• Informative

    Bags, Baggage and Guilt

    When you fly are you the totally organized passenger who’s got a place for everything and everything in its place? Or are you the last minute packer who is frantically trying to make sure the basics are there crammed in every which way as you make a mad dash to the airport hoping and praying that your flight hasn’t started boarding yet? I tend to be a bit of an over-packer who might be ready for the zombie apocalypse at the drop of a hat, but needing to have supplies to replace anything in my diabetic arsenal takes up a lot of space, and money (but that’s another story) Recent…

  • Life story,  Musings

    A Birthday and a Hope

    37 weeks & about 12 hours later induction for your arrival started. Tomorrow we celebrate our Little Miss turning 3. Not only do I feel old realizing this, but I’ve also seen some Mom Bloggers posting about their last baby being a lengthy list of last ‘firsts’ and how heartbroken they are to realize this is the last first they’ll experience. First steps, first tooth, first night sleeping all night, etc… but in all honesty I’m glad she is both my little girl, my only girl and my last. Pregnancy and the fourth trimester was tough for me. (see here) She is already a force to be reckoned with, for…

  • Uncategorized

    Spoons and Parenting

    My children have taken after me in how they eat their cereal in the mornings, dry with a side of milk. I’ve upgraded to coffee instead of milk, and since they’ve got enough energy already, they don’t need coffee to add to that. It would be like adding an extra battery pack to an already fast RC car. It would be really cool at first, then an amazing crash would occur, injuries might happen and all that energy would be lost. They’ve also started enjoying the handheld goodness of Pop-Tarts dipped in milk. Occasionally the piece of Pop-Tart would fall into the milk and they’d have to fish it out…

  • Musings

    It’s Your Birthday!

    Well, not today, but on Sunday my family and I celebrated my arrival into this world 34 years ago. I’m thankful for another year on this earth, but disliked the fact that I’ve had a stubborn cold for over a week now. Summer colds are annoying and very bothersome. Thank goodness for Claritin D and Ricola throat lozenges. When I was a kid celebrating my birthday was a bit tricky; it’s after schools out for summer, close to Independence Day, and, lots of people tended to leave for vacation about that time as well. Which makes it tricky to plan a party, so often those celebrating with me I was…

  • Informative

    Celebrate Family

    Tomorrow is one of the biggest nationwide celebrations for Americans, barring an improbable Super Bowl win by the Cleveland Browns. We celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks, parades, and picnics all while immigrants families are struggling to find each other after being separated and detained in immigration centers after crossing into the “land of the free”. There is a lot of misinformation swirling out there on the web that muddies the conversations that are happening about this polarizing issue, but thankfully The Washington Post has complied an article to address the he said/she said going on and you can read it here. What I find most troubling is…

  • Informative

    We are all Immigrants

    While we were visiting family in Ohio a few months ago, one of the fun activities my mother-in-law (MIL) was doing was tracing her family history. She was able to delve into generations of her family that she had known only smatterings about from passed down old stories and occasional pictures. Being intrigued with the mystery and history aspects of tracing family trees, I asked her to start tracing my family tree. We came across some interesting facts and features of several of my great grandparents, but that fun search took on new meaning in regards to recent political events happening. We live near the biggest major city in south…

  • Musings

    Making friends is easy… Unless you’re a Mom

    Making friends when I was a child was really easy. I met someone new at the playground, I introduce myself to them, we both like to swing, we are in the same grade at school. Instant friends. I’m not sure where the disconnect happens between childhood and adulthood, but making friends now is hard. Not impossible, but quite difficult. It’s like once we hit adulthood and become parents; our friendships and social connections focus on our kids and what they’re doing or becoming. We need to remember that we as parents are in need of connections that aren’t attached to our children, because the idea is usually to raise the…

  • Life story,  Musings

    Hugs can help

    When I realized that April was almost over a week ago, Mister observed that we had been traveling for the first half of the month and all of us were sick in the last two weeks of it. Through all of the craziness that April offered, one thing was constant; the desire and request for hugs. Both of the kiddos are keen snugglers and to be honest, so are Mister and I. I thought back and realized that even if the day wasn’t going as smoothly as we had anticipated, a hug tended to help soften the grumpy attitudes we had developed. We had to make an unexpected trip up…

  • Musings

    Spring in Ohio

    We are spending some time with the in-laws (Oma & Pa) in Ohio and I’ve realized a few things: When driving from Texas to Ohio, be prepared to spend most of Day One still in Texas. Don’t forget the heavy coats, gloves and hats. It snowed yesterday. It’s April. Bringing bits of home, like my coffee & coffee maker, helps stave off crankiness. Be willing to be flexible about kiddos nap times & what they eat for meals. Know that the memories being made now outweigh the exhaustion earned in the drive time here. Road trips with toddlers & preschool aged kids can be done well with flexibility and grace.…

  • Musings

    Constant Parenting

    It’s been brought to my attention that my children seem to thrive on fruit snacks, episodes of kids shows and juice boxes. They also see me as a constant in their lives, and I am very grateful that they do, but there are moments sometimes when I briefly wish they weren’t so stuck to me.┬áBut in their ever-changing worlds, having mommy & daddy nearby for comfort and guidance is a comfort and constant they can count on. As a PBS character sings “grown-ups come back”. I’m trying to raise independent and confident children who will be kind to others, help those around them and not be selfish for their own…