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I believe I have mentioned a time or two dozen the challenge of parenting a teen and parenting a toddler. While each age group is obviously very different, nonetheless they are equally challenging.

I wonder if other parents, besides only myself, wonder if their children have split personalities…all of them?

Could it even be possible?

With me, I have no doubt.

I digress.

Some studies report that a child will misbehave when they are with the parent they spend the most time with, because they are comfortable “letting it all out” or showing their strong feelings”.

toddler personalities

Of course this makes sense but is it just an excuse?

One article I read on Parents.com, nailed my 3 year old to a Tee – when discussing how one child acted with the mother vs. the father.  I can certainly relate with the author of the article; she comes home from a day of shopping and finds that her daughter napped perfectly for her husband, picked up her toys – no problem and didn’t argue over the little things like which cup she drank of. This is a constant with Reed at home, with me, he will NOT go down for a nap, will fight me to the very end, will refuse certain drinks and will even be picky with meals. But, when he is with his dad, I hear things like “he was asleep before we got to his bed” or “he ate all of his dinner” or “he drank water”.

WHAT??? He never drinks water for me.

Again, I digress.

While it is comforting to hear that “acting up may actually be a sign of how safe he feels with you” I wonder if it is just that. Just sweet words to make parents, like me, not feel crazy.

We can discuss the multiple personalities of my dear sweet teenage son on an entirely different post.


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My entire family is mourning the loss of Dublin Dr Pepper – Dr Pepper sweetened with cane sugar and sold in the classic bottle, sold in the small town of Dublin, Texas for more than 100 years. The Dr Pepper Bottling Co., in Dublin stopped making its signature beverage last week as part of an agreement reached after Dr Pepper Snapple Group sued the 40-person bottling company over trademark and territory issues.

Good grief!

My brother would often travel to Dublin to pick up cases of the sweet, cane sugar delight – he quickly added my son as a fan of Dublin Dr Pepper, so much that he would no longer drink regular Dr Pepper, you know the one made with corn syrup and that you can find any and everywhere.

Here is the sad part:

For Christmas, my brother gave Jace a six pack of Dublin Dr Pepper, mainly because he was quickly reducing Brian’s supply when he visited. Well, last week, the very day the news broke of the closing of the plant Jace, just hours before word hit the news, he drank his very.last.bottle.

He was devastaed!


He has collected the bottles but would not have drank the last one had he known.

More devastation ensued.

I feared tears were coming.

He was able to hold them back, regardless of the immense pain he was undergoing.

Dear Dr Pepper,

Us Texans wish you would change your mind. We love Dublin Dr Pepper. The town of Dublin is in shock and some news reports say it has suffered a heart attack.

This is not good.

Will you please kiss and make up?


Cane sugar loving Texans.

Dear Dublin, Texas,

We feel your pain. We are on your side.

Hang in there. It will get better.


Dublin Dr Pepper Forever Texans

My blogging friend Allie of Screwed Up Texan is a true Dr. Pepper fan.

Check out all her Dublin Dr. Pepper posts here.

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New Year's Eve Drinking

Pretty picture, ay? Sure is. Cocktails look fabulous and deliciously refreshing. A fun night ahead? Let’s party.

Do you have a driver?

Here is one good reason why – will it change your mind about your choice of transportation?

Tarrant County is stepping up their efforts to prevent party-goers from drinking and driving this upcoming New Year’s Eve.

The district attorney’s office will post on its website the names and ages of drivers arrested on suspicion of drunken driving between Friday night and Monday morning.

Would you want to be publicly humiliated in that fashion? Not only is your name listed on a very public website, but if you are arrested for this offense then you are facing trouble with the law, with your family, financially and so on. Is it worth the risk?

I think not.

So instead of drinking and driving this holiday season

Take a cab

Get a hotel

Designate a Driver

Stay home

Don’t drink

Make up your mind before you go out that you are not going to drink and drive. Have a plan. Keep that plan. Put the plan in motion.

You could save your life.

You could save someone else’s life.

No jail time.

No humiliation.

Just don’t do it.

It’s not worth the risk.

It doesn’t take a huge post with lots of writing and mumbo jumbo to get the message across. Do what you know is right and don’t drink and drive.

Enough said.
Happy New Year.

Photo courtesy of FoodChannel.com. Check out Food Channel for great recipes and New Year’s Drinking Do’s and Don’ts.

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Awesomeness is Key

For the two of you that have ever read this blog, I extend my apologies for my absence. I had taken on so many other duties and online identities over the past year that I let this practically fall over the cliff. I am not sure what direction am I going to take with this blog. I have so many ideas in my head, that I will just have to wait and see.

A sounding board for all of life’s little frustrations maybe?

A community of wonderful women and mom’s I’ve been ever so lucky to meet over the last couple of years?

To continue the journey of documenting the lives of my boys?

Maybe a mixture of all – after all, this is the one thing I can call mine. Your welcome to stay along for the ride. Check back often to see if I have anything important to say or of value. To see an adorable picture of one of my boys, family photo or a random picture of what I think is awesome, because when all else fails AWESOMENESS is key!

Since this is the first post I have written on this blog in well over a year and if you are actually reading on your own free will, I am going to go out on a limb and guess you do in fact want to see one of my handsome boys.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Reed that was taken’ over the last couple of months. Halloween to be exact. Well, he is just so darn cute not to share this photo.

Sit back and enjoy the ride – if it is going to be anything like this past year has been, then I suggest buckling your seat belts.


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We recently took a trip to College Station, TX to attend our sweet cousin and dear friends, Katherine & Chris’s wedding.

We had some down time the afternoon before the wedding and decided to take the boys to the Bonfire Memorial at Texas A&M.

The “Aggie Bonfire” was a long standing tradition at Texas A&M University, as part of the college rivalry they had with University of Texas-Austin. Each year, the students a.ka. Aggies built and burned a bonfire on campus to prep and rally for the big game against UT. Known to the Aggie community simply as “Bonfire”, the annual event symbolized Aggie students’ “burning desire to beat the hell outta u.t.” This traditionally occurred around Thanksgiving. I recall when my brother was attending school there, he would not come home during this holiday, for this exact reason.

Aggie bonfire 1909

The first on-campus bonfire was in 1909 and consisted of trash and debris.

The Aggie Bonfire was a celebratory event for students and so much work and dedication went into this event each year. The history is truly amazing. I encourage you to read up on this.

The Aggie Bonfire burned every year since the initial Bonfire in 1909, with the exception of 1963. That year Bonfire was built but torn down in a tribute to President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963. A quote found here , touched my heart “ Texas A&M Head Yell Leader Mike Marlowe said, “It is the most we have and the least we can give.” ”

The second time in A&M’s history that Bonfire did not burn was almost exactly 92 years after the first Bonfire due to its collapse on November 18th, 1999 at 2:42 a.m.  The collapse killed 12 Aggies and injured 27 others.


At the ring’s center is a black-granite marker, 18 inches in diameter, representing the Bonfire stack’s Centerpole. Positioned on the exact spot used for Centerpole, the marker is engraved with the date and time of the collapse: 11-18-1999 2:42 a.m.

Five years later, the Bonfire Memorial was dedicated on the exact location of the ’99 Bonfire.



The interior of the Spirit Ring may be accessed through 12 portals, one for each Aggie lost in 1999. The outer, granite, portals stand 16 feet tall; and the interior, bronze, portals 12 feet. Each is on a line extending from the center of the ring to the hometown of the Aggie represented, and the bronze portal is engraved with three memorial elements – a portrait, his or her signature and a written reflection.

At the Bonfire Memorial every single piece of construction represents a particular aspect of the Aggie Bonfire: tradition, history and spirit. It was a wonderful experience and truly touching to each of us.

If you are ever in the area, I would definitely recommend you stopping by. At the entrance of the memorial, they have brochures, that define each element of the structure and what they represent – pick one of those up and read through it as you are walking through. It definitely impacts your whole experience and the symbolic nature of the memorial.

Prayers for all the Aggie students, family, friends, faculty & staff and all those that were directly or indirectly touched by this event, as we are approaching the anniversary.

Peace & Love

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