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Today’s Musings

So I’m not a rocket scientist – but I do know a few….that is for another time. I am a mom, a consultant, a wife and a friend. I do none of these to perfection but to the best I can, thankfully it works most of the time!

I’ve learned some things and am always learning more.

Here’s a for example: don’t be a short-order cook – we all know that. But we also know that we have kids who MUST eat and won’t always eat what we prepare. My solution – I always keep the “go to” food prepared in the fridge. If it is spaghetti – then I cook up a pound of it and keep it in there as an option for every meal. It works wonderfully and reduces the odds of stressing out when I know the kid is hungry but I really want adult food for dinner!

We generally eat healthy – easy on desserts and sauces, try to make it colorful, though I see my friends posts on FB and know I am not doing THAT! If you work outside the home – at all – it is a juggle and you have to really consider what balls to keep up in the air. Mine fall alot. I just pick them up and start again. It is crazy how easy it is to keep going when the options are….well clearly not going!

I have a 5 yr old who drinks milk out of a bottle that is warmed up. Seriously, she can drink anything out of anything – regular cup, sippy, straw – and she does for all beverages except milk. She has been known to spit milk out when I “sneak” it into a cup with a straw. Just tastes cruddy to her that way – and I want her to drink milk – so, I let her drink it the way she likes it. As long as she has the skills to drink out of a straw, cup, etc – I am not overly stressed about it. She is extremely articulate and decisive about much in her life so I know it is in no way stunting her development. She drinks it fast and furiously so it isn’t sitting in her mouth altering the way her teeth come in – they are straight and cute (as baby teeth tend to be).

I want my children to be healthy, happy and to contribute to the world around them. These are the priorities and the things that are so tough to quantify day-to-day. As outside influences enter the picture – children at school picking on them, leading them astray, competing for attention, and generally exposing them to things I wanted to wait to expose them to – I realize how limited my ability to keep them safe and happy might be. To that end, I really just need to give them the security of knowing they are always loved and cared for, the understanding of their own problem-solving abilities, and the empathy to feel for people around them who may be struggling in ways they can’t imagine. These are the things that I believe will help them fare better in life. I will encourage them to stretch and grow in new ways – I will be the best example I can be of the person I want them to be.

I WILL FAIL and will show them how to recover from failure – thru apology, thru actions and sometimes – most often – by simply getting up again.


Odds and Ends

Selling our house

We’ve taken on a new adventure – trying to sell our own house. We have bought and sold many houses over the years, always using a realtor. This time, we are trying it on our own – will see how it goes. We are posting it where we can as we prepare it for sale since we know the exposure is limited and we are not paying for marketing.

Here it is on Zillow:

Update – 3/5
We have had a lot of realtors come thru the house and more call – a lot. It is funny because they are all seeing it and all suggest to me that noone will see it if it is only on Zillow and not listed with them. I contend that they are seeing it so if they want the sale, will show it.

To that end, we had a realtor bring a family thru the other day. She called us on Saturday night at 9:30 pm and brought them thru. They were nice and I have no idea if they are interested – were very complimentary of the house – though we know it needs a little more updating to really shine. I’m happy we are doing this and happy we are not stressing to get it sold. It all works.