Archive for April, 2010

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by by


In this photo I believe that I am at a baseball game and  I think that the dark figure may be my child.  I do recognize that this is chain-link fence, so actually…I might be in prison.  Or a mental hospital.
I’m kind of hoping for one of the latter because then I know there will be drugs.  And possibly sleep.

Forget the winter of our discontent, I nominate spring as the real bringer of the year’s great depression.

You may have been asking yourself where I’ve been during the month of April, (since it certainly hasn’t been here on my blog), and I’ll be happy to tell you that I’ve been living in a Talking Heads’ song.  In particular the one that has the line, “You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile,” because in no particular order I’ve been: (more…)

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Review: Mom’s Survival Guide – Save Time, Money and Your Sanity

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by by

The title of this book alone is enough to entice me to read it. Show me how to save time and money and I’m interested but you are also going to give me tips to save my sanity? Do tell!

I am a mother of two small children but I have always been (more…)

Reading and my addiction to series books

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by by

At the moment I am in the process of reading 4 different series of books.  I love to read, but I always feel a sense of loss when I finish a book.  I want to find out more about the characters.  That’s why I love series books.  My mom introduced me to The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith a while back.  I have read all of them except the latest in the series that was just released on April 20th.  I’m on the waiting list at the library for it.  Number 24 right now on the list.  While I am waiting I decided to pick up another John Sandford book and get up to speed on Lucas Davenport.  I finished that on Sunday and requested the next in the series.  Today I finished a book in the Miss Julia series by Ann  B. Ross.  I went to the library today to pick up what I thought was the next Miss Julia book, but I mistakenly picked up the next, next book.  I can’t possibly skip ahead, so I have to wait till the correct one is moved to my branch.  So, in the meantime I started reading the first in the Dalhousie series, also by Alexander McCall Smith.  So far, I’m really enjoying it.  I don’t know how I am going to keep all the different characters straight in my head, but I am going to try.
Reading is an escape for me and I love (more…)

Meditation & Restorative Yoga

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by by

Since I began a daily meditation routine back in February, I’ve had a number of friends ask me how they could get started in a mediation practice. So I thought I would share some of my tips and recommendations.

If you’re interested in starting a meditation routine and are new to meditation, you’d probably find guided meditations most beneficial at first. I like the meditations at Meditation Oasis. They have over 30 free podcast meditations ranging from 7-30 minutes on their website. Meditation Oasis. They also have an iPhone app but I believe they have less podcasts available there so I just go through the website on my iPhone. Warning, her voice might sound a tad annoying when she first starts speaking but once you get into the actual meditation I find it quite soothing and calm. One of my favorites is the Gratitude Meditation. You can’t help but feel good when you think of all of the people and things in your life you are grateful for. (more…)

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Just When Things Are Looking Up

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by by

Whenever we think we have gotten ourselves back on our feet financially, it hits us. The truck is misfiring making for a bumpy ride and it needs to be inspected. Our car was stolen… yep. It was a lease and so therefor we get no money for it and no car to replace it; its just gone.

So now I am left at home, with the kids, without a car. Lucky for us we live down the street from the park and with the weather being nicer, I can at least walk there or something. But now I get to worry about saving up for a cheap commuter car for Nate to take to and from work. I will need the truck to take the girls to doc appointments and be able to take Dakota to pre-school come September.

Why does it always happen this way? I am feeling majorly depressed. Never in my life did I (more…)

Wordless Wednesday: The Betrothed

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by by

Matching Puma Tracksuits

Matching Puma Tracksuits
Emerson hugging Fletcher

Emerson hugging Fletcher
They will be wed, one day….

Just an example of my crazy mind

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by by

I’ve been told by professionals a few times that I may have OCD. Not the stereotypical OCD – the obsessive cleaning kind – but one that has to do with numbers and things being equal. It’s gotten better over the years; when I was younger, if I tapped one foot a certain number of times, I’d have to tap the other foot a certain number of times. It didn’t have to be the exact number of times truthfully – it just had to feel equal.

The only time it gets bad now is when I’m under an extreme amount of stress. Chris likes to bother me a lot about this and will tap two or three of my fingers and then walk off. The other part is that (more…)

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Are you your kids’ favorite parent?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by by

I was reading this post yesterday about the favored parent and thought it was very interesting. When I was growing up if my dad and I went somewhere alone, he used to tell me all the time that I was his favorite… Of course he said this to my sister and my four brothers as well. We all knew he did this, so when he said we were his favorite we didn’t get too excited about it. But, it was still kind of fun for me to hear. I liked it even though I knew he told all the other kids this too. I still always sort of thought I was his favorite. I like being the favorite one. I don’t know if everyone is like this, but I think it is human nature to like being liked.

What I found interesting about this post was the discussion about being the favorite parent. I think that parents do compete for being the favorite parent. I know we do and we were doing this even before we had kids. It started with our first pet. Our first pet was Tanner Vladimir. He was a Siberian husky. Kelly and I both loved him like he was our own child. We would compete for his attention too. Kelly would sit in one room of the house and call him and I would sit in the other room and call him. And, then whichever one of us he went to would be all giddy and gloat about it. It was kind of a silly competition of ours.

Now that we have kids (more…)

Learning Lessons & Following a Dream

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by by

This blog post was intended to simply be a write-up about my meeting last night at San Francisco General Hospital regarding their volunteer doula program. Instead, or really in addition to, I get to admit yet another life lesson the Universe dished out to me.

The background….

Back in 2007, as my husband and I prepared to get married and start a family right away, I began to research the type of birth I would want. I had always been fascinated with water birthing and that naturally drove me to get educated about natural, med-free childbirth (NCB). I was soon swept up in the NCB movement.

After a year of daily participation on the JustMommies.com Natural Childbirth Board and developing (more…)

Do you ever feel like the food police?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by by

I have tried many strategies to keep my kids from eating all the food in one day. I like to buy the kids treats but the problem is they never last very long. I try to plan out my grocery shopping so that they can have one snack (or maybe two) every day, but my kids don’t have any impulse control and they want it all right now.

I have tried reasoning with them. I explained to Lyndsey the other day when she was asking for the last bottle of diet 7-up that if she drank that bottle there would be none left for tomorrow and wouldn’t she like to have it tomorrow? No, of course she wouldn’t. It doesn’t help that I have four kids. They do like all kids from large families do; they try to get food while they can. If Lyndsey had given me the 7-up and saved it for tomorrow like I suggested, do you think she would be the one getting to drink it tomorrow? Probably not. By tomorrow one of the other kids would have decided they wanted it and it would be gone anyway, so she might as well be the one that gets to drink the last one.

I have tried hiding them. This can work if you hide the snacks before the kids know that you have them. But my kids (more…)

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