January 26, 2015

An Interview With a Nine Year Old

This is the second year of a new tradition to ask my kids the same questions shortly after their birthdays to chronicle how their answers change over the years.

I shared Camryn's in the fall, after we got her school pictures back....

I completely forgot about AJ's school picture day, so I will use a photo my friend took, that I haven't shared anywhere else yet:

1. My favorite food is: bacon cheeseburger

2. The best show on TV is: Doctor Who

3. The coolest person on earth is: Mom and Dad

4. My favorite subject in school is: reading

5. The subject I like the least is: math

6. The thing I do best is: soccer

7. If I could go anywhere in the world, I'd go to: California

8. My favorite color is: dark purple

9. When I grow up, I think I might like to be a: Marine Biologist

10. My current favorite song is: Uptown Funk

11. Three words that describe me are: funny, gassy, smart

12. My favorite season is: summer

13. The snack I like the best is: chewy granola bars

14. My best friend is: all of them

15. My current favorite book is: Magic Tree House and I Survived series

16. If I had one wish, it would be: make my dad better

17. My best memory is: visiting grandparents

18. My current favorite movie is: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies

19. One food that I really dislike is: jalapenos

20. My favorite thing to do is: play at my friends' houses

AJ changes his food preferences often, so I'm not surprised his favorite food changed from last year.

I made the cut as a cool person this year!

Last year he said his favorite subject was math, and now it's his least favorite. I think the reason is becauce he's learning to multiply and divide, which he feels is very complicated.

After asking several times if he could play football, AJ has recently informed me that he doesn't like playing it as much as soccer (he plays games with his friends at the playground). I am very relieved by this because I really didn't want him to try being on a football team this young.

He's in 3rd grade, you guys. We all say it, but I just can't believe how big he is already. I still remember what his flips and kicks felt like in my belly. I hope I never forget.

How old are your kiddos? How have they changed lately?

January 22, 2015

And My Heart Melted

Yesterday was my son AJ's 9th birthday.

Altogether now: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AJ!

This kid, man. He has been such a good guy these past months. Before Christmas I teased that he must be trying to get to the tippy-top of Santa's Nice List.

One day during Christmas break, he was spending most of his time hanging out with his friend who lives right next door to us. He was even planning to spend the night there.

His sister was also at a friend's house when my MIL and I decided to run to the store for a few things. This left my husband home alone.

January 17, 2015

Old School Blogging: Reflective

Old School Blogging is back for 2015 and this month Elaine came up with all her own questions that get ya thinkin' about your past.

1. Who do you idolize? Idolize? Like, someone I consider an idol? Not like, American Idol, though, right? Hmm... You know what? I find myself developing a growing fondness for my elders. For their stories, experiences, insights, wisdom. I'm not saying I think they're always right (ahem, Mom and Dad), but I think it's definitely worth taking all that they've learned into consideration.

2. What is something you are really proud of that you have accomplished? Besides the typical and obligatory mom answer of "I grew tiny humans!", which I did do and I am proud of (especially giving birth all natural the first time)....besides my marriage....maintaining a good long-distance friendship since high school, and this blog.

January 14, 2015

I Promise

As part of adapting to the physical changes my husband has gone through in this last year, and how it changes some things for us as a family, we recently met with a social worker.

She asked several pretty personal questions about our relationship and how it is doing.

Where we stand.

Because oftentimes the significant other of someone with chronic illness decides to leave.

The social worker asked us, "How long have you been married?"

"16 years," I answered. In my head I always add, "Together for 20," because those first four years matter too.

January 12, 2015


As I mentioned in my first post of the year, my mother-in-law, who has been living nearby in order to be of help to us since my husband's hospital stay back in September, is going back home to California.

Today, in fact.

The reasons are personal to her, and have nothing to do with us. She doesn't want to leave, and does hope to return.

I have made no secret that 2014 was a bitch of a year for Mark. Several things started going south for him (his health), to the point that he is no longer working or driving. I've never been able to drive, because of my stupid eyes. Mark's mom's arrival on the scene was timed perfectly (completely by accident), and we've had the luxury of transitioning to a new way of life more gently than we could have hoped for.

January 7, 2015

5 Best Instagrams of December

Here is the final monthly installment of my most liked Instagram pictures!

I did this all year in 2014 (except for ONE month).

So even though it's a new year, I still have to wrap it up with....

Instagram Hearts: December

2014 (obviously).

These are the pictures you guys liked the best last month!

Camryn & AJ decorating our skinny, little tree.
(Yes, AJ was actually participating,
he just chose that moment to look bored.)

January 6, 2015

The Tuesday Ten First Birthday Giveaway!

1. Lists make great blog posts and I employ that particular writing technique on a regular basis.

People's attention spans, what'r'ya gonna do?

2. Bloggers like to shmooze with other bloggers.

3. Put list-making and blog-shmoozing together, and you get the Tuesday Ten link-up, which is celebrating its first birthday this month....

4. With a big ole GIVEAWAY!

5. And I'm part of it.

January 5, 2015

One Word for 2015

This will be the third year I've had a single word to guide me.

I started to say "follow me", but that's not how it works. Not for me, at least.

My word actually leads me. I think I said last year that it's as if my word is floating somewhere out in front of me and I chase it.

I have found choosing a word for the year to be so much more powerful than any resolution I could make.

My One Word for 2015 is Resolve.

Perfect. (source)