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Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great summer. I can’t believe its September already. Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but I have not settled into early wake up calls, being annoyingly list oriented, shipping my kids off all day, and crazy packed schedules. I do love fall, but I’ve been hanging on to thoughts of summer the last couple of weeks.

A few days ago, a parent asked me, “Aren’t you glad summer is over? I feel like a cruise director all summer long.”

No, I’m not glad summer is over! I don’t mind being the cruise director. In fact, I think it’s pretty fun.

Sometimes moms, who like to be around their kids all the time, are labeled “weird”. I think that’s weird, but whatever…

It’s not like every second of every day at home with the kids is peaches and cream. I do feel like ripping my hair out sometimes when they get into some stupid screaming fight about who said what when. But, I love the freedom and possibilities of summer. Summertime is less about schedules and goals; and more about bonding, popsicles, and adventures.

Sure, I get less work done in the summer and our house tends to get messier, but that time with our kids is worth it to me. I also realize that with each passing summer, that is one less summer that I will share with the kids before they leave the nest for good. I’ll have plenty of time to myself later, and knowing myself like I do; I will look back and wish I had spent even more time with the kids when they were little.

Fall is bittersweet for me.

I do love the spider webs, fog, and beautiful burnt orange leaves that Fall brings. I love the energy that comes along with new teachers, friends, activities, and holidays to come. I also love the fact that every Fall, I tend to re-evaluate my life. I do this because each September, I am reminded that with each passing school year, I’m a year older too. More

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School’s Out For Summer. Almost…

We don’t live in Hawaii where this particular picture was taken, but this is my fantasy of a perfect summer day…

Hi everyone!

I miss being here! It’s been too long. I’ve been super busy preparing to teach my first ever Social Media workshop at the University of Washington. It’s a big deal for me because I’m going out of my comfort zone—way out! I’ve been creating: writing, editing, and social media posts at www.LizNordCreates.com (while still working a little at RGN). I’m using the blog in lieu of textbooks, and I have lots of entertaining and informed authors, artists, business owners, life coaches, etc., who are contributing great stuff there.

Today I posted a piece by Jenna McCarthy, who wrote, If It Was Easy They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon. You have to check out her book. She is so funny (in a slightly naughty irreverent way.) Anyway, I like the idea of using a blog instead of textbooks for the class because, let’s face it, social media is changing faster than books can be written. It’s been really fun getting ready to teach this class! I’ve also created some STRESS for myself by probably going way overboard in preparing for the class, but I’d like to give the students’ their moneys worth (and not sound like an idiot).

Really, I just wanted to write a quick note here to let you all know that I’ll be back in action writing here soon. I have lots of topics to cover both good and questionable :) (tweens, women weirdness, life priorities, rural vs urban living, acceptance of what is, body dysmorphia, being grateful, Fifty Shades of Grey (have you read them? What do you think?), looking down the long road of life, and my thoughts on the power of turning forty—that’s just to name a few). I’ll get back to writing just as soon as my workshop is over, which is next weekend. Wish me luck!

On another note, our kids last day of school was yesterday. The end of a school year is always bitter sweet for me. On the one hand, I LOVE having the kiddos home with me to bond, but on the other hand that means they are another year older. Time is going by WAY too fast. Where did the time go? It makes me a little sad and nostalgic. I’ve been overly emotional over the fact that they are getting older. (Let’s get real too—I absolutely without a doubt love staying home with the kids all summer, but it’s a wee bit harder for me to get any writing/work done.) Oh, the contradictions…Such is life.

I look forward to being back real soon.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

P.S. If you have any specific topics you want us to cover here, please shoot me an email at elizabethanord@gmail.com.

Happy Friday!

I Showed up at the Dog Groomer Instead of For My Hair Appointment…

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Since I started working for the family business and am spending more time getting ready to teach a social media class at the UW, I’ve had little to no extra time to write here. I miss it. Working part-time has been an interesting balancing act that has had both good and bad outcomes.

The first month I went back to work, I was pretty much a wreck. I forgot a birthday, didn’t pay the monthly piano lesson bill, and showed up at the dog groomers instead of for my hair appointment—and even now, I’m sure I’m neglecting to remember what else I forgot. If you know, don’t remind me, please. It’s over. :) More

Divorce, Half-Siblings & Life. It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again.

Above picture from Pinterest. Quote from Benjamin Button.

Today I saw some pictures that my half-sister posted on Facebook. They were pictures of a part of my family that I don’t know very well. The pictures included all four of my older half-siblings from my father’s first marriage and photos of my father as a young man.

I only remember meeting my biological father a handful of times before he died. He died while I was in college and he and my mom divorced before I turned one. I have no memory of what he looked like as a young man, and I don’t know much about who he was and what he was like in person. Seeing the pictures of him and his first family struck a nerve deep within me. It’s painful. More

For Book Lovers ~ The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (The Full Video)

I couldn’t help sharing this. If you are a book lover, you will love The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This 15-minute film won the Oscar for Best Animated Short film a couple of nights ago at the Academy Awards.  Everything I believe to be true about the magical and transformative power of books is animated in this short film. I love the sweet ending too. Hope you enjoy. :)

Apology, Krill Oil, and Pain to Gain

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First, I’d like to apologize to the Secrets of Moms readers who were sent to the Go Daddy site, which seems to be promoting and advertising “Booty Calls” “Sex With Random People”, and “Married but Playing”. YUCK!! Over the weekend, my domain name expired while I was out of town and apparently, Go Daddy bought it. I won’t focus on how frustrated I am about this right now because there’s no point in whining. I’ll just say sorry for the inconvenience and please change your bookmark to www.secretsofmomsblog.com. If you are an email subscriber, you don’t need to change anything because I already fixed the email link issue.

Okay, now let’s talk about krill oil, pain, and life. More

Life…What is Important?

Photo of our girls.

This past weekend was emotional. Sunday we heard about three guys who died in an avalanche backcountry skiing at Stevens Pass. My husband and his friends ski back there all the time. As it turns out, my husband went to school with two of the skiers who died. Another one of our good friends, Adam, was there with the skiers when the avalanche hit and he tried to resuscitate one of the men who died. Adam is an awesome man.

It’s always sad when someone dies, but knowing how young these guys were, that they left loved ones behind, and that my husband’s friend was a father of an eight and a ten year old, really hit home hard. You just never know where life will take you so love the ones your with right now.

I saw the below list last week. I think it’s important. More

Stay-at-Home Moms…When The Kids Are In School Full Time–How Do You Feel? How Does Life Change?

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Here I am sitting in café writing. I never do this-ever! I’m feeling really crunched for time lately. I’m here at the café writing because we live thirty minutes from our daughters’ school/dance classes and it seems silly to drive all the way home and then turn around and drive another half hour back when I’m already commuting a minimum of two hours a day. I’m trying to be more disciplined, organized, and efficient with my time. You’d think I’d have lots of extra time since I’m a stay-at-home mom and my kids are in 1st and 4th grade, but I don’t.

Life is busy and being a stay-at-home mom is busier than it may seem. There are so many things to do every day (I’m not sitting around doing nothing). Sometimes the work that I do seems invisible because it’s repetitive. Like making sure all the laundry is clean, cooking home-made meals every night, making egg-free lunches every day, washing dishes, cleaning the house, driving the kids to and from school and after school activities, helping with homework, volunteering at their school, quality family time, etc. The list goes on forever.

I’ve thought a lot lately about how working moms do it. I feel inadequate when I think about it. Sometimes I feel like maybe I should do more…Then I think about everything I do and I circle back to—I am doing a lot. I’m productive; I’m not lazy. How do working moms do it all!?!

Something has to give, right? More

Is Fear Holding You Back?

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I turned 39 last Sunday. It was kind of a crazy day. We had spent the weekend at a house in the rural foothills of Eastern Washington surrounded by nearly four feet of soft powdery snow. It was beautiful! When we arrived on Friday, we had to snowmobile in with our bags part of the way because our vehicle couldn’t get through part of the road that hadn’t been plowed. When it was time to leave on Sunday, we had to hike three miles with our kids and cat/dog because our vehicle had to be towed out part of the way because it was stuck on an icy road on a steep hill. If I had known the roads would have been so tricky, I probably wouldn’t have gone…but guess what? I do know what the roads are like and we’re going back this weekend! We’ll just be a little more prepared (with chains) this time.

I know it probably sounds crazy (at least that’s what my mom says), but honestly the almost 72 hours of fun, beauty, adventure, and relaxation we experienced was worth the several hours of hiking and digging that we had to do. I’ve realized that there are probably many things I haven’t done in the past out of fear. More

Why I Admire Ma Ingalls by Janell Kaufman

I grew up on “Little House on the Prairie”. The TV show, the books, even my imaginary friend, Laura. I used to run home from school so that I could watch the rerun at 3:00 in the afternoon. I admire so much about the pioneering spirit and all that those who took the chance and moved west accomplished. If it weren’t for those pioneers I would not be here on the Far West Coast. The Westward movement has become my favorite era in history. Today I am admiring Ma Ingalls for those long winters spent in a one-room cabin with two little girls when it was too cold and snowy outside to leave the house. More

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