Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Photo Book

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Recent pictures of our family.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tax Season

Recently I have had numerous people make comments to me about tax season and how I couldn't possibly miss the long hours and hard work that used to consume me during tax season.  This always makes me laugh.  As if the job I have now has shorter hours and less hard work.

The truth is I do miss tax season sometimes.  I loved doing tax returns.  Tax returns are like puzzles, each one is different and you have to figure out the best way to put the pieces together.  The work was challenging and I really enjoyed it.  When doing a tax return I felt in my element.  There were set rules and standards that were followed.  I spent over 5 years of my life learning how to be a great accountant.  Were as I have had NO training what-so-ever for being a stay at home mom. 

Being a stay at home mom is NOT my element.  I am not a "natural" stay at home mom.  I don't have a domestic bone in my body (ask my husband or my mother, they will tell you).  I find staying at home much more of a challenge than any tax season.  The creativity and problem solving skills I use each day really go way beyond anything I ever did while I was an accountant.  There are no set rules or standards for how to deal with all the different situations I deal with on a daily basis.  Once I have figured out a good solution to something, inevitably a new problem will present itself and I start all over again.

Let me say, I am very blessed to be able to stay home with my children.  And I would not go back to work if given the option.  But understand, I don't stay home because it is easier or more enjoyable than working as an accountant.  I stay home for my children.  I stay home so I can teach them and help them become the amazing children I want them to be.  I want to be the one teaching them their moral values and social skills.  I want to be the one disciplining them.  I want to be the one they come to with problems and the one they come to with victories.  I don't want to miss the special moments and the chances to show them my love.  And daily I am learning just as much as they are, probably more.

I have heard many mothers say, "I could never stay home."  I used to say that.  Then I did it.  And I continue to do it everyday.

I am greatly blessed!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Battery Conspiracy

We have four different battery powered thermometers (each one is used for a different area of the body) and this week the batteries of all four of them went dead.  All of them had the original battery (the one that came with it when we purchased them).  Now this may not seem strange until you consider the different ages of each of these thermometers.  The first one we bought over 6 years ago.  The next one we bought right before Addison was born, so a little over 4 years ago.  The next one we bought after Hunter was born, so about 2 years ago.  And the last one we just bought a few months ago, before Ella was born.  So these thermometers have years of difference in when they were purchased, but yet, they all died THIS WEEK!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Say WHAT !?!?

Recent quotes from Addison:

Addison - Why does Grandmother (meaning great grandmother) have so many wrinkles?
Me - Well, as we get older and our skin ages, we get wrinkles.
Addison - I want to have LOTS of wrinkles!

If only I had recorded that, so I could play it back to her when she is 30 and worrying about wrinkles.


Addison and Hunter were running around playing tag.  Addison stops, looking like she is exhausted.  She says, "That is hard work, I want to do something easier. (short pause).  I know, I will doing jumping jacks instead."  Then she starts doing numerous jumping jacks.

I wish I thought jumping jacks were easy.  I just wish I had a little of the energy she has.

Great Quote

I read this quote today.  This is my on going struggle:

It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about.  What’s hard is figuring out what you are willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.“- Shauna Niequist

Monday, December 19, 2011


Before Ella was born, watching cartoons was an infrequent treat for Addison & Hunter.  Once Ella was born, we got into the habit of watching cartoons in the morning, while I fed Ella.  Then the other day I fed Ella while the kids ate breakfast, so once we were all done, I decided that instead of watching cartoons we would just get a jump start on our day.  The tantrums that followed were jaw dropping.  You would have thought I had told them that they were never going to eat again or see the Sun again or something outrageous like that.  Something that used to be a fun treat, has turned into an expectation and has made my children "spoiled" when it comes to cartoons.  So last week we started "weening" ourselves from this habit.  And it is a "weening" process for me as well.  I also was used to having that time in the morning to get little things done, while the kids were absorbed in their cartoon.  I think the "weening" process is almost over.  This morning there was no more whining, asking to watch cartoons.  They asked once and I said no and then they started playing together.