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I just bought 12 ounces of organic raspberries at Costco for only $3.99.  In one sitting, my three kids polished off nearly 10 ounces of that package.  I wish they would tell me they were going to devour the whole package, so I could plan ahead and buy two packages.  Of course, had I purchased two packages, they would have sampled one raspberry each, and declared them “yucky”.

I wish my kids would tell me when they are going to nap for three hours at a stretch.  Then, I could plan ahead properly and begin a serious project.  Or (gasp!) take a nap myself.

I wish they would tell me when they are going to throw up.  Then I could swiftly guide them to the bathroom.  In time.  No fuss, no muss.

I wish they would tell me which stuffed animal will become their favorite of all time.  The one they must have to fall asleep.  Armed with this knowledge, I am Supermom.

All of these wishes, when boiled down to the core, simply would allow me to be prepared.  I love being prepared.  I love having the right snack and the right time, and preventing a hungry, toddler meltdown.  I love having the diaper bag stocked with all the necessities, allowing  me to deal with whatever life throws at me.  On the flipside, I hate being unprepared.

All of this leads me to this, one of motherhood’s best lessons:

Be as prepared as you can be, when you can be.  But, also be prepared to be unprepared.  Learning to roll with it, learning to adapt, those are skills we as moms have developed, honed, perfected.  So, just because you don’t feel prepared, doesn’t mean you’re not succeeding.

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What my husband did last night when he said he was going to go to bed:

  • Went upstairs
  • Brushed his teeth and flossed
  • Plugged in his phones to charge overnight
  • Got in bed
What I did last night when I said I was going to go to bed:
  • loaded the dishwasher
  • put away some laundry
  • cleaned off the kitchen counter-tops
  • set up the coffeepot for the morning
  • made my son’s lunch
  • started a blog post
  • read about potty training (next big thing for BDog)
  • wrote a check for Kindergarten tuition
  • fed the fish
  • put away stray toys
  • went upstairs
  • brushed my teeth and flossed
  • washed and moisturized my face (sucks to get old . . and live in the high desert)
  • checked on sleeping babies and gave them one more kiss
  • got in bed
Sound familiar, moms??  No wonder I never get to bed before 11:30pm.
What do you do when you say you’re off to bed?

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Another of my favorite pictures from Disneyland.  Fountains are fascinating, no matter where they are.  Here is proof.

They could have spent hours watching the “loud fountain”, as my two-year old called it.  And, yes, there was a “quiet fountain”, which of course, was smaller.  I love how he chooses to describe things.  I mean, any old toddler can tell you that it is tall and big, but to choose to describe it as loud. I absolutely love that.  Kisses to my boys.  And, to happy memories.

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Ahhh, the First Trip to Disneyland.  It is an event.  It was more than an event in our house, it was an adventure.  We rented a minivan so that my Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law could drive with us.  This was such a great idea!  One car makes things much more simple.  And, the cost of the rental wasn’t much more than we would have spent filling up a second car with gas, anyway.

Here was my view for 7 1/2 hours (9 hours on the way drive down):

At least I got out of driving.

We were lucky enough to stay at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.  The kids had a blast playing in the pool while the grownups packed up the hotel room on our last day.

The pool area is beautiful at this hotel.  We could have spent the whole day there.  In fact, next time, I’m planning it that way.

We had a grand time.  Everyone enjoyed it, and if you asked my kids what their favorite ride was?  It would be a toss-up between the “Bullet Train” aka, the Monorail, the Disneyland Railroad, and the Astro Orbitor.  Really?  We go all the way to Disneyland, where they have the most imaginative, technologically advanced, creative, and sensory-blowing rides, and my kids liked the Railroad (can find one almost anywhere), the Monorail (really just transportation within the park) and the Astro Orbitor, barely  more than a carnival ride.

But, they had fun.  And, it was their trip.  My favorites are Space Mountain, and Soarin’ Over California (in Disney California Adventure).

One of my favorite pictures of the trip:

We got back, and it was all about getting back into the swing of Kindergarten, unpacking, cleaning, and hugging and snuggling with the baby girl.  I missed her immensely, but she didn’t seem to skip a beat when she saw me for the first time after 4 nights.  We picked up right where we left off. What a sweet girl.

And, yesterday was my birthday.  I hung on to 35 as long as I could, but as of yesterday, I had to officially let it go.  I’ve never been the type to lie about my age, or really even worry about it.  But, then, I was only 35.  Being 36 feels older.

It was a day, like any other, but was topped off with a relaxing dinner out, just my husband and I.  I absolutely cherish those dinners.  I don’t have to decide what to cook, I don’t have to clean, and I can sip my wine without being interrupted (and interrupted some more).  The food was delicious, and the company was divine.  What a fabulous way to welcome 36.  Maybe I have nothing to worry about, after all.

So, that’s why I’ve been absent for so long (almost two weeks, gasp!).  I’m back.  Stay tuned, life continues.  Missed you all!

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 as told in 12 photos.

6:30ish to 7am:  Boys wake up.  I force my eyes open.

7am:  Breakfast of banana bread with cream cheese, fruit, and milk.

8am: Teeth Brushing antics

9am:  Time to wake the baby so we can take CW to Kindergarten.  Poor thing!

10am:  A little quality time with the Potty Seat

11am:  Following Big Brother now that we’re mobile!

12pm: B Dog gets some quality time alone with the toys.  No big brother to annoy him share with.

1pm:  Nap time.  Shoes and truck safely stowed.  Together.

2pm:  While little siblings sleep, play time for the Big Brother, CW.

4pm:  Backyard water play.  Summer lives on for a few more days.

6pm:  Dinner for the boys: macaroni and cheese (K has already eaten she’ll be asleep shortly).  I cook the broccoli with the pasta.  Time saver.  I rock.

7pm:  We have just entered the Lego phase in our house.  I already have a love/hate relationship with them.

8pm:  A little Thomas the Tank Engine before bed.  See, I can be a Fun Mom.  Note the sleepy eyes and big belly.  Love that.

8:30pm  Bed time for the boys.  The baby has been in bed already for approximately 2 hours.  Aren’t I lucky?  Sweet dreams, babies.  I love you.

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Let me start by saying I am trying to be a more thoughtful and purposeful picture taker.  I am not a great photographer.  Not even a really good photographer.  I am learning. I am practicing.  I am self-taught.  So far.

By practicing and taking pictures with a little more thought, I am taking pictures of things I never would have thought to focus on before.  Like feet.

I am not a huge fan of feet.  They get us where we need to go.  They aren’t necessarily pretty.  Kids feet are at least cute, especially when in Crocs.  I know that is a controversial statement, so feel free to let the comments fly on that one!  And, you can thank me later, I have spared you photos of my feet.  Bare, with tan lines, and in desperate need of a pedi.  You are welcome.

But here is a little collection of pics I’ve taken this summer, and one that was part of my maternity session when I was pregnant with Bdog, courtesy of Emily Main Photography (I was so lucky to have her do that shoot, she only does weddings and boudoir photography, now).

As I build my photography knowledge, hopefully I’ll be able to present beautiful pictures that will make you drool.  No, not over feet, but maybe over some food.  Take for example Jessica over at How Sweet It Is.  Her pictures make me want to reach into my computer and take a bite!!  They are positively amazing.  Really.  Go take a look!

Happy Friday, everyone.  And, happy snapping!

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There are lots of ways to stock a lunch box full of stuff that is good for your kids, and that they will actually eat.  My heart always sinks when I find uneaten, warm carrot sticks stuffed back in the lunch box, ignored.  Eeewww. . . and . . . bummer.

1.  Start with a cool lunchbox.  

There are lots of ways to go here, depending on your needs, and your kids (or your own!) preferences.  Here are a few to check out:

Goodbyn Lunch Box

I mean, doesn’t that just look pretty?  All the food stays where you put it.  No mixing, sloshing, or spilling into other compartments.  And, it comes with stickers for your little one to decorate.  As Ina would say, How Easy Is That

Crocodile Creek Lunch Box

Let’s face it, this lunchbox is just adorable.  My son would be thrilled to carry this everyday.  They are insulated and even have a zippered compartment for cute little love notes from you.  Lands End ClassMate SmallHaul Lunch Sack

My son used this lunch box for his two years of preschool.  It worked wonderfully.  It had his name monogrammed on the front, and held (keeping cool) all he needed for his 4 hour day.  Enough said!

2.  Choose healthy options your kids will actually eat.

There is nothing worse than filling your child’s lunch box with all kinds of healthy fare, and hoping for the best.  Just because they’re hungry, doesn’t mean they’ll eat anything.  And, even though they behave better (we hope!) for their teacher than they do for you, she is not a miracle worker.  If your daughter doesn’t like cottage cheese at home, don’t try it at lunch.

Pack in the protein where you can, and keep sugar to a minimum.  Kids need the sustained energy, not just carbs.

I fill a thermos with milk everyday.  I do not use juice boxes.  My son doesn’t expect it, and he doesn’t miss it.  I do not include chips or cookies.  I think of lunches as a sum of three parts:  protein, whole grains, and fruit/veggies.  I make sure I’ve got those areas covered, and get ‘er done!

A few of my favorite lunch/snack ideas are:

graham crackers (or banana bread) with cream cheese

string cheese

hard-boiled eggs

turkey and cream cheese roll ups

fruit or veggies, washed and cut up

yogurt or cottage cheese

Applesauce or Applesauce Crushers from Trader Joe‘s (also come in Apple Carrot and Apple Banana variety)

sandwiches (turkey/cheese, peanut butter and jelly)**

Leftover pasta or homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade “lunchables”

Stretch Island Fruit Leathers

Cheese Quesadillas

**My son’s school is peanut free, so we use Sunflower Seed Butter, found at Trader Joe’s.

3.  Add a little “green” and keep it fun!

I have a few different reusable sandwich bags, but I might just have to get some of these this year:

LunchSkins

I mean, seriously?  Who wouldn’t want to rip open one of these to see what’s inside?  They’re totally the new “foil wrapped surprise!”.

I also like to stick a cute note in my son’s lunchbox sometimes.  I know, I know, it’s not like he knows how to read yet.  But a smiley face, heart, and his name totally get the point across.  🙂

Here’s to hoping your school year gets off to a great start.  What do you plan to pack up for your Little Miss or Mr. Man?

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