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Middle Child Syndrome

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Sandy and Kathy

I was the second born in a family of three girls.  This, of course, made me the dreaded “middle child”.  From experience and observing other families I can say the problems of the middle child seem to be true.

The first child in our family was my sister, Kathy.  She was born four years before me.  She was the first child, grandchild, and niece.  She seemed to be the favorite of everyone from my standpoint.  Then I came along.   I was told that since my parents already had a girl it would have been nice to have a boy.  Oh well, it didn’t turn out that way, but they adjusted.   I remember our home life being normal and pleasant.  My dad was in the service and I was two days old when he was deployed.  So, having no males around I didn’t like them very much.  I have been told that later in life I made up for that! Whatever that means!!!  Then it happened, another girl was born into our family five years later.  This now made me a middle child.   Continue reading

The Power of Red Nail Polish

red nail polish power

As a child, I spent late afternoons during the school year and long summer days with my grandma Is. She wasn’t a teacher by trade, but she taught me what was important through constant example. Continue reading

Family Means Everything

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Gma Is, Uncle Lloyd and Gma Doris at my wedding

Both of my grandmas taught me many life lessons as I grew up and I was so very lucky that they were both with me until I had my own children. Continue reading

The Birth of My Princess

princessI had always said that I wanted 4 kids.  My hubby said, “No – 2 is fine”.  I offered a compromise and said “How about 3?” He again was adamant that 2 was fine.  But for some reason, my family didn’t feel complete. Continue reading

My Birth of My Pumpkin

pumpkinI was pregnant again and my doctor had told me that my due date was December 13th, but that this was going to be a big baby.  I remember during one appointment, my doctor did an ultrasound and said, “You’re going to have a boy and he is NOT shy!”  Our little boy was in my belly, arms and legs somewhat outstretched and his privates were very obvious!   Continue reading

Drunk on the Beach

beachSelf-care is actually a way of life for me.  I tend to do the things I like even when there are many things on my agenda that I put off as I don’t enjoy them. So, while looking over the list of topics that I have written down that is my self-care I feel that I mostly do self-care on a regular basis.  Continue reading

Losing Loved Ones

familyIn contemplating what my greatest fear is, I’d have to say it’s the fear of loss.  The idea of losing a member of my family is unbearable to me.  Whether it’s my sister, my mom or dad, my aunt, any of my kids, or any of my family, the thought brings me to tears.  Continue reading

Easter Hunting

huntingThere are lots of things to love about Easter – from the candy to the family dinner, but my favorite part has always been the Easter egg hunt.   Continue reading

The Queen, The Princess and The Frog

siblingsTo say having siblings is interesting, wonderful, and memorable is, to sum up, my life with two siblings.  Our family consisted of three girls.  Kathy was the oldest, I was the middle child and Judy is my younger sister.  We are four and five years apart.  Continue reading

My Sister – My Hero

heroMy sister was always my hero growing up.  This is not a new thing for me to reveal by any means.  She played the flute, so did I.  She was a cheerleader, so was I.  She went to UW Eau Claire, so did I.  There are many more examples, but you get the idea. Continue reading