Happy Tuesday, Friends!
I'm not going to lie - yesterday morning was ROUGH. ROUGH!!! Mason laid on our bathroom floor crying and saying, "why? whyyyyyyyyyyy" repeatedly and complained repeatedly that his pants weren't stretchy enough. I feel your pain, sweet boy.
Thankfully everyone was in great spirits when I picked them up and we had some sweet family time last night which was awesome.
Today for Show and Tell Tuesday the prompt is to "reintroduce" yourself and share any resolutions you have for 2016.
So here's a brief history for y'all...
I was born in North York, Ontario (Canada) and lived there until the summer between 1st and 2nd grade. My dad worked in the telecom industry and he took a short term assignment in Raleigh, North Carolina that ended up being six years long. ;) When I think back on our time in NC I think about LOTS of time spent at church - we were part of an awesome church and were super involved in all kinds of activities there. Service opportunities, musicals, youth group, festivals, camp, etc. My brother Mark and I spent our time building forts and exploring outside and I LOVED my school. I attended a year round magnet school and started playing the trombone.
In between 7th and 8th grades my dad took a new position in Richardson, Texas and, despite my best efforts, we were leaving my beloved Raleigh. The summer of 1997 was AWFUL! I was moody and lonely and missing all things NC. Once school started in August I got plugged in with the band program at school, made a great group of friends and things started looking up.
High school plugged along and during Fall of my sophomore year I met a super cute drummer and the rest is history :)
I attended The University of Texas at Dallas on a full academic scholarship and took a crazy amount of hours (while working close to full time doing marketing and advertising for a local bank) in hopes of getting my undergrad and MBA over the course of 8 semesters (what my scholarship covered). hahaha My original plan was pre-med, but after an epiphany moment I decided to rethink my path and ended up graduating early with my undergrad in Business Administration and part of my MBA complete. Dave and I were engaged and I was suffering from some academic burnout (probably from taking 18+ hours of classes for 3 years straight). I decided to "just" work for a while until I figured out what I felt I was being called to do and continued my job at the bank as well as tutoring middle schoolers in math and working weekends at a sweet shop on our town's square.
Dave and I got married in December of 2005 and in the Spring of 2006 I was offered a teaching position at McKinney Christian Academy. Their Algebra teacher was leaving and the Headmaster at the time had heard I was tutoring and told me that he thought I'd be great. I resigned from my position at the bank, enrolled in an alternative certification program and stepped into my first very own classroom. That first year I found my passion and couldn't imagine doing anything other than teaching. I poured myself into my role and spent hours and hours lesson planning, attending school events and took on the position of student government sponsor, planning all middle and high school social events for the entire year.
In July of 2007 we found out we were pregnant with Luke and our lives were forever changed when he was born in April of 2008.
My mom retired to watch Luke and I continued teaching. August of 2010 we were blessed to find out we were having another sweet baby and, after months of crazy swelling, Mason West arrived in April of 2011.
With two little boys I scaled back on my Student Government role at school, focusing only on Middle School which turned out to be the best decision ever. In August of 2012 (are you seeing a pattern here???) we received the surprise of lifetime during the first weeks of school when we found out I was pregnant again - on the same day that ALL of our baby items were shoved into my van ready to be dropped off at a local consignment sale. hahaha That Fall we were excited to welcome a third baby boy and then, several weeks later, were surprised AGAIN when we found out that Griffin Henry was actually Griffin JOY!
Our precious girl arrived in April of 2013 and the rest is history.
I started blogging in 2008 right before Luke was born as a way of keeping our extended families informed and involved in our journey into parenthood. All of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. are in Canada and blogging was my way of sharing pictures, stories and details with them. Since then I've so enjoyed sharing craft ideas, recipes, mom life, party ideas and everything in between along with anecdotes about our daily lives.
So, on to the second part of the post. New Years Resolutions.
I always promise myself I'll be more organized, go to bed earlier and read more - and, despite my best intentions, those rarely happen :) I read this post on Hands Free Mama a few weeks ago and I wept. WEPT. In the article she talks about the best gifts she's ever given, and they're poignant and honest and rang true with me on multiple levels. I was struggling to write this post and then, yesterday afternoon I pulled out my phone, checked her site and read her "Vow To Soften" that she just posted. It was everything that I had been trying to write but couldn't and so I decided I'd share her words in the hope that they speak to you as much as they did to me. I've put the parts that ring especially true to me in bold.
Happy 2016, Friends!!! Here's to being softer this year!
Link up below and reintroduce yourselves ;)