February Tea Time Challenge!

Initially, I was going to write a piece about a common phrase that I hear all. the. time. about having young children, but I decided that my bitterness is just the congestion talking.  So I decided to “put mind over matter,” and write about something interesting (to me) and fun.  This will hopefully take some of the sting out of Snotmageddon 2014 and the flipping snow that starting falling today. Bah!

Without further ado… Continue reading

I don’t believe in Friday the 13th superstition…I swear.

Today is day #8 that I am stuck at my house thanks to this flipping snow storm.  Last night, Crazy Pants kept waking up and wanting to go in the “wimma room” (that’s toddler for “living room”).  This morning, I let him sleep in and addressed all of my Christmas cards.  I had this plan: mail cards, go to the bank, pick-up meat from the CSA, and lastly, pick-up a prescription.  Then, this evening we were all supposed to go have dinner with some friends.

Then I tried to leave. Continue reading

A Mother’s Reflection on Two Months of Absurdity

I’m back!  I’ve been MIA now for approximately two months, but I now have a quiet moment to sit down and do a little bit ‘o writing.  I have been thinking a lot lately about the way I would go about writing this post because A LOT has gone on in this family.  I thought about doing an “update,” but that actually made me feel a great bit of anxiety because I don’t really want to re-hash all the details for the millionth time.  So then I was stumped, but after talking with my father-in-law at Sunday dinner last night, I decided I wanted to do more of a “reflection” on the past two months. Continue reading

How Do I Survive This?

Borrowed from huffingtonpost.com

I am OVERWHELMED.  There is quite literally no other way to describe what I am feeling on a day-to-day basis.  It was one thing when I was trying to settle in to a new routine with our newborn and our two year-old, but now our family is coping with medical conditions in both boys.  Life is not simple for our family right now, but I am doing my best to keep it as simple and non-traumatic as possible. Continue reading

#getoutofmyuterus

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I used #getoutofmyuterus quite a lot near the end of my pregnancy, and we finally had little baby Owen on August 20th at 10:45 a.m.  I just missed my birth center birth by hours, but I still had a beautiful intervention-free birth at the hospital. Continue reading

Art in August: Thanks Be to Nature, Good Friends & Family

I’m pretty sure that I missed a week of the Art in August blog along fun, but I’m back and I’ve got something to share!  This weekend, some of the crops in our super-sized garden came ready to harvest so I had some canning to do.  For those of you following along with my pregnancy saga, I am still pregnant.  Being a week overdue is rough, but putting food up in summer while a week overdue is even worse.  Luckily for me, I’ve got AMAZING friends who came to the aid of my husband and I. Continue reading

Seizures? Are You Freaking Kidding Me?!?

Borrowed from nwkpsych.rutguers.edu

O.K. folks, time to slow down with a serious post.  Since February, we have been dealing with my little boy potentially having a seizure disorder.  He had what appeared to be a seizure in February, but since there were no other symptoms associated with the episode, it was kind of written off as just potentially being an anomaly.  Then, he had another seizure-like episode in June.  After this, we went for an EEG which came back completely normal.  This is when we entered the “wait and see” period of his medical life.  Then yesterday, he had another episode and the doctor said what I described sounded much more like a true seizure than before.  Things are now moving pretty swiftly with this rather unnerving medical problem. Continue reading

I Need a Fix: A True Confession of an Organization Junkie

Borrowed from diyhshp.blogspot.com

I have a not-so-secret love affair with the Simple Mom blog.  I love reading everything on her blog about slowing down and really being in the moment, and, of course, everything to do with organization.  Her site is dedicated to living simply, and I love that.  My family has not actively decided that “simple living” is something we strive for, its just kind of the way we are.  Both my husband and I grew-up rurally so we tend to have a different outlook on life than some of our more sub-urban/urban counterparts.  It also helps that we have to live on a budget so its pretty impossible for us to become overly driven by consumption and the proverbial need to “keep up with the Jones’.”  However, we are not idyllic farm-folk who need nothing more than to look out over our rows of corn to know true happiness.  We need reminding of the important things once in a while, and, for me, I can get that reminder through the wonderful pieces of writing found on Simple Mom. Continue reading

Postcard Exchange – Featured Postcard! “Australia”

Kingscliff, Australia

Kingscliff, Australia

Today, I am sharing with you the postcard that was sent to me from Kingscliff, Australia by Mummy Flying Solo.  She tells me that this is her favorite place to have lived after having lived in many different places.  I can get on board with that, as she lives on beautiful coastline.  I imagine that her coastal experience is quite different from mine in Oregon, but being near the ocean is just good for the soul. Continue reading

Postcard Exchange!

Borrowed from freeworldmaps.net

I’ve got some extra time today because I woke up SUPER early after having an incredibly strange dream about my upcoming delivery.  Anyway… Atlantamomofthree gave me a great idea!  She is doing a Postcard Exchange and I want to do it too 🙂  The idea is pretty simple, but so fun: we connect with each other via email, exchange information, and send postcards on their way!  She takes it one step further and features all the postcards she receives in a blog post that includes a link to your blog and a little bit about you/your blog.  I think this is a great way to use something other than the internet to communicate (I’m a sucker for handwritten letters) and to get to know other parts of the USA and world that we might not otherwise get to see or visit. Continue reading