Thursday, April 11, 2013

Restarting...

If you look at this blog you're probably thinking "wow, never updates".  You'd be right.  I started this blog years ago and then merged with my pal Andrea.  We began Mommy Confessions blog and had a 4 plus year run.  We had great stats, contacts and had a lot of fun.  However, it was also a lot of work.  Too much at times.  So, at the end of last year, we officially called it quits.  We fulfilled obligations and walked away.  It's been easy and difficult all rolled into one.

For me, I've missed having a place to write.  A place to vent my frustrations.  A place to write silly stories about the kids.  A place to just...write.

That being said, I went through and cleaned up this blog.  Deleting a lot.  I mean, who wants to read about what my family was eating in 2008?  Not me!  I kept a few posts mostly for posterity.  They are reminders of my kids when they were little.

I hope you have fun reading the *new* old blog.  I can't promise to post daily because that's just too much for me and my busy life.  However, I will post.

Thanks!
K.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Kandi's Confessions


I know it's been a while since I've posted.  I'll be honest, I've been on serious burn out mode for a while.  When we started blogging, I had lots to post about.  It was fun.  However, as time has passed it was becoming more of an obligation.  A job without a paycheck, so to speak.  While that's fine for most of the time, I got a serious case of burn out.  I've had nothing to say or exciting for a while.  My apologies for not being here, but I hope you all understand.  It was nice to not have to think about what I/we were posting for a while.  It made my schedule a little more flexible and I liked that.

Anyway, here are my confessions for the week.


  • I've been pretty busy this week.  Except yesterday.  Yesterday CS and I took a 3 1/2 hour nap.  That hasn't happened for a long time!

  • I have had a friend on my mind a lot this week.  She is about to experience a loss and will need strength to get through it.

  • I've been having pregnancy dreams.  You know, the ones that are really vivid but make no sense whatsoever?  Yeah, those.  No, I'm not pregnant.

  • Chuck and I have been spending the last 6 months or so really focusing on ourselves.  Not the kind of focus where we change our hair or diet or anything like that.  The kind where we are spending time together just talking.  We were both very tired of the "living in the same house but not really communicating" thing.  I can say without a doubt that this is the closest we've been in a long time.  The best part, it trickles down.  The kids are behaving better.  The house is in decent order.  We actually have time to do things.  We've become the team we used to be, but had allowed to slip by the wayside.  Not happening again.  We are back on equal footing and it's going to stay this way.

  • We're trying to decide whether to get a XBox Kinect or Wii for the 'family gift' this holiday season.  I see the pros and cons of each but it's really going to come down to money.  I can't see spending oodles of money on something that we are going to limit to a couple of hours per week.  That just seems wasteful.  While we love our electronics, we aren't attached to them.  No playing on games for hours on end in our house.  Feel free to share your opinion!

  • We will be putting up the Christmas decorations this weekend.  Call me crazy, but I don't rush this holiday.  There is an actual reason for it, not just gifts and shopping.  Nothing goes up in our house until December 1.  Until then, we are focused on fall and giving thanks.  A month of thankfulness doesn't end just because Thanksgiving is over.

  • Since my "break" from blogging, I've been spending more time with people one on one.  It's been really great and I've even added a few new organizations and causes to spend time on.  I have to something for me.  I can't spend all my time cleaning, cooking, shuttling and taking care of the kids.  I need time to do things that I enjoy.  After all, this is showing my girls that Mommy has a life outside of "Mom-land".  It's important for me to show them that.

  • We've had all 3 of the kids conferences recently.  All are above average and excelling.  I'm so thankful for terrific teachers and the ability to be involved in the kids schools.

Well, I think that's it.  If you have an opinion on the whole XBox/Wii thing, let me know!  Have a super weekend everyone!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kandi's Confessions



As I'm sitting down to write these my house is full of laughter and silliness.  I'm watching a sweet friends two little boys.  They are the sweetest, most polite little men I know!  I love having them over to play!

Here's my confessions:


  • I am thinking of getting my hair colored today.  I want to add some auburn highlights.  Since I was outside so much this summer my hair was highlighted by the sun.  My natural highlights are auburn and a little golden blonde.  Sadly, they are growing out and I want them to stay.  So, off to the stylist I will go!

  • We just found out this morning that hubs boss is leaving her job for a new one.

  • I have been a total house bound person this week.  I got a lot of cleaning done though.  That's a good thing!

  • I cleaned out the garage last Sunday.  Yes, I said I did it.  Chuck was cleaning out the gutters and preparing the yard and such for winter.  I think I may actually be able to fit the van in there once we hang all the bikes up.  That. would. rock.

  • I bought myself a pair of 5 inch heels for our date night this weekend.  Yes, I realize I may break my ankle.  I've been 'breaking them in' all week long.  Which is why I cleaned the house.  Things look a LOT different from 5 inches higher.  :)

  • I'm going to be very honest here.  Writing just isn't as easy to do anymore.  I used to love to write little stories about the kids or life.  However, as the kids are getting older, my life is getting busier.  It's hard to sit and write.

  • The two year old that's hanging out at my house today is hilarious!  I mean it.  He's the funniest kid ever and he doesn't even realize it.  I just spent the last 10 minutes playing "this little piggy" with him.  I haven't laughed that hard in a while!

Well, I think that's it.  I wish you all a good weekend and if you're local, go check out Family Friendly Cincinnati.  They have all sorts of holiday fun posts right now!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My kids are readers.



We have this 'issue' in our house.  Well, technically it's not an issue.  It's just what we do.  We read.  We read a lot.  Each of kids has their own, rather big, collection of books.  There are bookshelves in every room, including the playroom.  We have a reading issue.  :)

All this reading has led to some success for our family.  We recently found out that A has the highest reading score in the entire 2nd grade (at her school).  You should have seen her beam when her teacher told us about it.  Out of our three kids, she is the avid reader.  She loves Junie B. Jones, the Rainbow Magic Fairies and is really getting into the Magic Treehouse series of books.  Non-fiction is a big hit with her as well.  Right now she's reading about the American Revolution.  Books (and soccer) are her things.

Our little man is a great reader as well.  I'm especially happy for this.  He has been able to read since he was about 3 1/2 or 4, but he never really liked to do it.  He would rather have a book read to him than to read it himself.  Now, he's found a couple of book series that he really likes.  Bad Kitty is his new favorite followed closely by the George Brown series.  He loves both of these series because they are funny!  He reads some pages to us each night before bed and, I can't lie, I have laughed at more than I probably should have.  There is just something hilarious about a 6 year old reading about a 'super burp'.

Then there's CS.  She loves anything Barbie or Princess related.  Go figure right?  Although, she did get to do something super special recently.  A while back I wrote about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and what it meant to our family (read about that here).  Sadly, CS graduated out of the program last month when she turned 5.  She was sad that she wouldn't be getting any more books in the mail.  Then we got a call from our local community foundation.  They are the ones responsible for bringing the library to local kids.  Anyway, they were calling families who had kids that were just graduating out of the program.  We happened to be home and answered the phone.  Cool!

The foundation invited us to join them in celebrating the distribution of the 50,000 book to area children.  They ask if we would allow CS to be the honorary 50,000 book recipient.  Excited and humbled were what I was feeling.  The night of the event, CS turned on the charm.  They ask for her to come onto the stage and receive a few gifts.  One of which was the cutest books shelf with train bookends.  It is adorable (I still need to find a permanent place for it).  She also received autographed copies of two of our families favorite books (btw, I'm not just saying that, we actually LOVE these two books and I was elated when she was presented them).  LadyBug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis and David Soman and Otis by Loren Long were the books she was given.  There were other gifts as well, like a bag to carry books to and from the library and a Shakespurr stuffed animal.  Shakespurr, a lion, is our local library's mascot.

The thing is, other than encourage and read to the kids, we haven't really been too strict on what they can and can't read.  We have allowed them to find their own way into the love of reading.  In my opinion, as long as they are reading, it doesn't matter if it's a comic book, classic, or a book about a super burp.  Reading is reading and reading is great!  Now, if I could just get those Kindles that A and I want......LOL.  Christmas is coming correct?

Do you encourage reading in your house?  How do you do so?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kandi's Confessions ~~ The 'oh snap it's Monday' edition



Okay everyone.  I'm not going to even sugar coat it.  I just haven't been in the mood to write lately.  It's not for lack of things to say or write about.  It's that instead of writing about life, I've been out living it.  In other words, it's been busy around here.  It's only going to get a little busier as the holiday season fully kicks off.  Although, I'm not one of those people who rushes Christmas.  I wait until Thanksgiving has come and gone to put up the tree or any type of decoration.  Call me weird, but I think that big ole turkey deserves his season as well.  :)

So, here's my confessions.


  • I have 2 posts to write for this week.  Both are product reviews and I'm really excited about them both.

  • Last week was exhausting.  Mentally.

  • Fall festival was held at A's school last week.  It was a lot of fun and reminds me of why I'm thankful I'm not the PTO President.  I do not want that kind of pressure.

  • Ren's soccer team came in 2nd place in our area tournament last weekend.  This weekend we headed to Cincinnati for the state soccer tournament.  His team lost in the first round, but I'm so happy for those boys.  They played a great season.  Thankfully, Ren has decided to officially hang up his cleats and retire from soccer.

  • I've had conferences for two of the three kids at their schools.  Both are doing very well and are well above where they should be.  I'm thankful we took time when they were small(er) to read to them, teach them, and make education a priority.

  • Chuck lost his grandfather over the weekend.  He was a sad, but he didn't really know him.

  • The crazy part about the loss of his grandfather was his Mom's confusion.  She called and told him on Saturday and then mentioned she wasn't going to the services.  Chuck ask why and she didn't really give an answer.  That wasn't enough for me and when I ask her she said it was because he passes last week and had already been buried.  Then we find out that no, his grandfather actually passed on Friday and services are this week.  His Mom's confusion is getting worse and worse.  Heck, she hadn't even mentioned the passing to Chuck's brother, with whom she shares a home.  I want to step in so badly, but don't feel it's my place.

  • This morning I'm quite thankful that we started the 3 gifts for Christmas rule when the kids were smaller.  I've already heard people complaining about their kids having the "I wants".  Mine have them too, but more defined.  They know exactly what they want and have already made ti known.  Now to figure out how to get the money to pay for it.  LOL.  The have expensive tastes this year.

  • I have been fighting the urge to be a snarky biotch lately.  It's a mind of mouth game.  The mind is winning right now.

  • Ren's behavior has been awful lately.  We aren't sure what to do.  I think we need to go back to therapy, but our new insurance makes it impossibly expensive.  Like $100 a visit expensive.  That may not seem like a lot until you factor in that he was going weekly and A was going to help with her short term memory loss.  Our monthly bill could easily be $600 a month.  That's a lot!  Insurance makes me crazy (and I've been on the 'professional' side of this issue too and it's just as frustrating from their point of view).

  • In other news, A starts going to the orthodontist in January.  This should be fun.

  • Chuck told Ren the other day that if he didn't brush his teeth better that his teeth would fall out.  Well, he lost a baby tooth a day or two after this chat and got very upset.  On the plus side, he brushed his teeth better than usual the rest of the week.  (Side note:  We allow our kids to brush their teeth on their own and use a timer to make sure they are brushing for an adequate amount of time.  We then go and 'check' their teeth.  We want them to learn good habits and the skills to do it themselves, but we also want to assure they have clean mouths and teeth).

Well, I think that's all for today.  I wish you all a good week!