Saturday, January 3, 2009

Things I Am Glad I Did Not Get For Christmas

Peanut Shaped Soap

"Fun, realistic looking "peanut" shaped soaps! These soaps vary in size, just like real peanuts from a bag would vary. Peanut soaps are like the real "in shell" nuts, complete with textured finish. This soap set is scented. Each "nut" ranges from about 1.25" - 1.5" long and about 1/4 - 1/2" wide & thick." Check them out here.

The Quirky Peanut Characters

"History & Heraldry have created a quirky resin character that you'd be nuts to miss out on! The cute little nut characters are styled in a whole variety of occupations from Doctor to Bus Driver... so there's a nut for everyone! Each figure stands on a resin base fitted with a spring to add movement. The relevant job titles are engraved on each base and the nuts sit in nifty brightly colored open presentation boxes." Read more about these exciting peanut figures here.
You can get them in almost any occupation or character you can think of. I know a really annoying non understanding former pre-school teacher I could get this one for. he he he

A Resin Nut Bowl here.


Even those with nut allergies won't be able to resist our mixed nuts bowls. Designer Harry Allen casts walnuts and peanuts in white resin, capturing these everyday items and elevating them to the level of modern art. The perfect catchall for fruit, or even the daily mail, and a fun conversation piece. Made in the USA."
Somehow, I think I will be able to resist it.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Resolutions - 12 Personal Commandments for Myself

After discovering the great quote from my last post "The Days are Long, But the Years are Short", I also discovered a great blog where the movie is posted called The Happiness Project. The author of this blog Gretchen wrote a really great post about making personal commandments for yourself for the New Year. I was inspired by her idea, and thought it was particularly applicable for those of us dealing with life threatening food allergies and all our challenges. After some thought, here are mine below.

1) Remember the goal is the journey

2) Laugh often

3) Lighten up - Keep things in perspective

4) Be kind and gentle to everyone, including me

5) Smile, it's only life

6) Choose not to take things personally

7) Remember we all are what we are when we are and how we are. Find the beauty in that and embrace it.

8) Accept pain, difficulties and obstacles, acknowledge them, and use them to learn and grow.

9) If you want to cry, try and find a way to laugh instead.

10) Action, not reaction

11) Make alot of mistakes, just never the same one twice

12) Love Life

The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short

So, a new year is upon us, and I have been reminiscing about the year that has just passed. It seems as the years go by time speeds up and slows down at the same time. I just found this absolutely profound little movie, and I have to say, it really expressed how we should enjoy what we have right now. Check out the movie here. It ends with one of my new favorite quotes "The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short".

All these thoughts have me remembering the year past. 2008 for us was filled with big changes, and little moments all of which created a year of memories, growth and learning. So without order, here are some of my reminiscing of the year.

Mick and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary.

We made a move of over 300 miles from Southern California to Northern California where Mick started a new job with a new company. This was a complete shock to me, and if you had told me a year and a half ago that we would be moving that far, I would have thought you crazy. While the move has both good and bad elements (farther away from sick grandma, but nice little town, better job, etc), it again reminds me that life is frequently unexpected, and all the planning in the world can not make it come true. I never planned to have 3 children 18 months apart, I got the shock of my life when I discovered Conor had a life threatening allergy to peanuts (I never even heard of a life threatening allergy before), and even grandparent illness can come on unexpectedly without notice. Life can and frequently will change in an instant, it is more about how that instant effects our change long term.

Conor decided his Nana was cute, and now refers to her as Cutie. He likes to go by her and say "Hi Cutie" and run away, proud of his cleverness. It makes everyone smile including Conor.

I ran my first Marathon. (I finished, but had a little visit to the hospital after for dehydration. Long story)

We got our first real nebulizer. (No more of those sissy inhaler things for us!)

Michael and Natalie started Kindergarten this past September.

Conor taught himself to read a month before his 4th birthday.

Conor outgrew his allergy to eggs, and we now have eggs back in the house again. Yea!!!!!!

I started this blog, which has turned into a great outlet for me to express all my frustrations, triumphs, emotions, and joys. It has now turned into sort of a memoir for myself of our past year and our day to day journeys. I have always loved to be creative, make things, and write for myself, but never over such a long term. The fact that I am able to put together a blog that people might even read - (yikes, someone is reading this???) is a great accomplishment for myself for the previously year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years!!!

Wow, time flies when you are having fun!! I have been out of my blog office for ages now. We had a wonderful holiday, but I am suffering from my Holiday illness. It seems every year at about Christmas or New Years, I get sick with some sort of stomach bug. A few times I have ended up at some sort of urgent care getting some sort of medicine to stop the vomiting. - fun!!

This bout with the evil illness was short lived, and I am on the road to recovery now. We had a great holiday, without any other big issues, faux paus, or traumas. There were no food allergy issues, close calls, or well meaning but scary gifts. (One year Mick brought home some peanut brittle from work without realizing it. When we opened it, it was like a bomb was in the house, and it had to be removed very quickly and carefully before it exploded. Thankfully no one was injured in the process :))

Everyone is very excited today, as we are heading off to a Noon Years Eve party at a local children's museum. They celebrate New Years at Noon instead of midnight, so all the little people can play along, and I don't have to feel guilty going to bed before midnight. As long as no one throws peanuts at noon, it should be lots of fun.

Everyone, have a safe, fun and happy New Years!!!