Thursday, December 31, 2009


it's something...

how one day you don't know what you want.

then something makes you realize what you do want.

but then you find you can't have it

and realize God's plan doesn't always coincide with yours. 

That's life I guess:

Sometimes we need to taste the bitter to appreciate the sweet.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Be back soon....

We all caught a nasty stomache bug here at our house so I'm going to have to get caught up here in a few days.  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy and safe New Year's celebration.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thankful Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my bloggy friends who celebrate this blessed holiday.  I thought I'd go with a Christmas edition of Thankful Thursday (despite the fact that it's Friday)...
  • My family: my husband, son, parents above, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws... Everyone one of them enriches my life.
  • My son's smile when, despite all the (many, many) toys he received last night and this morning, his favorite gift was a cannister of Gerber Cheese Puffs. 
  • My faith which helps me through difficult times
  • My friends who smile with me in good times and lend a shoulder in bad.
  • My friend Angie who's surprise Christmas gift actually made me cry (in a good way)
  • Have I mentioned my son?  The light of my life.
  • The blessings we have every day: food on the table, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our selves.  it's so easy to overlook what is sadly a luxury for some.
  • And, of course, I am thankful for the blessed gift for which we celebrate Christmas today: Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
*Photo credit: Star of Wonder by c.a. muller on flickr

Monday, December 21, 2009

I'm going back to work (well, sort of)...

I've been thinking about how I've been in a scheduleless (I know that's not a word but work with me here) funk lately and that I really need to do something about it.  If I had a traditional office job, I'd get up, shower, get dressed... you see where I'm going here, right?  Does being a stay-at-home mom truly give me license to get to work late.  I do have a job: I run a daycare for one and a household for three (six if you count the three felines who also reside here).  It really is a lot of work.  Sure, I make my own schedule but that's where I'm beinging to thinnk the problem lies.... schedule? what schedule?  Read this then check back with me tomorrow for my New Year's post (I changed my mind) and I'll fill you in on my plan.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Traditions and Missing Home

It's funny - I say "missing home" but I've lived on this side of the country for slightly over six years now.  You'd think I'd stop referring to San Diego as home but the truth is that it will always be my hometown.

Christmas is less than a week away and I've had the hardest time getting into a holiday groove this year.  I've tried, don't get me wrong, but somehow it just hasn't felt right.  That got me thinking about Christmas traditions and I realized something:   I don't think I (we) have established any yet.  I think we're trying to start some but maybe our family is still new.  As we creep closer and closer to the big day, I am excited to see Christmas throught my son's eyes.  I'm also determined to start some new - and maybe recreate some old - traditions.

I remember....

As a child I was always allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve.  It was always some sort of pajamas.  I loved it.

Up until the time my mom became ill with cancer our family attended a Christmas party on Christmas eve at a friend's house.  I played pool with a little boy my age.  I always thought I was good.  Now I wonder.

The day after Thanksgiving, we'd get up super early, go to breakfast and tag our Christmas tree at Denk's Tree Farm.  (We'd pick the tree up a couple weeks later.)  When we got home, it was time to pull out the many boxes of Christmas decorations and get the lights up.  I even decorated my room.  We had lights everywhere.  Not quite Griswaldesque but definitely a lot of lights.

For many years we went to Christmas on the Prado.  They've since changed the name but I loved watching the Living Christmas Tree and drinking hot chocolate.  I loved it when it was cold and I (not so secretly) always wished for snow. 

I skated in at least two Christmas ice shows ever year.  Later I would coach skaters for the Christmas show.  I miss that.

Speaking of skating - I remember being on the ice before the crack of dawn, tracing my figures on the smooth ice, and hearing the mall staff (did I mention my home rink was in a shopping mall?) setting up the giant Christmas displays.  I'd get excited.

I remember La Jolla Figure Skating Club Christmas parties on ice... where else can  you party at 6am ON ICE?

I remember the La Jolla Christmas Parade, the Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay, and Candy Cane Lane

I hope...

That my son will look forward to his yearly pajama present on Christmas Eve

That we will continue the family trip to the tree farm.

That we will find new traditions, make them ours, and that our children will look back fondly on them as they begin new traditions with their own families.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Did you know?

  • Postpartum depression (PPD) doesn't necessarily begin immediatly after a birth.  For some women it may begin during pregnancy. For others it could be a year or more (some believe it can happen anytime within the first five years) postpartum. 
  • Some women may suffer from a type of PPD following an adoption
  • Some men suffer a type of postpartum depression
  • PPD (or any perinatal mood or anxiety disorder) can affect others in your household.
  • Most women who suffer from PPD do not have any desire to harm their child. 
  • Postpartum Psychosis and PPD are not the same thing but both are treatable.
  • There are many resources out there for those that suffer from a perinatal mood disorder as well as for concerned (and/or affected) friends and family. 
Learn more with this link from Postpartum Progress.

*Please contact your doctor or other medical professional for a diagnosis. This post is not intended to provide or replace medical advice.  If you feel like harming yourself or your baby, call 911.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Gift Idea

I was poking around SITS today and happened to find these adorable necklaces made from Scrabble game pieces.  They are ADORABLE!  I can't decide which I like best.  Probably a good thing they're on sale this week, too.  I think this might be my favorite, though:

Anyway, check out the store and maybe cross a name off your Christmas gift list: handmade by Home Studio

*Photo copyright by Home Studio.