Some things can never be forgotten. The Lamaze breathing techniques that I learned more than 30 years ago came out of retirement today as I led my daughter-in-law through series after series of patterned-breathing. While my son applied pressure to his wife’s back, I held up my fingers and breathed randomly-chosen breathing sequences with her. It has been a long night and day and still no baby yet. Because I am still at the hospital awaiting the birth of my first grandchild, there will be no regular Friday’s Fresh Five! today.
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Posted in About me, Art and Crafts, Creativity, Gift Ideas, inspiration, Kids, Parenting, Photography, Recycling, Uncategorized, tagged 100 Happy Days, baby clothes, capturing moments, Clark Little, inspirational quotes, looking for happiness, photographing waves, precious moments, recycling baby clothes, upcycling baby clothes, wave photography, where does time go on August 22, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Then and now. One moment a baby and now soon to be a father. Where do the days go? Have you noticed how precious moments string together to create days that bundle into months that lump into years that stretch into decades. That’s where the days go. They grow and they flow and they circle ’round and ’round. Quick! Grab this moment and hang onto it for as long as you can. It will be gone soon. Sure, there are more moments headed your way, but how many of these will you appreciate and cherish? All of them, I hope.
#1 – Baby Clothes
Because I’m the sentimental type, I saved some of my children’s baby clothes. Not all of them, only the special pieces that were either made or embellished for them or that bring back special memories. I gave my son some of his baby clothes as a gift at a baby shower and it will be fun to see his children wearing them. If you have baby clothes that are sentimental to you, but not in good enough condition to be passed down, you may want to read 10 Ways To Make a Memento Out of Old Baby Clothing.
#2 – A Moment to Remember
Watching 15-month-old Kayden experience the feel of rain and listening to her say “Wow!” is a cute reminder of how there can be joy in simple things and how to truly savor a moment.
#3 – 100 Happy Days
The 100 Happy Days Foundation challenges you to identify, photograph, and share something that makes you happy each day for 100 days in a row. Whether you choose to participate in the program or do it on your own, it is a great way to train yourself to look for happiness.
#4 – Catching the Wave
Surfer and photographer Clark Little photographs waves, shorebreaks, and backwashes. His work is spectacular and his philosophy, “I just went out and did what I did; did what I loved and it just kind of happened,” is what more of us should strive to do. Watch how he got started in this creative endeavour:
#5 – Moments
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
“The way a book smells when you thumb through it. The way quiet winter air makes you feel like no one else exists. The smell of the woods after a thunderstorm. That split second before your chair tips back. The feeling right before you cry. The euphoria before the heartbreak. That moment when you wonder if they think of you the way you think of them. These things, I live for.”
— Katie Humphreys
“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”
Go now and spread joy!
Posted in About me, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Husbands, inspiration, Kids, Parenting, Uncategorized, tagged advice for dads, advice for fathers, Anne Sexton quote, blog, Father's Day, Father's Day Gifts, Father's Day wish, gifts for dads, inspiration, inspirational quotes, Miles O'Brien, song about Dad, song for Father's Day, spreading joy on June 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Dads come in all shapes and sizes, so here’s a Father’s Day wish I penned for all fathers that’s short on words, long in sentiment, and big in heart: Thanks for blowing air in our sails and anchoring us during storms. Thanks for dreaming the big dreams and making us believers. Thanks for loving us like no one else could and for sacrificing as only you would. Thanks for loving our mothers and respecting them, too. But mostly, thanks for just being you. On this Father’s Day, may the love and devotion you give come back to you a thousand times over. Happy Father’s Day!
#1 – My Dad
Remember watching the Donna Reed Show? Well, at the risk of revealing my age, I remember it. I also remember listening to Paul Peterson’s song My Dad. As a Father’s Day tribute, here’s a blast from the past.
#2 – Dadvice
One of my sons is going to be a new dad this summer and I’m thrilled. I’m sure he’s going to be in need of some parenting advice at some time or another, so this is for him, as well as all new dads and dads-to-be: Dadvice is a collection of “90 tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, try-this’s and skip-that’s, for every stage of fatherhood. It’s the most complete, most comprehensive list available anywhere. Print it. Bookmark it. Share it. Tweet it.”
Here are some examples:
Imagine being hired as a pilot with no training. “Here’s the cockpit. Good luck getting to Houston.” That’s what it’s like coming home with a newborn. And it’s like that for everyone.
Cargo shorts are a diaper bag you can wear.
Travel with an extra set of clothes. Both for you and the kid.
If you let your kid play with the iPhone, put it on “airplane mode.”
Tell your partner “thank you.” A lot. And let your children hear you say it.
#3 – Unusual Gifts For Dad
Still thinking about that special gift for dad? What about a laser pizza cutter? Or what about an espresso maker made from an actual race car engine? To see these and more, check out 13 Food & Drink Father’s Day Gifts That Will Guarantee You’re His Favorite Child.
#4 – Miles O’Brien
TV reporter Miles O’Brien lost an arm while on assignment. Read his story Life, After and learn what he’s gained from his loss.
#5 – What Matters
“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”
Now go and spread joy!
Posted in Community, Entertainment, Health, inspiration, Kids, Parenting, Pets, Recycling, Uncategorized, tagged 25 things that are not what they seem, blog, Buster, Buster and Ruca, Dali Lama quote, deception, DIY, DIY craft Ideas, dogs, hackschooling, Helping Others, infographic, inspiration, inspirational quotes, life, Logan LaPlante, looks can be deceiving, not all things are what they seem, Pets, quote, quotes, random thoughts, Repurposing, Ruca, science of happiness, science of happiness infographics, TED video, trivia, upcycling, what makes people happy on January 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
With his Santa’s hat askew, Buster, a black Lab, looks warily over at Ruca, his playful Corgi cousin from New York. “Is she still there?” one could only imagine him thinking as he tries to avoid eye contact with her. Despite their size difference, Ruca herds Buster over to the sofa and makes sure he remains there. Watching the two interact with each other, I am reminded of how looks can be deceiving.
#1 – Not All Things Are What They Seem
While thinking about how looks can be deceiving, I came across this list of 25 Things That Are Not What They Seem. It’s an interesting read, especially for trivia buffs!
#2 – The Science of Happiness
Many people fall prey to the deception of what will make them happy. Why are some people happier than others? What do happy people possess that others don’t? Check out this infographic to learn about the science of happiness.
Posted in About me, Parenting, Recipes, Uncategorized, tagged blog, dinner, easy fish recipe, fish, fish recipe, fish taco, fish tacos, fish tacos recipe, food, food blog, grilled fish, grilled fish tacos, healthy fish tacos, homemade fish tacos, quick fish recipe, Recipes, taco recipes, tacos on September 17, 2013 | 2 Comments »
If you raise children to have adventurous taste buds and you give them an appreciation for well-prepared food, most likely they will grow up to be good cooks. This little bit of parental advice may not hold true for everyone, but I’ve been rewarded in spades. All my children enjoy cooking good food as much as they enjoy eating good food. Not only do my children enjoy good food, they also share it. I’ve been the lucky recipient of some really wonderful meals prepared by them. A couple of weeks ago, my middle child and his wife treated me to delicious homemade fish tacos. Because they were so good, I had big-time cravings for them and had to make them for myself. These fish tacos are easy to prepare, moist, flavorful, and healthy. No batter or deep-frying involved. Fish Taco Fridays may become a regular occurrence in this household!
Grilled Fish Tacos
Adapted from a Bobby Flay recipe
1 pound white fish, such as mahi mahi, orata, tilapia, basa, etc.
1/4 cup canola oil
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
1 jalapeño, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
8 flour tortillas*
Shredded white cabbage
Hot sauce, tomato salsa, or pico de gallo
Crema or sour cream
Thinly sliced red onion
Thinly sliced green onion
Chopped cilantro leaves
Queso Fresco, crumbled
1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. Place fish in a medium size dish. Whisk together the oil, lime juice, ancho, jalapeño, and cilantro and pour over the fish. Let marinade for 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Remove the fish from the marinade and place onto a hot grill. Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove. Let rest for 5 minutes.
4. Place the tortillas on the grill for 20 seconds.
1. *I use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. I think they are a better choice for tacos and they are slightly healthier to eat.
2. If you don’t want to grill the tortillas, you can warm them up in a frying pan on your cooktop.
3. The Kachumbari Salad I prepared last week goes wonderfully with these fish tacos.