I realize I already posted this shot yesterday, but I am taking a mommy moment here to reflect on some kid milestones. And the milestones have to do with pumpkins, of course!
I regret how little I have documented here about the kids here as of late. I feel like I’ve missed so many cute Carson-isms now that he’s talking, and Nora’s turning four tomorrow, which is still a shock.
One thing that I always want to remember is how my kids said “pumpkin” when they were little.
Of course, my hot-shot daughter now says the word correctly, but Steve and I were blessed with two whole years of “punkin.” And now Carson, with his awesome toddler speech, has gifted us with “pumpin.” I absolutely adore it.
Here’s to (I hope) another year of that pronunciation. While we still get “Tarson” and “Nooah” from him, I doubt those will be around much longer.
How was this two years ago? Though it’s hard to remember what they were like as babies anymore . . . sniff, sniff.
Sorry for the lack of posts here. I have not been inspired to post lately. My marathon work-at-home mom month is coming to an end when September concludes. Then I hope to go back to more reasonable working hours. Lately, every time Steve is home, I am in front of a computer screen fighting comma placement and knocking down hyphenated adverbs. I guess the good thing about this month is that I’ve finally realized how many hours of work a week will cause me to be a crazy person!
Here’s to a productive week (my little girl turns 4 at the end of it!) and to a much, much calmer and more fun October.
Phew. What a week it’s been. Last Monday, we met some friends at the park and Nora mastered her big summer project–crossing the rings. By yesterday, we’d launched both kids at preschool, attended Nora’s swim and dance classes, participated in our second church Sunday of the new year, gone through a week of Steve’s new schedule, and I submitted another editing project (just two left for this month!) since that Monday park date!
While it’s been an intense and extremely stimulating week for sure, I have to say that rather than feeling too busy, life feels full. I love seeing the kids enjoying independent activities. I love talking to my hubby about his days at work. I love (well, sometimes not) having a project to work on, forcing me to find a quiet nook in the house so I can edit.
To celebrate the week’s accomplishments, I’m giving myself a day to rest, and then I’ll be marking up Word files left and right for the remainder of the month. And planning a rainbow-themed birthday for my eldest, who turns four at the end of the month. And continuing our new schedule, of course! Love this time of year!
Seasonal change is upon us. We’ve received preschool letters. We’ve started planning Nora’s fall birthday. We’re procuring fall and winter clothes and school backpacks. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out our fall schedule, which involves two kids going to preschool on separate days, a husband who is working various early mornings and evenings, and a fully packed social calendar.
But summer isn’t over quite yet!
We’ve been enjoying summer activities to the max this week, attending a minor league baseball game, swimming at the pool, and lounging at the beach. I hope you are also enjoying these final lazy days of summer.
Well, I am pretty glad that I decorated my office earlier this summer. I have been living in it!
Since leaving my full-time job last spring, I have been picking up freelance work here and there. I copyedit and proofread books, journals, websites, and other publications. When I left my position as a managing editor, I didn’t want to give up on my career entirely. In publishing, there is a great deal of freelance work. Fortunately, as of late, I have been experiencing an onslaught of projects!
However, for the first time ever, I had to turn down a project. Wow, was that hard! But with several large projects hitting me at once, my pile of work is too big, especially with two littles at home, a husband who is beginning his busy season at work, and a fall calendar already packed to the gills with back-to-school, Nora’s birthday, and church and social obligations.
I’ve found that I LOVE editing and proofreading at home, but I have to balance my love of work (and making some additional income for the family) with my full-time stay-at-home mom gig (or, am I a work-at-home mom now?). Lately on the weekends I have been holed away in the office while Steve takes the kids to do fun things. It’s nice to have another role in my life, but balance is key.
I am an enthusiast by nature, which makes it difficult to say no. I love to craft, work, volunteer, and host parties, which sometimes leaves little free time for my family and me. I’m pledging to keep myself busy (I do thrive on juggling lots of things) but without making my family and me crazy.