8 Year Anniversary and a Kindergartner

Monday, Match and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary! Some days it feels like the wedding happened yesterday. Wasn’t I just planning the wedding on this blog? Wild! We celebrated 8 years in a pretty low key way. Saturday night we went out for drinks with friends, and enjoyed a rousing game of scrabble.

Sunday we went to the zoo and watched the animals play.

Monday, our actual anniversary, we decided to make ourselves a gift-a homemade cornhole game. I still need to paint the boards, but I love how they turned out.

We love playing games, so it’s fun to get back to our roots a little bit. It reminds me of when we were dating and poor, and we used to play penny can. It’s amazing how time flies, and how life changes, and how some things stay the same. Match is still my best friend, and we still love playing simple games and just being together. I love our little life.

Speaking of time flying, today was Piglet’s first day of Kindergarten! I still can’t believe he’s in elementary school. He was so excited to start school. I love that sweet little boy so much. He is growing up so fast, and I just want to press pause. Wasn’t I just blogging about my pregnancy with him? Wasn’t he just a tiny little baby in my arms? I blinked.

I love how his backpack is as big as he is, my petite little man.  I love that he told me he wished I could come to school with him every day. I know one day he won’t feel that way. I also love that the minute I left, he started talking to friends, and had this huge grin on his face. That grin was even bigger when I picked him up. I knew he would love school as much as I did. For his night night song tonight, we sang “We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes. I have sung it to him before, but today the lyrics were perfect for the first day of school. He fell asleep giggling, and that smile of his lit up his room. In case you’re not familiar with the song, here are the lyrics:

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are going to be friends
I can tell that we are going to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
And look at all the bugs we found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound

Well here we are, no one else
We walked to school all by ourselves
There’s dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now its time to learn
We clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
Nouns, and books, and show and tell
At playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class, through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall

And we don’t notice any time pass
We don’t notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
Teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes the way you sing

Tonight I’ll dream while I’m in bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
About the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow, I’ll bet
That you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are going to be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are going to be friends

What Does it Take to be a Mental Health Counselor?

If you’re considering a career as a mental health counsellor, you probably have a lot of questions. It’s like that with most occupations but perhaps even more so when you’re in the field of mental health as it can be emotionally challenging, and even a bit overwhelming to some.


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Here is a simple guide to help you make up your mind, and feel confident that you’ve made the right decision. It’s not all about your personality traits, though, as you’ll need to go through the education before you’re ready to get started.

 

First: The degree

 

Many people who pursue a career as a mental health counselor will have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. If you’d like to work as a clinical counselor, you’re going to need a lot more schooling than just a bachelor’s, though, but you can luckily get through it by taking a clinical mental health counseling masters online.

 

This doesn’t mean that it’s going to be any easier than attending regular classes as you’ll need to be both motivated and self-driven to manage this – but at least you’ll be able to get your degree even if you have kids at home. It just makes life a bit easier.

 

Are you interested in people?

 

Even though you love the thought of working with people, and helping them through their problems, you need to ask yourself seriously if you’re interested in them. This goes beyond being a good listener; while your education will teach you all the theory you need to know, the work itself involves real people and their actual struggles.

 

They’re looking for help and advice rather than a good listener, and you need to be prepared to give them your educated answers for the rest of your career life. If you think people have a bit too many problems, in general, this might not be the job for you.

 

Are you emotionally strong?

 

A lot of occupations come with an inevitable emotional burnout; doctors, nurses, and psychologists all experience the same heaviness as they work with people. This is a fine balancing act, though, and with time and experience, you’ll be able to stay professionally connected without allowing it to take over your life completely.

 

On the other side, you might experience the numbness that comes with trying to only stay professionally connected without letting your emotions get in the way. Neither of this is healthy, in the long run, and you need to come up with ways of taking care of your own mental health while also caring for others.

 

Needless to say, a career as a mental health counselor is not for everyone. If working clinically seems a bit too tough, you can always consider going into a different field where you can use your communication and emotional skills without burning out.

Piglet’s First Fireworks

Happy belated 4th of July! Piglet is finally at the age where we felt like we could let him stay up late enough to watch the fireworks. We found a place that had a 3rd of July showing, since Match had to work on the 5th. We went to Devil’s Lake, a place we had never been.

We expected it to be kind of crowded, but we lucked out with a great spot with an awesome view of the lake and the fireworks show. Piglet was thrilled with the playground, and he was so excited about the fireworks.

I loved experiencing the show through his eyes, watching his awe.

 

For the 4th, we went to a car show with my friend L

followed by a game of disc golf at the park and a picnic. Piglet insisted that we cheers with our sandwiches.

Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

The Coop and a Rooster Called Dotty

I’m so behind on my posts! Did I mention we finally finished our chicken coop? I’m so proud of Match and all the work he did to make the chicken coop, aka Chicken mansion. He did a wonderful job, and of course I did help quite a bit, but he was the mastermind of the whole endeavor. I love the Sherwin Williams School Boy Blue color we went with for the coop. I need to add a sign and we are hoping to add a chicken swing and some other whimsical touches in the future.

Some sad news: our favorite chicken, Dotty, turned out to be a rooster. Match was in complete denial and insisted on keeping him for awhile, but that adolescent crow became louder and louder. We were able to rehome him to a family that will not cook him, but instead give him a harem of 9 chickens to watch over. We miss him, but we’re glad to not be public enemy #1, waking the neighborhood up at 5am anymore!

So long Dotty. You were a great chicken, and we will miss you!

Memorial Weekend, 2018

Last weekend was our 2nd annual campout at my parents house with our extended family. It was another fun weekend, though a bit tamer than last year. I managed to go to bed early, and not party quite as hard, for which I was grateful. I had a great heart to heart with my favorite aunt. Piglet had a great time with his cousins:

and Match got to play horseshoes to his heart’s content. Highlights included a night glow walk, and singing songs around the campfire. Looking forward to the next campout!