Monday, July 11, 2011

Caution: Long Blog Ahead

It has been way too long since my last blog update...

This has become my release in a way and unfortunately, life has been so crazy busy lately, that I have barely had time to actually sit and relax it seems. There are so many things going on in our lives right now that it's actually hard to keep it all straight. However, God remains faithful as always and even through the tough times, He is always there.

Since my last post, so much has happened.

My husband and I have really been trying to figure out ways that he might be able to start his own business but we thought it might have to go on hold for the summer since he went to working full time again. Well, his boss finally made him lose it. He didn't actually lose it in front of his boss but he was just an idiot enough to make my hubby quit. It's really been a long time coming since he worked like a dog for the man, did the job of 5 men, and got paid almost nothing. I had a complete peace about it (he did talk to me about it before officially quitting). I told him I didn't want him to go back. I wanted him to take this opportunity to focus on his custom woodwork. He is so talented it's disgusting :) So we got to work right away...posting fliers, giving out business cards, and researching ways to begin an actual small business. It's in the works and while anything brand new is scary, I find it exciting. Our neighbor across the street also has (according to him) many home repair/remodel jobs that he's going to give to Jason since he's getting up there in age and just can't do it anymore. Our next step to the whole business aspect is to get his business tax license and create an LLC. I'd also like to help him write up a business plan but unfortunately, I didn't pay enough attention in my business class in college and can't remember how to write one for the life of me...anyone want that job? :)

He's been making his wooden crosses and I swear everywhere we go, I get a compliment on the one that I wear. If you'd like to purchase a wooden cross necklace made my him, let me know. He's got several designs, sizes, etc. and if you have a certain design idea, he could probably make it for you. He makes other things too and will be working on creating an inventory soon. We're hoping we can get into the Downtown Lakeland Curb Market in September to sell some items.
Today, he got hired for a job where he will be doing some repair/remodel things in a house and bringing home more money in one week than he would in a month working for his old boss. Praise the Lord...especially since my check was short this month...again. But, we trust in God and He is ever faithful.

Lately, for me, I've just not been myself. I've had some issues that I didn't even realize until I actually started talking them out with my mom. The one that hit me the most was that I don't feel like I have any friends here. Sure, I have acquaintances and people I call "friend" but I'm talking about that friend that you can tell anything to...that friend that you can be serious or stupid with...that friend that will sit and do nothing with you or go crazy doing something with you. And it really got to me. I miss that girl time. Sometimes I wish I was rich and had the money to fly to Canada every month to spend time with the one person I feel has really been THAT friend to me in the last few years...and still is when she comes for a visit. But it's hard not to have that here.

I'm also not really all that happy with my job but cannot bring myself to leave. I love the people I work with too much. But...this year is going to be even tougher and maybe I'm a masochist but I still can't leave. Drives me nuts....

There were other things going on that I'm not going to address here but things are much better now and I am feeling a lot better about things. 

Gabe slept awesome last night and I'm hoping for the same tonight. He is getting so big...he's eating like a champ and still trying to crawl. I'm buying a jumperoo from a lady on craigslist tomorrow so that he can go crazy in that...he keeps trying to jump in his exersaucer and unfortunately, that is just not meant for jumping:) We went on our first vacation to Alabama to visit with my grandparents, Gabe's other set of great-grandparents. He did awesome on the long car trip and even though he had his first cold up there, he was generally a happy boy. He loved interacting with great grandpa and freaking great grandma out by just staring at her. Now that was hilarious. 

I am eating healthy, walking every morning with Gabe, hubs, and our boxer, and I joined Planet Fitness (starting tomorrow). My skin has cleared up, my energy is higher, and I just feel better overall. Thankfully, it seems that God has taken away my cravings for things I once ate way too much of: pizza, ice cream, cookies, soda, etc. I just plain don't want those things now. If it's offered to me, I say no immediately. I don't even give myself the chance to think about it. I don't focus anymore on the number on the scale but rather the small victories that come along with starting a new healthy lifestyle. I feel really good about it. 

We've headed  into month 2 of the in laws living with us and things are going pretty well. Of course there are things that get on my nerves as you would expect with family living with you but we get past it and through it and ultimately have fun together. Today, my s-i-l and I painted a cardboard gingerbread man that Jason drew and cut out for Mileena's 1st birthday party. It's a candyland theme and we're also going to have a cardboard castle which we can hopefully get to tomorrow. 

Earlier this morning, Gabe got to spend some time with his cousin Preston who is a mere 5 days older. They were cute together. We're hopefully going to have a Sister-in-Law night this week if we can make it happen. I think it would be good for us to get together just the 3 of us...we haven't done that before. 

Well, I do believe this has been long enough. If you've stuck with me, thanks. I appreciate your perseverance. It is time for me to go spend some time with the hubs. Ciao! 

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