The Balancing Act. A beautiful, fun and whimsical painting done by James Christensen. It also perfectly sums up our life and so a print of it hangs in our bedroom. The last month Stuart has worked night shifts 6 days a week for 13 hour shifts. The little time he has at home when he’s awake is spent in a mad dash of playing with the kids, hopefully squeezing in an exercise, getting ready for work, and shoveling down a plate of dinner before heading back to work. It’s a dizzying schedule that has the two of us with dark circles under our eyes. But we are happy. Sometimes it feels like that video of the sinking kayak where the couple continues to paddle along as though they aren’t up to their chins in water. But paddling on we go!