18 August 2011

Saying Good Bye Uncle Jared

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jared will be returning to Korea to complete his study abroad program for the fall semester. He came up to Fort Wayne to visit before leaving. Annalyse showed him around Fort Wayne's Kreager park, our favorite park so far. It's a HUGE park with several playgrounds, a splash pad, and lots of room for everyone to run around. The last picture is Jared and Annalyse watching Sesame Street You Tube videos.

Annalyse loves her Uncle Jared and can't wait until he comes back for good!

Lakes MiniVacation and our little Fishergirl

Every year (or almost every year) before school starts we try to go up to Ryan's Aunt Shirley and Uncle Lew's Lake to play, have fun, and just be together. This year we all had a BLAST and enjoyed being together. Jared will be leaving to continue his study abroad in Korea for the fall semester so he'll be gone until just before Christmas.

The Lakes are always full of boat rides, fishing, and just playing around. This year, Annalyse had so much fun learning how to fish. At first, she was just helping grandpa man his pole, but Ryan and I were so amazed at how attentive she was that we thought we'd get her a fishing pole too...pink princesses! And she loved it!

As you can see her really did enjoy fishing and she caught 2 fish (bluegill)--one was even big enough to keep!

Every year we always try to go swim on the lake and we added cornhole to our activities

We are grateful to the Hustons for letting us all come and invade their house for a weekend and for taking us fishing, boating, and swimming!

10 August 2011

We now have a 2 year old....

Can it be? Can we really have a 2 year old?

(isn't she so focused)

We had Annalyse's Birthday Party the Saturday before her actual Birthday because 1) immediate family would be able to travel up here much easier and 2) Ryan had a conference in Evansville so we'd be gone on her actual Birthday. Because of the size of our apartment, we only invited immediate family and a couple of close family friends (the Keplingers and the Calls).The party went really well & we had a lot of fun. The Party was a Sesame Street themed party it was small and simple...Cake, Ice Cream, a gifts, a simple game, and then we headed to the splash park across the street for some water action. Annalyse had a blast at her party...she's been saying she's "2" for sometime, but now she really is two. Kirsten stayed the night with us Saturday and Sunday night, which was a treat for Annalyse in and of itself.

On her actual Birthday (Aug 2nd), we didn't get to do much because It's been so HOT here in Indiana and the heat was pretty much unbearable. Part of Annalyse's Birthday gift from Mommy and Daddy was a Fort Wayne Zoo membership and with that membership we get discounts on admission to other Zoos so the following day I (despite the sweltering heat) ventured out to the Evansville Zoo and spent a couple of hours there. Being in Evansville for a week was a lot of fun. She enjoyed Hotel life and we discovered a new food love...Yogurt! She loves that stuff. We're amazed at how well she likes it...she even asks for it for a snack too.

Annalyse with her new bike and a photo of the Weber clan

Phil and Peter Enjoying the splash pad and Annalyse and Papaw putting money in her pig

08 August 2011

Proud to be at Stay at Home Mom!

The other day a friend of mine said that someone she knows criticizes her for wanting to be a stay at home mom and said that she calls Stay at Home Moms “non working mothers” …I was thinking to myself is this woman SERIOUS? Please, do not feel like I am belittling those who have to work outside the home because I know it is definitely necessary at times. To those women who do have to work outside of the home I have nothing but respect for all that you do and your abilities to juggle home and job responsibilities. I spent the first 22 months of Annalyse’s life working outside of the home…and I can honestly say that I’ve never worked so hard or been so invested in my job as a Stay at Home Mom than I was when I was working outside the home (and I think most of my former coworkers would say that I worked pretty darn hard). I may not get up every morning, put on dress clothes, get in my car and drive to work, but I definitely work. I’m awake when she’s awake; I help her learn, teach her songs, play games, when she’s upset I struggle, when she’s happy I’m happy. When she has nap time I catch up on the chores she won’t let me finish or spend time on projects I have going on. I plan out meals (and now I cook most of them). I think that some believe that being a stay at home mom is just playing with your child/children all day… I Wish! I have one of the most demanding bosses one could have…a two year old. But, this job that I have is the most rewarding job too. The blessings are infinite and way better than any pay check I could be earning. The Family: a Proclamation to the World says “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed” and I believe that whole heartedly". I know and understand that there are situations that obviously make it difficult for all mothers to be stay at home moms, but WHEN POSSIBLE mothers should make all the effort they can to do so. I just want to defend the choice to stay at home with your children and care for them. Gone are the days when it is the expectation for women to stay at home with their children.

To close, I found this interesting statistic from salry.com
Are you wondering what mom should be paid for her work as mom? Salary.com has valuated the "mom job" of both the Working and Stay-at-Home Moms! Based on a survey of over 6,500 mothers, Salary.com determined that the time mothers spend performing 10 typical job functions would equate to an annual salary of $115,432 for a stay-at-home mom. Working moms 'at-home' salary is $63,472 in 2011; this is in addition to the salary they earn in the workplace.
The job titles that best matched a mom's definition of her work are (in order of hours spent per week): housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator, facilities manager, van driver, psychologist, laundry machine operator, janitor and chief executive officer.