is exactly what happened. Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but being vile… there really is no room for that. (We have enough of that going on.)

Who are we?

When we see people and view them as nasty for being transgender, gay, or another race, what does that say about us? Who is the nasty one when all we can do is judge and see ugliness. People are people no matter their color, gender, or preference. To attack someone for how they feel inside or how they look, raises the question: “How do you feel inside?” If a person is living his or her truth, why does it matter to us. Shouldn’t he or she be happy? Do we not want everyone to be happy? If you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all….

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That’s What She Said: Like Magic. #Linkup

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TWSS Quote Take A Lover That Looks At You Like Maybe You Are Magic

Once upon a time there lived a girl who was filled with love and laughter.  The little girl would turn pain and sadness into jokes and laughter.  She had this special ability to make the saddest person crack a smile.  She was a witty one.  Her wittiness and magician-like quality to make others smile and laugh came from her own place of wanting to smile and laugh. {It takes one, to know one.}

But why was she sad?  Well, I have touched on this before, but I guess I will share once more.  The girl’s family did show love and they did have fun, but there were times when things were not fun. There were times when anger would pull up a seat.  The little girl never invited anger, it just showed up unannounced. Stupid anger.

The girl was not fascinated with fairy tales, but she did read a few, and loved what she read.  She would wonder why her parents did not seem anything like the books or the TV shows.  Sometimes she would imagine her parents being more like that.  And sometimes they would show her glimpses or blocks of what seemed like a happy love, a love somewhat like the parents on TV.

Sadly, those times did not always last and the girl would stay back holding her mom. She would put on her magician’s cape and work her magic joking away tears.  Time passed and things did not change well, they did, but not for the better. She would do things for her mom, she felt her mom deserved: special unexpected visits at her job with her favorite candy, a hug just because, and lunch dates just to name a few.

Don’t get me wrong the girl adored her father, she was a self proclaimed “daddy’s girl” she would try to talk to him and she would beg him to stay.

The back and forth between her parents made her think perhaps there was not such a thing as magic.  And for that reason she held her heart tight. She even broke a few. She built walls. She still smiled, loved, and laughed. She held on to her special magical power of turning frowns upside down.

She let her heart go once, and it proved to be fragile, or in other words the guy proved to be a grade a a-hole.  Once more she boarded up her heart and locked it away.

Then she met him, the Heart Stealer.  The Heart Stealer was very unexpected.  He was charming, handsome, he had the best dimple ever, and he was kind, he just seemed too good to be true.  She did not trust him. She grew walls and sound proofed them because she did not want to hear what her heart had to say.  Stupid heart.  Stupid love. Stupid heart stealer.

The Heart Stealer opened doors, gave her flowers, he brought her soup when she was sick, and he even gave her his heart.  However, her fear of being crushed would not allow her to accept his love or what she perceived as game.  She went her own way.  Sadly, so did he.

The heart stealer did it! She had shackled up her love, and  he was still there in her mind, he must have knocked down a few walls while she was sleeping one day.  He, the Heart Stealer, came back and told her in the most sincere and “magical” way, I love you.  She loved him too.

He would love her like she had never seen love in her whole life.  She would wake up pinching herself, and then it happened, she let it hit her- yes, perhaps there is magic! The magic is the way they love each other and the way he looks at her and they way she will always look at him. He is my magic.

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Parenthood Paradise #NaBloPoMo

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DAY 5: Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?

 

* Once again, I took a #NaBloPoMo prompt and put my spin on it…. enjoy!

The girls were little, and the boy was a baby, this would be the first time the girls would be dropped off at story time together without me staying.  I would stroll their baby brother around the library/community center, but I would also go take sneak peeks through the glass window to their “big girl story time”.

When the doors gave way for the children to settle in for story/craft time I kissed my girls as they walked in hand in hand.  The doors shut, and then a mother who had dropped off 2 kids, in Vickie Gunvalson-style, woohoo’ed!

Really?  The kids were going to be reading and crafting for all of 30 minutes, and she rejoiced as if she had just won free drinks for a year at MacLaren’s.

This type of behavior has echoed throughout motherhood, where different parents would do something or say something as to rush the process of growth or display their annoyance of being near their children.  I’m not going to say I don’t have moments where I am done, I’m ready to check out for the day, but what I’m saying is, I’m in NO rush to be child-free.

You will never see me counting down the days until graduation, or celebrating my kids getting a year closer to their 18th birthday, that’s not going to happen.  I will never utter this words, “children are the necessary evil to having grandchildren.”  Yes, I’ve heard that, and even if it was in jest, it’s not funny.  I love my kids, and as much as I’m proud of them for hitting milestones and growing wiser, it’s a bittersweet process.  I’m incredibly thankful for this journey, this vacation, this is the time of my life.  I wouldn’t give it up for the world!!!

So, while some other parents may love to countdown the days until their child-free parenthood paradise, I’m already sippin’ maragratias here. This is my paradise, my life, with my kids, and the beautiful man I went halfsies with.

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If Tomorrow Never Comes

If Tomorrow Never Comes

I’m just going to apologize now, I’m writing this through tears, and with plenty emotion…  if it doesn’t make sense to you, it’s making sense to me.

This morning I woke up SO thankful.  Incredibly thankful just to wake up.  I {do} wake up thankful everyday, but today was different…. today, it was more.  I woke up clinching my heart, thankful.  It has been a while since I have done that, the days of anxious morning thankfuls have passed (thankfully), the days when I thought, “WHAT IF” too much.  However, this morning as I woke up thankful with heart clinched and kisses showered, I thought of the mother who will not kiss her child anymore.  The mother who has a 2nd grader and kissed him goodnight… she didn’t wake up in the morning. That would be their last kiss, she won’t be around to see him grow, no trick-or-treat, soccer games, school plays, or graduation.  He lost his MOMMY. That sweet young boy, lost his Mama way too soon.

Last night, I thought of her family, as well as what I could do to help, and then I thought, “WHAT CAN YOU DO!?!  There is probably nothing I can do, at least not now…. because this was just awfully sudden, and unfair.  And while I’m typing this up, my husband has informed me that one of his old co-workers passed away from cancer last night.  We just found out about her cancer about three weeks ago!  Not that death should be a reminder to live, but dammit, I’ve heard it loud and clear.
I’m thankful for these moments these fleeting moments, I have my chance to make my mark on this world, and do so with kindness in both of these ladies’ honor: I will be thankful for today, tomorrow, and everyday I have.

I will keep them close to my heart, I will.  We aren’t promised tomorrow, I’m going to love HARD today.

If tomorrow never comes…. I’m thankful for today, I’m thankful for my life, my family (❤), the love I’ve been given here on Earth, the many laughs I’ve laughed (there must have been many I have lines on my face from smiling), group family texts (even if they get too preachy for me), for hugs, kisses, late nights with my husband, and the longest sleepover EVER with my best friend (I LOVE HIM).  I’m thankful for the milestones I’ve been so blessed to see from each one of my children (I LOVE THEM), for starting my journey to face my fears, battling my anxiety, loving hard even when it was not returned, teaching the babies to be kind (I sure hope they will keep that up), making friends even if they are stuck in my computer and miles away, letting friends dress me up like Sandra Dean, being the MOH at my little-sister-from-another-mother-and-father’s wedding, for secrets told to only me.  I’m also thankful for learning, teaching, letting go and moving on (it’s been nice to reconnect again D), music, books, and hamburgers.  I’m thankful I’ve had the opportunity to cheer on the babies whether it be sports or education, I’m their biggest cheerleader always, their loud-mouth-Texas Mommy.  I’m thankful for learning that being drunk isn’t cool, it’s gross and nothing I EVER want to do again… EVER.

I’m thankful that I can keep adding to this list, but in the event I don’t, all you have to go away with is I love… LOVE, LOVE,  LOVE, my life, and I’m thankful for each second, even the bad ones, that taught me something.

 If Tomorrow Never Comes: Garth Brooks

 

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Our Soundtrack

My heart is filled with nothing but love.  Why? Well… 156 months or  678 weeks, okay 4,748 days to be exact, I became a Mrs. and added the K to A.O.  Most importantly, my best friend and I decided to become one together and never look back.  We were two young kids on a fantastic journey, we didn’t know it then, but we’d pick up a few stowaways along the way 🙂

Although,  the Mr. and I are NOT musicians, music has played a huge part in our marriage. Today, on OUR day, I would like to share a few of the songs that make-up the soundtrack of our life. We love music; we have YouTube battle nights. We try to one-up each other. The songs range from rock to rap 🙂 sometimes we get all lovey-dovey and play Love songs.

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This was the song that was playing in my car the first time my honey hopped in my 1999 Cougar.

This is the song that was playing in his Toyota Corolla when he picked me up for our first official date.

This song was the first song we danced to & would later become our wedding song!

Yes, we did.

This song made more sense to us when we peered at our double-lined positive.

On our way to meet our precious daughter on a cold February night these two songs played…

We thought this one was a bit more fitting 🙂

The two of us still cannot hear this song without getting choked-up. We would play this song for our daughter all the time. One day our (infant) daughter was in her swing as this song played she swayed her arms as if she were playing the piano. We had to break out the camcorder because we knew no one would believe us if we didn’t show them.

My heart broke. I had to send my husband off to war, this song played on repeat

He came back! Life was good, a little too good 😉


We would rock our new baby girl to the Norah Jones CD

My love rewrote the words to this song to include our story and my name… I’d share it but I’d like to make it 14 years, so here’s the original 🙂

Although, not my favorite song, this song played bringing our son home from the hospital. We joked about how one day we would say this was the #1 song when he was brought home from the hospital.


This is the song he sings to me.

This is the song I sing to him, well, actually I sing to him a lot… any song honestly 🙂

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I love being in LOVE. Love you, babe!

XOXO

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Being a little selfish today…

 

Sooooooo… today I’m going to address my selfishness. Yes, I am selfish.

Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress: Being a little selfish #Dating #Marriage #Coffee

{Picture compliments of Mr. AOK, I have no idea what filter he used… excuse my wet hair and blue hue}

I’ve been so happy spending time with the kids this summer thus far, BUT……. I miss my Tuesday dates. My husband works from home on Tuesdays, which gave the two of us, ‘us’ time. On Tuesdays, while the kids were still in school, we would find new foodie spots in the area and go for either breakfast or lunch, we’d take walks with our fur baby, and I had a workout partner.  Tuesdays became the new Monday for us lately.

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I know what you’re thinking, “Why not go out at night?”  Well, we don’t know anyone here enough to take care of our kiddos.  We do not have family near, so all we have, is each other.  As much as I LOVE being with the kids all the time, it’s nice every once and awhile to be together  just the two of us.  I feel like such whiner, admitting this….

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My husband and I were getting spoiled with our little dates.  For the longest time, we would wait till the kids would go to bed to have “our” time.  I remember one time we changed the clocks in the house to reflect bedtime to get the girls to sleep early.  It worked!!  Thankfully, the sun was on our side, oh, and blackout curtains 😉

It is summer in South Carolina, the sun goes down when it feels like it, and the kids are older now… they’re on to our shenanigans.  We will still have our late night at-home-movie-dates and the occasional at-home-coffee-dates, I do enjoy those 🙂

I feel slightly bratty posting this, but I’m just keepin’ it real.  It felt nice to date my husband again.  However, I’m thankful for our night-in-dates, knowing that our house is filled with love and the kids are okay.

Life is good, I shouldn’t complain.

XOXO

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