More Time Together

Piggy Back Ride with Daddy

The kids and I became accustomed to not seeing much of Hubster. Residence Life is an awesome, exciting, rewarding field, but it does require significant dedication and time. It’s been amazing how much our family life has already changed in the two weeks he has been in his new role in student affairs. We are enjoying more time together. We could get used to this!

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My 2016 Word of the Year: Change

2016 Word of the Year Change

Change. It’s happening to us, through us, and in us all the time. Sometimes change is difficult. Sometimes it’s welcomed. Sometimes it feels like everything is changing. Sometimes it feels like things will never change.

Our family is experiencing an abundance of change this year!

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Family Adventure Day

Kids on a tractor

We lucked out with a gorgeous Friday when Hubster took off of work, C had the day off from therapy, and we had a family adventure day! We enjoyed stealing some time together. The four of us piled into the car and headed out for a day in Door County. Family adventure day started with a quick lunch at Culver’s. Side note: did you know the chicken tenders and fries are free of dairy? 

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Watching Hubster Become an Amazing Autism Dad

Hubster become an amazing autism dad

I rarely write about Hubster’s relationship with our kids. I don’t feel like it is my story to tell. These past six months, however, I have witnessed him become an amazing autism dad and that is an experience that I would like to share. Accepting an autism diagnosis is not easy. You know I had a difficult time, and I recently shared that I think it’s okay to grieve. Hubster went through his own process, as all parents do, and he has emerged as a wonderful father, teacher, advocate and comforter.

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We went glamping!

Baby Jo fearlessly climbs

Do you have a family camping or vacation tradition? Hubster’s family has set aside one week every summer for nearly 30 years to go camping as an extended family. The dedication they all have to it is pretty awesome, and I’m saying that as someone who loathes camping. There were two years that I enjoyed a few days to myself while Hubster went with one, then two kids. It was a nice solace for me before he started ResLife fall training. This year we decided to go as a family. We went glamping!

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We survived another ResLife fall training!

We survived another ResLife fall training!

Our family survived another ResLife fall training! I am relieved to say that we are now finished with fall training, the period of time in which we see Hubster for about 10 minutes per day. In university housing/residence life, student staff return in August and undergo intensive training before students move in to the residence halls and begin the fall semester. If there are new professional staff members, there is additional training for professional staff before the student staff training begins. Having been a student staff member, I can tell you that the training hours are long, but also filled with fun staff bonding. As the wife of a housing professional, I can tell you that I loathe training every year because I only see my spouse when he gets up in the morning and heads out the door…because I’m always asleep by the time he gets home at like midnight or 2am.

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