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Being Thankful For Life

It is the end of a busy month and we are heading into a month that is equally as busy but with less travel for us. As I look back at the month that has passed and into the month that is yet to come, I have much to be thankful for. A lot has happened. Of course you would all know if I had written more but I took a few sabbaticals from writing and I usually don’t do that. So, here goes—

My health. I have had some ups and downs recently with my health. I have had digestion problems for the past 4 years. That is when I became a vegetarian and have since altered my eating habits in many different ways to comfort my aching stomach. I had more recently had more issues that landed me at the doctor’s office and running test after test and altering my diet once again but this time dramatically. Finally, the conclusion – Lactose Intolerant. There goes all my wine and cheese nights. But I am thankful that it isn’t something more and that I can get a handle on it easily.

I got to take a trip to New York and see one of my best friends get married. I travelled without kids, which is amazing! It was a quick trip so I didn’t see as much of Upstate New York as I would have liked but I went. I was there. I got to witness a beautiful wedding and be there for my friend and have a great time.

Spending Thanksgiving back in Anza. Last year we went to Disney World for Thanksgiving, which was an unforgettable experience. This year we got to go back home for Thanksgiving and spend it with family and friends. Being surrounded by home for the holidays is a wonderful feeling.

We got Levi back into therapy full-time. We were just dabbling here and there but things just kept happening at school. It’s back to a few times a month and I am so happy we decided to take the leap. He likes his therapist and it’s helping him enjoy his life here more.

It’s actually cold here. I dug out my box of beanies and have been wearing pants! I am thankful for the cold. We finally have a use for all of our cold weather clothes.

I am thankful to be a stay at home mom. I keep my house in order. Get to have time to myself because my kids go to school and I don’t ever have to miss anything!

I am thankful that this year is almost over. It hasn’t been a terrible year but it hasn’t been the greatest year either. Between the kids having a shit time at school, stuff breaking at the house, family stuff and just regular bull shit, I am ready for a new year. Hopefully bringing about a new place for us to live. A new beginning. Again.

I am also thankful for the little things.

My amazing vacuum that mops at the same time. That thing is so awesome.

Having a fire stick and being able to watch movies before they come out.

That my kids can play video games together but separately and not fight.

Almost all my Christmas shopping is done and I never once went to the store.

Our first batch of wine is done and we are ready to bottle it today.

I didn’t miss trash day this week.

I cleaned out my car and think I finally found that putrid smell.

I am thankful for all sorts of things. Big and Small.

What are you thankful for today???

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You Are Not “Just” A Stay At Home Mom

I am a mom. I am a housewife. I am a stay at home mother and housewife and my kids are school aged and not at home with me. I still am a stay at home mom.

When I meet people or haven’t seen people in a while and get asked what I do or how I’m doing I already know, without a doubt, that there will be judgment. Do I care? Not in the slightest. I am the luckiest person ever to be able to stay home still, while my kids go to school and do whatever I want. When people ask what I do I don’t say I’m a stay at home mom, I say I’m a mom. I actually don’t even explain further. It’s nobody’s business if my kids are home with me or not. It’s nobody’s business if I spend my days cleaning, doing yard work, blogging, doing yoga or just watching T.V.

What I do know, is that as soon as the words come out of my mouth, you can see their face change and the judgment begin. Be it jealousy, wonder, happiness or hatred. It’s all ok. I know what my days consist of and have consisted of since I became a mom almost 13 years ago. I know that I am beyond blessed to be in this position and that it may not always be there. I know that it’s not for everyone either but it is for me.

5 am wake ups to get the kids off to school or what used to be to feed the animals on the ranch and then to get the kids ready for school. Clean up any mess after they have left. Whatever time I have for myself. Yard work. More animal crap and before I know it the kids are back home. We have homework, dinner, showers and bed time.

I am the book-keeper. Peace keeper. Launder. Chauffeur. Cook. Maid. Window Washer. Animal Tamer. Bee Keeper. Yogi. Blogger. Car Detailer. Accountant. Maker, Keeper and Taker of Appointments. Healer. Teacher. Advocate. Nurturer. Caretaker. Multi-Tasker. Baker. Potter. Wife. This list could go on.

I have been able to keep human and animal life alive for at least 13 years and counting. Alive and healthy.

I have been able to keep up to 3 houses paid for and clean on the inside and out.

I have 2 children and a husband (including myself) who I make appointments for, take them to their appointments and make sure they’re not late.

I am always there for my children and my husband. I am their advocate when they need me and when they don’t.

I take time for myself and practice inner peace and patience with yoga and my blog. I guess that’s why everyone is still alive.

I take care of boo boos not only on my kids but my animals.

We are all different types of stay at home parents. We don’t all do the same things. But at the end of the day we have the same goal. To keep human life alive!

So if you are a stay at home parent and someone asks you what you do and you can see the judgement coming already, just give them a great big smile. You keep human life alive! Your job is colossal!

Happy Wednesday My Friends

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Travel Tips With Kids

We have sort of got this flying thing down.

We travel back and forth from California a lot and some other places in between. I seem to always choose the midnight flights, as they are the cheapest. Every once in a while I will get lucky with a cheap day time flight but that has been on rare occasion. Since traveling so much with kids, I have some tips and tricks to help you out and make flying a breeze. Even with a moody teenager.

Always pack light. What you think the kids will need, they probably won’t need. If you can’t pack light, check your bag. It’s much easier to not be worried about getting your bag on and off the plane and keeping an eye on your kids even if they are old enough to be helpful. It’s other people you need to worry about. Pack in back packs whenever possible and stow them under the seat in front of you instead of over top. You don’t need to wait for anyone to get out of your way and it’s much quicker.

Bring food! As much food and snacks as you can fit in the bag, bring it. You can bring all kinds of food items with you, you just can’t bring liquid. Bring all your kids favorite snacks and whatever healthy crap you eat because you aren’t going to find it at the airport.

Bring some sort of activity. We bring Uno cards, paper/activity books and crayons and gel pens. Sitting in the terminal and on the plane we can utilize all of it and have fun.

Books/Tablets. I am the one to read a book but I have the kids bring one just in case they decide they are bored enough. They usually just watch a movie on the tablet or play their small electronic devices until they die. I don’t bring a battery for them, only for me. haha

Headphones. No one else wants to hear the movies your kids are watching or the games your kids are playing. I don’t even want to hear what my own kids are watching. Bring headphones.

The only thing I plan on buying at the airport is water. My kids know this. We bring everything else and eat a meal before we go there.

Instead of a neck pillow, bring a blanket. You can squish it up around your neck, put it on the tray table and lay forward and cover up when you are cold. It has many more uses than the neck pillow but can be used as the neck pillow itself. Plus, it can cover all of us!

Don’t bring a purse. It’s just an extra bag. Consolidate your things and bring what’s important in your back pack. If you absolutely have to bring a purse, bring a small one.

I am no expert traveler. I just happen to travel quite often recently with my kids and have found ways that make it much easier than our first go round.

Happy Traveling!

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All You Need Is Love

Getting out of the habit of writing can sometimes make it hard to get back into the habit. It is a goal of mine to be consistent with my writing whether it’s my blog or my journal, and make sure to get it in daily but I have been failing since going on vacation. Today is a new day.

Vacation was great but there was a lot of emotions involved this time. Emotions I don’t think me and the kids expected to feel. I have actually been stewing on them since arriving home and then heard a song on the radio on my way to yoga this morning. Listening to the lyrics and actually hearing them, it all hit me.

“All You Need Is Love”

Let me explain.

Everyone does things differently. Parents. Cooks. Cleans. Walks. Talks. Drinks. Eats. Dresses. Drives. Loves. Everything. Everyone does everything different. Does that make it not the right way? NO. Just different. Does that mean you be rude or mean because someone does things different from you and you don’t understand why or it makes you frazzled or frustrated? NO. I personally don’t care how anyone does anything. I just try to be helpful in any way I can when I see that someone needs help. Even the way people help each other is different.

The lyrics…

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

Nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is love (All together, now!)
All you need is love (Everybody!)
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

You can do anything. You can say anything. You can be anything. The right way, the wrong way. There is no real way. Every way is different. If at the end of the day there is love, how could you have gone wrong? Maybe we didn’t agree on everything and maybe we do things extremely different. Things could have been handled differently yes but at the end of every day there was still love.

Thank you to The Beatles for helping me get over the Bull Shit and moving on.

Happy Monday My Friends

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