This phrase seems more and more common in my life lately. Things have changed an incredible amount since January. Thankfully many of the changes have been for the better; hopefully that trend will continue for the rest of the year. We’ve added a new family member, I’ve changed responsibilities at my office, we’re heading back to Disney and moving (hopefully!) at the end of the year on top of so many other things.
Carolina has been such a blessing in our lives. I forgot how much I loved little ones. Her smile is enough to make the stress of a bad day just melt away. To have someone love me so much just for being there is a great feeling. Of course, I love my other kiddos too and they’re both at fun ages where they can go out and do things which is always fun. With school starting, there’s been lots of running around for supplies and trying to get the boys back on track with schedules for the upcoming school year. We had a small “issue” with daycare but I think we’ve got that all worked out which is fabulous and gives me one less thing to worry about which is always good! Sadly, Corbin’s girlfriend moved away this summer so he’s starting school without her this year which we’re all sad about. We’re already planning our first visit to their new neighborhood so that will give us something to do during the next couple of months.
Work life has been turned upside down. I took about six weeks off for maternity leave (a mix of being completely off (working from home or checking in during the week) to part time before going back full time). Before I came back, several people were told their positions were being eliminated so those remaining had new things to learn quickly. I love learning new tasks so that was exciting but because I’m such a perfectionist, sometimes I get frustrated with myself for not catching on as quickly as I expect myself to. I love all of the new challenges and know once I get things figured out, I’ll do a pretty good job at it. Some days it feels like just as I’m getting one thing figured out, another problem or challenge is there to take it’s place. While things like that are nice and make the day pass quickly, it would be great to have one “quiet” week to get caught up.
I cannot wait to visit Disney again later this year. Our last two trips were when I was pregnant with Carolina so I’m looking forward to being able to ride some of the things I missed out on during our last trips. Seeing Sis’ reaction to the characters and parks will also be awesome. (Note to self: need photography for dummies asap for photo ops during vacation) Of course, with the trip planning has been lots of budget talking and wondering how we would make all of our “must dos” and “wants” happen during the trip. I also feel totally out of the loop. So many things have changed since our last trip – new resorts, new attractions, traveling with an infant. I’ve got lots of research to do and I feel like time is slipping away from me. Thankfully we’ve got an awesome travel agent to help with the details of the trip and is there to answer all of my questions when I don’t have time to research myself.
When we decided to move across the country, we only had about ten days to figure everything out. Thanks to Google, we were able to find a great home for rent that fit into our budget. We’ve looked at houses a couple of times since we’ve moved but we were both spoiled by big yards and low prices from the north. Now that we’re more accustomed to what’s “normal” here – both for yards and prices – we’re more comfortable finally deciding to purchase something. It worked out not buying a house before now – chances are we would have purchased a four bedroom home and wouldn’t have had a spare room once we added Carolina to our family. We’re also trying to stay in our current school district. They redistrict here just about every year it seems so it’s a gamble wherever you buy a house but we’re trying our best to stay where Corbin’s already been for three years. Once we’ve signed on the dotted line and have the keys, maybe I’ll feel better about this transition.
My faith has grown leaps and bounds the past two years. I was never a strictly religious person but have always believed in God and that our lives have a path we’re meant to take. I’ve tried much harder to put more and more faith in God and let Him lead the way so things work out according to His plan instead of mine. It’s not always easy but so far things seem to have worked out well. I know there will be lots of other challenges in the future but we’ll get through them as they come.
There truly is always something going on – good or bad. Hopefully the good outweighs the bad things. So what’s going on in your life right now? It’s such a crazy time for year for just about everyone.