We can do it if we try

How do you teach your children perseverance?

Disney has the ability to entertain and to teach our children great lessons. Just moments ago I heard Jungle Junction teaching my kids this message:

“We can do it. We can do it if we try. If it doesn’t work the first time we’ll try twice as hard the next time. Cause we can do it if we try.”

The truth is, I don’t agree 100%.

About 10 years ago I was watching a day time talk show of a celebrity interview (I can’t remember who the celebrity was) and she said this:

“When I’m trying really hard to do something and it’s just not working I stop trying. I take that obstruction to be a sign from the universe that it just wasn’t meant to be”.

That statement hit a home run with me. So much so, that now if I’m trying to open a jar of pickles and it just won’t open…I take that as a sign to not eat pickles.
I’m not saying I’ve become a complete non-committal flake. I’m saying  that sometimes some things just weren’t meant to be. Life shouldn’t be so hard and so frustrating. And honestly, I really don’t need to eat pickles.

The obvious problem now is how do I teach my children the ideals of perseverance when I don’t believe in them in all situations myself?
I’ve found myself teaching my son to stop trying something when he gets frustrated. I know that I’m trying to teach him to not allow himself to get so frustrated by taking a break. Nothing is worth getting so frustrated over and we can control our emotions by removing the cantankerous variable.
However, I’m afraid that I’m not teaching him how to preservere enough. I’m afraid I’m raising a non-committal flake. I want my children to be hard workers that don’t give up. I want them to be successful and I know that success takes commitment. I want them to understand the difference between knowing what’s worth fighting for and what isn’t.

However, when they hit a bump on the road to success, how will they know if it’s a sign to choose a different direction? And how will they know if the bump is just a bump and they can keep going forward?

Or what if they’re in a relationship with someone and it’s not going so great. How will they know if that relationship is worth working on to keep it going?

What if they’re trying and trying and trying to be good at something and it’s just not happening. When will they know to stop trying so hard to be good at whatever it was and try something else instead?

Or what if they’re trying to make a sandwhich and they’d really like pickles but they can’t open the jar? Will they keep trying to open the jar even if it takes forever and the bread goes stale in the wait?

How do I teach my children which situations are worth fighting for and which situations are not?

side note: I’ve never purchased a jar of pickles. That was merely an example.


Best Fourth of July Celebrations in the Southland 2012

BikeParade.com Photo by Ralph Millero

Celebrate our Independence from the Brits in true Southern California family style. From family friendly parades, muscled and tanned men and women competing at the beach to fireworks spectaculars you’ll find the best family friendly 4th of July events listed below.

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When my husband changes a diaper

This post is about the difference between him and I.
I am frugal and tactful.
He is wasteful and afraid of getting poop on his hands.

Changing diapers requires wipes. Wipes are expensive and kind of bad for the planet. I have honed my baby diaper changing skills to use as little wipes as humanely possible. One wipe for #1 and Two wipes for #2.

This is me changing a poopy diaper:

My husband? Not so honed in on the baby diaper changing skills as I. And he’s dealthy afraid of getting poop on his hands. As if the poop would make his precious little man hands skin melt.

This is my husband changing a poopy diaper:

Which to be honest, he didn’t do much of before baby Eaglin #3 was born. I could probably count on one hand how many poopy diapers he changed throughout the years. Thankfully he got the memo that he was required to step it up a notch with baby #3’s arrival. However, watching him change a poopy diaper will probably never get old. He would probably wear a hazmat suit if he could. And use salad tongs…so he would be certain to not get any poop on his precious little man hands.

This is yet another post inspired by my favorite funny bunny Amber Dusick of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.  There was no better way to get my point across than to give yet another homage to one of my favorite bloggers.

Is this you?

I’m on the hunt for the most-awesome-photo-booth-stealth-picture-taker-ever.
Well, let me explain a bit…

You see, we went to a wedding a few months ago. Baby Eaglin #3 was still in the belly, my oldest son was the ring bearer, my husband was drunk as a skunk and my daughter was well…adorable as usual. There was a photo booth at the wedding. Here are a few of my favorite pictures:

and of course, us:

and then this.


Is this you?
Because if it is. You are awesome my friend. All kinds of awesome.

Friends make all the difference

A few of the dinners that came to our door.

I am one lucky duck with an amazing circle of the best kind of supportive friends in the world. Being in such an amazing group of friends means that someone sets up dinner deliveries after babies are born. Which, for someone like me, married to someone like my husband IS A FREAKIN GODSEND.
My husband can’t cook.
Well, he can’t cook anything edible.  
Thankfully, my friends can. And can they can well. Almost too well. Because now my husband expects gourmet culinary feats out of me.
“If your friends can cook spaghetti that way, you should be able to too” he says with a straight face.
Thanks friends for the amazing meals. You all mean the world to me and it meant a lot to our family. But no thanks at raising the bar of food expectations around here. For that, I’ll never forgive you…just kidding.

Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk *Giveaway for So Cal Residents*

Do your kids drink a ton of milk? I know mine do, we go through a gallon of milk every other day-we’re milk o’ holics around here! One of the biggest ways I can provide healthy nutrition for my crazy yolkels is by purchasing certified organic milk.

Why organic milk you ask? And what is the difference anyway?

Simply put organic milk is just better for you. Organic milk comes from cows that produce milk without the use of antibiotics or synthetic hormones in order to artificially promote milk production and without the use of pesticides on the natural feed and grass on which the cows graze. In other words, those milkin’ cows eat healthy and produce milk naturally!

Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk is a company with a family orientated motto-provide the best quality products with integrity and geniune care. They have over 30 years of providing top quality dairy products! Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk has a long shelf life too, which is extra special for organic products. They use a special flash heating and cooling technology that makes their ultra-pasteurized milk stays fresh and healthy up to three times longer than other milk products. Check out their store locator here to try it for yourself!

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To enter to win (4) coupons for 64 oz Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk please leave a comment below (you can say anything you’d like in your comment. Like how pretty you think I am…or how cute my blog is…or how funny I am…or how cute my kids are…your choice). By 6/22/2012 at 12pm PST. This giveaway is open to Southern California residents only. One winner will be chosen by random using random.org and will be notified via email. Thank you for entering and good luck!

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This is not a compensated post. I received coupons for Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk for review purposes. We drank that good stuff up in no time flat. 

This Giveaway is now closed. 

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Congratulations Mollee and thank you all for entering!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS

Tickets are on sale now for the Greatest Show on Earth. 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey are honoring the year of the dragon with a heart pounding show of authentic circus feats, dragon lore and acts of flashy bravery. DRAGONS is a never-before-seen circus adventure of renowned legends and real-life spectacle that is coming to the South land for 3 weeks of family fun summer shows from July 11 – August 5 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles; Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and Honda Center in Anaheim.  Tickets  sales started on Sunday, June 10  and will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800) 745-3000 or by visiting the arena box office. 

Showtimes are as follows:

Wednesday, July 11 – Tuesday, July 17
STAPLES Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Wednesday, July 11   7:30 PM
Thursday, July 12       12:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Friday, July 13            12:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 14        11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 15          11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Monday, July 16         12:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 17        12:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Friday, July 20 – Tuesday, July 24
Citizens Business Bank Arena
Friday, July 20            7:30 PM
Saturday, July 21        11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 22          11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Monday, July 23         12:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 24        7:30 PM

Friday, July 27 – Sunday, August 5
Honda Center
Friday, July 27                        7:30 PM
Saturday, July 28                    11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 29                      1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
Wednesday, August 1             1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 2                 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Friday, August 3                      1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 4                 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 5                   11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Tickets are priced reasonably!:
$20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Opening Night tickets are $12 (not valid for VIP or premium tickets)
All seats are reserved; tickets available through Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue box office.  


I was not compensated in any way for this post. I will receive complimentary tickets to one of the shows, in which I will take the 2 older kids and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED about it too-they’re going to love it (almost as much as I will)!!