2013: Year of the Super Mom!

Happy New Year!  (Better late than never, right?!)

This year my “resolution” is to be a Super Mom! 

When I was in elementary school, our local Super America gas station held a contest “Why My Mom is a Super Mom”…and I won (for obvious reasons)!  I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I do remember that the picture I drew looked exactly like my mom.  Anyway.  A couple key points that I made about my mom being a Super Mom were that she always drove me where I wanted to go and bought me things.  Holy shit…I’d like to apologize for thinking it was that easy, Mom! 
Having my own two darling children now, I realize how spoiled and selfish I was growing up (well, okay, it hasn’t really gotten much better as an adult).  My point is, I realize how much sacrifice my mom made for my sister and me and how much I feel like I give up for my kids.  As for my “resolution”…2013 will be the year of balance which in turn will make me a Super Mom.  There are a lot of things that I want to do and by doing them and taking care of myself, I feel like I will be a much better mom!  Or at least a well taken care of mom…

Here’s a partial list of what I’d like to do:
take naps, play outside, pedicures, date nights, shower, put down my phone, color, exercise, keep a clean house, eat better, start karate again, get massages, find a hobby, take bubble baths (without a 3 year old), read, walk our dogs, cultivate friendships, drink coffee while hot, blog, etc…

So my list is pretty silly but it’s things that I don’t take time to do right now.  My days consist of being Charlie and Cash’s slave- which I love and am so blessed to be able to stay home and do…but I often devote so much time to them (and suffer from extreme mommy guilt) that I don’t make time for myself before the day is over. 
I will find balance and I will be a good mom.  Hopefully even a Super Mom like mine some day! 

Hope your New Year is starting out fabulously!




5 Question Friday Vlog style

Subtitled…. my kids are insane…..

You may have noticed that we’ve been a little… absent around here. Between working all the time, raising 3 busy kids trying to keep my sanity, time has been a little scarce around here. So, here is my “triumphant” return to blogging- 5 Question Friday, hosted by Mama M at Five Crooked Halos.


If I wasn’t doing the Whole 30, I’d ask you to send booze….

6 months!

I know that this is a cliche, but wow the past 6 months have flown by! It’s amazing how much life can change in 6 months- new job, new home, new school for the kids, and still mourning the loss of my grandma.
So, today marks my 6 month anniversary of my parotidectomy for what ended up being an acinic cell carcinoma. Overall, I’m happy with my recovery. My smile is back to symmetrical.


My scar is healing well.
I continue to have bad acne over where the parotid gland used to be.

My jaw and cheek area feel achy sometimes, somedays more than others, but never unbearable. My ear lobe is numb, but feeling has returned everywhere else. The most annoying part of my recovery recently has been having my lower lip spasm. Like when your eyelid spasms? But it’s my lip. I assume it’s from nerve regrowth.
So that’s about all- I’ll see my amazing ent this month, so maybe more to update then.

Happy Birthday Rex!

Hard to believe that Rex is already 1!

We baked him a cake, and Ross and Ruby frosted it….They were very proud! 

We tried to set up a safe spot for Rex to eat his cake…. this was pretty easy to clean up. Then, he dove in!

Now to clean up after this disaster and go celebrate!



Employed again

As I’m sure you know, I’m gainfully employed again. Job #1 is 2.5 days a week with a brutal hour and a half commute each way. Job #2 is as needed, and a lovely 45 minute jaunt through the countryside.
Job #1 is located in a huge huge huge hospital. I follow signs to find my department, and still get lost. The funny thing us, there are like 1 million tiny closet-sized bathroom randomly scattered throughout the halls. The really funny thing? I still haven’t found one with toilet paper!

I’m pretty tired from all these hours I’m putting in, tomorrow I’ll fill you in on the fire escape.

3 months

Wow- time is flying by, I totally forgot about my 3 month parotidectomy anniversary until it was brought up in my pre-employment health screen today. The PA doing the screening was fascinated. I managed to schedule both health screens today, so I motored into the cities and had blood work drawn, then headed back towards home for more blood work, a drug test and boot camp. I had to do sit-ups. I had to do a lot of other things too, but sit-ups? I should’ve practiced (like for the past 30 years).

Anyways. My latest self-portrait.

I can eat a sandwich again! I feel like my lower lip is about 98% back to normal. In fact, I notice more weirdness with my eye than my lip. I think my scar looks good (minus the sudden swell in adult acne. yuck)image

It still itches quite a bit, and my ear still feels like someone punched me in it. The feeling in my face is normal about to where my lump initially was, so that’s improving too. That’s about all I have for an update- pretty boring!

I need to see my ENT sometime this month, we’ll see what he has to say.

It’s a…..

After what seems like the longest 21 weeks of my life, we finally got to see Baby H. again today!  Wahoo! 
Obviously, we’ve been very excited to find out the gender of our fetus…but also super curious to make sure everything is going well and we’re having a healthy baby.  There are a couple of concerns that we need to have checked out again in a month (yay, for another ultrasound- boo for the worry) so keep us in your prayers.  The doc was awesome when she called to talk to me about her concerns and is hoping that it will fix itself.  So anyway…Baby apparently has a small stomach and mild left renal pyelectasis (which you can Google if you want).  Cross your fingers that the stomach was just empty and that the other thing just magically goes away. (Thanks)

And then on to the fun part!

Cash is super excited to let you know what’s going on….

It’s a boy…in case you’re color blind or don’t understand the concept of the balloons.  My boys couldn’t be happier.  And as much as I said I really wanted a boy, part of me is a little sad that I don’t get a girl…but maybe we can try again 😉

So…let the name sharing begin!  Chris really, really, really wants to name him Charlie…which results in Cash really wanting to name him Charlie too…which loosely translates to me having one kid named after Johnny Cash and one kid named after Charlie Pride.  Not sure how I feel about that yet….

And thanks to my sissy for taking our pictures today!