Monday, March 18, 2013
Right now I'm in the student teaching phase of completing my B.A. Which essentially means I'm teaching full-time everyday for free. Actually, not free, I'm still paying college tuition.
Honestly, I love love love teaching and it doesn't bother me one bit that I'm not getting a paycheck out of this experience.
But this is the first time since my oldest daughter was born that I've been working full-time. It keeps me away from home from 7:15-4:30 Monday through Friday. I've had to figure out a whole new work-life balance. My little girls are precious, my husband is amazing and I absolutely refuse to cut down on my quality time with anyone in my little family. They come first. Always.
Which meant that when I was figuring out my new work-life balance, some other stuff had to face the chopping block. I've cut down on "me" time (blogging time, craft time, television, seeing friends, etc), simplified dinners and came to terms with the fact that my toilet can miss a scrubbing. I realized it's totally okay to pick up takeout food one night a week. Even if that means our veggies come in the form of raw baby carrots that evening.
Because when I get home, I just want to play with my girls and hear all about the silly things that happened in Kindergarten. Then when they go to bed, I just want to be with the husband, relax, chat and giggle like a middle-school girl with a huge crush. Because that's how he makes me feel.
When it comes down to it, I feel like I'm actually spending MORE quality time with the kiddos and husband these days than I did when I was a part-time college student. Instead of following the kiddos around trying to keep the house clean and half-heartedly trying to engage with them, I'm hardcore interacting and playing with them. I no longer have to do homework in the evening so the husband and I actually get to spend time together. And we've been planning more dates these days; yay!
Plus, there's the added benefit of finally getting to do what I feel like God has called me to do with my life - teaching.
My life might be busier than it used to be, I might only get to see my friends for short periods of time here and there and dinner is sometimes less impressive but I am more at peace and happier than I've ever been.
Life is good, friends. It is very good. Don't stress about the big changes that come your way, just prioritize the people and things that are most important to you and the rest will fall in place.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I've always loved this quote.
My favorite moments with the husband are often the when we're just sitting together on the couch snuggling, laughing, chatting, making really weird jokes and letting our dorky personalities shine.
Because our weirdness is super compatible. He's my mister.
We've been married 6.6 years and I still get really excited to see him every day when he gets home from work. Like butterflies and big grins kind of excited. :)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
People, I'm starting to get serious cabin fever. It happens every year about this time...probably because the snow starts flying in Wyoming about mid-October so after four months of it, you just can't help but feel a little cooped up.
So I'm pretending it's Summer! Feel free to pretend along with me and we'll both also pretend that we're totally normal and not the least bit weird, okay? Okay.
Glad we had that chat.
I saw a recipe for strawberry avocado spinach salad on Pinterest (of course) and about the same time the husband shared with me a link to an article about surprisingly spectacular food pairings. One of which was strawberries and jalapenos. I've got big plans to make spicy strawberry jelly this summer (dream big, little pig! my munchkin loves that book). For now, I decided to play it safe and just made a strawberry avocado salsa.
And good news! I loved it.
It's sweet, spicy, creamy, fresh and everything that a good salsa should be.
I ate mine with some cinnamon chips but you could also make pita chips or toast up some baguette slices. Both would be lovely.
Now let's keep hoping for warmer weather! Never mind the snow blowing outside my window as I type this. :)
Strawberry Avocado Salsa
Yields about 1 1/2 cups
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/8 cup chopped cilantro
1/8 cup minced purple onion
pinch of salt
Peel and chop the avocado. Toss in a bowl with lemon juice. Add strawberries, jalapeno, cilantro, onion and salt. Stir everything together. Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or toasted baguette slices.