Gimme A Break

Leigh —  April 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

Ken travels a good bit for work. Sometimes it’s just a one nighter here or there, and then other times he’ll be gone for weeks at a time. I don’t love it when he’s gone, but after fifteen years of marriage, I’ve learned to deal. I can pretty much handle the kids and the day to day duties that keep this family running, but after awhile even I have a breaking point.

I recently reached that point sometime near the end of last year (which might also help explain my lapse from blogging).

“I need a break,” I announced one evening around Christmas, “and I don’t think a date night is going to cut it. I mean, a real break where I have to get on a plane and I  have a chance to actually miss the kids.” I think it’s good for a mommy to miss her children every once in a while. It’s makes me a better mom.

That’s fine. I could use a vacation too. You plan it, and I’ll be there.

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My Come Back Post

Leigh —  April 13, 2015 — 1 Comment

So…it’s been a while. A long while. Whenever I take a break from blogging, I always feel like I need to explain myself, some sort of excuse for my absence, but the truth is I just didn’t feel like writing. I needed a break. It wasn’t intentional or planned. One day, I just decided to stop.

See, I had kind of lost the hang of it, and blogging began to feel like another chore I had to complete. I was no longer writing because I enjoyed it or was inspired by something. In some weird way, I felt like it was expected of me and that I was letting myself down when a week or two passed between posts. I know it was pressure I was completely putting on myself, but that’s what I do.

So when I realized that my creative outlet had started to feel demanding, I revolted and said, “Nuts to this!”

For several months, I never looked back. I quit thinking about ideas for future posts, and my camera just set there in the closet, gathering dust between uses.

Then about a month ago, I stumbled onto the blog and started reading some of my old posts, and for the first time in months, I realized that I really did miss it. I love that my kids have an extended journal of their childhood, complete with pictures and funny quotes. I like that I am to recall memories better because I’ve written about them.  And when I don’t remember the details exactly, I just enter a quick search, and I can read exactly what we were feeling and doing in those moments. I know if I stop blogging for good, I am going to regret it.

So I’m back, for no reason in particular. I just decided it was finally time.

A zillion things have happened since I was last here, but here are some of the highlights: Continue Reading…

My Favorite Love Story

Leigh —  November 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

I wrote the following post a little over five years ago to commemorate the anniversary of US.

Ken and I had a rocky relationship in the beginning, and this is the story of when it all finally clicked and we got it together.

While I’ve never reposted one of my blog entries before, this really is too good a love story not to share more than once, and since today is our fourteenth anniversary, I thought a retelling was warranted.

Plus a lot of you guys are new here and haven’t been reading for five years, so this will be a new story to you. (Also it might be handy to know that this was originally posted on November 1, 2009 and that I used to go by the nickname “Lei-Lei” in my younger days.)

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Halloween 2014

Leigh —  November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

IMG_9879So last week I had it all planned out. We were going to take it a little easy school wise and throw in a some fun since it was Halloween and all.

My great idea was to spend a couple of hours each morning working on a writing lesson, and then fill the rest of the week with play dates and crafts, and then go out with a bang with some Halloween trick-or-treating on Friday night.

That was the plan anyway. My intentions were good.

But then children are unpredictable at times, and our light school load ended up being quite heavier than I anticipated. I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say, it was a hard homeschooling week at McKibben Elementary. That still happens from time to time. When the children are learning lessons about their character along with their studies, it makes for a difficult week.

Thank goodness, we finally got ourselves together, our attitudes in check, and enough of the work done so that by Friday afternoon, we were ready for some trick-or-treating.

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This is Edie’s third year to be involved in American Heritage Girls. She started when she was six. AHG is an organization similar to Girl Scouts in that the girls earn badges and go to regular troop meetings.

My girl has always loved earning some badges, but lately, she’s been out of control. She’s got badges on the brain. Every time I turn around she is asking either Ken or me to explain weird stuff like the basic components of a computer and how it works (for the Computer Fun badge) or if I could arrange for her to have a tour of our local library (the Book Adventurer badge).

This past week, she earned her Cinematography badge (definitely one for Ken to be involved with and not me). One of the final requirements for this badge was for her to make a 30-second video about why she loves AHG. She wrote the script, picked out the background music, learned how to use a teleprompter, and got her first taste of video editing.

The only thing left to do now is to show her video to her troop, but I thought you guys might enjoy seeing the finished product as well.