Even though I captured this with my P&S, I had a feeling it just might become my Best Shot Monday choice. The photo was taken a week ago last weekend as Jody and the kids waded into the freezing cold (at least, in my opinion) water of the Boulder Creek. The kids didn’t mind the water temp one bit and Jody endured it, ‘cuz that’s what daddies do. These are the types of moments that I never want to forget. See more Best Shot Monday posts over at Mother May I?.

I apologize for being a craptastic blogger the past week/weekend. Jody was out working in CA all week and my mom got in from MI for a 12-day stay on Thursday. So between solo parenting and trying to get the house in decent shape, plus then spending time with my mom the past few days and Jody when he returned, I’ve been an absentee blogger (though you can always find me micro-blogging on Twitter – hint, hint). While Jody was gone this week I received a good reminder of why I love him. He’s an awesome dad and his involvement both in the kids’ livesRead More →

It’s my first year growing a garden on my own. You can call me a dork, but it’s the little things that excite me. :) Little things like… Green beans sprouting: Zucchini sprouting: And the first red tomato of the season: I just created a new category “gardening” as I suspect I’ll have more to say on this topic in the future. I’m enjoying the experience so far. :)

Elective inductions are on the rise in the United States, and while this means many excited mothers get to meet their babies sooner than if they waited for labor to begin spontaneously, it also means they are much more likely to meet their babies as a result of a cesarean section, which of course comes with it’s own set of risks to both mother and child. According to a study linked on Birthfriend’s Place to Ponder: In 2004, the National Vital Statistics Report showed the total induction rate (in the United States) to be 21.2%. Of that number, 25% were reported to have no apparentRead More →

Jody has been joking with me lately that I have turned into Snow White, Cinderella or some other character that all of the woodland animals love and are attracted to, as our backyard is turning into quite the animal sanctuary. We by no means have a large yard (our whole lot is less than 1/4 of an acre), and, much to my chagrin, are surrounded by neighbors on all sides (not near a forest or field or anything), yet in the past few weeks we’ve had the following critters cohabitating in our yard: 4 2 garter snakes (the first two made the unfortunate decision toRead More →

It’s the end of week 1 of the Quickie 5-minute Shower Challenge and I want to know, in the words of Joey from Friends, “How YOU doin’?” But before we get to that, I first have to say I’m absolutely thrilled to have had 86 people sign up (plus spouses have often been recruited as well, and even some kids, and aren’t included in that number) for the challenge so far. That’s awesome and you all rock for signing up! Thank you. :) I’m still hoping to get up to least 100 sign ups, so I hope you will spread the word about your commitmentRead More →