Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn brings changes for our family!

My favorite season is finally here!  There are few times where I absolutely love to go outside - Spring is often times non existent or it lasts only a week, summer is very hot and humid, and winters here are very long and very, very cold.   Autumn, however, is perfect.  It reminds me of growing up in San Diego, only here we have beautiful changing leaves

Autumn seems to be the season of change for our family.   Last year at this time we bought a new (used) car (which is a big deal for us), we were getting ready to move into our first home,  and we were about to find out the gender of our new baby.  Soon after all the excitement, Gage lost his job and my pregnancy took a turn for the worse and left me in more pain than I ever experienced before.

Things go very well for a time then things get difficult and it's just the way life is, right? Without trials we would never learn to appreciate the good times.

My pregnancy left me with some damage that I don't know can ever be fixed, but we have a beautiful baby girl as a result! She's so amazing and every single day I just stare at her in amazement.  She is my little miracle baby.  I absolutely adore her!

Gage got a new job in January, then 7 months later he lost that job due to a lack of work for him.  This turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

One of his previous bosses from his last job helped him get a new job by not only informing Gage of this great job that was available but he also wrote a great letter of recommendation for him.  Several weeks and many interviews later, Gage got a job working for RAS in Sioux Falls! He's loving the job and for the first time ever I can say we are financially secure, which means less stress from month to month on how on earth we're going to get our bills covered.  What an enormous blessing that is!

Gage started his job last week on Monday, the 23rd.   I've resumed homeschooling Zoe four days a week, although now we do more improvising now that Gage isn't around to help with Avery when needed.   Zoe takes a lot of breaks in between her 3 subjects and that's perfectly fine.  This is Kindergarten after all!  On Fridays we attend Living Legacy Academy.  Zoe has 4 classes that she attends with her Kindergarten class.  I help my mother in law teach the Color Science class.

Other changes in addition to Gage's new job and homeschooling Zoe; I've signed up to attend a women's Bible Study for the first time in YEARS.  There is a study on Tuesday NIGHTS that is every other week! That means that I can actually pull off attending.  We're also going to be attending a new community group every other Monday night as an attempt to meet new people in our church.  I'm looking forward to this season :-)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Week Without Zoe

We're half way through our week without Zoe as she is off at Disney World having a blast with her Uncle, Grandparents, and Great-Grandparents.

I still have never been to Disney World.  Now my 5 year old has... and without me.  1) I hate being away from my daughter, ever.  2) I really hate missing out on memorable life events such as this one.... but it's the way it had to be.

So what have I been doing all week? Frankly, not much.

I had all these plans to clean and organize my house while she was gone. That was all depending on Avery's teeth though.  Yep, her teeth.  She is teething, again.   She's only 7 months old and her 6th tooth is already preparing for arrival!  At least she's getting them all out of the way now so hopefully as a result she'll get several months of no pain.  The downside to this is that she's in pain so she cries and yells and screams and wants to be with Mommy or Daddy all day and all night.

Right now is a moment of peace. She's napping; undoubtedly not for long.  Rather than risk waking her up by making too much noise cleaning (because our house is far from soundproof), I'm sitting quietly on the couch while she naps.

So when she's awake, I can't clean the house....and when she's asleep I can't clean it either, haha.

Why, you ask, can't Gage help since he is not working right now?

Though he hasn't officially started his new job yet he is still a very busy guy.   He has been doing contract programming work for someone all month, pulling weeds for a new neighbor, and right now he's over at some friends' home helping them with computer problems.   Most of the time he's busy all day as he would if he was working full time.  He has had a bit of down time this week though!

This week without Zoe I have:

- Celebrated 7 years with Gage!  We went out for breakfast, browsed a thrift store and the book store, ate dinner at Carnaval Brazilian Grill, and dessert at Cold Stone.   Gage's cousin Moni was nice enough to watch Avery while we went out to dinner/dessert.  

- Organized the girls room a little more.  I have yet to figure out how to make a crib and a tall old pink hospital bed look nice in this room...  

- Worked on both of the girls' baby books!!  Finally! Those things take so much time...  I also have journals that I'm keeping for each daughter so I worked on those too.  

- Finished watching Season 2 of Revenge with Gage (I had watched both seasons on my own a couple weeks ago and told Gage he had to watch it before the new season starts next week!).  

- Cleaned my room a little bit... there is still so much work to do though.  That room tends to be the "catch all" room.

- I've eaten way too much junk food. 

- Went out to breakfast at Bagel Boy with Gage and Avery this morning.  I tried something new and delicious: French toast bagel with honey walnut cream cheese.  Yum!

- Went to the mall by myself for the first time in many years.  It was quite uneventful and dare I say, boring.  I did manage to find a Pinkie Pie shirt for Zoe for $5 though ;-) 

Next week life will be very different around here.  So far I have not homeschooled Zoe while Gage was not around to help with Avery if needed so next week while he starts his new job, me and the girls will be on our own during the day. I'll get to tackle the challenge of homeschooling and caring for an infant at the same time!

Well, as I predicted, Avery is awake again.

Resuming mommyhood now.  :-)

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