Monday, May 10, 2010


This is rather like stating the obvious... but for the time being, The Balancing Act is on a hiatus.  Why, you ask?  Well... for a whole myriad of reasons really, but mostly because I don't feel like I have much to say at the moment!  Also because I've been focusing on my (getting to be pretty successful) craft blog, and because I've been super busy in general.  It's difficult to keep up with one blog, let alone two!  That being said, I don't have the heart to delete this blog... it's not over until the fat lady sings, you know?!  So feel free to check back every once in awhile... you never know when I might pick this back up again!  Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Trip on a whim!

Flights were booked today and Travis and I will be heading to DC for a couple of days at the end of April to visit our dear friend Tim and his girlfriend Terri!

This all came about because Tim has a whole bunch or air-miles that are soon to expire and that he won't have the opportunity to use before they do.  He asked us if we wanted to come visit him - and that his air-miles would cover our flights!

The entire planning process for this trip happened within about the space of an hour this morning.  Totally random!

We're really excited!  We had a great time the last time we were in DC, back in August 2008... and can't wait to see Tim and Terri.  It will serve as a bit of a warm up to our VEGAS trip in May!  So fun!

Monday, March 15, 2010


I am a really, really terrible secret keeper.  Well... not about all things... but certainly about GIFTS.  I am HORRIBLE at keeping gifts a secret!  That being said, I have been dying... just DYING to tell Heather about her birthday gift for weeks now.  It's been driving me nuts!  This weekend was her big day though, and I was super antsy to let her in on the secret!

She is trying to figure out what the piece of paper in her hands means...

When she figures it out she cries!

After the first hug Lily thinks that we each need individual hugs...

I got Heather tickets to go see MICHAEL BUBLE!  Yup - we're super stoked!  We're roadtripping to Detroit on the 25th to have a girls night with Michael Buble!  SO FUN!

And then we ate cupcakes to celebrate!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Help me help the kitties!

Happy Friday, folks!

Do you remember the kittens I fostered last summer?  When I first found them they looked like this...

Then I started a blog (The Kitten Mama) about my journey as a kitten foster... you can find it HERE.

At 10 weeks old they were ready for adoption, and Spock, Magnus (now Ozzy), Tabitha and Napoleon (now Mac & Cheese)  went to wonderful homes...

One kitten, Spock, went to live with my parents.  Here he is today (on the right) with his new big brother Felix...

We also rescued a little kitten from the streets (technically, she was under the hood of a car!) this summer and fostered her as well.  Her name was Buick.  She also got adopted into her forever home...

And of course you know that Travis and I have two wonderful, goofy big kittens of our own, Oliver and Beyonce...

You see I've always loved cats - and grew up with them as pets.  It wasn't until I fostered the kittens this summer that I realized the cat overpopulation problem we're dealing with nationally - and the plights of feral, stray and semi-friendly cats that are living on the streets.

Carol's Ferals, a non-profit organization here in Grand Rapids, provided me with resources to foster these kittens - and in turn I accepted a position on their board of directors.  I feel privileged to assist this organization grow and expand its efforts to provide T-N-R services, and to place friendly cats in permanent homes.  You can visit their website HERE.

T-N-R stands for Trap, Neuter, Return, and is the humane solution to cat overpopulation.  Essentially, our organization spay/neuters feral and stray cats to ensure that they do not continue to reproduce.  Cats are given shots and medical treatment if necessary, then released back to their colony - hopefully under the care of a human who is willing to provide food and shelters to these outdoor cats.  The cats can live out the rest of their lives safely, disease free, and without bringing more kittens into the world.

Since our organization is run entirely by volunteers, I am leading the charge in fundraising efforts right now.  Back in the fall, we used Facebook to successfully launch and complete our $500 / 500 Campaign.  In one month we were able to raise $500 and reach 500 members on our Facebook Cause page.  It was a great achievement!

Now we're trying to do it again.  We launched the $1,000 / 1,000 Campaign this week - with a goal to raise $1,000 and reach 1,000 members on our Cause page.  And I'm asking you for your help!

If you're a Facebook user... head HERE to visit our Cause page.  You can join the Cause to receive updates and help us reach our member goal, or make a donation to support our work!  You can also read more about the campaign in my blog post for the organization HERE.

Thank you so much for your support!!  Together we can curb the feline overpopulation, better the lives of stray and feral cats, and find loving homes for friendly babies such as these...





(All of these cats are currently in our adoption program and looking for homes - do let me know if you, or someone you know, is interested in adopting one of them!)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

South Haven Winter Weekend - Part Three

Welcome to the final installment of our South Haven Winter Weekend, brought to you in part by my procrastinating writing my paper that's due in class this very evening at 6:00pm... which I have yet to start!

On Saturday afternoon after a quick nap and some snacks, some other friends joined us out at the condo.  It wasn't long before the tequila was flowing (yikes!) and Jim was making goofy faces for the camera...

We all went and grabbed dinner at an Italian place in town.  Note the putrid-color green beverage in front of Heather in this picture.  I must point out that I exhibited a good friend moment when (not shockingly!) it was too sweet for her, so I made a trade with her right after this picture was taken.  I choked it down, too!

Here's a shot of my husband and I, and my incredibly frizzy hair.  Boo!

Jim and Justin were dates for the evening, splitting their check on buy one, get one free sandwiches.  Sensitive!


 Then we headed out to the bar.  Looks like that about this time my husband was beginning to enjoy the evening... and his beverages.

He'd be a good bartender, no?  Keeping the beer flowing?  Note the disposable glasses... classy.

Heather and I snapped a quick picture while the boys went off to play pool.

After awhile, and several games of pool, we moved on to the next bar.  Here's a shot of the girls!

We didn't get back to the condo until close to 2AM.  I can't remember the last time I stayed up anywhere close to that late!  Yup, I'm old!  I was so tired the next day that I spent most of the day on the couch... but it was totally worth it to get our friends together and hit the town!