Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Checking In

Hello Bloggyland and my few remaining followers.  
Sorry for my absence.  Two little babies and life simply got in the way.  I’ve wanted to write several times but did not. 
It’s been an exciting year; welcoming two new souls into our family…at once.  They are incredibly sweet and fun little girls. 

They complete our family and bring us endless amounts of joy. 
I’ve drafted a post about some challenges I have faced over the year and how it’s changed me.  Hoping to post in the next few weeks. 

In the meantime, how have you been?  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

And Then There Were 5

Thanks to those who diligently checked up on me during the past 2 months.
I'm happy to report my family is now a wonderful family of 5.
The girls (AV & BV) were born on February 6th and we all came home 2 days later. 
The babies are so sweet and we are very much enjoying every ounce of them. 
Everyone is healthy and trying to figure out how to get more than 4 hours of sleep in a row.  Something tells me the sleep part may take a while....
Life is good.

2.5 weeks old

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Brief Stay or a Lesson on Humanity

Still Pregnant!
I had some complications from the stomach flu mid December resulting in a week long hospital stay.  Good news is the babies are okay and I'm still pregnant. 

The hospital experience left me with a few things to ponder. (I mean come on it wouldn't be me if I didn't try to learn something from an uneasy experience).  My doctors were and continue to be incredible.  The nurses were beyond kind, caring and qualified.  I am grateful. 

Each night I would be thoroughly reminded of my surroundings.  While my room sat overlooking beautiful grounds and a CA desert mountain range it also sat beneath the helicopter pad.  As the helicopter flew in and out, I thought about each life it held.  Would those critically injured make it?  How would their loved ones learn of their critical medical nature?  How can the doctors and nurses care for these people they had never met, day in and day out?

Humanity can be cruel and it can be wonderful.  During that week, I experienced the kind, caring and wonderful side to humanity. 

I'm happy to report it still exists.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Little of This and a Little of That


I've been up to a little of this and a little of that but mostly a lot of prepping to release my second children's book, Kensie Cooks, The Lost Recipe.  It's been a fun challenge and I'm hopeful I can have a draft of book 3 complete prior to the girls fast approaching arrival.  Hey, a girl can dream right!?

Available for purchase on Amazon.com

I've also been thinking about what this blog has meant to me over the past nearly 4 years and where it goes from here.  This space has allowed me to ponder my life's questions.  While many questions remain, it's been therapeutic. Those of us who write do it for several reasons. I've written here to think 'it' out in as few words as possible. Reason: Aside from the fact that society has very little attention span, it helps teach me not to overcomplicate problems/issues/questions.

Last year, when my Dad died, I knew I had to learn something from that experience. I believe in growing from tragedy.  And so I did.  I learned not to take myself (or the world around me) so seriously and it settled my busy mind a bit.  Perhaps this space is reflecting the newer calm in my mind.   

I do not know the frequency of posts once the girls arrive however I do want to say thank you for all your support and sincere e-friendships.  I am grateful.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Some News

I've been absent from this space for sometime to nurture me.  I am pregnant with two babies and the 'morning sickness' had me ill equipped for much of anything for three months.  Now that I'm able to function, we are excited to share the news!

I must say it's bittersweet to share such news on this blog. Many of my dearest bloggy friends have tried to add to their families without luck. My heart continues to have hope for you all because I get it.  My journey to get here has not been without it's battles and emotional struggles.  I hope to release my writings about this journey someday...

The babies are due in February and I anticipate getting back to a little more blogging prior to their arrival. 

In the meantime, I hope you are all doing great and I'll be seeing you around your fun and interesting blogs soon. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013


I've been a bit preoccupied lately.  However the last two months have been fun, busy and hot! 
Hope your all having an enjoyable memory filled summer.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Where's the Funny?

I've written about laughing on here before.  But I feel the need to write about it again because I think most of the irritations in the world can be 'laughed' off.  Example: that family member that drives you bonkers, that mom that won't stop bragging, being embarrassed beyond belief.  People can find humor in all these situations and many more but so many don't.
As a gift I'll share a funny and embarrassing story with you in the hopes you'll find the funny - even a little.
Circa - 1990's. My parents gave me a plane ticket to London to visit a previous college roommate.  I'd never been out of the country before (sans Canada). So off I went and explored as much of London as I could.  One day while getting on the Tube I couldn't get to a seat quick enough and lost my balance.  I slowly (ever so slowly) fell to the subway car floor and proceeded to roll down (yes roll) about halfway down the subway car.  As I rolled I just kept thinking 'no' and 'stop' but I just kept rolling.  When my body finally stopped moving I was insanely embarrassed.  Such a klutz.  Aside from my dramatic ball interpretation, the most astonishing part was looking up at all the faces of random Brits.  They just stared at me in their stoic glory.  No laughs. No smiles. No one asked if I was okay.  They just stared down and then returned to their book or staring out the window.  Knowing I couldn't ignore what they'd just seen, I said in my very American voice, "Ok come on, you have to admit that was funny."  Still nothing.  I managed to get back up, join my ex roommate and then I started laughing.  I couldn't stop laughing.  Thinking about watching a 20 something girl roll down the subway car aisle like an awkward ball had to be a site. 
Could you imagine if that had been on America's Funniest Home Video?  I would have definitely won the 10k. 
Do you use your sense of humor to get through the day?  Got any funny stories to share?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Trusting Yourself Not to Worry

A friend shared that her Mom has constant worry anxiety.  She worries about almost everything almost all the time. 

I wondered do people who worry a lot worry because that’s the only thing they can control – their level of worry.  Or is it that they cannot quiet the mind about all the things that they cannot control?   

No secret here, there are things in this world that we can control and things we cannot control.  When worry controls your thoughts and subsequently life it must be overwhelming.

I have to wonder do chronic worriers just need to let go of this ball of worry? Perhaps they need to trust themselves enough that regardless of how much they worry, life is going to happen.  One way or the other.