I believe that it is important to explore our world through different means such as literature, music, art but especially through travel. I’d like to start a tradition of traveling with my family at least once a year. I, unfortunately, have only traveled outside of the United States about 6 times in my life and it was in the earlier part of my childhood and teenage years.
The last decade of my life, happened to be my entry into adulthood and while I spent my time working, contributing to my community and acquiring higher degrees, the exploratory element was at a standstill.
Hubby and I would like to enjoy our days off trekking across the country and abroad with our daughter. This is something we look forward to and fear…simultaneously (is this even possible?)
For a couple that struggles with a Target meltdown (almost every single time! what is it about target and toddlers??), how will the experience be traveling at this age?
Well…we hope to share these experiences in this section. Hopefully you don’t read about us in the international news…
*Headline* Toddler Takes Down the Eiffel Tower single-handedly, Parents pictured below *insert bad picture*
Where have you traveled with your little one? How was the experience?
On our table tonight (my last carnivorous meal!) we will have a traditional southern New Years dinner: BBQ ribs, collard greens, black eyed peas and corn bread…yummy! Even on her way to an overnight shift, my mom made sure to prepare a pot of collard greens and black eyed peas.
Along with some bubbly we will bring in the new year with our pj’s on, prayer on our tongues and full bellies.
So what is the meaning behind this meal?
Pork represents health and continued prosperity
Greens (collards, mustard, turnip, cabbage) represents the present paper money
Black eyed peas (or any other field peas) represents good fortune or coins
Cornbread represents gold
All together the meal represents financial prosperity, good luck and good health in the coming new year for everyone who partakes in the meal.
Whether we truly believe it or not, this is how previous generations in my family did it, how I brought in the new year each year with my family and I plan to continue it with mine.
There is so much to consider… Nanny, Day Care Center, Family Day Care, Montessori Preschool, Private Preschool…oh there is more and trust that we considered it all!
After several Google searches, a Care.com account, The state child care site and numerous local forums we scheduled 10 day care/preschool tours and was able to make 6 of them but in the end the power of word of mouth helped us find what is best for our family at the time. Hello Family Day Care!
Several Questions we asked were:
Is this a nurturing environment?
Will she get lost in big classrooms?
Can she thrive?
Is the program too structured?
Sam is in the stage where she is a toddler but she is real needy and temperamental. We thought it would be traumatizing to move her across the state into a huge day care center in a big classroom. So a home day care with some structure will be her transition for at least the next 6 months.
I still fear leaving my baby for the long work days coming ahead and the guilt is creeping up on overtime but I know that this is best. It is time for my caterpillar to bloom into the beautiful, spunky butterfly and share her love with others outside of kin.
Have you ever read this book? I’m at the point where my frustrations with how combative, stubborn and sassy my toddler is, have left me in need of some extra mama support.
She has recently started to take on other people’s fears…my sister is terrified of bugs so my before dirt loving daughter screams “Bug, kill it!”
She has become a picky eater, she can’t stand milk without chocolate or cinnamon.
Oh and remember the poop post?? 10 times worse…
I’m hoping that maybe this book won’t make me feel like a terrible mom. My co-worker expressed multiple times that she wants a sibling…uh I’d like to find an alternative means of riding through this stage.
Boy has the past month been the most challenging in my adult life. I graduated earlier this month with my Master of Public Administration…
I was offered (and accepted!) an awesome career opportunity and we have to move 3 hours away to the state capital in one month!
I am excited and absolutely nervous about this change but I look forward to it! This is a milestone that I embrace for myself, my husband and our daughter. This journey is one I look forward to sharing with you all.
Stay tuned as we embark this change with open arms, tears and laughs. I’m going to miss being close to my family and friends. Now to find a new home 🙂
Just stopping in to update on my Juice Feast. I have a long way to go but hey I’m up for it!
At the end of Day 2, I had a tension headache like you can’t believe I messaged Danii who then asked how much water I drank throughout the day. Then I thought about how I failed to take in my H2o in my weight in ounces. Shame on me! After being more mindful of my intake on the 3rd Day, I’d like to express how energized and light I feel .
Let’s see if I can keep this up tomorrow, the day my thesis is due…blah!
Sam enjoys the juices too. I get to share my journey with my picky eating toddler 🙂
Although I am writing this post through the lens of a mom, this is for everyone. As people we get wrapped up in the daily movements of our life and fail to fully provide TLC for ourself. Whether it is work, a hobby, family responsibility: self comes last (or in the middle) even if we don’t want to admit it.
After experiencing an indescribable weakness and vertigo, I decided to be more aware of what I intake. My body spoke and it is time for a re-set. I reached out to my fellow mama, friend and juice & brew extraordinaire Danii from houseofjuicebk.com, to start a 30 day cleanse.
This is in no way a gimmick: no shakes, pills, creams or hand stands first thing in the am. Just straight organic and local cold-pressed juice combinations and probiotics to feed my exhausted and vitamin starved body. I invite you in as I go through this one day at a time. I’m scared, nervous but excited and anxious to see and feel better after this journey. I’m hoping for a lifestyle change.
Are you with me?
Along with one meal, this is what I drink everyday with my weight in water.