Tuesday, July 6, 2010

And...We're Back!

I'm pretty sure this is the longest blogging hiatus I have taken since starting my blog over three years ago. Life has been very busy and full of changes for our family of 5. Briefly, here's what's been going on:

  • Dan has started a new job with Halliburton (oil/natural gas) and will be leaving for Houston on July 18 to attend a 10 week school for drilling fluids engineers. Yep, he'll be gone 'til October. After completing mud school he will work 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off as a mud engineer in Pinedale, Wyoming (about 3 hours away). He will continue to write patents as cases become available, but in the meantime we're SUPER excited about having a steady paycheck and great health insurance.
  • The kids and I have planted a large garden this year: peas, carrots, green beans, soy beans, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, garlic, spinach, swiss chard, potatoes, and pumpkins. My mom and sister donated lots of supplies, including soaker hoses which have made irrigation so convenient. The kids, especially Mack, love digging in the dirt and watching all of our plants grow.
  • I have gone from a size 12 to a size 8 since March when I began participating at Healthy Wife Happy Life. I took the month of June off but tried to still eat sensibly and exercise. I've maintained my weight, but gone a little soft, so I'm starting back on the blog this week. I've found that I love running and I plan to run a 5K on the 24th of July.
  • I've started writing some articles for our local newspaper. They want me to take over as the editor at the end of the summer, but I just can't take on that big of a task, especially considering that it's all done on a volunteer basis and I'll be a single parent for the next few months. You can read some of my articles here in the June and July issues.
  • I coached Amelia's T-ball team during the month of June. At first I just volunteered out of a sense of obligation to get involved in the community. No one was more surprised than me to find that I really enjoyed it! I'm no baseball expert, but I sure had fun with all the little kids!
  • I went to Girls Camp for the first time in 20 years. It was SO MUCH FUN! I can't figure out why I only went once as a teenager. It was so fun being out in nature, enjoying all of God's wonders, all the while not having to worry about my children falling in the fire or whining all night in the tent. I had a blast telling stories and being goofy with all the girls. I'm totally planning to go again next year.
  • Mack is 18 months old now (hooray for nursery at church!) and wants to spend every waking moment outside. He doesn't talk much, no "Mama" or "Dada", just ball "bawww", dog "dah" and horse "ho". He loves to play with balls, climb on Amelia's bike, eat breakfast first thing in the morning (he loves food!) and snuggle with his woobie.
  • Amelia learned to ride a bike with training wheels last month. She picked up on it right away, a real natural, and spends a large part of each summer day out riding her bike. Her speech has really improved in the last few months, she can say her "L's" and she enunciates her words quite well. Just last week we said goodbye to Pull-ups at night and she sleeps in her big girl panties now. She's really excited to start preschool in the fall.
  • Lily is in hog heaven with summer vacation and long days spent outside. She has a large circle of friends and loves to explore and collect treasures (and hoard them in her bunk bed) she finds outside. She's still an avid Hardy Boys fan and the only thing she doesn't like about summer is that there's no clogging classes until September. She hasn't been able to ride her horse much this season because Dan has been gone, but we might still be able to get her into the rodeo for the 24th of July.
  • We finally started having the girls do regular chores everyday and it has really helped me with my workload and it's teaching the girls to be more responsible.
I hope to write more detailed posts about all of these happenings, but for now this will have to suffice. Here are our three little firecrackers on the 4th of July:


The Dragonfly said...

Your kiddos are too darling. Sounds like lots of really great things are happening for your family. We're behind you 100%! Love you.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for a long post after a long break! I love your firecrackers. They are beauties!

A giant congrats to you for loosing weight! That is a big deal and don't let anyone tell you different.

Now keep blogging woman...or I might turn into a cranky pants.

Becky in Wyo said...

Wahoo! You're back! That was a wonderful recap of the last 3 months! I wish mine was that detailed! Maybe I should just do weekly written highlights every Sunday, even if I can't make myself sort and edit pictures for my blog. At least I'll have the memories recorded.

And YEY YEY YEY for the weight loss! I hadn't realized you'd dropped 2 sizes! I knew you looked a little slimmer when I saw you last week, but I didn't know it was that dramatic. So did you have a bunch of size 8's in your closet that were a joy to get into again? Be sure to blog about that some time. I remember when I lost a bunch of weight nearly 2 years ago, before becoming pregnant with Sam, that putting on smaller clothes was SO MUCH FUN!!!

Gwen said...

Glad you're back. I blogstalk you from Morgan Utah. I wondered what had happened !?! Glad you were just busy, AND losing weight? Lucky you.

The Queen Vee said...

I'm completely exhausted after reading this post but also very excited for you and Dan and the kiddos. It looks like a lot of great opportunities have presented themselves to you and Dan. You're both so smart and talented and it's really wonderful to see you using your smarts, education and talents in ways you may never have expected to use them. I think we need to see some pictures of your garden so when you have time please take some and share.

Apis Melliflora said...

Wow Sue! You and your family have been living large (in smaller sized clothes) over your blogging break! I'm so happy for you. You're running a 5 K?! Wow again! Now that the weather's warmer there, I bet you're a lot happier.