Archive for May, 2013


Friday, May 31st, 2013 by by

I remember an essay question from a test in High School English.  “Can you ever really go home?”  For the life of me, I cannot remember the book that this essay question related to, but the question has always stuck in my head for all of these years.

The first week of Faith’s life was spent in a hotel room.  The next three weeks, were spent at my parent’s house.  In the words of Meranda Lambert, it was “The House That Built Me.”

I am forever grateful for my parents for welcoming us warmly without knowing when we would leave.  Just as precious as those first days when we got to spend time with Faith’s birthmother in the hospital, were those first weeks that I spent raising my daughter in the room I hadn’t spent any time in since I was a teenager.  Rocking my baby to sleep in the room that I spent my high school years was a little surreal.  I still have random pictures stuck up around the room, my shelves are still semi-filled with memorabilia.  My curio cabinet filled with mementos of all of my years dancing still stands against one wall.  It all waits for me to come and claim it one day… but that’s what we really have parents for isn’t it?  Storage?  ;)

It didn’t take long for me to realize that when you are home, old habits die hard.  I remember where the creaks were in the floor walking from my bedroom to the bathroom, dodging them was a skill I had honed well growing up.  However, my dad has redone most of the floor, so those creaks aren’t there… that didn’t stop me from trying to dodge them.  With the floors recently redone, I almost tripped down the first step downstairs almost daily.  You see, there used to be a ridge that you could feel with your foot.  You’d feel it and know that a couple inches further was the first step down.  Not feeling that ridge, the first step comes really fast!

Then there was the bathroom.  And this may sound really weird, but I noticed that I would face a certain way when I was in the bathroom.  It was totally inconvenient to doing anything.  But I had always done it and never thought twice.  Well, as I was thinking about it I remembered why I had always done it since I was little. (more…)


The Letterman

Friday, May 31st, 2013 by by

Last night Hayden’s tennis team celebrated a victorious season.  Our high school won the conference as well as sectionals, and our top two doubles teams are headed to state this weekend.

Hayden was the only freshman on the varsity team.  It had been his goal since beginning the sport and he worked hard to make it happen, so I am really proud of how much of himself he dedicated to making his dream a reality.

He went undefeated through the entire season and came in third in the region.  His third place was a bit of a disappointment because he came in behind two boys he’d beaten handily in the regular season, but he was terribly sick the day of competition and I know that didn’t work in his favor.  Hayden had to play his consolation match to determine 3rd and 4th place immediately after his first loss which had come after several long, hard matches.  This next round proved to be even more challenging.  Hayden and his opponent went back and forth for at least 8 rounds during the second set tie-breaker.  Had Hayden won it, he would have been finished, but he ended up losing the tie-breaker which meant he had to start a third set to determine the winner.

I’ve never felt worse for him than I did at that moment.  Sick and exhausted I could see on his face that he was devastated by the thought of having to play at minimum, another 6 games.  I called him over to pep-talk him and he was on the verge of tears.  For Hayden, who is a master of the even-temper, this was a sign that he was at a really at a low point.  I gave him my best words of advice, but I know he wasn’t really listening because he was upset and could tell that I was too.  I let him go and then reached out to him the best way I knew how – via text!

It sounds silly, but with that 18 feet of space between us, I knew that Hayden would be able the “hear” my words much better. I told him that I knew what he had to do was hard but that he had no choice but to go in there and do it.  I told him I knew he could and I knew he would.  And he did.  He came back with a vengeance and soundly beat his opponent for the 3rd place win.  He worked so hard and pushed through his feelings and his discomfort and I couldn’t have been prouder of him than if he’d won the whole thing.  I told him so.

Tonight his tough spirit was recognized and rewarded.  His coach and his teammates all made it clear that they respected Hayden’s attitude and effort.     For a 14-year old kid competing among 17 & 18-year old “men”, that’s pretty impressive.  Hayden has big goals set for himself for the next three years and I’m excited to see him go after them.  I know he’ll work as hard as he can.

On a side note….I was so buoyed by the fact that Hayden actually allowed me to take a photo of him that I got greedy. (more…)

Patriotic Snack

Friday, May 31st, 2013 by by

Patriotic Pops - Use some star shaped marshmallows and fruit to create this perfect memorial day or 4th of July snack.

Here is a quick and easy patriotic snack that you can bring to any party. Our red, white and blue patriotic pops come together in minutes and are so simple even a child can make them. (more…)

Rocking the boat

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 by by

I’m a terrible blogger.  School is out for the Summer.  Dakota is an 8th grader, Christian is a 3rd grader and Ava in Kindergarten.  Dakota got a Presidential award For Academic Excellence for having at least a 4.0 gpa all year.  So proud of her! She’s trying to grow up way too fast! She’s auditioning for our local performing arts academy.  Let me tell you, she’s a natural! ;)

IVIG continues every 3 weeks, like clockwork for Ava.  J fed 22 hours a day and she finally grew a little.  She’s now officially .5 % for height (yes, point five percentile) and we are thrilled!  Almost to that 1%! Life is all about perspective. Weight is on the charts, but barely.  She’s following her own curve and that’s all we care about.  We had her IEP meeting for school next year.  Nothing kicks you in the gut like an IEP meeting.  In fact, my little sweetheart will have another meeting to prepare the staff for her before school even starts.  This meeting will include Ava, myself, school nurses, private nurse, principle, ALL kindergarten teachers (since they rotate lunch/recess duty), school psychologist, special education coordinator, her  bus drivers, teacher aides, Art, Music, Gym and Technology teachers, physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and whomever else they invite.  Ava obviously qualifies for OT, PT and speech at school.  The school is providing a one on one nurse for her.   The nursing plan has already been written up and faxed by her Dr.  Her Dr does NOT want them messing with her central line at all.  I don’t either. Glad we agree on this. :) (more…)


Bathing Dolls – Water Sensory Play

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 by by

This is such a great way to beat the summer heat. Bring the dolls outside and give them a bath. A fun, soapy sensory experience awaits.
Faithful Mess For Less readers might notice that my kids look a lot younger in these photos. No, I didn’t acquire some sort of time machine, but I did find these photos of my kids bathing dolls which we did BMFL (before Mess For Less). So prepare to get wet and have some fun bathing dolls with us! (more…)

Does This Rock Climbing Wall Make My Butt Look Big?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 by by

(Don’t answer that.) In our continued quest for fun and adventure, my friend Nikki and I went indoor rock climbing. The climbing place was airport hangar-y and filled with climbing walls. Classic rock played loudly and as we got ready we heard both Stairway to Heaven and Freebird so that seemed like a good omen. We put on our borrowed climbing shoes and our instructor, Kevin strapped us into our harnesses. And then? We climbed up the walls. Straight up. Just when we thought we couldn’t make it to the top, Kevin would talk us into going up farther than we knew we could.

We climbed for an hour and then we climbed a wall blindfolded. You heard me. Climbing was all-consuming, no way could I think of anything but where to put my foot next. It was more aerobic than I had anticipated: I was out of breath each time I got to the top of a wall. I worked up a sweat. Nikki and I were both sore all over before we even finished.

And it was fun, you guys. Mission accomplished.

We’re trying to figure out what’s next. Any ideas?

Playin’ in the Rain

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by by

These pictures are actually from a couple of weeks ago. I completely forgot to post them, but they are so cute, I figured it was better late than never!

It was a pretty mild, spring rain on this day. When Noah and B.’s classes got out of Junior Kindergarten, all the other kids left to get out of the rain. (more…)


Mommy Meme Monday: You know you’re a mom when..

Monday, May 27th, 2013 by by

There are many ways you can tell you’re a mom. Here are just a few.

Sleeping. What’s sleeping?


Nice to meet you Jon’s mom.



10 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

Monday, May 27th, 2013 by by

I have recently moved from a small apartment where my utility bill was combined with my rent payment to a large home where my husband and I are fully responsible for every drop of water every degree on the thermostat. While our home isn’t terribly expensive to live in, our utilities are almost a quarter of what we pay in rent. That said, it is well worth my while to do things to cut back on my electric bill. And if you, like me, are looking for ways to cut down on what you spend each month, try out a few of these VERY easy methods. (I’m not going to ask you replace all of your appliances or paint your roof white)

1. Re-chargeable Flashlights Buy a few hand-crank, battery-free flashlights. Place them in dark closets or pantries where you may seldom go but each time you go into them, you’ll need light. Rather than turning on the light bulb, hang one of these flashlights by the light switch and use it for those few moments when you’re in the closet. You only need to wind them a few times by hand and you’ll not only not have to pay for electricity to turn on the light, but you’ll never have to pay for batteries, either. Added bonus: In case of emergency, you are good to go! (more…)

Inspiration for the Week

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 by by

Because seriously?  Sometimes asking yourself this very question makes your life a billion times easier.
Try it.