Travel Log: Iejima, Okinawa, Japan

One thing I didn’t do as much of as I would have liked while living in Okinawa was visit the smaller Okinawa Prefecture islands. 2020 was the year!! But then…COVID restricted us to big Oki until our move back to the USA and we missed our chance. For Chris’ 40th birthday in May 2019 weContinue reading “Travel Log: Iejima, Okinawa, Japan”

Teleworking with Kids

If anyone is curious, this is what teleworking with a small kid looks like. On telework days I rarely get much done. I usually set the goal to turn my computer on by lunch…that’s what my work-life has turned into. Not complaining though. I went from 60-80 hour work weeks, 100-150 emails a day, andContinue reading “Teleworking with Kids”

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #4: Birthdays

I love event planning. The most stressful events to plan? My kids’ birthday parties. No joke. Those were more stressful than high-budget events, fundraising events, or events attended by hundreds of people. I wanted it to be perfect for the birthday girl, and also for the other kids, and also for the adults… I’ll startContinue reading “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #4: Birthdays”

Slap Party for All!

You ever just want to slap someone? I know I’m not a the only person who feels that way more often than not. As a Marine, I can tell you that we are actually not a service full of crayon-eating-body-building-dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks meat heads…but there are definitely a few. And they tend to work in billets thatContinue reading “Slap Party for All!”

Snapshot Sunday #4

Our only family trip back to the states while living in Okinawa was in November 2018 and included time at Disney with my family. I love black and white pictures of fireworks! Love others. Love self. Love coffee. #coffewithasideofcowbell #coffeeandcowbell #coffee #momblog #travel #disney #fireworks #photography

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #3

One of my “things” is vacationing. I love to travel, vacation, and staycation. My kids have stayed in more hotels than most adults. Some of that is because of my work, some of that is because we enjoy vacationing. Sometimes you really just need a change of scenery to decompress. Except when you mix myContinue reading “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #3”

The Traveling Boobs #2: Beaches

I wasn’t a huge fan of the beach until living in Okinawa for a few years. I spent more time on the beach my last year in Okinawa than I had my entire lifetime prior. With kids there are new challenges to going to the beach. Mainly sand…in cracks…butt cracks, front cracks, shoe cracks, carContinue reading “The Traveling Boobs #2: Beaches”

Don’t Put the Unicorn in Your Nose!

I spent yesterday afternoon in the ER with my youngest. I’ll give you a hint as to why… Exactly! G shoved a unicorn sticker in her nose and we couldn’t see it anymore. “Where’s the sticker now, G?”*points to center of forehead* “wite he-wa”“And…we’re going to the ER.” My favorite part of the trip wasContinue reading “Don’t Put the Unicorn in Your Nose!”

Milkshakes and Meditation

I’m a few weeks into Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with my doc, working through some trauma from over a decade ago that’s shown it’s ugly head 10-fold the last couple of years. It’s rough. Like I’d-love-to-curl-up-in-a-ball-for-a-few-days-without-moving rough. I can drag myself to appointments because I promise myself a latte at the only Starbucks I knowContinue reading “Milkshakes and Meditation”

The Traveling Boobs #1

One of my greatest accomplishments in life has been nursing my two daughters. Not something I ever thought much of before becoming pregnant with my first. Who wants to think about being a walking, human cow to a chomping, always hungry, amazingly un-empathetic baby? Well, apparently this was totally for me. I nursed Emma forContinue reading “The Traveling Boobs #1”