Friday, January 14, 2011

And four months later.....

....she posts.  Sorry.  Life has been a little bit of a whirlwind to say the least.  I have been prodded to get something up, so here it is.

Rick is still without a "real" job, but since the holidays are over companies are back into the swing of things and we are getting a few calls.  He is currently interviewing with a company in Seattle.  Still preliminary interviews, so no news yet.  A few months ago, Rick started doing web design/marketing on his own for a few clients.  That has been going well, and he has been enjoying having something to do other than watch Henry while I homeschool the kids!  We don't know if we are supposed to pursue this self-employment path or go with a salaried job with a company.  We're still praying about that and trying to figure it out.  Of course, when you have no job offers, the choice is fairly least in the short-term.

I have been very busy lately.  I have gotten back into webwork for LDSEHE, an LDS homeschool organization that serves the eastern half of the U.S. and parts of Canada.  We are growing quickly, and my hope is that it will be a national organization before too long.  I am on the Board of Directors now, and am also the Web Team Leader.  We are working on getting our conference info up for this year's conference in Virginia Beach, VA.  After that info is up, heavy work will begin on an entire site redesign as well as the addition of an audio store.  Yeah.  Don't count on a ton of posts from me.

Audrey had a gingivectomy a couple of weeks ago.  I was in the room with her, per her request, and watched the whole thing.  I've never been squeamish with blood, so that part didn't bother me.  But I had a hard time watching someone "cut into" my daughter.  The mama bear in me wanted to rip the periodontist apart.  But he was very nice and, I found out after, a homeschool dad.  Bonus!

We are having a health and fitness week her at home (our own little Biggest Loser....wait, does that make it the Littlest Loser?...I dunno).  We haven't done all that we have wanted, but we have tried out some awesome recipes and worked out together all week doing Couch to 5k, weights, and Wii Fit.  Some of our favorite light and healthy recipes this week are:
  • Banana Bread
  • Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Cake
  • Buffalo Bleu Cheese Salad
  • Tropical Sorbet
  • Sweet Potato "Fries"
  • Turkey and Sweet Potato Sliders
  • Philly Cheesesteaks
and we're not done with all our recipe experiments yet!  It's very important that our family learns how to eat the way I need to.  I have hyperinsulinemia, which is a prediabetic condition caused by having PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome).  They're being real troopers about it.  Of course, I promised them healthy desserts every night, so that helped.

Austin turned 12 and got the Aaronic Priesthood.  He now passes the sacrament as a deacon.  I can't believe he's that old.  Next thing I know I'll be sending him off on his mission!

I really can't think of anything else to add right now.  But even if I could, I have to run off to an LDSEHE conference call anyway.  Sorry for the long hiatus.  Maybe one of these sleepless nights I can do a bunch of updates WITH actual photos!