Thursday, February 26, 2009

An Inspiring Story About Being Creative and Living a Dream

Blogging is such a cool thing ... the way you can go from one blog to another, and then to another ... and that is why I have my list of favorite blogs on the left side ... so I (and you) can keep track of other peeps and their blogs. And, really ... looking at other blogs helps to inspire things to do on my own blog. If I had more time (ha ha!), I would do some really amazing things with my blog. Some day, perhaps ...

Many times I sit here wondering what kind of a job could I create for myself that woudn't be as stressful and time consuming as my current job. What kind of a job could I make money and be creative and just have a nice time.

Today I came across an inspiring story about a woman who decided to get creative with lampshades ... and the cool journey she's on now. Check out the story "The Reality of Happily Ever After."

Check out (and maybe buy!) the beautiful creations on Etsy! And here's her blog, Shade That Lamp.

AND ... notice the contest. If you blog, too ... hop on board!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Dreaded Day Arrived ... and We Survived!

Christian is almost 16 months old now and has become very active and curious about everything. He really needs to be around other kids and not stuck at home all day with a mommy who is working. It was wearing on me to be working until midnight, and missing out on family time when Jonathan gets home from work. So I had to make the hard decision to put Christian in daycare.

My sweet friend, Ashlee, offered to help me out a few times a week, and she has always been my first choice for when I was finally ready to take Christian somewhere during the day. However, our houses are 14 miles apart, and two round-trip drives each day would take some time away from my work day.

Happily, we found somebody in our neighborhood who has just opened a daycare in her home. Jonathan, Christian and I met with Melissa on Monday and we like her a lot.

I dropped Christian off for the first time today, and left with tears in my eyes. Turns out, he did great (and I got a lot of work done)! Melissa's daughter is 13 months old and is walking and talking (as are the other children in her daycare), so we're hoping Christian will pick up on those skills.

He will be at Melissa's in the mornings. Tuesday - Friday (since Jonathan is home on Mondays). I'll pick him up before nap time at 11:00am, and so he can take his three hour nap here at home. That gives me SIX hours of uninterrupted work time. Combine that with any work I get done before Christian wakes up in the morning, and the work I can get done in the afternoon ... and I might not have to stay up working until midnight anymore. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christian was exhausted by the time we got home. Here's my little guy sleeping after his first morning in daycare. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

Oh and there is an added bonus: Melissa's home is 1.5 miles from our home. If I can get Christian ready early, then we could walk to Melissa's ... and that would give me a 3 mile round trip walk! And then I'd drive to pick him up at 11:00am.

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