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I think I fell off the plant. Or at least slipped out of the bloggersphere like I was slipping on….. Because you know we age faster then our children! Of course so many things have happened and changed over the last while since the last time I graced this blog with my ever flowing words of nonsense and wisdom! Yes, I said wisdom! Too many things to try to relay to you in detail so bullet points seem to be the best option.
But really I want to find my words again. A place that surrounds me like the warm fuzzy blanket that I like to steal from my daughter. April 12th, under Gun Safety , Pondering. Let me take you back to when I was a kid.
Ok, maybe more of a more grown up kid. Still a kid in a grown ups body with huge expectations of the future, no idea how much work it would take to realize those dreams, and how fast I would refocus those dreams to include time for chocolate cake and the Lifetime channel. I lived about 45 minutes from this amazing place and, to my family, it was one of the best things that happened to us all.
So many memories were shared there… all of them good. Hay we are human and all female… Need I say more? She seemed so tiny swimming along side her massive mother during all the shows, sometimes mimicking the jumps the other whales would do. Another great attraction that Sea World San Antonio had back then, and they still have, was concerts.
Close enough to the stage to see the great artists but far enough away to not get smushed by the crowd. We would take turns hanging out on the map while the others in our group would go walking around and enjoying the sites and sometimes hitting the penguin hut for a little shade and relief from the heat.
We saw some of the greats there, at least on the country music side of great. And many, many others. It would have been nice to say I saw them when they were just an opener. How cool would that make me?? Sea World San Antonio still carries an exciting concert schedule every year and even though the big painted map is gone, with Celebration Cove sitting in its place, my memories of that time in my life will never fade.
To check out some of their upcoming events including concerts and other special events check out this LINK. In between seeing all the wonderful aquatic shows and waiting the endless hours till the concerts would start another great place we would visit was the Boardwalk. Its still there too after all these years! My mom won that one to the mortification of the man!!
He was a cocky SOB till my mom walked up. With my boy friend of 5 years in tow Yes, 5 years or so with the same guy. I was in luuubbb. He was a pro and could usually knock over all three bottles with one bag. He played baseball in high school. Almost every time we would go he would knock round after round of bottles over winning me little stuffed animals that I eventually upgraded for bigger prizes.
And the large prizes of choice were stuffed penguins!!! By the time we finally broke up years later I had an entire penguin family. And all those years of visiting the park, and seeking out some air conditioning, has also instilled a lifetime love When I say love I mean squealing like a school girl, giggling, jumping up and down like an embarrassing freak in public when I see one type of love.
I remember practically living in the penguin hut staring longingly at them as they would dart in and out of the water. Looking for the one little guy that was the spunkiest and naming him Fred. In between racing from stadium to stadium to make sure we saw each show we would always make time to stop in and see the penguins…several times a day.
That is where my life long love of penguins started and its never dwindled. April 20th, under Sea World San Antonio. And I will never fall for one of those ridiculous schemes. And I use UPS, like half of the free world. Could it be real?
But in the past I have received some pieces of spam that have used official looking postal signatures and they turned out to be phishing scams. So I did what every soul with a smart phone should do. I turned off my WIFI and clicked on the link. And there they were! If you see an email that looks like this one I would just delete it for safety.
If you have a package coming it will arrive without you risking your personal information to find a tracking number. Also, for those of you who use Outlook, you may want to be sure the email is properly deleted and not sitting in your saved trash mailbox. March 25th, under Inbox Wonders. I want to take you all back to a little adventure that I was blessed with way, way, way back in November of So ya, a LONG time ago.
But you see, in my defense…. That November I received an invitation to spend the night, slumber party style, with a group of women that at the time were all strangers.
The only thing we all had in common was that we were moms and for some reason we caught the attention of SeaWorld San Anton i o and the wonderful founders of The Motherhood CooperMunroe and EmilyMcKhann to take a walk on the Wildside!
This was such a surprise, and talk about scary…spending the night with strangers…snoring…snorting…and all the other icky things people do…or I might do…while sleeping. But as it turned out sleep was the last thing that occurred that night.
We met armed with only a guest list full of names and twitter handles, and many questions and doubts about how the night would go. And then we started talking…and laughing…and finding in each other many, many things in common. From parenthood, husbands, and blogging aka. The only three things that we needed in life up to that point had brought us together. As we entered the park it was decided that from that point on we were the wildside Hotties!
That night we started our after hours tour in the Coral Reef where I made a big hit with my Twitter post wondering if we were having sushi for dinner. I was starting to get that gut wrenching feeling that I just burst my bubble. They understood the humor behind what I was saying!! After seeing some of the most wonderful displays of aquatic life and some really sharp teeth on the sharks we continued our after hours SeaWorld tour.
Apparently she is the matriarch of the group and saw some familiar friends in all of us mothers because she happily posed for pictures right up by the glass and happily interacted with us. She seemed genuinely interested in her late night visitors. Such a treat and she was such a sweet lady. That night we walked and walked and then finely were fed a wonderful meal by one of SeaWorlds world class chefs before we were off to the Penguin Encounter where, SQUEEEE, we would be spending the night.
When I say I love penguins it is not a joke. It is a fact and, as any member of my family can attest to, if you buy me penguin stuff you will forever have me as a fan. Just like others who deck their houses out in chickens or pictures of cats… I am a penguin kind of gal.
So to spend the night that close to all the lovable little gentlemen was the treat of treats and I can honestly say I can die happy because of it. And spend the night we did…sleep we did not. We talked, we tweeted, we giggled, we shared stories, and we did eventually attempt to bunk down.
However it was really hard to sleep with the overwhelming smell of fish. Penguins may be adorable but the Penguin Encounter does have a dis-stink-tive odor of fish. I think… It was still dark out when I went to brush the fish smell off my teeth. We also shared our breakfast with a rambunctious group of boy scouts who apparently were in the park over night like we were. And their loud, perky boyish screaming finally broke through the haze and woke us up.
After our nice breakfast we had our last adventure, feeding the dolphins. As we walked up to the pool they were jumping, and playing, and talking, and splashing, trying to get a good look at us just like we were getting a good look at them.
And then we fed them their breakfasts while they flipped upside down for us to pet their soft bellies. And as we all left the park, strangers the day before but now friends and companions, we walked away with memories none of us will never forget. Since that day many have moved on but a core group of us have become what is known as the original Wildside bloggers and we now play a very special roll by sharing our experiences with SeaWorld San Antonio.
So stay tuned, this was only part 1! And then we became friends. Photo taken and shared by the lovely Emily from The Motherhood. This year they are making it easier on the budget to go and enjoy the park!
Just pay for a day and enjoy the park all season long! I do not work for Sea World. All that has been provided to me by Sea World San Antonio has been only a gift because they really are that awesome! I was never asked to write about considering it took me a year and a half to get around to this post or advertise for them and I am not being paid for it.
If you have any other questions about this please feel free to ask me or simply read my disclosure policy. March 17th, under Sea World San Antonio./p>
But it was raining, the pub was right there, and we were leg-numbingly tired. It was dark and empty inside. We slid into a booth, laid our sleeping babies on the velvet banquette and ordered pints.
We giggled, kind of incredulous that this was even allowed. It was a strange and delightful pocket of time and the start of a beautiful thing: With this drink, I could escape. Or was it a return to something? This is a story about moms who drink. A generous pour as we prep dinner, sipping as we slide something into the microwave or drop it frozen from a bag onto a tray.
We hate the food a little less when we top up our glasses. The rush, the race — it all slows down, slides away. We feel alternately relaxed, guilty, lulled, defensive. Childless drinkers, cherish your cheap shots. Daddies, cheers to your craft beer. Moms everywhere, with your bourbon, your cider, your Prosecco: I wish it were that simple. Do you need your bum changed? Women are consuming more alcohol more frequently than ever before — the numbers of those who report casual drinking, binge drinking and dependence are spiking, particularly for women older than It may also be a problem.
Like me, my friends will pour a drink before starting dinner, take it to the bathroom to sip while they bathe their kids, set it on the nightstand during storytime. Georgia was a difficult baby, and her husband worked the late shift. Georgia was in bed by 5 p.
I might as well have another glass while I do the dishes — again. And then, God, my back hurts. Before Georgia, she and her husband went out and drank socially with friends, but it had gotten to the point where they were consuming more alcohol — far more frequently — as parents than they ever had in those carefree days. Do you realize how much alcohol that is?!
I had just gotten into this routine, thinking that I deserved a bit of relaxation at the end of the day.
As with any habit, the more you do it, the easier it is — and the more automatic it becomes. And the stats bear this out. Among women in Canada, risky drinking defined as having four or more drinks on one occasion at least once a month is on the rise, particularly in women above the age of An August study published in JAMA Psychiatry reveals that between and , the number of women who demonstrated problem drinking — this includes alcohol abuse when it causes recurrent problems and dependence the inability to quit — soared by 84 percent.
High-risk drinking among women increased by 58 percent over the same period. Women are less likely to admit problematic drinking, but we have no filter when it comes to stress.
Statistics Canada data shows that in , 25 to 30 percent of women ages 20 to 64 felt most days in their lives were quite a bit or extremely stressful, and 34 percent of working women reported the same about their jobs.
The more hours you give to your job, the more you drink. The more depressed you are, the more you drink — or is it the more you drink, the deeper into depression you sink? We know heavy drinking is linked with an increased risk for major depression, especially for women. These messages prop us up and egg us on.
How did we get here? Like any smart multi-billion-dollar industry, it pivoted. Store shelves flooded with flavoured vodkas, colourful coolers and fizzy wines with prettier labels — gateway drinks. The plan worked like a charm. Hell yeah, women can drink like men. On average, women drink less than half of what men do. And the numbers are high. Last year, alcohol-related hospitalizations for all Canadians 77, outnumbered heart attacks 75, , and 5, deaths were attributable to alcohol.
Given equal amounts of alcohol, women metabolize more of it and absorb higher concentrations in our blood than men, says Svetlana Popova, senior scientist at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. Women are more vulnerable to organ damage, heart disease and several types of cancer involving the digestive system including the mouth, esophagus, colon and rectum.
And breast cancer, because our hormones like to get in on the action, too of course they do. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation reports that approximately 4 percent of new breast cancers cases a year in Canada may be linked to alcohol consumption — and the more you drink, the higher the risk. The long-term hazards are somewhat unfathomable. How scary is that, really? Apologizing respects children, just like you would any other adult. It takes humility and grace to get better. Close your eyes for a minute and think of how you treat your child.
Then ask yourself, Would you be happy if another adult, like a nanny or a teacher, treated her that way? So why do we do it? Respect your child for being the unique person she is, not an extension of you.
Read more about how to show respect to your child. A good mom knows how to be responsive and nurturing, but also show authority and sets high expectations. Kids need boundaries so they can explore within safe confines. Get more tips about how to practice authoritative parenting. I have a friend who has three boys.
Shortly after having her first, she and her husband were excited to get him signed up for sports. They dreamed of having him play every sport imaginable. Imagine their disappointment when he showed no inclination for sports, and would rather read a book. Her second one became more interested in sports. My friend learned a valuable lesson: The other day, my son and I were busy scribbling in notebooks—he with his sketches and me writing notes for this article.
Read more about showing unconditional love. We wage mommy wars on one another, and hear differing opinions on everything, from everyone. Living in the information age has its perks, but you can have too much of a good thing.
But in the midst of all the crazy, what makes for a good mother—and a good person—are the basic qualities to who we are. Motherhood is like holding up a mirror that can highlight our best and worst selves. Overwhelmed with all the parenting advice you hear, but never get to actually implement? Grab my ebook, 31 Days to Better Parenting , for daily parenting tips you can apply right away and, more importantly, see immediate results. Purposeful moms and dads like you know better than to pay lip service to improving their parenting.
Get my ebook and dedicate just one tip per day to see massive changes in your life you never thought possible:. Get 31 Days to Better Parenting. Tell me in the comments: Which qualities of a mother matters most to you? Tired of losing your cool especially when the kids don't listen or when the frustration seems to come out of nowhere? Learn just how effective showing your child empathy can be, and how it can easily melt her defenses and bring you closer together. Imagine transforming your relationship with your child, using just the tips you'll learn right here.
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Learn how your comment data is processed. Being a mom is a tough job and we have to set ourselves to do the very best we could for our children. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post Nina! I am a single mother. So now she is everything for me in this world. I just want to be the best mother and give her all the happiness a mother can give to her child. I follow your blogs and I think this blog will help me a lot.
Wish me good luck! I love this article! Though I know no parent is perfect everyday and everyday it will seem like there are parenting fails, but there can also be many successes. You are right everywhere we turn there is someone pointing their finger, judging and making parents feel less than for whatever reason. It can take time, but eventually people can learn to ignore those fingers and do what they know to be best for their child and family.
Thanks for sharing this article! AT the end of the day, the qualities we need are fairly simple and straightforward, and done with the best intentions for our kids and families.
Their is really no way we can be good mothers without mentoring our children with great qualities you thoroughly dealt with. They are superb keys especially when backed up with prayers. They are really useful tools for me.
I will share them with other mothers.
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