Thursday, August 5, 2010

Going Home

Hunter and I spent last weekend in Utah. We really enjoyed visiting with family and friends. We have the most wonderful people in our lives! I want to give a shout out to my super amazing sisters and their great families. It was also fun to meet up with our friends the Hadleys, the Jacksons, and the ever-awesome Barkers. I love these guys.

Here are a few of the highlights/important lessons from our trip home:
  • The traffic is a thousand times worse when it is a holiday weekend. Fortunately, this was not a holiday weekend.
  • Babies and toddlers change a LOT in five months. It also takes a few hours to remind them who their favorite aunt is. The good news is that they can usually be reconvinced. ;)
  • Kazie, Kasia and Kenzie put on a mean fashion show. 
  • Addi loves to be held. Especially by Aunt Rachie. I am more than happy to comply.
  • Becca makes some mean tacos. Yummy!!
  • Ruth's house is beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished product!
  • Kazie loves my new hair. Sadie prefers it the old way.
  • Madison randomly adds "ing" to some of her words. For example, sometimes she is "colding" and other times she is "hoting". It's a pretty cool trick that I may have to adopt.
  • Sarah made the BEST strawberry dessert. I'm thinking about visiting her again just so I can eat some more.
  • Five days is definitely not enough time to see everyone.
Oh, and of course I have photos! Beautiful photos of some of my favorite people. Enjoy.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What color is your collar?

Hunter's recent career change from a "white collar" profession to a "blue collar" job has understandably provoked varied responses. There are those who don't understand why someone would leave what is considered a respectable career for one in an industry not usually considered prestigious. There are others who commend him for pursing a childhood dream. As for my opinion...well, it depends on the day.

The truth is that this has been a difficult transition. For the first time in over seven years my husband and I are not employed by the same company. Keep in mind that we've only been married for (almost) four years, so we've been working together for quite a while! I am used to being around him. I'm used to having him there. It's comfortable, and it's safe. I prefer it this way. He prefers it this way, too.

So why would we change this? Why would a rational, mature adult choose a blue collar job over a white collar job? Why would two people who are accustomed to being together all the time decide to do something that keeps them apart for days or weeks at a time?

Well, let me tell you why. He's following his heart. And when all is said and done, is there anything more important than that? I say no. Absolutely not.

Especially when it gets us closer to our goal of travelling full-time. Which is the true goal for us. You see, someday in the not-too-distant future, I plan to hop into the cab of Hunter's truck and become a professional road-tripper.

As you can see, there is some definite method to our madness. :)

P.S. There is a really well-written article here about the compelling nature of hands-on, blue-collar type jobs and why we shouldn't discount the workers who choose these careers. The author has a Ph.D. in political philosophy and runs a small business as a motorcycle mechanic.