^^"Winter" in Arizona.
Oh my hecking heck!
HOW are we half way through January already!?
I can't believe how fast Christmas and New Years came and went.
It was a super busy holiday season for us.
All my siblings were home for the break so we spent a lot of time catching up together.
Family during the holidays is just the best.
I stayed busy the entire month of November and December with my photography business and then a few days before Christmas my computer CRASHED.
According to Apple our 2009 iMAC is vintage lol.
It turned out to be the hard drive and was a costly fix but it seems like almost everything was recovered, THANK GOODNESS!
*Reminder to back up all of your files in 3 places guys*
I started working with DoTERRA selling essential oils back in October and it's been keeping me BUSY!
I love teaching classes and sharing my knowledge about them.
They have totally changed our lives and I'm so mad no one told me about them before.
It's been a nice way to bring home some income on the side too.
Along with that I've been hitting my health and fitness goals HARD this year.
I'm feeling super motivated/dedicated to getting in a better spot physically.
(documenting all that over on my insta @bigmommaolsen)
Number one goal for this year is NO BABIES in 2018!
I'd realllllly love a few years break with out being pregnant and or nursing.
We will see how that goes lol.
David has been graduated for five months now and there are STILL no job leads in sight.
He can hardly get a call back for an interview...
As you can guess, it's a bit depressing and feels a bit hopeless actually.
He's been networking like crazy and everyone he's reached out to says his resume is amazing, so I don't know what the deal is.
He does a better job than me at staying positive.
Logically, I know something will pan out.
It always does.
The LIMBO LAND though, kills me.
I feel like that's kind of been our life the last couple years lol.
We are so thankful that he is currently employed and we are getting some income but I have to tell ya, I am so over the freaking paycheck to paycheck nonsense.
Behavioral health is not exactly lucrative.
We put in the work, I WANT THE REWARD, NOWWWWWW.
He's been tossing the idea around of going back and getting his BSN degree so he can have that to fall back on and then work his way up the ranks with his MHA that way.
Logistically it sounds like a really good plan.
It's a rigorous 16 months of courses and clinicals and it's full time so he'd have to quit his job which totalllllly freaks me out.
Living on student loans again!?
Can we even cover our expenses with that?!
Can we stay in our rental?
Do I need to work nights somewhere!?
Ahh, there's just A LOT to think about.
We still need to fast and pray for a bit since we are giving ourselves to the end of February to make a decision.
In other news, Remington is READING.
He's like well beyond his grade level.
It still shocks us when he picks up a book and starting reading out loud like it ain't no thang.
He is just totally growing up before our eyes into a such a big KID!
Olive is still obsessed with preschool and will occasionally cry when I pick her up because she doesn't want to leave, lol.
She loves to pick out her outfit and accessories every night for the next day and has started to become very particular how we do her hair.
Francie pants looooved having the older kids go back to school just so she could go back to her one on one time with me.
At any time of day you can find her clutching an armful of tiny baby dolls or kitty cats.
She carries her little purse with her everywhere and always asks if she can put on lipstick.
She's getting to the point where we could probably start potty training but every time it's brought up she says "no, I still a baby."
So that's that I guess lol.
Wolfe is busy as ever.
His new favorite thing is to be let loose to wander as he pleases in the backyard and front yard.
He's just stopped putting everything in his mouth, so i'm a little more relaxed about it.
He loves to have free range.
I just wish we had GRASS for them to play on, whomp whomp.
Our goal for him in the next couple months is to move his crib to Remington's room.
I think he is allllmost ready.
I. can't. freaking. wait.
So that's what we've been up to lately!
Next month we are looking forward to my sister Natassja's wedding, our 8th wedding anniversary and David's 30th birthday.
Time just keeps on ticking man.