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On a Personal Note: It’s a Boy!!??

Posted by gppasswords On June - 26 - 2011

I was deathly afraid of mothering a son. I grew up with just one sister and we were girly girls, so I could only picture myself having daughters. When I was pregnant with Julie, I was positive she was a girl, and of course she was. I just loved dressing up my beautiful little girl baby in all the adorable frilly outfits. I loved everything about having a little girl. The second time around, Scott was gung-ho about having a boy and of course we found out we were having a boy. For some reason, I was really scared to have a boy. I have always pictured little boys as rough, wild and full of mischief. That was before Johnny came along. My blue-eyed boy is wrapped so tightly around my finger, I could never really get mad at him. I never imagined a two-year-old little boy could be so sweet and sensitive. Whenever Julie is crying (which isn't as often as it was during the school year, but it's still too often for a five-year-old), he runs up to her, takes her face in his hands and sweetly kisses her and says "It's OK, Julie, I give you hug." She, of course, eats this up and squeezes him tightly back. (Despite the occasional sybling rivalry, Julie really loves her little brother. She calls him her best friend.) He is constantly saying "Mommy, I love you. Mommy, I give you hug." The other day, this is what he said to me, and I'm dead serious: "Mommy, you're beautiful (except it sounded like booteeful). I love you." My heart melted on the spot and I picked him up, so he could snuggle in my neck. Don't get me wrong. He's definitely a mischevious little guy and I think he uses his charming ways to his advantage. If he gets in trouble, he'll just give this little pout and start tearing up, and you can't help but feel bad for him. Of course I end up scooping him up and cuddling him on our big recliner, as we sing songs together. He's just too darn hard to resist!

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On a Personal Note: New Years Resolutions

Posted by gppasswords On January - 6 - 2011
I always make New Year's resolutions. Even if it's something simple like trying to be a nicer person or to make my bed every morning (yes I had that one even after high school.) I'm a pretty tradition-oriented person, so it's probably just a habit to make some kind of New Year's resolution every year. Some years I'm more successful than others, but I really think the point of it for me, is to start the year off with a clean slate. It's pardoning yourself for last year's screwups. It's like saying, last year might have been a bust, but I have a new chance this year. 2010 was actually a pretty good year for me, resolutions-wise. A year ago, I vowed to lose 30 pounds. Shockingly, the weight came off--- 32 pounds by April, and it's still pretty much off (though I haven't taken into account the holiday poundage.) I have my sister, Kelly, to thank
for that one, because she motivated me and cheered me on, along the way. Some of my other goals were a little more abstract, like being a more patient mom. I think I might have made strides in the right direction on that one, but I'm not sure I actually am where I want to be with that, so I'll keep that on my list. One of my resolutions in 2011 is to run the Baltimore marathon in October. After running the half marathon this fall, I know this goal is attainable, though it will take a lot of training and hard work. It's just nice knowing my husband Scott and sister Kelly are planning to run the marathon too. The other resolution I'm setting for myself isn't so measurable, but it's pretty important. I really want to try and make the absolute best use of my time. There are only so many hours in a day, and like every other parent, I need to make time to work, clean, cook and spend time with Scott and the kids. The spending time with family is becoming even more important as Julie will be in full-time kindergarten next year. I just want to cherish these last months of her being home with me. So, do you make New Year's resolutions? If so, what are yours?
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I think my husband Scott and I are getting crazier as we get older. If you would have told me five years ago that we would be running half marathons and doing crazy obstacle course races, I would have laughed uncontrollably. But we have really been into challenges lately.

 

 A couple weekends ago we ran the half marathon in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. I run a lot, but my furthest distance was 6.5 miles, when I ran the relay half marathon in the spring in Baltimore. After running that race, I knew I wanted to do the entire 13.1 miles of the half marathon. The half marathon in Hollidaysburg was a perfect starter. There weren't any crazy hills and the weather was brisk, but really perfect for running. For most of the race Scott and I were running alone. Yup. We were definitely the slower runners. We finished in 2 hours and 15 minutes, and there were only four people behind us. There are some amazing runners in our area. I'm not upset about our time though. It was a great race and something fun to do with Scott. We talked for most of the race. The best was at the end of the race. We were both sprinting and racing each other to the finish line. Then, we gave each other a big hug. It's fun to share a passion with each other. Our goal is a full marathon maybe next fall in Baltimore. We also had a crazy challenge the weekend after the half marathon when we competed in the Warrior Dash in Lancaster. We met up with my sister, Kelly and some friends. It was a hilarious 3-mile obstacle course.

We climbed cargo nets, hay bales and huge metal boxes. We crawled through spider web nets and up impossibly muddy hills. Jumping in the freezing cold swamp and plunging into the muddy bog were the most extreme. In the swamp we had to climb over floating logs and in the bog we had to crawl beneath barbed wire. Covered in mud from head to toe, we sprinted to the finish line and jumped through rings of fire. It was one of the most fun and off-the-wall things we have done. Afterwards we sported our warrior hats, ate huge turkey legs and listened to music. Anyone up for a different experience, should try it next year. Check out www.warriordash.com.

 
  
 
 
 
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On a Personal Note….Happy Birthday

Posted by gppasswords On October - 9 - 2010

My daughter Julie had been looking forward to the day forever, but I was quietly dreading it. She turned 5 and was thrilled beyond belief. Though I had a smile plastered on my face and we had a great day, I couldn't help but feel a little blue. My baby girl is 5!! That may seem silly...especially to parents of even older kids who might be reading this. I bet if you think back, though, you might remember your kids turning 5 as a little milestone. For some reason "5" just seems so big to me. Little by little she's growing up more each day.  Each day she needs me less and less. Scott and I were relaxing in our bed this morning as Julie played quietly by herself downstairs. (For some reason, my 17-month-old son, Johnny was sleeping later than usual.) It was a wonderful feeling, but then I felt something in the pit of my stomach---the realization that she doesn't need me anymore. She didn't even come in to ask me for a drink or breakfast or to play Barbies with her. She goes to the bathroom by herself, brushes her teeth, gets something to eat, puts her dishes in the dishwasher, cleans up her messes---all by herself! It seems like I've been waiting for a self-sufficient little girl for eternity. Now that I have her, I can't help but miss the days when I carried her around on my hip like she was my little baby doll. Now she has her own feelings and opinions and she picks out her own clothes to wear in the morning, and no matter how much I want to do her hair in piggie tails, if she wants her hair straight, that's her choice. As I tucked her in to bed that night and we read "Golidlicious" ( a birthday gift from Scott and me), Julie looked at me and said, "Mommy, tomorrow's not my birthday, but I'll still be 5, right?" I smiled in triumph. She still was my innocent little girl.

 

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On a Personal Note….Mother’s Day

Posted by gppasswords On May - 8 - 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  As long as I can remember, I've been a Daddy's girl. When I was little, I'd race down the stairs as soon as I heard my dad turn the key in the lock. I wrote him poems, eagerly showed him my school papers and report cards, and happily joined him on every outing, even if it was something as mundane as going to the county dump. But, my parents said when I was really small, I was quite the Mommy's girl. I followed my mom around the house and snuggled in her lap as she read me stories or played dollies.
 
  This kind of reminds me of Julie and I. Up until last year, she was all Mommy's girl. She wouldn't let me out of her sight and wanted me to do everything for her. I'd sit on the floor with her playing princesses or Barbies for hours and we would play school a few times a week where I'd try to teach her pre-reading skills. We were best buds. I think after Johnny was born she started to become really attached to Scott. The worst mornings are when Scott leaves early for work, and Julie wakes up to find him gone. She's so sad! I think it's just the natural progression of parents and their kids. I think mothers often take the backseat, quietly taking care of their kids' endless needs, while dads often do the fun stuff with kids or teach them new things. I'm not complaining. I think it's great that Julie loves her daddy. It does, however, make me appreciate everything my mom did  for us.
 
  As awesome as my dad was growing up, my mom was always the one to take care of us when we were sick. She cooked us dinner every night, gave us baths and carted us to our many activities. She made sure we did our homework, practiced our instruments and wore tennis shoes on gym days. She packed our bags for vacation and never forgot a thing. And she did this all without a complaint...like it was her job or her mission.  I think that's how mothers kind of evolve. They put their families first, but don't really expect anything in return. I'm sure I took this all for granted growing up.
 
  Now, as a mother of two children, I realize how much work and effort it takes. I'm in awe of how my mom did it all and more. She worked part-time as a gym teacher when we were growing up, but she still cooked dinner every night and our house was always clean. I've always been very close to my dad, but after I had Julie, I started to become really close with my mom again. I think I began to see life through her eyes and realize how much she did for us. Now, we talk pretty much every day. She's an amazing grandma to Julie and Johnny and loves hearing stories about them. I Iove telling them to her too because I know she's really listening. I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful mother, even if it took me a while to fully appreciate her.
 
 
 
 

-Kristy MacKaben
Kristy also has blog on MIRRORMOMS.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

About Me

Posted by gppasswords On May - 7 - 2010


 

 
 
 

Kristy MacKaben is a stay-at-home mom. The MacKaben household also includes husband Scott, 4-year-old daughter Julie, and son Johnny who was born April 19, 2009. Kristy is also a freelance writer for the Altoona Mirror and is a member of 'MOMS Club of Hollidaysburg/Altoona' and 'Mothers Of Preschoolers'.

Kristy also has blog on MIRRORMOMS.

 

Kristy will be submitting stories periodically about parenting or anything she wants to talk about. I wanted to diversify the content a bit on getpresales while still having it be of interest to you guys.

 

 

 

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