Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Man behind the Beard

It has finally come to fruition! After months of reading Elizabeth's Guy behind the Blog interviews with Seth and then Beth's interviews with Russ, I managed to ply Brian into doing it too!  I'll let his answers show how enthusiastic he was about the whole thing.

1) Share a funny wedding story with us - it could be from your own or one you attended. 

Brian: I don't have one.
Me: We always talk about Aaron's toast.
Brian: Yeah that was funny. What else was funny? Your opera music (it was a CD playing classical music and then Opera singing came out of nowhere.) Those special people we didn't invite. (Yes, we had wedding crashers, of the worst kind)

2) On the topic of love, who was your childhood crush?

Brian: Micheal Jackson, I'm just kidding, I don't know. What does that mean?
Me: You know, a celebrity or a girl in your class you liked.
Brian: Oh, not really. Not until high school.

3a) What is your top love language?

Brian: Huh? What are those?
After I described the 5 Love Languages (which he did know because we did our premarital counseling on them)
Brian: Physical touch (but he actually said something I wont repeat here. Ha! x)

3b) What is your significant other's love language? 

Brian:  Your phone and your blog, haha. 
Let it be known I gave him a big ole eye roll, "Really?"
Brian: Uh, acts of service? (that's better)

4) How did you meet your significant other? 

Brian: I don't know, Spanish class?
Me: Wow.
Brian: (with a sheepish grin) What?! I don't even remember those days.

5) If you're engaged or married, how did you propose?

Me: Don't say, "you don't know."
Brian:  I don't remember! I just asked you in your room (after a very nice dinner on the Big Sur Coast). Cus you made me. (He's totally joking, he had the ring for 6 months before I started dropping hints ;)
Me: Any details? Like were you nervous?
Brian: Well yeah, I was!  This is dumb, this is like security questions on a secure website. Get some better questions next time.

And there you have it straight from the bearded man's mouth. I may or may not participate again lol (I'm sure you're thanking me already ;)

Linking up with Betsy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Where I'm at Wednesday: End of Summer

August, where did you go?

I announced some big news on Monday about staying home another year with my babies. Having that privilege will never not be an honor.

I had the pleasure of guesting at Courtney's blog, Sweet Turtle Soup.

I have read 3 books this past month and I have surpassed my Goodreads goal!  Next year I'll have to up the number, apparently.  The only thing is, I don't want to feel consumed by reaching a goal; enjoy the book for readings' sake and not to check off a box. Does that make sense?  Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott and The Matchmaker by Elin Hildebrand.  Reeeallly late on reading Tuesdays with Morrie.  And this was my first Hildebrand novel!  Loved it!  But the character's names in this story were atrocious (in my opinion.)

I have been wearing transitional pieces and am loving the cooler weather!  Raise your hand if you're ready for boots, scarves and PSL right about now!

Eating all the soup; my house got the back-to-school bug (which is completely ironic because no one is in school) so its been homemade chicken soup, split pea soup and lentil soup.  Here's hoping I don't get sick (because mom's can't get sick anyway, am I right?)

Kinsey's been watching Home and oh my goodness, so good!  Stephanie recommended it a couple of weeks ago and now I know why.  Gets me weepy in the same place every time.  And it's also funny (hello, Jim Parson's and Steve Martin.)

We started PreK homeschool this week and it's going so-so.  I'm sure I'll be writing a post about this, so I'll spare details.  Let's just say it's a short and sweet 10 minutes of wrestling of the minds.

Here's to September! The heralding in of Fall.  And boy, do I have some fun things in the works come Fall!

Linking up with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Why I support California SB 277

I'm not one to do controversial or push my views and beliefs on anyone, but being a Californian, a mother, an Early Childhood Education student and teacher, and a pro-vaccine woman, I feel like sharing my heart today. (Plus, this IS my blog and I do what I want here ;)

Senate Bill 277 or "SB-277"  is the public health initiative enforcing vaccines to be up to date on any/ every child before being able to be enrolled in any school in California.  It would  "eliminate the exemption from existing specified immunization requirements based upon personal beliefs" (from SB-277 public health: vaccinations, online) and is causing quite the stir in vaccine by choice circles

Before I even had my babies, I was going to school as an ECE student to become a Preschool teacher.  One of my required courses was a Health and Safety class and we covered vaccinations.  Now, my feelings prior to that class and before having children was very different from how I feel now, as in, the exact opposite.  Well, the pictures I saw in that class have stuck with me to this day.  Children walking on their hands, their bodies ravaged by Polio.  Children covered head to toe with a red rash from the Mumps and Measles. Gah.  It makes me want to cry just thinking about it.  And that's when my opinion about vaccinations changed.  Why would you deny your children good health?  Why would you let diseases that were nearly eradicated (this is you, Whopping Cough) come back?  Why would you knowingly put other children at risk?  

I have taught Preschool since 2006.  I have cared for dozens of children every year since then.  I do not know how many of those children were vaccinated or not, but I do know I had a couple come down with Whopping Cough the year it hit California hard (2009) and was so confused because I hadn't even heard of Pertussis prior to that.   

Come 2011, I and my newborn daughter were given the Pertussis vaccine at discharge and I in turn had both sides of our families vaccinated. I was not going to play around with a disease if the baby I grew in my womb, labored for 12 hours with and pushed out of my vagina needed to be protected against it within 2 days of her entering the world.  Brielana also received the vaccine at 2 days old.  

Both of my daughters are also up to date on their vaccines. I stick to the vaccination schedule but 3 shots is the most I do in one visit because more than that seems mean. I did push back the age of when Kinsey received her first MMR vaccine (from 18 months to 2 years old) with her Doctor's consent. But with Brielana there was that scary outbreak of Measles at Disneyland (which actually postponed a trip there in February because at the time Brielana was not yet old enough to receive the MMR shot) she got hers at 18 months. 

I take health seriously, especially when it comes to my babies.  I am their advocate.  I am charged with caring for their every need.    

I am for SB 277.

Linking up with Beth.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Blessed beyond measure

It is the first day of school. Alarm goes off at 5a. Shower, dress, eat, go. Arrive at 8a to greet the students. A new year, new faces. Routines, to be predictable. Learning, exploring, laughing. Another school year.

And I am not a part of it.  No more, "Teacher Whitney."

I have been given the greatest blessing of spending another year at home with my babies. This is all I have ever wanted. And to be able to do it is overwhelming.

Our savings account does not hold three times the rent. Our bank account is often in the double digits. Our splurges are few and far between, but we lack for nothing. We may not own our house, but we own both our cars outright.

I get to start and end my days with my family. Wake up time is 8a or later. I know the morning lineup of cartoons on the television and the times Brielana goes down for naps. I know Kinsey's cranky time kicks in around 3p or 4p, so a quiet activity helps to ease the strain.  All these little details I missed out on when Kinsey was a baby, because I returned to work when she was 2 months old.  I appreciate those idiosyncrasies that much more.

We dress late in the morning, sometimes get on each others last nerve, but love each other regardless. And then we get to do it all over again the next day. I know our days won't always look like this so I want to treasure it as they are now; life with a 4.5 year old and 1 year old, life at home.

In this season, it is where I am exactly supposed to be.  And I am forever grateful for Brian who supports me being at home and for God for providing for us in all seasons.  Amen.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Pt 4

Sweet Turtle Soup

I can't believe this is the final check-in for the Summer Reading Challenge!  I'm both parts sad Summer is ending and ecstatic Fall is just around the corner!  Of course, in Central California we get a late Summer so our Fall doesn't really start until the end of October, but a girl can still make plans!

My last few book categories include a book about colors, a Dr. Seuss title, one recently published, a summer story and a Little Golden Book.

Let me start out by professing my love for Little Golden Books!  We are hoarding as many as we can.  For 3 dollars a book, you just can't pass up the price point.  I am so grateful for my MIL's foresight to save Brian's old LGB and Kinsey treasures them above all others.  Seeing his little boy hand writing is too precious (and yes, it says, "Brian Snith" ;).  We even found a vintage Cinderella LGB at a local Antique Mall.  And how cute is that itty bitty one?!  So, our problem wasn't in finding one to read but was in narrowing down all our fabulous choices ;)

Hop on Pop Dr Seuss
Inside Out pictureback book Felicity Glum
What Makes a Rainbow  Betty Ann Swartz
About Crustaceans: A Guide Cathryn Sill

A completed list!  I went ahead and gave myself a gold star ;)

And now that The Summer Reading Challenge is completed, I also get to check off another Summer Lovin' Bucket List item!:

Linking up with Courtney, Elizabeth and Stephanie.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

#KinseyQuotes v2.0

stuff 4 year olds say

My favorite, precocious 4 year old keeps the conversations around here lively!  Here's another round of #KinseyQuotes for your entertainment.  V1.0 can be read here.

"Ok any {no} problem!" I asked Kinsey to hand me her dinner plate, that is how she responded.

"Let me do it Whitney, I have to learn."  Not even sure what we we're doing, but she told me!
"I guess having a sister isn't so bad after all."  Only a year later.  Thank goodness she approves lol

"Look, some of your hair is wrinkly {curly} and some of it is not."  I thought this was so cute because it's a true observation, she just substituted the right word for a 'kid' word (if you can even call 'wrinkly' a 'kid' word?!) 

"I don't like asparagus it smells like stinky farts." Kinsey is my picky eater.  Like I stated before, if it isn't frozen peas or corn, she won't eat a vegetable.  But I keep trying.  Maybe I was pushing my luck with asparagus?

A conversation between daddy and daughter:
Brian: "You're going to bed early tonight you have a play date tomorrow."
Kinsey: "I know.  I'm going to be so exhausted."

"No big of a deal." We were eating lunch and I was insisting she finish her food before playing. Those extra two words kill me.

Linking up with Jess.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Guest Post on Sweet Turtle Soup

Sweet Turtle Soup

I'm super excited to be guesting over at Courtney's blog Sweet Turtle Soup today!  Courtney is probably one of the only people who could match me book for book when it comes to reading, so naturally I adore her (fellow bookworms, unite!).  I hope you'll pop over and say "hi!" :)

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