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The Last Few Weeks

The last couple of weeks have flown by! So much so that I forgot to document them. The weather has been really nice – we even got two legitimate Midwest-style thunderstorms – but it looks like fall is at our heels and will come in this week with a vengeance. I’m guessing it will be short-lived, though. We just returned from a long weekend in the Oregon wine country {more on that soon…} and we are looking forward to quite a busy week ahead!

This week we are celebrating Carrie’s 30th birthday, working hard {big news!: Alex got a VERY exciting promotion at his job… I know he won’t be happy with me for boasting about that but I don’t much care. He is an exceptionally hard worker and I know he is very talented at his job and I am grateful that his team is using this promotion to recognize his accomplishments.}. We will also be welcoming Alex’s parents who are coming for an extended visit beginning this weekend. Summer isn’t over yet – we’ve still got a lot of fun things on our docket. But for now, here’s what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks…

{I am in half-marathon training mode now... I had a beautiful landscape while on my 8 mile run last week and I can only hope for the same view for this week's 9 mile run. I have been having some issues with my IT band and hip flexors. My friend Ryan, a physical therapist, gave me some stretches and exercises to do and they seem to be helping so far.}

I am in half-marathon training mode now… I had a beautiful landscape while on my 8 mile run last week and I can only hope for the same view for this week’s 9 mile run. I have been having some issues with my IT band and hip flexors. My friend Ryan, a physical therapist, gave me some stretches and exercises to do and they seem to be helping so far.

{Our good friends Ryan and Mary are expecting twins in December! They hosted a gender reveal party a couple weeks ago to share the exciting news that they'll be having two boys!}

Our good friends Ryan and Mary are expecting twins in December! They hosted a gender reveal party a couple weeks ago to share the exciting news that they’ll be having two boys!

{Gender reveal cuteness!}

{Gender reveal cuteness!}

{Carrie and me with the mama to-be! We are excited to be hosting Mary's baby shower together in October.}

{Carrie and me with the mama to-be! We are excited to be hosting Mary’s baby shower together in October.}

{We had a great day in the sun at a recent Sounders soccer game.}

{We had a great day in the sun at a recent Sounders soccer game.}

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{These two crack me up more and more each day. We have become quite lax in allowing Jackson on the bed because it doesn't seem to bother Henry too much. I am not enjoying having to wash our quilt more often, but there are worse things to whine about...}

These two crack me up more and more each day. We have become quite lax in allowing Jackson on the bed because it doesn’t seem to bother Henry too much. I am not enjoying having to wash our quilt more often, but there are worse things to whine about…

{My freshman and sophomore year roommate from Iowa State came to visit us last week! We had such a great time catching up with Rachel and reminiscing about the "good old days" of college. Rachel, Alex and I all met on the same day, so we've got a lot of history together!}

My freshman and sophomore year roommate from Iowa State came to visit us last week! We had such a great time catching up with Rachel and reminiscing about the “good old days” of college. Rachel, Alex and I all met on the same day, so we’ve got a lot of history together!

{The three of us! It was so good to catch up :) }

{The three of us! It was so good to catch up 🙂 }

All is Well

After a few weeks of much uncertainty, our life went back to normal again last night when our Henry cat returned home from being trapped in our neighbor’s garage for 11 days. All is well here in our humble little home. The sun is out for a hot minute between the soaking rain showers spreading through the area. Jackson is passed out in his bed next to me and Henry cat is cuddled up down by my feet. I feel a sense of peace that has come over me and our little house. I feel so blessed for the wonderful life we are so fortunate to have.

{cozy kitty!}

{cozy kitty!}

The start of 2015 has been a little bit of a rollercoaster for us. We’ve had so many great things happen, like our ski trip to Utah, spending time with friends, my recent promotion and ultimately, my backcountry ski class, but we’ve also dealt with a few challenges like not knowing Henry’s whereabouts for a week and a half, the lack of a ski season here in Washington, my stress before and during my backcountry ski class and a lot of uncertainty about what was going to happen with my job. It is a relief to have things settle down and get back to the way they should be.

{stress relief found through baking}

{stress relief found through baking}

While we are very blessed and fortunate, Alex and I work very hard in different ways to be able to live the life we do. With that, I am excited to announce that I just received a big promotion in my job. It’s humbling to have been awarded this new position, as the organization I work for completely restructured itself around my capabilities. I am going to be moving from part-time to full-time after we return from our upcoming trip, and that means that I had to resign from my other part-time position as a household manager. I am really looking forward to the new job and the stability that having just one job will afford me. I never really thought of myself as “career-oriented” but I’m quite happy in my job and love the people I work with. It’s a wonderful organization and I get to see kindness and compassion among children and adults every day when I go to work. It’s pretty incredible, actually.

{what our politicians should be living like... the words of an innocent 8 year old are powerful}

{what our politicians should be living like… the words of an innocent 8 year old are powerful}

We’ve got a lot of great things going for us, including a great weekend. We’re just so happy that our Henry cat is home and that things have returned to normalcy around here. Even amidst the challenges there is always room for gratitude.

Big changes coming

So far 27 has been full of big news that means big changes for our little household. Alex and I have been patiently waiting to hear if one of the three dog breeders we’ve been in contact with will be providing us with a new puppy this spring or not. We heard last Friday that our favorite breeder’s litter had been born the night before, providing 4 boys and 2 girls but we still didn’t know if we’d be lucky enough to be one of those pups owners. Well, we got the good news on Monday that the breeder had selected us to care for one of her golden retriever puppies! {If you want to check out the breeder, you can visit her website here. The dad is Kolby, but mom isn’t listed on the site.}

Mama {Macy} with her 6 babies!

Mama {Macy} with her 6 babies!

We aren’t sure if we’ll be getting a boy or a girl yet. The breeder will pick our puppy for us based on a personality and lifestyle match. This breeder has been breeding golden retrievers for about as long as Alex and I have been alive, so we trust her knowledge much better than ours. The breeder is located in Salem, Oregon, which is about three and a half hours from us, but we will plan on making a trip to meet the breeder and the puppies likely the first weekend of May. The pups will be about five weeks old at that time. Depending on how the puppies grow and develop, we are expecting ours to come home with us at the age of seven weeks, which is the weekend of May 18th.

In other news, I have officially accepted a job offer! I will be working as the Program Director for a local non-profit organization that provides free tutoring to about 100 elementary age students across four schools in Seattle. My role with the company will be to oversee the tutoring and ensure the program is operating smoothly. I am really looking forward to this because my last job was extremely comparable. This position is mostly work-from-home, with the exception of being on-site at the tutoring locations and meeting with my boss and the board of directors on occasion. I start working on Friday and will be working part-time, which means I am going to be finding another small job to do on the side.

These two bits of news go quite well together. My last job was a work-from-home position and I grew to really enjoy the flexibility of that option, as well as the sole fact of being at home during the day to take care of things around the house. After receiving the news that we were getting a puppy in May it helped me to make my decision on accepting the job since I’d be able to be home during the day to care for the puppy and not have to rely on a dog walker or doggie daycare, which we figured out will save us $600 per month!

Meanwhile, I am savoring my last few days before heading back into the workforce. I’ve got a huge spring cleaning checklist to accomplish, our vacation to finish planning, and I’ve been enjoying lunch dates all week with some lovely girl friends of mine. Carrie met me at University Village yesterday and we had a wonderful lunch at Specialties Cafe – I hardly get to see just Carrie – it’s almost always a group, so it was a nice treat to catch up just the two of us. Before meeting up with Carrie I did a bit of shopping for some new spring, work-appropriate outfits at Banana Republic. Today Ali and her sweet {almost} four month old Vivian and I are going for a run around Green Lake and then grabbing a bite to eat. Tomorrow night, Alex and I are going to go out to celebrate my new job and I’m going to check out a few things at Nordstrom. And I have a dinner party to plan for Saturday night. I guess I’m busier than I had realized this week…

More fun updates to come on the puppy situation…

What’s Next?

This has been a week of significant loss. We lost our puppy, my grandmother, and now, basically my job (my hours were significantly reduced, which means I am in the market for a new job). I am determined to move on from the difficult week and turn things around for the better. My roller coaster ride is on its way back up and I am focusing on the positive things I have going on in my life, along with the positive opportunities I can create for myself and others.

Now that I will have a lot more time in my days, I’d like to fill that time with productive and thoughtful tasks and activities. I’m sure I will spend a lot of time looking for a new job, but also doing things I enjoy most: writing, reading new books on my Kindle, cooking, planning our upcoming trip to Hawaii (!!!!!), pinning new recipes on Pinterest, working on projects around the house, going to the gym in the middle of the day, along with mentally preparing for our next puppy, and just enjoying time to myself while I’ve got the chance. I also plan to volunteer more and see what good deeds I can come up with.

My first good deed was calling Aspen’s doggie daycare and asking them to donate Aspen’s remaining pre-paid sessions to Aspen’s best doggie friends who she loved to play with. We gave away Aspen’s open bags of kibble to her puppy friend, Emma, and we will give the extra canned food to a local pet food drive.

We’ll see what’s next on the list!