Showing posts from April, 2012


It's hard to believe I posted this entry in November of last year, but I did!  I went looking for this old entry and figured I posted it back in February or something.  I was shocked that it was from November! I had posted: "Because of the season of life I'm in (nearing 40, newly-expanded family, major life-changing move, and weight gain that ticks me off greatly), I've been experiencing days feeling very low.  I've blogged before about how I don't like using the word "depressed" lightly, so I don't think I'll use it here.  But I've been feeling dark, low, melancholy, aimless, and tired." Since November, those feelings didn't go away.  Oh, they might subside for a time, but would rear their ugly heads at any random time.  In addition to those feelings, I was experiencing an overwhelming feeling of failure.   These feelings would manifest themselves by my simply giving up and doing nothing.  I felt so overwhelmed by everythin

Doing Our Part to Keep Austin Weird

The Brownie Clan has gone through a lot of changes over the past 12 months.  Downsizing, moving, adding to our family through adoption, radically changing our daily schedule, etc.  A few posts back , I alluded to our moving when our lease is up.  Well, we're making one more "big" move and it's to Austin! Austin is about 215 miles south of where we are now, so we're not moving to the other side of the US, but it's still going to be a big move for us.  Next week, we're going to visit the Texas School for the Deaf and will have both boys tested by an audiologist there.   There are several reasons why we are choosing to make Austin our home, but the driving factor is Travis' (and possibly Tian's) education.  The boys have made amazing strides with their language development, but I can't spend as much time working one-on-one (or even one-on-two) with the boys as I would like.  I still have a 6th, 4th and 3rd grader to teach, so that leaves down-t

March Update

Where did the entire month of March go?!  The best way to update is through photos: Spent a beautiful day at Fort Worth Zoo The boys with the elephant The kids and I stop at Olive Garden A day at Parr Park Fishing at our place We made two trips to Six Flags in one week! Swings! TJ and Kenz entered the Pinewood Derby Exploring around our ponds. Already swimming every day! I'm a VI! Love my new job! Meeting Matt "The Hammer" at DeafNation The month of March wore out the boys!