Summer is known for being the busiest season. With kids out of school and families taking vacations, the weeks go by in a blink of an eye. I’m finding that my summer so far is flying by right in front of my eyes. The past two weeks have been crazy busy… we volunteered for VBS last week, I’ve been hanging out with more friends and cultivating new relationships, I’ve been taking my son to more parks around town and doing more activities… it’s been a whirlwind but I am thriving!
As I mentioned in last weeks blog, VBS took up our evenings for that week. Taylor was the team leader for a group of fourth grade boys, while I helped out in the toddler room. Every evening I would get to church around 5pm for a potluck-style dinner for all of the volunteers. Not many people came to dinner (probably because of work hours and commute times) so there was lots of food left! The kids started showing up close to 6, and the event went until 8:15. I never stayed the whole time because someone’s bed time is 8pm and he’s always ready for bed on time. I had a blast with the three and four year olds… that age is so fun! I really get enjoyment from being around people and having activities to do, so this week was fun for me.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a dreamer, not a planner (that’s Taylor’s job). Marrying someone who is a planner has encouraged me to plan more (and vice versa). While I have big dreams for my future and where I hope to be in five years time, Taylor takes a much more practical stance and actually plans out how he will achieve those goals. For example, Taylor is considering taking bigger steps in his career, which will require lots of sacrifices but he sees the benefit of working hard and making those sacrifices will pay off in his mind. While I agree wholeheartedly, I have a hard time thinking one step ahead. It’s like chess… I’m horrible at chess because I can’t see ahead, I can only see what’s right in front of me. Taylor is great at chess (maybe not great, but better than me). He can predict possible outcomes and know what’s worth sacrificing short term for the greater good in the long run. I’m restless for wanting to know what our future will hold, and what the journey will look like on the way.
Living in Boise for the past seven months, we’ve come to realize quickly that this city is very active and bike-friendly. In light of this, Taylor invested in an electric bike a few weeks ago and is taking the plunge into biking to work full time. I’m so proud of him! At first I was very nervous and a bit skeptical if he would actually enjoy it and really commit, but if there’s one thing I know about Taylor, it’s that he likes to dive right into something and there’s no second guessing or going back. He’s all in! He had a blast doing research to find the best bike to suit his needs. He even rented a few bikes for a few hours to get a feel for riding them and what his preferences were. The first week or two, he was pretty sore and sweaty when he came home. The ride from work to our house takes about half an hour, maybe a little less depending on how he hits the lights. He would come home and be really excited to tell me about the different routes he could take: which ways would be faster, more direct, less traffic, wider bike lanes, prettier, etc. He’s got a pretty good route now that it’s been a few weeks. He’s getting stronger too, which is a big bonus! There aren’t many hills in Boise, but there’s more than you may think… especially when you’re biking. I’m so proud of him for taking on something new. Anyone who’s talked to him in the past weeks knows just how excited he is about his bike… he won’t stop talking about it!
Being immersed in such an active community has encouraged me to be more active myself. There are many parks around town with lots of different activities. The local park by our house has a splash pad and a swimming pool! Those of you who know my son know that he absolutely loves water! I’ve gone out to parks more often and just am more active during my day in general. I’ve lost a few pounds and it’s making me motivated to lose more! The hardest part for me is just starting, but once I have momentum it’s easier to keep going. Accountability is something I don’t have. Back in Bellevue, my best friend and I would go to the gym three days a week while my mom watched my son. It was easy, built in, and I had accountability. I don’t have that here. It’ll be a bit harder to get back on the horse, but if it’s something I’m really serious about doing this time around, I’ll make it happen.
Thanks for sticking around to see where life takes my family. Our adventures in Boise are often mundane and run-of-the-mill, but you are all my motivation to keep you updated on what’s happening here, despite it seeming boring to me. I’ve been missing family so much recently, I’m happy to have some ways to keep everyone in the loop, it makes the hard days hurt a bit less. As you can see, we’re doing just fine so far! We’re getting involved in church, being more active, thinking about our future… all good things! I know these days will be gone before I know it, so I can’t be too restless, otherwise I won’t enjoy this moment right now.