Sometimes you need a time out

Hey, remember me? Yeah, me, Melissa.

Sometimes a time out is all that you need to get your butt back into gear. I took a much needed break from technology (not just blogging) and I feel much better now. Life was getting hectic, busy, and stressful and I felt like I was having sensory overload for a little while there. I was at the point where I just didn’t want to write about much of anything, much less do anything. And while my life is still hectic and stressful I feel like I can get back into the swing of things and just deal with it a little better maybe. Unplugging was nice though. You never realize how much time you spend online until you just totally step away. If you start feeling overwhelmed like I did I highly recommend just stepping away from the computer or smart phone or whatever and just take a breather. Ahhhhhhh.

So, here’s what’s new. We’re moving! If you know me and my family at all then this probably doesn’t come as much surprise to you at all because we tend to move around a bit. Thankfully this time it’s our shortest move to date, as we are only moving directly across the street! One of our very nice neighbors is moving out of his house and into a new one that he bought with his fiance and has decided to rent out his old house, rather than sell it. He joked to my husband about us wanting to rent it from him and we decided to take a look at it and consider it. After doing a quick walk through to determine that it was up to par we talked numbers and were shocked by how much (or little, I should say) he wanted for rent compared to what we are paying now. Don’t get me wrong, I do like our house right now, but I feel like there is a lot of wasted space in here that we don’t use and it’s pretty much at the top of our budget. We talked it over a few times and finally decided to just go for it. It will be a nice change and will save us a few bucks every month, which is always nice 🙂 The owners will be out sometime this week and we will move in on or around the 1st. I’ll be sure to post a ton of pictures after we get settled and I figure out the decor. Another bonus! I get to rearrange things and hopefully do some fun decorating! Stay tuned…
So what else is new…oh right, nothing really. My back is still messed up and no one really knows what is going on with it. I need to schedule another follow up with my surgeon and this other specialist that I saw last month to figure out what our next course of action is. The new specialist seemed to think I had some inflammation around the disc that was herniated before. I tried a course of medication for this and felt a little better for a few days and now the pain is back again. I’m feeling pretty discouraged about the whole situation and I’m starting to worry that I might just feel like this forever. I can totally sympathize with people who have chronic pain because this has been a year long issue now for me with little to no relief and it can be very depressing at times. Once again, stay tuned to find out if anyone can come up with a new diagnosis and course of action for me. I’m 27 and would love to be able to do normal things again, like pick up my children, weed my garden, pick up a laundry basket, and do the physical activities I used to enjoy without feeling like an 80 year old woman. If anyone reading this is a doctor then please, diagnose me! I’d appreciate it.
So far the summer has been pretty uneventful for us. We’ve been beating the heat here by staying inside with the AC going or playing outside in the kiddie pool. It’s a little weird not being around any lakes or beaches for swimming like I’m used to. I come from North Idaho where we have plenty of lakes, rivers, and swimming holes to enjoy during the summer and there is absolutely nothing like that here in southern Washington. It’s pretty desert-like here and we only have the Columbia River going right through the city but the current is much too fast for swimming. I should really make friends with someone here who owns a boat.
I’m hoping to start school sometime here relatively soon, but I don’t think it will be in the fall. It’s looking more like maybe winter quarter. For a while I was thinking about nursing, but now I’m contemplating something more along the lines of radiologic technology or something like that. I would love to eventually do sonography and work with pregnant women at an obgyn office. I still could change my mind back to nursing, but I’m just kind of undecided right now. Ideally I would love to be a pediatric nurse, but who knows what other stuff I’d have to do first in order to get to that, and I’m not sure if some of the other nursing fields really interest me that much. For now, I will just say that I would like to do something medically related. I know my tattoos will be an issue, but I don’t have anything on my neck or hands so I can still cover up if needed. I have done it before and my coworkers didn’t even know I had any tattoos at all for the first month that I worked with them. Plus, when I lived in Seattle and had Lily my labor and deliver nurse was a nice young gal with sleeves and a chest piece who was only partially covered up. With long sleeves I still look like a nice normal member of society 🙂
I’m hoping to start another quilt very very soon…it’s been a few months since I’ve really worked on any sewing projects and my brain is full of great ideas just dying to get out! I need to get some new fabric too.

Speaking of projects…I completely forgot that I never updated everyone on my big dining room table and chairs refinishing project. In case you forgot, my post here showed my before pictures of my table and chairs and I showed you my inspiration I got from another blog for the painting and refinishing. Just to refresh your memory here is a picture of what it looked like when I first started priming the table (I forgot to take a good before picture, sorry).

And finally, after 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of black paint, and a couple coats of polyacrylic…… is the finished product!
Do you love it? I sure do! I am so extremely happy with how it turned out and I’m so relieved that I didn’t completely ruin the entire dining set by not finishing it properly or something. It now goes perfectly with our decor and it will look stunning in my new dining room in a couple of weeks 🙂 Let me know what you think!

For now, I will leave you with a few of my favorite summer pictures thus far.

These were pictures from our trip back to my hometown to visit my family and see my brother graduate.


 Lake Coeur d’Alene in North Idaho. This is where I grew up. I spent many summer days at this lake! Isn’t it gorgeous?


Lily & my mom


Me & my kids. Apparently it was too bright to keep my eyes open.


Lillers at the playground


Lily let me sit in her “castle” with her.


Ayden on a tire swing thingy


He loved it


Slip & Slide!!! I love his face


Lily preferred to strut daintily down it


Ayden got the hang of it rather quickly

xoxo, Melissa