Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Have you ever been so busy that you are given a chance to forget how blessed you are? I love those moments! Sometimes we neglect the opportunity to be thankful for our blessings. Today, I am taking a step back. I have so many amazing things in my life, and I couldn't be much happier!

There really isn't much to update today. Just a reminder to praise God for your blessings when you send up your prayers!

Monday, April 26, 2010

When Did We Get So Busy?

I just now realized that I've been at work for over three hours. I think I've been productive this morning, but I'm not really sure. Every time I get a stack cleared off my desk, I get another one to start. This job is a blessing and a curse. The best of a bad situation. I can do this job, and it certainly is nothing taxing to me. I am actually getting paid more than I was in Austin, and I have two people doing most of my work for me. We shall see how long I can subsist on busy work before I start picking up extra tasks. How blessed am I to want more work?

Little Cullen doesn't seem so little anymore. He is growing so much, and every day he is doing new things. In less than 2 weeks, he will already be 6 months old. Wow! On Saturday night, I woke up to his screams of terror. It is always an interesting walk up the stairs, because you never know why he is screaming. Sometimes he has a leg stuck through the crib slats, sometimes he turned on the water toy in the crib and it won't stop, sometimes he's just angry. Saturday night, Cullen learned how to put himself up on all fours. Ah! It is so funny how babies learn new things and don't now how to undo them. As soon as I helped Cullen back to his belly, he was out like a light. I am frightened and delighted to admit that his creeping may be turning to crawling soon!

Yesterday, we went with the Amends to Independence, Texas to see the original Baylor campus and take Cullen's pictures in the bluebonnets. After all, his first bluebonnet season only happens once. :) The big plan was a leisurely stroll through Old Baylor Park, followed by pictures and lunch at a kitschy diner. Sounds perfect, right?

After making a full tour of Old Baylor Park, we find that there are NO bluebonnets. None. Not even one random one. Did someone mow the fields or something? So we decided to trek over to the former women's campus. I kept thinking that I must have misread the website. Clearly, we weren't in the right place...  So we walk around the pillars at the women's campus and find no flowers again. I seriously read earlier this month that Independence had the best display of bluebonnets in the state of Texas.

At this point, I am next to tears and really ticked off. We had driven over an hour, and there was nothing. James swore that he saw a field on our drive in, so were decided to get some lunch and take the pictures afterwards. On to our diner lunch, right? Ha. Apparently, everything that isn't a chain in the entire Brenham/Independence area has closed down lately, so we ended up eating lunch at Chili's. Hm. After lunch, we finally found a beautiful field of wildflowers. It wasn't what I had dreamed, but it totally worked. We got some beautiful photos of Cullen and our little family before heading back to Katy.

All in all, the day was an amazing success. It definitely didn't turn out as planned, but it was perfect in just about every way. We were blessed to have a fun day with friends under the bluest skies we've seen in a while.

Now here we are on another Monday. When did the weekend stop happening? I am exhausted, and I'm pretty sure I never rested. Just in case you haven't thought about it lately, hug a working mom this week. Not to be totally selfish, but I don't think we get the credit we deserve.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Changes Are Happening

Today is my second day of work. My second day of work since having Cullen. My second day of work since September. My second day of work in 2010. It is also Cullen's second day in daycare. I cannot even begin to convey the pain I went through yesterday when I had to drop him off for the first time. Ouch.

Let's review how this situation got started.

A couple of weeks ago, James and I agreed that it was time to build our savings up a bit and see if I could find a part-time job. Part-time. Ha. We sent my resume out to a few people we knew, and I was asked to come in for an interview at Gallagher almost immediately. Within the week, I had a job offer, and here I am a full-time employee. I know that I should feel blessed to have a job so easily, but it is so tough to leave your baby in someone else's care. James reminded me yesterday that it is my fault for being an intelligent, employable person.

The main upside to the new job is that I am just down the street from James. Right now, the three of us drive in together, we drop off Cullen at daycare, James drops me off at my office, and then he drives to his office. We are all on one little span of the same street. In the afternoons, I exchange my heels for sandals and walk down to James' office. Come July, I will get to work flex-time and take off every other Friday. I don't think I could ask for a much better office job. Now we can pay off bills and put money in savings. Woohoo!

Cullen is really starting to master the whole eating thing. We still have some really tough days, but it is a work in progress. He is already weighing in at over 16 pounds, and I find it hard to believe that he has grown so much! Our best milestone EVER occurred last night. Cullen slept from 10:30 last night until 5:30 this morning. We'll see tonight if it was a fluke or if we are starting a trend. My next goal is to actually go to bed by 10. If I did that, I might actually feel rested today.

Here's to hoping that work and sleep continue to go positively. I want to be a happy mommy for my sweet little boy and a fantastic wife for my amazing husband.