Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Just dropping in to say Hello!

It's been a very long time since I've dropped in to write anything. There have been a lot of life changes this year. Some are bigger than others but all have contributed to me putting my blog on the back burner. I'm sorry about that!

After 10 1/2 years working for the same company I left and moved on to something else. A little over a year later, I went back. It was a new company name and business office, but the same people, same location, same function, etc. In a way, I just went back to the comfortable rut. Now about 1 1/2 years later that new (old) company is closing it's doors. I'm once again transitioning.

All of us affected are thinking about what we've been doing for the past decade plus and what we want to do going forward. Are we happy with our career choices? Do they provide us with satisfaction? Or have we just been plodding along that same rut because it's what we've always done?

Yes, there are sooooo many clichés that apply. When one door closes....It's not an end, it's an opportunity... etc. I figure there must be a grain of truth in there or there wouldn't be so many of them, right?

"It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity" ~Frederick Phillips

So I'm looking to make the most of this opportunity. Putting my time and energy into something more creative. Something that will bring my soul satisfaction as well as my wallet (hey, we've all got bills to pay). Now, I'm not sure exactly what that will look like yet but I'm looking. It's kind of like when you buy a house, you have your non-negotiables (min # of rooms, fenced yard, etc) and then those things that you would like to have (double ovens, jet tub, balcony with ocean view). I'm putting soul satisfaction on my non-negotiable list. What's on your non-negotiable list?

I'll work on posting some photography (whimsy) and life updates soon. Quick version: Anique's drama performance this year was awesome, she tried lacrosse for the first time, Bailey graduated from high school and moves on to UNLV in the fall. Anique is trying mermaid hair for the summer. I'm working on a new venture and hope to have more news about that in just a couple of weeks. I've been working on it behind the scenes for a few months now but this job change is the push I've needed to launch the first stage. Ken had two surgeries in about 6 months (Achilles rupture and meniscus tear) but is recuperating well. Knee is currently in rehab stage. He plays and works hard.

That's it for now!

Monday, January 11, 2016


Anique has been asking for a "lab" for quite a while. She starts off with a general inquiry and proceeds to drawings of what she wants, when that's not successful then models appear. She's definitely determined. If you've followed this blog for awhile you might remember there was a full-scale presentation board when she wanted a hamster.

Bailey uses the partially/unfinished bedroom downstairs as his computer/tv/study room. Anique wanted some sort of space that was just hers too.

Yes, I realize this is somewhat crazy because they both have their own bedrooms as well. Bailey really only uses his to sleep in anymore. Anique still spends quite a bit of time in her room reading or doing crafts.

As a surprise for Christmas we cleared out the storage closet beneath the stairs and created her a little getaway space. She is a crazy Dr. Who fan. Her favorite is the 10th doctor. I don't follow the show so it took some Google searches to get images to follow.

For those of you reading who are Dr. Who fans, I realize this is not an exact replica. It's not even close, consider it an impression of the T.A.R.D.I.S.. She was overwhelmingly happy with it. Tearfully happy.

Here's the photos from beginning to end and some detail shots.

Now, I just need to find a new spot to neatly store everything that was stored in the closet before I emptied it.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

December always passes in such a rush. I rarely seem to get to our Christmas pictures before the New Year. So here they are a little bit late. I wish you all Joy in the coming year.

This past year has seen challenges, growth and changes. There's always lots to be learned looking back but I'm definitely ready to move forward.

My resolutions are pretty cliché in many ways for 2016. This year is going to be about reducing. My goal is to reduce debt, reduce weight, and most importantly reduce anxiety.

Anxiety has been increasingly present the past several months. I'm not really sure why but I know that it affects my health, my sleep, my energy, my motivation and the way I interact with my family and friends. I just want to hide away.

So this year, I'm going to try to be more present. Worry less. And really work on being happier.

With that said, I hope to be here on this space more often as well.

Happy New Year from my family to yours! I hope this year brings you joy and well-being!


Heather, Ken, Bailey, Anique, Lily (dog) & Baby 'Zilla (hamster)