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I5 Mount Vernon Bridge Collapse Video

I wanted to update my local readers with more info. A big thank you to my non local readers for bearing with me while I post about this topic. This video is video surveillance of the I5 Mount Vernon bridge collapsing.

http://www.king5.com/video/featured-videos/Home-video-captures-I-5-bridge-collapse–208877111.html

This video came originally from Blade Chevrolet Mount Vernon, shown on the local news stations. I still can’t believe it. I am so grateful that there were no fatalities.

For those of you who haven’t heard anything about it see my original post here.

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Latest on I5 Burlington Mount Vernon collapse

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The good news is that there were NO fatalities. I am so grateful for that, there were 3 injuries but nothing major reported yet. Governor Jay Inslee came last night and the National Transportation board is on it’s way today. It is being reported that a oversize load semi truck struck the bridge and brought it down. I cannot imagine that a truck could bring down a bridge and have it shear so completely like it did, scary.

From my house I can see and hear the helicopters that are flying overhead. There is quite a bit of increased noise because of that and the increased traffic outside of my house. If you are looking for traffic info for how to get around memorial weekend I would recommend clicking here. You will have to scroll the map to the Burlington area and move your mouse over it. It will tell you all the possible routes.  Traffic around here will be a nightmare for awhile. My husband already has a 50 minute commute. I have no idea how much earlier he will have to leave because of this.

If you would like to keep up to the minute information about the collapse click here

If you would like to see all the pictures from the collapse click here

I don’t normally post about the news. I am a blog for everything for stay at home moms, but since this was so close to home I wanted to get information to anyone looking. Feel free to like me for future blog posts for stay at home parents.

 

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I-5 Bridge Collapse Burlington to Mount Vernon Wa. *with an update

A bridge less than a mile away from my house has just collapsed, Burlington to Mount Vernon, Washington. There is so much unknown right now and I am shocked. Once I heard the news I realized I had actually heard the bridge collapse, but I chalked it up to thunder (although it was odd because it was not typical thunder and lightning weather). There are cars and people in the water and no one really knows if they are ok.

I am shocked!

SHOCKED!

I travel that road so often.

I normally run errands on Thursdays. (today)

The only reason I wasn’t out was because My toddler has a fever. YIKES!

I am definitely hoping everyone is rescued.

Life is so precious, I pray for everyone involved. I am so grateful for my family’s safety. Just a reminder, tell your family you love them.

If you want more info click here to read the earliest info on our local news station.

****Update*** I have noticed many of my readers are interested in the bridge collapse. What information can I, as a local, give u? Comment below and I will do my best to answer!

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Give Generously

One of the main reasons I blog is because I like to encourage others by sharing things I have learned and am learning in life. I want to stop for a minute though and encourage anyone who can to give to Red Cross here or other trusted charities that benefit the victims of the tornado in Oklahoma. The one bright thing that comes from such tragedy is to hear and see how people put their lives on the line for others and cared for one another.  What I wanted to blog about seems so trivial compared to the things that are going on. So with that I will end today with a reminder that life is so precious, make sure those around you know how much they mean to you. Be generous with love, kindness, and time.

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How Sixth Grade Science Unclogged My Sink

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I prefer to use natural cleaners and remedies whenever I can, especially having little ones. As yucky as those little Mr. Yuck stickers look, I just don’t trust them to protect my kids. So I came across the problem of a clogged sink right after my husband had shaved. You would think that since I use that bathroom more than he does and I do my hair in there every morning it would be caused by a buildup of my hair, but nope it was actually from the one time he decided to shave in there (just in case you were wondering).

I had intentions to go get the drain cleaner we usually use, but I kept putting it off since the only place that carries it was across town. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I should see if there is anyway to make it at home. The product we normally buy is so harsh that the store that sells it puts it in a ziploc style bag before selling it.  What I found reminded me of all the volcano type science from the sixth grade. SO I thought I would share the recipe with you

Natural Drain Cleaner

1. Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 tsp salt. Pour down the drain and leave there for 3 hrs. (don’t use sink in the meantime)

2. Once the time is up heat 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar until boiling in the microwave. (remove carefully)

3. Gather up all your kids because they will want to see this.

4. Slowly pour the vinegar solution down the drain and enjoy the show! 

I would recommend flushing your sink out with water when finished just to make sure none of that is sitting in your drain afterward.

I was so excited that it worked and I didn’t have to keep a bottle of harsh chemicals laying around. I loved that it was also a bit fun as well!

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An Impromptu Invite

My toddler has recently picked up the habit of grabbing my phone and exploring. While that isn’t all bad, he has inadvertently called several people, some at 6:45 in the morning! No one has been woken up by it…until today. He called someone and I heard it ring and grabbed the phone and hung it up in a panic hoping it didn’t ring on their side. Well it did. I am glad it did though, because she called me back. After talking for a few minutes I invited her over to catch up. 

Being a stay at home mom I have a tendency to get into routine. I don’t always think to invite people over or go to a lot of social events, especially in the evening (think of the meltdowns!)  It was wonderful to see her and since she has a little guy about the age of my youngest is was a fun little impromptu playdate. I forget how refreshing it is to just sit and visit with someone. I end up feeling encouraged and hope the same for her. 

So today I just want to encourage you to make a plan to visit with a friend or someone who might need a friend, not for any reason but to visit. Whether you stay at home or not sometimes we get so busy we forget to invite other people into our lives. I hope you end up walking away feeling as refreshed as I did.

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A few ideas to help make the most of your family time

My baby boy is teething and needs his Momma whenever I am available, night or day. My 2 1/2 year old has a thirst for knowledge that sometimes seems unquenchable. Whether it’s music, letters, numbers, or working on new words, he has a strong desire to learn anything I will teach.  Last, but not least,  my husband. He is ambitious for everything life has to offer.  He not only works 50-60 hours a week, but is training for the STP (Seattle to Portland bike ride) and working on getting a bachelor’s degree.

The one thing I can count on when it comes to my schedule is inconsistency.  While at times it has been a big struggle I have learned a few things to help me get through it.  I have had to use my imagination to make time, but it has worked out very well. The three most notable things I have found are the following:

1. Embrace my husband’s busy schedule

For a long time I struggled with my husband’s schedule. He works odd hours and when he isn’t working he has another goal he is working towards. I have always supported his goals and ambitions, but that doesn’t always make the time away easy.  The struggle for me was the long hours he works, not to mention the commute is an hour each way. So I decided to find a way to make more quality time with him.

I joined the gym a few months ago and was looking for ways to build my endurance. The gal I met with suggested a spin class. I don’t personally do a lot of bicycle riding, in fact I don’t even own a bicycle., but I saw the opportunity and snagged it.  I invited my husband to do it with me and he agreed to try it. He didn’t have much interest because he really didn’t think it would be difficult since he rides so much. He was wrong :), but that’s topic is for another day. Ever since then we have a standing date Monday mornings that we go to spin class together, not only does he get some training in, but we have quality time together.

2.Invite my toddler to be a part of my routines

I swear my toddler does more housework than any other kid I know. (ok I could be biased but it’s alot). He enjoys every minute of it. He helps me load the dishwasher (when I used it), starts the dishwasher, washer, and dryer, picks up his toys, helps me vacuum, sets the table, cleans his plate and many other chores.  One thing I have started doing is working with him in the kitchen. I recently started making mason jar salads. I get everything prepped when he is napping and when he wakes up I show him how to put the ingredients in the jar.

What I love about this is he is not only learning basic responsibilities, but we get to have fun together. Instead of trying to do it all and finding time to be with the kids, I combine them and get the best of both worlds.

3. LET GO!

My baby boy got his first tooth last week and now is teething again. I can see little white spots on the other bottom tooth and on both of his upper teeth. I had no idea he was teething with his first tooth because he never showed it, however with three coming in at one time his need for his Momma has greatly increased.  I have struggled with truly letting go of the other things that need to be done, but once i did I realized how freeing it was. I will get the housework done eventually, and I attack it everyday (I am a bit behind since my surgery, so this is especially hard right now). I know that this time won’t last forever, they won’t remember the housework I did, but they will remember the times I spend with them.  So I don’t get upset when they interrupt my cleaning or need to play when I have a million things to do. I remember that in just a few short years my house will be clean, but this time will never be here again.

I am a person who likes to have a routine and stick to it, but I have let that go for now and focus on the things that are more important. My schedule works some times and other times it doesn’t, but I am glad I have found more ways to mesh my family time with my time I need for everything else.

What things do you do to help make the most of your time?

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One Mother’s Wisdom

As a mother of young children I am constantly thinking about how I can teach my children. How will I impart wisdom to them and how will I know if what I am doing even works?
In the spirit of Mother’s Day I went and visited my mom. I asked her to impart her motherly wisdom to me. I was hoping she would tell me something that would change my life, maybe I could even share here on my blog. The reaction I got wasn’t what I expected. My mom froze then she looked at me and asked me if I was joking. When I said no she told me she isn’t very good at that.
I thought about what she said long after I left. Then it hit me. My mom never has been the eloquent well spoken type person. It wasn’t commonplace to have hours long conversations as I grew up. She has always been an action person.

While I was healing from my surgery she was there. When I needed something from the store she was there. She text me when she wasn’t here to make sure everything was ok. She let me know if I needed anything I could call her at work and she would b here.
I realized it’s not about saying the right thing at the right moment or doing everything perfect. It’s about making sure your kids always know you are there for them everyday, always.
Thank you mom!

What has your mom taught you that has changed your life?

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I gave to Stamp out Hunger and why I have mixed feelings about it

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I have been waiting for the Stamp out Hunger drive the U.S. Postal Service for a few weeks. I would like to say it’s because I want to give and make a difference, which is true and I love to do that, but that was not my motivation this time.

I have two reasons I was looking forward to it. First the food banks that I know of in my area have precise donation windows that are usually only an hour or so, and when you have small kids it is hard to round everyone up and get there on time (and not forget your food!). Secondly, I have been trying to get rid of all processed and unhealthy foods since I am starting my journey towards veganism.

Just to be clear I think food banks are important and extremely needed in society. Food Lifeline ( a non-profit that operates in the Western Washington area) do studies every 2 years and the most recent showed that 45% of the people using food banks in this area have some kind of post-secondary education and 35% are children. There is alot of need and I am more than happy to give.

So here I am giving away all the food I refuse to eat as I try to make healthier choices in life. I begin to think, as this nation tries to fight the epidemic of obesity, should we really be giving all of our highly processed unhealthy food to the poorest people? These are the people whom studies show don’t know how to make the best food choices. These are also the people who are preyed on by fast food chains that try to say they are healthy and affordable.

So as a health conscious person who desires to help in her community what do I do? So far, along with the food I didn’t want anymore, I try to find the best of the worst.

Canned beans; even though they have added sodium.

Canned vegetables; even though recently a local woman found a frog in her green bean and Q13 fox (Seattle News) reported it is total legal for companies to have small amounts of animals in their food (yuck!!)

Whole Wheat pasta; which would be one of the best choices except I didn’t have any on hand.

What would you give to try to attempt to help in a healthy way? I would love to have suggestions beyond what I have so far, and what do you think we can do as a society to get more fresh foods to the hungry?

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I found time in the sink!

ImageLately our dishwasher has been acting up and I asked my husband to look at it. He only had a few minutes yesterday so he peered in there and told me he needed to fix it. Since he hasn’t had time, I have had to hand wash the dishes. I have to mention here that I despise hand washing dishes! Hand washing dishes and hand crushing ice (anyone else do that as a kid? Ya know, before it came from the fridge) are two things I stay away from like the plague.

Today I finally tackled it. I was surprised at how soothing it was. I did it while my boys were napping and finally found time to think. I like to have time to think, yet with two little ones I rarely get that opportunity. During their naps I am running around doing chores that require my full attention, or I am taking a nap too. Either way I don’t get much time to just think. So as I did the dishes I had a notepad next to me. I have been way behind on everything because of my recent surgery and this was perfect timing to start getting my thoughts organized. Before I knew it I had filled up the page.  

I have been looking all over for more time and today I found it in my sink. 

Where have you found more time?

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