Find Good In Every Day

One mom's attempt at finding good in every day of this chaotic world.

Jealousy October 30, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:16 pm

I admit it.  I’m jealous.  I’m jealous of my daughter’s hair.  Sad, right?

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Just look at how the sun highlights her beautiful blond locks.  Look at how it just falls into place perfectly.  It just sweeps to the side as if there was no effort.  Yeah, I’m completely jealous.  I’m so glad she did not inherit my thick hair.  It seems Cooper might have gotten that gene, which isn’t bad for a boy, I would think.  But Mason lucked out for a girl. 

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I wish I could go into the hair salon tomorrow with a picture of Mason, and say “Make my hair do that.”  Instead, I will be combing through websites tonight trying to find the perfect picture of a woman with thick hair and a cool haircut.  Not sure if it exists, but I will do my best to find it.  I’m ready for a big change.  I said that last time too, but the change was subtle.  Not this time!  No matter if I get a great haircut; no matter if I actually love it…  I will still be jealous of my daughter’s hair.

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Dancing In My Chair October 23, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 10:23 am

A good song on the radio can really lift my spirits.  No matter what is going on, if I hear an upbeat song, my mood can change in an instant.

I bring my iPod to work every day.  In the morning, I listen to the radio through it.  And then, depending on the day, I listen to one or two of my favorite playlists.  (I admit that one of my favorites includes some of Mason’s songs.)  But lately I have become addicted to Pandora.  I’ve created a station based on Doo Wop to get hits from the 50’s and 60’s (like the Oldies stations of my youth), a Classic Pop station, a Piano Concerti station, a John Mayer station, and a Kelly Clarkson station (one of my faves!)

But when Jeremy clued me in to the Glee Cast Radio station, I was hooked.  First of all, I love Glee!  I think you either love the show or hate it.  I’m a lover.  Jeremy – not so much.  But really what could be bad about a show with singing and dancing mixed throughout great plot lines?

The Glee Cast Radio station lets me hear many of the Glee songs from the show, but also intermixes songs from broadway shows, Disney movies, and some new artists (well, new to me).  Here are some of my favorites that get me turning up my desk speakers and rocking in my chair.  (Luckily I’m alone in my back office until 1pm, so I can crank the speakers a little more than normal.)

Fallin’ For You by Colbie Caillat

Don’t Stop Believin’ by the Glee Cast

New Soul by Yael Naim & David Donatien

Lucky by Jason Mraz with Colbie Caillat

The Show by Lenka

Ladies’ Choice from Hairspray

I’m Not That Girl from Wicked

Mercy by the Glee Cast

You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray

Remember to dance like no one’s watching!

Happy Friday!!

 

Should I Be Worried? October 19, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 9:00 pm

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Coming from Mason’s bedroom, I hear:

Mason: Ok, watch this.  This is going to be a little scary, but cool.

(Then the entire house shakes as, what I suspect is my daughter, lands with a boom on the floor.)

Me: Um, everything ok down there?

Mason: Yup.

Me:  It sounds like you just did something that could hurt you.

Mason:  But I didn’t hurt me.  (in the whiny voice we all know too well)

Me:  Ok, but please be careful.

Mason: Fine.  (pause)  Ok, do you want to see that again?

 

A Smile On My Face

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 3:24 pm

I went to bed last night with a smile on my face.  At least from what I remember, I did.  I was pretty tuckered out and fell asleep about as soon as my head hit the pillow.  It had been a lazy Sunday – perfect for the rainy weather outside and as the aftermath to a very busy Saturday.

Despite our grand plans of going to the Shenandoah Balloon and Wine Festival and then camping out for Mason’s birthday, we celebrated closer to home due to the weather.  I had really been looking forward to camping, but I was certainly not going to stay in a wet tent in 35 degree weather!  That’s always the problem with Mason’s birthday date.  October is tricky when it comes to planning and the weather.  We have gotten fairly lucky the previous 3 years, but I guess our luck had run out.  Cold rainy weather ruled the weekend.

Back-up plans went into effect.  Duckpin bowling became the event of the day!  We all had a great time, and it was good family bonding with Meema, Jen, Nana, Papa and Kristin.  (We missed Scott, though!)

Mason learned granny-style.

Mason learned granny-style.

 

Jen and Cooper rest while waiting for his ball to hit the pins.

Jen and Cooper rest while waiting for his ball to hit the pins.

 

After bowling, we came home to some delicious beef stew that had been cooking in dueling  crockpots all night and morning.  Perfect for the cold day.  Then came the presents.

Princess dress-up fun!  Thanks Kristin!

Princess dress-up fun! Thanks Kristin!

 

Cooper cheered Mason (and the football teams) on as she opened lots more great presents.  Thanks everyone!

Cooper cheered Mason (and the football teams) on as she opened lots more great presents. Thanks everyone!

 

Finally cookie cake and ice cream time.  No grand baking experiment from me for this birthday.

Finally cookie cake and ice cream time. No grand baking experiment from me for this birthday.

 

It really had been a great day.  Sadly, the day ended with the effects that two kids and no naps gets you.  I guess the fact that Mason is now four has not made it to her brain (whichever side handles the emotions and temper tantrums) because she went all out to finish off her birthday week.  Cooper then always tries to one-up her with his bedtime routine.  Let me tell you…  good times at the Lake house Saturday night! 

But as I said, we had our lazy Sunday that made up for it.  Woodside with Jen, watched a movie, played Mason’s new HSM Sing-It on Wii, walked around Tysons, enjoyed fajitas…  Taking the Saturday night tantrums out of the mix, it was no wonder I fell asleep with a smile on my face last night.

 

Happy Birthday, Mason! October 14, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 9:11 pm

Four years ago at this time (2:25pm) I was in the recovery room after a last minute c-section.  I was a bit sedated, could barely move my legs, and was quite nauseous.  But none of that could compare to how happy I was to hold my new baby girl.  Weighing in at an even 9 lbs., she was beautiful.  And she was ours.

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Over the last four years, we’ve had our ups and downs.  Mason was an easy baby in our eyes.  She slept through the night at 8 weeks.  She easily transferred to formula when I had to stop breast feeding.  She rarely spit up.  She was chubby and adorable.  (So we thought at the time.  Do you ever notice how you think your baby is totally cute in the moment, but when you look at pictures a few years later, you think your adorable little baby looks like an alien or a grumpy old man?)

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Our ups have definitely outweighed the downs no matter how hard the downs were.  We have had more joyful moments as parents to this little girl than I could count.  And here she is turning 4 today!  I can’t believe it.  

 

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I look forward to so many more ups and downs with Mason.  (Ok, so I don’t look forward to the downs and truly wish we could just fast forward through them, but what would the ups be without the downs?)  She challenges us every day to be better parents and to be better people.  She is inquisitive and mindful.  She is determined and willful.  She is a beautiful person inside and out, and I am honored to be her mom.

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My wish for Mason over the next year is to be true to herself.  There is a lot of outside influence at this age (heck, a lot of it comes from me!), and I just hope that I can arm her with the tools to stay true to herself.  I know that the girl she is inside is someone of which I can be proud. 

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I love you, Mason.  (to the moon and back)

 

“Dutch Wonderful” October 9, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 4:07 pm

“It’s the hap- happiest place…” in Pennsylvania!  We ventured to Lancaster, PA last weekend for a night away.  Trying to get away from the grind, from the stress, from the same old, same old.  After reading about Lancaster, PA and hearing friends tell me about Dutch Wonderland, we felt we needed to give it a shot.  And what better way to spend a beautiful fall weekend?

We stayed at the Willow Valley Resort, which offered great amenities that we did not get to take full advantage of.  We did get to partake in the indoor water park for the kids, but I forgot my camera.  You’ll have to use your imagination.  Our room overlooked the indoor atrium, so we got to see one wedding reception finish up and then another one from start to finish.  Mason was entranced by the festivities.  Here I was nervous that we wouldn’t know how to keep the kids occupied in a small hotel room, but we lucked out.

Mason learned about the "wedding party."

Mason learned about the "wedding party."

No hotel visit is complete without a ride on the luggage cart.

No hotel visit is complete without a ride on the luggage cart.

After a decent night of sleep (and a Miami victory over Oklahoma!), we headed to the resort’s bakery for donuts.  Then out to the duck pond, the playground, and strolled past the corn maze and farm.  It is a huge place, and we will definitely have to go back with more time on our hands. 
 
Then off to Dutch Wonderland!  We had tried to explain it to Mason in relation to Disneyworld but were scared she’d get her hopes up and be disappointed.  We just said it was a place with rides, a train, a carousel, etc.  Tried to keep it low key.  It worked – she was thoroughly impressed and not disappointed in the least.  Well, she did get to meet a princess, so it couldn’t be too bad, right?
 
Our knight in shining armor and our beautiful princess.

Our knight in shining armor and our beautiful princess.

The weather was perfect, the kids were excited, we had Meema as an extra hand…  What more could we ask for?  There were maybe 3 rides Mason was not tall enough for, but otherwise, we did the majority of the park.  Train rides, monorail, boat rides, roller coasters, tilt-a-whirl, giant fun slide races…  the list could go on.
Cooper's first ride.  We had to ease him into it.

Cooper's first ride. We had to ease him into it.

But he got into it quickly.

But he got into it quickly. Mason was a pro from the beginning starting her day on a super fast roller coaster!

After a Thomas the Train show, more rides, lunch, mining for gems, and giant slide races, we got some ice cream and perused the gift shop before heading home.  The kids slept almost the entire 2-hour drive home.  A great day for memories.  We had a “Dutch Wonderful” day!
 

Just Another Day? October 6, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 10:55 am

When I was about 12 years old, my dad and I were on our way to soccer practice after picking up a teammate.  On the way out of my teammate’s neighborhood, I threw a piece of chewed gum out the window.  My dad slammed on the brakes and put the car in reverse.  He told me that we do not litter and to get out of the car and find the piece of gum that I had thrown.  Yes, he was serious.  I reluctantly got out of the car and searched through the gravel on the side of the road looking for my gum.  After about 5 minutes of searching and whining, I found my gum.  Needless to say, I have not littered since!

I had to laugh to myself yesterday when I did almost the same thing to Mason’s friend, Luka.  We were walking to my office, and the girls had been eating apples.  When I looked at Luka at one point, I noticed she was not carrying an apple anymore.  I asked her what happened to it.  She shrugged her shoulders.  I told her that we do not litter, and that on the way back home we would be searching for that apple to pick up and put in the trash.  Luckily on the way  home, Mason noticed the apple in the street.  Luka had to pick up the dirty apple and take it home to put in the trash.  Who knows if she learned the lesson as well as I did  20 years ago, but I hope it made a small impact.  I know my dad was laughing from above.

Tomorrow is October 7th.  For many people, it is just another day.  But for me, it was the day that changed my life forever 17 years ago.  To my dad – I love you and miss you.  And I cherish all of our memories together, even the “finding chewed gum on the side of the road” ones.