2015 New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Do This!

Dec 19, 2014 by

In just a few short weeks it will be the New Year and with that comes resolutions. Last year, I vowed to be a more patient person, but I don’t think that turned out so well. I wish I tried harder, but with being super busy with moving and renovating a house, I think I would give myself a grade of a B. In 2015, I hope to become even more patient, but just saying that one “hopes” to become more patient, isn’t enough. I believe New Year’s resolutions should come with a well thought out plan with deliverables and goals. That being said, below are some goals to achieving a better level of patience:

– Accepting you’re not superwoman. I need to understand I can’t do it all and accept it. There are only so many hours in the day, I am not a robot

Teen Dating…What I Want Kids To Know

Dec 19, 2014 by

This is one post that’s NOT about my son…yet.

I have a wonderful friend who has a seventeen year-old daughter – and if that isn’t enough to scare you away from reading this post, then this should be – she’s involved in her first real relationship with a young man.  Whew…I knew this kid when she was three.

Romantic love is a complicated thing.  We wish it wasn’t, but it is. There’s so much more wrapped up in that bouquet of flowers than a bunch of roses and teenagers aren’t particularly adept at understanding that (hell, neither are most adults!).  But it got me thinking about relationships and what’s super important in them and I’d like to pass along this advice to her and, eventually, to my son (but not in the near future…we have PLENTY of time for that).

How Christmas has changed since kids…

Dec 19, 2014 by

When you are little Christmas is the most magical time of the year. You wait impatiently for Christmas Eve and hope you were good enough to get presents from Santa and your parents rather than coal or empty boxes. The holiday excitement exudes all around you while the snow is falling and snowmen are made.

Who didn't love Matching Christmas Outfits??? Didn't care as long as Santa came.

Who didn’t love Matching Christmas Outfits??? Didn’t care as long as Santa came.

Then the years go by and you change from wishing for a doll, to most likely asking for cash and rolling your eyes at waking up before 11am. God I wish I could be a teenager again and sleep in like that. So the holiday looses a little sparkle as a teenager but let’s be honest most things do in our teen angst, I know everything, life is so hard emotionally days. I think I was more concerned with hanging with my friends then my family around the holidays. Shame on me of course but then it starts to change.

Joy and Gratitude

Dec 18, 2014 by

I brought home teacher/administrator gifts for the boys to bring to school. I showed Andrew the little present I got for his bus driver. He said, “I don’t want to give her a present, she’s so mean.” I said, “maybe she could really use a present to make her happy?!” He grunted.

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This time of year can be an emotional time of the year. It can be full of excitement and joy or can consist of pain and hurt. Sometimes, both extremes can exist at the same time. The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and watch the excitement consume everyone. It’s also a time that you feel loss or hurt more than ever.

New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

Dec 18, 2014 by

You know that old saying, Reach for the Moon, you may land on a Star?  Well, I will not be doing any of that for my New Year’s “Resolutions” this year.  Yep.  Shootin’ for ye old MEDIOCRATY this year.  I’m talking about good old normalcy and maintenance.  No new goals or high hopes for me- just keepin’ it simple, and keepin’ it real in 2015.  I’m not building myself up to let myself down, I’m taking stock, and looking at what works in my life, and I’m going to work at keeping things working.  More of the whole, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Follow me for a minute here-

1.) On weight loss.  I work my butt off on the regular to keep myself looking like myself.  After I had my second child, I dropped down to pre-wedding weight, circa 2005.  Pre-wedding weight? I’ll take it.  And I’ll embrace it, and run with it.  No dropping the lbs over here this year- I’m just happy with working to maintain what I have!  Yes! MAINTAIN!

Happy Holidays, Y’all

Dec 18, 2014 by

Before we dive head first into the next two weeks of non-stop holiday madness, I just wanted to take a second to wish all of you a wonderful end of the year and ass kicking 2015.

May your children sleep when they are supposed to, have fabulous manners, make only minor messes and embarrass you in front of your in laws only minimally. May the wine flow freely, may the hugs be abundant, may the laundry wait patiently while the hum of arguments is drowned out by joyous singing and merriment (or headphones. Whichever.) I wish you many vacation days and maybe a few winter camp days for your kids because DAMN that’s a long break.

I hope your dishwashers run smoothly and your garbage pick up comes in a timely manner. May you, your children and all your loved ones act with grace and kindness or at the very least, fake it with gusto.

May Peace Find You

Dec 18, 2014 by

hands2The holiday season may be merry, bright, chaotic, and joyful for many, but for those struggling with infertility or loss, it can be a cold and lonely time that is particularly hard to bear. I know because I’ve been there.  If you are newer to my story, my wife and I struggled with infertility for nearly two years. We both attempted to conceive, unsuccessfully, but the lengths she went to were far greater than I because of the desire she carried in her heart.  She, like many women, just assumed she’d get pregnant one day and have a child. It was a given.  I mean, why wouldn’t it be?  Women get pregnant and have babies every day.  But month after month, hope soared only to be dashed.  Worst roller coaster ride of our lives. She would eventually undergo many different procedures in our attempt to conceive including two attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF). We walked away from it all with no baby bump and no answers.  They called it Unexplained Infertility…we just called it brokenhearted.

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