Interesting little tidbits

Short on ideas the other day for a blog post, CW Martin suggested I write a little bit about some of the more intriguing things I have discovered and written about through my Examiner posts.  Because he's awesome and follows me regularly, which you can totally do, too, of course, I listened to his ideas and thought "Hey, that is a great idea!"  Here are a few of the stories I have written, the more interesting ones....more

Love is a verb

Over the course of the weekend, T and I took a day for "us" and participated in a 'Celebrate Marriage' retreat held by our church's marriage ministry.  I've been wanting to go this forever because I know the couple who started this ministry at our church, and is not often that T and I get to take couple time....more

Toddler v. Parent

Lately, my child has been using some major Worldwide Wrestling (if that's what it is still called) on me.  She doesn't necessarily leave bruises, but man, that kid is strong.  Regardless, Mommy is getting a little beat up at home.  By a 15 month old.  That's kind of sad, isn't it? The other week, my little angel decided suddenly she didn't want to play with her See-and-Say and threw said toy aside, clocking Mommy in the left eye.   I waited anxiously all day for the bruise to appear and to get ...more

Strange allergies

People in my family have some pretty weird allergies, the worst one being bananas.  I'm lactose intolerant, and that's a pretty common, though really annoying, one.  My poor sister is allergic to pretty much everything, and some pretty weird things at that like peas, watermelon, pumpkins, squash, shellfish...I mean, a ton of stuff.  But one specific allergy my dad, my sister and I all share, and that's bananas.  I can't eat or touch bananas.  In fact, I can't even touch something that has touched a ...more

Follow your Dreams

First off, I want to say a hearty THANK YOU to all of you who have subscribed to follow me on The Examiner.  Seriously, you are awesome.  If you haven't, you totally should:  To follow me on my Greenwood Family Issues column, click here and to follow the Johnson County Courts column, click here and click "Subscribe." How many page views and how many subscribers follow me...more

Music lessons for my 15 month old?

I love my daughter's daycare.  I really do.  She's learning so much there, and I know that she's safe, very well-cared for and happy.  It's one of the better facilities of the state, certified and everything.  But sometimes, I swear, the place takes things too far.  I'm all for buying supplies for water days - swimming diapers, a swim suit, towel, sunscreen and water shoes.  I get that.  They shouldn't be expected to do anything like that.  ...more

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"

This week's Spin Cycle, brought to you by Gretchen at Second Blooming is on the topic:  "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  Of course, this title brings me back to the horror of reading a Tale of Two Cities in World History back in high school, but I don't think that's what she meant.  I never really got that book anyway.  Or liked it, for that matter.  But anyway.... So it took a little thinking o...more

Silencing that inner voice

Throughout my Motivation Monday posts, I tracked my weight loss journey, from start to finish as I lost more than 30 lbs....more

Random Thoughts on a Tuesday Morning

I'm not in the mood to come up with one of those well though out, creative posts so we're going random with this.  I'm sure I'll come up with some super creative, awesome posts later this week.  But really, any post by me is awesome, so that's just being redundant, right?  Anyway...random...  So T and I had a date night on Saturday.  A honest to God date night.  It was lovely, let me tell you.  We actually hir...more

Little Moments

There are so many moments where I wish I had my phone on me so I could record the little things that Aubrey does.  Those little moments where I just want to hug the stuffing out of her.  They aren't always big things, but to me, her Mom, they mean the world.   The nights I put her to bed, and as I get ready to lay her down in her crib, she puckers up to give me a kiss and goes "mmmuah!" and then pats my shoulder, giving me a huge...more