Saturday, August 21, 2010

You should probably be sitting down for this

It seems like no matter what changes I make, I never seem to find any more free time in my schedule to write. But I'd say there's more than enough going on for a quick update.

Just be sure you're sitting.

* I'm pregnant! I'm due in February, and all three of us are very excited. Allison came with me to my first ultrasound appointment out of necessity, and she was very upset that we didn't bring the baby home with us that afternoon.

* I quit my job at the paper. I am now a full-time photographer. It was a gut-wrenching decision to give up a career I've loved for over a decade, but knowing I'll have weekends to see my children participating in whatever activity they decide to pursue, be home to tuck them in at night, eat dinner together as a family and celebrate holidays without me rushing to get to work, well, I'm sure you can understand why the decision was clear.

* Business is booming. I have been so fortunate to have incredible clients who are thrilled with my work that word-of-mouth has spread to the point that I'm booking two months or more in advance now. I can't stress enough that if you believe in yourself, and you're willing to work hard, you can make a change in your life.

* Because of our pending new addition, we've started looking at bigger houses. "The one" doesn't seem to be out there right now, but I did semi fall in love with an old Victorian on a hill with five bedrooms, original woodwork, two fireplaces, stained glass windows, a master suite, a two-car GARAGE, and a huge walk-up third floor that would double my studio space. I know. Sounds perfect, right? the downside is that the former homeowners put on a weird addition with a modern iron spiral staircase that I'm terrified one of the kids will break something on -- or worse. Plus the yard is a little less than ideal for, well, pretty much anything. Like I said, it's on a hill. So we're still looking.

* Jerry got a promotion at work. He's now program director of his station, which means he's in charge of which songs plays when, scheduling, hiring (and it's not-so-pretty counterpart), promoting concerts and events, devising contests and the guy everyone goes to when shit hits the fan. I didn't think it was possible, but he's even more tethered to his phone these days. I may have to organize an intervention, but I'm so proud of him.

* We had to put Toby on a diet because Allison can't seem to protect her snacks or meals. We now count the cheese sticks and sandwiches he steals as part of his daily food intake, and it works! His new name is Skinny Toby, and he can jump on the bed again, which really saves us from the incessant whining when he couldn't do it in his Fat Toby days. The only downside is that he's even more voracious to get scraps falling from our dinner plates when I'm loading the dishwasher. Then I call him Jaws.

* Allison is an amazing lovable girl. Having a toddler certainly comes with its own sets of challenges every day, and I've definitely had moments where I want to just lose it because she isn't listening. But when she's dancing on the bed, looks and me and says, "I love you, Mommy" for no reason, well, those moments far outweigh the other ones.

* This pregnancy has been completely different in every way imaginable. I've been throwing up constantly, and even puked right in front of a candidate for lieutenant governor on my last night at the paper. (What a way to make an exit, right?) Even weirder? I want red meat ALL. THE. TIME. I think Jerry would move my due date to NEXT February if it meant I would keep requesting steak for dinner on a regular basis.

* Jer and I celebrated our five-year anniversary last month. We took a mini overnight getaway to a beautiful historic resort that has hosted six presidents over the centuries. I've wanted to stay there ever since it reopened after three years of extensive renovations. We walked the grounds, checked out old guest books with Washington's signature, played checkers on a table that is probably older than dirt, took a hike to see some natural springs and celebrated with some sparkling grape juice on our balcony. I bypassed the spa so we could splurge on $40 steaks. Meat can melt in your mouth like butter. Oh yes it can.

27 comments:

Sarah said...

I have been a long time follower of your blog. Since the days of living in State College in the bringing of the 2000's. I just wanted to tell you that I am so happy you and everything that is going on in your lives. It sounds like such an exciting time. Congratulations on the new baby, Jerry's promotion, and the booming business you started. Ya'll deserve it :-) Congrats again!

The Happy Plainsman said...

WOW! WHOEE! WOW! WOOPIE! WOW! SKINNY TOBY! WOW! HEE! AWESOME! WOW! I'm at a loss for real words, Kelly, not even sure if the words above really match the graphs! Pregnant! Congrats to you and Jerry - good to know you two still have time for that! :o) Could write a million more comments, but for now, just so very good to read all of this great news (not unexpected about leaving the news job, but the only realistic choice among many, they all seem so right!) WOW! WHOEE! WOW! WOOPIE! WOW! SKINNY TOBY! WOW! HEE! AWESOME! WOW!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

So great to hear everything that is happening! I feel like it's crazy to see all of the changes and new beginnings from reading your blog so long ago.

Julie said...

I'm so happy for you Kel. I think these are all such positive changes for you and your family (Toby included).

Oh, and I'm just placing my bets now: it's a boy!

Amy said...

Congratulations Kelly and your family!!

Emmy said...

OMG! I'm "over the moon" happy for you and your husband! Many continued blessings and big time Congrats to you all! :-D

Anonymous said...

This is all so wonderful! I think getting an update full of excitement like this makes it okay that we didn't hear from you on here!
I've been keeping up with the photography on facebook and your site, and I can tell that it's going great! It's such a joy to look at.

Congrats on EVERYTHING, Kelly!

Marina said...

Wow. Congratulations! Very exciting news all around. I may even forgive you for not posting in so long in light of these developments. ;)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I cannot wait to see the family photos you will take in the future.

Anne said...

Congratulations! It is so good to hear all this wonderful news. I've been following you off and on for years, since Xanga days, and I couldn't be happier for you.

anitoos said...

That's amazing! I'm so happy for you! I miss your blog posts, but infrequent updates can only mean that things are going wonderfully for you, and it's great to hear that they are. =)

Alana said...

Oh my goodness!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to post here again, but now I see you've been one busy lady!!! I hope everything keeps going well with the pregnancy and the job!!! Sounds awesome -- I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been reading you since early Xanga days, and am so happy for you! Congratulations on the pregnancy and booming careers!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you :)
Best wishes with everything!

LisaRN said...

Congrats!!! I'm so glad you updated us, I was wondering how you guys were doing. I miss reading your blog regularly but I'm happy your photography business is doing so well.

Anonymous said...

I am smiling so much as I read this. I, like many others, have followed you since xamga. I am thrilled for all of these positive happenings! On a selfish note, I demand to see a pic of skinny Toby. Yes, DEMAND. Please?

Cate said...

Congratulations! I'm also a longtime follower of yours (since I was in high school and reading you on xanga!), and I really miss reading your writing...but I'm happy you and your family are doing so well!

Lioncloud said...

Is the Victorian house the "ghost house" that was in the paper the weekend I was there? :)

Kristin said...

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"Oh hey, maybe I should check out Kelly's blog just in case she posted something, even though she probably hasn't still-OMG A NEW BLOG, THAT'S SO AWESO-PRRRREGGGNNNANNNTTTT?!?!?!?!" x'D
Congratulations on everything :D
So glad you're happy(:

Nina's Mama said...

Sounds like things are great! So happy for all of the wonderful and exciting changes in you and your families life.

Congratulations on everything!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I've also been reading your blog since the good old Xanga days and I enjoy all of your posts so much. I'm so happy to hear about your pregnancy and the success in your business, and I wish you all the best! You've worked so hard to be where you are today, and it makes us Xanga-followers proud. :) Congrats again!
-Emily

Nikki said...

Oh my gosh WOW! Everything sounds like fun to me. Several of these items are stressors. Positive stressors, but stressors nonetheless. Good luck! I am so happy for you!

psylent said...

Congratulations on all the wonderful news! This update made my day!

Kristy said...

Congrats on the baby, change of career, and Jerry's promotion! Sounds like life is going really well for you all!

angela said...

congrats!!!!!!!!!!

Anastasia said...

Wow! Congrats on EVERYTHING! I've been following your blog for years (the xanga years) and I'm so happy for you!

I know things have become crazy busy (in a good way) in your life, but I hope that you still find time every now and then to keep your faithful readers afloat on all the wonderful things when they happen.

:)