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Exhaling...

Today, after 5 months of uncertainty, of ups and downs, of holding our breath....today, we finally got to exhale. Scott has been offered, and has accepted, a new job. It pretty much happened like so many people said it would. Nothing, nothing, nothing...and then all of sudden, BAM!

Ironically, after 5 months of barely even being able to get an interview, this week brought 3 interviews and 2 offers.

One offer would have taken us back to Wayne, actually to WSC. How many years have we considered returning to a place we called home during those infant years of our marriage? We loved our time in Wayne and still enjoy returning to visit friends and loved ones there. (Kyle, Dan, Megan, Nick...we love you and we promise to come back soon to visit!) So, naturally when the search in Iowa was going no where, Wayne became an attractive option. An application was sent, an interview was scheduled...all in less than a week's time. Scott had a wonderful trip, a good interview, but when it cam…

Sleeping Arrangements...

Tilde has been a part of our family now for just over 4 weeks. It's amazing how much even a small breed puppy grows in that amount of time! Bonding has gone very well. She adores the girls and is lost when Scott is not around. While I'm a bit lower on the love list, I still get happy licks and loves each morning and anytime I return home during the day. She's a very loving dog and even Jasper has decided that she's an ok addition to the family.

Potty training is going SLOW, but we can see progress and have learned to read her signals. She eats well, will finally spend some time in her kennel when we're gone without totally freaking out, and for the most part does a good job only playing with her toys (though one baby doll and a couple Littlest Pet Shop animals haven't been so lucky.) Our biggest hurdle is with sleeping.

Tilde is a snuggler. You can always tell when it's nap time because her eyes get all red and droopy and she starts searching for a sn…

Connection...

For several months my lower back and hips have been giving me fits. I change the chair at my desk. I try sitting on the floor more than on the couch. I lay different in bed. I focus more on hip openers in my yoga practice. I focus on stabilizing my sacral area when I bike or practice yoga. I do more twists, less twists. I try to strengthen my abs. I spend a night out dancing. I both try easing back and increasing my physical activity. Nothing seems to be helping at this point and I'm thinking I need to both call my chiropractor and schedule a massage. I'm frustrated.

Lower back pain is not something new in my life. My problems started at the young age of 17, during my senior basketball season in high school. Lots of stretching and a wonderful chiropractor helped me get through the season and on the road to "recovery" after. Over the years I've had times with no pain at all, and times when the pain seemed to be as central to my daily activities as eating a…

Goji Berries...

Just as things happen for a reason, I truly believe people come into your life for a reason. I'm so lucky to have a small group of close friends, all who nurture a different part of who I am.

Like Monica. She's my yoga loving, coffee drinking, fellow part-time fitness instructor, full-time Mom friend. Monica was a huge help 18 months ago when I was dealing with making the transition from full-time working Mom to mostly-stay at home Mom. She helped me to learn to balance what I felt I should be doing as full-time Mom with reality. She also reminds me that it's ok to have hopes, dreams, and interests that don't center around laundry, housework, and dinner preparations. We've sat on the preschool board together, gone yoga work-shopping (and shopping, shopping) together, and enjoyed many hours of good conversation (and occasionally tears) over coffee. I love her. She inspires, as so many of my close friends do, to be a better person.

One of our closest bonds is we…

A new look...

Sometimes you just get an itch for something new. Hence, the updated look of "The Blog." I'm amazed at how much Blogger has changed since I first set up my template...like 3 years ago now I guess! While some changes were easy, some took a little thought and problem solving simply because I was used to doing things the "old" way. I love how the colors of the photos pop on the black background...and supposedly it's more energy efficient to view!

I'm excited that I can now change the image of my header. The current image...wet sidewalk chalk. The bucket caught my eye sitting on the front porch last June after a spring rain. The colors, normally somewhat muted just pop with the little big of moisture. Brings a smile to my face every time I see it.

Hope you enjoy the new look. Comments and suggestions welcome!


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Clutter...

Clutter overwhelms me. I truly believe in that whole Feng Shui theory that clutter is a source of energy drain. I've been accused of wanting to present our family with a certain "image" when I get into clean and de-clutter mode, but in reality I'm just trying to plug the drain! I'm not sure why we can't keep a handle on our clutter habits. I know we're not alone in our battle. I can't help but think there has got to be a better way than the way we tend to live our day to day lives in relationship to our clutter.

Exhibit A-the normal state of our kitchen table:

Exhibit B-it's close neighbor the dishwasher:

And last, but not least, Exhibit C-My desk:

So today, this cold, snowy January day when we're all home enjoying a snow day, I once again am trying to tackle the piles. One at a time I sort. Paper is the worst offender - Lexi's school work, junk mail, magazines. Piles and piles of paper. I'm disgusted at the amount of waste we produc…

Even in the darkness of night...

you can find light in the stars!












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What the HELL?!?!?!

Warning...this is a rant. I totally understand if you stop reading right here...


4 months. 150+ job applications. And for what? NOTHING YET!!! I want to scream out to the universe and ask WHY??? We're good people. My husband is a good man. He's well educated. A responsible person willing to work hard. He's a loving, caring husband and a fabulous dad. We live a good, clean life. We don't smoke. We don't drink in excess. No gambling. No secret dirty sex addictions. We try to be responsible parents and raise our kids in a way which helps them be responsible, caring members of society. We think of others and do our best to provide for those in need. We recycle and are concerned about how our actions affect the environment today, and for generations to come. We believe in a good, loving higher power. So WHY????

Why do we find ourselves in this position? Why am I in constant worry about whether or not we'll be able to make the mortgage payment on our smal…

Looking forward to 2008...

On our way to the air port last Monday, my brother and I were recapping 2007 and talking about what's ahead for 2008. I'm not much of a resolution maker. Honestly, I know I'll never stick to them so why cheapen the act for others? I realized during our talk, I think of my years a little different than just the typical January to December calendar. While the start of the new calendar does offer a nice jump off point, I tend to measure my years based on my age. Like the year I was 30, I broke my ankle (downer), but also got pregnant with Brea (upper). And goals for me are often age based. Like before I'm 35 I'd like to get my Yoga Alliance certification as a yoga teacher. But the start of the year does offer a chance to reflect on life...both where you've been and where you're headed. So with all that in mind, here's some of my hopes, dreams, and aspirations for 2008! (In no particular order...)
Bike a total of 7500 minutes in 2008. Approximately …