Thursday, August 15, 2013


My little blog is starting to feel neglected, but to be honest I really haven't had much to say.  I am drained, to my core really. Work is exhausting, more than usual because Summer is my busiest time.  I love my job about 90% of the time, but lately it is seriously kicking my ass.  Caring for kids, and then mixing special needs kids into it, can literally bring me to tears some days.  I love them all dearly, but it is definitely time for a break for this lady. Life outside work is starting to feel like it is getting back into a normal routine somewhat, but I am just so tired.  Burnt out.  The good news is tomorrow is my last day of work and then I have 10 days of vacation.  We are heading up to Oregon for a few days to visit some of our friends that live up there.  Then just rest and recharge for the remaining days.  I have been looking forward to having a break for so long, I am so excited it is finally here.  Time for a recharge on ALL levels.

This past Sunday we kicked off our little recharge with a picnic by the lake with friends.

The weather was beautiful, perfect really.  Warm with a nice breeze.   This lake is actually in the same place where we hike.  The trails are in the surrounding foothills around it.  I love that this place is a five minute drive from our house.
  Isn't that paisley tablecloth awesome? My mom found it while searching through some of her old boxes in storage.  She used to have it hanging on her wall before I was born.  I am seriously in love with it.
We all chipped in and rented a motorboat for the day.  It was super fun to take it out.  Well, that was until our motor stopped working and my brother and husband had to try to use the oars.  Lets just say I almost peed from laughing so hard.  The two of them trying to paddle together = pure frickin comedy.  The motor started working again, thank goodness!

Such an abundance of yummy food, it was so nice to just sit and catch up with everyone without having to rush to be somewhere.  Also, if you ever see that Joia soda anywhere you shop, you need to pick it up.  It is like a all natural party in your mouth, trust me.  

The littles definitely had a good time too.  We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many awesome kids.  Seriously, they are the best.  We love them all so much.  

Juli even got to come for a few hours.  It was so good to have her with us all, and to see her out and about.   There is still a long road of healing ahead, but she is able to walk around with a cane.  I count my blessings everyday she is still here.  

It was a wonderful day indeed.  Wherever you are I hope you are having a good week.  And if I don't say it enough, thank you for taking the time to visit this little space of mine.  I appreciate each one of you so much. xo

Friday, August 9, 2013

This moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. A tradition started by Soulemama.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Returning back to normal

I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your kind words on my last post, it truly means the world to me.
Things are slowly but surely starting to return back to a normal place.  The last two weeks have honestly felt like a lifetime. I was talking to another friend who just went through a trauma with a loved one and she was saying that after having gone through the worrying, she feels like she is 100 years old. I totally get what she means, 100%.   It has been an emotional roller coaster ride for sure. 

The new hospital

A little update on Juli.  She was transferred from the brand new hospital in town to the old hospital here to an acute rehabilitation floor.  After a couple of days of adjustment (seriously it is like going from the Four Seasons to a Motel 6), she has been kicking ass and there is talk she might be getting out this Friday and Saturday!   She is amazing, and she has been working so hard to get the hell out of there.  It is amazing to see her strength and perseverance. Our girl is awesome!!

In other news, the weather here has been perfect.  Like seriously so perfect.  I almost don't want to jinx it by saying anything.  Just warm enough days with nice cool nights, magical.  If the rest of Summer goes like this, there will be no complaints from me. 

We also are having a picnic by the lake this weekend with friends.  I cannot wait!  I think after the last couple of weeks, we are all excited to have a carefree day of fun and sun.  I hope wherever you are, you are having a wonderful week.