Friday, July 31, 2009
I am feeling: Motivated
What's New? My mom is now blogging!!! Visit her over at Maggie's Wanderings to see what is new and exciting in the life of a traveling social worker.
Today I am working on:
1. Creating a daily/weekly schedule for the kids at home learning
3. Re-discovering the Domestic Goddess in me...She has been MIA for a while now!
4. Cleaning the kitchen
5. Getting erands done
6. Getting thank you notes, make me smile mail, and birthday cards out in the mail
7. a quick stop at the grocery store
I am reading: The Time Traveler's Wife- love it! And I am looking forward to seeing the movie, anyone want to make it a date with me?
What's for dinner?: Chicken Enchiladas
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I sat close to the water, did a little reading, and enjoyed a few hours of "getting away" from it all.
When Pete came home from work last night he and the kids took an opportunity to indulge in some of Pete's method of "getting away" from it all...
(He and Nate chasing Kamilah around the house)
I so wish I had waited just one more second to snap this photo! It would have been great to see little Nate's entire look!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It felt so good to be outside making my way through the neighborhood, my path illuminated by the random streetlights, the stars still floating in the sky above and sounds consisting of crickets, sprinklers and the quiet hum of running air conditioners.
I feel good. I feel like I am ready to face the day in a way that I haven't in a little while.
Happy Tuesday everyone...
Monday, July 27, 2009
We had a good weekend- we played hard and worked hard! Saturday we roller bladed across the dam again and then hit the Lake Murray beach. The kids had a great time playing with new friends while Pete and I just enjoyed the rare chance to sit and relax.
Sunday we worked in the yard, cleaned the swing set and power washed the deck- all in preparation to sell the house.
Now I am researching (stressing) over Alabama preschools and hoping and praying that we can get both kids into a great one...funny, I am having a deja vu from last year, oh right, it was this time last year that I was doing the same thing for preschools in SC... I am trying my best to remind myself that all will happen as it is meant to be...it will, won't it?
Happy Monday everyone!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
And it looks like we are too.
Let's just say that after the last year of looking for a new job for him, packing up our stuff and moving out of Dublin, GA, selling our house there, finding a new job (one that was described having little to no travel involved-yeah, right!) and settling in a wonderful suburb outside of South Carolina's state capitol, making friends, starting at a new preschool, and getting involved in the community in many other ways....I am really not looking forward to having to do it all again, so soon.
I am mad, I am disappointed, I am feeling robbed of time and an ability to utilize that time to accomplish productive things with my children or working on my thesis, rather than planning another re-location...
But I am trying to stay positive. I'm trying to be hopeful. I will say in all of my research and in talking to people who've been there the Birmingham area is actually pretty nice and very beautiful as well.
So now the challenges begin and the ideas of a South Carolina future fade away.
Does anyone have any good connections near Birmingham or positive things to share about their experiences there? Please do, if so!
I'll be sure to keep you updated on the progress of things, it will certainly be interesting!
Monday, July 20, 2009
For now, we are trying to stay present and focus on the fact that we are together and once again able to enjoy doing things as a family.
Yesterday we did just that and made our way across and back over the Lake Murray Dam. Pete and I roller bladed while we took turns pushing Jules in the stroller and Nate rode his bike. Over and back we accomplished the 3.2 miles of pathway...
(no one we know, just a decent photo of the Dam's walking path)
I was especially proud of Nate who, about halfway back across started losing wind. The poor little guy was really close to leaving his bike behind and slowly walking the rest of the way. While Pete and Jules went ahead, I grabbed one of Nate's hands and helped pull him along a bit! That in addition to the promise of a trip later in the day to Cold Stone Creamery for some ice cream, certainly helped to motivate him in finishing the ride!
Friday, July 17, 2009
But now, we're not sure. Life has surprised us with some new curves and some new opportunities. We have some serious things to consider in the coming weeks....But such is life, always full of surprises around here!
Nate spent the week enjoying Kindercamp at the Riverbanks Zoo, here in Columbia and had a blast! He got to feed the giraffes, pet the penguins, plant flower pots at the botanical gardens, learn about the seasons and how the animals prepare for and survive them. He learned so much!
Jules and I managed to sneak in a few mornings exploring more of downtown and relishing in all of the wonderful museums and endless activities we could find! We also had a great visit with Maggie this past weekend, thanks so much for being here Mom!
This week was infused with jolts of discovery, joy, disappointment, sorrow, anticipation, learning and appreciation...however, it's all part of the process, isn't it? I can't say I have too many complaints right now...
Enjoy your weekend everyone...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
-Finding Nate fast asleep minutes after I had brought him back to bed after he came to tell me that it is too hard to fall asleep!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Juliana was so proud of herself for learning how to hammer for the first time!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
All in all, our "vacation" was great! Obviously it was wonderful to get to spend so much family time with Pete. We really took advantage of all of the cool things going on in both Columbia and Saint Louis Missouri while there. Below is a photo of the view from our hotel room at night...
Friday we spent the day visiting the Saint Louis Zoo, which happens to be FREE and amazing! Nate was so interested in all of the animals but especially in the Bird House Garden, he had all kinds of questions to ask the guide, which I thought was really cool!
The structure dates back to the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair...It was really neat.
We also saw a pair of mama and baby elephants! They were playing in the water and giving us many oh so sweet photo shots!
Friday night we went to Fair Saint Louis, down at the Arch, on the Mississippi River. We saw the Counting Crows (for FREE)! Nate and Jules ran around on the grass with other kids and had blast...it was an awesome night.
On Saturday, we visited the Anhueser Busch Factory (yes, at first I felt a little funny taking the kids there...) there was actually a lot to see and do for all of us! We toured the whole factory, the Clydesdale's Horse's stables, packaging plant and more.
Nate was super excited, as you can tell... or maybe he was just really cold (it was a chilly 40 degrees in this particular building!).
Oh, and we got this great shot of a Dalmatian pup sleeping near the Clydesdale's...
Saturday night gave us Train (Drops of Jupiter) live in concert at Fair Saint Louis (again for free). Train is one of my all time favorite bands, so it was a pretty awesome experience to see them there.
Sunday found us at the City Museum, an incredible museum for children and adults alike. It too, was an awesome experience! It appears that artists from all over came together to put together this amazing museum complied from recycled items (steel, metal, old airplanes, buses, art supplies, etc...)
Check out the legs on this mama! Okay, just kidding, now really, check out the little boy who is crawling on the thin beam below Jules and I! How awesome is that?! (We were up about 4 stories off of the ground!). Nate showed some massive courage this day!
Sunday afternoon we stuffed our bellies at Pappy's Smokehouse, one of the best BBQ smokehouses we have EVER been to...it was truely a yummy experience.
Wow, we really had an awesome time in Columbia and Saint Louis Missouri !!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It was a great way to spend some time yesterday...