Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Snapshot of My Daily Life

Many nights through the week, I am home with the kids by myself because Hubs is working.  Friday night was one of those nights and it had been particularly exhausting.  And then it got even  better...Because after dinner time, I noticed the bathroom door was closed but I knew nobody was in there, so I went to open the door and found it was locked.  We have (had?) a special key for it somewhere but haven't seen it in years.  I kinda freaked out because I don't know how to pick a lock and it's our only bathroom and I was just envisioning how "creative" we might have to get if I couldn't get the door opened.

After a few hundred deep breaths, I decided to just take the doorknob off and open the door.  But then I realized I wasn't sure what to do after I got the knob off, so I called Hubs at work and was trying to explain and describe all the little parts inside and miraculously, he figured out what I was trying to tell him.  I was afraid that if I let the inner door knob fall into the bathroom, that I wouldn't be able to get the latch out of the hole where there used to be a door knob, So after a few minutes of trying, I finally found a tool that helped turn the rod so I could open the door.  I let out a huge sigh of relief and let Hubs get back to work.

I tried to then get the knob back on and in tact, to no avail, so I put all the parts on the top of my bed's headboard for Hubs to put it back together when he got home.  About ten minutes later, I brought Benji and Calah into the bathroom to get them in the shower.  While I was getting Calah into the shower, I hear the sound of the door shutting and I turn around to see my son realizing his mistake of closing the door with only a latch and no knob.  Now I had something ELSE to freak out about.  The three of us were locked in the bathroom!! No cell phone, no tools.  No way out.

Our only hope was a four year old that doesn't take direction very well and gets frustrated easily when he can't do something.  So after I calmed down, I peeked through the hole and called Jo over to the door.  I said, "Jo, I need you to go to my room..."  He walks away - to go to my room... I start laughing.  "No, Jo come back!" He comes back.  "Jo, I need you to go to my room..."  He gives me a mischievous smile and walks away again.  I am dying laughing at this point.  "Jo, please come back!"  So, he comes back and I tell him, "Jo, not yet, but in a minute when I'm done telling you everything...I need you to go to my room, climb up on my bed and look on the top of the headboard where my bank is, there is a doorknob with a big stick on it.  Please go get that and bring it here."  Surprisingly, he found it right away and brought it to the bathroom.  And he even stuck the rod into the hole in the very particular way it needed to be and saved us from the bathroom lockout caper of 2014!

I was thoroughly surprised and impressed that he could follow all of those steps and gave him the biggest squeeze of his life when I got out of that bathroom!  This type of stuff could fill pages upon pages in a book about my life story.  I love how God can use the people that we deem unable and unworthy to do big things and this whole thing was a great reminder of that.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Goals Update - Mid-Quarter because it's been six months

Goals update! Since we set the original goals for 2014, things have changed, so inevitably, some of our goals had to change, too.  So, here are the updates and additions of new goals.

1. Finish up Baby Step 2 by the end of the year

At this point, we have my 2013 medical bills (thank you FAI surgeries!), Hubs' student loan, and my student loan left. Current Expected Completion: December - We're planning to save all extra money coming in this year since our income will be somewhat unstable until we get settled into this new situation.  Once we know more how things are going to shake out, we'll be able to start using the money to put into the house and paying off debt as well as saving for our 10-year vow renewal celebration. 
Update 10/27/14 - We have been able to pay off my surgeon's bill but still have one bill from the hospital bill to pay off and we haven't made any progress on the student loans because we were putting everything into savings.  Over the summer, we used some of the savings for doing some necessary work on our house.  We are lining up all our debts and savings goals and are chipping away at them collectively.
2. Organize garage 

We need to clean it out once again and set up stations with more buckets. We already have heavy duty shelves all around the garage but we're not using them efficiently. Need to "pinterest" (c'mon, 10 years ago, Google wasn't a verb either...) some ideas. - This is still a definite in the plans; the only problem is that we're in the beginning of April and have only had about 1.75 nice days so far this year.  But, this will get done.  We're also planning on getting a new garage door once the organization part is done so that we can start parking at least one of the vehicles in there again.  It's only been since 2011...
Update 10/27/14 - Back in the early summer, we cleaned out about 70% of the garage but we've had to move some things into it again and it's disorganized once again.  I'm planning on getting us in there again one more time before the weather gets too frigid.  We're still trying to decide what to do with some of the extra furniture we have in the garage - it's still in good shape but we have nowhere to put it while in this home.  My best idea is to sell it on bookoo but I have some work to do to get those postings ready.
3. Career movement

Hubs is looking for a full-time job that will allow for more family time and we are praying for the opportunity of full-time ministry for him. I would love to start working in the paralegal field. I completed my certification in May and then had surgery, so that had to be put on hold for the moment. My first, concrete, short-term goal is to get involved with the IPA in my area for networking and learning opportunities. - This is where the biggest change is happening.  Due to the difficulties we've had finding a regular babysitter over the past month, our mind-set shifted.  You can read about it here.
Update 10/27/14 - Hubs is doing really well in his job; he's already been promoted twice in less than a year.  He also just had a meeting with the general manager who told him that he's ready for  Hubs to start the assistant general manager training program, so I'm really proud of and excited for him.  He's really enjoying the job.  I've been in my new job for six months now and for the first time in 10 years, I can actually say that I enjoy my job and it has allowed me to spend more time with my family.

4. Read one book per month

I need to create a list of the books I want to read this year but I'm sure I can easily come up with 12. Some fiction, some career, some christian living/family books. - I've done fairly well on this one.  So far this year, I've read Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, and most of Waiting To Be Heard by Amanda Knox.  Hubs and I were teaching a class and putting together curriculum in addition to other things we've been involved with so far this year, so the past month has not given me much time to read.  But, I'm hoping to finish the Knox book and then move on to Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman.  I like autobiographies, can you tell?
Update 10/27/14 - I've definitely failed on this one.  I haven't read a book since April; I haven't been staying up on the news or the blogs I follow since April either.  We've been doing a lot around the house and with the kids for the past several months, so I'm okay with this one.  But I would like to get a reading list going again to finish out the year strong.
Confession Time: In February, we did poorly re: eating out but March was better.  April's budget for eating out is already gone, so we're going to have to start being more intentional in our planning, scheduling, and when we say yes to invites.  We love our friends and family and want to spend more time with them.  But, we'll just have to find ways to do that for free or inexpensively. 

I haven't seen the inside of the gym in about seven weeks.  I'm planning to go starting next week, at least twice.  Now that I don't have to get up at 5AM to go, I think I'll have more success.  We are playing volleyball right now and I have been walking a bit more, so I've at least been doing something that resembles exercise.

Update 10/27/14 - I've been working out at home more than anything and we haven't been seeing much progress on eating out but I have been doing better with lunches at work overall.

Thanks for reading!  I'd love to hear how your goals are progressing so far this year.  Let's keep each other accountable!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Time Don't Be Stoppin'

It's been so long since I've blogged that I forgot how to start a new post for a minute, there.  Things have changed a lot over the past couple months, so I haven't had much time to write anything.  Last I wrote, there were a lot of ch-ch-changes coming our way.  I ended up getting that part-time job working for a lawyer as a paralegal and am super excited about it.  It's not glamorous or anything, but I do like helping people and that's what they do there.  So, I've been working there for seven weeks now and am learning something new every day.  I love learning new things but hate that newbie feeling at the same time.  I wish I could answer peoples' questions already, but I know that will come with time.

Hubs had a job change as well - his part-time ministry job.  I keep going back and forth about whether I want to blog about this because I know many that read this blog are my friends from the church home that I've loved and called home since 1998 and it's a fine line to walk to talk about this in open forum.  What I want to say about it is that we were very hurt, like deep-to-the-core, by the events of the past month and are trying to find healing in the midst of it all.  God is good and faithful and just and is still our Shepherd leading us through every step we take (Prov 3:5-6), but it's hard to see past the pain into the next chapter right now.  I miss my church and it's only been two weeks.  It feels like it's been an ETERNITY!  I miss my family and all the kids; the relationships; the support system; the growing together, all of it.  Hubs and I decided that we'd take this next month to take a step back to get some perspective.  I think we need to dig deeper than we have been because we are halfway through this month and I feel no closer to understanding where we are heading or why this is really happening.

I started blogging back in 2011 (on another blog site) as a diary of sorts, where I could just write, unfiltered.  Because nobody knew I had the blog other than Hubs.  Now that I've been writing only on this blog site, I know some people read it and for that I am so grateful, but I feel guarded, just like I do on Facebook.  I don't like complaining because I know that God works for the good of those who love Him and He has my life under control, so when hard stuff comes, I want to still be shining His light and not gripe and groan.  So, I stay guarded and don't write those types of things very often.  So, this blog was supposed to curb some of that.  All that to say, I want to make sure that I keep my original intentions pure in that I don't shield myself because of what my readers may think of me.  I hope that some might find this blog helpful in some way, shape, or form.

In other news, Benji lost his first tooth a few weeks ago! It was really hard to tell that he's missing a tooth because the adult one had grown in almost the whole way by the time it fell out.  He lost his bottom tooth right next to the right incisor.  The "tooth fairy" gave him $1 for that tooth and he was stoked.  He's still looking for something to spend it on, though.

On June 3rd, Benji graduated from Kindergarten.  The really fun thing is that his teach chose him to be one of the two boys that got to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar out loud in front of the parents and he really did a great job. 

Pre-graduation haircut

Benji's Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Soliman

Best Whole Family picture we've gotten in probably 2 years
 That's all the update I have for now, but I will try to write more often.  I actually have to do work at this new job, so I don't have as much time at the computer to just do what I want these days.  Thanks for checking in with me here!

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