I will never be a professional thigh dancer…but

I adore my barre class but I hate thigh dancing…like I would probably rather do ten extra sets of planks instead of thirty seconds of thigh dancing. But that pain must mean something good is happening, right? I hope so, well actually, I know so. I’ve been taking classes at my local barre studio on Bainbridge Island since February. I started going five days a week(children permitting) at the beginning of March and haven’t looked back since. I’ve never been a group exercise girl. I’ve had many a gym membership that have grown mold from lack of use. Getting pregnant … Read more…

ENFP

My personality test results come as no great surprise. I’ve taken the test multiple times thinking I may get a different result…but I don’t. Although this time, I paid attention to the score in each category. I’m more than 90% NFP but only 53% E. And that really made sense to me. Lately, I’ve been feeling more introverted. When I’m with “my” crowd, I’m a complete extrovert. But put me in a new situation, like Alex’s volleyball games where I don’t know many of the parents, and I’m a total introvert. Yep, that’s me…the introverted extrovert. Have you taken the … Read more…

She

She’ll be eleven in two months. She doesn’t even weigh sixty pounds. She got an American Girl Doll for Christmas from Santa…yes, she still believes. And she’s about to go to middle school. The calendar tells me she’s growing up and the look in her eyes and her sometimes sassy little responses prove to me the teenage years are approaching. But I have all these questions in my head about parenting this little girl as she grows. It’s different than my first go around with Alex…maybe it’s because I’m a girl but it seems as if there are more things … Read more…

Just go do it

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to have last week behind me. It was one of those weeks that kept leaving me saying, “what the heck?” Honestly, those weren’t the words I was using by Friday. We began the week waiting for lab results for the kids. Gigs presented with an enlarged and lumpy thyroid at her physical the Thursday before so she had to have a battery of tests done to figure out what was going on. All of the labs came back fine, which was good but left us wondering what was causing the … Read more…

The Paradox of Living With a Teenager

First of all, don’t tell him I’m writing this. I teased him and told him I was going to blog about finding him a homecoming date and he didn’t think that was so funny. I don’t think he’s that into his romance writer mom sharing stories about him but this isn’t about him…it’s kind of about me. And really isn’t most of what I write inherently self centered? I don’t get to see him that much anymore. He’s playing volleyball and travel baseball. When he isn’t busy with those he’s holed up in his room overwhelmed with homework from two … Read more…

Eleven things I know

1. Sleeping with my three little people in my bed is equally the most precious and torturous thing I can do. 2. Finishing a tall, no longer hot, non-fat chai at 8:30 pm is never a good idea…ever even if I have four reasons/excuses for the chai in the first place. (double rainy soccer games, big guys at a baseball tourney, internal stitches popping out of my forehead, and a fifteen-year-old two hundred miles away requesting a traditional Arab outfit by Monday for a presentation….geesh, I should have chosen vodka and not chai!) 3. Silence scares me. Like really scares … Read more…

A little gruesome

I’ve been told repeatedly that writing about my experience with skin cancer was a great use of my blog. A number of you have made appointments with your doctors and even more of you have shared your stories—stories of strength—with me. Yes, the experience was pretty miserable but my doctor was fabulous and if you’re in the Richmond area and need someone to see, please message me. That being said, I want to share my scar progress with you. I swear I lift up my gorgeous bangs (Thanks Rebekah at Serendipity!) ten times a day to show people how it … Read more…

Cover up, Buttercup!

I’m sitting in the waiting room of the Skin Surgery Center waiting for the next two hours to see if the first incision/removal of my basal cell carcinoma removed all of the cancer.  The doctor marked me up and the scar will be bigger than I expected.  I was hoping for an eye lift but the fab doctor, who accommodated all of my nervous chatter,  pointed out it would only be on one side and that would be awkward… E’s parting words to me were, “I hope they put part of your butt on your face, Mom! You can be … Read more…

12 Things to do in IOP and Charleston

Loved our time in the lowcountry this week! We rented a house on Isle of Palms about three blocks from the beach. The house had a pool and a hot tub so we were pretty much guaranteed to have a blast without going anywhere but the area is filled with so many fabulous sights and restaurants that we ventured out quite a bit! 1. Rent a golf cart – If you are staying on IOP or Sullivan’s Island, golf carts are a great way to get to and from the beach. Plus, they are super fun! 2. Eat at Acme … Read more…

Tim

One week ago today a dear friend had a stroke. A stroke…it still seems so completely unbelievable. He’s a dad, a husband(to one of my favorite people in the world), a son, a brother, an uncle, a godfather, oh…and a friend. People are drawn to Tim. He has the ability to talk to anyone wherever he goes. He has a magnetic personality that immediately draws you in. He’s funny—really funny— and an all around great guy. But people gravitate toward Tim not only because he’s the life of the party, they want to be near him because he’s kind and … Read more…