Mama’s Work Conference Getaway

This past week I had the opportunity to go back to an IT work conference with some of my team. I can’t tell you how nice it is to get away and not have some of the responsibilities of daily life. Of course I missed my family, but I think every mama can agree there is just something priceless about not having to take care of anyone but myself for a few days. Ladies, uninterrupted pamper time. I spent so much time getting ready one night, and not once was I interrupted by a puppy needing to pee, a husband asking where something was, or my son asking for a snack. It was magical!

The trip started out with getting to go for a jog with my boss. I don’t talk about work much here on the blog, but I have to say I’m so grateful for him. We have a great working relationship, and we have a lot of fun together. We did a lot of team building during the conference, and had the chance to discuss big picture ideas we have for our team. This was my 3rd time going to this conference, but the first time since I became lead of my team. It gave me that extra boost of confidence, and I felt inspired during the leadership sessions. I’ve been really down the past two weeks, and not feeling at all like myself, and this getaway was exactly what I needed. I felt that spark for my job that I haven’t felt in a long time.

Beyond the work stuff, there was also the night activities, aka partying! This year did not disappoint. There was hatchet throwing (why, I mean there was drinking, this seemed like a terrible idea), archery, beer pong, Virtual Reality, Skeeball, the list goes on. The first night I even did karaoke with a band! I also palled around with a director friend of mine from another district and his team. My team peaced out early both nights, but not this crew. They were crazy! I couldn’t keep up. I definitely paid for it with lack of sleep, but it was worth it. So many funny moments, from being one of the guys enjoying cigars by the firepit and drinking whiskey, to a spontaneous hot tub/swim at 2am!

It was hard to come back to reality after such a fun getaway. The trip reminded me that I really enjoy what I do, and I also enjoy socializing so much. I miss having a group of guy friends to hang out with. I wish sometimes that Match had more buddies, so that we could hang out more. I am so grateful for Match and how understanding he is. He knows I’m a guy’s gal, and he doesn’t get jealous, not even of the late night swim. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that he lets me be me, 2am bad decisions and all!

Have you ever had the chance to get away for a few days, just check out from being a mama, a wife and all that responsibility and just be yourself? It is amazing how refreshing it is, and how it does make you appreciate all that you have. I wouldn’t want to do that all the time, and I love the life I lead. But I will say, I’m already looking forward to next year!

Easter Recap

April is almost over. It’s crazy how time flies these days. What is it about these years that are going by so fast? I wish I could hit pause some days. We had a great Easter with the in-laws. Piglet is still very much a fan of all holidays, and Easter with all the candy was no exception.

It was so nice getting quality time with the in-laws, and they were both more relaxed and mellow than they’ve ever been. It feels like the older Piglet gets, the more enjoyable our visits have become.

In other news, our crazy mischievous puppy has been growing so fast! He enjoyed his grandpawrents visit too!

Tribute to Roo

Little tribute to Roo, the painting I made in her nursery 7 years ago. It was 7 years ago today we said hello and goodbye. Thank you for making me a mama little one. To all the mamas out there who have lost their little ones, you are not alone, and there is no shame in remembering. Forever grateful for the life lessons, baby girl.

Our New Furbaby

Readers, I have been a terrible blogger. To say our lives have been disrupted would be a gross understatement. You see, on our last camping trip to the coast, we decided to get a puppy. It all started with going to a petting zoo in Newport, where we got to cuddle lots of sweet animals. Then over dinner, Match told me he was finally ready for another dog.

I had been researching puppies for a long time, and I wanted a hypoallergenic dog this time because of our allergies. I wanted to make sure we did it right this time, because this would be our first dog as a family. Monkey was my pup, and he didn’t always listen to Match because of that. I also did a lot of things wrong with him because I was young when I got him.

So, we decided on a sheepadoodle, a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle, and we figured it would take awhile to get one, because they’re pretty popular. As luck would have it, we found a litter that was ready to come home that very next week, and they weren’t all spoken for. We chose this little munchkin, and we all fell in love.

Meet Loki, our little furbaby. Don’t let his adorableness fool you. As he’s grown more comfortable at our house, he’s also grown more mischievous, fully living up to his name. It’s all normal puppyiness, and his core personality seems to be a cuddly little lovebug who prefers to be held. At all times. Even when mommy is in the bathroom.

This is our first time with such a young puppy, and readers it is like having a newborn. Sleepless nights and so much poo and pee! It’s exhausting. But at the end of the day, I’m so happy we got him. It’s been a couple weeks now, and we’re settling into a routine. He’s learning to like (tolerate) his crate, and he sleeps through the night! He has a lot of energy, but he’s a quick learner and eager to please. I love watching Piglet with him, and how much Loki loves him.

The day we picked up Loki from the breeder

Snow Days

February seems to be the month that we get snow in the Oregon valley. We didn’t get very many days, but what we did get was fun. I love how snow makes everything look magical.

When we had mid-week snow, I was sick with a cold. So when school was canceled, it was the perfect excuse to stay home with my boy and enjoy the snow. Piglet had a playdate with his two best friends from kindergarten. It was so nice letting the boys run off and play while I rested.

This past Friday and Saturday we got our real snowfall. I went out with some friends from work, and downtown was basically deserted. I had a great evening with these ladies, where we asked each other loaded questions and got to know one another better. On Saturday, with my cold finally gone, I ventured out with my boys and really enjoyed the magic of snow.

A friend of mine has some property just outside of town, and he let us go up there and play in the snow. We sledded down the hill and threw snowballs at each other. Playing on that property made me wish we could afford to move to the country. I love our little house and our neighborhood friends, but sometimes I wish we had a little more nature right outside our door.

At home, our chickens thought the snow was pretty weird. Scamper is going through a molt right now, so she’s so ugly she’s cute.

Do you get snow in the winter? Do you love it? I’m sure my East coast readers are rolling their eyes at our small amount of snow!