work has been keeping me really busy. i do have a bit of a break through the months of february & march but don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things i should be doing right now... taxes come to mind, invoicing, blogging on the biz blog, etc... so i'm not sure it's really much of a break but more of a time to do some business maintenance that seems to suffer during the busy season. it's nice, actually! i've done a lot of work on my website, i've shot a lot of personal photos & refined my processing a bit & worked on my 2014 pricing structure. wow, i'm boring myself right now... let's talk about something besides work.
parker & elliot are getting big, it's crazy. parker's almost FOUR you guys. two more months... it's nuts. he's at such an awesome stage... he says the most off the wall creative/witty things & is generally just super fun to be around. elliot is pretty fun too. that kid might have more personality in his pinky than i have in my whole bod. he is stubborn, determined, sweet, cuddly, temperamental & super smart. it's a fun stage while being a difficult stage all at once. it's fun to have two kids that can go without the stroller, who love to walk through a park or a store, who can sit & feed themselves at a restaurant & generally just be fun little people. it gets hard when i find myself outnumbered in trying to get out the door & i'm battling two littles who are complaining/running away from my threatening advances to get them dressed & causing me twice the grief as opposed to just battling a toddler & a baby who is just along for the ride. it's definitely a new & interesting stage.
in other news, i'm in my first of fifteen weeks of training for my second half marathon. i'm super excited because along with this, i'm completely committed to doing a whole self-health makeover. i'm finally ready (since elliot was born!) to commit to clean eating & ditch a lot of the bad sugary habits i've made in the last two years. junk food is good but feeling crappy about yourself just isn't worth it. the last couple months i've struggled to eat well & work out regularly & as a result, just haven't felt like myself. i'm trying to simplify my life as much as possible and make room for me again. one of the things that has had to go was being a stroller strides instructor. it's a small thing but it was one thing that could go in the process of trying to free up space in my week. i've joined a gym & am so excited to take control of my fitness again.
along with this, i'm back on the emeals.com meal plan train. i'm currently subscribed to the low-calorie meal plan for two & am super happy with it. they're good old fashioned meat & potatoes type meals that my kids & husband are loving and the stress of not having to create meals out of thin air is so, so helpful. i'm LOVING it & sam is loving coming home to dinner on the table each (well, around every other) night. baby steps.
and in other BIG news, we are moving! sam has been commuting an hour each way to work for the last two years & we're over it. we're looking in the portland area & he will be transferring offices with the same company. at most, he'll be fifteen minutes from his office since we're looking to buy a house in the downtown area. house hunting is time consuming! and stressful & emotional & all this other stuff. we've found a couple that we really liked for one reason or another they just weren't the one. so we sit & wait for the right house to come up & when it does? we'll pounce. it's exciting & nerve wracking all at once. but mostly exciting :)
welp, that's about it friends! just a little info dump to put out what is going on in this neck of the woods for history's sake. why not, right? who says there are rules to blogging & that you can't blog every four months or so, huh??
if a once every four month update just doesn't seem like enough to you, feel free to follow me on instagram, check out my "picture of the day" series on flickr or wait patiently for the occasional tweet. because i'm in all those places every now & then.
until next time!