Sunday, April 25, 2021

March & April Recap

Happy Sunday, everyone! Since I didn't do a recap last month, I am going to combine both months in this post.
Highlights of the months:
  • Everyone in my family is fully vaccinated! I feel relieved. Even though I am optimistic about the rest of 2021, this pandemic is nowhere near finished. I am still working from home. No target date for returning to the office yet.
  • Courtney got her first job! I know I have raved about this girl many times in the past but I am truly proud of this kid. She is driven, focused, a hard worker and most importantly, she makes good choices. At 15 and half, she starts making her own money and standing on her own two feet. She's working hard everyday to remain a straight A student. She starts looking into her dream colleges. One of the most important goals for me as a parent is to raise independent and confident kids and I think I am getting there.
  • Our spring break trip to Cabo San Lucas: You can read more about it here. It was so much fun! We would definitely visit again in the future.
  • My raised-garden beds are finally arrived! I sent this picture to a local business and I am so happy that they were able to make them for me. Looking forward to grow my own veggies this summer.
  • RaisedGardenBeds_SydneysFashionDiary
  • Giving back to the community is very important to us. There are so many things we wanted to do but there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish them all. In honor of Earth Day, we made the effort to clean up our neighborhood. Kids should learn to pick up after themselves at a young age. As they get older, it becomes a habit, not a chore.
  • I've mentioned in this post that we are planning for 2 medical treatments this year. I wanted to share some updates on both treatments
  1. Madelyn's braces: She got her braces last month. She has to get braces in two phases: The first phase to correct the under-bites, her upper jaw and crowding. The second phase (when she's 13/14) to straighten her teeth. It's a lot for an 8 eight old to handle but I know at the end, having perfectly straight teeth will boost her self-confidence and help her thrive.
  2. My Lasik enhancement: I had to do several exams/evaluations before the doctor can determine if I am a good candidate for the correction. Unfortunately, I am not ready for the procedure just yet. My vision is still changing at a rapid rate. The good thing is I have enough corneal thickness left for another treatment. I am coming back for another evaluation in August and we'll go from there.
Untitled {December 2020 vs. March 2021}
Real feelings:  You know I am truly grateful for everything. Hubby and I have a secure job, the kids are doing well, both sets of parents are healthy. However, being at home for more than a year now, it's really starting to wear me down. Some days, I feel normal but some days,  I feel like I am stuck in a rut. I feel unmotivated because every day seems the same. I know I am not the only one and that's totally normal. Lately, I've been forcing myself to take breaks, get away from my work laptop throughout the day. I also make the effort to go out for a short walk with Finn or drive to a local coffee shop to get a cup of coffee. I always feel better after doing that. Sometimes, all we need is a small change.
Monthly purchases and favorites:
  • I purchased 2 bags (one in March and one in April). However, I did let go 2 of my bags. When it comes to luxury purchases, it'll be a "one in, one out" situation at this point. I don't believe in collecting things and not using them. I shared in this post that I purchased the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis in March. A few weeks later, I purchased the Louis Vuitton Keepall 45. This bag was on my 2020 luxury wishlist. I finally pulled the trigger and I am glad I did. I used it for my trip to Cabo and it was wonderful. 
  • Topshop straight jeans: I love these jeans so much. I will do a comparison between these and the Levi's wedgie jeans (which I love as well)
  • Target clutch: Read my review here. I know a bunch of you have bought it. Please let me know how you like it.
  • H&M puff sleeve cardigan
  • Favorite of the month: This GAP dress - See it on me here (currently 40% off). I've been wearing it non-stop. It's the perfect working from home dress. If you're looking for an easy piece that you can dress up or down, I highly recommend this dress.
Monthly miles:
I ran a total of 88 miles in March and April (so far). I am going to push myself to run more for the rest of April. Have a great week, everyone!


Annie said...

Hi Sydney- I have been decluttering since the beginning of COVID and sold a bunch of clothes and bags I have not reached for in over a year or more.. including a few Chanel bags that I absolutely love but not practical for my life style. I'm noisy and would greatly appreciate it if you can do a post on your current handbag collection-- most used bags vs. least used bags and why. Thanks!

Sydney's Fashion Diary said...

Annie, hope you're doing well. Same here. I sold almost 1/2 of my wardrobe since Covid =) I'll share what I sold and why soon. Thanks for the suggestion!