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Whatever Wednesday- How do you do it all?

I am doing something I hate to do- skipping yesterday.  I was halfway through a post and my computer froze.  So, sorry.  I am realizing that I can’t do it all.  I really want to, but have to figure out what is most important to me.  I don’t know what that is.  So please indulge me as I go through what’s important.  I’d really love to hear how you prioritize.

I am slightly envious of my friends that can stay home with their kids.  But, I know my personality type.  I need structure.  Not that a stay at home mom can’t have a structured day, but I have to have my day structured for me.  I’m hoping one day I can be structured enough to work for myself, but that is still a work in progress.  It is a goal, and I am going to be ready to be my own boss when the time comes.

I want to bake, contribute to the PTA board, run a veggie co-op, blog six days a week, volunteer at my kids’ schools, sell Pampered Chef, host play groups, book club, and start a supper club (Grandma calls hers Gourmet).  How do you do all of it?  How do you fit in chiropractor visits, doctor visits (well and sick), dentists, vet, auditions, time to write book, while making dinner every night, reading, and finding a moment to play with kiddos.  Where are date nights?  Where is the family time?  Where can I find even a minute to play Words with Friends?

I don’t want to half ass anything.  I want to be the best mom possible.  I want to be the wife that my husband dreamed of always having.  I want to be the friend that always knows exactly what to do and say in every situation.  I want to be the volunteer that makes a difference.  I want to be the business person that makes a huge something out of nothing.  But, how do you do it?  I am working on my little things every day, but man.  Oh yeah, I want the super clean house and be always perfectly put together and fashionable.

How do you do it all?  These are all items I don’t want to compromise on.  My day job is so demanding that I have little left when I get home- time, energy, or will.  I haven’t even talked about wanting to work out, going to more movies and theatre, visiting museums, and hanging with my grandma.

I am certainly grateful to have a full time job.  I am thankful to have such a full life.  But I want to do it all.  I want to juggle it all and still have time to enjoy a Sunday nap or sleep in every once in awhile.  I want to stay up past ten and not feel sleep deprived the next day because I have to get up so early (for me).  Want, want, want, want want.  I know- I want it all.

But, if I didn’t want it so badly, then I would have no motivation to do something about it.  So what do I do?  What is my game plan?  Welp, that I don’t know.  I know that I have to keep plugging away.  I have to keep writing every day.  I have to keep baking and playing with recipes and techniques.  Keep hanging out with other mommies to see what works for them, and how they do it.

How do you do it all?  Or, do you let some stuff go until you do have time?  And how long will you put it off?  Syd is eleven and I have to drive her all over DFW a couple times a week.  Easton has soccer and soccer practice.  Q stays home with a nanny a couple times a week and at my in-laws once a week.  I probably spend over 10 hours a week transporting kids all over town.  I’ll continue shuffling kids until all are in grade school.  Then I will continue to take them to activities until they can drive- five more years until Syd can help.  So is that when I can do more?  Or, is this a chance to find a way to do something a little sooner?

Daily Prayer:  God, please tell me how to keep on keeping on.  Please lead me down your path, and alert me if I get off course or wonder about paths that shouldn’t interest me.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for the veggie co-op.  My kids asked for cucumbers when Jeff made chili dogs last night.  I am proud that my children love good foods.

Happiness Project Update:  I am getting up everyday, doing hair and makeup, but right now I am wanting more.  More time, more energy, more satisfaction.  I need to keep on track and just keep on keeping on.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Nutty Mommy- chocolate cookies with a hazelnut flavored filling.  Sweet, but a little nutty.


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Whatever Wednesday- Honey Boo boo

I am married to an actor, and Jeff is a TV purist and a reality hater.  Not me, I love it.  I don’t DVR any reality, but when there is nothing on or I am sick in bed, there is nothing better than a reality TV marathon like a housewife show, Millionaire Matchmaker, or my standby, the Kardashians.  When I’m on vacation, there is nothing better than to watch one of these shows late at night in my hotel.

So my ultimate closet indulgence is Toddlers and Tiaras.  I only watch it if Jeff isn’t around, I’m out of town, and keep it on the down low.  But, I not so secretly love it.  I’ve caught a couple episodes of Honey Boo Boo.  What the hey is that mess?  I can’t even watch it.  I haven’t gotten through one episode.  For some reason, Easton thinks he loves Honey Boo Boo.  I guarantee you that I’ve never watched it in fort of him.  How would my three year old have even heard of her?  It’s nuts!

Just for the record, I’ve never see Jersey Shore or Teen Mom.  I limit my reality to vacation, sick time, maternity leave (reason in itself to have baby #4) and only watch E!, TLC or network TV.  Oh yeah, there is some History, Tru and Discovery in there.  Jeff actually watches those shows.  Gotta love Pawn Stars and Gator Boys.  Friday nights, we watch Wipe Out during dinner time.  The family that dines together, wipes out together.

Okay, I do have a confession, I set up a timer for all things Kardashian.  But, I am sure you have figured that out.  If I had any more time, I’d also record Ice Loves Coco.  And on that note, good night!

Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for reminding me that now is a new moment and a good time to start over when I stumble.  Thank you for picking me up and carrying me when I cannot walk on my own.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful to have finally found a church to join and begin to get involved in.  I was scared to go to church for so long, but am so thankful that I found the perfect home for my family, and it is also where all of my neighbors go.  I am thankful to have a spiritual home and a very awesome community.

Kardashian Kash:  Mavericks season tickets.  Or if I have KK, maybe a suite so I can hang with my uncles and biggest fans, next to Jeffro, of course.

Happiness Project Update:  I have been just doing it as far as getting up.  It is so easy to talk myself into staying in bed, but I have been getting up.  It is a Christmas miracle.  Syd has kept her room clean, and I’ve been going up and checking out her room daily.  I have done three days of P90X, have been wheat free for a week, and even though I really wanted a soda, stuck to water all day.  I am happy that I can work a plan, and will be happy when I see results in my waistline.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Pineapple Up side Down QT Cakes.  I bite of tropical heaven.


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Whatever Wednesday- Happiness Resolutions

I did it!  I made a calendar of resolutions for the year.  January will be the month of Little Things, followed by Money in February, Relationships in March, Career, Culture and there are a bunch more that I will share as the year goes on.  I wanted to start with the hardest to tackle, then add an easier theme the next month while still practicing the previous month’s to-dos.  The hardest thing for me are the little things.  January is dedicated to 1.) one minute rule (if it takes a minute, do it), 2.) no wheat, 3.)10 minute nightly tidy up, 4.)prepare for the next day, 5.)take the stairs and walk as much as possible, 6.) spend a few minutes each night with Syd on organizing her room and binder, 7.) full hair and makeup every day (no buns or wet ponytails), 8.) early is on time (yikes!), 9.)make all meals, 10.) get up with Jeff on weekends, 11.) read happiness books.

My mom thought this was enough for a few months.  Not me.  This is one item.  If I can tackle the little things, I can do anything.  If I can tackle one little thing, I can do them all.  While this may not sound like much fun, I have a whole lot more fun when I am on time, have everything I need and am looking good.  I don’t feel good when I have a mediocre bun and minimal makeup.  Same with my house.  While my house is never a disaster, I feel better when it is super clean and tidy, not just shuffling junk to various corners.  Anyone who has known me since I was a teen knows that this is a HUGE challenge.  I thank my neat freak husband for helping me to change my slovenly ways.  Go team.  But, there is ALWAYS room for improvement.

Today I did pretty well.  I didn’t eat any wheat (I read a lot about nutrition and diet, and based on everything I’ve read I think I have an allergy, and there’s the genetic modifications, but I’ll save that for another day).  I took the stairs a few times, and I walked around my neighborhood with the babies.  I had full hair and makeup.  I made my lunch, had everything waiting by the door for the AM, and even made my breakfast.  My whomp-whomp was waking up late and leaving the house late.  I am working on doing my best, and cutting myself some slack.  Tomorrow, I will try again on my hardest task.  I need one month of doing it to break my bad habit.  And, I have you to hold me accountable.

Tomorrow- Thankful Thursday:  A look back at 2012.

My Daily Prayer:  God, I ask for your help getting up in the mornings.  Please help me start my day right and unhurried.  Please push me so that I will quit stressing about rushing.  Thank you for your strength when I am VERY weak.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for a family that loves hugs, kisses and to snuggle with Mom.  Even when I am grumpy.

Kardashian Kash:  I would dress Reno up in some redonkulous outfits, complete with diamond collar.  Go Beans ,go.

Happiness Project Update:  I didn’t get up as well as I had planned, but made breakfast, lunch and dinner, picked up my first round of veggies from the co-op, ate well, and took the stairs and a long walk.  Only one whomp-whomp!

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Smores.  Yes, we did- chocolate cookie-cakes, marshmallow creme filling and rolled in graham cracker crumbs.

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Whatever Wednesday- All Natural ADD

I am not a hard core all-naturalist, but I’m getting there.  I really started reading labels, buying mainly veggies, making the kids go to be early and getting on a sleep schedule, and not watching too much TV or playing too many video games.  I’m probably too strict in some areas, and when I notice something going on, I am the first to talk to a teacher or find help.  I am not parent of the year, by any stretch of the imagination, but I am very involved with my children and try to give them the best.

I feel like the parent who follows all of the rules of feeding a baby certain foods at certain times of their lives to avoid allergies, then they have the only kid in class allergic to everything.  My child was diagnosed with ADD.  Despite counseling, organizational help, sleep schedules, check lists, diet changes, that was the final verdict this week.  This is probably melodramatic, especially if you have gone through this yourself, but it felt like a terminal illness diagnosis.  Where did I fail?  What can I do better?  How can I fix this?  How can I ensure she’ll have the best opportunity?

I struggle with depression, and refuse to medicate it.  I find something within me and I push past it.  I try pushing Syd and it isn’t working.  We’ll have great strides for a bit, then the backpack and binder from tornado hell.  She’s always been in honors classes and can sit perfectly still during her three hour choir performances.  She’s a great test taker, and can read for hours without getting bored. When the therapist mentioned it for the first time, I thought she was insane.  There is no way that my genius child has ADD.

Why is this so hard for me to accept?  I’m literally crying during this post over something so stupid.  I’m scared of being another statistic.  I don’t want to medicate her unless absolutely necessary.  The therapist said it would fix things in a snap, but I just don’t want to chemically alter her with pharmaceuticals.  There is a place for medication and some kids need it.  I just don’t want to unless it is our only choice.

So, what are my choices?  Stay on her ass and hold her hand throughout her school career (I’ve tried the Love and Logic methods and she doesn’t care if she crashes and burns).  I can’t do nothing.  I made a deal with the Jeffro that I get six months to do it my way and if we have no or little progress, then I don’t get to try things my way any more.  I am throwing out all foods with artificial anything and only buying whole foods.  It’s a little more work for me, but if it works totally worth it.  I am researching vitamins, food/natural remedies, and making our whole family eat like this.  I’m taking it to another level and getting rid of the chemicals we use for cleaning and lotions.  I can’t do natural deodorant.   I’ll take some trace chemicals to smell good.  I can clean with vinegar which is an amazing antibiotic and antiviral.  So, I’ll take over the cleaning of the bathrooms just to prove a point.

So who else has dealt with this?  Is there anyone out there that found an answer outside of the prescription?  I’m willing to try anything.  I would love to hear encouraging stories.  But, I want to be a realist, too.  If we have to medicate, it is what it is.  But, I will be able to say that we’ve tried absolutely everything before going that route.

My Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for creativity and hope.  Thank you for support, and guidance.

Daily Thanksgiving:  I’m thankful for the Internet and books about whatever I want to learn.

When I Have Kardashian Kash:  Some sort of tropical destination.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Lemon- lemon whoopie filled with vanilla and lemon curd cream cheese filling.



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Whatever Wednesday- Thorn in My Side

What is the thorn in your side? Does anything positive come from your “thorn”? Mine is the inability to do mornings. It doesn’t matter what time. I have the hardest time waking up and getting going. I have used this “thorn” to make an earlier wake up time so that I get more out of my days. If I kowtowed to this problem, I’d sleep most of the day away. I can always do better, but sometimes I have to be okay with “good enough”.

I constantly pray for the strength to just get up the first time my alarm goes off. I go periods of time doing well, then fall off again. A lot of my problem can be resolved by making sure I have enough iron. I am extremely fatigued with I become anemic. Stress plays a part, too. If I’m super stressed or have too much going on, then I shut down completely. I also try to keep a set schedule. Thursdays can be crazy, but even on the weekends, I try to go to be at a decent time and wake up before 9AM. This consistency works miracles with my children, and it really helps me too.

I cannot express how jealous I am of Jeff’s ability to be so functional with such little sleep. I wish I was able to decide when I wanted to get up and that was it. This is a force so strong that it is almost debilitating. But years ago I made a solid resolve not to give into it. I can either accept it and be a slave to it, or I can fight it and accomplish a lot despite it. It also makes me sit back and humbly accept that I am human, and that great things come from God, not man. That is not a cop out or dependence on something magical. There are many things that I have to do, choices and actions that I must make, but I also have to rely on God and acknowledge that without his help, nothing is possible.

So, waking up first thing in the morning is the hardest thing I do all day. Sounds really silly. But, maybe that is how I have to look at it. If I can just get out of bed, I can do anything!

My Daily Prayer: Thank you God for making all things possible through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful that not only Jeff believes in my whoopie dreams, but my whole family is extremely supportive.

When I have Kardashian Kash: A craft room! A wrapping paper room! A closet the size of my current master bedroom! Reno’s own room!
Wait, she’d hate that. She’s such a mama’s girl she won’t even get out of her bed until I do. Even if I’m sick and sleep all day, so does she.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: We’re whipping up some Halloween and sports decorated whoopies. Pictures to come, but check out our ghosts, spider webs, baseballs, footballs, basketballs, and hockey pucks. Wait, that last one is just a plain ol whoopie.

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Whatever Wednesday- Creative Resumes

What are you doing to get out of the 9 to 5 grind and get into your dream job? Or what about finding a job that is 9 to 5 that you enjoy, or that you enjoy the benefit of great pay and actual benefits? Have you looked at your resume and cover letter lately? What does it say about you, and what makes you stand out from the competition? Although I have a degree in creative writing and use it in my business endeavors, I don’t advocate falsifying information, but I do encourage you to get creative in the way you present yourself.

Make yourself stand out in your resume. Most resumes have regular job duties and school info, and the last places of employment for the last ten years or your last three jobs. What can you put in there to make every day job duties stand out? How can you make yourself stand out? Jeff is the Operations Manager at an actor’s resource studio. I helped him update his resume recently. His job looks pretty straight forward, but he didn’t have “liaison to President and Board of Directors” on there. A future employer would love to see a candidate who has interaction with executives. Show them! It tells them that his communication skills must be more advanced if he is regularly communicating with executives. What awards, shows, certificates, groups did you win or participate in during college or high school? Show your future employer how you were more than just a student. It may be meaningless to you, but they can see that you did more than just show up hung over to class. You participated in your education and didn’t just show up, test okay, and accept a piece of paper. You are an involved person. Don’t lie. But, take what you think is little and show how it is a huge asset.

What if you want to apply for a job in which you don’t feel qualified? So what! Apply anyway. You may have more experience than you think, or the employer may love your can-do attitude so much that they don’t mind training you. We made an acting/directing/producing and professional resume hybrid for Jeff. Before, Jeff had his acting resume separate from his office/professional resume. Why not combine them and show potential employers everything? Show them that you are able to stage manage or direct and how that translates into experience managing people or experience running a show’s lights and sound queues. That may translate into experience when applying for a radio show or something in which you don’t have direct experience. Similar experience may be what an employer is looking for.

Stand out and sell yourself. You are your biggest asset. Write an amazing cover letter that pitches all of your life’s experience to a potential employer. You don’t have to write a generic cover letter. Sell it! I read an article about how not to tell a potential employer that you need certain schedule accommodations in an interview. To an extent, I disagree. If you are an actor who needs a little flexibility to go to auditions during lunch, and use personal time if a gig does conflict with your 9 to 5, then you need to let them know. But, you can sell it in your cover letter. That is a huge deal for most employers, but tell them why you deserve it. Don’t have an air of entitlement, but sell your strengths and what you can bring to the company. Tell them that you are dependable, a good communicator, flexible yourself and never late. Show them what you can give since your “take” is a little more than another person applying for the job. Sell your ability to think outside of the box because of various past experiences. Take a waiting tables job and sell it as the ability to multitask and provide excellent customer service. It’s not a lie. It is a new way of thinking about a past job experience. Sell yourself!

Not creative? Google it. Get some examples from the web. Don’t plagiarize, but use examples as your template. Even start out the same way as a cover letter you love and keep changing and adding to it until you get it to where it is all you. Do you go onto Pinterest to get crafting ideas? Or use recipes to get inspiration for your own meals? Do the same for your resume and cover letter. Find something you love and then make it your own. Need more help? Contact me and I will help you. I have gotten every job that I was serious about. This is not bragging or boasting. It is showing my track record. Sure there are some jobs that I didn’t even get a call back for, but every job that I was serious about, I was hired and I believe my resumes and cover letters got me in the door.

My Daily Prayer: God, thank you for giving me the tools to achieve my dreams. Thank you for dreams and the courage to not just chase them, but to achieve them. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for a school district whose teachers are great communicators. Everyone wins when everyone talks to each other.

When I Have Kardashian Kash: Are daily massages too much? I’d at least get a weekly one.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Pumpkin Pumpkin Spice. I want to eat pumpkin spice. Mmmmmm, with cream cheese filling.

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Whatever Wednesday- Dream Job

Have you ever wanted a new job, or to have your dream job? You’re envious of those auditioning for X Factor because they are going after their dreams. You don’t have that luxury. Your friends live in the ritziest part of town and have a brand new Mercedes. You want that kind of job, right? How do you get there? How do you get your dream job? Or, how do you get a job that pays for your dream? You can do a few things. Until you can take the steps to get that dream job, you can treat your current job like it is your dream. Then, you can take the steps to get your dream job.

Focus on the positive parts of your job, and work on not sweating the unpleasant ones. I love my coworkers. I really like my boss. He is very accommodating with my work/life balance. He gives good reviews with constructive criticism, and lots of good feedback. He gives me an outline of what to do and the freedom to achieve it however I choose. There are a ton of positive aspects of my job. The downfall is that I am not going to advance within this department. I am not a specialist in the fields in which I work and therefore will always be an executive administrative assistant. I can focus on that and be bummed, or I can focus on the fact that I am guaranteed a paycheck every two weeks, best benefits I’ve ever had and I work close to home which is a must so that I can pick up kids.

Figure out what you want your dream job to be. Sounds silly, but I can’t tell you how many people hate their jobs but can’t tell me what they would rather do. It has taken me awhile to figure this out for myself. I like to write. I like to bake. I like my children. I thought about watching other people’s children, but I like a good paycheck with lots of benefits. What is it that I’d rather do in which I’d be willing to sacrifice something like company 401K matching? I wouldn’t be willing to do that to babysit, but I would be willing to do that for my own bakery. I’m not there, yet, but I am taking some steps.

Make an action plan to achieve your dream. Jeff is the best example of this. He works at an actors’ resource group by day, and doesn’t chase his dream of acting, but rather does everything in his power to grab his dream and make it happen. He works hard at perfecting his craft through classes, going to industry workshops, and reading everything he can about the craft. For awhile, he worked any project that came along until he had a serious resume. Now, he doesn’t have to work low wage gigs or for free. He gets paid to do what he loves. But, he’s forty-one. He didn’t have that luxury at twenty. For Making Whoopie, I have applied for my DBA, gotten my sales tax permit thingy, and am working on my business plan. I am selling whoopies out of my home, thanks to the Texas Cottage Food Laws, until I can get to a place where I can own my own business front. I bring whoopie samples everywhere I can to spread the word of my business. What will it take for you to quit your job to go where you truly want to be?

Living your dream may make you happy, but it may not pay the bills. Let me tell you that while money does not buy happiness, hurting for money does put a strain on the relationships in your life. We are not in a place for me to just quit my job and sell whoopies. While that may make me happy, it would hurt us financially right now. I like having a car and a house. I want to keep those things, so I must make a way for me to do it all. Patience is my friend right now. I have to take the small steps to allow the bigger items to take care of themselves until I am finally able to live my dream.

I can’t tell you what a difference just deciding to have a better attitude and appreciating what you have now can do. It may not be the tip top ideal situation, but there is a reason you are where you are right now. Maybe it is to be an example or friend to someone else. Maybe it is to meet someone who can help you later on. Maybe it is to teach you some skills that you will need later on when you do have your dream job. But stop and count the blessings you have right now. No really. Stop, sit down, get out a pen, and write down all of the great things in your life. If you can’t think of any, fake it until you make it. It really takes a lot of practice to be grateful and happy with what you have. Now, after you write down all of your blessings, write down what you want. This can be the superficial to the deep. Write it all down. Do this every week and notice the changes in your life. I am seeing HUGE changes happen right before my eyes. It still isn’t as fast as I want them to happen, but it is happening none-the-less. I want to hear your dream job stories!

My Daily Prayer: Thank you God for a spirit of gratitude. Thank you for showing me all of the great things you do for me. Thank you for all of the blessings in my life. I pray that I can share this with others. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for a husband who pushes me to achieve my dreams.

When I Have Kardashian Kash: I really would like some singing lessons. I know I’ll never have the X Factor, but I would like to sing along with my family.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Hope- come check out all of our delicious all natural flavors.

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Whatever Wednesday- dreams and writing them down

I often tell the story of when I was dating and how I kept running into Mr. Wrong. I was tired of wasting everyone’s time, especially my own from boredom and wishing I was with Sydney and on a stupid date. What did I want in a guy? What made Mr. Right? So, I wrote it down. Not six months after that, I met the epitome of my list. We dated five months and I realized I needed to update my list, and seriously reevaluate my wants in a man. Six months after that, I met Jeff. So, when I want something badly that is important to me, I write it down. I’m a huge believer in the power of your words. Spoken word is powerful, but so is the written word. Because of this, I am desperately trying to say only positive and uplifting things. It takes practice and all of my skills were put to the test while dealing with a full out tween meltdown yesterday. It was like something out of a horror movie, but for the first time, I didn’t lose it. We are human, and sometimes the best we can do is try again next time. I didn’t have to do that. I was able to live up to my expectations of staying calm, positive, loving, and comforting. I was still firm, but I wasn’t psycho mommy. Man, sometimes they push my buttons. Not this time!

Wow- I digressed badly. Today is about me writing out what I want. First, let me say how grateful I am for three healthy children, a husband who does 80 loads of laundry a day, and precious Reno Bean. Beans, glorious Beans, my favorite Wee-ner (dog). Everyone in my home has a song. That is one good thing I have from my childhood. Again, bad digression! There are things I want, like my swimming pool equipment updated, pool resurfaced and crack filled with epoxy, tiles replaced, and deck sprayed with a substance that makes it bearable in the 150 degree Texas summer. I want to pull down the awful wallpaper in my downstairs bathrooms and paint. I want to paint the downstairs bedrooms. I want a new dishwasher and the electrical fixed over my stove so I can get a new built in microwave. I want my outside refrigerator to be my inside one, or get a new inside one that has working ice and water dispensers. I’d like a sleep number bed or Temperpedic. I want wood floors in my dining room and dining room furniture, namely chairs for the table we have in there. I want a new vehicle for Jeff. I want to clothes shop for the kids and me without restraint. I’d like to buy all organic and minimally processed foods. I want only grass fed beef and free range chicken. That is the STUFF that I want. Oh yeah, and a mommy makeover. The plastic surgery kind, not a trip to the Lancome counter at Macy’s.

Here is the intangible- I want to get Making Whoopie up and running. I have started my business plan, looking at the cost of rent, remodeling a leased space, food costs, taxes, permits, marketing, etc. I am looking at other business’s numbers to include in my business plan. I’m looking at start up grants and how to get investors. I’ve gotten my tax ID, assumed name certificate and resale certificate when I buy supplies. I just need to sit down and put it all together. We will do this! I know a few restaurant owners and want to talk to them about how they started up. I am also applying to Cupcake Wars, so maybe I’ll get a boost there. That scares me, but it is time to go to the next level. I know I won’t make millions, initially, but I want a shop different and diverse enough to make a comfortable living while spending more time with my children and husband.

I want to be a Certified Bradley Birth teacher, too. I want to teach natural child birth classes and would love for Jeff to be involved to give the male perspective. He can tell the dads about the consequences of texting during labor without muting the phone. He can tell them how to deal with someone who cries over Budweiser commercials and Hallmark cards. I think since he’s such a guy’s guy, he’d be a perfect partner and would really appeal to the dad dudes. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but it is pretty expensive to get certified. It is also a bit of a time commitment to get certified and student teach. Aren’t three unmedicated births to babies almost nine and ten pounds each enough qualification? And, I didn’t drown Jeff’s phone or throw it when he was texting like a teenager. That should be a qualifying factor, in itself. I am so passionate about my birthing experiences, that I want to share that with others who are interested. I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for those interested, I want to be a part of the process. I am sad to think that I’ve had my last baby. But, I’d love to be involved with other families planning their births. Not sure if I could be a doula, but I can teach and share my experiences all day long. My biggest accomplishments are my three natural child births. I am very proud of my big babies, and how Jeff delivered Easton. Unfortunately Q was a little trickier, but that is a story for another day. When my two dreams collide, I will teach classes at Making Whoopie, in the evenings. We also host tea-party themed baby showers, and birthday parties. I am full service!

Jeff and I are truly blessed, please don’t think I am complaining or being a brat. I am simply writing what I want in my perfect world. What do you want? What stuff would enhance your life? What are your life goals? How are you going to get there? I am going to keep doing the little things, like working on a business plan and trying new recipes, until I get where I want to be. And, I’m going to keep writing it down and sharing my dreams. In the mean time, I am going to count my blessing and be thankful for what I do have.

My Daily Prayer: Dear God, please touch our current leaders and our future ones. Please guide them as to how to run our country. Please give them wisdom, patience, tolerance and courage to do what is right and not what is politically correct. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful Jeff does 80 loads of laundry a day.

When I have Kardashian Kash: Making Whoopie will go global!

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Pumpkin- it is that time of year! Keep an eye out for our seasonal pumpkin flavors on our website.

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Whatever Wednesday- Sixth Grade Sydster

My Sydster is pretty innocent and sweet, still. I am not naive, I know my kid. She has not thought about boys much and aside from the occasional tween ‘tude, she’s pretty awesome. Fifth grade was challenging for us because her whole world got turned upside down: new baby sister, new house, new school, new everything. Once the second half of the year picked up and choir got busy, she did better. She needs a challenge. But, we survived the huge year of change.

And now we have another change. Middle school! OMG. I was a little nervous for my scattered girl to have to change classes and go to three different lockers. Don’t get me wrong, I really think kids need to be thrown out there and figure some stuff out themselves. Well, she did. She’s in honors math, PACE (Plano’s version of Gifted and Talented) and the highest choir in Dallas Children’s Chorus. This year is all about challenge. And you know what? Her backpack is still organized! That is a miracle. She’s not be late to any classes. She’s gotten 100’s on everything (I get daily emails from the Parent Portal!). The girl is kicking 6th grade’s hiney. I am so excited for her. We’ve had very few meltdowns, and none were school related. This is an AWESOME year so far. By far, this is the best start to any school year we’ve had!

And then there’s the boy. Yes, the boy. My sweet, innocent Sydster is sitting in advisory and at lunch with a boy. They walk the halls together, they hang out and wait to be picked up together. He’s invited her to a movie. The whole nine yards. And, he’s a cute boy who plays football. He’s not some band nerd or weirdo. So Jeff’s freaking out a little. I’m slightly amused because it is so out of character for her, but confused as to what is appropriate for an eleven year old. I’ve asked her not to name the relationship, and to just enjoy him as a friend.

When I was eleven I was not at a happy place in my life. I was a year away from moving with my dad, so my home life was probably not at a high point. I remember thinking boys were cute and talking to them on the phone, but not having anything reciprocated because I was trying to get outside attention too hard. So I am not a good barometer. I don’t know what is normal. Jeff tells me about what boys do at that age and part of me wants to smack him for exaggerating and the other part makes me want to lock my child up until I can arrange for her marriage at 36.

What is appropriate? I will not allow her to go to the movies alone. I’d go with. But, even better, I was thinking we have him over to our house and Jeff sit on one side and I sit on the other while they watch a rented movie. What would you do? What is your tween and teen experience? I remember being a teen, but I really hope that I am providing my daughter a well balanced home, and lots of love. She has lots of healthy male figures in her life. She has outside interests. I believe I am doing all that I can.

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My Daily Prayer: Dear God, please help me to be the parent You want me to be. Please guide me to giving my children everything they need. Please open my eyes, ears and heart to them and to You! AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for a consistent schedule in which I can spend time with my children.

When I have Kardashian Kash: I will run background checks on all of the boy’s in my girls’ lives and probably have private detectives keep an eye out on them. For their own good. For my peace of mind. And I’ll have a ninja on call to stop anything before it can start. Yeah. Ninja.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Banana and Salted Caramel Cupcakes. Need I say more?


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Whatever Wednesday- Whatever

I’m normally pretty inspired when I write.  Tonight I was inspired to create a new whoopie flavor, work on a recipe, and bake.  I was inspired to play with babies.  I was inspired to fill in for our temporary nanny.  Man, it would be cool to be the nanny.  But, God knows where I need to be.  I don’t have the self discipline to be home all day, and not in an office environment.  But you can teach this old dog new tricks and I get better and better everyday.  I am not inspired to write, so I’ll cut it short.  Happy Wednesday, y’all!

My Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for perseverance even when I don’t wanna.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for a gentle dog that doesn’t snap when my babies use her to learn how to walk.

When I have Kardashian Kash:  I’ll still cook, the kids will still clean their rooms and do chores, but I will not hesitate to pay to have my base boards kept clean and blinds dust-free.  I’ll have a staff window washer.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Week:  Amish paradise.  Simple. Classic.  Delicious.

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