Dear Mom, I’m sorry

I was 13 years old. It was Friday the 13th and my friend was spending the night so we could watch scary movies all night. But then, I had a scary moment of my own.

I cut my ankle on my bed frame. I don’t know how I managed to do that, but it doesn’t surprise me. Stupid injuries are my specialty.

I tried to just put a bandaid on and deal. I didn’t want my mom to know. I remember that. But it kept bleeding. And it hurt like hell. And I was crying.


The best place to cry is in a mother's arms - Jodi Picoult

That’s how I ended up in the ER on Friday the 13th. With my mom, my friend, and my sister. I can still feel the panic and trauma from the experience. I was on the exam table. The nurse was mean and scary. I had to pee really bad and she wouldn’t let me go because she had already cleaned the wound. The doctor was coming at me with a needle pointed right at the hole in my ankle. I don’t know what came over me, but I began screaming like crazy.


I don’t know why they didn’t just tranquilize me because I was ridiculous.

It’s really embarrassing now, but at the time, I was terrified.

You know what happened?

I got ONE stitch. One ittty bitty stitch in my ankle.

I barely even have a scar.

Now, this is just the most ridiculous of examples of my extreme dramatics I displayed throughout my childhood and adolescence.

I’m really proud of myself for getting through childbirth and numerous kidney stones as I have, with just a normal amount of drama. (ok, so I did yell at my mom a bit much during my first baby birth, but hey, that shit is hard).

Recently, my thirteen year old has been sick. Nothing super dramatic but oh the pain and the screaming. I truly felt for her.

But I also called my mom.

I now understand why she gets that look whenever we discuss my childhood dramatics. Why she giggles maniacally whenever I moan about my motherhood challenges. “Payback,” she says, with a smirk.

After this last bout of nursing my firstborn back to health. I knew I had to do it.

I called my mom and said..


I’m So Sorry.


And someday, I expect to receive a similar phone call from my girls.


Knott’s Voyage to the Iron Reef

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“Mom, when can we go to Knotts?”

Knotts Berry Farm

I hear that often around my house. Over the years, my kids have come to love our trips to Knotts Berry Farm. It seems like there is always something new to enjoy or something that we haven’t discovered in previous trips.

And now my older girls are starting to take interest in the “Big Rides.” I can’t wait to ride my all time favorites, for sure. But there’s even more going on this year!

Voyage to the Iron Reef Logo

That’s why I’m super excited to take them to ride on the new ride Voyage to the Iron Reef.

This is what we have to look forward to:

The new interactive 4-D attraction called Voyage to the Iron Reef, will take you on an adventure aboard submarine-inspired vehicles through enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, mysterious mechanical wreckage, and high definition 3D animation. Guests who have what it takes to become brave deep sea navigators embark on an adventure into the Iron Reef that combines the fun of a theme park ride with the interactivity of high tech video games. The submarines navigate 11 colossal scenes featuring hundreds of media-based creatures and other special effects.

Voyage to the Iron Reef On-Ride 1

That sounds amazing, doesn’t it? We can’t wait!

We will also see some more new entertainment that Knott’s has going on this summer:

Blockbuster Beagle On Ice  – Charles M. Schulz Theatre

Snoopy and his Peanuts buddies “go Hollywood” bringing Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure. Join Snoopy and our World-class ice skating stars at the Charles M. Schulz Theatre for this amazing new production! June 13 – August 23 No shows on Wednesdays

Vertical Impact & Vertical Impact Geared Up Show

Vertical Impact presents the ultimate blend of extreme stunts with high flying acrobats performing a one of a kind performance perfect for the entire family! This high energy show is set to the most popular songs of today, combining everything from trampoline stunts, bmx bikes, skaters, dancers, and aerialists.  “DJ Nytemadness” will keep the party going mixing all the best of current EDM, dance & pop hits after each show while the cast joins the guests of all ages to dance, party, take selfies, and just be a part of it all. June 13 – August 23 No shows on Mondays & Tuesdays

Of course there’s our usual favorites and more exciting things to discover:

Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers – Camp Snoopy Theatre Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody! Daily, June 14 through September 1.

Ghost Town Streetmosphere Ghost Town is alive with townsfolk who will put you smack dab in the middle of the Wild West. Daily, June 13 – September 7

Big Band Swingin’ Sundays Jump, Jive & Swing to the sounds of Orange County’s best local Big Bands. Sunday evenings, June14 – August 30

The Big Fat Steve Band – Boardwalk Circle Stage Back by popular demand, The Big Fat Steve Band-The Kings of Kool is a fun, exciting dance band with a swingin’ beat. Wednesday through Saturday, June 13 – August 29. Plus September 5 & 6

Boardwalk Dance Party – Boardwalk Circle Stage Dance ‘til you drop and wave your hands in the air until you just don’t care with DJ Howly, one of Orange County’s most requested “mixers & spinners”. Monday & Tuesday evenings, June 15 – August 25, Plus September 7

Salsa  Bands –  Fiesta Plaza Stage Nothing says a party at the Fiesta Plaza stage better than the energy created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands. Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings, June 13 through August 23, Plus August 29, 30 and September 5, 6, & 7

The Ghost Town Miners – Spurs Stage For a “Yeehaw” of a good time you won’t want to miss the Ghost Town Miners sing and play some of the best bluegrass this side of the Rio Grande! Tuesday through Thursday, June 16 – August 20

Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies – Birdcage Theatre Things get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies perform their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show that has Knott’s audiences clamoring for more! Fridays through Mondays, June 13 – August 23 except 6/19 and 8/6 & 29.

Salsa  Bands –  Fiesta Plaza Stage Nothing says a party at the Fiesta Plaza stage better than the energy created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands. Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings, June 13 through August 23, Plus August 29, 30 and September 5, 6, & 7

The Ghost Town Miners – Spurs Stage For a “Yeehaw” of a good time you won’t want to miss the Ghost Town Miners sing and play some of the best bluegrass this side of the Rio Grande! Tuesday through Thursday, June 16 – August 20

The Marshal Purdy Show – Birdcage Theatre Come on in for some old fashioned, homespun fun that’s sure to tickle your fancy and bust your gut. Tuesday & Wednesday, June 17 – August 2

Calico Saloon Cancan Show – Calico Saloon Don’t miss the Calico Saloon Show for some good old’ fashioned bar room fun. You might even want to cool off with a tall cool bottle of the hard stuff…Sarsaparilla! Daily, June 13 – September 30, Plus September 5 – 7

Fool’s Gold Stunt Show – Wagon Camp Will the bad guys manage to re route and steal the gold? Find out in this rowdy, comical, western stunt show presented on Knott’s legendary Wagon Camp stage.

Indian Trails – You won’t want to miss the beautiful music, authentic costumes and historically rich traditions presented at the Indian Trails Stage. Thursday through Monday – Year round

Mystery Lodge – Sit back and let this award winning, one of a kind attraction mesmerize you as our Native American Storyteller shares stories of his rich history and culture.

We can’t wait to do it all. If you haven’t been to Knott’s yet this year, now is the time to go! I’ll be posting photos and tweeting from Knotts next Saturday! Follow along with us!

The Other Arm

Back from another little blogging break.

And I don’t have the greatest news.

A few weeks ago this happened:

Ema at the doctor

Here’s some stickers sorry you’re at Urgent Care

Which turned to this:

Yup there's the fracture

ouchie right there

And this:

Here's a sling you won't wear

She’s such a trooper

Yup. I win at mom of the year. At least this time it’s just a little fracture and not a full break requiring surgery like last time. She tripped over a pillow and fell on carpet. And broke her elbow. There is no doubt she is my kid.

She was quite a trooper. Like it was old hat for her.

Ema is quite a character though.

The night we went to Urgent Care, she was all super friendly. Saying “Hello Everyone” all around.

Except when the nurse called us back. She either judged on her own or picked up my vibe because I’ve dealt with that nurse before and she is super annoying. When she took us to the exam room, she tried to get Ema to sit up on the exam table, but Ema was not having it. She was on my lap on the chair. Finally she said to the nurse “You can go! You’re fired!”

Isa and I were there cracking up. The nurse didn’t even catch what she said.

Her first round of xrays were not so fun. She handled them as well as she could, with just a little crying. But since she couldn’t pinpoint the exact location of the injury, they had to do her whole arm.

Just a little crack in  her elbow.

But when we went to the orthopedic dr, she was like I got this. When they took that xray, she said Cheese!

She chose a purple cast.

Can I have some ice cream now?

Chilling with her new armor

And on our way out of the building suddenly she raised up her arm and said, “Oh no! not again!”

She totally remembered the first break from last year. Talking about how the dr had told her night night (right as they were putting her out for surgery I assume) and how we spent the night at the hospital and I slept with her in the bed.

That kind of broke my heart because I had thought she wouldn’t remember that.

She’s got a couple more weeks with the cast. The only time she complains is at night. She wants to take it off to go to bed. But otherwise, she kind of likes it.

I’m glad we are on to May. My favorite month. And rising up out of the funk I’ve been in.

Rotten mood

It’s amazing how things can go from a bright smile to grumpy face.

Everything is wonderful and amazing and funny.

But then, things take a turn and it’s pouting and grumbling and just all around nastiness.

grumpy pantsNo I’m not talking about the twins. 

I’m talking about me!

Sometimes, it happens. Stress, hormones, emotions, all working to kick my happy ass.

What do you do when that happens?

Here’s what I’m going to do.

1. Cuddle with my husband.

2. Hug my kids.

3. Climb into bed with a book.

4. Tell the internet all about it.

So far, I’ve done #4. And part of #2.

Off to finish the list.