Category: Mom's Journal

Being a Mom

To all the mom’s out there – this part of life sure didn’t come with a manual or even a how-to pamphlet did it? Not a single one of those “classes” you can take before you have your first baby really prepare you for any of the wild things that will happen in your life after you become a mom. They don’t tell you that the first time you look into the eyes of your baby son or daughter you will instantly be filled with a kind of love you’ve never known before. How much you’ll grow up right alongside your child as they grow. That you’ll soon find things you thought seriously gross before really aren’t. That baby spit is actually an accentuating color to your outfit. Yeah, my shirt is green, blue and well what color is that spit? Oh yeah, it’s smells like bananas so it must be a hue of yellow. That although you want to be fiercely protective you’ll learn to let them grow and learn on their own, and that is SCARY. That you will invest so much time into their lives and their future and all so willingly, you’ll look back and wonder where the last 12 years went and that ultimately you wouldn’t change a SINGLE thing about being a mom. Except maybe more private time while you’re in the bathroom… So to all you moms out there when it feels like an uphill battle, do not worry!

To all the mom's out there - this part of life sure didn't come with a manual or even a how-to pamphlet did it? Not a si...

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It’s definantely a Monday

Work stuff, bank stuff, school PTC stuff, that idea to build a cool bookshelf list, grocery shopping list, looking for a free weekend that doesn’t have us camping out for Boy Scouts on the calendar, don’t forget the tea you made outside. Wait why am I home on Monday, oh yes the oldest boy is sick. In and out of the germ filled room every hour for juice and to check on him. I’m home forget the list, clean. Clean everything, whoops got distracted by an old scrapbook. Oh man, the vacuum doesn’t suck anymore, clean the filter…. Do the laundry. Wash my hands a million times so I don’t get sick!!! Thank goodness the playlist is rocking today!

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Over the river and through the woods

I ran 4.97 miles Sunday morning. In the pouring rain. The trails in McAllister Park at some points became a river or lake. Two minutes into the run I quit trying to avoid the puddles. There was no way I was backing out of this run. I’m crazy I know, actually at some point I told myself I was quite the dummy. This morning’s run was the Wounded Warrior Project 8K, all fundraising went to the Wounded Warrior Project fund. If I had to pick a charity that I hold close to my heart it would be WWP. I ran this race in honor of Will (who would’ve loved tromping through the water and mud) and in honor of all the folks I’ve meet through Warrior’s Weekend over the past six years.

I have to admit running in water ankle deep kind of stinks (literally), but I kept the resilience of all the Wounded Warrior’s I’ve ever met in mind and it really made it not so bad. Every single runner out there today was amazing as were all the volunteers! There was a sense of comradeship between a lot of runners (well I felt that with all but the beast of a guy with double nipple rings – I really had nothing in common with him) and it was very palpable. I’ll be back again next year rain, snow, sleet, sun. If anyone has tips on how to clean shoes let me know!

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Life of an Ornament

It took me two hours plus to put all the ornaments on our tree away in their neat little boxes. My mom keeps Hallmark in business during the months leading up to December buying ornaments and the rest of the year buying greeting cards. She has a clever knack for choosing unique and cool ornaments for each member of her family however. As I’m taking the ornaments down from their perches on our tree I can’t help but notice that  parts of my life are reflected a little bit in each one. I have a few ornaments that were purchased for me as gifts the year I was born, at over 30 years old I am really careful packing these away. Some years you can see what sport I may have been involved in, like this one –

Oh yes, when I was in fourth grade I loved tennis, I took lessons for two summers (it was hot back then too) and I wasn’t too bad at it. Then in sixth grade I found basketball.

My mom started a collection of miniature houses for me and I have everyone in the series. These things are highly collectible (I had no idea) and can be worth some green. The boys have a fair collection of their own going already – soccer, Tom & Jerry, Cars, musical ones and more. Funny how little things can tell a part of your life story. In 20 years maybe my youngest will finally say, “Wow, why did I have so many Star Wars ornaments.” Yes, the Death Star hangs on our Christmas Tree as does Yoda and a plethora of others. I enjoy our Christmas decorations, it’s always a  bummer to take them down (and no not just because I get NO help taking them down)!

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Trying a Tri

Life has been busy. Back to school came so fast that I had to hang on for dear life. Uniforms didn’t fit and some boy’s feet doubled in size.  I didn’t blog about 9/11, I spent that time explaining it to my now 9yr old who wanted to know why people are so sad close to his birthday. Then there were their birthdays. This year they suckered me into a party at karate. I let it happen mostly because I was able to trade computer services with the nice brothers over at the karate dojo and Zach got to slice his cake with a samurai sword. We celebrated their birthday with a tradition in our family we call “finger food night”, a smorgasbord of foods like pepperonis, cheeses, fruits, breads, crackers, etc. Flag football has started and last weekend was also their first game, both boys did great!

I’ve spent the last three months training to do three things (one after another without taking a break), swim, bike, then run. I have been working out with a trainer since January and in early summer I decided I was crazy enough to register for a sprint triathlon.  Fees paid there was no turning back. I’m using a nice borrowed road bike and am just praying I don’t drown. If I do at least it’s in the clear spring water and they’ll be able to see me. I kid. I’ve done a triathlon twice before and a duathlon also, both with a teammate as part of a women’s adventure race but this is my first solo and I have some serious butterflies. But I also have some serious goals.

No personal audio devices allowed! My biggest enemy – no tunes! Bed time in one hour. Up early. Oh yes, and on the way home the van died and we had to have it towed. Also I had to bungee the bike to the spare tire of the Jeep. Nothing ever goes as planned. 🙂

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Beating the Dr.

I remember (pretty well actually for all you doubters out there) when I first had a can of Dr. Pepper. In high school we had exactly one soda machine (cans only) right outside the cafeteria. Back then Sprite was my drink of choice but one day the machine was out of Sprite and a friend who was already a DP addict convinced me to try one. I don’t think I got hooked right then or anytime during high school but it was a gateway to more drinking in college, by the end of my freshman year I was hooked. Stupid magical mix of flavors.

Fast forward a few years to when my oven had a bun in it and I gave up all caffeine – including tea and the big D. I really don’t remember it being that hard for me to do at the time. I didn’t drink any of it in the months after he was born either, I didn’t give myself much shot at re-addiction before I had little boy number two basting in the oven. I did cave into Mug Rootbeer a few times because it didn’t have caffeine. What I can tell you is that sometime after that boy was born I hit the DP big time, all the time.

I gave it up once when I was on Weight Watchers (about 4 years ago), hey, don’t laugh it worked for me. Lost like 15 pounds on it. Well it didn’t last long. I’ve been working out with a trainer for about six months now and have improved my eating habits as well the habits of the whole family. Ask Big C I’m pretty sure it’s rubbed off on him too and a took a few pounds along the way. Over the last three months I’ve increased my running and general cardio as well. But I still can’t beat the dang Dr. P. So I set out on a quest and I’ve been searching for a flavor replacement.

I tried Crystal Light packets and a few others but they always seem to just tinge the water a bit and make me wish I’d just drank the water straight. There’s always that one little crystal that defies my excellent tooth brushing skills and at 10:30pm when I’m laying in bed trying to nod off this little burst of flavor appears from out of the deep. Bam! There’s that crystal flavor. Ack. Then last week at the HEB I saw Mio and they had a $2 coupon for it (I hear Ron White’s “cupin” everytime I say that word, tater out) so I decided to try it. Flavor chosen – Mango Peach. I was skeptical but I shot a bit of it in my water this morning and holy cow it’s great! I love it. My boys like it to! I think I may be able to kick this whole Dr. Pepper issue with the help of Mio. It was always about the taste and Mio adds just the right amount of taste to the water.

From Kraft’s website

Each of MiO’s six flavors is:

  • Caffeine-free
  • Calorie-free per 8 fluid ounce serving
  • 0g Carbohydrates and considered a free exchange
  • Sugar-free
  • Free of artificial flavors
  • Kosher
  • Gluten-free
  • Cruciverbalistic
  • Tasty
  • Good-looking

I know that I may not drink my last Dr. Pepper today but I know that Mio is gonna help drastically reduce them! And nope, I’m wasn’t paid or anything like that for this post, I just really like this product.

I remember (pretty well actually for all you doubters out there) when I first had a can of Dr. Pepper. In high school we...

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