Month: March 2007

Life…what a ride!

Call me a rebel, but I let my kids ride their bikes without helmets. I let them walk barefoot through grass where (gasp!) there *might* be snakes (hello…there are snakes everywhere in Texas). I let them have trans fats like Oreos and Ding Dongs every once in a while. On occasion, I even let them drink a coke. That’s right, a real coke.

I read something this morning that got me to thinking. Paula Spencer of Newsweek wrote an enlightening article about how “We Protect Our Kids from Everything But Fear.”

I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to grow up experiencing life. How sad is it that some parents are so overly protective of their kids that their kids will NEVER really fully experience what it’s like to be a kid? Take a moment and think back to some of the things you were allowed to do as a kid…for me, it was the little things that made life fun. Plus, I learned some important lessons.

Things like (gasp!) riding in the car with the windows open and my arm waving wilding in the breeze…the force of the wind pushing my arm back and forth…felt like I was FLYING and it taught me about aerodynamics. Drinking a bottled Coke after dumping an entire bag of Planter’s peanuts in the bottom of it. Salt and caffiene…what a combination…taught me chemistry — the mixing of some compounds was a GOOD thing. Swimming in one of the many “creeks” that ran through our South Texas farm…keeping an eye out for snakes improved my reasoning/thinking skills (not to mention coordination) — was that a snake or a stick over there on the bank and did I really want to get close enough to find out?

My biggest fear for my kids is that I’m still not letting them live their lives to the fullest…that they aren’t experiencing enough of the things that will enrich their early years and give them the kind of memories that will last a lifetime.
You can only go on so many vacations and to so many museums and read so many books…those are all great things, but they do not make up for LIVING life full speed ahead. I read a great quote over at Shannon’s blog that Peach left:

“Life is not a journey to the grave with
the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside,
totally worn out & proclaiming
“Wow, What a Ride!” Author unknown

As of today, I’m officially adopting it for our family, and especially for my kids.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy

About 15 minutes after we woke up this morning, both my husband and I were red-faced, breathing heavily, sweating profusely and in dire need of a shower.

I highly recommend starting the day out with your husband this way…with jogging shoes on and dumbells in hand, doing squats and deadlifts. (What did you think I was talking about?) We are so incredibly out of shape…we decided TODAY was the day to do something about it.

I’m going to go take a nap now.

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Date Night on a Budget


Before we had three kids, my husband and I actually went on dates. I’m not sure, but I seem to remember we actually left our eldest in the care of a sitter, or gramma and went OUT of the HOUSE to a RESTAURANT. Alone. Just the two of us. And we talked about our hopes and dreams and goals for the future.

Somewhere along the way, we got lazy and began neglecting our husband/wife relationship and just became mommy and daddy. Our intimacy didn’t just walk out the door…it flew like a bat out of h-e-double-hockeysticks.

Lately, even though we have three kids now, we’ve been making time for us again. We can’t exactly go out on a real date yet (we’re on a budget since we have started our business)…but we have started putting our kids to bed earlier one night a week and watching a movie together, complete with popcorn and snuggling and ear kissing and all the other good stuff that comes with a date. I get all gussied up like we are going on a “real date” and get this? I even shave my legs and wear nice undewear. Remember how you did this when you were dating? Well, it makes a difference in how you feel and how your husband reacts.

Then, we pretend the kids aren’t there and whatever comes after the movie? Well, it’s okay, because, you know…we’ve been married for like EVER.

Head on over to Shannons for more WFMW tips!

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A Perfect 10


My daughter is going through that “awkward” stage that kids at 10 seem to go through. She’s got hair growing in places she’s not comfortable with, her teeth are too big for her mouth, she’s all arms and legs and has that awkward gawky look when she walks…but I think she’s a “Perfect 10”.

The journaling reads: “dreamer, negotiator, caretaker, sister, friend, daughter, intelligent, reader, do-gooder, witty, sarcastic, obedient, beautiful. Even at this awkward stage you are so beautiful to me.”

Thanks for looking! ~Karen

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Daddy Cool-io

Ever heard a Baptist preacher rap? Neither have I. Not successfully, anyway.

Yesterday, my husband was being silly and singing a song to our littlest one “rap style”, complete with the beat and “psssh-pssh-psh-psssh” sounds (really it was more percussion-y) when my son (who was in the kitchen getting a glass of juice) said, “Daddy? You sound like an idiot!”

And THAT’s why he’ll never be on American Idol.

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