August 3, 2011

I Haven't....

had a migraine in a while.  Okay... I had a minor one yesterday, but I blame that one on mother nature.  Other than that, I've had maybe one in the past month.  And that's way better than two or three every week!  My neurologist started me on Topamax a couple months ago and, so far, it seems to be doing the trick!  Yeah!  It also has some other weird side effects.  I'm not very hungry, my hands and feet tingle sometimes and I'm losing weight...but my headaches are gone...gone!

July 22, 2011

2 Years Ago

Two years ago, I started this blog.  So many things have happened in those two years.  Jonas and I celebrated our 9th anniversary.  Jack was born.  Hayley started school.  Ryan started preschool.

This blog is part about the kids and our family life.  Also part opinion about whatever is going in the world.  It's become a way for me to vent when needed.  It's a blog about being a mom, wife, friend and a woman.  It's a blog to share my photography.  It's a blog about finding myself.   

In the last two years, this rainy place has really begun to feel like home.  I've found my place here and made some really fantastic friends.  I feel like I belong here.  A few years ago I wouldn't have believed it, it just took a little time.  Like most things.  But now, it's home. 

July 17, 2011

Peanut Sauce

Maybe it's just coincidence, but maybe my peanut sauce was just the little nudge he needed.  That "he" is Kellan.  He was six days past due in his momma's belly, my friend Mikaela.  (Nine days by another due date that she was given.)

We had invited them over for dinner, pending whether or not Kellan had decided make his debut.  I knew Mikaela liked peanut sauce and planned for that.  My Thai neighbor showed me how to make it, so easy!  I marinated some chicken for skewers.  Jonas grilled it and some corn.  I also made jasmine rice and egg rolls.  And of course, some peanut sauce with just enough red curry for a kick.  They brought a yummy chocolate mousse cake for dessert.

It's funny, later that night they were timing contractions.  They headed home a little while later, I think we were all a little hopeful.

Kellan arrived the next morning.

Yes, he was over due.  Maybe my peanut sauce was that little push he needed.  I think he was finally ready to meet the three fantastic people eagerly waiting to meet him.  Either way, congratulations Erik, Mikaela and Kylah!  He's beautiful!  And thank you for letting us coming to meet him at the hospital, we were all very honored. 

The girls meeting Baby Kellan at the hospital.
Baby Kellan - Shared with permission

July 15, 2011


Have you heard about this?

Yes, children under the age of six being banned from a restaurant.  Some people agree with this bold move.  And there are some that protest and call it unfair.  But you know, I say...


I said it.  Clue one.  There's no kid's menu.  Clue Two.  Fine Dining.  Can you really blame the owner?  It's on a golf course.   

I have three children, all currently six or under.  We are also a family that enjoys to dine out on occasion.  However, my husband and I have worked hard on teaching our kids how to behave when we go out to eat.  It's paid off.  There's the volume rule, manners, etc.  We bring things to keep them busy.  And if there's any chance of dessert after our meal, they knows their chances of that improve with good behavior.  And then there's Jack.  Yes, it's still a little difficult to control his mood and such.  If it gets to the end of our meal and he's had enough, one of us will simply take him to the car.  No one else in the restaurant should have to listen to my crying child.  Right?!!

Here's the flip side.  It's date night!  Jonas and I get to go out without our kids.  We've hired a babysitter.  I get dressed up.  We've decided to go out and have dinner at a place that does not have a kid's menu.  A place that we can share a bottle of wine.  A place that will probably not involve coupons.  Yes, we will probably go out and talk about our kids.  Because our kids are awesome!  We had to make a reservation weeks ago!  The last thing I want to see or hear is another person's crying or whining child! 

Sorry.  I'm being honest.  We're not going out and spending $$$ on dinner and another $$ on a babysitter to listen to another person's kid scream.  This actually happened one night when we went out.  It was at The Melting Pot.   There was a couple there with their two small loud children.  I was worried about their kid getting burned, thanks people.  I don't expect the restaurant to turn these people away, but I do expect the parents to make better judgements.  If you can't get out without your children, then you should dine somewhere that's appropriate.  Like Red Robin!
I don't like to be judgemental, but I believe that people should be more aware.  People just don't seem to care or they're selfish.  Same thing?  It makes me happy that when we go out to eat that my kids are well behaved.  Most of the time.  Jonas and I always pick places with kid's menus because that's an appropriate place for families.  And there are places that are simply not appropriate for small kids and parent's need to respect that.   

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