Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Life is Crazy

A year and a half has gone by since I have even looked at my blog. It is a little sad to me. I look back at this blog as a record of my life...that is neat to me. And now I have almost two years missing from my life.
I went from being home full time, to one job that I stayed 6 months and then decided to go somewhere else. I have been at my "new job" a year now. It is good. It is a Christian Camp and Retreat Center. I couldn't ask for better people to work with. Yet, it is full time work. It is overwhelming to work full time and try to be a mom, a wife, and a person all at the same time.
I enjoy my work, yet I feel guilt that I am not home. I am not taking care of my kids to the standard I would like. I am not cooking, cleaning and spending the amount of time I feel like they need.
I don't have energy to grocery shop and plan meals. Somehow they are still eating, but I don't think they are getting many of the food groups towards the bottom of the pyramid!
The kids are growing so fast. Julia is 10 in a week and in 4th grade. How did my baby get to be 10? Harrison is 7 and in 1st grade. They are both wonderful in their own ways. They love my new job as they get to go to camp in the summer, ride on floats in parades and on occasion go to work with me.
We stay busy doing life. I am ready for a little break. Not sure that is going to come.
I do have much to be thankful for. I am trying to focus on that for now.
There is so much I want to cram into here. I want to update myself on 2 years of life. I guess I could summarize it all into Life is Crazy!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A New Chapter

I have gotten so bad about blogging. I guess the Facebook world has taken over. However, I like to keep up with this, just to have a record of my life. It is fun to look back over the years and see what I was doing and thinking.
I have hit a new chapter in my life. My kids are now officially both in school. It was a bitter sweet day to see both of my children walking side by side into the elementary school. I was so glad that Harrison had his big sister to be by his side. He has been a bit apprehensive about leaving his mama at home all day by herself! I was able to relieve his fears when I picked him up from school that day. Amazingly, as I was sitting in the carpool line to pick them up, I received a phone call offering me a job and I accepted. I think he was a little happy to know I wouldn't be sitting at home crying, not knowing what to do with myself til he got home!
So I am now employed again full time! It has been quite the adjustment. This is my first Saturday since I started working, and man I forgot how nice Saturdays were!
I am no longer in social work, which is ok with me right now. I decided to go a different route. I am working for a physical therapy office. I work directly with patients helping them with their exercises, doing ultrasounds, e-stems, etc. I am also doing administrative work, such as insurance claims, scheduling, etc.. I am not too thrilled with the administrative, but it is part of the job!
After not officially working full time in almost 9 years, and never working full time with kids, it has been a rough week. It is hard to get my brain functioning in a grown up world for that many hours a day! But I made it!!!
By Friday, I felt like I could maybe do it. It helped that I got complimented by one of the therapists on what a great job I was doing. I had forgotten how nice it was to get kudos for what you do. (not many of those staying at home)
My concern from the beginning was juggling work and home. Paul and the kids have done a great job this week. They have their responsibilities for the day and seem to be getting them done. I am grateful for Paul willingly stepping up and taking care of things at home. I am also very blessed to have my Father-in-law around who is picking the kids up from school everyday. I couldn't do this without everyone helping! It has made it easier to be able to focus on my job and not worry about everyone at home.
So turning a page in my book...hopefully this is a good chapter.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Journey to Freedom

I started posting on my other blog again. Yes, I don't even keep up with this one, why am I posting on another? My Journey to Freedom is a blog I started in 2006 to log my weight loss journey. It is where I can post thoughts about my struggle with food and I also am posting my daily food intake to help keep me accountable.
It is a very vulnerable thing for me, but a healthy way for me to deal with my food addiction. I added a link on this site...check it out if you like.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Time keeps slipping away

I realized today how fast time keeps going. I remeber hearing my mom say that as you get older time goes true!
I think when you have kids and see them grow before your eyes it seems to go even faster. To look at Julia who is 8 1/2 and about to go to 3rd grade. It blows my mind. Harrison is almost 6 and will be going to kindergarden in the fall. Where has the time gone?
It also starts me on the path of thinking, what am I doing with my time? Am I making any difference along the way? Or am I letting things that matter go with the time? I would like to think I am making a difference in the world. I think as a stay at home mom it gets a little harder to see the fruits of your life. You have to look at the 8 and 6 year old and hope you have made an impact on them.
Life goes on despite how we feel. I pray that I will continue to seek out what it is I am here for and how to live that out.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sunday, February 07, 2010

My four legged babies


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I usually post my children...thought I would share my other children.
This is a rare photo of Gretchen and Fiona. They normally do not get near each other!

Julia's Dress Up Tea Party

Julia had a wonderful birthday party. We did a dress up tea party with the girls in her class. She had a great day!

My ladies Man



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Harrison got dressed up for Julia's birthday party. This is him and his "girlfriend" Emma. The two of them are really sweet together.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Monster Truck Jam

Yes, I have hit a new level of red-neck!
I have always wanted to go to the Monster Truck Jam. So, I used Harrison as an excuse to go!
It was a lot of fun. Not as red-neck as I expected either.
I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more crashing or flipping of cars. They show on the commercials lots of wreckage...we didn't see much of that. (yes, I am the person who would like to see fights at the hockey game too!) But it was still fun to go. We got lots of good video...when I got home I read the ticket that said no video cameras. Oh well.