Monday, September 21, 2015

Meet Me Monday...

1. Dream job...realistic and completely unrealistic.

Dream job? Realistic, I'm living it. Raising my babies  has to be the best job on the planet. Even when it's a day that's not happy, full of tears from them and me it's so rewarding to spend my days watching them grow. "Don't ever let a little boy go to sleep for when they awake they will be a day older." 

I would go to school and become a NICU nurse.  I loved our time in the NICU at Tacoma General, even with the sadness of being there and the times that were so stressful, the nurses that took the time to hold us and love us and make sure we were okay.... I would love to comfort the parents and hold them babies.... 

Really Unrealistic?? 

I would love to be a stand up comic. I would make people laugh and I know I can be pretty damn fun!!!  That is totally what I would be.. the next Melissa McCarthy!!!!!

2. Do you fart in front of your significant other?

Heck yes I do. 

I am proud of my loud farts. I come by them naturally. 

I don't think there was a point we weren't able to Fart in front of each other. We were best friends before we started dating so it was never an issue. 

3. What's the furthest you've ever traveled from home? How far and where was it?

When I turned 30, my hubs, mom and I went to Disneyworld. It was amazing! 
I am a big Disney fan and have always wanted to go to the Big world. 

My parents always took me by car to Disneyland and it must be a love of my parents because that is where they went for their honeymoon! Chris and I went there for our honeymoon as well. We are looking forward to going to Disney World in a few years with the boys... Except the looonnnngggg plane ride at 12:04 AM from Seattle to Orlando and getting their at 7:00am.  

With that being said I think I would do the same flight so that the kids slept for most of the time on the plane. We wont be going until the boys are a little bit older so that they can make it without any out bursts or freak outs... This is even about Hubs. He was a big baby on that flight, he hates to fly and being in that plane for that long really will be a pain for me with all three of my men..... hmm...maybe just a girls week there no kids or hubs?? 

Yeah I would never do that with out my babies now that I have them but the idea may pop up once in a while....but I will be taking them in a few years because it wont be the crazy parts, the fits, and temper tantrums that we will remember... we will remember the memories that made the trip a fun time....because even the bad times in a trip to Disneyworld would never make it not be the happiest place on Earth. 

4. How do you celebrate birthday for your kids? Family only or friends? ... Alternate for those without kiddos: How did you celebrate birthdays as a kid?

We do both.

A family party (because I could never subject my loved ones to the horror that is a child's birthday party. They'd write me off..) on the Sunday closest to the child's birthday.  Sadly my family and my husbands family don't really get along... so we do get this TWO family parties.  

Then we do a kids ( friend ) party and go all out for that... I try hard to make sure I am pintrest perfect.  This year we will be having all their preschool friends and families. Our house is small but it will be fine with all the tents and outside heaters. 

I love doing their parties. I plan them starting around January or February. Note their birthday is in November. 


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hotel review... Ocean Park Resort.......

To say things have changed with having the twins is a major understatement.  Before the boys every week or two I was going on hotel reviews like crazy.  I loved it. The love for travel is something that has always been such a big part of me. I wish I would have been like my cousin Maddy as she has been traveling the world since she turned 18!  This next month her and her sister Marlee are going on a travel journey through Europe.  I am the person that doesn't care about all the fancy cars and clothes that my friends brag about on their social media outlets but get really green eyed with envy if you brag about your latest travel adventure.
Hubs and I haven't gone anywhere sense the boys were born almost four years ago alone. I need to work on this. My sister in law laughed at me years ago when I said that traveling would never slow down once I had them.... Yes she was right and I was so very wrong.  We went to Kalaloch when the boys were almost two. That's when my sister and her husband and my nephew came up to visit from their home in Colorado. We had a great time and my parents joined us. It was an amazing time back then but, it took until now to go on our very first solo family vacation.

Our family use to go to Long Beach Washington all of the time and we decided that we wanted to go back to Ocean Park. The last time we all went was almost 10 years ago. So we called our favorite hotel and looked forward to our new memories with our little family.
Ocean Park resort is a small motel, with a RV and Tent camping park, along with a few cabins and mobile homes that they rent out to families during the summer and during razor clam digs, this place has always been packed.  When we pulled into the resort it was almost empty. I have never seen it like this at all.  We got our keys and paid the nice lady for our three day vacation. 

When we got into our room we realized just how come it was so empty. First we saw just how outdated it was..... We asked for a room with a TV that would be compatible with our DVD player. They said sure we have your room ready with a TV that should work.  We had two TV's, one with a built in VHS and one that had 4 channels that worked. There was no place to hook the DVD player up to the TV. The Coffee maker didn't work.  What else could set our day off on the wrong foot then no coffee.  The oven didn't work and we figured this out when we tried for almost an hour and a half for getting the boys pizza cooked.  Only parents know the beads of sweat a hungry child can make you feel.... 
We always look for a place to stay that has a washer and dryer that we can use. Being that we have the boys and we were at the ocean this was a major must have with where we stay. I went to their laundry room and in every drum of the washers was filled with gunk, yuckie cat food looking waste. I went and told the older man that was in the office and he said he would take care of it.  The next afternoon after a day at the beach the same things were in the drums of the washers.  So we went to a laundromat in Long beach. That night when we got back to the hotel and we were packing our things up I looked into some of the rooms down below just checking things out and what did every empty room on the first floor have?? Brand new working flat screen TV's! Even asking a few times to be moved to another room if the TV's worked else where in another room. They said they didn't have one and then I see this. I was so mad!  
But we didn't let that spoil our trip. We used our phones wifi and watched Netflix. Our little family is all we need for a fun time and on our first vacation as a family.  All in all, I would say stick with another place for around the same price then this. You can stay closer to Long Beach but not here. We left a comment in their room note book and it was sent back to us from the owners asking us to not come back again and that we were so loud and rude. It just made me happy my grandma didn't have to go back and see this. 

So from a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best place we have ever stayed, I would give it a -10.  Never will go back and never will stay again. Also something I forgot to say was that they use to have a pool and when asked about it they made a rude comment about how handicap people don't come enough to pay for the lift to get them in and out of the hot tub and spa. When she was telling me about it she didn't know that Brock was handicap. I guess she was lucky that it was me she was offending and not someone else. 


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wordless Wednesday!

I moved back home in December of last year, after being gone for almost three years. I put my son in a wonderful Co-op preschool and not only has Franky made some great friends but along the way I have made friendships I believe will last myself a life time. These ladies build each other up and not rip one another down.  I am very blessed and look forward to next week when we start another amazing year. 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday!!! Cinnamon Rolls!

My favorite go to cinnamon rolls that are mixed in the bread machine.  Then you add that this is the Pioneer women recipe. This is one of my favorite bloggers and Food network personality.  So this is one recipe that is my go to when I want to make cinnamon roll.  I hope that you enjoy this recipe as well as I do.  

                                                                                       Start with putting all of the ingredients in the order they  are listed. 
Then roll out the dough with a rolling pin, 

To make the filling, melt 1/2 cup of the butter and spread evening over the dough.  
 Generously sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon.  
I can not stress this enough.  
You then need to begin rolling the dough to form the log.  Either way you choose to roll your dough, you’ll need to pinch the seam together once you’ve reached the end.  Transfer the log over to a cutting board and using a sharp knife begin cutting about 1 1/2-inch slices.  One log will produce 20-25 rolls.  I let mine re rise again for about an hour before baking. 

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast ( I found the one that works best for the bread machine) 
  • 4 1/2 cups (approx.) flour **Without problem, I used an organic, unbleached bread machine flour
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup melted butter, plus more as needed **see what I mean about the butter!  Yummy I tell you, YUMMY!!**
  • 1/8 cup ground cinnamon for sprinkling
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more as needed


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Meet Me Monday....

Instead of the regular MMM, let's do a summer recap on where we went and what kept us super busy! 
So many things happened during this amazing beautiful summer we were all able to enjoy!  Our family went on our first vacation to the Ocean. We spent three nights in Long beach, and then a few nights at Ocean shores. We played on the beach, went on a few day trips to Seaside, Astoria, and Cannon Beach.  Each visit needed at the ocean. It was a fun and lazy way to pass the time. 
The three of us had several fun playdates with friends. B man showed us at many of them that he would rather be away in the car then be with friends playing! He had a full summer of OT and now we start speech for him as well in a few weeks. Bman is really starting to flourish with all the extra help he is getting. Then there is Franky and he even did his first team sport, of course it had to be T ball! He loved it so much and showed that he will be in sports with the same love and passion his daddy and Papa have.... He is asking to go into swim lessons and we are looking into it for something extra for him to do outside of school. 
We moved to a fab home we will be able to enjoy for years to come. Its what I  call my sweet home my sweet country beach house. Its so amazing. I enjoy it and will be blogging a lot about the new adventures and DIY's and before and afters... 
I have some very fun things coming up and one of the things I am getting set to do is more hotel reviews! EEEK! Venue reviews and back in the swing of things for talking up events and things to do and places to go!!! .  I will be working with the local newspaper again as well. Exciting things for this girl right here!  


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My life with Autism.

I saw you, looking at me as I was slightly frazzled and exhausted, as I worked out my food order for my son and I while we were eating at Elmer's in our little town of Poulsbo. I always ask to be seated way in the back and far from anyone around us. I know the two waitresses that work on certain days and when my cousin Henry will be the cook in the back.  Keeping that ever watchful third eye on my little boy, with his thick brown mop of hair and innocent exuberance. I see HIS energy, and lack of impulse control, flip flopping back and forth, lunging from seat to seat, starting to cry when the whip cream came on the pancakes they were no longer the same size and the chocolate chips were melted. That is when he lost his mind. 

I noted your exasperation and said nothing, simply smiling playful son. When you looked down and then glared at me because my child was having a hard time. Telling me that I should keep him home and not in public. Well saying it to your husband loud enough to have the three tables in our small out of the way section hear. I couldn't help but turn red faced and in a low sigh, I looked at the two little elderly ladies that were looking at me with understanding & pity, I said,"He's Autistic," my heart breaking, looking in the two ladies eyes I knew at that moment that their hearts broke for me as well. Because the one sweet lady looked at me and sweetly said I'VE BEEN THERE, and when you looked squarely at me and said, "My grandson has Autism. I get it, I also raised four boys all thirteen months apart." we locked eyes and I said, "Yeah, I thought you seemed like you understood" You got it, like we ALL do. Except those two, and I know it didn't seem very adult like but shooting the glare at the middle age couple that had been giving us the dirty looks and loud enough comments at the time made me feel so much better, even just for a few moments. 

I gave a deep sigh and said, "It's been a... LONG... three... years..." Perhaps I should not speculate ON YOUR THOUGHTS, but having SAID those words before, I'd like to THINK that more people out there would be more understanding... I always have the feeling of guilt for having to admit that I am so far from being superhuman, that yes, the years have been long; for perhaps being frustrated, or worn down, or unsure, or scared, or uncertain, or - yes- even royally pissed off... I totally thought that I would be a great mom. Looking at one public outing and having him have a melt down that I couldn't control or help calm him down makes me feel like the worlds worst mom.    

It's been almost a  years since B-man's diagnosis, and almost three years leading up to it and his diagnosis of Cerebal Palsy,  B-man's first year of life was super busy with Doctors and hospital stays, we knew something just was a little off and after a year in OT, Speech and Physical Therapy, Akami, Pam and Amber all had at one point or another told us the things that we had already known...that he was behind his twin brother developmentally, we were really unconcerned for the most part, until we began to notice more serious issues. Decreased speech to the point of being non-verbal... Constantly seeking out patterns; at two years old, B-man could literally sit on a kindle for HOURS, recite in actions his favorite Mickey movies. He had near photographic memory for numbers. His physical habits, such as the need to run headlong into the sofa as hard as he possibly could, and the constant need for physical contact, came in waves, directly contrasting the moments of utter "drop out," when he could literally walk in front of a speeding car if you didn't have him in a vice grip, because he just "wasn't there" at that time... 

It was and is very terrifying. We moved to our home in a new school district and B-man started to go to a head start pre-school and he even gets to ride a bus, with a bus driver that grew up with my Dad, its the best thing about being in a small town. Then there is his new teacher Pat she is simply amazing with him and the aides that help out in the class, because of this he is making small strides at getting to a better place and together him and I are finding our voices. 

The difficulty bringing him places, because of my own issues of inferiority as a mother... Concerns that were often reinforced by people's judgmental comments, cruel looks, and having no explanation for it... there was this beautiful, loving, amazing little boy in there. I was in denial about the Autism being part of what was going on. I thought that this behavior was just his way of telling us how he was feeling, that it couldn't be anything more then the CP that we were already aware that he had. Eventually though, denial grew into suspicion, as our parental instincts finally won out. Finally came the guilt, as I realized that my husband and I were in WAY over our heads. The only way that we would do right by our child and get him the proper care and diagnosis he needed was to bring in the experts. 

On August 13th 2014, as I sat at Children's Hospital in Seattle, with its child friendly decor and my mom by my side our little B-man not being able to sit sill for three minutes and finding only joy with putting his small little hands in the stream of water in the stainless steel sink. Dr McGlophlin look at me in my eyes and I heard the words, "Autism." and started to feel like my world was falling in on me.  He continued to talk and all I heard was the voice from Snoopy unable to really catch anything he was saying. 

And THAT was DAY ONE, not even a year ago yet.
I will be sharing my experiences not because I am an expert at any extent. Nor have I even be able to come to terms yet with things yet, but because my unknown friend that just stumbled across this blog right now, needed to find this, to read this and feel like its going to be ok.  That in the last three years, of fumbling to find what is wrong with my son.  Sobbing in the shower because it is a place that he can't hear me. In the car on the way home from one of the many appointments that I was told to something new.I have aged at least TEN YEARS, easily. 

Being an "Autism Mom" for a the little under a year now, has made me more tolerant, in public or otherwise, of every type of child, with the exception, oddly enough, of my own... I still have that underlying anxiety that my two beautiful boys are going to be beyond my control. I do the one on one time with them with ease and cancel a lot of times when we have plans. So please, if I seem stressed out or impatient, exhausted, or snippy please try to and not judge me a bad parent... And understand, that this is NOT an apology for my kids, or an explanation. It's strictly an explanation of myself. Also I will never applogize to the people that give the dirty looks, or make the ill-mannered and just at the volume that can be heard comments. Horrible comments that hurt and cut deeply. I often will snap back at you and the looks you give will pail in comparison to the look I will give back.  

What I know is that my baby is so unique, and will face many challenges, some so great it's going to feel very devastating, but there is not a single Autism Mom that I have EVER met that doesn't not believe that their child is anything but a million beautiful colors of the spectrum. 

I hope you enjoy my Journey. I would love to hear about yours. 



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday!!!

This amazing picture is of my Grandpa and his sisters and brothers 
school in 1922. 
The same school that today my little 
is going to for Pre-school. 
This makes my heart so full! 


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