Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Preview + Autumn

We have had a fun autumn so far.  We've kept busy, and alternately we've kept warm and cool.  Yesterday was short sleeves weather; today is scarves, umbrellas, and jackets.
May I introduce you to Willy Wonka?  Grandma made this awesome coat and vest for Harper's costume. We'll add a cane, ribbon bow, and a treat bag that looks like a Wonka chocolate bar.  And maybe even parents dressed up like giant Oompa Loompas.
We were just in the nick of time with Halloween because a new obsession is rapidly moving in.
And here's some Halloween decor gone crazy.  I have a photo of Doug wearing one too, but I think I'd get in trouble for posting that.
 We went on a hayrack ride with friends.  Really fun!!!
 The guys all hunted the perfect pumpkins with the kids.
 Harper and Daddy did some accounting.
 Harper had breakfast with friends.
 And Harper created a site map for her future website creation.
 Happy Autumn!

Friday, October 19, 2012


Me at 40 years old with my craft-aster table.
If you had asked me when I was twenty what I thought I would feel like when I was forty, my answer would have something really insightful like, "Old."

Turns out, I would have been wrong.  It's a lot better than "old".  Today is my fortieth birthday, so I thought I'd write a little post about how I'm feeling today.

At forty, I feel...
  • Old(er), but it's a good feeling.  I know myself a lot better now.
  • More confident.  I still don't have my confidence issues conquered, but they stay in the background more than they used to.
  • Like I finally know what my "style" is. It involves a lot of grey and black horizontal stripes in case you were wondering.
  • Prettier.  I'm pretty sure this has something to do with the more confident thing above.
  • More grateful.
  • More creative.
  • Loved by a wonderful circle of supportive family and friends.
  • Lucky. So very lucky.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Taking the leap

Ok, ok... I left you hanging.  I'm sure you're all out there on pins and needles waiting for me to post again, right?? :)

We made some plans and decisions around here, and it's finally time to tell.

1. I quit my business analyst job.  My last day is Friday!

2. I am starting a new business called Trendline Design.  More details on that soon, but essentially I'll be offering a blend of all my skills (software analysis/design, graphic design, website work) under one business umbrella.  I made a logo and everything. :)  Product offerings and website are next on the list right after I'm done with my current job.
The hope is that working for myself will give me more flexibility to be more present for my family.  YAY!

3. I am working with others to start a children's museum.  We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we think this area could really use some local children's activities.  We're working on our business plan, website, and there's even a logo too.
And in other news...
If you're a facebook friend, you may already have read this, but for the rest of you... We got the results of Harper's CT scan for her ear.  There wasn't anything apparent on the scan like some kind of abnormality, so that was a relief.  What that means is that the cochlear nerve in her right ear probably has some kind of problem with the connection, but there isn't anything they can do about that (at least not with the current medical options).  The good news is that she may benefit from a regular amplification hearing aid, so we are going to look into options for that.