the dos family tour

are you guys familiar with the blog dos family?

if you are, you know what a great blog it is

if you are not, you should check it out

anyway, Jenny started the dos family tour of 2012 and you all should really send in your family pic

i sent ours in just a few days ago and it feels so great to be part of families from all around the world!

you don’t have to be a blogger or have a blog

you just need to send a pic of you with your family

or with your pet

so go on and join the dos family tour of 2012


Support is one of the most important things, isn’t it?

I mean, whether you are single, single with children, married, married with children, you gotta have support.

I’m truly blessed with support. Not only do I get it from my awesome husband, family and friends but thanks to this blog, I also get it from you guys.

I would like to share with you some of the wonderful advice I received on here after I wrote Thoughts on balance.

It’s always good to be reminded that we are not alone when going through something.

As mothers (or as individuals) I think we often forget. The comments I received were quick reminders that ALL mothers go pretty much through the same things.

Sure some carry heavier and lighter burdens than some others but, we are all mothers after all and we all want to make sure that we are doing the best job at motherhood.

One piece of advice that was a true eye opener was through FB from my grammar school friend Caroline.

She wrote: “I read your blog and I want you to know that you are not alone. Some of the days are dark when your kids are little and so dependent. School/programs are a great option, but also look at what you expect of yourself each day and don’t worry if some days your expectations are higher than you can reach. This is a marathon and it will be your overall relationship with L that endures – not an accounting of the stimulating activities you did or did not plan and execute on any given day. Good luck. I’ve been where you are now :)”

The underlined is what has stuck with me. To be reminded that it’s ok if I’m not “ON” all day every day. Lily is not putting pressure on me and neither is Will. It is my own doing. Of course! It only makes perfect sense. Thank you Caroline!

Scheduling time for myself was the advice mostly given. This is something that Will and I have been slowly implementing and has been working out quite well.

A few nights a week we take turns staying home with Lily while we do what we need to do for ourselves. Exercise, go out with friends, what have you.

As far as painting is concerned, I have decided that some family quality time will have to be sacrificed but hey, that’s what I have to do. I like to paint in natural light and during long stretches of hours.

So, if some family weekends are sacrificed, that’s ok. It will give Will and Lily some solo quality time and that is a good thing too.

Thank you all so much for all the advice and support. It’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Us mothers got to stick together!

Here is a little video about parenting taboos that my friend Hanna shared with me. It’s 17 minutes long but take the time. It’s worth it.

Blogging etiquette

I believe there should be etiquette in everything you do.

I believe in eating etiquette, shopping etiquette, phone etiquette, bathroom etiquette…

This brings me to blogging etiquette.

I believe that if you become a “follower” to someone’s blog, they should return the favor.

If you visit someone’s blog and leave a comment, they should attempt to do the same. At least every once in a while!

I mean, if someone calls or texts you or even emails you, do you not reply? (that’s just plain rude!)

What can I say, I’m an etiquette believer.

That’s all!

A blog with substance

Lori from Bringing up Brooke just gave us another award.

Thanks Lori!

-Why did you start blogging?

The blog was actually Will’s (my husband) idea. He thought it would be a good way for me to share my experiences as a new mom with other moms and also be able to connect with moms feeling the same ups and downs like I was feeling. I’m so glad I listened to him! It really has helped me realize that everything I have gone through with motherhood so far is normal, I have found great comfort and support through a lot of mom bloggers.

What are your blogging rules?

My only blogging rule is to be honest and be myself. To say it as I feel it and mean it. I would hate for a new mom to come see my blog and only see “the sun is always shining” posts. Just like with everything else in life, there are good times, and there are bad times. They are all here.

Now I pass this award to:

Jess because she rocks so what

Ameya because she wonders and wanders

Natasha because she coco y lala