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“Oh but you were made, by a God who knows your name , He doesn’t make mistakes. For you, you are wanted, you, you are wanted” – Dara MacClean

Little Miss, out of the blue, started asking questions about her birth last night. It went something like this…

LM: Did you buy me from the store?

Me: No, I made you. I grew you inside me and kept you safe until you were born.

LM: God made me.

Me: Yes, He helped. But you were inside me, growing big and strong, until you were ready to come out.

LM: I didn’t like being in there (putting her hand on my tummy).

Me: That’s true. You wanted out early on, that’s why I was on bed rest for eight weeks and then you arrived two weeks early.

LM: Yeah, I remember.

At this point, Fussypants jumped into the conversation to tell his sister (erroneously) that I pooped her out my bum and that’s how she was born. Thankfully, she laughed and isn’t traumatized for life.



Old School Blogging: ABCs

Tonya from Letters for Lucas tagged me, so I’m happily playing along with Old School Blogging! This month’s topic is ABC’s. Elaine of The Miss Elaine-ous Life is hosting with Jennifer. Link up, if you want to play along too.

Alphabet Meme

A. Attached or Single?
Happily attached and married!

B. Best Friend(s)?
Yes, I’ve got those. Thank God.

C. Cake or pie?
Cake, cake, cake. I prefer chocolate and raspberry. I also like cheesecake. With raspberry.

D. Day of choice?
A vacation day or a sunny day.

E. Essential Item?
iPhone, mascara, o-gloss, reading glasses, Kindle…oh my, do I have to pick just one? I’m higher maintenance then I thought.

F. Favorite color?
Blue. I like blue. But I mostly wear gray.

G. Gummy bears or worms?
Gummy bears

H. Hometown?
Danville, California is where I grew up. Now I reside in Orange.

I. Favorite Indulgence?
I heart red vines.

J. January or July?
January is my firstborn’s birthday month, my annual girls trip to the Sundance Film Festival, and the first of the year. July is my husband’s birthday month, Del Mar opening day, my folks wedding anniversary and it’s sunny. I can’t decide between the two.

K. Kids?

I have a boy and a girl. My son is 6 and my daughter is 3.

My blessings. Mine are the baseball player and the cute girl. The littlest guy in this picture is my nephew.

My blessings. Mine are the baseball player and the cute girl. The littlest guy in this picture is my nephew.I have a boy and a girl. My blessings. My son is 6 and my daughter is 3.












L. Life isn’t complete without?

My family.

M. Marriage date?
October 28, 2000.









N. Number of brothers/sisters?
I have a baby brother. Ok, he’s not a baby (we are only 13 months apart) but that’s what I call him. My baby bro. He actually signs my birthday cards like that too: Love, Baby bro. And I’m adopted so I also have three bio-sisters who I adore and two bio-brothers. One I adore the other I’ve only met once, but he’s nice.

O. Oranges or Apples.

P. Phobias?
I really don’t like leaving the house with the bed unmade. If I do, it’s not going to rattle me all day but I prefer a made bed to come home to. I’m also not afraid of heights but I prefer both feet on the ground. And don’t even think about coming near my eyes with your fingers. I can touch my eyes, but I’m weird about other people coming near my eyes. Makes my eye doctor appointments a little stressful.

Q. Quotes?
I’m a quote person. I love quotes. “Always start from hope” is a favorite. I also like Joss Whedon’s “Always be yourself…unless you suck”.

R. Reasons to smile?

My family. My husband and kids make me smile (98% of the time). Damnyouautocorrect.com also makes me smile. Seriously, it’s funny shit. Watching my dog endlessly chase a tennis ball makes me smile. Kindness, the little things like someone opening a door for you always makes me smile.

S. Season of choice?

Summer. I like sunny.

T. Tag 5 People.

I got nothing…

U. Unknown fact about me?

I love movie soundtracks. My favorite is Elizabethtown. I keep that CD in my car, and it’s also on my iPod.

V. Vegetable?

My favorite is green beans but I eat most all veggies.

W. Worst habit?

I have a bit of a potty mouth. And I can be as lazy as I am productive.

X. Xray or Ultrasound?

Ultrasound, if I have to chose.

Y. Your favorite food?

No favorites but I love Mexican food. I also love hot & sour soup.

Z. Zodiac sign?



Moms That Blog Interview

Charlene from Adventures-In-Mommy-Land is a busy mom of 6 (wow, right?!?) who still finds the time to support and highlight other moms with her Moms That Blog series. And lucky for me, today she is sharing my interview!

Check me out over at her site, Adventures-In-Mommy-Land: Here

Because, as she says, “It’s not where you go, or what you do, it’s who is besides you that counts…”

Thanks Charlene, for the opportunity!



Losing it

I so wish this post was about losing the holiday pounds but alas, it is not. It is about me being a dumb-ass. I’ve lost (and lose) many things; my sanity, my temper, my patience all being high on the list but I don’t lose material objects. That’s not to say I’ve never lost anything tangible, I’m still mourning that cute sweater and dress I left in that Vegas hotel room 12 years ago (and no, it’s not a what happens in Vegas story, the clothes were hanging in the closet and I just forgot to pack them). But I digress. I’m good at keeping my wallet, my shoes, my lipstick, my glasses, my keys – you name it – where I can find them.

Until yesterday.

Crusher and I were heading for a trail run but stopped at Petco to get dog food first. All good. Quick trip, dog and dog food loaded in the car. And then I can’t find my car key. Anywhere. And when I say anywhere, I mean I even crawled under my car to look for it. It was truly the mystery of the vanishing key.

A woman parked next to me helped me look around the car and as she drove off, left me with this parting gem, “You know, when you stop looking for it you’ll find it”. Helpfully unhelpful, thank you very much. Like I didn’t already feel stupid.

I called hunky hubby but he had gone surfing, and was not close enough to help. After my initial annoyance passed, I took a deep breath and reminded myself that I am capable and was going for a run anyway. It all comes back to the concept of making lemonade.

So I got the dog back out of the car, grabbed a bottle of water, my house keys (could you imagine if I had left those in the car) and took off running. It’s only about 2.5 miles so it didn’t take forever. Once home I got my extra car key, hopped on my bike and went back to my car. A dude hanging out by his truck in the parking lot (I didn’t ask) helped me load my bike in the car and when I got home and tried to open my tailgate, it was stuck.

I drive a Volvo XC90 and the back hatch is split into a top piece and a bottom piece so it opens wide. Somehow my key had slipped under the bottom half where it bends to connect to the car. While I was driving it must have loosened and lodged itself in the joint (for lack of the proper word, though I’m sure some car-guy or engineer knows what it is really called) that makes it close and got stuck.

After a  little maneuvering, I was able to jiggle it out, get the tailgate open and recover my key. Thank goodness.

It wasn’t the workout I had planned, but it was a workout, so I’ll take it.

What is the dumbest thing you’ve ever lost?


Tot talk

Fussypants has a good friend, let’s call him L, that he’ll talk about and ask about randomly. As I was driving the kids to school this morning, Fussypants queried, “I wonder what color L’s city is”.

I responded that he lived in Huntington Beach and he said, “I know that, but what color is it?”

Took me a minute to figure it out (yes, I’m dumber since having kids) but when it clicked, it made me smile. My kid is really cute.

We live in the city of Orange.

Get it?

What color is your city?

From the mouth of babes.


Have you ever…

Left the house wearing slippers but didn’t realize it until it was too late to turn back? Taken your son to school without his shoes on him? Dropped your son off at school, got all the way home and realized his lunch box was still  in the front seat of your car? Called your husband by your son’s name, the dog by your husband’s name and your son by the dog’s name? Lost the word you were about to use, mid-sentence? Gone into the garage so you could yell and scream without any witnesses? Hidden red vines in your baby bag for stress-eating moments? Wanted to laugh and cry at the same time? Left a party early, when you’ve had an overnight babysitter, not to have private time with your spouse but to catch up on sleep? Eaten cereal for dinner out of the box? Walked around Costco wearing a plastic fire hat because it made your son happy? Cut your spouse’s food into small bites? Taken the exit to your kid’s school, when you don’t have them in the car with you? Changed your baby’s outfit 10 times in an hour because the clothes are so stinking cute? Spent all day with your shirt on inside out? Walked around with one of your child’s stickers stuck to your bum and nobody told you?


Me either.


Guest posting today!

Today I’m over at Letters For Lucas! I am excited, humbled, and happy to announce I am doing my first guest post! My good friend Tonya, who I respect, admire and can really laugh with, asked me to share some of my toddler moments. Check out Letters For Lucas to see What’s Next.

Thank you Tonya, for the opportunity!


Real questions from a curious boy

Fussypants gets his curiosity from me. He may look just like his daddy but his quest for knowledge is all mommy. Hunky hubby has, over the years, come up with a few choice nicknames for me, a few I won’t share but Curious-C and Information Super Highway are a couple of his favorites.

Just about every day I field questions from Fussypants. Most days that is all we do on the drive home. He rapid fire asks a bunch of things and I do my best to answer him. Some I do know the answer to, some I don’t but can look up and some are just silly. But I love that his mind is going a million miles an hour and I love that he really wants to know.

So for your reading pleasure, ten questions he’s asked recently:

1. Why do we need blood?
2. How do trees grow?
3. Why do we need grass?
4. Do cockroaches fly?
5. Why do we need sidewalks?
6. How come street lights don’t work during the day? 
7. Does Santa Claus see everything?
8. Does God see everything?
9. Does God see when Santa toots? What about batman?

And my favorite:

10. Do bumblebees ever bump their heads on closed doors?

So far, so good.