Getting Back In the Saddle

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.

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A Budding Beautician

Camden’s First HaircutCamden’s First Hair Cut

Well, truly it was bound to happen. I would have been deluding myself had I not known that the possibility was out there given that we keep scissors at her craft table. Yesterday, my precocious two year old decided that her hair was too long. She bounded over to me while I was retrieving something in the garage with a large lock of hair.

“Look Mommy! It was too long”

“What is that?” Not quite sure what she is holding.

“Look, it’s my hair. It was too long!” Proudly holding out her specimen.

Starting to understand what is going on. “Camden, how did the hair get off your head?” I’m looking all over her head to see where it came from.

“It was too long.”

“Yes, I hear that it was too long. How did you get the hair off your head?” Still looking for where the missing hair came from.

“I used the scissors and cut it!” she said beaming with pride.

Trying to stifle a laugh. “We don’t cut hair with scissors. You can only cut paper with scissors. Only mommy’s and daddy’s cut hair.”

“I wanted my hair short like daddy’s”

“Your hair is beautiful. When you are a grown up you can cut your hair short.”

That was about how the conversation went. I took her inside and promptly had her hold out the hair for some photo’s and a video clip on our camera. Might as well salvage the moment with some photo’s. LOL. I am just so thankful that she didn’t cut a real obvious piece of hair and that she was proud enough to come show me the first piece. Aye aye aye I shudder to think of the damage that could have been done. ;-)

Needless to say the scissors have gone up and away for a few days.

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