Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tick Tock

The overriding theme of this week has been "wait...wait...wait...". Honestly, one of my biggest struggles is to live life in the moment and not miss out because I am too focused on waiting for some future event. This has been a particularly big challenge this week as there is so much to wait for.

We are waiting for baby Lincoln to make his appearance. We had a false alarm last Sunday, but now it could be five minutes from now or it could be next week.

We are waiting for a job offer for my dad. He has been out of work for a little over a month and it is definitely time for something to work out. Last Friday he had a very promising last interview with a local company and now we wait.

We are waiting for enrollments for the preschool. All in all this was a good week for enrollments. We met and then passed our break even point with more enrollment forms allegedly on there way, but I am really trying hard to not count my chickens before they hatch.

We are waiting for Disney. It has been a busy and stressful summer and our reward at the end of it is a family trip to Disneyland. All that stands in our way now is some laundry, packing, and a few hours.

While I have spent this week waiting I really need to savor every moment of the coming week. Not only is it vacation week, it is the last week before Jeremy disappears back into school and the last week I have a two-year-old. Here is to deep breathes and enjoying every moment.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Project(s)

This was the week of big projects. Monday was just a normal day with no hinting at the craziness the week would ultimately bring.

Tuesday was supposed to start with making our vinyl banner to advertise for the preschool with several activities to follow. Instead the banner would turn into an all day (actually more like all week) project. Becca is going to have a baby any day so we begged and pleaded her to help us before her big day came. We spent one day cutting the vinyl, one day assembling and hung it on another day.

On top of this, on Tuesday, while making the banner, we decided to throw a baby shower for Becca...on Saturday. Somehow over the next few days we sent out invitations, planned food, decorations, and games.

It was such a crazy week. I feel like I ran non-stop from Tuesday on. I would run out of time each day and things from the "to do" list would get pushed to the next day, but somehow in the end we got it all done. The banner is awesome and up on the main highway running through the town and the shower was great. Hooray for being productive!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Summertime and the Livin's Easy

Ok so this summer hasn't exactly been easy. Between work and school for Jeremy and starting my own business, life has been very busy and stressful to say the least, but it has had its positive moments. Portland in the summer definitely has its perks.

This week was a prime example of this. We spent the week going to countless parks and by Friday morning Merrick and I were looking for a change. We decided take on a Oregon summer pastime and go berry picking.

Right around the corner from our house (not an uncommon site in these parts) there is a wonderful place to pick blackberries. The weather was perfect and we decided to take a little walk and get some fresh berries.

The down side of blackberry picking is the thorns and Merrick and I both were stuck a few times. We walked away with a few scratches and several containers of blackberries.

Since Friday we have already been back for round two of picking. I see lots of blackberry ice cream and cobblers in our future.

I know the winters can get long and dreary, but nothing beats Portland in the summer.

P.S. Yes, Merrick did wear the hat the entire time we picked

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lucky Number 7

Today is Jeremy's and my anniversary. For seven years we have stood side by side through the good times and the challenges. I thought today I might recap what the last seven years have brought us as a couple:

1 child-who happens to be the most perfect little boy you can imagine.
2 states-six years in Arizona and one in Oregon
3 houses-from our first condo to our first house and now living with my parents
4 major medical/health issues-all in the year before Merrick was born
5 schools-starting with community college and ending (hopefully) with law school
6+ (depending on how you count them) different jobs
7 perfect years-I would not change a thing

Here's to a the first seven years and on to eternity.