• Musings

    I’ve got a boo-boo

    Do you remember when you were little and playing to your hearts content; with blocks, with dolls, outside with sticks and stones, or all of the above and you got hurt? Perhaps a stick poked you when you leaned over something, a plastic brick you didn’t realize was there decided to dig into the sole of your foot when you stood up, or maybe you got pinched when trying to fit a tiny plastic shoe onto a rigid foot of a doll? No matter how you were hurt, you had a boo-boo and wanted someone to help you feel better, right? I would typically seek out my mom to gain…

  • Musings

    Happy New Year! Almost…

    Today is the last day of 2019, and the last day of a decade. Whoa. Crazy. Due to tonight being a night where bedtimes are drastically stretched, Mister and I are attempting to get both Munchkin and Little Miss to nap. Key words there are ‘attempting’ and ‘nap’. So far we are 0-2 because neither kiddo wants to rest when there are fun things to do and play with from Christmas and just in their rooms in general. Even our house pony isn’t settling down to his typical afternoon siesta, probably cause there’s too much going on outside of his typical domain this afternoon with kiddos being on Christmas break…

  • Musings

    It’s Just a Phase

    How many times have you heard the phrase “it’s just a phase” or even said it yourself when dealing with a fussy baby or a toddler acting like a teenager? (threenagers are real and among us) Often we mutter it to ourselves or others when they’re going through a rough patch with the child, or children as a way to acknowledge their tough spot or more-often than not, as a way to minimize their struggle. I want to challenge you to consider that often quoted phrase as an encouragement to sink into your current phase and find the good in it. It may not be easy, in fact you may…

  • Musings

    Progress can be slow

    I’m not sure about where you are, but in south Texas March came in like a lion. Colder, way colder than typical temps and just generally very overcast days. I am thankful that no snow fell around us, but I know of friends who are still shoveling themselves out of that white stuff. Y’all can have that, I’ll be enjoying the temps being in the 60’s-70’s for the time being. The downside of all that cold and dreariness is that the sniffles and crud seems to cycle between myself and the kiddos, the Mister even got a touch of it briefly. (oh for a non-compromised immune system) The pediatric office…

  • 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…