A Week of Firsts


Friday of last week started several days of firsts for our family. It started off packing for our very first camping trip we’ve taken as a family. We had some hiccups, but nothing terrible. For starters, we forgot to pack band-aids and Scott got a cut the first night while we were trying to set up the tent. We also realized quickly into our two and a half day camping trip what we’ll need to pack for next time, especially in the food preparation department. We hope to go camping here in Colorado at least once a year. 

First time using this tent. It barely fit on the platform.
First time ever sleeping in a tent.
Early morning at Vega Lake
Scott’s first catch!
Braidy helping daddy fish.


Eating the day’s catch with some potatoes and baked beans.
After dinner smores!

The second milestone we reached this week was when Braidy started Kindergarten. I would never have planned a camping trip the weekend before school started, but when we planned the trip we had no idea what school the kids would end up at. Even though we knew it might be rough going we still wanted to do something fun to end a summer of stress. 

The day this little dude entered Kindergarten.
The start of third grade.

The previous week, I had my first job interview in over 8 years! I am excited to say that I found the perfect job that allows me to work and be a mom when I need to be a mom. It works out perfectly because I am a para at the kids’ school. It’s kind of neat having your kids where you work and knowing what is going on with them and I’m so close if they ever need anything. We also have the same days off. It doesn’t get better than that. 😉 

At any rate, Monday started off a little chaotic not only getting the kids ready for school but getting myself ready for work. I have never done that before. The number of lunch boxes and bags to tote in and out of the car tripled and due to the 20-mile commute, if you forget something, it’s not like you can go back for it. But this first week we ironed out the kinks in getting ready for school and leaving on time. 

My first week back to work after having kids went pretty well outside of a few bouts of anxiety and uncertainty. I felt a little thrown into my position without much training and finally got some things cleared up by the time we had our staff meeting at the end of the week. The days seemed extremely long and I wasn’t certain I had fully recovered from camping before school started, so that may have played into my anxiety and extreme tiredness a bit. I also hadn’t fully submitted my new hire paperwork before I started so I was dealing with that through the week between school and the district office. Things have been so unorganized and when life seems unorganized, I’m in a frenzy. But I’m glad I have three-day weekends all the time to recover and I should have a good schedule ironed out for the boys and me soon.

So what’s going to happen to Heartfully Heather now that I’m not a full-time blogger? It is unlikely that I will accept much guest posting or sponsored content unless I’m really excited about doing it or I know for certain it will be of interest to my readers. I think Heartfully Heather will be a more personal blog about life here in Colorado, a little about parenting and education and a lot about self-care. Since I moved here to Colorado, I haven’t been able to shake this feeling of loneliness. When I hear from friends it really brightens my day and makes the world seem a little smaller. I’m hoping I can get past this because spontaneously crying for what seems like no apparent reason has to stop. LOL! I feel like a nut case sometimes. I have always been a sensitive person, but I feel really vulnerable these days, more so than ever before. I’m not really sure what will help this except maybe journaling or reading some self-help books. 

What was the longest period of time in your life where you felt lonely? 

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19 thoughts on “A Week of Firsts

  1. Congratulations on heading back to work life outside of blogging Heather. That’s a big accomplishment! Love that you all went camping and I can’t believe how much the boys gave grown. Hang in there during these transitions. You’ve made some important life decisions and I totally applaud you for them. Xo

  2. HOW FUN and what a perfect way to cap off the summer!!! I remember when I used to go camping A LOT back in the day, funnily enough, I officially hate it, LOL! My husband and I even pitched a tent in our living room when we first moved into our place and slept in it for about, oh 4 hours – then we got massively uncomfortable and were like “uhhhh we have a bed in the other room” sooooo we went back to the bedroom to finish out our night. My husband does love camping, I just don’t go with him when he wants to go! LOL

  3. We have yet to go camping with our kids. We are waiting for our boys to get a tad bit older, but it is something that they will definitely enjoy! Congratulations on your job! I have been considering a job at my daughter’s school.

    1. I waited too to go camping until my kids were older. Where we lived before we kept hearing about river drownings and I just couldn’t bring my toddler attracted to all things water to that kind of danger even if I had a watchful eye on him. It only takes a second. Now at 5 and 8, I can trust them a little more and they understand certain dangers toddlers just don’t.

  4. First, lol it looks like you guys had a blast! I love the images of the kids enjoying their tent and the lake is so peaceful looking. Congrats on getting back to work outside from blogging, I’m sure that is a journey within itself! We too enjoy camping and about a month ago my kids for the First time experienced it and had a ball!

  5. So many firsts! And fun firsts too!! I love that you took a camping trip. We did this last weekend too. It was great to get one last weekend out in nature with the family. Smores might be the best part of camping! HA! Looks like your son is ready for school!

  6. Ha Ha! I have to say it’s funny, the first time we used our tent it was in the back yard, I thought we were so lame. I definitely need to make a better camping list next time so I’m not peeing in a kids potty chair. 😉 A blog post for another time.

  7. First, your tent is huge. I love how comfortable your boys look. I also love seeing the pictures fishing. I am not a huge fan on camping, I love glamping. But I do love fishing and being outdoors. Also your kids look so adorable on the first day of school.

  8. I have just recently visited Colorado for the first time in July. I loved it so much that I can not wait to get back there. It was such a beautiful place to see and I wish it was so easy to just pick up and move there, maybe someday. I have to plan another trip out there though because I absolutely love it!

  9. We used to camp when we were still in Upstate New York. WE love being out there doing some fun stuff with nature. hanging out in a bonfire with tasty camp food and good conversation with our love ones. Lately we stop doing it due to work schedule. Hopefully next year we will be able to do it again. I always have a great time with family. Colorado is a great state for all this stuff.

  10. Congratulations on finding the perfect job that lets you work and be a mom! I know how challenging it can be to manage mommy time and working so that is a BIG win! You can and will make it all happen 😉

  11. I feel for you about moving to a new place and feeling lonely. My husband and I uprooted ourselves about five years ago and it was hard building a new network around ourselves. Why is it so hard to make new friends when we’re older? I wish you the best of luck at your new job. So brave of you to get back into the workforce after being a full time blogger. Promise you’ll cut yourself some slack as you find your way? x

  12. Oh wow, what an amazing adventure! It’s always a great thing to experience a lot of firsts too. 😉 You actually just made me miss camping out or just going more to the outdoors. I need to make another trip soon!

  13. When I first started teaching it took awhile for me to settle in…but eventually it became second nature to me. I love the hours as it allows me to do more after work than an office job would. Good luck with it…it’s truly one of the most rewarding jobs ever.

    The longest time I felt lonely was when I moved to England on my own. It took sometime but eventually I made some friends and got into a regular routine. England started to feel like home a few months after my arrival…but the adjustment was difficult in the beginning.

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