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Rebalancing the Equation

Looking at the lack of blogging this year, the “work + life = balance” equation is definitely a bit out of whack this year. Work has definitely taken most of my time – although along the way there have been some fun times with family & friends that never made it to the blog. This project came very close to interfering with my annual Halloween with the girls in Texas; however, long-story-short I ended up being able to go & it was so needed!

As soon as I was through airport security on Saturday morning I could feel the stress of recent months melting away & I was pretty giddy at the thought of seeing my girls. My four days in Texas were filled with plenty of girlie & family time. I finally got to meet Baby V & was instantly smitten. The warm weather allowed for playtime in the backyard – swinging on the swing set, playing tag & more.

On Saturday afternoon, the little girls joined the big girls for pedicures – it was their first time in the spa chairs & they were so fun to watch.

Sunday included lunch that was dining al fresco on the patio and ended with trick-or-treating in the neighborhood – we went to the most houses ever.

On Monday, after getting the 2 girls off to school we enjoyed some shopping & then came home for a bit before the girls got out of school. Baby V sacked out in my arms – so I stayed home while Maya picked up the girls. As I looked at the sweet baby asleep in my arms, I thought “this is the best Monday I’ve had in a while.”

On Tuesday, a bit more shopping & then an early birthday lunch of sushi (which isn’t available way north). After school, there were playtime & story time with the girls.

As is always the case, the time flew quickly & then it was time to fly back to Chicago (ticket restrictions meant I had to fly back on Tuesday). As I was getting in some last minute hugs from the girls, Miss Doodlebug summed it up best when we talked about me leaving: “…but we only had you here for 4 days!”

While the trip was short, it was filled with all the ingredients needed to strengthen the “life” portion of the equation. Today is my birthday – later this afternoon I’ll be trekking northward once again – but as I restart on the project & start a new year, I will strive to keep balance in the equation. Without a doubt, time with these girlies always helps that!


  1. Birthday on the road…just wait until you reach the ‘ville later this month…then we will enjoy your birthday the way it should be! Love and hugs….

  2. Happy Birthday+1! It’s always good to hear from you, no matter how long between posts.

  3. I’ve noticed how frequently you travel, Amy. It sounds like you could use a breather like this much more often. Thanks for sharing some of your family time.

  4. Love that picture of you reading with the girls! I know it did your heart good to spend some time with them. Some experiences – and people – are just good for the soul.

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