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Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great summer. I can’t believe its September already. Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but I have not settled into early wake up calls, being annoyingly list oriented, shipping my kids off all day, and crazy packed schedules. I do love fall, but I’ve been hanging on to thoughts of summer the last couple of weeks.

A few days ago, a parent asked me, “Aren’t you glad summer is over? I feel like a cruise director all summer long.”

No, I’m not glad summer is over! I don’t mind being the cruise director. In fact, I think it’s pretty fun.

Sometimes moms, who like to be around their kids all the time, are labeled “weird”. I think that’s weird, but whatever…

It’s not like every second of every day at home with the kids is peaches and cream. I do feel like ripping my hair out sometimes when they get into some stupid screaming fight about who said what when. But, I love the freedom and possibilities of summer. Summertime is less about schedules and goals; and more about bonding, popsicles, and adventures.

Sure, I get less work done in the summer and our house tends to get messier, but that time with our kids is worth it to me. I also realize that with each passing summer, that is one less summer that I will share with the kids before they leave the nest for good. I’ll have plenty of time to myself later, and knowing myself like I do; I will look back and wish I had spent even more time with the kids when they were little.

Fall is bittersweet for me.

I do love the spider webs, fog, and beautiful burnt orange leaves that Fall brings. I love the energy that comes along with new teachers, friends, activities, and holidays to come. I also love the fact that every Fall, I tend to re-evaluate my life. I do this because each September, I am reminded that with each passing school year, I’m a year older too. More

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I Showed up at the Dog Groomer Instead of For My Hair Appointment…

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Since I started working for the family business and am spending more time getting ready to teach a social media class at the UW, I’ve had little to no extra time to write here. I miss it. Working part-time has been an interesting balancing act that has had both good and bad outcomes.

The first month I went back to work, I was pretty much a wreck. I forgot a birthday, didn’t pay the monthly piano lesson bill, and showed up at the dog groomers instead of for my hair appointment—and even now, I’m sure I’m neglecting to remember what else I forgot. If you know, don’t remind me, please. It’s over. :) More

Traveling With Kids

I LOVE to travel. There was a time in my life where I dreamed of being a globetrotting photojournalist. Before having kids my husband and I traveled to unique spots off the beaten path and winged it. Once we showed up in the Cook Islands with accommodations set up for only the first couple of nights. It was a little exciting not knowing exactly which island we would go to, where we would store our bags, and where we would to sleep. It didn’t really matter.

We would lazily wake up in the mornings, have our coffee on the beach, and have no idea how our day would unfold. I would journal and take a million pictures of the ocean, vegetation, and architecture. It was all very laid back and we didn’t need to worry about anything, except deciding at the last minute where we would go next.

And then we had kids…

Those first few years of traveling with children (and all their gear) were a bit shocking. It used to be so easy… Lugging the stroller, sippy cups, bottles, and diaper gear around puts a different spin on traveling. So much for traveling light. Then there is the airplane ride to think about–Will our kids be those screaming crazed children who make a packed flight absolute hell for everyone? Did I forget anything? Do I have enough food for my youngest, who has a severe food allergy and cannot eat airplane food? Where is the EpiPen? Do I have enough activities and books to keep everyone occupied? Is someone sitting next to us going to stink up the area by farting because then I’ll have to worry about my kids asking aloud, “What’s that smell?” Yes, that actually happened and it was hilarious and embarrassing. More

Identity Crisis by Tracie Stern ~ Who Are You Now That You Have Kids?

I had spent the last ten years of my life traveling the world as a model and only having me to worry about. I knew exactly what to do the minute I was confirmed for the job. Whether it involved international travel, multiple days of work, foreign languages, or just a quick drive down the road. Whatever my agencies threw my way I KNEW I could handle it.

So when I found out I was pregnant with my now six-year old son, I was so excited. I was engaged to my husband when we found out about Ramsee. It was such an exciting moment. Over the next several months, my life took a turn for the unknown. More

Homeschool by Andrea Dodd

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” ~ St. Francis de Sales

My chest is heavy and my eyes are begging to tear. I’ve been swallowing the lump since I met my students this am, already sitting at the kitchen table, ready to start their day. Standing above them, I take note of the energy in the room; Corbin (10) is quiet and Anna (7) blurts “what do I start, mama?” Oliver (8) is clearly battling a case of goofy; which is not an ally of his easy distraction. I skimmed through three homeschool resource books, drew up lesson plans plus 30 math facts for each child, and created journal entries last night while the family watched a movie. I bounce between three syllabuses all day long, and I’m suddenly struck with “what the hell am I doing?!” More

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