Jack of all Trades

Master of none.

Work, home, parenting, friendship, etc. – I’m juggling a lot of different roles, but none all that well. I feel like I’m pulled in so many directions that it’s a struggle to be great at any one role.

At work I’m responsible for solving all the problems. Just the other day we joked that my title should be CTO, Chief Troubleshooting Officer – and I think I do a pretty good job of it. While it may make my co-workers & clients lives better, it causes a lot of problems in the other aspects of my life.

Will spent all last week without diapers at daycare. L1208916_10100527134081466_1759146518_nuckily he has friends that were willing to share until I found the time to stock back up. Then they sent home a note that he had no extra clothes for those inconvenient times he might pee on himself (like today). Not to mention the fact that neither kiddo is fully prepared for the impending weather changes – no appropriately sized pants, long sleeves, boots or jacket. Let’s hope this summer-like weather lasts a bit longer so I have some time to find some fall attire.

As I’ve mentioned before, the house is full of projects but we’ve been so busy running each weekend that I haven’t even been able to keep up with the basics. Thank goodness I was able to find my motivation the other night and in return was able to finish all the laundry, clean the house, paint the remaining stairwell spindles, swap out the spare room bedding and put together our new barstools. While it seems like a lot of productivity, there is still so much to do.

This past weekend we were finally able to spend a weekend at home. Who knew home improvement projects were easier to do when at home? We were so productive! Not only did we paint the spare bath, spare bedroom and dining room, we also built a deck!

It wasn’t all good news though! Poor Will woke with a rash on Saturday morning. I assumed it was due to teething (his molars just popped through, making 10 teeth in that tiny little mouth already) so I gave him an oatmeal bath and hoped for the best. On Sunday it was worse so I took him into the doctor. After a lot of questions she determined that he has scarlet fever. So random! All I could think of was that episode of Little House on the Prairie (I’m sure there was one & whomever had it, died) but turns out it’s an infectious aftermath of strep and apparently it’s very rare for infants, since they don’t typically get strep. We started meds right away but I kept him home from daycare today just to be sure he wasn’t contagious.

Today felt good. It was nice to refocus on my most important role and spend a lot of quality time with my little man. Besides, he was able to practice his newly acquired skill of walking and I was able to get a few more projects (Ella’s room art, mowed the lawn, cleaned the house) handled while he napped :D



What Summer?

It’s September. Not May, June, July or even August – but September (12th to be exact). I have no idea where the summer went, but I’m pretty sure we missed it. With two surgeries and moving to a new home full of projects, we’ve somehow fast forwarded right past that beautiful time of year in which you bask in the glow of the warm sun!

As a last minute attempt to enjoy any type of summer vacation, we went on our annual trip to the Dells this past weekend. When I say the Dells, most parents wouldn’t envision a relaxing time, but we do it a bit different & always have a great time. No overly-crowded water parks or long lines, but instead a stay at a cabin on the river with very few other guests. The weather was beautiful and would have been considered “scorching hot” if we weren’t in the water the entire day. It’s crazy to think last year I was super pregnant with Will and this year he was independently sitting on the beach, drinking a beer (I kid) with his buddy Bex!

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We’ve lived in our home just over 2 months and we’ve accomplished a ton (even if it doesn’t feel like it). In that time we’ve built a fence, painted the kitchen, hall, living room, Ella’s room, landscaped (planted & removed) and tackled some small craft projects (stairwell, front door, etc). In addition to all the other things we do – Joe thinks we should try to blog the before & after’s of each project. I agree, but currently I don’t have a ton of time to do it well, so you’ll have to stay tuned for a photo update soon!