February 06, 2017


first things first - how about that game last night? i lived in boston for a suuuuuuper short snippet in time (and worked at the starbucks on boston commons...and worked at a bar on yakee way - who's on first?) so i really do feel like the tiniest sliver of a connection to boston. it's a special city with great people and i enjoyed my time immensely. so as i was saying - i never gave up on the pats...even after the first half when it was nearly a sure thing they were going to lose...and lose bad. yay! such a good game. anyway...

one of the hardest things about being a mom (or dad) is seeing your child in pain. on friday i knew i was taking my two best gals to get their well checks. i also knew that sawyer was done getting her immunizations...so, no shots! and i told the girls that too...everyone was in great spirits.

we get in there and find out sawyer has had a huge growth spurt and went from being super short to above average on the height scale. kaye continues to be a giant...we know this. but what we didn't know was that kaye was due to get her "school" immunizations...even though she won't be starting school for another year and a half. i was like - hold up. kaye had the option of waiting until next year, but when we talked about it she told me, "i want to be brave and get them done so i can go to school."

okay girl. let's do it.

she sat on my lap and i held her arms. with her eyes squeezed tightly shut...she screamed bloody murder. the nurse and i looked at each other quite alarmed. in fact...i laughed...because that's what i do in nervous situations.

(i've quite literally laughed at all immunization appointments - because i'm so damn awkward.)

anyway...i secured kaye's arms again because she nearly slapped the nurse the first time (or maybe she did?) and in went the second shot...and kaye sobbed. she couldn't believe what had just happened. she was sad about it for exactly 27 seconds, the nurse gave her a sucker, and i promised her a prize after lunch. all was right in her world again...minus the fact that she fake limped for the remainder of the day.

saturday rolled around and i ended up having a little business lunch with an old college friend. in fact...it was the same college friend that talked me into doing that effing pageant my senior year.

did you read that post? you should. it's mortifying.

you'll be great! - she said.
you're sure to win! - she promised.

spoiler - i still don't have a crown.

anyway, now i'll be working with natalie and her brand, nataliehodson.com. i'm beyond jazzed because i so so enjoy natalie AND it's a huge business move for Karli Bell Branding & Design.

but that's not all...

i'm also traveling to california...tomorrow! i'm headed that direction for an interview for a position that's part time and i could work from home - perfect for my farm situation. wish me all the luck and good vibes and all that.

happy monday. here's to a great week!


  1. So it took multiple nurses and my mom to hold me down for my chicken pox shot (I was terrified of needles back then) and then I got the chicken pox anyway so I feel Kaye on the screaming. I've never let my family off the hook for putting me through that since I got them anyway lol! Good luck on your interview! I'm sure you'll do great. Part time from the farm would be perfect!

  2. My oldest totally limped for the rest of the day after his Kindergarten shots too. They are just so dang many!!! Good luck on your interview!!

  3. Ugh, shots are the worst! My son actually scream bloody murder for the alcohol wipe part, and not the actual shot part, haha! Yay for new opportunities! Sorry it's so rainy in California, at least in the Southern part of it. Hopefully you get to stay for a few days?

  4. Reed got 4 shots at his 4 year appt. I was expecting a few, but combined with the flu he got 4. We were both shocked and traumatized. Months later and he still can't drive by the doctors office without talking about the shots and how he doesn't want any shots. Ugh. I don't want to do that again either kid!! Good luck on your interview!! If you get lost and end up in the desert give me a shout!

  5. Oh poor Kaye!! I love that she wanted to be strong! Oooo good luck in Cali!!!

  6. Good luck on your interview!! Although... it was a few days ago so hopefully you scored the job! I wanna be Natalie H with that Mom bod.


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