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Showing posts from February, 2012

Really Brain?

I had pretty much made up my mind that this spring/summer I would be doing whatever I could to figure out a new income generating situation come next fall that better aligns with my long term professional interests and leaves me filling less frustrated and like I've made more of a positive impact on the world around me at the end of the day. And then last night, having been invited by the family of a student who made the switch from our public 5th grade to home schooling mid year, I attended the local home school share fair...

I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the gym where the fair was being held. I left 75 minutes later so proud and so excited for the kids who took the time to prepare a project and introduction for the fair. Presenters as young as 1st grade, and as old as 11th, who were all so excited, engaged, and engaging. Project from baking, sewing, and Legos to the human circulatory system, Egypt, and stop motion animation. I left once again excited to have wit…

On The Job Training...

It's a joyful announce your expecting a baby and everyone is all a twitter with stories and advice about making it through the first few sleep deprived weeks (which I have to say we never really experienced because we have the most awesome children EVER), how to sooth sore nipples from nursing, the separation anxiety of going back to work, the gassy tummies, runny noses, aversion to the introduction of veggies, sore gums of teething, 2-yr-old temper tantrums (again, a non-issue in our family) and a whole list of issues that goes along with the first few years of learning your new role as parent.

I loved mothering babies.

And toddlers.

And pre-schoolers.

Up until recently parenting has always felt naturally organic and instinctual.

Parenting doesn't feel quite that way anymore.

I worry.

A lot.

Protecting the innocence of a 3 year old is so much easier than that of a 10 year old. At 3 your child's world revolves around you. (And, let's be honest, her favorite snuggly.…

Simple Luxury...

The girls and I ran away to Omaha for a very quick 24(ish) hour visit this weekend. We loaded the car and departed Carlisle at 11:00 am on Saturday. We were home and fully unloaded by 2:15 pm on Sunday. As short as our trip may have been, it was made for the BEST spend time with dear friends.

I don't know that I can say it was a restful trip. With only a few short hours to spend together, we did not devote many of them to sleeping. But in its own way it was refreshing. The pool was visited. Shopping was done. Wine was drank. Good food was consumed.

And of course we talked. And talked. And talked. It's what Jen and I do. And when we only get together in person every 4-6 months there's always A LOT of catching up to do.

We stayed at the Embassy Suites in LaVista. While I know for some staying at a place like the Embassy Suites is the norm when spending a night away from home, for our family it's a luxury only afforded because of the generosity of my dear friend…