• kara

    Wild at Heart…

    Kara went to each of my sky dives and she would watch the training video.  After the hour introduction she would say, “I want to do it!” You have to be 18 before you can sky dive and she was more than willing to wait. She’s an aries though…and aries want it now, if not yesterday. When I started my training at Lodi, I found out that you can be 16 with a parents signature.  I told Kara and after thinking about it for 3 seconds she said, “Okay!” Yesterday we got up and headed out to the drop zone so she could jump out of a plane.  I paid…

  • kara,  marina

    That sound you hear, it’s my tummy grumbling.

    This last week, physically, has been rough on me. The diet is draining me of energy (I thought there was none to start with!) Today, I got vertigo. The whooshing in my ears. After sitting down for awhile and getting up super slow, I was alright. We leave for Reno today for the Matchbox 20 concert. The road to Reno is currently being dumped with snow. Did I ever tell you how much I just lurve driving in snow? LOVE IT! (please detect the sarcasm) No matter what, despite the circumstances, I am going to have fun. How could I not? hot tub IN.THE.ROOM. Matchbox 20, the smell of hotel…

  • Dashababy,  kara,  The Fonz

    RESET!

    FINALLY! I finally got up to mom and Kath’s house to visit. It was, as Kathy calls it “WAY TOO SHORT”, and I need to go back and spend like 2 months to catch up. I didn’t plan on getting my hair done, but after seeing Kara’s hair when Kathy finished it…I begged her to do mine.  So, it no longer looks like it does in this picture. Kathy came in a few minutes after the pictures were taken and waved this magic wand over my head and magic happened and I am much less war-torn looking and more “Bow Chicka Bow Bow”. Kathy’s husband, Kevin was in the garage…

  • kara

    Oh, the things I will realize!

    As Shaun and I were dodging a car coming straight for us in the Safeway parking lot, I realized that If I were to die, the last post that you would read was about my cootchie and my boobs. As great as a book that would make for my daughters to write about me after I die, ‘My Mother, her Coochie, and the Blog she wrote…’ I sort of didn’t want to go out that way. Today is Kara’s final day of her 2 week (but feels like 6 week) play she has been in. It’s based on “Ever After” with Drew Barrymoore. We waited until the last showing, not…

  • kara,  marina

    In the last 4 years, this was the highlight of living with teenage girls.

    Marina and Kara fight like real sisters and not step-sisters. Both girls were 10 and 11 when they ‘met’ for the first time. In the beginning the novelty of having a friend to play with was totally awesome. Then Shaun and the kids moved in and the girls entered into 6th grade. The novelty of it wore off FAST. The past years have been a roller coaster of mood swings. I’m talking the Tilt’a’Whirl, Ferris Wheel and the Drop Zone of mood swings. They can go a week being the bestest of friends, glued to each other and laughing together so hard that it makes us laugh because they are…

  • kara

    Welcome Bob…the new tooth

    BEFORE Back in July, Kara had her oral surgery where they cut into her gums and put a bracket on her front tooth, put a chain on it, sewed her back up and then we had to wait for the tooth to come down. The Orthodontist put some crazy wire thing on her braces and attached the chain to it. Within 24 hours we finally saw the tooth breaking through. It was coming in almost completely sideways, but HOLY HELL it was coming down! 3 weeks later, the tooth had come down a little bit, but not enough to be jumping for joy about. The Orthodontist tightened up the crazy…

  • kara,  marina

    First High School Dance

    Getting along before the dance, originally uploaded by Random and Odd. Marina and Kara get along SO great before dances. By the end of the dance they are bickering and fighting. *sigh* And Kara had a crappy time at the dance because of a boy flirting with her ALL the time BEFORE the dance, and then it comes around and he stands there and watches her dance. Most would say, “Oh he liked her and was too afraid to ask her to dance.” Nope, this guy is a jerk. Go on, tell her about your horrible dance experiences. She doesn’t believe me when I tell her how horrible mine were.

  • kara,  photography

    And now we have Darnelle…

    Internet, meet Darnelle. This is Kara’s new baby. Before you go freaking out that we bought her a big ol’ expensive Nikon, just listen to how this all came about. Since long before 6th grade, Kara has had this thing I like to call, ‘Her Mother’s Inability To Retain Anything That Has To With Numbers Being Multiplied.’ (perhaps this has something to do with how many children I have…that or 9 months of not having a period outweighed the horrible sickness I had taking birth control pills) When it comes to retaining any information outside of the lyrics to every song written, every single line in a movie she loves…

  • Anxiety,  kara

    Yeesh.

    I had a super long, never ending conversation with my daughter tonight. I informed her that I was quitting my medication on Sunday. She freaked out on me. “Mom, you can’t just quit ‘cold turkey’!! You’ll get really sick!” “Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.” “Mom, Please call your doctor and find out if it’s safe for you to quit like that. I know it’s not.” “OK..MOM!” “Mom, I’m not kidding. It’s not healthy to quit like that. It’s bad for you. You need to come off it slowly.” “Kara, seriously. I will be fine.” “CALL YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!” While in the middle of a debate with my FOURTEEN year old…

  • kara

    Monday Morning…not this Monday, NEXT Monday

    Kara finally got her thumbs up for her oral surgery. They are ready to slice open her gums and retrieve the tooth now that the braces have given it space to come down. Sounds wonderful huh? I’m so excited for her to finally be able to feel ‘normal’. My sister said she doesn’t want Kara to be any more beautiful than she already is. I agree too, but I want her to have at least a fighting chance in High School. Kids are mean enough, give them a missing tooth teenage girl to torment and they will be in heaven. Hopefully by the end of summer she will be much…