Monthly Archives: March 2010

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Our Sweet Baby S turns 1 tomorrow! I can hardly believe it. She has grown so, so fast…here’s a little photo documentation of her first year:

Newborn:

Month 1:

Month 2:

Month 3:

Month 4:

Month 5:

Month 6:

Month 7:

Month 8:

Month 9:

Month 10:

Month 11:

Month 12:

As you can tell from the pictures, S is a truly a joy-filled-snuggly-pie
and we love her lots!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY GIRL! ๐Ÿ™‚

We Came…We Saw…We Geocached

Looking for a fun, family-friendly activity? Well, I say…try Geocaching!

Ever heard of it?

I first got wind of it a few weeks ago on Barb’s blog, and thought it sounded pretty neat. M got wind of it somewhere too, and before you know it, we had made plans to go Geocaching for my birthday!

So what exactly is it? Well, according to the official website’s definition:

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

To put it simply, people (anyone who wants to, really) hide little containers in various outdoor locations (parks, forests, etc.), and log the exact coordinates into the website along with perhaps a hint or two. Then whoever wants to find one goes to the website, enters their zip code to find a nearby geocache, and then heads offย  to try and find it, using a hand held GPS.

Each Geocache contains some paper and maybe a pencil, along with perhaps a trinket or two to trade. Once you find the Geocache, you log that you found it on the piece of paper, trade a trinket (if you’d like), and then return the Geocache to it’s hiding spot for the next person to find.

Oh, and you are supposed to be rather stealth as you search. In fact, anyone unsuspecting bystanders are referred to as “Muggles”, which I think is totally awesome (which, I guess, you will only get if you are familiar with Harry Potter :)).

Ok, so, I know. It kinda reeks of nerdiness. But, come on…

…does this not sound super fun to anyone else?!?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, we spent much of last Saturday up in Stillwater, trying our hand at it, followed by a bit of time in another suburb. We found 5 of the 7 we were looking for, and, seriously, it was a lot of fun. Here’s me & the first Geocache I found (and my nerdy hat). I was kind of excited:

M found the next one:

and look at the view from where we found it:

(one of the coolest things about this hobby is it gets you exploring outdoor locations you may not have known about otherwise)

Finally, here’s a picture of my favorite find. We literally spent 1/2 hour in the same spot looking for this stinking thing when, -gasp- I FOUND IT!

The craziest part is that there are geocaches everywhere. But you’d never know it until you try to find them!

So the next time you’re in a park and you see an ordinary looking stone retaining wall…

…look a little closer…

…you might just find…

…a GEOCACHE!

Melting Chocolate, Facebook Defriending & Other Insecurity Issues

Tonight I went to LeeAnn Chin’s to pick up a little take-out goodness for the fam. As I was checking out, the cashier kindly handed me the plastic bag of food along with a small, covered clear plastic cup containing my son’s chocolate-covered fortune cookie. As I started to place the cookie-cup into the bag with the rest of the food, the cashier stopped me, saying “Ma’am, you might want to put that into your purse โ€” the chocolate melts“.

Well, that makes no sense, I thought, then smiled and explained gently “Well, if the chocolate is going to melt, I think I’d rather have it in the bag with my food than have it melt in my purse! Hahahaha….”. I laughed kindly. Poor girl must be nervous and just not thinking clearly, I thought. The girl muttered some kind of affirmative comment and gave me a faint smile. I smiled back, wished her a good day, took my food and left.

As my husband and I later split our son’s chocolate covered cookie* (* don’t judge; he didn’t know it came with his meal! And he’s not into chocolate covered fortune cookies, anyway. Plus he got some Oreos.), I relayed the story to him.

“Isn’t it weird that the girl told me I should put the cookie in my purse because the chocolate melts?”, I wondered aloud,ย  “I mean, if the chocolate was going to melt, wouldn’t it be better for it to be in the bag with the food than in my purse?!”

My husband looked at me oddly. Lovingly, but oddly. “Well I’m sure she was thinking that the heat of the food would melt the chocolate…”.

I stopped and thought. Oh. Right.

“Hmm. That probably explains the odd smile she gave me when I said that to her.” I said quietly.

“You said that to her?!”

“Yep…here I was thinking that she said something stupid, when all along she surely knew that *I* was the one….ahhhh!”. I could barely bring myself to finish the sentence.

Normally, this wouldn’t bother me. Not that this bothers me that much, but…well, it’s just kind of irking me, because…you see, I tend to say silly little things like this a lot. A. LOT. I’m not always what you would call the sharpest tool in the shed. I don’t talk a whole lot, but when I do talk I find that silly/awkward/ignorant things tend to come out of my mouth, and I get alot of those “faint smile” kinds of looks like the girl at LeeAnn Chin’s gave me……….

Hi, my name is N, and I’ve got some insecurity issues. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just a few. OK, a lot. If insecurities were plants, I could open up a greenhouse full of them. Lots of different kinds, in all kinds of varieties, with all kinds of roots (the largest of which is pride). I’ve had them as long as I can remember…but guess what. I’m discovering I’m not the only one! Case in point:

A few days ago I discovered that I had been (gasp) defriended by a couple of people on Facebook. They didn’t delete their accounts โ€” they defriended me. People I KNOW. In REAL LIFE! Truly, it didn’t bother me that much. OK, a little. OK, probably a tiny bit more than it should…but not THAT much. Really. People have reasons they defriend people…totally their right to…whatever. Still โ€” it piqued my curiosity, and in one of those “posting status updates without thinking” moments, I posted a little status, wondering if this kind of thing makes anyone else self-conscious. Oh my goodness โ€” I got quite a little response! Replies to the status and a message or two. Turns out other women have noticed this kind of thing โ€” felt a little burned by it โ€” some have been more than a little hurt by it.

Insecurity runs rampant, doesn’t it? It comes in many forms and can be debilitating in so many ways.

How timely that this book just came out. I first saw the title alone a few weeks ago, and immediately decided I would read it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m in the middle of it now, and so far, it is wonderful. It is hitting the nail right on the head for me right now โ€” even in some unexpected ways. It’s not about falling victim to insecurity โ€” it’s about turning to the Lord for help in kicking it squarely in the tail. Adios. Anyway, if you are a woman feeling ruled by your insecurities, I’d check it out. You can read more about it here.

Anyone else battling this stuff? What has helped you wave bye-bye to your insecurities?