This month will go down in my personal life as one of the most crucial moments of my life. As much as I have been able to prepare myself for all the changes to come, loosening the reins and letting things unfold organically has proven to be a better way to keep my sanity. He also taught me the true meaning of the cliché phrase, “Patience is a virtue.”
Joe took a new job, and my kids finished an amazing year at a new school (and left two inches taller). As all these loose ends began to tie up, a new chapter for me began to materialize at a scary but necessary fork in the road. More on that later.
Before I look ahead to the summer and what follows, I wanted to stop and appreciate the little moments that made May so memorable.
Here’s a glimpse of what we did in May 2023 and what it felt like for me…
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The beginning of May started like horses out of doors. time has been flying.
Throughout the month, I spent a lot of time working on design projects. I designed new products for some upcoming lines. I’ve also worked on design projects at our home and with two clients (more on that soon!). At the house, we started and completed two painting projects: the basement stairs and a fresh coat for the exterior of the front door.
One of the best parts of the month was that the spring weather finally arrived! I took advantage of it and ran a lot, which felt amazing.
I started tennis classes. We start s’more season on our patio, buy lots of flowers to plant, and spend time gardening. Unfortunately, we also deal with a lot of grass and shrubbery issues in our front yard. The grass is parched and many of our large bushes died.
This month I bought new spring and summer clothes. I particularly loved what I found at Abercrombie of all places. They have some really lovely linen corset tops and dresses. This midi dress is one of my favourites, just like this top!
Our children had many play dates. August started track and field and both boys started golf lessons. On May 13, Joe and I went to the fundraiser for the children’s school. Have very on the topic: Joe wore platform shoes.
Mother’s Day was amazing this year. On a day that is usually heavy and emotional for me, I felt really happy and positive. It was a refreshing change from my norm.
In the hustle and bustle of it all, I barely cooked this month. I mainly made easy things like salads with simple ingredients that could be put together quickly.
This month I started reading This is your brain on food. I read How to keep the house while drowning a second time and helped me get back on track during a really bad week.
I also organized a book club this month. Read the family business and book lovers. The first one was harder for me to understand (I’m still reading it), but it was very helpful in framing how to structure life as a busy family and not lose your mind. book lovers it was a total escape which was nice!
On May 20, my brother stopped by our house on his way through town and spent some time with us. We had potato salad, grilled burgers and grilled corn outside on a beautiful evening.
Our pool was open over Memorial Day weekend and we spent most of our time there. I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by how fleeting and precious this moment in life is. Everyone is in good health, my children are happy and prosperous, and as a family we are blessed with new beginnings. The beautiful weather is the icing on the cake that I plan to savor as slowly as I can.
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Kate is currently learning to play the ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, children, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.