Monthly Archives: October 2013

Last week was a doozy! It all started when my husband and two older boys decided it was time to start clearing our property. We own about 6 acres in Newcastle and we’re hoping (fingers and toes crossed) to start building sometime after Christmas. Being the semi-city folk that we are, my boys started hacking away at our property without concern of running into snakes, bobcats, or poison oak. Thankfully they didn’t come face to face with any rattlesnakes or bobcats, but they did run into plenty of poison oak. Two miserable weeks, 1 shot, several bottles of calamine lotion, and a few prescriptions of prednisone later, they are finally on the mend. My husband is a pretty tough cookie, but even he lost sleep over the insane itchiness poison oak bestows.

Thankfully our week ended on a good and exciting note. A few months ago I quietly decided to enter a local pageant (the Miss Auburn Pageant). After weeks of rehearsal and agonizing over my onstage question, I was crowned Ms. Auburn!  The best part of that day wasn’t the crowing or successfully walking across stage without tripping. It was when Jude (my second oldest son) told me how proud he was of me. It was a moment that I will remember and cherish forever.

Needless to say we were exhausted come Sunday. So how does a mother thank her family for dressing up and sitting still for hours when all they want to do is take an oatmeal bath and catch up on Modern Family? With a big pot of comforting ham and potato soup, that’s how! Creamy, full of rosemary and salty ham, this soup was the perfect way to sooth my boys itchy arms and celebrate mom’s unexpected victory!

I consider myself to be a fairly responsible person.

I take my vitamins in the morning, I floss my teeth every night, and I try my hardest to tell my immediate family that I love them everyday.

But sometimes I need to remind myself that I am also adventurous! So when the chance to jump off a cliff into a warm ocean presents itself, I’ll take it. I’ll quickly think twice, say a little prayer, and then…. Geronimo!!

I also need to remind myself that I am fun. When the opportunity to push my way through a crowd of festival goers to better experience all of the confetti and music Girl Talk has to offer, I’ll take it! I might get a little nauseous among the sea of people, and I might feel a little out of place elbow to elbow with a bunch of 20 year olds, but I won’t let that won’t stop me from dancing!

Most of all I need to remind myself that it’s ok to be a little irresponsible every now and then. It’s ok if I decided to stay up past my 10:00pm bed time and it’s ok if I want to hit the snooze button in the morning and skip the gym. It’s ok if I want to have dessert for lunch and it’s definitely ok if I want to have nachos for dinner! Chips, cheese, sour cream, ahhhh irresponsibility taste delicious! Add some roasted butternut squash, chicken, and black beans and you’ll have yourself a well rounded meal. Just don’t let your irresponsible side know!