September 30, 2002
Been a long time!

Well, it's been awhile since I've posted. Shame on me! With everything going on, I just haven't felt like posting. Here is a summary of everything.....

FAMILY Family life is wonderful. We've had a bit of stress lately because of all of my travels (see WORK). This puts a lot of stress on John, as he has to watch the kids by himself for days on end. While I enjoy the travelling, I do feel a lot of guilt for it, as well. Everytime I'm away, and I call home, I feel like I've abandoned the family. The stressful tone of John's voice and the heavy sighs when I tell him I have to travel again, is understandable, but still gives me "mommy guilt." John is getting a "mini-break" this weekend to Vegas, which will be good for him. He needs some time to himself with other adults.

The kids are doing great. The oldest is enjoying school quite a lot. I'm a little frustrated with his school right now, because, although he qualified for the GATE (gifted and talented education) with near perfect scores at his old school, the new school district he is in wants to do their own evaluation. Grrrrr. So, we shall see. He started speech therapy a couple of weeks ago, which he enjoys immensly. I met with his teacher and speech therapist a couple of weeks ago and that seemed to go okay. I'm still concerned that he may be demonstrating some characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder, which one of the therapists had indicated last year. So, we shall see. The speech therapist and teacher are continuing to monitor him and will let me know if further evaluations are necessary. I am amazed at the changes/improvements in his attitude towards school are from last year to this year. He has really matured!

The middle one is doing great, as well. He's really started to get taller and thinned out, quite a bit. Still having "potty" issues at 4 and half, but his pediatrician assures us that this too shall pass. He's fine with "number one." It's the "number two" that he has issue with. Had to put him on mineral oil and chocolate sauce for a couple of weeks to "clare things up."

The youngest is doing great. She's just a bundle of attitude! I definitely want to raise and independent, strong woman, but didn't think she start expressing her "independence" at 2! That's okay, though, so far it's nothing that we can't handle. Besides it's hard to take her seriously when she stands with her arms crossed and gives you "the look." Ah, the princess reigns!

WORK Work is going great. Been traveling a bit lately to Arizona and then to Dallas for 5 days. Also had an overnight trip to LA last week for a meeting. Things have been very busy, with "end of year" stuff. I've got a couple of more trips I've got to schedule between now and the end of the year. Such is the life of a regional HR person! I do enjoy the work though, especially now that I've gotten into the groove of it all. I don't feel so out of place as I did when I started.

Hmmm, let's see, other than that we've recently regained contact with our friend Cindi, which is great! You forget how much you miss someone, until they come back into your life. I know John is thrilled! He and Cindi's spouse are even IMing and chatting. I've not spoken to Larry, yet, but am sure that as happy as Cindi is, he will make a great addition to our small circle of friends. I'm anxious to meet him in December when they come down for a Disneyland trip.

Other than that....
- I've started a class at Foothill College , "World Religion," still working on that degree!
- Our friend Mike is moving down to our neck of the woods before the end of the year.
- I am 1/3 the way through my youngest child's Christmas stocking and actually plan on having it ready before Christmas (a new record).
- We are planning a trip to Vegas for John's 35 birthday in November.
- We are also still tossing the idea around about spending a couple of days in Disneyland in December.

Whew! What a catch up!


Posted by Brie at 11:00 AM
Friday Five 9/27/02

1. What are your favorite ways to relax and unwind?

Relax and unwind? I guess sleeping is my favorite way! I'm a power sleeper and don't require much "unwinding" time to go to sleep. I do find watching TV relaxing, as well as reading a good book and sewing. I try to meditate once in awhile, too, although never been consistent with that.

2. What do you do the moment you get home from work/school/errands?

I'm sure John would say I rant and rave, first thing. I talk to the kids, see how their day went, check the oldest's homework, see what information he brought home from school. Look at the mail from the day, check my personal e-mail, check work's e-mail, and then read the newspaper, if there is time.

3. What are your favorite aromatherapeutic smells?

Hmmm, I guess vanilla is my favorite, although I am enjoying the tangerine incence we just got. I also enjoy mint and jasmine. I try to stay away from Patchouli at all cost. Can't stand the stuff!

4. Do you feel more relaxed with a group of friends or hanging out by yourself?

While I enjoy being with friends, I am much more relaxed by myself, with no one to "answer" to. I tend to be a caretaker and concerned about what others need and whether or not they are having a good time.

5. What is something that you feel is relaxing but most people don't?

Watching TV. I enjoy the mindlessness of it all and getting sucked into fictional characters worlds. I even still watch soap operas when I can!

Posted by Brie at 10:21 AM