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Goodbye 2011…Hello 2012! :D

This is the last day of 2011. I hope the past year went well for everyone. I know my year went by fast. It had some good moments and some bad moments, but overall, it was a grand year. It has left me feeling more blessed than when I came into it. 🙂

I’ve been seeing all over internet, countdown lists and best of’s. I don’t have any such list.  I made some accomplishments this year. I was able to complete a large homemade Christmas present. It took me the majority of the year to make it, but it was made and it is being well loved right now. I’ve been very experimental in the kitchen. Thankfully with successes…most of the time. No one’s been hospitalized this year, which is a bonus because for the last few years, SOMEONE’S been in the hospital in my family at one point or other. So overall the year has been really great to me and my family. I can only pray that the coming year will be even better.

I’ve also been seeing a lot of resolutions or “non-resolutions”. I’ve thought about 2012 and all that I want to see in it. So I’ve made a short list of things I want to see and/or do through-out the coming year.

  • I want to create more gifts for the coming Christmas and cut down our cost even more.
  • I want to grow more spiritually. I want to help my family grow spiritually as well.
  • I’m going to start homeschooling my son this year. He just turned 3 and he’s learning his numbers and letters already. I already found a local co-op for him to attend once a week. We start on Tuesday. I’m VERY nervous and excited about this!
  • I want to work on my physical health and well-being. Which this has been a work in progress slowly but surely over the last couple of years. I can say I’m healthier today than I was 4 years ago. 🙂 Yay!
  • I want to be more gracious and peaceful leaving 2012 than I am walking into it.

There you have it. My big expectations list for 2012. I think it is a very doable list. 🙂

I hope that everyone has a safe transition from 2011 to 2012. I hope that you are able to accomplish all that you set out to do for the new year.

So what are some of your resolutions or non-resolutions?


Third Birthday Party

Nathan’s birthday isn’t until December 23rd. And though I know November 12th is pretty early to be having his birthday, once Thanksgiving hits, getting friends together to celebrate his birthday will be very hard for us to accomplish. So we went to our local McDonald’s to have his birthday party. They have an indoor playland that my son LOVES to play in, and it allows the kids to run and play and work off the sugar rush that they get from the cupcakes.

...blowing out his candle

This year we didn’t have near the turn out that we thought that we would with the various bugs running around, but it never stopped my son from having an absolute blast. He ran and played so much that he passed out in the car on the way home.  He’s enjoyed his presents, his friends, and his party. And in the end that’s what matters most.

We still do a small cake and party each year on his birthday. Because it IS his birthday. We give him gifts on that day and we enjoy the anniversary of the day he decided to meet us. 🙂

Next year though, we’re going to have a party with his friends in June. This will allow him to get and enjoy some summer presents instead of getting everything that will work inside. This will also help us out, because we’re one of those families that most everyone’s birthday is at the end of November through the entirety of December. So that is a LOT of planning, gift giving and busyness on top of the madness that is Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How do you handle Christmas birthdays?

30 Days of Thankfulness Days 7-12


Day 7… I’m grateful for my ob/gyn. She actually listens to me without brushing me off as being over-exaggerating or overly worrisome. Which is comforting. And through her we’ve assessed what the issue could be, and we’ve taken steps and tests to narrow down the possibilities. If it weren’t for her, I’d be under the FALSE assumption (because we expect our doctors and medical professionals to KNOW what they’re talking about) that it was just because I was aging. Comes to find out, regardless of which issue it COULD be, it is a very serious situation. So I’m grateful that I’m comfortable enough to just call her and she fits me into her schedule and she doesn’t blow me off.

Day 8…I’m grateful to new friends. A new friend of mine came over and took my son and I out for dinner and a movie. It was great fun. She’s a wonderful gal and my son positively loves her.  He really loved the movie too. Now every time we pass by the theater he’s asking “Puss -n- Boots on?”

Day 9… I’m grateful for old friends. These people have been through the ringer with me. They have been there when I needed hugs, cheers, and guidance. Without these few wonderful people, my life would be so bleak. I love them all so dearly.

Day 10…I’m beyond grateful for my wonderfully comfortable bed. It’s warm when need be, cool when it needs to be cool. It’s supportive and soft all at the same time. No wonder I love going to bed and I fall asleep as soon as I get there and I get a solid 8 or more hours sleep at night. Beds like mine should be against the law! 😀

Day 11… It’s Veterans Day. And I’m very grateful to the men and women who have enlisted in our Armed Forces and fight to protect our freedoms and our way of life. And no matter how they feel about the reasons to leave, they do their duty and they go. But I’m not just grateful to the men and women who are enlisted. I’m beyond grateful to their families and loved ones. And it’s times like these, while they’re deployed and fighting wars, that they need to be remembered and uplifted. They’re hearts are overseas with their loved ones.

Day 12… Today, I’m grateful for red velvet cupcakes. Today we had my son’s 3rd birthday party.  And since he loves Spiderman so, I made him some red velvet cupcakes with blue frosting with webs etched into them. I thought they looked really cute. He loved them. That’s evident by the mess that was on his face after having eaten one. (I’ll post more about his birthday tomorrow night. It’s time to clear up the house some tonight and go to bed. There’s church tomorrow morning!)

So what are you grateful for?

30 Days of Thankfulness Day 5

Lil man concentrating on something

I think I mentioned somewhere that Nathan has asthma. It’s allergy related and unfortunately we can never get rid of the source of his allergy. 😦 He’s allergic to dust mites both carcass and fecal matter. And though I’d love to live in a sterile environment so he won’t have to deal with it, that is impossible. There’s dust everywhere. So we do what we can to keep it calm, which involves medicines, sprays, and wiping everything down more frequently than otherwise. The worst times for these flareups for him tend to be in the mid to late fall time. Just as everything cools off and we have to turn the heat on. It seems to stir something up. It’s been getting cooler at night lately. And we’ve been running our heater in the evening times. On top of this, he had to get his annual flu shot this past week. I know people avoid the flu shots because they don’t want to get the flu, and I’ll be honest, I don’t tend to get it myself. But, all things considering with his asthma, it’s important that he get it. (And I know all about the debate about vaccinations and I’m not open for discussion on the topic. You do what you feel is necessary for your child and I’ll do what I feel is necessary for mine, no judgements.)

So the last few days, he’s had a very runny nose and just not felt good in general. Normally, he’s running from the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to sleep. Rarely will he nap in between times. So getting him to slow down and just sit for more than 30 seconds is hard to do. But when he’s not feeling great, we pile up on the couch and drink hot chocolate (for me)/chocolate milk (for him) and watch cartoons and read books and just cuddle under the afghan.  And it is these rare moments with them that I am ever so grateful for. I know these days are numbered. I know soon enough he’ll be too cool for hugs and kisses, let alone cuddles from his Mom. He’ll be wanting the car and resenting me even asking him when I should expect him home. And though I hate that he’s sick, I REALLY wished times like these would last forever.

30 Days of Thankfulness Day 2


Nathan looking at me.

My son is a source of great joy in my life. He’s intelligent and zany and makes me giggle. And yes I’m grateful for him every moment of every day, even if I would rather lock myself in the bathroom to escape him. But it isn’t my son that I’m grateful at this moment, but rather his new insurance company.

I’m not going to start a debate on how insurance needs to be run, or who needs to run it. But I’ve not had good dealings with insurance companies. I had one tell me that I wasn’t a female and wouldn’t take care of annual preventive care visits. Talk about how hard it is to PROVE your gender. You’d think it would be simple. They can hear your voice over the phone. They can talk with your HR person (because this was through my job.)

ANYWAYS!…My son’s NEW insurance company! We were recently informed of some changes to our insurance company and that he’d have to be transferred to another company and a few options were given to us (comparable companies and plans, etc) by our old company. We picked one because the plan was almost identical. I received a phone call a couple of weeks ago, asking for a bunch of details about my son’s health. I answered them, expecting no more than this. The next day I received another phone call with a representative wanting to set up a face to face meeting. And yesterday was that meeting…

This lady met with me and we went over some health issues my son has. She said that because of his age and his conditions that he falls into their Managed Care Caseload. Which just means that someone will check on us every now and again to make sure that he’s getting his meds that he needs and that he’s able to get to his appointments with his specialist. And if I need ANY sort of assistance with either of these, to let them know and they’d help me. They have a 24 hour nurse hotline as well as an monthly allowance for common household things like ibuprofen, bandaids and such. To be completely honest, I didn’t think insurance companies would do something like that. And when I mentioned that to the representative yesterday, she smiled and said that her company wants healthy clients and they are proactive in keeping them that way. That is something I’m SO grateful for. 🙂



Random Thoughts

Isn't he the best looking Spiderman there is?!?

First off, I want to admire just how handsome Spidey is. 😀  I do think he gives any of the new actors a run for their money on handsomeness. But then, I’m probably VERY biased. 🙂

Sorry, I’ve been absent a while. There has been some stuff going on. It definitely seems that when life decides to go nuts, it REALLY goes nuts! One of my Mom’s good friends passed away at the early part of the month. He was only a year older than she and he was in poor health. However much we may miss him, everyone agrees that he’s home and no longer suffering.  On Saturday we are having a benefit concert at church to help his family with funeral costs and medical expenses. I really hope there’s a great turn out for his wife and children. He was a very well loved man by many people.

I FINALLY got through to the nurses and doctors about my son’s speech issues. I love him dearly but he’s not very clear on many sounds. We finally had him evaluated by a speech therapist and we have a game plan in. I dealt with feeling incompetent for a little while, but really if I’d have done what the doctors wanted, which is wait and let the school system catch it, I would have failed my son then. He sees the therapist once a week and he’s only had 2 sessions with Ms. Emily but he’s already making such progress! I’m so grateful to have gotten him the help now instead of later. Though I’m still fighting mad at how long it has taken the “professionals” to acknowledge the problem. (Oh and my son will be 3 soon and isn’t even speaking on a 2 year old level.)  But all that matters is that he’s getting the help and he’s flourishing. 🙂

I’ve been having some health issues to contend with.  I’m struggling with taking care of me before taking care of everyone else. It’s a remnant of my childhood. My Mom was always putting herself last in order to care for all of us. And I’ve found myself in that same bracket. Everyone comes before me. It took some serious discussion for me to go to the doctor. The doctor agreed with Mr. W and had me donate some blood for their tests. I go back in a couple of weeks for some screenings and the results of the screens and bloodwork. I have faith that everything will work out. It’s just worrisome with the waiting.

I am excited for the upcoming holiday season. 🙂 It all starts with Halloween. We’ve carved and painted pumpkins, we have ghosts flying around the yard. Thanksgiving is next and then there is Christmas. And in the middle of all that there are most of my families birthdays. 🙂

I think Thursday is a good day for random thoughts. What do you think?

Funny Things Kids Say

The following is overheard while I was cooking supper.

Nathan had gotten into some trouble with his Dad. His Dad was trying to get him to do something, and as with most 2 year olds, he doesn’t have much attention span or listen well.

“Nathan, I’m not telling you again! I said take that to your room! If I have to tell you one more time, you’re going to your room too!”

“Toy hater!” (said with as much disgust as a 2 year old can muster, finger pointing and the whole nine yards.)

At that point, I had to turn away. I started to snicker and I couldn’t let Nathan see me because that would undermine everything that was going on. So I continued mashing my potatoes, while his Dad defended his position on toys.

I guess to a 2 year old, being a “toy hater” is akin to calling someone a murderer or something. At least that was the inflection in his tone. But he was so serious and it was so funny. His father handled it wonderfully though. He handled it with all the seriousness that the situation warranted. But when it was over, we had a good laugh over it.

So, what has your children called you out of the blue?

Being a SAHM is SOOOOO exciting!

We get to do wonderful things like cooking and cleaning and playing with tots/children. We get to wipe snotty noses from kids squirming away from us. We get to change diapers that should require hazmat suits. It’s the glorious life. But every mom out there that stays home would tell you that she’d not trade it for anything in the world. Which is true for the most part. There are moments we’d probably trade in a New York minute. (Remember those biohazard diapers? Yeah, those moments we’d trade for a job shoveling gravel.) But overall our children bring joy to our lives. My son amazes me all the time. He’s picking up on things I didn’t know he was exposed to. He’s developing this wonderful and smart personality that makes me wish I could freeze time and hang on to it a little longer. But….there are times….trying times….times where he is trying exert his own little self (in all the wrong places and things, mind you!) that makes me want to speed time up.

temper tantrum

The hair says it all...

Yeah, times like that. Those are the times that you wish to escape into the bathroom and question whether or not you and the Mr. should just switch spots. Thankfully, those times are few and far between. Most of the time he’s cute and fun and sassy.

Jamming out!

Rockin' the 'hawk

Most of the time, he’s spontaneous and funny and full of life. And every day I’m reminded that though it’s not exciting and there’s not much appreciation or credit, it’s by far one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had. But no doubt that by the end of the day, I’m so happy when he’s sleeping peacefully in his bed…

Sleeping peacefully

…so I can crawl into mine, frazzled and exhausted…. 🙂

Home…home on the range….

Hello! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Tracy and this is my little spot here in blogosphere. Here I’ll post about pretty much anything that springs to mind. Laundry soap recipe? Sure, why not. How to make homemade wipes? That too. How to make the best cake ever? Sure (in my opinion anyways!) Want to know how to repair a sock (does anyone REALLY do this anymore??!) Sure, why not I know how. Most of all, I’ll most likely be posting about my son, Nathan.


Nathan looking at me.

He is my world. (I know, you’re saying “All Mom’s say that.” And we do. It’s in the job description…don’t believe me? You need to check out the Mommy contract. It’s in there.) And like all kids, he says the darnedest things. He’s actually the inspiration for the name of this blog. Right now it’s his fastest and easiest way to embarrass me. He just blurts out “MOOOOMMMMM! I poooooted!!!” Yup, hide me now. Preferably under a rock with a lot of moss on it.

So what have your children said that send you crawling under the nearest rock?