My mom keeps telling me I should blog about my life, my kids, and the awesome products I use for such things (life and kids). I have finally decided to follow her advice, which I rarely do since she's my mother. But, I like to write, and I like my life and kids, so why not put those two together?
So, let's start with a little back story to catch you up on my life up 'till now... Until 2003, I never spent more than 3 years in any one place (besides the town where I grew up and my college). I thru-hiked two, yes TWO, long-distance trails: the Appalacian and the Pacific Crest. I also held down a variety of jobs: waitress, tax reclaim administrator, database administrator, early childhood teacher. Let's just say I never let the grass grow under my feet.
Then I met my husband (while hiking the PCT), moved to Portland, Oregon, got married, got a house (crappy condo), got my Master's, got a job, got a car, got knocked up, got a second car, got knocked up again. Other things happened in between, but that's the gist of it. We can talk about those other things as we get to know each other. Anyway, it's been nine, yes NINE years since I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and started a new route toward "settling down." I wouldn't change it for the world.
Children screw up your life in so many wonderful ways. When I was pregnant with my first, I just assumed I would continue with my life, only that it would be my life with baby. Now that I have two, there is no me anymore. At least not the me that was. I like the new me, and I love my little family. I love all the people I have met and become friends with because of the little Belchigators. I hope you all feel the same as you meet them through my stories.