Archive for January, 2008

New House

Monday, January 21st, 2008

So we had our house closing last week, and it’s official…

We are the proud owners of a new set of house keys!

We don’t move in for a few more days, yet, but we’ve been visiting here and there, to check it all out, to get ready for moving day, and to meet with a repair person or cleaner or two.

This weekend, we went over to measure some things and to prep the one room that we’ll be painting for it’s new color.

There we were.  I was busy measuring.  Paul was busy applying painter’s tape in the new baby’s room.  Meanwhile, unphased by our concentration on our respective tasks, Emma’s idea of a good time was running around and around in circles in several rooms, playing chase with me, and laughing all the while.

It’s nice to see the moving process through our young child’s eyes.

It helps to ease my moving anxiety to see that, for her, this is all about new places to explore, new boxes to play and hide in, and new stairs on which to go up and down.

We’re all really looking forward to getting settled into our new place!

There is no joy in Packerland today

Monday, January 21st, 2008

That was a tough loss last night.

We got to overtime.  The game was tied.

We won the coin flip and possession of the ball.

One of Favre’s guns should have sailed us right into the Superbowl.

But.  Instead, that one was intercepted.

It’s a sad, sad, thing.

Maybe things would have been different if the wind chill on the field hadn’t been -25.

But we’ll never know.

All Packer fans can do, as a sports psychologist interviewed on a local radio station this morning advised, is to focus on what’s meaningful and positive in our lives right now.

We’ll have to try to forget this game, as Mr. Favre, himself, has already said he’ll try to do.  Though, he added, “it’s going to be very hard.”

Now, Favre is left to ponder the decision that has kept Cheeseheads on edge for each of the past several cold off-seasons: Will he retire, or decide to return for his 18th NFL season?

“I’m not going to rush to make any quick decision, but I think probably it’ll be much quicker than it has been in the past – and people will probably appreciate that,” Favre said. “But I’m just going to try to enjoy this season we had as much as I can and try to block this game out. It’s going to be very hard. I’m not going to let this game sway my decision one way or another.”

One Game to Go!

Monday, January 14th, 2008


Jimmy wearing a Cheesehead Hat

Originally uploaded by Koog Family

Where better than on a blog named after cheese than to mention that this is a great time to be a cheesehead. (Jim is helping in this pronouncment by posing as Brett Favre, right).

The Packers blew away the Seahawks in driving Snow last week, and with the Cowboys, to our surprise, out as of last night, well….

Mr. Favre and the gang might just be heading to the Superbowl!!!!!

Admitting Defeat

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Hmmm.  In case anyone missed it, I haven’t posted here (or even had time for my old passion of frequent picture taking) for over two months!!!!

It’s finally all caught up with me – my schedule and current life situation.

I haven’t had much time for blogging while being pregnant, getting to my scheduled Dr. appointments, working full time, being a member of two non-profit boards and in a leadership position on one national American Bar Association subcommittee, mothering a precocious, feisty, sweet and earnest two year old daughter, having a husband who is both finishing up part time law school, working as a part-time law clerk, and running his own business, trying to keep my family shopped for and well-fed, and with clean laundry, or helping (ok, only a little) to pack up the house as we prepare to move to our new home…

Somehow reading even all that, it still doesn’t seem that I should feel as tired as I feel.

But I am.  I attended a lunch meeting of working moms recently and heard a speech by a “life coach”.  She talked about the fact that we all find ourselves, throughout our lives, in different “seasons.”  These seasons are affected by our obligations and choices, as well as by those of our family members.

“Until a woman’s youngest child turns 4,” she said, “she is in a very low energy season.”

Got that?

That means it will all get better… in about five years!

And I know that on the sleep-getting front, it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.  Having already had a baby once, I now have no more illusions that only other people can’t get sleep when a new baby is in the house. 

So I’m kind of mentally preparing to be fairly homebound and tired once May rolls around.

I’m probably only feeling extra anxious now just because our move to the new home is on the near horizon.

Once we get settled in there, I’m sure everything will unfold peacefully.  And once the baby comes, I’ll remember that there’s an awful lot of sweetness to brighten up those tired early days.

Plus, after having lived with a toddler (the potty training situation is getting better and better over time), it will be amazing to again have a child that actually just lays still for a diaper change instead of squirming violently away from the diaper, or, more recently, yells “I don’t WANT to sit on the potty!”

So, maybe I’ll get back to posting more frequently here.

But if I don’t, you’ll know why…

Happy 2008, everyone!