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life in general

April 21, 2014

Here we are, a beautiful day to set off a new week.  There has been a lot of goings-on here in the Circus Berry household, a lot of challenges for me, even still, and some more changes that I will be sharing in detail with you at the end of this post.  I don’t usually get to personal or wordy here, so I am saving it for last.  First…

Happy Dyngus Day. Oh wait, you don’t know what Dygus Day is? Well, I didn’t either, until I moved to Buffalo, NY. It just happens to be the biggest Polish Celebration around and the biggest happens right here in Buffalo.  Although I am not Polish, and have never taken part in the festivities, I do find them mildly amusing.  You should check it out here.  Anderson Cooper even gave it some recognition one year CNN!  Granted, he was laughing at the big celebration, but national recognition nonetheless.  Watch for a good laugh yourself!

Ok, onto another favorite holiday.  Cinco de Mayo.  My reason for drinking homemade margaritas and Mexican beer, and eating tacos.  Since there are no ‘ritas or Coronas for me this year, I started the Mexican celebration early with some homemade Mexican Brownies, courtesy of Aaron Sanchez.  So good!

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My little man has been fighting croup all week.  We seem to be in the clear now, but you know how it is when your babies are sick!

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So there was some art at home.

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Can’t keep a good guy down.

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I finally made it to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with the Mr.  It was so, SO yummy and worth the heartburn I had after.  If you don’t know, you should…Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

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“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

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Rabbit food.  Miss Moira loved her plating of the Easter Bunny’s treat so much she wanted to photograph it.  Blogger’s daughter.

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We have a little hairstylist on our hands.  Thank you, Easter Bunny, for the dolly hair stylist set.

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There is a little friend nesting in one of our trees out front.  I am so excited to see how this progresses!

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So, now that I have highlighted the fun, I will get down to some business and housekeeping…you may have noticed that posting the past 2 weeks has been a little more sporadic.  I set out months ago to share inspiration for celebrating, every day, and while I still have lots of ideas and fun to share, the “every day” part has started become harder and harder to attain.  You see–at the present moment Circus Berry is a one-woman show.  (Okay, one woman plus her extremely supportive family and friends!)  I am eager to get to a spot where I have regular help up in here, it just hasn’t come to be yet.  I am okay with that.  So given some circumstances that I am ready to share a bit about, you will see some changes in the posting schedule.  It will be less than every day but still lots of times throughout the week.

I mentioned in a post recently that I have returned back to some Fee-for-Service work as an SLP, which has been both wonderful and chaotic.  I am full time for the next two weeks and then will be doing a little here and there.  I am excited about the chance to keep my hand in the Speech-Language Pathology field…I was missing it, honestly…but recognize that Circus Berry has turned into my other love.  I am fortunate to be able to do both really and will continue to do so as long as I am able.  That being said–some days I will be an SLP in addition to blogger and in an effort not to spread myself to thin and sacrifice my work ethic, values, and quality of work I put out, I will be dividing up my time more reasonably between the two…

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Oh, wait!  I am a wife and mom too!?!?!  So I take that back.  Dividing my time up between the…two, three, four…oh, you get it!  Besides a new baby arriving in July sometime, some other discoveries have come to light in the Circus Berry household that have made me rethink how I spend the various parts of my day, week, weekends, holidays, and the like.

Let me break it down like this.  I had a minor emotional meltdown on Friday about some things that are happening and made the very difficult decision to take the weekend off…from everything except family and home.  The result?  At 26 weeks pregnant, I helped Mr. CB get through some serious yard work and together we dreamed of what exciting things we will do in our backyard.  All while the kids played, climbed, rolled, ran, twirled, chased, (fought), dreamed, and planned with us.  I left my phone indoors.  I only took out the computer to plan a weekend getaway and research backyard play sets…

Magellan Explorer Play Set via Backyard Adventures

Magellan Explorer Play Set via Backyard Adventures

Ain’t she a beauty?  Anyway, it was pretty uncharacteristic of me.  I usually do some work on weekend mornings, but it was a much needed break and a wake-up call that I am one woman, not superwoman.  Sometimes I can’t do it all.  Sometimes I have to Let it Go.  Sometimes life throws a curve ball and I have to bend…(wow, I have come a long way to admit that publicly).

I have made the decision, though, and I will be trying not to do it all, all of the time.  This  is me trying to Let it Go.  This is me bending.  I know that we all have things that require our attention in all areas of our lives either due to choice or chance.  I am announcing my decision, (That is supposed to help, right?  Saying it out loud?  Telling everyone you know?) that I will be more actively and fully engaged in those areas of my life..for me and my sanity, for my family, for my friends, for happiness and peace, and for you my reader.

I promise that will keep on inspiring you to celebrate, and sharing my love of all things food, drink, craft, life, decor, parties, and fun her on Circus Berry.  I am not going anywhere, just changing it up a bit.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you keep coming to visit!

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