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Well, today is the last day that I’ll have a two year old. My baby turns three tomorrow. It’s crazy how quickly time flies. And if you’re looking for me tomorrow, I’ll be the one dancing up and down the street singing, “Hallelujah!”. 😛

As you may remember, two hasn’t always been easy in our house. And I’m not really sad to see it go. And really not for any other reason than it means we’re moving forward with our little family.

Two is quite amazing, actually. The changes that occur in that year are unbelievably phenomenal. From speech, to mobility, to they way they play, to the way they think, it’s just unimaginable. It seems that it would take an adult an entire lifetime to accomplish the changes that a child makes in just that year. And it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.

But I don’t think I’ll miss it. I’ve had the joy (and struggle!) of being with all of my kids, day in and out, through all of their twos. And I think I’ve had my fill. 🙂

Now to get one more through the threes. Because, as well all know, three is much harder than two. All those fancy words that you thought it would be fun to teach your two year old? All of the attitude he’s been observing in his older sibs? All of the knock-knock jokes that he’s committed to memory? They all come to haunt you in the threes. 😛 And I’ll feel completely joyed at getting to experience the threes for one last time. (Remind me of this in a coupla months, will ya? 😉 )

And Happy Birthday to Jackie!!!!!!! (I was gonna put a nice photo of her up here, but I think she’ll kill me no matter what photo I use. She should stop yawning when I go to take her picture so I have some options. 😛 )

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Do not envy?

A friend posted this video earlier today. He doesn’t read music. He has no training, but plays the guitar. He just took a stab at the piano last summer, if I’m remembering it correctly.

A big house? More money? A nicer car? A cooler place to live? Those don’t tempt me. I don’t envy those things in my friends or others.

If I envy anything, it’s natural gifts and abilities like this.

Well done, Jonic. Now when you gonna work up some Damien Rice for me? 😉

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It’s a bit of a running joke with my friends that they should bring their own ice when they come over to the house. We don’t have an automatic ice maker in the freezer, and I rarely use ice at all, so we’re often down to the last few cubes right as company is about to arrive.

I’ve gotten better, though. Or so I thought. Here’s what a friend recently found in the full ice tray the other day:


Yeah, I don’t know why I at some point had a Hershey’s Kiss tag with the word “Oops” printed on it. I don’t remember them making April Fools Day themed candies, but maybe. Anyway, I fortunately have friends who love me and have a good sense of humor. And, well, know that I have plenty of good attributes that make up for my lack of ice-making skills. 😀

Would’ve been even better if I had planned that “oops” note in there. But no. I am just that blind to details and such. Ah well…

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My one Spanish teacher friend showed me this video and I was dying laughing. It’s fantastic. I’ll post it here in honor of my other Spanish teacher friend, who also teaches music and ESL. He and his lovely wife, btw, have a blog of their own that I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned here before. Fishers of La Paz. They’ve just moved their life and family to Bolivia! Check them out and enjoy their journey. 🙂

In honor of you, Tomas! And I’ll work on Bald Man to get that other video up and going, soon!

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And a week it was…


So, see there? My birthday did last a whole week AND a day! Got to hang out with a few friends last night, just chatting, playing a few games, and laughing a ton. That doesn’t happen nearly often enough! Thanks, friends. 🙂

Lots and tons of stuff has happened. The whole filming thing was this past weekend. I’ll write that up soon, and try not to bore you with it too much. But it was fantastic.

School and dance and all are starting up again, reminding me that summer is gone. Ah well, I love the fall better, anyway. 🙂 We now switch from half-day to full day homeschooling. If I’m not out here for a while, you’ll know I’m just trying to figure that all out.

And Happy Name Day to Jonic! Can’t wait to chat with you during your inevitable impending sugar buzz. 🙂

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Hey all! Sorry I’ve been so off and on lately. There is stuff going on, and I’ll try to get more of it out here. I’ve missed you guys. 🙂

Okay, so, tying up loose ends…

You’ll remember I had a contest celebrating my one year here at My Name is Mommy. Thanks again for being here with me! Anyway, anyone submitting a comment (sans the spammers…grrrr…) from this post through the end of June was entered to win either a box of Esther Price chocolates or an Amazon gift certificate worth $15. And the winner is….

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…and I’m guessing you might wonder, am I still So. Totally. Psyched?


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It’s only 5 days until the World Vision BBQ Benefit!!!!! So much still to do, but I’m still way excited, and the excitement of the friends who are helping me and encouraging me in this is a huge blessing to me.

Today, a friend came over to help me prepare the house a bit. I thought we were just going to straighten up a craft corner, but we ended up rearranging two rooms, cleaning a bunch of stuff out, and reorganizing what was left. Did I mention that she’s an interior designer? And a REALLY good one at that?

And did I mention that another friend had taken all my kids so that we could get as much work done as possible today? And another offered to take them another day this week if I need them to?

I have really good friends. And I’m thankful for them.

And I think of all the moms who need good friends to walk through life with them. And tonight I hope and pray that every mom has at least one person who will love and encourage her through this stage of life.

And now my house is getting really pretty.

And the BBQ is only 5 days away.

And I am still So. Totally. Psyched.

Are you coming?

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Hi Jack. It’s your birthday, but you knew that now, didn’t you?

So, for everyone else, this is your chance to wish my friend a happy birthday. Why would you do that, other than because of your great love for me and, therefore, for all whom I love, and because I told you to?

Well, let’s just say that I don’t think I’d be the same person that I am today if it weren’t for my friend of over 20 years. Not that everything about me is good. I certainly wouldn’t know what it’s like to inhale whipped cream through my nose, and THAT is entirely her fault. I also wouldn’t know what it’s like to have a photo out there of one of my parents doing a certain Chippendales move. Again, her fault. And I definitely wouldn’t know what it’s like to sit on a toilet that’s been sprayed with Pledge. I don’t know if that was entirely her fault, but I know she was involved. And was very proud of that fact. And was laughing hysterically.

Why are we friends, again?

Oh yeah. Because I do know what it’s like to be loved unconditionally. I know what it’s like have someone endure all of your changes going though adolescence/early adulthood/ whatever’s coming next. 😉 I know what’s it’s like to have your best friend beside you for the whole week prior to your wedding, fielding all of the crazy family stuff (or at least as much as possible) so that you can try and enjoy the moments. I know what it’s like to call someone telling them that your dad just died, and know that they will be there as soon as they can and for as long as you need them to be. And those are all positively Jackie’s fault.

Jack: No one else that I know could work the jobs that you do like you do. I know that the people that you’re there to serve never are excited to see you, but I hope that at least a few of them one day realize how lucky they were to have you there. I hope that I always realize how lucky I am to have you. You keep me grounded. You keep me laughing. You share a relationship with me that reminds me of how solid and good a friendship can be.

And for all of those things, I am always thankful for you. I love you. Happy Birthday.

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Quick post here….

My friend Jackie, who many of you know or have met out here, has an awesome mom. You know those jr.high/high school years where you may live at your own home, but when you also have a few friends’ homes where you practically live as well? Well, for me, Jackie’s house was one of those places. Especially when my Dad was sick and my parents had to travel for his treatments, Jackie’s house was a haven of security and safety for me. Her mom had a lot to do with that. She’s one of those moms that, while she definitely wasn’t someone you could walk all over, was one who you felt understood and cared for by.

Well, her mom hasn’t stopped caring. She is working super hard to get the funds for a skate park in the small town where we grew up. At the time that I lived there, the options for activity were shooting hoops, taking walks, hitting a tennis ball, and nothing much else that I can think of. I don’t think much has changed. As you could surmise from my story, she is no longer a mom of young kids who would use this park. So, it’s not for personal gain that she works for this project; she works for the benefit of the community and the kids of her hometown. So far, they already have the land secured and the concrete poured. They are just waiting for the rest of the funds to be raised to help finish up the project.

Why does this matter to you? Because there is something that you can do to help her!!! Hamburger Helper is holding a contest we want her to win!!! All you have to do is go TO THIS WEBSITE RIGHT HERE, leave a comment, and know that you helped my friend’s mom help others.

Get to it!!! And thanks so much. 🙂

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