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Project Life 2013 | Week 46

November 20th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 46”

Week 46.  A crazy week.  I completed my BodyPump training, passing my module with a 3/3.  And then I taught five classes in six days.  Ouch, my aching quads.

It was also Dad’s Day at Kate’s preschool, so I included a picture of the poster where the kids offered up their ideas of what their dads do at work.  According to Kate, her dad “gets stuff done.”  I am still laughing over the kid’s responses.

Michael seeks Kate out for entertainment, so I included that picture of them on the floor together.  He is crazy for her.  And luckily she’s crazy for him.  At least for now.

Project Life 2013 | Week 45

November 19th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 45”

It’s week 45.  And somehow I ended up with all these pictures of me.  One picture of Michael.  And zero of Kate.

I was worried the kids would think I was absent during their childhood since previously I appeared approximately three times in my Project Life spreads.  But now I’m seeing myself in these pages more and more.  Now the kids won’t think they raised themselves.

 

Project Life 2013 | Week 44

November 7th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 44”

It’s week 44.  A big celebration week.  We celebrated Dan’s 30th birthday and Halloween.  Dan’s parent hosted a family dinner for his birthday, and I surprised Dan with a carrot cake from Heidelberg Bakery.  (If you live in the Northern Virginia area and haven’t been to Heidelberg Bakery, go!  It’s the best.)

This was Kate’s first year truly trick-or-treating.  She hustled around the neighborhood with the two boys from across the street, Dan, and my Dad while my Mom hung back with Michael and me to hand out candy.

Project Life 2013 | Week 43

November 2nd, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 43”

Hello, week 43.

Let’s see…Dan was out of town.  It was a much better week than the last time Dan went out of town.  Kate continues to impress me with her love for Michael.  I hope she continues to be such a loving big sister.

Michael turned 5 months old, and he is such a screamer.  This kid squeals and squeaks all the live long day.  Such a chatterbox.  I have no idea where he gets that from.  Oh, right.  ME.  She who can’t stop talking.

 

Project Life 2013 | Week 42

October 22nd, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 42”

Week 42 means were are just 10 short weeks away from the end of the year.

The most exciting thing this week?  We signed the contract on our new house.  And we started getting the wheels in motion for where we will live, contacting our site engineer, and practicing being zen as this will be a long process with lots of surprises.

 

Project Life 2013 | Week 41

October 22nd, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 41”

It’s week 41.  And it rained that entire week.  We fought cabin fever.  Kate started swim lessons.

The most exciting thing from this week was our first meeting with our builder to go over options for our new house.  This meeting was critical because Dan and I tossed out everything we wanted in this house to ensure everything fit in our budget.  And we started making preliminary plans for where we – and our stuff – will live during this process.

Project Life 2013 | Week 40

October 9th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 40”

Hello, week 40.

This was the week Dan was out of town, and I just about lost my mind.

But I did manage to make use of all those apples we picked at the orchard.  And I kept everyone alive.

Project Life 2013 | Week 39

October 8th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 39”

Hello, week 39.

Wow.  Week 39?

I don’t get how my days can feel so slow but the year seems to zip by.  This time last year, I was newly pregnant and trying to conceal my nauseated state.  And sleeping on the couch several hours a day while Kate watched 7,157 episodes of Little Bear.

Still, to this day, when I hear that Little Bear theme song, I feel the need to dry heave.

Anyway!

What a difference a year makes.  This time last year I was certain – for sure certain – that I was carrying another girl.  Ha ha.  I think I thought girl because it’s all I know.  I am a girl.  I have a girl.  I have a sister.  So when we found out I was carrying a him – not a her – I thought, hmm… I don’t know much about hims.

Which is all funny now because I don’t spend any time thinking about how to parent a boy and instead just be a parent to Michael.  And we’re so glad he’s here.

Project Life 2013 | Week 38

October 7th, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 38”

Playing a little Project Life catch up.

Sometimes I wonder, do these spreads even matter?  Then the other day as I was putting this week’s pages together, Kate started leafing through the pages.

“Oh, that’s me!  That’s me on my birthday!”

“There’s Daddy!  And there’s Michael!”

“This is a book about me!”

I don’t know if she will care about these pages days or weeks or months from now.  But if or when she stumbles across them, I want her to see that her mother thought the family’s everyday life was so special that she recorded those bits and pieces of that life so she’d never forget.

Project Life 2013 | Week 37

September 23rd, 2013 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2013, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 | Week 37”

It’s week 37 – my week in the life week.

Oh, man.

Didn’t I already write about this 18 different times?!

(If you missed it, here’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  And here’s what I learned.)

Yes, I pretty much covered it.  Everything you wanted (and didn’t want to know) about how I spend my week.

From these pictures and the narrative I documented I see I spend a lot of time 1) cleaning up (note: mostly other people’s messes), 2) generally keeping small people fed, clothed, and entertained, 3) exercising, and 4) writing.

I think we are what we repeatedly do.

And one other thing I realized as I was putting this spread together is: I’ve been pushing myself to do what I think I should be doing.

But when I take a deeper look at my actions, it’s clear where my heart truly wants to be.

I’ve been churning out a lot of energy trying to force myself down a traditional path.  I think a lot about what am I going to do with myself when my kids are in elementary school and don’t need me as completely as they do now.  I think I should choose a traditional career, so I’ve been trying to force myself into picking a traditional path that I can work towards.  But the problem is, every single time I say to myself, okay, fine, I’ll just do X, I back pedal immediately.  As if my body is allergic to settling on that traditional trajectory.

So I pick something else.

And I back pedal.

So I pick something else.

And I back pedal.

And on and on it went until I just about drove myself (and Dan) into CrazyTown.

So when I put this spread together, I realized what I actually do.  What I actually like.  Exercising.  Fitness.  Doing fitness with others.  Talking about fitness.  Writing.  Sharing my writing.  Taking pictures.  Taking better pictures.  Being with friends.  Encouraging my friends.  Helping them pursue their dreams.

The issue is, none of those things are part of a true traditional career.  But as good friends of mine pointed out, I just might not be a traditional career girl.  That maybe I’ve been trying to force myself into roles that won’t ever fit me or the life I like to lead.  And that’s okay.  That they see me doing a couple different things.  And that I should keep exploring these different paths because I don’t know what opportunities will arise.

And along with that comes accepting a little bit of uncertainty.  And that’s not something I really like.  But leaving a little room for uncertainty could be the perfect space for a big opportunity.

 

 

 

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