• Musings

    New Year, New You?

    I hope everyone had a good holiday season and it was merry and bright for them. I know I did. Family, Christmas movies and lots of yummy food were the main elements for us. Being in south Texas, there was no white Christmas, but there was a snow slide brought in by the church for the kiddos to ride after Christmas Eve services. They loved it and didn’t want to leave. Once the wrapping paper and stress-free packagings were dealt with, a sort of calm came over our house. I’m not sure if it was due to the new toys, having Oma & Pa visiting, or just one of those…

  • Musings

    Side Roads and Traffic Jams

    One of the many reasons I love my adopted state of Texas, is for their use of frontage roads along many of the main highways that surround where I live. Growing up in Ohio if I was headed almost anywhere that took the highway and there was an accident further on down the stretch, unless it was minor, you could be stuck where you are and be crawling along like a snail with the rest of the traffic until either the accident cleared or a detour was created. Rubbernecking was a finely tuned aspect of driving in Ohio.  So when my newly licensed self started driving solo, I started finding…

  • Life story,  Musings

    A Birthday and a Hope

    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 the good and the bad. She’s loving, creative and especially imaginative, which…

  • 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…

  • 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. But 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…

  • Musings

    #MotivationalMondays

    Happy New Year! After the craziness and sadness that 2016 brought, I’m hoping for a more positive 2017. On that note, I’m not only dusting off my blog, but I’m going to try and implement a few weekly things. Namely #MotivationalMondays and maybe even a #FamilyFridays. I’ve realized that often, too often to be honest, I have really good intentions to complete a project, or even add a new task or event to my daily life, but my follow-through record for anything is exceptionally low. Almost like the score the Buckeyes put up against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, but that’s a whole different topic and sore subject. 🙁 Given…

  • Informative,  Life story,  Musings

    Medicated Motherhood

    Being a parent is stressful. Managing a chronic condition on a daily basis where nothing is certain, despite doing relatively the same thing at the same time every day, is stressful. Interacting with a toddler who is trying to learn how to exert their independence while not being able to clearly communicate is stressful. I won’t even delve into the extra pressures mothers feel from the external pressures we see, hear, read about, scroll by on social media. That’s a whole blog post itself. After I had my daughter, she had to spend a week in the NICU due to a serious case of jaundice that almost led to her having…