Saturday, June 30, 2012

I'm Back From Vacation!

We took our family vacation this year to visit family in St. Louis! Our "stay-cation," at "home," wasn't about tourist sights and running all over town to visit points of interest; our trip was to see family that we haven't seen in a year and half. It was a trip to relax, hang at the pool, ate great family style meals, and just relax...just like we might spend a week at home. We played hard, and the kids often just crashed when they sat still for a few moments.

We ate...and ate...and ate...did I mention that there was great food? Yes, all of the comforts of home, and a few food items unique to St. Louis, Missouri! Have you heard of Gooey Butter Cake, Imo's Pizza, Toasted Ravioli, or Pork Steaks? I ate them all while in St. Louis, and am not one little bit ashamed or feeling guilty!

We spent time with family, and created simple at home memories. We talked about baseball, fishing, and the latest family news. (One Aunt just climbed Mt. Shasta and another just had a book published!) We were able to gather my Dad and brothers for a meal together, it has only been two years...so it was a huge deal! Not all memories have to be spent on lavish vacations, some are simple and amazing!

We can not wait to return to visit St. Louis or maybe next year meet them at a beach!?

Did/does your family plan to take a simple "home," based vacation? When was the last time you just took a trip to see family? Has it been way to long since you ate the foods you grew up with? Does a meal, sight, or location remind you of simple and happy times?
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Bucket Head Fish

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

2 Little Fish

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Blog Dare: 175 - Not Going There

Today's Prompt: A place I have no desire to visit...

A place I have no desire to visit, would be the corn festival in Dekalb, Illinos. I am not a fan of corn, and could not even wrap my brain around a whole festival dedicated to corn! (My dislike for corn, isnt anything that I havent talked about before!) No disrespect to the festival, Dekald, or the great state of Illinos, but I doubt I will ever attend your amazing festival dedicated to the humble ear of corn.
The funny thing is that I know my husband would LOVE to go there, and sample or taste every item that the festival has to offer. Years ago we saw a similar festival talked about on television, and he mention that he would love to check it out. He would be in heaven and I would just have to sit back and what him enjoy! I understand that they have a corn boil, where 70 tons of boiled sweet corn is handed out to those who love corn for free! Oh my gosh free, corn to the mass of festival goers!

Is there a festival or place that your spouse wants to go and visit, but you just roll your eyes at the idea? Where do you have zero interest in visiting?

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blog Dare: 174 - I Knew That Was Going to Happen

Today's Prompt: I knew that was going to happen

My son has this amazing ability to climb, and I am just in awe of what he has scaled. I spent most of the morning watching the boys do several rescue missions with every conceivable emergency toy they own. They had an elaborate car accident scene including a car wreck. I then heard my 5 year old tell my 3 year old, that a fireman needed to climb the side of the "building," and see what needed to be done to put out the fire. I told my son he did not need to climb on anything. He said we aren't climbing...as innocent as he could. I heard several things all at once, the sound of a drawer being opened, the sound of little feet where they didn't belong...and then a loud crash.

Notice the ladder and fireman?

I knew that was going to happen...thank goodness no one was hurt!

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Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop: You know Your A Mom When...

Mama’s Losin’ It

Writing Prompts:

1.) Write about a time you were forced to step out of your comfort zone.
2.) Time for a break! Show us where you go for quiet time.
3.) You know you’re a Mom when…
4.) Dig out your high school yearbook and share a message a friend wrote that stands out to you.
5.) Share something you learned embarrassingly late in life.

I am amazed at the amount of crap stuff Mommas need to cart bring just to hop in the car for the afternoon. (Thank goodness it gets better!) You know you are a Mom, when you can no longer grab your keys and purse and fly out the door. We now have a book bag, verse the diaper bag, but geez there is still stuff that the boys require to leave the house!

 In our book bag:
  1. Pull Ups
  2. Wipes
  3. 2 sets of extra clothing (Size 2T and 5T)
  4. Snacks
  5. Sun screen packets
  6. Off bug spray packets
  7. Crayons and activity pad
  8. Band aids
If we leave the house, each kid has to have a drink. I also throw my purse, and pocket camera into the bag to save me from carrying more stuff. I don't know if I have created Monsters, and have fed into the "requirements," but my oh my if Momma forgets to put drinks in the side pockets of the book bag, it is not a fun trip away from home.

I look forward to the time when Ryan is potty trained, so that I no longer have to carry the book bag! What a joyous day that will be! The little Monsters can lug around their own drinks, snacks, or other items that they feel they must need. But, alas we are still not trained, so Momma is the pack mule carting around their stuff.

How much stuff do you cart around, just to run a few errands? Have you reached the point where you can just grab your purse and go? Do you cringe at the thought of leaving the house with out a bag, just in case?

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blog Dare: 172 - If I were my children..

Today's Prompt: If I were my children...

If I were my children
  • I would sleep in, and never get up in the middle of the night
  • I would always smile for pictures
  • I would always try new foods
  • I would never bite, or hit my brother
  • I would always listen
  • I could play in the water and never get cold
  • I would always try new things I have never done before
  • If I had to puke it would never be in the middle of the night
  • I would never make a mess and always clean up after myself
Who am I kidding? If I were my children they would have a childhood much like I did. I often wonder if things would be slightly different if I had two girls, instead of my boisterous boys. I like to think there would still be a few things that we would disagree about, but would girls be just as stubborn? My boys are awesome, dont take me wrong...but there are days that I just wonder "Really? Why on earth did you you just do that?"

Have you ever wondered what your children would be like in a different gender or in a differnt time period? Do you have little angels, that some how become little monsters? Have you questioned your sanity, while doing the same thing you did the day prior, and wondered why on earth am I repeating myself? Do you love your kids with ever fiber of your being, and yet there are times you wish you  could run and hide? What do you remember about your childhood, that you wish your kids could do differently?

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Blog Dare: 171 - My Scariest Moment

Today's Prompt: My scariest moment...

I know you have been there on some level, the pediatrician is doing a normal well child exam, and they say "Hmmm," and there is a long pause. The exam continues, and the doctor goes back to the source of concern and then calls in his fellow medical staff, just to verify the diagnosis. You haven't had this happen? Well let me tell you about when it happened to our family...

My son Ryan was three months old when we had a very normal check up appointment. The doctor was in the middle of his exam, when he stopped mid-exam to listen to Ryan's heart beat, and then listened again. He said the "Hmmm," that sent red flags and alarms off in my head. I had a total moment of panic, and was wondering what was going on? He called in another pediatrician in his practice, just to verify what ever he was questioning, but never explained why he was concerned. The other pediatrician and our pediatrician exchanged looks, and then that's when he excused himself. I was a mess, Ryan was not a happy baby, as he had wicked colic, and rarely slept. (He wasn't unhealthy, but certainly had his little issues.) The doctor came back into the exam room, and asked if I knew what a heart murmur was? I had heard of them, but didn't know exactly why the doctor was showing signs of concern in his face. He told me he needed me to call the local hospital and schedule an xray and echo cardiogram as soon as possible. He gave no further explanation but left the room. Umm, okay...I am now in full panic...what the heck is wrong with my baby?

I was able to get an appointment three days later, and could not sleep until he was seen. (Not that I was sleeping normal anyway.) The pediatric cardiologist office was a ghost town, and it added to the stress of the moment. Thank goodness, we were seen right away, and they were able to take the xrays almost as soon as we arrived. The person administering the test reassured me that murmurs were very common, and she has given this same test hundreds of times. Unfortunately, Ryan did not like being half naked on the table, while she held the wand to his chest. She had to start and stop several times, and I just tried to settle Ryan down. Hearing his heart beat, while she was testing was a comfort, and she pointed out the sounds in question. She was soon finished with the test, and said that the cardiologist would be right in. Thank goodness the doctor was very knowledgeable, and obviously had dealt with worried moms. He explained that Ryan had an innocent murmur, and was audible, but as he matured it more than likely would go away. He was not concerned, and asked that we come back in 6 months for a follow up. I was so relived, and just sat there holding my son, beyond happy that the doctor did not give me the results that I was fearing.

I am happy to say that Ryan's 9 months follow up did in fact so that his murmur was innocent, and it seemed to have healed itself. The doctor asked us to pay extra attention, once or if he signs up to play sports once he is beyond the age of five. He suggested another round of testing, but said he would be surprised if the murmur ever shows up again.

Have you had that moment of panic? Have you just had your heart fall out of your chest in fear for your child? Have test results come back negative, when in your mind you only feared the worst?

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Star-Spangled Sailabration - Baltimore, MD

Star-Spangled Sailabration is the national launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Scheduled for June 13 – 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Star-Spangled Sailabration is one of the signature events of the three-year commemoration, called Star-Spangled 200. An international maritime and air festival in the Baltimore region and the Chesapeake Bay, this week-long event will feature more than 40 tall ships and naval war ships, the premiere of a new symphonic work, and the Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

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Happy Father's Day

There is a magic that happens when a child is born, and it instantly creates parents. The moment Mike laid eyes on our boys, his eyes just beamed with pride, love, and joy. Our boys love to wrestle, snuggle, and play with their Daddy! I love that they have Mike's features, sense of humor, and personality. Thank you Mike for all that you do for our little family of four!
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