Monday, January 26, 2009

Baby, don't grow up! Carson's 7th Birthday

I can't believe my baby is 7! There is nothing like having a newborn around to remind you how un-little your other kids are. Was it really 7 years ago that we welcomed little Carson into the world? Seriously, 7 years? No way. It just wasn't that long ago when we were lovin on this little guy:

But somehow he is now 7. And with his age comes independence. He can actually DO things by himself: read, get a snack, play outside, hold the baby, work the remote, build the longest train track, do chores, have a real conversation, make up stories, and work for hours on all his art projects (picture me, taking a deep breath trying not to freak out about all the little cut up pieces of paper...after all, it's just little pieces of paper!). While it is sad to see his innocence slowly go, it is fun to watch him grow up, discover new things, and develop his talents. I have to remind myself every now and then, that he is still a little kid. I think you tend to expect more out of your oldest (I was the oldest in my family so I can say that ;-))...but seven is still only seven...he can't fend for himself entirely, nor do I want him to. We'll eek out as much of his youth as possible! We love him, he's really a good kid.

I almost shed a tear when he wanted just a 'normal' birthday party (aka ... no birthday party theme). But a few days later he changed his mind and decided on a Pirates of the Caribbean party. Yes! So bring on the pirate gear...we had eye patches and bandannas, fake earrings. The kids painted pirate treasure boxes, went on a treasure hunt around the house (and yes, I actually created rhyming clues that took the kids all over the house...that about maxed out my creativity skills for the next 6 months), played 'cannon ball pop' (popping balloons to get out the money hidden inside) and 'dead man's tunnel' (a relay race) and finished up with a pinata, cake, and presents. All in a crazy hour and a half. He had a great time with his friends.

Isn't it hard watching your kids grow up? I know there are those of you out there that have teenagers or college students thinking, "It was forever ago when I had a seven year old!"...and I know that will be me in just a few short years. So, lately I am just trying to BE with my kids ... and really try hard to let some things go. I know there will be a time when I wish I had a boy who cut up little pieces of paper and accidentally gets marker on the table because I will miss this:

Friday, January 09, 2009

Elite Physical Therapy

I never posted about our new business! Ever since graduation, Trevor has wanted to own his own Physical Therapy clinic. I was the one hesitating with the big plunge, but Trevor really got the bug in Spring 08. He was ready to call the shots at his own place and enjoy some real autonomy. Now, a lot goes into opening your own business. Seriously, a lot. There was definitely some freaking out along the way like when you sign your life away for a small business loan and a lease...or when you realize you have to actually figure out all the red tape graciously provided by our state government. Trevor knows he hit the jackpot by having a CPA as a spouse. I can easily keep the books and even run payroll for him, but the whole vision has been his baby and I have tried to stay out of it as much as possible. We both want my focus to be at home with the kids. But don't get me wrong, I own 50% of this thing ;-)
Anyway, we signed on the loan in September and after an intense construction period, we opened in the middle of December. (And yeah, all of this happened right when Rylan was born, I don't know how we did that). And now that the holidays are over he is heavily marketing to the local doctors in the area. We really wanted to start from the ground up rather than buying an existing practice, but with that comes the challenges of building clientele. We have had some really great feedback from the doctors and he's starting to see some patients come in. Until his schedule is full, he continues to contract with some long-term care facilities. Anyway, this has been the craziest/busiest time of our marriage. Trevor has worked many a long day and night to see make this happen. I am really proud of him.
So, we'll see how it is intense and stressful, but there is a huge need for physical therapy as the baby boomers age, and thankfully, health care isn't hit as hard as other industries in the suffering economy.
For those of you in our area, his office is off of Pacific Avenue across from Spanaway Lake Golf Course (by the Taco Bell and Ace Hardware). And a major benefit: 10 minute commute...gotta love that.

You can also check it out at our very basic website (still need to trick it out!, all in due time....):

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