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NYC/New York The good, bad and ugly from the eyes of a midwestern FAQs

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Welp, we just got back from NYC and it was a great trip! I was excited but nervous to go with my family. Most things went smoothly and I'm looking forward to going again someday! There is soooo  much information out there and it can be overwhelming so I will just sum up how our trip went.

Travel day or what I like to call as Day 0:  We arrived at Laguardia around 3:30. Took and took a taxi to our hotel at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nyctm-fairfield-inn-and-suites-new-york-manhattan-fifth-avenue/ . I was very underwhelmed about our very basic hotel. It grew on me quickly  though because 1. It was tucked around the corner of 5th Ave. (read quiet) 2. With only 6 rooms on each floor it was cozy.  (and quiet) 3. The breakfast was great!  4. It was clean! I would give this hotel 4 stars and would definitely stay there again. We checked in and then started walking around. It was very overwhelming to get used to north, east, south, west and where do the streets go up and down. T…

Bittersweet watermelon

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So today I entered another phase of my life. I have a middle schooler and a high schooler. I think I'm in shock, or sad, or proud, or happy. I really can't tell what all these feelings are but here I am. I am cutting watermelon in an empty house because I dropped the 11 year off at the pool with a friend and the 16 year is taking a nap because she is one busy teen. My family loves watermelon. Up to this point in my life I refused to buy watermelon because it is messy and I'm too busy to cut it up. Well now my 16 year old can drive to the store and buy her own watermelon (this is the 2nd one this week). She promised she would cut it up but she fell asleep. I however am sitting in this empty house (teen is here but it still feels empty) cutting up this damn watermelon because I have just entered this very bittersweet stage where I want to cut the watermelon because I can't nap with my teen or swim with my pre-teen. So what do I do? I cut the watermelon for them because …

I'm a slacker mom but that is OK because I'm doing it my way!

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So M has an all day event today. I took a personal day from work before the schedule was out. Her main event isn't until 4:30. She insisted that no parent goes to the 10:30 event. She was singing a song I've heard with 150 girls. I thought sweet, I don't want to spend the entire day an hour away either. I will enjoy my day, come to 4:30 event, get some R&R AND kill the mom thing. I'm amazing.

10:45 that morning the facebook posts start coming in while I was in my recliner playing candy crush. Oh here comes the mom guilt! So many thoughts ran through my mind. Gotta love facebook. Then I realized, that I am just a mom doing the mom thing my way. Three years ago I was fighting for my life, but also learning life lessons. I am here, I am great, and THIS is a wonderful thing. I am lucky to be doing this mom thing MY way. I need R&R to do this mom thing. Everything in moderation is MY way and that is OK. My girls are great despite my slacker momming. WE are OK. I enco…

I hate meal planning! -UGH

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Here is my brainstorming post about what I decided to do about it.

I think I have it! 
Sun.- Recipe options

Chicken taco bowlsBaked potatoes Barbeque chicken Stir fryChicken and rice casserole Megan's Pinterest Board-Easy recipes TacosSpaghetti hot ham & cheese 

Mon.- soup, sandwiches, fruit
Tues. - Teacher service Tex-Mex Chicken casserole  
Wed. - Subway
Thurs.- Frozen mac and cheese
Fri.- veggie pizza
Sat.-???? Take all day to figure this out and end up with take-out 

This is becoming a health blog -how did that happen? -Gallbladder surgery and recovery

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1 week post gallbladder surgery update:
Healing is going as expected, journaling details for my timehop.
Day 1: Didn't get into surgery until 12:30, they kicked me out at 4:00. I was not ready, very sleepy and nauseated. Day 2: Happy that I felt like eating and feeling better than Friday evening. Day 3-5: Pain going down each day, pretty much gone by Day 5. What was left was if I stretched too far. Some sharp pains in the side but they aren't so bad. Day 6-7: Still taking it easy, careful not to stretch too far or sneeze. Digestion, not good but not bad either. Hopefully this continues to get better.
Most of all this just happened so fast. I went from having some sharp pains around Christmas time, ultrasound, HIDA scan (that showed chronic gallbladder disease). Sharp pains mostly went away but surgery was scheduled so I went with it. Yes, surgery was easy compared to what I've been through but I'm still wondering if it was the right thing but also ready to move on. If …

New Year Resolutions 2018

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New Year Resoulutions....the reason I make them is because there is no other good thing to do in January. That being said I haven't made any since 2013 and I miss them. I'd rather call it new habit January though and try to focus on one main one. This year's main habit it good for my pocketbook but not so good for many of you. My new habit is not going to any direct sales parties, especially for me. An exception will be Lularoe for my kids. They need some leggings but I need nothing. So sorry DS friends. I have to do this for me. We are saving for Florida 18, Branson 18, and New York 19. Plus you were all right, High School IS expensive. Also can I please go to the doctor less. I DO want to celebrate that I had a healthy year and did NOT max out my out of pocket insurance!! (for the first time in 4 years). I only had ONE MRI, and THREE mole removals (2 expensive ones). Good vibes for no mole removals in 2018 along with a good MRI.  Oct. 2018! Also if we could find an affor…

Extracurriculars, oh how I love to hate them

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I have 2 sayings my friends have heard me say many times 1. Never say never and 2. Pick your Poison (carefully, LOL)

So we are trying something new that I said I would never do. Traveling out of town to a dance studio J chose. She is ready for the challenge and I’m ready to support her. Where she leads, we will follow. She is ready, we are ready to support her.Most extracurriculars are expensive and intense. Gone are the days of $30 6 week programs. Extracurriculars are often an entire year commitment. Gone are the days of trying everything. Everyone wants their activity to be your #1. Music, dance or sports, pick your poison. It’s all expensive. Pick two poisons, multiple it by number of kids, go crazy, see you in the asylum. :) Anyhow, we have no idea if this is her right fit or how this is going to go but are excited to find out!

My 2 cents on when to quit/change, when to push and when to leave alone. Quit-if the child and both parents are unhappy, then it is not a right fit. Push-i…