Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for backyard campfires and smores with friends!


Guys I’m so ready for camping season! I know, I know…we have a trailer we can camp any time. And, while that is true have you ever been cooped up in a camp trailer for multiple days with a dog and 6 year old?! If you have then you would most likely wait for nicer weather to camp in. Part of camping for us is having fun outside, not sitting around inside our trailer!

It was so nice to get a campfire fix to hold us over, and the company, well it was just the best! Plus, wine just taste better around a campfire!


So thankful it’s finally Spring and camping is only 8 days away!!!!!!!

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for the sun, time at the park, and my in-laws!


The last two days have been early dismissal for conferences, and while Sky loves having half days at school, I do not get half days. I’m super thankful that Sky’s Grammy and Grampy are willing and able to pick her up early and spend time with her until I’m out for the day.


I’m extra thankful that today was a sunny day and they decided to take her to the park. It was so nice to get off work and meet them at the park. It gave me time to decompress before heading home and getting things done.

The sun is such a pick-me-up, going to enjoy every second of it that I can!

What are you thankful for today?

Be Willing to Be Uncomfortable

I have found being uncomfortable to be one of the greatest teachers in life.

When I was a teenager I read a book about Ryan White – Ryan White My Own Story. He was a teenager, who had hemophilia and contracted HIV/AIDS via a transfusion. This was back in the earlier stages of awareness/knowledge about HIV/AIDS and there were still a lot of biases, assumptions, and stigma surrounding it.

It struck me while reading his story that had he gone to my school we would have likely had some classes together. It also struck me that while I was horrified by how poorly he was treated by classmates, teachers, and his community in general that I don’t know if I would have treated him much better. Would I have been actively violent or mean towards him…no I wouldn’t have, that’s just not me. But, would I have been willing to sit next to him at lunch, would I have asked to borrow one of his pencils if I needed one, would I have even been willing to shake hands with him…back then…no I wouldn’t have been comfortable with any of that.

That was one of the hardest books I’ve ever read, because I was forced to realize some things about myself that I did not like. I had to talk myself into continue to read the book every day (man the tears I cried reading that book!).  I’m glad I did though, because to this day the feeling that book made me feel about myself and my own judgments and thoughts regarding certain types of people, beliefs, and life decisions has really helped me to take  a step back before judging. Or, when I have passed judgment it helps me evaluate myself and why I feel or think what I do, and determine if I’m the one that needs to make an adjustment. “Remember Ryan White” is something that runs through my mind to this day as a reminder to check my behavior, thoughts, and opinions.

I haven’t read another book that stuck me that forcefully until this last week. I just finished reading Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, and it took me back to those old feelings. Small Great Things is a really good book in a really hard, harsh way. It’s honest and unflinching telling of two sides to a tragic story made me angry, and sad, and sick…really sick to my stomach. There were times I had to take a deep breath to even pick it up and continue reading it. Makes you want to read it right? But, I think you should (it’s based on a true event)!

Once again I was forced to acknowledge some things that were uncomfortable about life in general, and my roll (even if unintentional) in some of the inequalities experienced by others. There are a lot of issues covered in this book…issues that a lot of people have either never had to think about, or on the flip side have very strong opinions about. It was uncomfortable how eye opening the story was. It is uncomfortable to realize that at birth I was born into a more or less privileged situation than others, and that fact alone contributes to a never ending cycle that I don’t support but am part of non-the-less.

This book got me to thinking about all the heated debates that take place these days about different issues. There is very little agreement anymore it seems. Maybe if more people were willing to take an uncomfortable look at the other side, and try to see things from the uncomfortable other side of the argument then maybe steps towards a middle ground could be reached. It’s really uncomfortable to realize that even if we aren’t wrong that doesn’t mean we are totally right either.

Be willing to be uncomfortable with yourself and your views and beliefs. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will change your mind or do things any differently…it may mean that you are even more confident and secure in what you believe and how you live you life. That’s not a bad thing.  There is so much to learn from being uncomfortable.

Oh Sky

When you ask a 6 year old to get the dry clothes from the dryer and after a few minutes you realize it’s very quiet…


…this is what you find.

Maybe once the tree house is done she won’t feel the need to hang out in the dryer.

Every day is an adventure with this one!

P.S. I did have a talk with her about how unsafe this is, but I couldn’t  pass up the pic!

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful Sky got to be “one of the girls”. Sky is a girly girl and there isn’t anything much more girly than being a flower girl in a wedding, and it’s even better when Mom and Dad are not there, and you get to be a “big” girl all on your own.

Clearly she’s there for the drinks and the cake! 🙂 

So thankful that Sky’s Aunt Tami asked her to be in the wedding, and that Grammy and Grandpy were able to pick Sky up from school early and drive her out to the wedding location for a day of hair, make-up, and getting ready with the bridesmaids.

I knew she was having the time of her life when she saw us arrive and instantly said, “Mommy I’m busy, you can go”. She was busy, getting pictures taken, and honestly I’m glad she has family she’s comfortable enough with that she’s comfortable telling me to get lost basically.


Sky did a great job during the ceremony, and after, especially since she was the only kid at an adult only wedding. And, it was a lovely wedding by the way. We fell in love with the location Robin Hood Village Resort and Restaurant (we will be going back!), and the food from the restaurant was amazing! 

So thankful Sky got to have a flower girl wedding experience and was a little lady the whole time. I love that she gets to have special experiences like this!

P.S. Wishing the happy couple a lifetime of happiness!

Sky’s Very Brave Weekend

Presidents Day weekend did not go as planned. Originally we were going to go camping in our new trailer for the first time. But, with the threat of freezing temps, wind, rain and snow we decided to stay cation instead. Yes, we would have heat in the trailer, but still with cruddy weather three humans and one dog stuck in a camp trailer for 4 days…gets old fast.


It turned out for the best though because Sky’s two front, top teeth have been painful and bleeding on and off since damaging them 3 years ago. The dentist thought they would fall out on their own long before perm teeth started coming in, but that didn’t happen. She was complaining about them hurting (for the 100th time), so I made the call and they got us in that same day. The dentist was comfortable letting them come out on their own, even though one of the grown up teeth was in, on top of the baby tooth. Sky was all about not having the teeth pulled, and we were all about get them out, since they have been an issue on and off for years.

Finally with encouragement from Daddy, and I’m not going to lie some bribery, Sky decided to have the two teeth pulled. She was a champ let me tell you. There was a little bit of squirming in the chair, but she did it. I’m so proud of her! She was scared, but she also didn’t want to mess with those teeth any longer…she decided a little pain now was worth pain free teeth for the future.

The bravery didn’t end there. Next she took on rock wall climbing! Once again she was a little uncertain about the whole thing, but once she got there, and got roped in, she went right up that first wall to the top! Thank goodness for auto climbers, because they do all the rope work for you, but she also got to climb some more challenging walls with a guide belaying her. She didn’t hit the top of those walls, but she got so darn close on a few of them.



I love seeing her push her comfort boundaries and take on new challenges, some fun, some necessary, but brave non-the-less.

Vet clinic at the museum.


We did opt for some good ol fun by taking her to the Children’s Museum, not much bravery involved there, just a lot of play time and acting like a kid. Pretty great stay cation for us all though!



Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful that Sky is so comfortable being herself. This is her idea of fashion, she picked this outfit specifically for a shopping trip to the mall to find some shoes for a wedding she was going to be in.


She struts her stuff, and poses like no one’s looking no matter what she has on. And, trust me she won’t put anything on that she doesn’t 100% love and doesn’t 100% think is fashion.

Words I hear often “I’m fashion Mommy”. Seriously have no idea where it comes from…I’m more sporty spice and not really all that into fashion. I mean I like to look put together, but I’m not much of a shopper and have been wearing most of my go to, non sporty spice, outfits for 5+ years. So, this is not something I encourage, but I don’t discourage it either. I let her have her say in what she wears (for the most part…there are times when she has to be strongly encouraged to make more activity appropriate choices) and I’m thankful she makes her choices based on what she wants and not on what others think.

So thankful she is confident and so happy being herself…and that she picked her Steelers hat! 🙂

What are you thankful for today?