I’m Baaack!

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Photo courtesy of MorgueFile.com.

Well guess who climbed out from under a rock…or should I say a mountain of work and life changing events.

I have wanted to start blogging again for a while, but it was hard to figure out where to begin. I stopped blogging when I got pregnant with my second child and my work demands became much more intense. I was too tired to do anything after work except take care of a two-year-old and grow a baby in my belly.  Then I gave birth to my baby boy, J.J., and I had to go back to my demanding job way too soon after he was born. So with a toddler, a newborn, and a job as a lawyer, I simply had no time or energy to write…or to continue with my unfinished and never-ending house renovations. *sigh* Continue reading

Is Vacation Worth This?

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I took two vacation days off of work to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend and I am hoping to take a week off over Labor Day. That will be it for my summer vacation. Even taking that limited time off is rough with all of the work that I have pending. It makes me feel guilty going away. Also, the amount of work that I have to do just so I can leave is overwhelming and knowing the disaster that inevitably awaits me upon my return makes a vacation seem not even worth it. It’s somewhat depressing that I feel guilty taking time away because I DESERVE IT and it’s a major reason why I sometimes wish that I was not a lawyer.

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I’ve Just Been Busy Hanging Curtains and Getting Further Behind

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This is me the first time that I saw the disaster that would become my home.

If my life had a title, it would be Unfinished Projects. I have always been a perfectionist and someone who makes sure tasks are completed well in advance of their deadlines. As my daughter heads into her second year, I just can’t keep up with it all. This has been a huge stressor for me. I am a full-time attorney who spends at least an hour-and-a-half commuting each day. I have an investment business that I manage with my husband on the side. I am restoring a 150 year-old house. Throw a rambunctious toddler into the mix and I can’t get it all done anymore.

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From Around the Web 5.12.14

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Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com.

Parenting news and articles from around the web.

* It’s starting to get warm outside so make sure you pay attention to whether your baby is still in the car seat before you leave the car. [Parents Magazine]

* Check out the emotional, in-depth article that started the discussion on the issue of forgetting about your baby in the car. [Washington Post]

* How to be a Dolphin Parent. [TIME]

* Concerned father arrested for violating the two-minute rule at a school meeting. [Huffington Post]

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Should You Leave Your Job While Pregnant?

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Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

One of my friends is interviewing for a new job.  She is extremely unhappy in her current situation due to new management and I can’t blame her for wanting to leave.  She has interviewed with several companies and she has received a job offer.  She feels genuine excitement about the possibility of leaving her current toxic situation and joining a company where she can grow as a professional and move ahead in her career.  It seems like a no-brainer to take the job, but she has a major reservation that prevents her from accepting this new job offer. She is in her thirties, so she plans on starting her family in the very near future.

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From Around the Web 5.1.14

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Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

* Parents allow the public to name their baby! [Huffington Post]

* Kids, quitting, and choosing to be a “dolphin parent.” [Today’s Parent]

* Using social media for good. Toddler finds a kidney donor through Facebook. [WND Health]

* Unexpected costs of having a baby. [Business Insider]

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That First Valentine’s Day

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Image courtesy of KEKO64 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Wow, I haven’t written a substantive post in a while. Work has been overwhelming lately and I started a wood refinishing project that has been taking up my limited free time. Blogging has kind of taken a backseat while I have been trying to keep my life under some type of control.

I decided to make some time to continue Part 2 of Chasing a Daredevil and Twins Before We Wed – Blogging Challenge. You can find Part 1 here, which goes through the progression of my marriage in pictures. Since I can’t post daily, I am posting to this challenge when I get time. Here is the challenge:

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From Around the Web 4.22.14

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Image courtesy of franky242 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

* This is why parenting ages you. Toddler disappeared while his mother was in the bathroom and was found playing in a bowling alley toy machine. [USA Today]

* Parenting mistakes to avoid. [Saratogian News]

* Although not news related, I had to share this image of the cutest kid picture I saw this week. [Huffington Post]

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From Around the Web 4.16.14

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Image courtesy of kdshutterman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

* What the baby product industry doesn’t want you to know. [Market Watch]

* The Game of Thrones baby-naming trend. [Yahoo Shine]

* The safest car seats. [Consumer Reports]

*  Daycare costs more than college in a majority of states. [Newsmax]

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