Thursday, July 1, 2010

Did I really just sign up for this?

Ok, so I've gone and done it...I bit the bullet...and became a Celebrating Home Consultant!

Since moving to TN and becoming a stay at home mom, Bryan and I have struggled a little financially.  Well, not a little, A LOT!  We had a lot of things come at us all at once.  Between moving expenses, medical bills, trying to get settled into our new home, having to get a Brown Recluse elimination treatment for the house (AHHHH! Don't even get me started!) and just the plain ole expense of having a baby, we have found ourselves barely treading water.  Bryan and I have always been great with money, so this has been extremely tough on us.  Thankfully, we have an incredibly supportive family who have helped us through this hard time.

After doing a lot of talking to my husband, we came to the conclusion that I need to do something to earn a little bit of extra play money.  This isn't money we need to survive, but money that we can use for unexpected expenses and to do fun stuff.

In May, when I visited family in Maryland, I stayed with my Uncle Jamie and Aunt Megan.  Megan was just beginning her adventure as a new Celebrating Home consultant and we talked a lot about how excited she was about it.  At first, I didn't think anything of it, but as money's gotten tighter and tighter and I started searching for ways to earn a little, I kept coming back to the idea of being a party consultant.  I don't think that all of this is coincidence...I truly believe God put it into my life for a reason.  Not only will it be a way for me to earn a little money, but it also gives me an excuse to get out of the house.  Since we aren't super connected yet, I find myself trapped inside the house most days, taking care of Jackson.  I'm hoping this will give me some fun time away from home and will also help me build friendships and make more connections in TN.

Ok, so now for the sales had to know it was coming!  Please let me know if you would be interested in buying some beautiful home decor or if you would be willing to host a Celebrating Home party.  Celebrating Home used to be Home Interiors, which many more of you may be more familiar with.  Their products are not only beautiful, but are affordable and of high quality.  If you host a party, you can get awesome hostess benefits to make anything you want even more affordable!  

Sweet Summer time

It's been well over a month since I've blogged, which I feel really horrible about.  Besides being extremely busy and traveling, the only excuse I have is that I truly haven't felt like anything has been interesting enough to tell you about.  So I guess I'll just give you rundown of what the Parsons family has been up to so far this summer.

Jackson is growing leaps and bounds right now.  He's starting to do new things everyday.  He's starting to feed himself little bits of solid food and beginning to crawl.  I can't believe how much he is growing and developing!  It makes me miss my snuggly, little newborn!

We have traveled a lot so far this summer.  Mid-June we traveled back to Lexington/Columbia, SC for Bryan to defend his dissertation.  He, of course, defended successfully and I am now (unofficially) married to a Doctor!!  I am so proud of my smart, dedicated hubby!  The past five years have been hard on both of us, but all the hard work is paying off.  It was great to spend time with friends in SC.  All the babies have grown so much and it was a lot of fun to get them all together.  We all commented on how it didn't seem as though Bryan, Jackson, and I had been gone for 6 months.  It was almost as if we'd never left.  I was surprised, though, at how much I've already gotten accustomed to TN.  I felt myself longing for home (Martin) even in Lexington.  The visit was bittersweet, to say the least.

After we visited SC, we traveled to Ocean Isle Beach with my mom, step-dad, and sister-in-law.  We had an absolute blast!  It was Jackson's first trip to the beach -- SO SPECIAL!  The first time he was on the beach, he was not having it.  The noise and power of the waves scared him a little so we had to keep him up on the sand.  The next day, though he did great!  He sat in the surf and played in the sand.  Plus, Jackson absolutely LOVED the pool.  He would just sit in the float and splash and laugh.  I have a feeling I'm going to have a little fish on my hands in the summers to come.  After the beach, we traveled to Charlotte and got to spend some good, quality time with Bryan's mom.  We did lots of shopping and even more relaxing considering Jackson woke up at 10 till 6 am every day at the beach.

All in all, this summer has been wonderful and it's not over yet!  I'm hopeful that for the rest of the summer we can make more connections with people here in Martin and spend some quality time with new friends!