It’s been a week around here. Not a bad one, but for a week that on paper looked like it was going to be packed full, we ended up doing a lot more just hanging out at home because of a cough Kaitlyn developed last Sunday. Because of the cough and the low-grade fever (100.5), I cancelled my sitter and kept her out of school. That made it a far less productive week than I originally had planned, but once I accepted that, the extra downtime became a welcomed change.
Long story short, the recipe I wanted to share with y’all today will have to wait until next week, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to sit down, sip something warm (currently I’m trying a new matcha latte), and chat with y’all for a bit.
So, if we were meeting for coffee…
I’d first tell you about my dad. I know I haven’t talked about it much, but my mind is always with my family right now. This experience has given me a new level of compassion. I have such a heightened sense of how much may be going on under someone’s surface because the world doesn’t stop even when you sometimes feel like it should. So we keep going because there is no other option. My dad is a man with an innate ability to help others. Through his profession and in his personal life, it’s just what he does, which is lighting a fire in me to try and do more of the same- to love (sometimes he doles out the tough love though, don’t ya dad 😉), help, spread kindness, etc.
So many of you have reached out via instagram and email to ask how things are going. The love and support mean SO much. Overall, we are doing OK. I keep meaning to try and come up with a better answer but the reality is right now we’re just in it. We’re going through it and trying to do the next right thing. Dad started chemo. Mom is juicing and together they are implementing a lot of varied natural approaches in conjunction with the chemo. We are researching and staying up to date on all the incredible advancements that are happening all the time. We are throwing everything we can at this cancer, including love. And love sometimes means you have to chill out, laugh, and let some normalcy creep in for everyone’s sanity. It’s a new road for me (for all of us) and I’m learning to navigate it as I go. Some days I feel like I’m doing a pretty terrible job, but then I remind myself that all I can do is show up and to love my family.
There is no way to gently transition from cancer to any other topic, so just turn sharply with me and go with it.
If we were having coffee…
I’d admit I’m not quite sure what to do with Kaitlyn next year. As of right now I have her signed up for 2 mornings a week in our beloved preschool. I feel like still have some one on time with Hailey for homeschool would be good, but having Kaitlyn home all this week makes me wonder if it might actually be easier to just start homeschooling her too?
The girls generally enjoy being together and the flexibility is really nice. Just yesterday for example, we (yes all three of us, haha) met Julie and Jen for coffee/tea at Summit Coffee in Davidson. We get together every couple of months and I can’t tell you how much I thoroughly enjoy spending a couple hours with these ladies. If you read their blogs, I can assure you they are as thoughtful, compassionate, and loving in real life as they are online and I’m grateful for their friendship. Since my two girls were tagalongs, they spent the coffee date as screen zombies, much to their delight.
Since we didn’t have to rush afterwards to pick anyone up from preschool, we stayed out, enjoyed the gorgeous weather, climbed trees, and took our time getting back home. It was a lovely, relaxed rhythm to the day and it has me wondering if we should just transition into homeschooling both of them?
If we were having coffee…
I’d share that I’m really into self-care/health-care things lately. First of all, I’ve become a bath addict. It’s almost a nightly ritual now that I’ve discovered bath bombs. I’ve tried bath bombs from Thrive, Sky Organics, and was recently sent a lovely bath box to try from Zayith (use the code DIXON20 for 20% off your first order) and I am HOOKED. I just think these would make such a fabulous gift for a mom, sister, gal pal, etc.
Though I wouldn’t call my exercise schedule steady by any means, I’ve fallen into a nice combination of Burn Boot Camp (I hit up the 5AM today!) and yoga. I’ve taken some classes at a local yoga studio, which have been OK, but I am looking online for some good options too. I’ve done several of Yoga with Adriene– are there any others you’d recommend?
I rejoined Thrive Market (affiliate link) after a hiatus because it’s really such a convenient resource for finding new health products.
Bath soap for kids, vitamin B12 (a good vitamin for anyone eating less/no meat), organic coffee, some new warm drinks to try- so much good stuff! I tried these Snacklins for fun, which are made of mushrooms and yuca but resemble pork rinds. So random! But the girls liked the BBQ flavor a lot.
I’m also dry brushing, making tofu breakfast burritos, diffusing oils daily, eating garlic, drinking tonic, and making lentil soups, like this one from Cookie+Kate which is a good, and even better the second day!
I think that about covers life at the moment. Hailey has her rock concert tonight (she’s playing the drums!) and a basketball game tomorrow. Kaitlyn’s cough seems to keep fading more everyday so I’m hoping the trend continues. David, though not mentioned much in this update, is good too 🙂 He recently hacked into our old college computers and recovered all the pictures from those years. We’ve had a lot of good laughs over them though I wish a few would have remained unable to be recovered!
Stay well, my friends, I know the flu is everywhere right now! And I hope you all have a wonderful weekend <3
Fill me in- what is the latest with you?
Have you had an off week? It seems quite a few people have!
What healthy living habits/foods are you into right now?