I’ve been hesitant to start blogging again. I suppose there are various reasons for that.
For a long time it was because the children were having so many health issues, thankfully that has all settled and despite Garrett having lingering food allergies I have better learned to cope with them. Camden seems to be doing just fine. But wow, talk about a rough year.
We had an excellent summer and with fall coming I am trying to switch gears. I have been putting more thought into our home life and into the type of educational dynamic that I’d like for the kids to have in our home. I’ve made a more concerted effort to set up our home and our daily activities to allow for a more rich exposure to learning. We plan on “homeschooling” our children all though my intent is not to have a “now it is time to sit down at the kitchen table and have school kids” type of homeschooling. I’m not entirely sure how it’s going to go yet (Camden is only 4, after all) but I do know that for now we are exploring life based on her interests with me exposing her to all sorts of things. I have really enjoyed reading the original Hans Christian Andersen fairytales to her. We are doing all sorts of other things too. Right now Camden is into learning about snakes and so we have several books checked out from the library. Her favorite are boa constrictors. She finds snakes fascinating which is interesting for a little girl who is all about princesses and feelings. LOL.
I have also been working on getting back in touch with myself. I realized that over the last several years that I have been neglecting myself, not only physically but in other ways as well. I basically always put myself last and I realized that really wasn’t helping anyone. So now I am working on a Jessica overhaul, which is nice for a change. I’ve started doing something I never would have imagined myself doing. I’ve started…….RUNNING! Insane, yes. I never, ever would have imagined myself as a “runner” but I guess it is so. I’ve been running for a little over a month now and am so pleased with the results. I feel better, look better, am losing weight, my metabolism is improving, etc. My goal is to start doing some races next spring. Crazy. Crazy. I joined a “biggest loser” contest to keep myself motivated and that ends in November. So far I have lost 12 pound! :) I also got a hair cut recently which I’ve desperately been needing. I absolutely love it and have wanted it this short for a long time but dread the prep work that it takes to blow dry and straighten it but I decided it was worth it. My next goal is spiritual and I am working on preparing myself for a temple recommend which is very exciting for me.
I really want to thank everyone for being so patient with me about the blog. I am excited to begin blogging again and hope to do so regularly. The health blog is probably going to stay inactive as there really isn’t much to post on there anymore. If I get motivated enough I will post about what happened in Seattle. Basically nothing. We went in for lots of appointments, Garrett had an endoscopy which came back inconclusive. He had mild inflammation but not enough to diagnose him with anything. We are supposed to go back if he gets worse. I am working on using enzyme therapy with him to help combat the allergies. More on that another time. :)
There aren’t many pictures of me on this blog because I’m always the one taking pictures. Here is a picture of me with my new haircut. Not a very good quality picture since I took it in the mirror with a flash, but oh well.