United States of Motherhood: January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Weight Loss, Tigers and Promises to Get Naked: Let's Streak!

Motivation? Do you know where mine went? I've lost it.

It's gone missing. Resolutions gone. Feeling so tired.

I start hating on my body as always so I go to my latest crack Pinterest addiction and find this:




I need to be a @#$% tiger. Any other tigers out there that want to join my streak of tigers? Yes, apparently a pack of tigers is called a streak. I like that.

So much so that when I lose this weight, I promise to streak somewhere.

You heard me. Me prudish Scout. Will. Run. Naked. In. Public. When she loses 90 lbs.


So who is with me?




Yes! Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past, my friends. Heh!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baby Born on Highway: While Driving [Graphic Video]

Holy crap! Sorry, I am just shocked and amazed at this birth. The parents are just so calm:



Welcome to the world, Willow Mealea. I am so glad you are healthy.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiration











Thursday, January 19, 2012

Seattle Ice Storm: No Wussies Here

This stuff is what is taking down huge evergreens and covering highways causing major accidents. If you are in the Seattle area, be safe and stay inside!!


Need a closer look??


Yes very beautiful and even more dangerous. So far we have power , but trees keep snapping which are taking out power lines.

One hundred eighteen thousand homes out of power in Seattle area.

Parking complexes are collapsing from the weight according to the news. Our Seattle snow was already super wet and heavy and now add an inch layer of ice and now more freezing rain!

Formerly of Fairbanks, I am often a label-er of Seattle citizens as being humongous wusses when it comes to snow. Apparently the LA Times and most of the country agrees.

In Fairbanks, they never plowed, it dropped feet at a time, got to -67, and there were never snow days. Seriously, if it was -10 or above, pre-school children were required to get their own #$% snow gear and mittens on and REQUIRED to go outside to play. Today we are on day three of snow days from schools.

I see Seattle snow usually as the most ridiculously entertaining event ever, especially all the douches who abandon cars in the middle of the road or screech about the end of the world because of a little powder on their lawn.

Case in point, this video I posted on Facebook:



Yes, our first two snow days were total crap like the video. But this ice storm today? Mother Nature is not @#$% around so stay inside with your families.

Our family will continue to enjoy. Well all except Eldest:


I am one mean mom. After three days, this is his first time in the snow. Why?

When do kids not look forward to snow days?

When snow days happen the days before finals and their mom gleefully says they now have MORE days to study.

ENDLESS day to scram.

I did take pity and finally let him out:



I even let him go sledding. However, although my Alaska-raised kid typically wears shorts and t-shirts in the snow, I did make him put some gear on. Silly kids!

We don't raise no wussies at the Scouty household!

What's the weather like where you are?

UPDATE: OHHHHHHHHHH CRAP! Power is out at our water station. Seriously CRAP. No flushing. Conserve water. Now this is something new, Seattle! WTF!!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop Wasting Your Time









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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Motherhood: Double Digits!


Someone is in utter shock that her last baby is TWO digits. Utter shock. Denial even! No more babies in the single digits in this household. Sigh...

Happy 10th Birthday to my beautiful baby boy:


The time has gone so fast and I have not regretted a minute of it. You were a wonderful surprise a decade ago!

You are smart. You are sensitive. You give me foot rubs when no one else will. You definitely still give hugs even when your older siblings are too cool to give their mom love in front of their friends.

Overall, you rock the Casbah, my not so little boy!

Be blessed, Li'l Man! Be blessed and always remember your Mommy loves you.




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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Smells Like Teen Angst: Gloves Off

What's that smell this mom smells?
Could it be teen angst with a side of stinky attitude?
Or maybe it's the crap-ton load of my preteen's hair burning up my beloved Dyson motor.
Either way something stinks in the Scouty household today.
Very, very stinky, but I ALWAYS win. Gloves off.



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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Curiosity Locked Our Kitty in the Dishtowel Cabinet

Lulu the lazy cat faceplanting on couch.

Life is so hard being a kitty. After being released from a dishtowel cabinet dungeon that I saved her from--after a couple hours of being MIA-- she is too tired to breathe.

"Breathe putty cat, breathe!"

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Giveaway: Not By The Hair of My Chinny-Chin-Chin


Approaching 40 is a bitch. It simply is.

Body parts are simply not as bouncy as they once were. Roots turn a suspicious glittery silver. And no, not the vampire silver kind. More gun metal gray.

No, not Anderson Cooper and George Clooney, rawr. Think Frau Hilda Frumapus. Think Coach Beast. More indignity? I've been finding rogue branches on my chin, my friends. Let me repeat that.

On. my. chin. As in a dark, ant-leg looking alien beings in the style of the wicked witch.

This. Will. Not. Stand.

I considered burning the little f#$%ers to the ground. I considered laser treatment. I considered acid.

In the end, a product sent to me in the mail saved my skin in my apocalyptic hair removal panic. To be honest, depilatory creams scare me. They've scared me ever since the seminal moment in middle school everyone seems to have when they think Nair is a good thing. Then, since more is better, you leave it on too long and realize having skin, not burning, bumpy-WTF-did-I-do-to-my-legs-skin moments, is something to be valued.

So I admit, I was nervous when I was chosen by Olay and BlogHer to try out their New Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo. They told me it was a uniquely formulated, two-step system designed to gently, yet effectively, remove unwanted facial hair, leaving skin smooth, conditioned, and visibly hair free.

The Skin Guarding Balm, applied before the removal cream, actually did hydrate my skin and guess what? No irritation, redness, nor other tell-tale signs that I'd just been boiled in acid like other hair removal creams.

Better yet? No branch coming out of my chin. Thank you, Olay. You saved my womanly pride. Feeling less Coach Beast and more girlie girl without the log in my chin.

Now if only there was something for those silvers in all the wrong places...

In the meantime, you'll find me rocking out to Pandora's 80's alternative mix-something my kids call "the oldies." Yep, feeling older than dirt but now way more feminine thanks to Olay.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

My New Year's Resolution



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