Baby on Board

thCACMDBNZThere is nothing like having a baby in the house. It is the weirdest thing ever. To have gone your entire life with the sounds and antics of a newborn. Then one day its thrust open and there is nothing you can do except accept it and move on. The cries, poop, the midnight feedings it is just so much…it really can be overwhelming.

The first time, really the first six months if I am being honest, I was alone with my baby in my house after delivering was by far the greatest and scariest moment in my life. He cried and cried. In addition, me without a clue as to what to do. How I wished he would just tell me what he wanted then we all could go to sleep happy and peacefully. More importantly, the crying and screaming would have ceased. Oh well. Babies are not born with that ability.

What if they could speak? Would if as soon as a child burst through its mother birth canal it spoke?   I think there are many parents that would be greatly relief by that; I know I would have been.

Like with most things it gets better with age. As the baby grew, we did as well. We learn to differentiate between each cry; we were able to put him on a bath schedule. Which was the best thing ever. It is, as he knew as soon as he was finished in his little tub that it was bedtime. In addition, the feeding time was eventually panned all the way out. It was wonderful. Almost easy.

Too bad it took almost seven months for us to get to that point. Up until then it, my house was a mad house. One hundred percent chaos. I was not sleeping, the baby was not sleeping, nothing was done, and for the first time in my life, my house was dirty. A real mess. Bless my husband heart he was so patient through the entire thing. When he did not have to work, he was at home helping me. When he was at work, he would periodically call and check on us. Oh and he would talk to the baby over the phone. For whatever reason our son loved his voice.

It did not matter if he had been hollering for an hour as soon as he heard my husband voice he immediately became hushed. I was so exhausted most of the time that I did not even think to be jealous our wonder what exactly what it was he prefer about my husband then me. Whatever worked, that what I was about.

Then about a year and a half later without even trying here comes the next one. This time it is a girl. My beautiful baby girl. She was so precious. With her long curly hair, dimple on her right cheek, and beautiful grayish brown eyes. Until she was hungry, or sleepy or just whatever. Then she was a loud screaming unlosable bundle. It seem she was a little more work than her older brother was.   The only thing I can say is that did not last as long as it did with her brother.

After the first few weeks, it was smooth sailing.

As I said there is nothing like having a baby in the house. I still am amazed at how such a small thing can demand so much from the people around it.

Take it easy

th8ZJBS9PJAfter the rough week I had last week I cannot wait for a little break this weekend. Every moment I had last week was occupied with stuff that I had to do, no free time or easy breezy time. I remember when all I have is time, now it seems that I am scraping the bottom of the barrel and still coming up short. I do not think I slept more three hours at any given time. What can I say; I could not afford to sleep, not with everything going on. Nevertheless, the weekend is just a few days away. That means going out of town, so what if it is just Ohio, it is still a break from my everyday life. Whatever. I will take it and relish in it

The only downfall is that when I come back I will be right where I left. Back to square one, until God knows when I will have another break. I do not know how long I can continue living my life like this. Its time for a change. It is time to better management for my time. There has to be a way to optimize each day, each hour, each minute and if I can each millisecond.

If you are like me and time management is your dragon here are a few tools that I found useful in slaying that dragon.

What I have learned after this exhausting that I feel has benefited my life immensely, that I feel will benefit yours as well? Well here it is, enjoy it. You read right, enjoy it. Relax and go with the flow, there are so many people in the world that are unable to a portion of your day. Feel lucky that you can and you do it so well. I know I do.

So many people are living a harder life, with little to no advantage to speak of, and I want to complain because people need me? People want to see me. I am learning and growing, with ease. What I do takes time but it is not hard. I do not have callous on my hands or am I constantly worried that someone will harm me. All in all my life is easy.

I take it a day at a time, count my blessings, and pray the next day will be better, that I will do better. I have realize that I am more often than not. What more can a person ask for than that.   If there is anything else than I do not know about it, I am not sure I need to know about it either. I am content and I am happy, that is enough for me. When I’m learning new skills like learning how to setup your own blog:

I know you were probably some mumble jumble on how to micro manage your life, in my experience all that causes is more stress. What do you do if life throws you a curveball and completely overturn your schedule? Have a breakdown, at least that I used to do, become frustrated and shut down. Now I subscribe to the do not sweat the small stuff doctrine. I have to say that it has improved and completely transform my life. I enjoy my breaks but I also enjoy the time I spend engaged and challenged. The balanced of the two is what keeps me afloat.

Don’t fight it. Accept the bumps along the road of life. If you never experience hardship can you truly appreciate the ease? I don’t think so.

There’s Nothing like Young Love

It’s great being a kid.  The freedoms from responsibilities, the incredible hope for the future because it holds all kinds of promise, the naiveté of a child’s innocence. Some of my fondest moments happened when I was a child. I can honestly say that I had a delightful childhood. Full of mischief and wonder, surprises and adventure. I remember spending summers on my bike riding it all over town. Sometimes with my fishing pole, adhere to it on my way to Gray Lake to catch a few blue gills. Or to Bo Bo’s Ice Cream, for a blue thunder ice cream cone. If you never had a blue thunder, you have not lived. A blue colored ice cream tastes like superman ice cream with Pop Rocks candy all through the ice cream. I can still taste and feel it.

One memorable moment that happened in my childhood, I fell in love. Head over heethXOIBXNR0ls, cannot get him out of my mind in love. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in Mr. Gauthier seventh grade social studies class. I had on a heather gray and white horizontal striped shirt, with three quarter length sleeves, and a pair of dark washed boot cut jeans, with a white leather belt. Until this day, I do not like social studies. As I am sitting there daydreaming there was a not at the door. Our assistant principal Mr. Meek enter the classroom with a boy behind him. He announced that we had a new student that he had just moved from North Carolina. His name was Tyler Grimm.

Tyler was beautiful. Even as a young girl I could recognized his beauty. He had curly dirty blonde hair, piercing cornflower blue eyes, and a dimple on his left cheek. He spoke with a slow southern accent, with great charm. Mr. Gauthier sat him at my table. The whole time he sat that there, I kept thinking about him, trying to stop myself from staring. My heart racing, my palms and underarms prickling with sweat. He said hi to me than sat down in the chair next to me. I quickly smiled then return to starting down at the blank paper in front of me.

Fast forward to our senior year in high school.   Tyler is still beautiful, if anything puberty has made him even more attracted. He never lost his southern drawl it just became deeper and more resonating with age. I still get nervous but not as much as when he first arrived to our school. Over the years, we have become great friends. His older brother is one of my older brothers’ best friend. I fell in love with him when he walked into my seventh grade class and five years later my feelings have not changed.

It’s the end of the year and everyone is preparing for senior prom. I was asked by three people to go but I told each I would think about. I realized now I was hoping Tyler would ask me. I was sure that he really liked, you know, more than just friends. Sometimes when he thought I wasn’t looking I would catch him starting at me with a dopey look on his face. We both knew that this will be the last event, then its graduation, and everyone is off to their respected colleges and universities. Who knows if we will ever see each other again?

Two days before senior prom, I causally mention to Tyler after our track practice that I know which one of the guys I’m going to go to prom with. That after I changed clothes I will let him know. He gave me a look then ask me to wait until tonight to tell them. I ask him why; he just smiled and told he would come over tonight. I think he’s going to ask me to prom!

I was right, he asked me. Tyler and I went to our last prom together and then started dating. But broke up right before I left for college on the other side of the country. We still talk occasionally thanks to Facebook. He still the same Tyler I remember, my Tyler.


If I could invent one thing…

thAQFC4ITCIf you are reading this then it means that you and I are alive in a time where technology is changing at a very rapid speed. Something new is always either being invented, improved upon, upgraded, or altered. As soon as you acquire the most recent (input gadget here) there is a new version released six months later.  There really is no room to be complacent if you are in the technology world or field. It seems that we improve ourselves and our lives at a much faster pace then say, thirty or forty years ago. Of all the cool and new things that is available for the consumer there is one thing we should be anxiously waiting for its released. One thing that I am praying is created, tested and available to the public before my death.

I do not know how many have read or seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story goes, this young boy, Charlie, is from a very poor but good family. Well there is a chocolate factory in his town, own by Willie Wonka, and he is running a contest that whoever buys a Wonka bar and finds a golden ticket can receive a full tour of his chocolate factory. For said town this is exciting news because the factory has been closed to the public for x amount of years.  Anyway Charlie finds a coin, buys a Wonka Bar (a chocolate candy by made by Willie Wonka), and therefore nubs the last golden ticket. He and few other children, along with their adult chaperone, tours the factory. Each child, except Charlie, failed in following the directions and is humorously removed from the building. Charlie ends up making it through the tour and is later gifted the factory. In one of the scenes, a young girl name Violet chews this gum that Mr. Wonka softly warns her is not ready for consumption. The gum Violet chews is amazing!  It has the taste full course meal. She claims to taste a turkey dinner, with cranberry sauce, and ends with a blueberry pie.  After she chews her way to the dessert portion of the meal, the blueberry pie, she begins to balloon with blueberry filling.  Violet then resembles a giant blueberry and has to be roll away and juiced.

What I am most interested in the different flavor gum without the side effects.  That’s what I want. A gum or flavor strip that has the taste of real food but none of the fats and calories. Would not that be amazing? I cannot even count the number of times I wanted to taste something without actually eating it. Just to have that flavor in my mouth. Without feeling full and bloated. How awesome would that be?

Enough with the daydreaming. Who knows when something like that will be available?   You know. However I have great faith in my fellow man, if a person can design a printer with the ability to print flesh, yes you read right flesh, then something like a deliciously flavor gum should be a breeze. I bet this gum actually exist but only the government has access to it.   Something they give to their agents in the field.   Meanwhile I need to get back to work. I have seven apple trees and three shrubs to prune. Not forgetting the cable and brace system, I have to install. These trees are not going to prune themselves.

That just gave me another idea for a new invention. With a little genetic slicing and ingenuity, self-pruning trees.   Well, maybe not. If trees are able to self-prune then I am out of a job and a business. Nope, that one I will keep to myself.