Thursday, March 31, 2011

Loving life and this glorious weather

I've been having just the best time recently, it feels like things are really falling into place for our family and I couldn't be happier. It's been VERY stressful for a while now and it has really rocked our little family. I don't deal with change and stress very well, I am a creature of habit and love structure and routine I do love spontaneity as much as the next gal but for the most part I love to know what my day will look like. I feel like all of my praying has been working, it may have taken a while but it is indeed working I'm reminding myself now to remember that everything is in His time not mine and patience is something I'm constantly working on. I will go into detail at another time I promise because trust me when I tell you, it will absolutely blow your mind how great our God is and I'm seeing how faithful and loving He is and how when something (hint hint)even from your childhood has been taken or destroyed he is so faithful in restoring it when you least expect it. So on this Thursday as I prepare to go teach my wonderful women and enjoy the afternoon with a house full of children (my husband is teasing me at this very moment saying I always seem to have all these extra little kiddos around) I am overwhelmed with joy, gratitude, and love beyond measure.

Monday, March 21, 2011

officially can shake it now!!

Our kiddos had spring break last week and all I can say is that it had the most perfect timing this year. My dad recently retired and they are working on getting their house ready to put on the market, so they decided they would load up the truck and trailer and take some of the stuff they don't use very often and leave it at their house in NM. They asked me and the boys to join us (Manuel had to work), so we did. I taught a zumba class on Monday and we left right afterwards, it was a long drive longer than usual funny because it was just my mom and I and I think that trip consisted of more stops than any other time I've driven that long stretch of I-40. Oh well. During our quick trip there I was able to see all my girls and eat some yummy Santa Fe food, what can I say I think it's the best in the world. I was able to visit with most of my family, we had a wonderful corned beef and cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's Day, it was absolutely wonderful although mine was tofu and cabbage:) I was also able to attend several Zumba classes there and I learned so much, each teacher has his/her own style and I think it's so much fun to see how other people teach it. Then my mom and I zipped home on Friday because we had to be in Phoenix all day on Saturday, it was our big day. We are now both certified/licensed Zumba instructors!!! It was the funnest Zumba I've ever done but also the hardest, we danced out booties away for seven full hours and then had lectures for another two hours, it was such a wonderful and really hard day. Here are some pics of the day, what can I say I look EXHAUSTED!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Not so good at saying goodbye

Today I helped pack up my friend's house, and I'm very sad. She's been such a great friend to me this last year and I'm really going to miss her. She is one of those people that you meet and feel instantly connected to, someone who you can totally be yourself with. Her family is moving to NM, it's only a four hour drive from us, but with how often we get out of town I know it will probably be a long time before I see her again. So today I'm sad and a little sore (dang moving boxes!).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I'm a working mom now, wow!

At the beginning of this year I knew I wanted to venture out, try different things, push myself a little more, accomplish a little more and learn a little more about myself. I've been a stay at home mom for eleven (YIKES!!) years and I've loved every bit of it, but recently I'm coming to the realization that my time at home is dwindeling very fast. Our youngest, Isaac will be five (another YIKES!! and where does time go?!?!) next month and that means he will likely start school in August, and out here in AZ kindergarten is full day, so it has me thinking that I need to figure out what my next step is, where my next journey begins so to speak, one without toddlers.
I've been doing Zumba for a long time now and I've always loved it, I love working out anyway and Zumba just added something different and fun into my workout routine. I kinda mentioned that I would love to teach Zumba to a couple of women in my life and let me tell you, I've really had no other choice but to teach. I am not a certified instructor until March 19th but Since last week I've taught 10 classes! I think today was my best class yet, with each class I notice I get a little calmer and a lot more confident. I practice all the time and I think it's paying off, I'm feeling very prepared when I walk into the room instead of like back in my school days where I had to get up in front of the class and give some sort of presentation. I'm enjoying this way more than I ever thought I could and I'm picking up a lot of work, more than I had initially wanted but I love it so much that at this point the more the better. I'm starting to think that something that I like and do could possibly turn into a career for me and that is exactly what I wanted. I started this year just having turned thirty feeling like I was good at nothing other than being a mom and wife, I had no skills that I could use in the real world if heaven forbid I had to support myself and my children and that scared me. I'm figuring out that yes I am good at it, I can do it and the best part is that it's fun and I'm making money, and the added bonus is that it's getting me in better physical shape every day, and I get to pay it forward and help other wonderful ladies reach their goals too! I could go on and on at this point I just hope that each of you find something that you love and makes you happy!