Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Working Breakfast

You just can't make this stuff up!  Mia decided she needed to work over breakfast this morning - cell phone to her ear and laptop in front of her.  Clearly it's been busy around here lately!

Friday, July 12, 2013

4 months and 3 1/2 years!

My kids are growing too fast. Baby Fynn turned 4 months over the 4th of July holiday and miss Mia is officially 3 and a half!

Fynn is smiling, giggling, teething (still no teeth yet!), and rolling over! He mastered the roll while we were visiting our families over the 4th, and now he's scooting around on his tummy, so we've had to re-envision our living room so that he has plenty of room to move (think big white shaggy rugs and all furniture moved to the edges of the room)!  He's eating a ton, but still up multiple times a night to feed since he doesn't eat a lot in a feeding. The doctor even suggested trying some rice cereal before bedtime in order to keep his tummy full so we can both get some sleep (we tried once this week, he was all gung-ho and then freaked out and decided that he didn't like it- so we'll see how that goes). He's 17 pounds and 26.5 inches (Mia was only 13 lbs, 14 oz and 25 inches at 4 months), so he's a big boy (or maybe it's just a sign that he's a boy)! He's reaching for his pacifier - he can pull it out and put it back in his mouth, which is a pretty big deal. That also means that everything else can make it into his mouth now, so we've been trying to coach big sister that all of her tiny little toys can't be anywhere near him! He's so strong - he loves to 'stand' in our laps, and he constantly arches his back and maneuvers himself around (you have to have a good, strong hold on him at all times!). I swear he'll be moving sooner rather than later!!

Miss Mia is growing by leaps and bounds. She's almost 40 inches tall and is 36 lbs. She just got her first 'big girl's bike,' and is loving it! I was amazed at how quickly she figured it out (she had a tricycle before, but this one is considerably bigger than that).

This is her "I just stopped!" pose. She's still trying to figure out the best way to start going on her own!
She enjoyed her time at the lakes over the 4th - she would jump off the end of the dock (into daddy's arms), swim in her life jacket, play with the water blaster guns, and tried to keep up with her older cousins. She even went tubing for the first time (with daddy)! 
She loves making Fynn smile and laugh - her face when she's trying to do this is priceless - she (and he) just light up! She's so smart and brave, she makes this mama proud (and a bit terrified at times!). She's taking gymnastics lessons this summer and learning all sorts of new things - which results in her jumping, climbing, and tumbling on every surface in our house.

Here are some more photos from our 4th of July holiday - always nice to spend time at the lakes!

 The jumping! Oh the jumping!

 Fishing off the end of the dock.
 Cousins making s'mores.

 All 5 grandkids with grandma and grandpa B!
 I only took one shot of our time with my side of the family. Glad this was it. Perfection.

Monday, July 01, 2013

I got a job!!

After applying for numerous teaching positions around the twin cities area and interviewing for 2, I finally got an offer for a biology faculty position at Concordia University-St. Paul! The whole interview process was kind of insane - I got an email about doing a Skype interview the week I was home for my little brother's wedding. I replied to say that I could do the interview, but needed to warn them that the internet spontaneously goes down on the farm, so I wasn't sure what to expect on the day of. The internet had been completely fine all week long, but 15 minutes before the scheduled interview (the day before the wedding), my dad came into the house to tell me that the internet was down. I ended up grabbing my things, hopping in the car, and flying over to a neighbor's house to use their internet. Got there, couldn't get on the wireless with either my laptop or ipad (couldn't figure out the password), ended up hopping onto one of their laptops, having to download and install Skype, and then attempt to remember my password to get logged in. My cell rings among all of this - they had originally tried calling my parent's land line, talked to my mom, and then tried me on my cell (which also has spotty service down there).  We hung up, got connected on Skype, and did the interview. During the interview, the phone in the office I was using rang (and I couldn't answer it since it wasn't my office!), the Skype disconnected (which luckily was on their end and not mine after all of the initial craziness), and I more than likely sounded a bit insane.  Thankfully, I must have been coherent enough that they had me come to campus for a second interview - this one with the Dean of the College of Education and Science. The email about the second interview came in the following week, in which the department head that I was communicating with informed me that I'd be meeting with Dean Don Helmstetter. As I was reading the email out loud to David, he didn't really respond and was busy messing around on his phone. I was kind of annoyed at the lack of response and asked him what he was doing. Then he said, "Guess what, the dean is from Trimont!" Turns out Dean Helmstetter was the former superintendent of our high school, knew David's folks, and one of his sons still lives in Trimont (and his daughter was friends with a girl that I used to nanny).  Oh, crazy small town life.  So, needless to say, this came up in our meeting and we did the normal small town thing of figuring out all of the possible connections we had. The second interview went well, and I learned a bit more about the position as well as got to tour the campus. (Crazy side note: the science building is littered with random stuffed animals - real ones, not toys. There are moose and dear heads mounted in the faculty conference room - and the moose is wearing a sombrero!)  I waited on pins and needles for over a week, then got an offer! I accepted last week, and now I'm just wrapping up loose ends at my post-doc and prepping for the last half of the summer course that I was already scheduled to teach at the U. I'll start at Concordia August 1st - and it will be a whirlwind first couple of years as I attempt to generate materials for many new classes! I have an idea of what I'll be teaching this first year, but nothing concrete yet. Right now, I'm just trying to get things finalized for the summer course so that I can hit the ground running once August comes! I'm excited and anxious about the change!