Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Work Is Cut Out

I have decided that I need a farm. I need to grow stuff. I'd like to raise animals. I keep dreaming of green places. Is the Utah winter getting to me? Perhaps, yet I'd like to think of this thought process as a clue phone to finding a balance between work and play. 

R-r-r-r-i-ing! R-r-r-r-i-ing! (says the clue phone)

"Hello?" I answer.

"Yes, this is your life calling. Stop running in circles and do something. Find a patch of earth and grow stuff. Bring your family to green pastures."

"Uhm, ok. Let me figure this out. Give me a little time."

"Yah. Don't take too long! Your children are growing and they need this." (clue phone rings off)
Can this bring sustenance and fulfillment in a worldy sense, yet in a spiritual sense as well? I'm looking into it...wish me luck. I've got a lot to do. 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Well, now.

I must say, I am a lame blogger. It has been several months since I posted, even though I thought for sure I would get to this more often. Let's just say a few things have changed since July. Then again, a few have not...

1. I do not teach first grade anymore. In November, I was moved to the middle school when another teacher had to move because her husband got transferred. So, now I teach 6th, 7th, & 8th grade literature, composition, and grammar. I also teach 8th grade economics and US history. I teach a combined speech/debate class for these grades as well. It has been a good move for me and I am really enjoying my classes. I don't know if Noah is as happy, as I am now his teacher for a few subjects! 

2. I am an avid CrossFitter and have allowed running to take a back seat in my overall fitness goals. I am still running 3 times a week, and I admit that my priority is my CrossFit workout each day. I am soooo much stronger, both physically and mentally, and have leaned out a bunch without really changing my eating. Plus, I can do pull ups! 

3. I am a grandma. Yes, it is true. Little Lily Ann Goodwin was born in September and is a lovely addition to our family. It is so much fun to spoil her with loves and new dresses! hee hee! When she grows up a bit, I will ply her with sugar and send her home with annoying electronic toys!

Things that are the same: I am still planning on doing the Ironman in May, we still live in American Fork, my children are all healthy & happy and doing well in their areas, and I am still at Challenger School.  

My challenges for the next few months are to get enough sleep to be a decent (even good!) wife & mom, to stay on top of things at work (it sure takes longer to grade compositions for 8th grade than it did for 1st grade!), and to get training time in for that Ironman.  Can I do it? Yah, sure! Why not??