Everyone Is A House With Four Rooms

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I came across this quote about a year ago and I reflect on it often. I do tend to dwell in one room most of the day. When I was more active with writing, I was pacing back and forth in the mental and the emotional rooms. Lately, though, I have been spending most of my time in the physical.

I have started working out daily. I’m also exhausted from taking care of the baby and my toddler. Working out has done a lot to make me feel better about my post-partum body but I do find that I miss walking through the other rooms: the mental, emotional, and the spiritual.

We need balance in our lives, but how do you find your equilibrium when most often we are pulled in one direction?

Which room have you been standing in when you look out the window?

-Rachel

Quote found here.

 

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Picture Pick FriYAY: Pumpkin Patch

Last week our family visited a local pumpkin patch. I’m amazed at how much there is to do at a pumpkin patch now. I remember going as a kid and there were normally animals and pumpkins and that was about it. Now there are slides, and duck races (rubber AND real ducks)! The corn mazes are huge and elaborate. Some scary, some educational. There are corn kernel pits and blow up jump toys. It’s wonderful that people have made pumpkin patches so trendy, they are the greatest thing to happen for local farmers since the novelty of Christmas tree farms.

Here are some pictures from our pumpkin patch adventure this year. Miles and I took turns with the camera so these pictures are a mix of our varying talent.

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Happy Friday everyone.

-Rachel

 

When I Grow Up

When I was five years old, I told people I was going to be a veterinarian, nurse, teacher, marine biologist, etc…

Little did I know that when I grew up I’d still be juggling career ideas. In fact, most people I know are still asking themselves “What will I be when I grow up?”….

I daydream a lot about what I’ll do/be when the little ones go off to school. Even what I could do while continuing to be a stay-at-home mother.

Here is my list:

Freelance writer (tried it but haven’t made any money).

High school English teacher.

Real Estate Agent.

Psychologist  (or family counseling).

I imagine myself in all of these roles, but I quickly talk myself out of all of them. For every career, I have five reasons not to pursue it. 

My heart swells over my dream of parenthood coming to fruition. Watching my babies grow and learn is incredibly fulfilling, but in the back of my mind I know that I can do more. I want more. I just can’t decide what that personal “more” is.

What are some of your “grown up” dreams?

-Rachel

Picture Pick FriYAY: Hood Canal, Wa

Hi ladies and gents,

I hope everyone is falling cozily into the season. I’m getting tons of baby snuggles and toddler kisses… as well as meltdowns and projectile vomit. All par for the course right?

Anyway I was going through pictures and found these photos from Miles’ “dude” weekend. Miles and all of his close friends went to Hood Canal  a few weekends ago. Even though it was “guys weekend” it was all very tame (So I’ve been told). So the pictures are all “G” rated. 🙂

*Hi honey I hope you don’t mind me sharing*.

I love the PNW and sharing the beauty that surrounds us.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

-Rachel

 

30 Today

I turned 30 today.

I thought that this milestone birthday would have more of an emotional impact. I thought I would deeply reflect on the last decade (I’d say I glanced for a second downstream). I thought I might cry bitter sweet tears. Maybe mourn my youth a tad.

Honestly though, after going through the staggering, life altering experience of giving birth, again, turning 30 was just…. meh.

My husband and I took turns chasing our toddler and holding our newborn daughter. It was fun, it was frustrating, it was exciting, and exhausting. It was another day. With brunch. Yum.

I was humbled, as I am every year, from the out-pouring of love and we’ll wishes I received. That’s the best part of birthdays right? I feel blessed for my family and friends. 

So right now, in this little moment, I’ll celebrate my age with you.

-Rachel

Introducing, Baby Hayden!

Hi everyone, 

We have our baby girl. I’m so thrilled she is on this side now and I can look at her beautiful face.

We are all smitten (including big brother Leif).

Ofcourse my hormones are raging so I’m super emotional. You can expect a lot of gushy poems in the near future. 

(I was an emotional wreck when she held my finger for the first time while nursing.)

We still don’t have our new office set up. Miles is almost done building the desk. I promise I will be back soon. 

I miss you all.

Rachel

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! I awoke to this beautiful sight this morning:

I’m just over here waiting for our desktop to be connected again. We are in the process of reorganizing an office space, aka Miles is building and designing a desk for the new space. With me being pregnant, I’m pretty useless with home projects. So we are working at a slow pace.

I’m almost one month exactly from my due date.

I hope everyone  (in the U.S) has today off and spends time doing something fun or relaxing.

Thinking of you all from my quiet den here in Washington.

-Rachel

Everything is Coming Up Roses

Hi readers,

We currently don’t have a computer set up. Between all the house rearranging and projects it’s been shoved into the basement. So I’m currently blogging from my phone.

My roses are bursting right now and it makes me so happy!

I wish I could remember the names of all my roses. I started keeping track of plant names a couple years ago but these roses were the first thing I planted when we moved in 4 years ago. The last rose featured is called “Peace”. It’s the most abundant and hardy of all of my roses.

Hope all is well with you!

-Rachel

Picture Pick FriYAY: Lyden Fair, Washington

I know it’s early for fair season, but I was going through old pictures and had to share some of the photos that Miles took back in 2009 when we went to the Lynden Fair in Lynden, Wa.

I’m a sucker for all things fair. My inner-child comes squealing out during fair season.

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The little wing around the other baby duckling. I die.

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I just love alpacas. They crack me up.

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My dahlias are just starting to break through the soil. I can’t wait for them to bloom!

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Happy FriYAY!

-Rachel