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Pause – Play – Pause

In the many weeks since I last blogged I’ve done a tremendous amount of blogging.

If you’re confused because you haven’t seen a word from me; allow me to explain: I’ve done a tremendous amount of blogging….in my head!

As per usual, our world got busy and in an effort to keep it from spinning out of control I had to hit pause.

Unfortunately, hitting pause <especially for mamas> often means pausing on the stuff that is OURS.

Our own self care.

And by self care I’m not speaking of taking a shower and eating a meal.

I’m talking about the special things that we have and do that are all our own…separate from all the mom-ing, wife-ing, managing a household responsibilities and meeting our very most basic needs.

While I haven’t had the time – or brain power, if I’m honest – to sit at the keyboard and string together coherent (and sometimes maybe even witty) thoughts, I’ve pondered a lot about this blog…namely its future.

I think the blog must go on, if for no other reason than it’s MINE and I have so few things that belong especially to me.

But perhaps it will take on a revamp….

Or maybe it will stay exactly the same as you’ve come to know (and perhaps even love)….

….I haven’t really quite decided.

We’ll see what the new year brings!

Until then, here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to:


-In early October we made a trip back “home” to Nebraska for a small town annual festivity known to some as “Oktoberfest” and to others as “circus tent full of drunken people”. Because our trip was aimed at being family friendly, we dodged the “circus tent” and instead took in the parade (fighting against ridiculous, cold wind) and made a trip out to the pumpkin patch later in the afternoon.

-Mid October we were blessed to move forward with adoption of our two <former> foster kiddos. Our parents and local supporters helped us pack the court room and make our “forever official”. When I say “been there, done that, got the t-shirt” I’m speaking literally. Our family of 5 wore matching “Forever Official” tees that were simply too cute!
A gathering of family the evening before and a party to include fun indoor play (and lunch, of course) after court allowed us to celebrate something we never, EVER, dreamed would be part of our story.

-Immediately following adoption (again, literally…the adoption party mess was hardly cleaned up before we were on to the next thing) we began basement remodel. A forever family of 5 means the need for more bedrooms.
I’m given to understand that kids are teamed up in shared rooms all the time — I’m still trying to wrap my brain around how. LOL. More power to all of you who’ve made that work….we simply haven’t been able to.
I’m still working on finishing paint before carpet arrives in a week and a half…but again…the need to push pause on that project until more time-sensitive things have been crossed off the list.

-Amongst all the chaos of planning for adoption and orchestrating those details I was diagnosed with a life changing autoimmune disease. And when I say “literally”, yet again, I mean just that. The night before adoption eve, I received a message from my GI doctor at 9:45pm (on a Saturday!) with the news.
Wrapping my head around this and coming to terms with the need to simply embrace it has been no easy task. I plan to share more at a later time – which is how this blog might revamp just a touch (but I’ll still bore you with all the details of my family, gardening, spirituality and DIY life, too!).

-Halloween! Of Course!

-I’ve been busy with more planning and preparing as we enter a VERY BUSY holiday season.
An out of town wedding the day before Thanksgiving meant figuring out what everyone would wear, what I needed to shop for and how I was going to get my kids to sleep worth a darn in a hotel room (for the record: they didn’t). Add to that a storm that dumped a foot and a half of snow on us the day before we were to leave and our furnace going out the morning of travel meant LOTS of obstacles before getting on the road. Somehow, we managed!
Thanksgiving morning we rose bright and early to hit the road once again and head to an early family Christmas on Thanksgiving celebration….thus the need for gift shopping and wrapping to be complete before we headed out on Wednesday.
Planning around my hubby’s travel schedule meant putting together a birthday celebration for our little guy who is turning ONE (!) a little earlier on the calendar than I’d have liked…but you play the cards you’re dealt. (side note: I can’t even process how this past year went so quickly). The party came together with the necessity for quicker turn-around than would have been ideal but somehow it happened and, we DID have a Monster Celebration the Friday after Thanksgiving…with far fewer guests than we had anticipated because Mother Nature got at it again with a blizzard and closed roads.

In the blink of an eye, it’s December!

Time to trim the tree, light the lights and do all the things Christmas…shopping, wrapping, crafts, cookies, cards, newsletters…and ensuring the reason for the season isn’t lost in the whirlwind of All. The. Things.

Our kiddos are still quite young but I am so excited about creating some yearly holiday traditions that will give them memories to last a lifetime.

It will very likely be after the start of the new year before I’m back on the blog but in the meantime PLEASE SHARE: What are your awesome holiday traditions?

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H

Garden 2019 In The Ground

I’ve been really antsy to get the garden planted. But….

Weather.

Exhaustion.

Children.

Technically I’m not too far behind because the rule of thumb is Mother’s Day for planting. The idea is that the danger of plant killing frost will be behind us at that point. I love the theory, and I’ve also had to re-plant on more than one occasion due to plant killing frost post Mother’s Day.

So it’s still somewhat a gamble.

The growing season in Colorado, at this higher elevation, is much shorter than what I’m used to having lived in Nebraska. That was the reason for the greenhouse (or one of the reasons). In theory I should have been able to plant inside the greenhouse weeks ago…but I just couldn’t get it done.

The last couple days, despite running on very little sleep, the little man allowed me a few hours to get my hands in the dirt and the planting has begun!!

Garden 2019 is scaled back again this year, but probably the biggest change in my gardening world is that I gave up a sizeable piece of garden real estate for the kiddos.

You know you’ve arrived at parenthood when….

Honestly, dragging their toy house and slide all over when we needed to water and mow was getting to be a literal drag. And their various toys needed a better home than scattered across the lawn.

In my continued attempts to be a realist, I know that I just don’t have the time, energy and stamina to keep up the large size garden that I typically have. Truth is, I struggled before two…and then three…kiddos.

But — I can’t give it up entirely either.

My mouth waters with the thought of home canned green beans. My mind swirls with visions of stocked pantry shelves containing home grown and preserved pickles, tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato sauce…and the list goes on and on.

Plus, what I have planted will put me to task even in its scaled back state.

I didn’t start seedlings this year. There just wasn’t time or brain power with an infant in the mix. So the bulk of my garden was purchased in plant form this year. A few things went in the ground as seeds – because there just really isn’t another way.

So, here’s what’s on tap this summer (my hand-written list and map, straight outta my planning journal):

list of plants for this gardening season as well as a planting map for location of all plants.

The planting will continue over the next handful of days (maybe weeks pending weather and child cooperation). I’m curious though…how are your gardens coming along?

-H