/> SLO in Arkansas: January 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Busy Busy, and Changes

Well I have tried to sit down and write a post several different times recently, but it is not allowing me to upload any of my pictures to the blog again.  Stink!  I know it is so boring to post without pictures, but I didn't want to let too much time get by!!  Hopefully I can go back and add pictures from Christmas and all of our fun holiday activities soon!!

Anyway, I last posted when things were a little overwhelming and I am happy to report things have perked up quite a bit since then:)  The boys got well just in time for Christmas and we had a wonderful time celebrating together at home.  Knox has stayed healthy so far, for which I am extremely grateful as well.  We had a great time at our annual trek to Oklahoma to spend several days with the Orbison side of the family.  If you ask my older boys what their favorite part of Christmas is, they will always say, "Going to the lodge!!"  It has been a great tradition and one we all continue to look forward to year after year.  Knox was an amazing traveller and everything about the trip was nice and uneventful in that department:)  We had a great holiday, but were all excited about getting back into a routine once school started back.

The big boys have been doing so well in school and I am always so proud of them.  Tyson just loves school and enjoys learning so much.  He is starting to read and constantly surprises me when he reads my grocery list or the words to the songs at church.  He is able to read simple books to Jace at home, which they both enjoy:)  Jace loves his pre-k class and teacher and they do so many fun activities that keep him engaged as well.  He was recently the student of the week which made him so proud!

I guess the biggest change since my last post is that I have returned to work.  I have been back for 3 weeks now, and I have to say that it really has not been much of an adjustment!!  I can't talk about work without recognizing the amazing ways God continues to work in my life and thanking him for all the ways he blesses us.  I knew that I would not want to work full time after Knox was born, but I struggled with the thought of completely letting go of a really good job that I have enjoyed.  I talked with my boss while I was still on maternity leave about the possibility of coming back part time.  At first I did not think it would be possible, but after a few weeks of discussions we were able to work something out.  I was not able to return to my former position, but I was able to move to the intake/marketing department of my same company and take on a newly created role.  I am now the Clinical Intake Specialist....sounds fancy!!  Anyway, I work two days a week, and they aren't even full work days. Knox is attending a Mother's Day Out at a church in town.  I am able to drop him off at 9:15 and make it to work by 9:30, which is really nice!!  I have really enjoyed learning my new position, and the day goes by super fast.  Knox is adored at "school" and has one teacher that can't wait to get her hands on him the moment we arrive:)  He goes to the same Mother's Day Out program that both Tyson and Jace attended, so we have had our kids there for years and love it.  I feel happy knowing he is being loved on for the few hours he is there, and am glad he is able to spend some time with other babies.  There are only 3 or 4 babies in his room so he gets lots of attention:) 

I finally feel like I have found some sense of balance in my life again, and I am continually thankful for that.  I never felt like I had any margin when I was working full time....everything was always rushed and a bit too "survival mode" for me.  My weeks now involve a fabulous mixture of lazy days at home in my pj's loving on my sweet baby boy and taking care of the house, as well as a few days of dressing up and getting to use my brain, be around adults and work for a few hours.  And of course our crazy weekends of family time and church activities:)  I cannot even describe how blessed I am with getting to work and stay at home!  I love it so far and pray it continues to be a good balance.  We are in a good place right now:)  We are all hanging in there during this freezing cold weather and looking forward to spring when we can get these boys outside more!!  I am definitely ready for some sunshine!!