Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bringing back the blog

So it has been forever and I couldn't decide if I wanted to blog again, or just stick with FB or journal in an actual paper journal or what.  To say it has been a whirlwind the last 10 months is an understatement.  We went from moving to NC because my husband was being transferred to him being laid off and the transfer being on hold.  Then he got a new job offer the same week the old department tried to bring him back, to NC, but they couldn't yet because he needed to have been gone for 6 months due to severance.  See...crazy.

This of course impacted the move, and we are still in the same too small house and trying to figure out if we should put on an addition and do a huge remodel since we love our school and neighbors, or if we should sell and buy, or if we should look at building again.  Whatever we decide, we need to come up with something soon since it is making me crazy being crammed in here.

Kids are good, just a work in progress as they should be.  Marriage is a work in progress too, all the stress of the layoff, MIL drama, kid stuff, work takes its toll.  We keep trucking, checking in, working on things, fighting to keep going.  Marriage is hard, and takes work but we do it and want to be one that makes it for the long haul, so we keep trying every day.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Holding my breath

Most parents can relate to those days where, like a miracle, it is all going right.  That is today.  The older kids all got off to school with no arguing, no issues, just smiles as they left.  The littles were good all morning and let me get things done like work and laundry.  I have dinner cooking away, the BEST spiced chicken that my family loves, slow cooks all day long and is healthy to boot and I made a heap of kale chips that I really enjoy snacking on and keep me on track.  It can easily end at any moment, and that is why I am holding my breath.  I still have post nap babies to contend with, and crabby just home from school kids.  A work call at 3:30. homework, dinner and bedtime.  It could end at any moment I know, but for the moment I am holding my breath and enjoying.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

It has been awhile since I posted and this has not been due to lack of time, especially since I just took nearly a month off work, but more a lack of what I want to say.  So much is going on in our lives, the blessing and curse of a large family with two busy adult careers.

As we enter into 2013, we are looking toward a year full of big changes.  I am finally done with school and wear my "Dr." with great pride, although the only place it really matters is at work :)  The kids are all growing up and some days I wish I could speed phases up, and others I want to freeze time.  Finn celebrated his second birthday in December and I am now the proud mother to a 12 year old, 10 year old, 8 year old, 3 year old and 2 year old and it can be just as crazy as those numbers infer.

Work for me is great, I am incredibly busy as my FT job and my PT job has me hopping as well with the online course development.  The school I teach PT for is a big name U here in Virginia, and they are going to let me continue to work with them when we move, which is a huge gift and means so much to me.  I have learned so much over the last seven years working there, and they have provided me so many opportunities, I am glad that I will continue my role with them.  I have been thinking more and more about my FT job.  It is completely online, and with small children at home that is a great advantage, however it has limited growth potential and I think once Finn heads to school in a few years, I may be looking to do some consulting and possibly look for campus employment in NC.

This brings me to the move.  We are still waiting on the "officials" from Ryan's company, but all signs point to Ryan getting the promotion and transfer to the Raleigh area.  I am both excited and sad about the move as we have great friends here, the kids have amazing schools and we have built a strong foundation here the last nine years, but sadly we will have to venture into the unknown.  I am excited to be moving back to the Carolinas and to be closer to my parents.  I love the area, and feel we will get much more out of the "city" there than we do here since I am not a fan of DC at all.  I am really happy to be moving to a bigger home as we simply don't fit in our house here, and there are so many new opportunities awaiting us.  If all goes well, the big move will take place some time in June or early July allowing the kids to finish out the school year here with no problems.

Welcome 2013, we are excited to see what is in store :)