Monday, April 6, 2015

A vacation full of firsts..

 I just spent a week on an island with my husband and kids.  I had been boycotting vacations since the last one.

A few years ago I wrote about a vacation we took (to the same place) and shared it. So many other wives and moms all over could relate to what I was saying, you can read that here.
This year we decided to go back and do it again, this would be our third time visiting St. Maarten.

I have to admit at first I felt like John owed me. I felt like he owed me for all the vacations we have been on where he's been clueless and unhelpful. But I realized that wasn't fair. I did my best to let him take control when he was confident and he was awesome.

 My kids are 13 and 16 and more than capable of handling themselves through airport security and on an airplane. This is the first trip they sat together on every flight and I got to sit back and do absolutely nothing!

This was a trip of many firsts...

We spent everyday at a different beach just relaxing. Everyone got to do what they wanted and it was great. It's the first time ever that we had the perfect mix of family time / John and Ash time. The kids are old enough to hang back in the room while we stepped out onto the beach at sunset. They are old enough to stay up late in their room and watch t.v. while we crashed early. And the best part was waking up to hot coffee followed by a long walk every single morning!!
An afternoon of shopping with Morgan.

It was also the first time I noticed a difference in Sarah, really looking around and realizing how some of these people live. I think almost everyday she told me how grateful she felt.  Watching her navigate and drive the jeep was priceless!!


First time I've ever had Morgan ask for a group hug!! And it's the first time she's ever sung Karaoke, first time we had ever heard her sing period!

It's the first time I didn't stress out about a thing...I realized I needed to let things go and compromise a little. My kids don't enjoy having a camera in their face and John doesn't like to take pictures at all. So I had to take what I could get and let go of the rest.

We still had some pretty funny mishaps!! ..But overall the memories from this trip are my favorite!
In fact they were so good, I told John I'd let him take us away again next year!



Sunset Beach




Friendly dogs everywhere



Endless mango smoothies
She finds the creepiest stuff wherever we go..this looked like a starfish / octopus 

Urchins in my cooler


Collecting shells for hours

St. Maarten 2015!!


Friday, February 6, 2015

Baby Look Alikes

Last week I made a post about a conversation I had with a person at work. The conversation was about babies and how some people might say all babies are beautiful, but some are really not.
I think as a mother you obviously think your child is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen, specially if it's your first baby. Sarah was pretty darn beautiful, and seemed very photogenic as an infant. And even though I though Morgan was just as beautiful, her looks were completely different and she was not photogenic straight out of the womb like Sarah was.

I would take Sarah to sears and have her pictures taken every 3 mos and buy them all. I would take Morgan and pray for one good one. I was so excited to take Morgan for her first photo shoot.  I'll never forget looking at the pictures and thinking, oh my god she looks just like Frank from the show Everybody Loves Raymond!!



 So I asked online for people to share pictures of their kids looking like celebrities and even though I only had a few emailed submissions, they are all pretty awesome! Including Morgan's Frank picture!!




The Frank look alike




Baby  Jack Nicholson




Olsen twins look alike





Who is the real baby North



Little Ron Weasley












Tuesday, January 13, 2015

There's a name for this???

Nail Biting

Licking your lips

Chewing gum

or any mouth noise

MAKES ME MENTAL

It feels likes a fork on a plate. Sometimes at school I want to run out of the classroom but I can't.

So I have to suck it up.

I am screaming in my head and I want to cry.

It makes me so stressed I can't concentrate because thats all I can hear.

I want to say.

"Do you really have to bite your nails in class???" "Do you really have to chew gum SO LOUD???"

I feel so out of control, I want to scream at the person "ARE YOU KIDDING ME???"

I know they are not doing it on purpose and I don't know how it doesn't bother anyone else.

Once I leave or the noise stops, I still feel irritated. It sometimes takes a long time to calm down.

People don't know I feel this way. I try to hide it but it's hard.

Sometimes I block my ears or listen to music on my phone.

I want to move my seat in class but I don't want anyone to ask me why.

Because what would I say??

I wish there was a medicine  I could take to stop it.  It's so annoying,  I have a headache just thinking about it!!

I wish I could get rid of it.

My mom says there's a name for it.

It's called Misophonia.
Under the blanket in the car, blocking out the sound.