Life has been all over the place. It's been a weird kind of crazy. A crazy where, though it's not hectic, I don't seem to find time to get anything done ... or just blogging. Maybe in blogging terms life's hectic because I can't blog; but in real-life terms, I'm just actually getting the stuff done that I should be doing when I blog.
I don't know.
Whatever the case may be, the luxury to sit down to blog has not been mine until now (let's see if it lasts).
Maybe I'll turn this into a Seven Quick Takes just to have some resemblance of order to it (Thanks, Jen, for the linkup) ...
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One of my former-roommate-workout-buddies, Chelsea, was able to stay with us for a quick visit two weekends ago. It had been almost a year since I had seen her, so the reunion was great fun. It's just funny how old college roomies suddenly find themselves having catch up time between wiping spit up, chasing pre-toddlers as they bolt for the stairs, lugging strollers, etc., etc. Life changes.
Though I’d love to flatter myself and say I was the reason Chelsea was able to make it in town, it was in fact because her brother in-law was ordained to the priesthood with the Cistercian Order that weekend. It was such a happy event, especially since we remembered seeing Fr. John as a young monk every morning when our apartment of girls would roll ourselves out of bed and make it to 6:30 mass most mornings of the week … bedheads and all.
Chelsea's Jeremy is absolutely, positively edible, and her little Eleanor makes me downright eager to have a little girl. Probably the best big sister ever, who took it upon herself to take care of my Sebastian.
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So speaking of Chelsea and my whole workout accountability thing. Well, week two went poorly, and that's being generous. Actually, it didn't go at all. Sebastian and I both came down with colds -- congestion, sore throat, sneezing, running eyes. I was exhausted, and so was he. A sniffly baby who can't breath through his nose is such a pitiful sight. However, we've recovered, and though I didn't get back onto the workout bandwagon until Thursday (yesterday), I can definitely say week three is going better than week two (since anything is better than nothing, right?).
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What else through me for a major loop was a very last minute trip up to Oklahoma to see the in-laws (and when I say last minute, I mean decide after lunch to leave then hit the road around four). We have been trying to see them for several weekends, but plans kept falling through. Then when we realized that Labor Day weekend would not work as planned we decided to just cancel the weekend plans and head up to Oklahoma.
I'm not going to lie. I did not like the idea of traveling with a sick baby, but luckily Sebastian and I fully recovered thanks to multiple naps in the library guest quarters. We were able to get family time in, see a beautiful Oklahoma summer, and all in all everything worked out fine.
What a visit to the in-law's looks like:
Unlike so many Midwest summers, this one was one filled with rain, cool nights, and so much in bloom! I’ve decided to call the Reilly farm "The Shire."
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Visiting the in-laws brings me to another point.
I’ve started to become a bit self conscious at the fact that you can easily find pictures of the Henderson side of this Reilly Romance but there are few if any pictures of Jacob’s family. Furthermore, many of his relatives (Hi! You know who you are!) read the blog regularly, and I would hate that anyone got the wrong idea.
Many people choose not to share pictures of their children on their blogs, or to share their real names, etc. For several reasons I’m not scared to share my son’s face and name here; in fact I seem to have no problem plastering it across the world wide web, however, this is not the case with everyone (obviously). So out of respect for my in-law’s wishes, I’m refraining from posting pictures of their beautiful family (which means, perhaps unfortunately for you, you could possibly get a Henderson overdose).
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Speaking of Henderson overdose (impossible!), my second to youngest brother, Stephen, is due to arrive to Texas to begin his freshman year of college in one week. I. cannot. wait. I've lived here in Texas for close to six years, and I've always been away from family. Now he's going to be practically down the street from me. Watch out Stephen!
By the way, his blog is one of my favorites. Though he rarely posts, whenever he does it's always a real gem. Apparently the humor gene skipped me. Check it out.
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Another reason life's been crazy is because I have had all summer to get my lesson plans organized and taken care of ... but I didn't start until this week.
And the first assignment went out yesterday.
I'm teaching very part time at a homeschool co-op here in our area. It meets one day a week, and I'll be teaching two one hour classes -- theology and algebra (yeah, you heard me. Algebra. Get it on). They make having a baby very easy for us tutors since some of the mom's offer free baby sitting during the classes. Yesss. Anyway, it allows me to keep my foot in the teaching door and is going to bring in some extra income on the side (you know, that whole PhD living on a budget thing).
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And finally, my luxury to sit is coming to an end. Sebastian has woken up from his nap and we have to pick up Jacob from his day of orientation in just a few minutes. My years will probably always revolve around the academic calendar, and because of that it is feeling a little crazy that the beginning of our year is already upon us.
I apologize for throwing a catch-all blog post your way. I promise to not bore you again in the ... near future.