Observing, travel, and a tough job

I was at the airport yesterday afternoon and had to wait on MB’s flight to take off. This meant 15 min sitting at the gate with not much to do. I realized as I watched another crazy gate agent situation that pretty much every time I am not caught up in my world and spend a few minutes observing the interactions at the gate counter it is usually appalling

The gate agents were busy boarding the flight, checking bags for the person who was trying to bring 3 on board, dealing with re-arranging seats for a family with small children that were seated together. Meanwhile a man comes charging up the gate with his wife and little baby. He doesn’t even wait until they acknowledge him he immediately jumps into…”I was on that flight and it is delayed so can you put me on this flight and I will just drive to my destination. I have first class seats so I only want to do it if you put one of us in first class. Wait are you clearing upgrades, no I want that seat and I paid for first class tickets”. (side note he didn’t pay for first class…they were upgraded on their original flight :P)  So now the gate agents stop what they are doing and try to understand what he is asking, mind you the flight is fully boarded and they are trying to get an on time departure, but they attempted to get him and his family on the flight. Now they couldn’t do the first class..they had rules on how those work (the rules probably were crazy, but it’s not their fault). This went on and on for about another 5 min when then the original flight this guy was on starting boarding so without a word he just looked at his wife and said “let’s go board our flight”, leaving the gate agents mid-step realizing it was all for naught.

Now I travel enough and have had some really frustrating gate agent experiences when I swear I am being nice and they are being ridiculous…but then when I watch this situations and I realize I never really know what type of person they had to help before me…or after me.

It has got to be one of the worst jobs…how often does someone come up to you that doesn’t have a problem? Probably never…I mean I don’t.

So Kudos for these gate agents for keeping their cool, laughing it off, and dealing with another crazy situation in a pretty thankless job.

Potty Training…it is a family affair

Potty training is not for the weak and I realize the more people in your family, the more training you have to do.

It takes a village and in our house we have a small village working on the potty training.

SB was using the potty early around 17 months…and she has continued to use it up and down. We would go weeks with great success and then we would have a trip, or some other excuse. It was so hard for us (not her) to be consistent with our crazy lives.

But this weekend we finally decided to buckle down and get everyone involved.

In all our little spurts of success we had the potty watch, the sticker chart, the M&Ms, the jelly beans…it all worked…but ultimately what seems to have made the impact was having everyone involved.

We have a rotation when we will all home of her takes her…and the week is almost over and we haven’t had any accidents. Crazy what a little bit of stability can do.

The only negative impact is whenever one of us goes to the bathroom little SB goes and sits with you watching you with her back against the wall. I guess she figures that is the normal thing to do.

Now to see if I really can cancel my honest diaper subscription….maybe after the Halloween prints arrive 🙂

Soccer Soccer Soccer

The season has begun again. I think we were all excited to get MB back out on the pitch!

This year it was a big jump:

  • Up in age group
  • Bigger fields
  • 11 v 11
  • 35 min halves

It also means games under the lights.

lively

Looking forward to another great season for MB.
This year also was the end of quiet sideline cheerleading from the stroller or the carrier. Instead MB’s biggest fan is right there yelling “Go Ma’Ma” and entertaining everyone with her outfit selections and sideline games!

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Trying again

I have thought about starting to blog so many times over the past year…but life has just been, well life.

We have a busy busy toddler who brings us so much happiness and not much rest.

We have an amazing middle school student who makes us proud on a daily basis.

We have demanding jobs both inside and outside of the house.

But I still want to keep a journal of our family.

I want to have this as a place to look back on our memories. Words to go with the pictures.

So many great moments. So many great stories.

So today I attempt to start again. To try to capture life. To take a few moments each day to write it down. Today is begins….again….

Around the table

Sitting down to dinner with the family. Wether it is a fancy sit down restaurant, In-n-Out for quick burgers, or a lovely home cooked meal there is just something special about sitting around the table with the ones you love.

Life gets busy. Life gets crazy.

And then you sit down at the table. Everyone in their spot. Everyone takes a bite of  food. There is silence. And then the day unfolds. There are laughs; sometimes tears. There are stories. There are memories.

2016 has been off to the races. Non-stop. This week we finally were able to slow down and enjoy time around the table each and every night. There is nothing better. We ended the week with a special “around the table” to celebrate our oldest.

I soaked it all in. The giggles. The smiles. The love.

I savored every moment.

Here is to many more memories around the table!

  
“You are the butter to my bread,and the breath to my life”

Snow fun 

One of the things I love about Arizona is how in 2 hours you can go from the desert to the mountains!

We did just that this past weekend to have some winter fun! And fun it was!

I can still hear the giggles and laughs when I look at this photo!

  

Twinkling lights

My favorite thing about the holidays (after down time with the family) are the twinkling lights!

This year we made the point of doing a few night runs, some with hot cocoa and some without, to check out the lights!

The oohhh and ahhhs were abundant!

Going to miss when all the lights and magic disappear for another year.

  

    
  

Reset and reflections 

This summer is all about hitting the reset.

The reset on eating. TB and I have both removed all processed foods from our diets and have cut out all sugar completely. We are 2 weeks in and starting to feel the benefits and crave the sugar a little less. Bonus trips to the farmers markets with girlfriends.

The reset on strength. While I’ve been hitting the gym consistently TB is now joining me at OTF and I’ve switched to a new barre studio that is really pushing me to the next level. I love working out together too ❤️

The reset on challenges. I’ve signed up to do the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (in one day) with a few girlfriends. Our training officially starts in August but I’ve taken a training class, booked our hotel, and made my first REI purchase so it’s feeling real!

And then the reflections.

Simplify. Cleaning up the office. Cleaning out the closet. Less but more. Removing the clutter.

Focusing on the friendships. Setting up wine and coffee dates. Making those texts and phone calls and trips! Making plans and taking the time.

Growing and learning. Making time to focus inward and finding it so fulfilling. Reading words that resonate.

Laughter. SB has nothing but pure joy. She smiles and smiles and smiles. She is a constant reminder to slow down. Laugh. Smile. 

 

A little bit of life and 10 months 

wow finally catching my breath just to lose it again soon 😜

School is out – summer and 108 degrees at 8pm is here in AZ.

MB and I had a rockin’ adventure touring DC and NYC with my parents and their crew. It was such a special time for the two of us and a great disconnect from the rest of my responsibilities. We saw all the sights, we shared cupcakes, we held hands walking the streets, and laughed from morning to night. 

Memories from that trip keep me smiling weeks later.  
Back on the home front SB is happy as can be and loves to be on the go so TB and I are getting more creative with our evenings. Think food trucks, music festivals, outdoor activities…anything that will have lots to see and allows strollers!

  
Hard to believe she is 10 months old. She’s constantly exploring and looking for trouble 😃 with a smile on her face. She’s getting close to taking those first steps and will smile and let you hold her as long as mommy and daddy are close by…we are working on that!

 
I finally finished the Happiness Project and really enjoyed the little reset it gave me as I attack life. It definitely had an affect on how I approach and think about things and had me pick up a few other focuses for the summer. 

I’m also struck by a quote my pastor shared this Sunday that is so true and a great reminder. change of pace + change of place = change of perspective. I keep going back to it. Love it.  

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