Slave to Facebook.

The last 4 days have been beautiful ones. I am finally starting to think that maybe there is a possibility that we will get a summer this year. With the sun shining this weekend, I decided that it would be a perfect time to take a break. From SOCIAL MEDIA. (Apparently that doesn’t mean my blog as it is still Sunday and I am typing away.) Anyway, I thought it would be a great time to just take a step back from social media, (mostly Facebook) and really enjoy some family time. It is 10:24am on Sunday and Kaden, Abel, Trevor and even Memphis are all napping so I decided to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and use this time that I would normally use to mindlessly scroll my news feed, to blog about how AWESOME it feels to not be a slave to Facebook for a day and still going strong. :P

I feel like so much of my days are taken up by Facebook. Over the last few week I have been noticing it more than usual. When it’s only 11am and your phone is already at 28%, you know that it is time to unplug. Now it is true that I have been using Facebook lately more as a way to talk with other moms in various mom groups to get advice about challenges that I have been facing with to adjusting having two under two, and that takes up a lot of time/battery power, and I have been using it a lot more when I am feeding Abel or when I am up with him in the middle of the night. It’s just getting to the point though, where my phone might as well be glued to my hand because it feels like I am constantly looking at it. So much so, that I can feel the anxiety due to feeling like I am truly addicted, when the first thing I do after we FINALLY get everyone into the car and I get my seat belt on, is check Facebook. It is literally being checked after everything I do, or even while I am doing it, and it makes me feel like a slave to it. And guess what? The news feed rarely even changes, which makes me feel even worse because I’m not even getting anything new out of it.. It is just pure habit. I Am A Slave To Facebook.

With all of that being said, I have got to say that it has made me feel so free being away from it all day yesterday and still today. I am thinking about making this a weekly thing where I will just completely unplug for the weekend from all things social media. (Except for my blog of course) and just really enjoy life free from distractions. Does anyone else do this? If not I really encourage you to do so. In fact, lets make it a challenge. Who wants to join me? I challenge anyone that is reading this and guilty of being a constant day in and day out, mindless Facebook news feed scroller (word press is telling me that “scroller” isn’t a word. :S ?) to unplug for a weekend and see how much better it makes you feel. I dare you! And tell me about it.

I really feel like I have been enjoying life so much more over the last 24+ hours and I don’t mean to be dramatic but it’s really true. I almost feel like unplugging has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. It’s almost as if when I allow myself to be a slave to Facebook, even though I don’t realize it, my next “fix” or  glance at my news feed is always in the back of my mind. It’s all consuming and I can really feel the weight of that, or lack of weight I guess, when I step away. Is it possible that Facebook is a REAL addiction for people?

I have been able to enjoy this weekend so much.

Yesterday morning our family went for a nice long walk. And I am talking birds still chirping and singing their morning tune kind of morning. That is so not us. It was awesome though. When we set out we could still feel the chill of the morning but the warmth of the sun got hotter and hotter as we walked and it was just perfect.

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After that we came back home for lunch and Kaden had a nap and then we took the boys to a local vegetable stand where they have farm animals and Kaden had a blast while Abel chilled out in the Ergo.

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After that we visited the boys Grammy (Trevor’s mom) and Kaden had so much fun running around outside in her huge back yard.

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The day just seemed so stress free and relaxed and because the amount of time I spend on Facebook lately has been weighing on my mind I really think that yesterday was the kind of day I needed. Who knows, I might even decide to delete Facebook all together. (Ok, maybe that is a bit to much all at once. haha)

The sun is shining again today and I can’t wait to see what it holds. I can’t wait to spend time with my beautiful family, no Facebook strings attached. <3

<3 Mama Marney

 

It’s that time again!!

YAY!! Trevor is on vacation again! Woo hoo. Another 9 days and I am so excited for it. I just love the feeling of having my family together and the weekends just don’t cut it. Although we had fun on our last vacation, this one will be even more fun because this is the one that we planned to do all of the traveling and exploring and stuff! We are going to go to the Zoo, the beach, the OCEAN (yay!). We’ll be visiting family and going out to eat at different places. Oh how I LOVE summer. Stay tuned for all of our adventures because I will be documenting it all here! :D

Oh and I also wanted to share some pictures that Trevor took the other day so I will this this post with some of them. He has been really interested in photography lately and he’s getting really good at it! :) Just keep in mind that I stole these ones from facebook so the quality isn’t as good as the originals. They were taken with a Canon Rebel XS DSLR and a EFS 55-250mm lens. :)

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LOVE the lip! lol (Not sure why this one posted so small)

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Best friends<3

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Looking like a little boy and not a baby anymore…

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Love him<3

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:)

It’s the little moments..

It is amazing how being a mom has already taught me so much about myself and about life in general. I think one of the most significant things that I have learned so far is to enjoy the little moments. 

Since becoming a mom I have realized that this job is nothing like what I thought. When you decide you want to have a baby, if you are like me, you think of all the times you will spend cuddling, playing and being out visiting and enjoying your life as a family. You think about the bond you will have as a family and how great it will be for you and your significant other to have something that you both created and both love so much. All of these things did happen since having our son, but there is no way that I could have ever been prepared for this mommy role. It is so much more than what I had said I was initially thinking it would be. You don’t think about how tired you will be or how emotionally and physically drained you will become. But it’s also not a bad thing. There are tough days yes, and sometimes I just wish I could get a break, but then when offered one I refuse to take it because this is MY JOB and I don’t feel like my son should have to be away from his mom already. There are days when I just want to be able to do what I want but I feel guilty and there are times at night when I am soo tired from being up with him that I just want to sleep. With all of that being said, It’s such a crazy thing to love someone so much that you would give everything up for, because even on the days when I feel like I want a break, or just want a chance to do my own thing I think, “Well if I had the chance, would I?” and the answer is “No.” Because all of that aside, at the end of the day, all I want is to be a mommy and be with my little boy and my family so it all comes down to the little moments. The moments I’ve learned to really appreciate (not that I don’t appreciate all the moments in my new wonderful life). The moments where I just get to relax and reflect back on how wonderful my life is, and how much it has changed. I’ve learned to appreciate the little moments. The moments with my son, the moments with my fiance, and the moments with just me.

My son napped for 2 hours the other day. He hadn’t done that in weeks and it was so nice to just sit back and relax. I did a little bit of cleaning and had a coffee. It was great! Because I am so busy, and don’t get those times often, I really appreciate them. I used to take my time for granted. I used to just laze around on my days off and not get anything done and then wonder later where the time went. I would feel awful that I hadn’t accomplished the days goals. Since having Kaden it’s not like that. I appreciate the time I have so much more now. Even though I love being with him, I love to be able to have a few minutes to get the laundry done or do some dusting and experience that satisfaction of accomplishment. But most of all, I appreciate the ME time I have. It’s pretty few and far between where I am actually able to sit back and relax and not have to worry about being disturbed. It is so nice to wake up early in the morning, (Like I am right now), even when I am tired, and just sit back with a cup of coffee, watch the sun come up, catch up on blogging or watching vlogs that I watch, whatever I want while I wait for my family to wake up. I used to take it for granted but not anymore and I have my son to thank for that.

I hope this blog entry makes sense and isn’t too ramble-e :) It’s just how I feel.

Being a mother sure changes you and It’s something you just can’t explain to anyone until they experience it because it’s more of a feeling and way of thinking than a physical thing. I feel like I have grown so much and I hear it only gets better. :)

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..& it all begins…

So the first blog has to be perfect right? It sets the tone for the way your blog will be going forward, yes? No. Not this time. Every time I attempt something like this it consists of me spending hours coming up with the perfect name for the blog, the perfect user name, deciding whether to use my email or create a special one for the blog, what theme do I want?, what should I begin with?, should I do “this” because what will someone think when they see “that”?..blah blah blah, just write the first entry already because THIS way of doing it, that I have always done, just leads to me getting tired before I finish everything else and realizing I can’t come up with the “perfect” first blog right now, and going to bed, never to think about the blog again. (Wow that was one long sentence). I have started a ton of blogs in my life (if you can call it “started”) and this is how it has always gone. This time I’m just starting. I don’t need the perfect first post to start. As I get going with the blog I am hoping that THEN it will get better and better. Not for anyone else, but for me.

I have always wanted to have a blog. It’s always sounded like a great hobby for me along with learning to knit, reading, scrapbooking ect ect. On December 12/2012 my Fiance and I welcomed our beautiful little baby boy into the world. Since then my life has changed. I figured since I don’t have time for things like knitting, scrapbooking, those kinds of things that take a lot of work and materials and stuff, I figured blogging would be perfect as a hobby at this time in my life, because not only is it a hobby for me to look forward to and to have some time to myself everyday, (surely I can find ten-twenty minutes total a day to blog) but it is a way to document my family’s life to later look back on.

I chose the name “MamaMarney” (well my fiance actually thought of it), but I chose to USE his idea because being a mama is the most important part of my life now. I like it that way and I’m proud of it.

If you found this blog, and you are curious, it will be all about my families adventures and just everyday stuff too. Maybe nothing special to you, but very special to me. :) If you stick with reading it let me know!! I think it is cool to be able to share my families memories with other people from different places around the world.. that is one of my favourite things about blogging and vlogging. So if anyone is reading, enjoy! :) Lets see if this time I keep up with it.

back to my life now.. :)

-MM