Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dreams Are Coming True Or An Update On Week 27

So do you all remember way back when I used to blog regularly in January when I was doing the 30 Week Writing Challenge? Week 27 was about "How I envision my life to be." Go back and read that post. Have you done that?

Well, I somehow ended up with that dream job. Nope, not the making a living while blogging about drinking tea, although that would have been pretty cool. I am starting a new position as an administrative assistant/bookkeeper for about ten to fifteen hours a week. The organization used to be a non-profit but has recently switched to being a for-profit organization and they work with churches and businesses in conflict management and envisioning future directions.

The original organization was founded by a friend of mine and my former pastor, and my friend still works there. She was the one who sent me an e-mail back in April, asking if I was interested in applying. From the time of that e-mail until I got the job was almost two months, and it was the most fun interview process I've ever had!

I'm officially starting in September, since I am still working my original "full-time" job until August 31. However, I have started taking on some small tasks -- some bookkeeping and taking minutes at meetings -- over the summer. So I've gone down to 80% at my original job.

All this is to say that this summer has been a little intense! And that is some of what has cut into my blogging time. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to September when I will be done with my original job and only working ten to fifteen hours a week at something I love, for an organization which does work that I can really get behind.

And if that wasn't enough, there's this:
It's not the most elegant ambiance ever but we no longer have bathroom lineups. And I have never been happier about something bathroom related in my life. And thanks to our newest addition, I've also crossed an item off my bucket list. Whoo hoo!!! Sometimes it pays to have simple dreams :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Project 366: Days 170 Through 183

June 18, 2016 -- The table looked so fun for Rachel's 5th birthday party!
June 19, 2016 -- We stopped at a hardware store and bought a big board so I could easily assemble cupcake cakes. The kids got to paint the extra pieces.
June 20, 2016 -- It's hard to take a picture of the moon. Ha!
June 21, 2016 -- Rachel has become our early riser so I took her with me on my morning walk to return library books.
June 22, 2016 -- Rachel made her birthday donation to the Red Cross to support the victims of the Fort McMurray fire.
June 23, 2016 -- Did I mention Rachel was our early morning girl? At 7:18am this day, she had already made some fans and opened a "fan shop." If you're interested in one of her special, one-of-a-kind paper fans, just let me know!
June 24, 2016 -- It's always easier to convince the kids to go for a walk if it includes stopping for frozen lemonade!
June 25, 2016 -- Rachel enjoyed the bubble blower at Sam's T-Ball BBQ.
June 26, 2016 -- The kids donated a school kit in honour of each of their teachers for end of year gifts.
June 27, 2016 -- The first day lily of the summer appeared this day!
June 28, 2016 -- This is Rachel, and her best friend, Z, from JK.
June 29, 2016 -- Last day of school for the year!!!
June 30, 2016 -- Rachel was working on patterning on the white board on her first day of summer vacation. I think she doesn't want to lose all the knowledge she's gained this year! Ha!
July 1, 2016 -- Some pre-fireworks sparklers with a friend on Canada Day!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Project 366: Days 156 Through 169

June 4, 2016 -- There were so many choices to be made on the Chocolate Trail. Choosing just three of these truffles was one of them.
June 5, 2016 -- While a lot of pictures were taken of me this day (I did a 10K with my youth, A, and one of my friends), no pictures were actually taken by me this day.

June 6, 2016 -- I hurt my ankle a little doing the 10K walk the previous day so I had to wear a tensor bandage for a few days.
June 7, 2016 -- Missing from our backyard: One overgrown hedge.
June 8, 2016 -- It was a frustrating week of waiting for people to show up to do work and then they wouldn't show up. So the contents under our kitchen sink sat out for a few days. Grrrr...
June 9, 2016 -- I had no energy left to fold laundry so these baskets sat out for a few days too. (Obviously I also lacked the energy to take interesting pictures as well!)
 June 10, 2016 -- We finished off Jump Rope For Heart Day (and kicked off the weekend) with ice cream after school. Yay!
June 11, 2016 -- After a hot morning of yard work, we relaxed at the pool in the afternoon. With a good book, of course!
June 12, 2016 -- This was another day in which, for some reason, I took no pictures. Boo.

June 13, 2016 -- Dave spent some time colouring this day. He hadn't done that for awhile.
June 14, 2016 -- It was the first CSA pickup, and thus the first sorrel for Sam, of the season. Yay!
June 15, 2016 -- It was another day of going to bed with a good book and some soothing foot balm for my feet. It's just fun and good times around here, I tell you! Ha!
June 16, 2016 -- My mom and dad were visiting this week and they (with a little bit of help from me one day) did a TON of yard work. I'm so excited about this new rock garden, which was formerly an ugly patch of weeds and rocks.
June 17, 2016 -- Rachel turned FIVE this day!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thoughts On Eight Years Of Marriage

Eight years ago today, Dave and I celebrated our marriage. It was a beautiful day and so much fun! I loved being able to celebrate our commitment to each other with all of our friends and family.
Today we are celebrating eight years of being married. Of doing life together, the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly.
We tried to have a celebratory anniversary date on Friday but things didn't quite go as planned. We had to go to two different places to get a complete supper, we couldn't figure out what to do next, and ended up being serenaded by a public poetry slam about random things like suicide and some guy who mostly was quoting from the Book of Revelation, as far as we could figure out.

It wasn't the most romantic evening together but, at the end of it we were laughing at the terribleness of it and it hit me -- there's no one I'd rather do life with than Dave. Even when it doesn't go as planned and slides towards the ugly. Maybe even, especially then.

Here's to more of the good and to more of laughing at the rest of it. Together.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The T-Ball Weekend What

This past weekend was fairly T-ball focused. Sam has been playing in a league this spring and this past weekend was the wrap up. First was the party on Saturday for the entire league. It was hot and noisy and they messed up Sam's pictures (they put a different kid with Sam's name) so we don't have his trading cards (boo) or his team photo with his individual picture.

However, there was a great children's entertainer and Sam and Rachel enjoyed the bubble machine.
After we had recuperated from that for a little bit we went to our pool. Rachel dunked her head twice and earned a treat. Sam refused to dunk his head, but he did deign to be in the pool for longer than normal (five minutes as opposed to thirty seconds). Both Dave and I agree that swimming is a life skill so it's going to be a long fun summer.
Sam was much more excited about the post-swimming tennis with Dave and reading.
This is a blurry picture of Sam but I made the first kale chips of the season and they needed to be celebrated. And yes, we ate them all at supper.
On Sunday we went to Sam's T-ball coach's house for a team pool party. We had so much fun! Sam enjoyed playing in the water with his friends, and Rachel got brave and "swam" short distances between Dave and I. After the pool time we needed a refreshing drink.
And this picture of Dave and I was taken by Rachel with our DSLR. She's turning into quite the photographer, as well as quite the swimmer. Seriously though, I think this may be my new favourite picture of the two of us.

The rest of the weekend was spent listening to/watching the Blue Jays play and tidying/organizing the house. It was great weekend!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Project 366: Days 142 Through 155

I haven't done a Project 366 post in awhile so, although I'm still going to be posting them on Mondays, I'm going to be posting two weeks at a time until I catch up. I may not have been blogging but my Project 366 is still going strong. Also, I forget what the reasoning was behind some of these pictures since I'm about six weeks behind in posting them so there may just be some really random ones without much explanation :)

May 21, 2016 -- This was the day we walked 12km to a local mall along the network of trails in our city. I thought these trees about to bloom were gorgeous.
May 22, 2016 -- Since there was no school the next day, Sam and Rachel had a sleepover. They were so cute reading together in Sam's bed.
May 23, 2016 -- The kids were so excited we'd set up the trampoline the day before that they were out there before breakfast, in their pajamas, jumping on it!
May 24, 2016 -- I had an eager helper watering my flowers.
May 25, 2016 -- I don't remember the purpose of this picture but since I took it at 6:43am, I obviously went for an early morning walk somewhere. Probably to the library. This is my favourite, most used trail in our city.
May 26, 2016 -- This is an Instagram repeat but "Sam was swinging for the fences" at T-ball!
May 27, 2016 -- Dave and Sam played some tennis at our pool's opening BBQ. Rachel and I swam instead.
May 28, 2016 -- My youth, A, and I took a selfie while waiting for Tessa to compete in the hurdles at a provincial competition. A and Tessa are best friends.
May 29, 2016 -- We had a few conversations about, and different ways of, supporting youth at church this day. Here are some of the youth getting ready to serve a soup lunch. I asked if I could grab a picture of them for this project and they all agreed. Random note: I taught 3 out of 4 of these girls Sunday School when they were four years old. One of them graduated from Grade 12 this past Saturday. Yikes!
May 30, 2016 -- Since I took this picture at 10pm, I'm guessing I was grabbing a late supper this day. I can't remember why though. Also, I LOVE a basic green salad which I usually dress up with feta cheese and peppers. Yum!
May 31, 2016 -- Rachel was curious about "when she was a baby" this day so I pulled out some of her baby clothes. Aw, the sweet memories.
June 1, 2016 -- Sam had a medical appointment in another city this day so we combined it with some IKEA shopping. He was being a goof at lunch :)
June 2, 2016 -- Rachel addressed her birthday party invitations at breakfast this day. She was sooooo excited to hand them out.
June 3, 2016 -- We had a PD Day (day off school) this day so I took a vacation day to spend it with the kids. We had a play date with good friends in the morning and Rachel was reading the youngest some books. It was the first time I'd heard her read books which she hadn't read before and I was amazed by her ability! And the toddler was highly entertained!