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Flipping around

Yesterday I took Falafel to watch a local gymnastics competition. She loves this sport so much. As we watched together, I got to see that spark in her eyes that I used to have when I would watch it. Still do, I suppose.


She hopes to be as good as these girls one day, and compete.

Sharing this passion with her has made me relive that part of my life. It was such a huge part of my childhood and adolescence. I lived and breathed gymnastics. Not that I was any good. I wasn’t. I was on the High school team, and a club team and the least skilled on both. But if it my ability was measured by the excitement for the sport, I would have easily equaled Mary Lou Retton. I loved anything to do with it. Especially movies. Bet you didn’t know there were even gymnastics movies made, huh?

I watched “Nadia” again the other night. I haven’t seen that movie in so many years. It is terrible. I may even bust out”American Anthem“. YIKES. I never said they were good.

I have so many projects in the air right now. One is currently draped all over our living room. It was fun to step away from it all for an afternoon to encourage this new found love for my daughter…and to remember what I love about it too.

Do you love gymnastics?


Lots of things happening in our “now”. The air is crisp and cold and the sun actually made an appearance yesterday which gave my spirit an infusion of energy that was lacking with all that rain.


It is still winter and it is still cold, but I have found my motivation to start moving again. I have been walking and actually tackled that exercise video (once). And while I wasn’t actually able to do half of the things in it (when did bending my knees get difficult?!), I am proud of myself for actually jumping in (not literally of course, because I am so sore I can’t possibly jump).


Falafel has started to take piano lessons. So on top of a very full schedule (for everyone else), we will be adding that into the mix. And she couldn’t be happier...which makes me happy.

BUT that explains (at least part of the reason) why we still have Christmas lights up on the outside of our house. *sigh*

Please tell me you have something still up from the Holidays too!

What is YOUR reality right now?

Sketching it all out

This New Year, I made a resolution to be healthier and exercise (I know I am not alone in this). In our house, you are either healthy or unhealthy. Weight doesn’t matter. In fact, I never use terms like thin or fat either. It is like poison to young girls. I despise any kind of media saying otherwise. It is all about listening to your body. I would like our girls, more than anything, to learn that. When they feel unhealthy, to increase exercise and adjust their sugar intake. Eating good food is important. Getting your heart pumping and developing strength is also important. And above all, doing it for themselves. Not anyone else.

So when I made that promise to myself it was because I know I am not feeling the healthiest or strongest I can feel.

I also am lazy. Really, I have such good intentions, and then make every excuse to NOT start today.

Yesterday, I made a huge leap forward, and watched an exercise video. That counts, right? I am one step closer.

Anyhow, it’s a work in progress.

Another work in progress is my outfit for Crafting Con’s Doctor Who month!

I am fairly a new fan of The Doctor (only 3 doctors so far), but a fan nonetheless. My look will be based off of the 11th Doctor, because bow ties ARE cool.


I have just begun and already changed the dress from this drawing. I love beginning with a sketch and allowing it to take off in any direction it goes from there.

If you have any geeky inclinations, check out Crafting Con! There is a new theme every month with new competitors. You are always invited to link up any of your theme related creations, too!

How about you? Any resolutions you are procrastinating with? Do you have a geeky side?


Today is our 19th wedding Anniversary!


This is us about 23 years ago when we started dating.


And 19 years ago when we said “WE DO”!

How can something feel like it was yesterday AND a million years ago at the same time?

Happy Anniversary, Jim. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to be on this amazing journey with me. You are embedded in my heart. In my life. In me.

We are we.


Nine is the magic number

When I was a kid, my parents made me wait to get my ears pierced until I was 12. I have no idea why. I am not sure they did either.

So when The Bee asked to get hers pierced, our knee-jerk reaction was to tell her she had to wait until she was 12. Then my husband and I talked about it, and decided that when she reached the age of 9 she was mature enough to handle the responsibility of taking care of them, and also past the stage of “picking” so they would actually be able to heal. She was thrilled and promptly got them pierced.

We went to the Mall and one of the shops there pierced her with the piercing gun. One hole is higher than the other, and she has had several infections (due to her allergies to cheap jewelry).

Flash forward 6 years and our Falafel has now turned 9 and wants to get her ears pierced. We were told by several people (and by reading articles) that the mall-gun approach to piercing is potentially dangerous, since they cannot properly clean those tools, and is not the best way to avoid infection.

Who knew?

After deciding that we couldn’t ignore this new-found information (even if our other daughter’s ears were fine), we asked around and found a fabulous piercing shop about an hour from our house, made an appointment, and gave them a try.


Wow. What a different experience all around.

We felt well-informed, and prepared, and taken care of. They were extremely professional, and clean, and the jewelry is high quality. It is all surgical grade titanium, so her ear will heal around it. No turning, or touching it. Just keeping it clean with saline spray. And the best part is they are actual earrings she can wear afterward.


The only downside is the cost. It is about three times more expensive to do it that way.


Our girl is so happy with her experience and new piercings, and so are we. We have peace of mind having done it this way. So far it has been super easy for her to care for them, too!

Do you have an age your kids can pierce their ears? Have you gone anywhere special to do it?

Happy New Year

We have had such a crazy end of the year, I feel like I haven’t truly caught my breath yet. Please bear with me as I gain my footing and get back into the swing of things around here.

I have no idea what was different about this past December (Well, other than adding The nutcracker performance to our already packed month), but I felt one step behind every single moment. Very unlike me and my carefully planned self.

We did have a fabulous start to this New Year beginning with incredible news from Falafel’s Endocrinologist. This was the first visit with this Doctor since her old one retired. We really liked him a lot. He was incredibly thorough, went slowly and explained everything, and reviewed her entire chart along with all the tests she has had. At the end of lots of measuring, charting, and a bone age scan, he declared our little girl perfectly healthy, growing at a good rate, and just “a late bloomer”!! The best part is she doesn’t need to come back to the Endocrinologist . We just have to monitor her growth through her regular doc.

She is small (her bones actually “think” she is 6 years+10 months old, when she just turned 9), but he had every confidence she would grow normally in her own time. I cannot tell you what a relief this is, after being worried about it for 5 years now.

Then to make things even better, we celebrated New Year’s Day with our very good friends. And there were sparklers.


I do believe in a balance to all things. You know one of my favorite stories is from Zen Shorts. No “good” or “bad”, it just is.

BUT I admit that I did a little cheering after that doctor appointment, for sure.

How is the start of YOUR year??

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all…


May it be full of love!

1920’s Nutcracker in 2014

The last show of the Nutcracker was yesterday. It was the first dance production our non-dancer was in! She auditioned as an actress and did very well.





Whew. It was a lot of work and a great experience for her, but man am I tired. Ha!

Have you ever danced in the Nutcracker?

One step at a time


Here’s what is happening right now:

  • Tree is up and it is looking a little more festive around here.
  • Today is the last day of the Nutcracker performance which has consumed a lot of our time, but The Bee has immensely enjoyed being a part of. I wouldn’t be lying if I said that I was relieved it was over.
  • When picking her up from a night performance, I slipped in the mud and fell on one knee and one hand, which supports my above statement.
  • Birthdays are finished for the month, and we still owe Falafel her ear piercing present.
  • Christmas is coming and I am feeling incredibly unprepared, but am finding solace in the fact that everyone I talk to feels exactly the same way.
  • Keep reminding myself to take it one step at a time, and to try to be present because it is, after all, a present.

What is happening right now for you?

Fifteen and a Vote

The Bee is fifteen today. FIFTEEN.



She is in the Nutcracker this year (as an actor) and they wanted her hair in a faux bob. It only took one time for her to realize that she never wanted to do that again, and so she asked me to chop it off!


Long hair or short, I love my feisty red headed teen. So much.

And now someone has to help me process the information that she can take Driver’s Ed.


On another note, I would love if you could take a minute to vote for my Holiday Project over at Sew McCool (only if you liked it, of course).


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