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How My Heart Aches

For all my moaning about Thanksgiving, it turned out quite nice. Lunch, well, in my opinion, lunch at the Casino near the race track with TVs blaring on every table, was NOTHING like Thanksgiving. And for me, this year,that was what I needed. Because I think if it would have been more like Thanksgiving, I would have been more upset that I wasn't cooking for my family like I had wanted too ( Happy Holidays My ... ) And I miss my family - not just my immediate family, but my grandparents. I'll look at Lil Man and sometimes my heart will just ache because I know they would have loved him so much. And I know they would enjoy the funny antics that we've gone through (and will go through). And I ache that he won't get to know them like I did. And the holidays, well the holidays can make the ache a little deeper. It can make the loss feel a little greater. And it's hard not to let the sadness overwhelm the happiness sometimes. So as most holidays, I shed some tears.

Do You Craft? Pinterest, A Crafter's Heaven and A Non-crafter's Hell

I'm not very 'crafty', but it's a secret desire of mine to be. I was one of those kids (and now one of those adults) who can't cut a straight line. Seriously, I wish I was exaggerating. And then came Pinterest  - sigh - a crafty person's heaven and a non-crafty person's hell. But now that I'm a Mom, I feel even more pressure to try to somewhat be crafty with my son. Just because I can't draw or cut paper properly doesn't mean that he shouldn't get to try it. So I came across these cute (and supposedly simple) ideas. I mean, surely we can't mess these up too much right? I'll have to do a 'follow-up post' once we've attempted to completed some crafts. Do you have some SUPER easy (and I mean SUPER easy) toddler crafts that you've done? If so, share them with me.  For more Christmas craft and gift ideas, check out my "Christmas" board.   Follow Amy Glass Christmas on Pinterest

All It Takes Is Once

Did I mention that two weeks ago, Lil Man got sick, and because of his asthma, and it was a bad chest cold, and his breathing wasn't the best, and he was all off of his sleep schedule and crying because he didn't want to go to his bed, that I caved.. as in... let him get in bed with us. I knew then that we would have repercussions for this, but at the time it just seemed like the best (and easiest) thing to do. (I nsert dramatic music here )  Two weeks later... he's still getting into our bed. At first we had the struggle of him not wanting to go to his bed at all. Finally after a few nights of struggling, we got him to at least start off sleeping in his bed. But every night since that first night he's got in our bed.  Basically if he wakes up, he cries  momma or daddy or both and we go and check on him. He of course wants in our bed. We of course are exhausted so we let him. And at first although it wasn't ideal, at least we could get a little sleep. (Ho

Happy Holidays My ...

Sigh, you might want to grab a cup of coffee, get comfy and settle in for awhile.  And let me start off by saying that I know that I am very blessed. I know that I have a lot to be thankful for, and that there are people in much worse situations than I have ever experienced in my life.  That being said... here goes. Is it just me or do you get sick of being 'sold' on the idea that the holidays are this magical wonderful happy time with no worries or stress? And for some people maybe that's how it is.. but for me.. well that isn't the case. And this year they've started out more stressful than most.  Let's just say, this year I'm not getting what I want. For Thanksgiving, I had preferred to cook for my family. And let me tell you, if one more person says "Well it's just the 3 of you" I may lose it. Yes, it's just the 3 of us. HELLO, that's my family. Hubby, Lil Man and I make up a family of 3. Tell me when 'family'

Zaggora, Have You Heard Of Them?

Zaggora HotPants... have you heard of them?  Zaggora I was intrigued by the idea of wearing clothes that would help me lose weight. So I decided to give Zaggora HotPants a try.  I liked the way that they fit, but the downside is that the material (think wet-suit) that they are made of makes a noise when walking. So I didn't test them out at the gym, although I think I probably would wear them to the gym. I didn't think the noise was that bad. But I've only used them at home.  I used them while walking on the treadmill and strength training. But I also put them on while I was doing housework. And I have to say that as far as 'hot' goes, these pants live up to their name. Within minutes I was sweating. And after wearing them for half an hour, I was drenched by the time that I took them off.  Did I lose tons of inches? Um.. no... but I think true weight lose has to do more with diet than just exercise or wearing certain clothes. Did my stomach fe

Don't Sweat It. Feel The Breeze Of Kulcar

I know with the colder temps moving in, the last thing on your mind is probably a car that's too hot. But I came across something that I wanted to share with you. It's called the Kulcar- Solar Powered Car Ventilator  by Sonray. And it looks like this.  And after checking it out, I've decided it's a pretty cool invention. You simply roll your car window down, place it on the window, open the solar panel, and let the solar car cooler do its work.  And let me tell you, the Kulcar has a powerful fan. Click here to see my video demonstration of the power of this solar-powered car cooler. Sonray's specifications for the Kulcar car cooler state that an average car would have total air replacement in 90 seconds. And I have to say that after my experience with the Kulcar solar car cooler, I totally believe this statement to be true. So this summer as I'm going from place to place with Lil Man, I won't have to worry ab

Toddler Verses Stone Fireplace

Boys will be boys. Lil Man has had a tough time adjusting to the time change. Plus we had some family visit, and it threw off his sleep schedule a little. So after a very long naptime war (which he won), he was an over-tired, over-stimulate unhappy little boy. He was coming down the stairs with Hubby when he lunged forward and went head first into the stone fireplace. And this was the result.  He's ok, but it was scary. And then the same day that he fell, he came down with a head/chest cold that night. We wound up taking him to an Urgent Care clinic to get checked out. With his asthma I didn't want to take any chances.  But you know how it is when little ones are sick... so we've had very little sleep the last few days. I ran my 2nd Marathon this past Sunday (and it didn't go well. I Gave Up During My Second Marathon)   So the fact that he has napped today (the first nap in SEVERAL days) has truly been a blessing. :) 

There Are Times You Can't Stop The Tears, No Matter How Hard You Try

I am convinced that there are some hurts that never heal - that there are some pains that never fully go away - that you will love people who will in the end leave you - that people will judge as if it is your fault they left you when the truth is they left you , not the other way around. There will be times that you can't stop the tears, no matter how hard you try. There will be times that you have to push the thoughts away and keep moving forward because if you let yourself get sucked into the black hole of darkness known as the pain and hurt it will suck you in and ultimately destroy the good that is currently in your life.  And people will pry. People will put on a caring persona and ask "What's up with so and so? You mean you don't talk to her anymore?" Some are sincere. Some are just fishing for gossip - most people like to hear a dramatic story of how you once had a family who was a part of your life - and now they are no more. Living but dead. 

Do You Ever Run Away?

Shhhhh... don't tell anyone... but I'm hiding in the basement. Relax, Hubby is home with Lil Man so he's ok . I quietly took my cup of coffee, and stealthy crept down the basement steps. My to-do list is overflowing for today. I really need to get started, but my family is more of a 'slow' starter type of family. I can feel the pressure and stress mounting, and all I wanted was a bacon biscuit from Hardees. I know. Silly right.. but I'm just craving one. However, Hubby nixed that idea. And I could feel my frustration rising.  So I slipped downstairs to get some work done, watch a silly comedy On Demand, and take some deep breathes.  Do you ever quietly slip away for a few moments just to breath?