||[Jul. 6th, 2008|08:35 am]
Wow... There's a lot of things going on in my FList... Traveling, pregnancies (yes, plural!!), medical issues, family stuff... wow. I'm so sorry I haven't been around to offer my congrats or condolences or just plain support. Know that I'm going to be better!!! |
In my world... things are pretty good for the most part. A couple of annoyances here or there but mostly ok.
The baby (although, I've almost transitioned to calling him a toddler full time now.. go me!) is growing, cuter, more exasperating, and just plain more interesting. :-) Ian will be turning 2 at the end of August and I just can't believe it, although writing that cliche just about did me in. He *is* talking more, words and stuff and even a simple sentence here and there... but at his 2 year checkup, I wouldn't be surprised it he needs a consult with a speech pathologist.... Nothing to big of deal, just preventative I think. He is a boy after all! Other than that.... Ian is hilarious! He loves being outside, he's purposely goofy, and he's a little TOO good at figuring things out. Tim and I are constantly trying to figure out how to continue to stay a few steps ahead of him. Right now he LOVES trains, airplanes (and, living under major flying patterns of O'Hare International Airport, there are ALWAYS planes in the air), giving hugs and kisses (OH PLEASE keep doing this!!!), being outside to run, balls of any kind, and when mommy and daddy and baby have family together time. Ian HATES baths, not getting a bottle all the time, going to sleep, coming inside after playing, and having timeouts (but they are just so effective, that he'll have to get over it!). I don't have any pics to share yet... my camera was stolen when I was at the high school....
Tim and I are great... we've really settled into a GOOD thing in the most consistent way. I really feel that the days of complaining about him EVERY day are gone... Sure I have complaints, but Tim has really been awesome and we've really worked hard at being a true TEAM. His work is going well, too.... Consistent, challenging, and interesting. He's still working with a graphic designer as a partner and they've really been improving their mutual business. In fact, they've been working together for a year now. Remember when Tim Russert died? It was a little bit of a wake up call to my Tim.. he's been trying to be a lot more active.... when we were on vacation, it was working... but now that we're home.... sigh... it's just so HARD.
We just returned (a week ago) from our family vacation to Minnesota... This was Tim's first year of going. It was SO GOOD to have him up there.... and not just to share kid-duty either. :-) I just really love this guy. He's fun to have around. BUT... he was too funny.. I had prepped him to put his expectations in the BASEMENT when it came to our cabins.... he was still surprised. :-) It's bad. Ah well. Tim was really loving the lake and the surrounding beauty of it.... He sketched some scenes which was so fun to see.... he's been so caught up with working that this is the FIRST TIME EVER I've seen him sketch! He's a traditionally trained artist and all..... The other major part of this vacation was the extended family..... My two brothers (out of three) were there for the first time in forever... The last couple of years, I've been the only sibling up there... and it's SUCKED. I miss them a lot. And next year, perhaps ALL of my siblings will be there!!! That's 3 brothers and my SIL. This year, it was more important... One brother is being deployed for 7 months (he's in the Navy) and the other is being deployed for 2 or 3 months (he's in the Air Force/Nat'l Guard). SOOOOOOO..... yeah. I really love my siblings... and I always am missing them... Poor boys, though. ha! They now know that toddlers are "interesting." You all know what I mean... vacation with a toddler? HA! Next year, we might spare everyone and stay in a hotel. As much as Tim and I are use to Ian, they are not. My mom was awesome, too. Ian was in her bed at night so Tim and I didn't have to share in that TINY full sized bed... Speaking of my mom... it was SO GOOD to hang out with her... We talk a lot, everyday in fact... but BEING with her is different, you know? We were able to have some shopping time together, just her and I, that was really fun. Although, I accidentally helped her spend about $400 total. :-) I can't help it... I have good taste in clothes and jewelry! I was living vicariously through her. hehehehehehe Again, pictures of all of this vaca will eventually come...
Well goodness. My work at the clinic is still great... I really do like it. As for what school I will end up at... no one knows. WEll, that's not true. Communication between myself and my director or ANYONE who knows something has been non-exsistant. Annoying much? Grrrrrrr...... So, I continue not to know and no one is keeping me updated... even if there isn't any progress, I'd still like to be told. GRRRRRRR. BUT. At the least, I'll be placed at a different high school for 20 hours a week and remain at the clinic for the other 20. I have spoken with that other company, but they just aren't in a position to do anything to the level at which I would need to be in order to make a switch feasible for my family. Tim put it well when he reminded me that my family comes first.... so, I gotta stay with the good pay and great benefits... even if I'm not too happy in the location. Ah well..... I certainly don't want to stop going to Starbucks, you know? Not a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
In other news... Tim and I decided to put buying a house on hold..... We are going to move, however. In 2 months. Where you might ask? Who the heck knows! Our lease is up and we're not renewing. A little nerve-wracking, a little exciting. It would sure help to know WHERE i'll be working next year!
ok... that's all for now. I have a restless child.... :-)
PS Chrissi- Great idea on the splash park!! Perhaps the third Saturday? The 19th?