This past month has been incredibly busy! I have re opened the Soapalooza Studio here in Williamsburg, VA. We are also planning partnership classes in both Richmond and Petersburg, VA.
Last August 2013 I put the Studio Classes on hold when my #2 daughter (I have four) came back home to live with me for awhile. She was 27 and pregnant with her first child. She was also not sure if staying married was an option any longer. During the subsequent 6 months, I assisted my daughter during her pregnancy, and after having given birth to 5 children of my own, experienced childbirth through the eyes of the birth partner/father’s perspective.
I saw what the impending birth of a child can feel like to the party offering moral, financial, and physical support to a pregnant woman. I experienced that sense of panic that there was no way to stop this incredible force of nature. I shared in the excitement of that same incredible force of nature! Most amazing though, I helped deliver my second grandchild on November 22, 2013. Sophia Isabelle Flores was born to all things sugar and spice! My daughter and son in law reconciled shortly after Sophia’s birth, and have relocated to the Atlanta, GA area. Not too far to visit thankfully!
Earlier in the same year, my #3 daughter had given birth to my first grandchild, Robert Burrios Harran was born on July 11, 2013. He was born at 5 lbs 10 oz, three weeks early due to Preclampsia during my daughter’s pregnancy. I am incredibly grateful that my daughters and both grandchildren are strong & healthy.
2014 has so far been an amazing year also. My 13 year old son started assisting in the warehouse mid March. Over the years, each of my children have had their first paying jobs under the watchful eye of whomever is managing the supply warehouse. He is my last child (my children range from 33 years old to 13 years old … yes I know, what was I thinking? But, I would not trade it for the world, grin!).
Nick had wanted to try living with his father when school started last September, but after most of the school year his father had to bring Nick back to live with me, as the blended family & multiple step children situation as his father’s home was not working out to NIck’s benefit. So, for the duration of this school year, Nick’s father & I have a very hybridized custody & visitation schedule so that Nick can finish the school year out where he started, THEN transfer into my Williamsburg school district for the remainder of his 8 – 12 grade. My house rules and responsibilities don’t seem so harsh to him anymore now though, lol! Sometimes the hardest part of being a parent is letting our kids find out for themselves what we already could easily tell them.
The Soapalooza Studio is growing locally, with students attending from Alabama, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, as well as British Columbia and Jakarta, Indonesia. Soapalooza is looking at partnering with a soap studio in the Atlanta area later this year, where we will be conducting a 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp! If you think you would like Soapalooza to come to your city to do a Boot Camp, please let us know by emailing up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and and Addiction!
Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!
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