Throwback Thursday: Goodbye to Thanksgiving Break

Ok so background…this blog was posted on another platform November 30th 2014. At the time we had just made the big move from Southern California to Texas. I hope you enjoy little bit of my past and the comments I insert in italics while looking back.

As with all other areas of life, our Thanksgiving began with some bumps in the road, but it all leveled out. Its funny how those bumps seem so important at the time, but I have no clue what they were looking back…

We had quite a nice time visiting with my mother, who flew in from California. Sadly she had to return home today and tomorrow break is over. I really appreciate how much time and energy my mom has put into seeing us. She comes out at least 3 times a year.

Tomorrow we head back to the hustle and bustle that is our daily lives. Some days I love it, some days I hate it, but mostly I am so thankful for everyone who is a part of it. Honestly in those days…I hated it a lot. I was really struggling with adjusting to a new college and such a large one at that. I had a lot of struggle deciding where I belonged in this world and led to a lot of depression.

On another note, we are in the final stretch of FALL semester! Only a few more weeks and then we can really relax! Not to mention Christmas and then vacation. We have a lot to look forward to! Man did I always look forward to the breaks during the school year. The first year after I graduated I got this horrible anxiety like I should be preparing for something, but I wasn’t… Apparently my body was just used to freaking out at that time of the year. The next year it was a lot better because I was in that stay at home mom groove.

I cant wait to see our children’s faces on Christmas morning! The best part is seeing the kids faces after we put so much effort into things. I love Christmas.

So these pictures were not a part of the original post (it didn’t have any), but I figured I would add some from Fall 2014.

We had family pictures taken that Fall and man have these 3 grown since then… and we have 2 more munchkins since then too!
I used to LOVE to get the girls themed bows for every occasion. They don’t really wear them much anymore, but I bought these bows locally for Thanksgiving 2014.
So much cuteness!

Throwback Thursday: I Said Yes

Ok so background…this blog was posted on another platform June 22nd 2014. At the time we were living in Southern California. I hope you enjoy little bit of my past and the comments I insert in italics while looking back.

The proposal wasn’t entirely a surprise. I knew he had a ring (And by “knew” what I mean is I had scoured the closet for said box and taken a peek…bad Christine…bad), I knew what it looked like, but I did not know when and where it would happen. I found out when it would happen the day before. Mostly because he just wasn’t any good at keeping his excitement in lol. I don’t even remember his excitment…aww, that was nice to read.

The location was still a mystery. (I have to say I was pretty surprised about the location) He isn’t very good at keeping secrets and I am not great at surprises. (See earlier comment about “taking a peek”) So I asked a ton of questions. Really to no avail. I was told we would be walking on sidewalks (about like walking around in the mall), that it was within a 2 hour radius, it was not super dressy, and that we had been there before. Oh and that Ross was going to be there to take pictures of the event. 

So then once we headed south on the 15 fwy I realized we were headed to San Diego. My mind started turning… And finally I realized! Balboa Park, of course! The guys wouldn’t tell me one way or the other. However I was really hoping he would propose in front of the botanical garden/conservatory there as I love it. I love it so much that I had even considered how beautiful it would be to get married there one day! 

San Diego is beautiful and it was a wonderful day. A slight breeze, not too hot, and not too many people. 

All images are from the original blog, but the captions are not.

Not really sure why I thought this awesome picture of a fence was blog worthy… pretty confused here lol
Again with the fence and trash cans… face meet palm
…just…no comment

We arrived and went to the Natural History Museum, which was fun 🙂

Man that building is intricate
That is not a real dude which was more apparent in person.
OMG…Richard was sooo young
That will be a nope from me
Ok so clearly Ross was on camera because I am in the background
I miss those boots
Daddy shark is mad yo

Then we headed to my favorite place in the park! We walked through the conservatory. It was a beautiful moment. There was a man there playing violin for the public and so there was music in the background, not many people walking around, and Richard got down on one knee and asked me to Marry him!! Of course I said yes! 

I adore this building
In retrospect… That dress was not as flattering as I thought….
He was suuper nervous and SO WAS I…social stuff like this is really hard

As we were leaving there was a man doing Free caricatures so we went ahead and had one done. I love it! I am going to have it framed. (I never did have it framed, but I do still have it. I will be putting that on my to do list for sure)

After the proposal we went back to the Natural History Museum where we watched a 3D video on Sharks, then went to lunch to celebrate at a great local Thai Food restaurant! 

Hello World

Why do this? Well…I love blogging/journaling and actually I’ve been doing it on and off for years on another platform.

So they gave these starter questions and I figured I might as well fill them out.

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal? Great question. Partly because I enjoy it, but also maybe I can do something I like and earn a little moula on the side (holding my breath there lol). Plus people ask questions about our life all the time so maybe people are intrigued?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about? Anything, everything. Our family, purchases we make, and things we do.
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog? Any open minded, kindhearted people.
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished? Blogging regularly.

Oh and if you don’t know me. HI…I’m Christine.

Me. No make up, filter, etc.

I’m a 33 year old stay at home mom of 5 kids. I live in our little house with my husband, kids, brother in law, father, and ex-husband. (This is where the questions normally start…) We have a cat, dog, and rabbit. We are currently working towards building a home on a 13 acre parcel we bought with our best friends. They live in the existing home there.

My Munchkins. Photo by Michelle Voigt Photography

Currently I am hoping to post a new blog every Tuesday and Thursday. My Thursday blogs will be “flashback Thursdays” where I will share blogs I wrote from the past decade.

So now I turn it over to you…what would you like to see? What questions do you have? Be open…be honest…

I Suffer from *Insert Big Word Here*

If you travelled back in time and asked Christine of 12 years ago that I was making this post, she would have been mortified. At that time I wasn’t ready to tell the world. Heck I had just told my best friend about it.

So what is that big word? Trichotillomania

What is it? A disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out body hair.

So why share now? About 5 years ago I decided to seek out therapy for this as our local university had a professor who specialized in therapy for this disorder. Therapy went “ok” but ultimately they decided that what I needed more was help with anxiety and depression. Also I really wasn’t ready to truly work on my compulsion.

As time has gone on I have become more willing to be open about the things I’m working through. It went from telling that one best friend, to a therapist, to hair stylists, to other therapists, and at some point I just stopped caring who knew.

When did it start? Around 14 or 15ish years old. This onset I believe is on the high end of the average start age.

What does it look like for me? I pick at the hair on my head and body. I do both automatic and focused pulling. This means that I could be focused on something else, like reading a novel, and my hands just gravitate towards pulling. Also if I am stressed or anxious I can pull as a part of self soothing relief. Pulling out hair is satisfying for me, one might even say pleasurable (not in a sexual way..but a pastime you might enjoy). I also like to pick, at skin, nails, pimples, etc.

Maybe you have notice and maybe you haven’t, but I have super short hair pieces on top of my head. I also wear my hair up almost ALL the time. This is because I have short hairs that are hard to style and small bald spots that would need to be covered. This is probably the last thing that makes me self conscious.

So how does it effect my life? To start…I shed hair all over the place because I’m pulling it out. I’m self conscious about bald spots and short hair. I used to avoid going to a hair stylist because I didn’t want to have to explain it. However now I just stick with the same one and that makes it easier. It effects the way I style my hair. I also try to pick at my spouse, which he hates.

I used to be so worried about people seeing or finding out, but honestly I’ve accepted that this is a compulsion. Maybe I’ll tackle it someday, maybe I wont….but one thing I do know is that I’m done hiding.