A Picture’s Worth…

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

I know what they say about pictures, but a lot of times the photos I take come up way short– Hike won’t be smiling just right or my neck will be craning in some odd direction and I’ll know that really, that’s not what our life was like right then. But sometimes a picture captures it all. And that is what happened last night. Here is the picture:


To the untrained eye, this might just look like a messy baby. But let me deconstruct this for you.

For a (crucial) brief period yesterday, my phone stopped working. During this non-functioning episode I received three phone calls. One from daycare and two from my husband. All looking for me. All needing me to pick up my son who had been (inaccurately, I believe) diagnosed with Chicken Pox.

Needless to say, I missed all these calls. By the time I figured out I was missing calls, my phone afforded me only a few snippets of information about the situation before shutting off completely. Just enough information to throw me into a tizzy and send me fleeing like a crazy lady to my baby’s daycare. Upon my hasty arrival, I found out that Hiram had already been picked up by Brad and (I imagined) was likely soaking in a warm pox-coaxing bath while my husband sat holding for the nurseline.

I called Brad on the daycare’s landline and he told me in a most soothing voice that Hiram was fine and to just come on home. So I did.

I came home to a good spirited husband and equally (if not more) good spirited son. Both hot. Both hungry. (One with little spots on his legs that my trusty baby manual suggested I circle for ease of observation.)

Both wondering what I had planned for dinner. Which was salmon. Grilled. On the grill outside that was still stone cold.

Frozen dinner Indian? I suggested.

Brad agreed to this but since Indian is still a little too spicy for Hike, I decided to give him rice with baby food on top and a side of tomatoes. (Delish!) 20 minutes later…ah da! as Hike would say. We were ready to eat.

And so we did. We at a good dinner. We ate quietly. Each of us snarfing our food in a world all our own. Brad and I enjoyed our frozen Indian food and Hiram enjoyed using a spoon to smear his rice and veggie puree all over himself.

He also enjoyed putting heirloom tomato in his hair.

And as I cleaned up after my baby, I knew this mess was the non-chicken pox’s fault.

Where are they now?

  • Hadley is incessantly checking her phone and hoping like the devil she’s right about the non-chicken-pox diagnosis.
  • Brad is working double time to make up for lost time.
  • Hike is back at daycare. He’s not crabby or feverish or itchy. But he still has circles drawn all over his leg “for ease of observation”

The Paint-a-thon Continues

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

I finished this weekend feeling quite proud of us. We almost finished painting our house. And we have a plan for finishing the rest before our day at the fair on Thursday.

We also rode our bikes to Megan’s house for a BBQ. Luckily we rode our bikes because when we got there we ate like P-I-G-S. It was hard to resist all the uber delish food and snacks.

Megan has the best front porch ever.

And, on top of that, I made myself a “dream to-do” list of things I neglected to finish on Friday (see last Friday’s post for an example of just how motivated I was) and I actually did most of the things on that list. You know what they say about momentum? It begets momentum. So my plan is to ride this little wave until it crashes…


The Friday Slide.

August 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

If I wasn’t so stubborn, I’d let my blog post slide today. It’s gorgeous outside and it’s Friday.

But. I am stubborn. And it’s not 5 p.m. yet. So here’s something I’ve been mulling over myself for the past few days.


It’s quite long but worth the read– especially if you’re a mama too. Enjoy and happy Friday.

The Big Boy Chair

August 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hiram is working on transitioning to the toddler room at daycare. According to his teacher, here are the things he needs in order to demonstrate his readiness:

  • Closed toed shoes
  • The ability to take a nap after lunch
  • The ability to eat while sitting at a table (not a high chair)

Obviously, Hike is nothing if not advanced, so I knew this would be no trouble for him. But me? I don’t know.

Today when I dropped him off it was already time for breakfast. The other kids in the infant room sat in their high chairs but Hiram had his own table and chair to practice eating from.  He walked right over, sat in the chair and looked at me like, “what are you still doing here mom?”

“Bye bye!” I said as I walked towards the door. He smiled. He waved back. I walked a few more steps and turned around again (to see if he was still OK, you know?)

“Bye bye!” he said.

The Rejection Infomercial

August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

For the next two minutes, I’m going to talk about how you (yes you!) can use the powerful tool of rejection to save money, make friends and get your foot in any professional door! 

Here’s what my satisfied customer had to say:

The hardest part was thinking of things to ask for! — Hadley

I couldn’t believe it! They just kept saying yes! Yes! Yes! — Hadley

I’m going to try to get rejected over and over again! – Hadley

OK, but seriously. As you know, my goal during the month of August was to get rejected five different times. I came up a little short but learned a very important lesson which is: ask for things.  

I might be the last one to figure this out (I blame the Minnesota in me as the reason this little revelation took 33 years to materialize) but now that I know it, I’m a believer. In just the first month, doing this one tiny little thing has resulted in a savings for my family of more than $230 and meetings with people I was thoroughly expecting to give me the diss.

It’s true. I also got my heart broken a few times. But since I’m obsessed with goals, I got way more consolation than I probably should have from the fact that each rejection “counted” towards my monthly quota. You guys have got to try this.

Longest, First, Most, Best.

August 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

It’s the end of summer which inevitably leads to an intensification of things, but this past weekend took the cake when defined by words that end in “s-t”.

It was family reunion time for the group united by my mom’s parents. I know most people groan after the words “family” + “reunion” but I think these events are a total hoot. The kids are cute. The adults are cool. It’s an s-t weekend to the m-a-x.

Longest: Hike endured two 7+ hour car rides (one to Iowa and one back)

First: Hike slept in a tent for the first time ever. He seemed to love it and aside from his big wide eyes the first night, you would never have known he hadn’t done it before. 

Most: Thanks to a highly competitive family baking contest, I widened the loophole in my “one-sweet-per-day” rule to include the most calories in one (plate of) sweet(s) ever.

Best: As in, we had the best time.

Thanks Kuhl family! We’re already looking forward to next year.

Four Down, Eight to Go

August 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

It’s August 23, which means it’s business recap day. I have all kinds of weekend updates too, but those are going to have to wait so that my accountability (as it relates to these important metrics) will remain “maintained.”  

Also, I made some improvements to my report format which I think you will L.O.V.E. because how exactly, can you resist reviewing my monthly progress “at-a-glance”?  

We can start with income, which might look like trouble but doesn’t have me too worried. I am not counting any Commemorate the Date sales until the paintings actually ship. 






(There is quite a bit more to say re: the BLI. Stay tuned for the Rejection Report later this week.) 

 Plus, a few things I am particularly proud of: 

  • Attending the Children’s Book Writing workshop at the Loft
  • Commemorate the Date = Momentum = Yahoo!
  • Finishing that blasted 50 mile bike ride to Excelsior
  • Two nights of camping in a tent with Hiram (and Brad, of course) (tune in tomorrow for the deets)

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