Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 1 - The Big Intro!

Let's get this party started!!

No better day to start then the day everyone is talking about.  1/11/11!  So here I am trying out this challenge thing finally.  No more excuses on why I can't do it, and no more procrastinating.  Hopefully things will go smoothly and I won't miss any posts, and many of you know how very unrealistic that is with all that's on my schedule.  But I can do this, and I will do it!

Well, let's see....where to begin?  This is going to be long; I can feel it.

My name is Julie Frey.  I am 31, and have a beautiful 3 (almost 4) year old daughter.  She's the light of my life and I can't remember my life before her, and I can't imagine it without her.  Sara has NF-1, and because of that she has a lot of medical issues that are in constant flux.  Lots of appointments, testing, and surgeries have filled our past...but now she's doing great and we couldn't ask for anything more.  Its great to only have to go to the hospital for a day of testing every 6 months instead of a week long stay every month when she was sick!

As for my "professional" life, I work at the family business with my dad and step-mom.  I work in the manufacturing department as a test technician for video and audio distribution amplifiers.  For those of you who have no idea what that means, I test, build, and repair electrical products that are pieces of a larger video/security system.  Our products are used in planes, elevators, and anywhere you can imagine there might be a security system or video system.  We also build special custom products for the armed forces that help keep our troops safe and bring them home to their families.  I feel really honored to have such an amazing job that makes a huge difference in a lot of people's lives!

As some of you know, I didn't always want to work in the family business...I just kind of ended up there.  I have been to school for lots of majors, but the one that stuck was teaching.  I graduated from Regis University in May 2008.  But due to my daughter's health declining over the following 14 months, I was unable to obtain a teaching job.  Sometimes I wish that I could go back to it, but I love what I do now, even though it wasn't my original plan.  I know that I will probably never teach because of Sara's health.  I've come to terms with giving up my "dream job" for my baby.  I'd give up anything for her if I knew it was the best thing for her!

I'm a single mother, and it isn't easy.  But life is always throwing curve balls, and it is just one of those things.  I do the best that I can with what I have, and I think I do a good job.  Obviously there are good days and bad days, but I love having lots of one on one time with her.  I feel blessed to have so much time for the two of us to spend together.  We have lots of fun things we love to do together.  We go to the zoo often, paint and do other craft things, we play, watch movies, and just hang out together. 

And when I'm not doing the mom thing, I live another life.  Sara goes with her dad 2 days week, so that means I get to turn my mommy mode off (almost).  You always think about and worry about your kids, especially when they aren't with you.  So my mommy mode never goes off completely, but it gets to come really close.  And in my other life, I get to play the role of a girlfriend to the most amazing man.  He's sweet, kind, smart, talented, and handsome!  He takes exceptional care of me, and Sara too when she's here.  We've taken things really slow over the last several months, and we have the most amazing relationship.  I finally really know how it feels to be in a healthy, committed relationship.  I can't wait to see what the future holds for us.  It can only get more amazing from here!

And I guess I need to mention may hobbies really fast...so other then being a mother and girlfriend, I like to read, cook, and enjoy all the amazing wildlife and nature areas that CO has to offer.  And for those of you wondering; no, I don't ski.

So if you've actually read this far, I commend you.  But that's me in a nut shell.  Untill tomorrow!

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