January 21, 2013

Whirlwind of Activity

Oh, my goodness! I just realized that I have not posted since "last year"! Whre has the time gone!?!

Well, things are progressive and rapidly changing. My goal for this year is to post more "from the heart" blog posts, like I did before life got crazy and a baby entered the picture. I feel like I've neglected this blog and its readers and I want to remedy that.

We have gone through a lot of changes in the past few months. As you may know, my husband was stationed overseas for a year and the baby, pup and I moved back home. Well, in the past year the baby moved full-force into the toddler years, we had a sudden and heart-wrenching goodbye with our beloved bulldog and the hubby was accepted into law school ... and that's just an overview. Let's take it one step at a time.

At the start of the year when the hubby and I were talking about all the changes we'll see in 2013, I realized that our baby is no longer a baby. In fact, for those of you who have been with us since he was born or before, he will be 3 next month!! Oh, my heart hurt!

We've had a lot of ups and downs, including seperation anxiety when my husband was away, starting school ... and being promoted twice in 6 months, rode a horse for the first time ... followed by nearly every other weekend since then. He has gone from knowing maybe 20 words to speaking his own mind using an unknown number of words ... some of his own creation. He brushes his own teeth and can sort of dress himself ... but potty-training eludes us. He event moved from a crib, to a toddler bed, to a full-size bed in the last year. Whew! He's growing to fast!

Sgt. Major, our bulldog,  was our first baby. He enjoyed the move the most I think because he was back in "Grandpa George's house". In fact, he walked around the house like he was looking for him those first few weeks. But soon he settled in and came to enjoys some of the changes we'd made in the house ... he absolutely loved the new 10-foot fence in the back yard.

On Halloween night, I came home to find he couldn't walk. The next day we took him to the vet and then a specialist, but long story short, he had silently been suffering with a large tumor gorwing in his stomach and his lungs we spotted with what the special thought were cancerous nodes. He started bleeding internally and we had to make the decision to say goodbye ... 6-weeks before Daddy came home. It was a hard day and we choose to remember the wonderful moments that we had these past 8 years with him.

My husband has returned to college. Yup, I'm hanging with the college crowd again! Not really. This is his second week of law school and it definately not a cake walk. I know this is going to be a l-o-n-g road. We have had many discussions about how he'll spend long hours studying, and much like a deployment, I'll be holding down the fort for the most part. The hard part is going to be making sure that Jamie still gets Daddy-time and doesn't feel too lonely on the days George has long nights. We are ready to face the challenge with the same determination we've faced 8 years of military life and deployments.

I have been juggling a lot lately. I still work at the law firm, but was looking for something to supplement since the paychecks aren't as consistant as we'd hoped. but have taken a second (part-time) job as the newest Executive Account Manager for Quilts and Crafts for the Tea in Texas Magazine. Basically I'm an Ad Executive. I love it because I get to work with both tea stuff and crafts! Yeah! My first article and ad were in the current edition, January/February. Love it!! (Look for the Bear Thread Designs Artist profile.
I have also been spending any free time I can at Texas Children's Hospital with my sister and nephew Alex who has a rare condition. He is scheduled for open heart surgery next week so we are helping to keep my sister from losing her sanity while she waits.

All in all, its been quite active around here. I'll post more on our adventures soon. Until our next cup of tea ...

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