My Three Kiddos

Sharing a bit about my three kids seems fitting for my third post. These are my 3 favorite kids, and 3 is also my favorite number – probably because threes have always been prevalent around me.

In my family I’m the 3rd girl; 3rd child; born on the 3rd day of the week, on the 3rd day of the year – which I’ve always thought was cool.

My husband is also the 3rd child in his family. Now we have 3 of our own, on loan for the next decade or so.

Yeah, I kind of planned out that part. I particularly like having three kids instead of 2 or 4 because we can’t clump them into pairs for ease of organization or referencing. Some think that makes it harder, but I think it makes it easier to see their individual qualities shining through, which makes it easier for me to understand them and to work with them.


So, here is a bit about our three kiddos.


First, we have our 3rd grader, Duncan. He’s 9, was born in Illinois, and makes faces mostly like this:

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Some of his favorite things are:

– Monday Night Family Tea Time in his bedroom (that he invented)

– Minecraft, Portal and watching Stampy play Minecraft on Youtube

– Sword fighting and Lego building with his sisters

– Making incredibly long up-side-down videos of random things

– Detailed planning of his lunches, weekend activities, and inventions

– Helping me make soup from scratch

– Writing in his BOY diary, and conversations through notes

– Soaking up his weekend freedoms

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Foods Duncan loves include: Chamomile tea with honey, Apples, Mini Bell Peppers, Super Greens, All-things Sweet, Every Fresh Fruit in Existence, Frozen-solid Berries (but not frozen berries that have been brought to room temperature), Meat, Spaghetti, Carrots, Very Hot Salsa, and Ancient Blend Smoothies (his creation).

Foods Duncan doesn’t like include: Macaroni, Hot Dogs, Kale chips, Celery, and Cheese (except extra sharp cheddar in isolation OR with Broccoli cheese soup that we make together from scratch).



Then we have our 2nd grader, Fiona. She’ll be 7 in a few weeks, was born in Virginia, and is usually posing like this:

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Fiona’s favorite things are:

– Reading

– Painting

– Writing plays

– All things that include Intense MOVEMENT

– Improv. Singing and Song Writing

– Loudly Laughing at anything Remotely Funny

– Learning New Crafts on YouTube (while spreading craft supplies all over the house)

– Helping me make Waffles, Cookies, and anything Sweet.


Foods Fiona likes: Salad without dressing, Anything Sweet, Frozen berries (heated up), Veggie Straws, Broccoli, Fresh Kale, Avocados on Toast, Tomatoes, Cheese, Hot Dogs, Macaroni.

Foods Fiona doesn’t like: (Hazel’s favorite) Hexagon Multigrain Crackers, Kale chips, Most of My Soups, Poke-the-Yolk Eggs (aka eggs over easy).



And last we have our Kindergartner, Hazel. She’s 5, was born in North Carolina, and tends to ham it up like this:

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Hazel’s favorite things are:

– Playing Dead Man on the Trampoline

– Playing Minecraft and Wipe Out on the PS3

– Cuddling up on us like a Cat

– Gardening and Digging in the Dirt

– Hiking and Bringing Pieces of Nature into the House

– Completing her Weekly Homework Packet on Mondays

– Tediously Organizing her Supplies (but she claims to not like organizing)

– Helping us Make Dinner

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Foods Hazel likes: Kale Chips, Multigrain Crackers with Cheese, PB&J, Chocolate-Almond Milk, Tortilla Chips, Ancient Blend Smoothies, Fruits, Celery, Avocados on Toast, Walnuts with Chocolate Chips, Anything Sweet.

Foods Hazel doesn’t like: Meat (except bacon), Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, and usually Dinner. (She’ll get there.)



Here they are waiting for Hazel to get on her school bus in Washington.

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They’ve made me a better life. A harder-working better life.

Next time, I’ll tell you a bit about me and my husband, Russ.


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All About This Blog

You know when you’re driving in the car on your way to work, or to the airport, or just to run those mundane errands, and it’s pretty drab? You turn on the radio to bring something pleasant into the atmosphere and it lifts you up, even just slightly.

That’s what I want my blog to be about – a little mood lifter that puts a bit of pleasantness into the online atmosphere.

Granted, my output here wont be relevant or appealing to everyone who tunes in, just like certain music genres and styles of artwork aren’t favored by everyone. I am here for those who like this style, and those who want to branch out from their usual tastes.

Things you’ll probably find here include all of the following:

Family life
Wood Working
Slick Deals

Later I may add to this list, but you get the gist. You can note that I’m not particularly interested in writing about style, fashion, politics, religion, celebrities, TV, music, sports, (except the Olympics!) careers, or how hard life is. I think those things have too many idiosyncrasies attached to them, and tend to cause a polarization among people with various temperaments and living circumstances. When humanity learns how to manage its collective ego then maybe those topics will be more uplifting for me to write about.

Everyone of us has a unique way of enhancing our surroundings. We effect some directly, and others through a trickle. But we all effect each other in the end. I think that’s how we progress :)

So here’s to progress!

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Today is my first post on a publicly view-able website. It’s been a long time coming. I’m glad to finally be here!

First I’d like to say thank you to all the people out there who’ve taken the time and effort to share their experiences and expertise online. I find it brave. It’s also helped me learn and grow in this digital era.  I think through writing, photos and videos it’s easy to see who people are and how they do various things across different platforms of life. It brings me joy knowing that no matter how far away someone is in physical form, they can still be reached and understood with a few clicks of a button, if they want to be connected.

I wish I was an artist who could express herself through beautiful drawings, or a musician who could play soulful music. But for me now, it’s writing, sharing photos and sharing videos that help me connect and communicate with others. It took me a long time to accept that it’s OK to be a person who’s thoughts flow clearer when alone, rather than in the company of others. Many other people are the same. It’s the little rebel inside me that wants to push against what I’m like. But as I age, I’m becoming more comfortable accepting how I best function. Maybe slowly, through that acceptance, I will unlock my other skills. And if not, at least I’ll still have some inner peace.

Anyway. From now on my goal is to be here, sharing with you bits of me and my family every week. It would make my day if you’d share bits of yours, in the comments, when you have time and are inspired to do so.

Until next time, have a lovely week!

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