I’ve Become A Cliche

I read a lot of “Mommy Blogs.” I love reading about how people are raising their children across the country. I don’t buy into mommy wars or anything like that. We all do things differently and that is great; we can learn a lot from each other. But, one thing remains the same with pretty much every blogger I have eve read…when she becomes pregnant the blog falls apart for a while.

About a week after I wrote this post about how happy I am to be a mom of two, this happened…

To say we were surprised and shocked would be an absolute understatement. Because I had suffered an early miscarriage exactly the same time last year I was very cautious and scared and I took about a million tests. And then,we saw the most beautiful image at my doctor’s appointment.

20131221-095621.jpgWell, hello, baby #3…we already love you.

It has been 13 weeks of non-stop nausea but so much happiness. I am so thrilled with the idea of one more precious little one. And so are these two…

20131221-100111.jpg We told our families at Thanksgiving dinner with those awesome shirts!

I apologize for my sporadic posts at best. Now you know why. I am a cliche! More to come in the next few weeks. Today I am enjoying my first day of Christmas break. We are celebrating in pajamas with cereal while watching Christmas cartoons. Bliss, I tell you, pure bliss!

Chippy the Elf

This is the first year tat Megan and Tyler have been into our Elf on the Shelf, Chippy. It has been fun watching the magic of Christmas through there eyes. Plus, also, we have enjoyed trying to be a little creative!

Here are one highlights…

20131215-103959.jpgChippy in a bowl of marshmallows with Barbie…this was Shawn’s idea and the kids loved it!

20131215-104113.jpgChipping in the Nativity…Megan loves the Nativity Story and always looks for baby Jesus so it was neat to see her expression.

20131215-104220.jpgChippy hugging on Megan’s soccer picture.

20131215-104307.jpgChippy hanging from the dining room light fixture…Tyler kept climbing on the chairs to try and touch him!

All in all, it has been fun! We not be pin-worthy, but are kids love it and that is all that matters.


To Swim or Not to Swim


I used to be a competitive swimmer…like, a million years ago.

I love the pool and I loved being a part of a team that counted on me but I could also be an individual.  I can imagine cross-country and track athletes feel the same way.  And, I was good at it.  I was state ranked and, believe it or not, some records I set in the late ‘80’s still stand today.

The thing is, I have not swam laps in a long time.  The indoor pool is not that convenient to my house, in the summer I am swimming with the kids and not putting my time in the lengths, and I hate all the mumbo-jumbo that goes along with swimming.


What do I mean by mumbo-jumbo?  Glad you asked!

I hate packing a bag for swimming; suit, goggle, caps, towel, flip flops, shampoo and conditioner, clean undies, etc.  I dislike having to add shower time, drying time, and changing time to my work-out, and I especially don’t like leaving my kids in the child care at the Y with the indoor pool (there is nothing particularly wrong with the child care, it is just different from what they are used to makes me nervous).

 Yesterday, though, I sucked it up, put on my big panties, and decided not to let the excuses pile up.  I diligently thought about and packed everything I would need to make a swim possible.  I talked up to the kids how much fun the new gym would be (spoil alert, they LOVED it!).  I talked myself into this new adventure.

 And you know what?  I loved it.  I loved how I felt in the water.  I loved how my body moved in the waves.  I felt amazing during my work-out and even better afterwards.  You know that burn you feel sometimes when you have an awesome work-out?  I had it.  Aside from one major technical difficulty (I need new goggles), it was basically a perfect work-out; one I plan on doing every week.  I felt refreshed and really proud of myself for my accomplishments.

 I have to admit, come holiday time I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to exercise.  I try not to be, but it just seems to happen.  I also get bored with the same old work-out, and I am tired!  This year, though, I am trying to be more present in everything I do.  Maybe I cannot commit to five days a week, but I think three days is reasonable and doable.  I am still actively trying to be healthy and I know what I need to do.  Exercise is the number one priority for my health. 

So, yes, I am a swimmer…glad you asked!



Have any of you tried a new sport or work-out lately? 



Honesty is the Best Policy

To be perfectly honest…


…I hate a mess and I cannot stand clutter, so when my housework begins to fall, so does my mindset.

…my favorite time of the day is taking the kids up for baths.  In our house it is the calm before the storm.

…I could eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger every.single.day. if I let myself.  I love them that much.

…I get annoyed very easily.

…life feels so short, but most days feel very long…especially at bed time.

…this weekend I spent only 5 minutes Christmas shopping but I spent about an hour on oldnavy.com buying things for myself on Monday.

…there are too many fun things to do over the next few weeks and I am worried I won’t get to them all.

…currently I am keeping a lot of secrets that I hope to spill to the Internet after the first of the year.

…one of my students asked me to be her Confirmation sponsor and I was so honored I cried.

…another of my students is going through a lot at home and she reached out to me today. 

…I get so bored with exercise and I tend to complain a lot…so, today I am mixing it up and going swimming.

…we need to get Christmas pictures taken but I find the whole process to be so annoying!!!!!

…I forgot to pay my Kohl’s charge this morning…when they called me I was shocked.

…I want a house make-over for Christmas…that’s all.

Back to Reality

Holy sleep, Batman!
Tyler slept for a whopping 14 hours last night. Poor little guy, the Holiday must have really taken it out of him.
He woke up this morning smiling and happy, so I guess it was necessary.

Thanksgiving weekend was an awesome display of just the right amount of doing and resting. I decided this year to avoid any Black Friday madness, opting instead to hang and play with the kiddos. It was glorious. We went outside and played (freak act of nature and it was 55 degrees yesterday), watched several Christmas movies (The Elf of the Shelf and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer were tops!), and just enjoyed being together. Shawn decorated the house for Christmas while we were gone on Wednesday, so he relieved a lot of stress there.

My girlfriends met for dinner on Wednesday night and it was lovely. I just find being in their company to be so wonderful. I wish we could do it more. Some of my girls and I have been friends for 33 years! That is amazing to me. Many have been with me for 20. I love that…wherever life takes us we are always together (at least in spirit!).

Chippy the Elf made his appearance this weekend. I will hopefully remember to take pictures and post pictures of his antics. I love this tradition and the kids do too! So far he has been stuck in our Christmas wreath and in a hot tub of marshmallows with Rapunzel Barbie (the Chippy is a little frisky!).

Coming back to work after the extended weekend was not so bad after all. I have a lot planned for my students in this short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Eek…already looking forward to that LONG two weeks off!!!!!


I am sitting in a quiet house. The kids are playing in the basement and Shawn is still sleeping. I have so many things to be thankful for.

My family is such a blessing to me. I was given the best gifts of Megan and Tyler. I am not just thankful for them during this time of the year but everyday.

My husband is a family man and a hard worker. He puts our family ahead of everyone else. I love that he is thoughtful and unexpected.

I am thankful for blessings my friends have enough untested o Er the past few weeks and thankful that I am surrounded by so many wonderful people in my life.

I hope to blog a lot more in December…no promises, though.

Have a great end to a hopefully beautiful long, thankful weekend.