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Wordless Wednesday: Poor Roxy

The dog of a 7 year old girl!

The dog of a 7 year old girl!

Golfing after a 30-year hiatus

Golf in Austin

Golf in Austin

This weekend delivered more sunshine-filled days in Austin, which allowed me to accomplish a long-time personal goal of mine: I played a round of golf for the first time in more than 30 years. My husband, young daughter and I grabbed our clubs (yes, I have clubs) and hit the links. Here’s the TOP 10 LESSONS I learned after an afternoon of golfing with my family:

  1. My seven-year-old gives really good golf instructions. (“Mommy, glue down your feet so they don’t move!”)
  2. I have the potential to be a good putter.
  3. My seven-year-old child is a better golfer than I am.
  4. Golf is humbling.
  5. My husband is amazingly patient.
  6. I am not patient.
  7. I really need to apologize to all the worms I possibly beheaded while trying to get the ball from the tee-box to the green.
  8. I need cute golf clothes.
  9. I’m not good at doing things I’m not good at doing.
  10. My daughter and I can have an impromptu dance party anywhere we are!
-LTV Mom
Photo credit: Lakeway Country Club


Best Friends

Best Friends

My family moved to Austin a year and a half ago. We left amazing friends (read: my daughter’s godparents) when we left Silicon Valley for the Silicon Hills. Eighteen months later, I am happy to report we have met new and wonderful friends. We are thankful and blessed.

But there is an ironic downside. You meet people you grow to love. And sometimes those people face challenges and hardships you never want your friends, no matter how new or old they are, to face. Here’s the story:

The child of our good friends (and this child is one of my daughter’s best friends) has been in the ICU for more than two weeks. This little girl was named “the sickest patient at Dell Children’s Hospital” and one doctor said, “you don’t get any sicker than this.” This kiddo was on life support and faced failing kidneys, liver and pancreas.

Turns out, this beautiful child — who is named Skylar – is a fighter! As of today, she is out of ICU and is in IMC (intermediate care). She is off a ventilator, and her organs are on the mend. And even being after rushed into multiple surgeries, including Sunday, Tuesday and again today, she keeps a smile on her toothless, sweet, seven-year-old face!

I was lucky enough to see Skylar on her seventh birthday on February 1. Even in the hospital, this girl is kind, sweet and angelic. I’ve said it many times, but I could not have hand-picked a better friend for my child. I wished Skylar a happy birthday, and she replied “thank you, Mrs. Libby.” I did not want to stop hugging her.

Skylar is lucky. Not only for her improving health, but because she has amazing parents. And here is what her parents have taught me over the past two weeks:

  • Tell your kids you love them whenever you can.
  • When you have two hours between dinner and bedtime, put down your iPhone.
  • Kids are stronger than you think.
  • No parent should have to see a child in pain.
  • Parents are STRONG.
  • Have faith.

Many people have asked me what they can do do help. Skylar’s parents have asked for only one thing: Pray for their child. And I pray for that child each and every day.

If you want to read more about Skylar, you can go HERE.

Grab a tissue or two before you read.


- LTV Mom

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween 2011

The Princess and The Frog

The Princess and The Frog

Happy National Play-Doh Day

National Play-Doh Day

Sept. 16 is National Play-Doh Day

There are certain must-haves for every mother of small children. When you have an infant, I highly recommend Gripe Water to settle upset tummies and a Swaddle Designs swaddling blanket for hours of sleep. Once you get past the baby-stage, you only need two things to make a child happy: sidewalk chalk and Play-Doh. And in honor of this year’s National Play-Doh Day on September 16, I am happy to share my favorite Play-Doh memories:

  • The smell of a freshly cracked can of Play-Doh takes me back to my childhood. I always volunteer to be the official Play-Doh-canopener of our family.
  • When I was a little girl, I would sit at the kitchen table with my grandma and cousin creating Play-Doh art. Then we played a game where we had to guess what each other had created, and the first person to guess won a point! I can vividly remember trying to make my creations more interesting and challenging to stump my fellow artists.
  • Once my husband and I had a child who discovered Trick-or-Treating, our family decided to hand out mini Play-Doh cans at Halloween instead of candy. The best part is that the neighborhood parents were thrilled for a break in the candyfest, and the kids were equally excited for a unique Halloween treat.
  • AND, those mini-cans were perfect dining companions for visiting restaurants with a youngster. We would fasten a disposable placemat to the table, hand her a can of Play-Doh and let the kid create. She was entertained, and we were able to enjoy a meal.
  • Of course, the best memories I have are the recent ones with my young daughter. We have spent hours playing ice cream shop with Play-Doh. Did you know that pink Play-Doh makes the best “ice cream” flavor. Bonus points for silver “sprinkles.”
  • My favorite memory? Play-Doh comes with endless imagination, giggles and smiles.

Thankfully, the fine folks at Play-Doh want everyone to celebrate today’s holiday, so I have a Twirl-n-Top Pizza Shop to award one lucky reader! Just share your favorite Play-Doh creation in the comments section below, and one winner will be selected at random on Friday 09/23.  To be eligible, you must have a non-P.O. box shipping address and live in the Continental United States.  And if you don’t win, you can buy one HERE.

– LTV Mom

The words, opinions and thoughts represented in this post are mine, and I did not receive compensation for writing this post. The giveaway prize is provided by Hasbro.

Photo Credits: Hasbro

Mother’s Day 2011

My daughter's portrait of her mom.

My daughter's portrait of her mom

It’s hard to believe I just celebrated my seventh Mother’s Day as a mommy! Not only do I absolutely adore hearing my child tell me she loves me, but I also use this day to sit my child down and tell her how much I love being her mom!

Here are highlights from Mother’s Day 2011:

Best Card: I was lucky enough to receive several cards this year. I opened many cards from my daughter, as well as from my husband. My favorite card was a fill-in-the-blank card from my daughter’s school.

Here are the highlights:

My mother is the most wonderful mom in the world. She is a pretty as a “dafdil.” She weighs about “200 pounds” and is about “20 feet tall.” Her favorite food is “strawbarry.” I like it when she makes “my hart fele good.” I think my mom is funny when she “shos me piohrs of wen she has glasis.” (shows me pictures of when she had glasses) I know my mom is really angry when she “tells me to go to my room.” I love her because she “is the best.”

Favorite Tradition: I also am blessed to receive a card from my mom every year, and this tradition started long before I was a mom. My maternal grandmother died when my mom was only five years old, so since she did not have a mother to send cards, she sends Mother’s Day cards to her children every year. The message was simple: I love being your mom.

Best Surprise: My daughter and husband teamed up to decorate the kitchen with streamers, balloons and flowers. It was my daughter’s idea, and my wonderful husband did all the work!

Best Moments: I like the simple moments of being together, and I think my favorites were reading Harry Potter and playing Angry Birds with my daughter. I also loved taking a walk with my child, husband and dog. Happy!

Wishing all my fellow moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day all year long!

– LTV Mom

Wordless Wednesday: My Little Artist

Five women I want my daughter to know

Five Women

Five Women I Want My Daughter to Know

The Yahoo! Mother Board is creating a virtual guide-book of women we want our daughters to know; women we find inspiring, intelligent, ground-breaking and positive. I am the mother of a six-year-old girl, so this project is close to my heart. I want my daughter to know her talents are vast and her opportunities are endless. It’s an honor to build a collection of amazing women who can serve as examples for her.

Here is my contribution:

1. Hillary Clinton: I always liked the persona of Hillary Clinton. She appears smart, composed, ground-breaking and glass-shattering. I am inspired by Hillary because, like me, she was raised in the Midwest, is a member of the United Methodist Church, and is the mother of an only child. I like the idea of Hillary Clinton: ballsy, compassionate and uber-smart. Reading her autobiography Living History offered a peek into her personal life, and I was so inspired by her approach to motherhood that I often times take the parenting advice from her book. I want my daughter to know about Hillary Clinton because I want her to know there are smart women who are not afraid to be smart and to pave the way for the rest of us.

2. Tina Fey: It’s no secret I love Tina Fey. I’ve blogged about her more than once. I adore Tina because she is brave, smart and funny. I feel like Tina Fey is the voice of many women of my generation, the working moms who juggle multiple roles. Not only is Tina a player in Hollywood, she dominates it. She is not afraid to be snarky (do you watch 30 Rock?) and witty. I want my daughter to know about Tina Fey because she is not afraid to be smart, engaging and funny… traits I hope my daughter will have.

3. Sally Ride: I learned about Sally Ride in my school history books. After all, she was the first woman to enter space. I always found her inspirational, but I never considered her a role model for me personally. Then I produced a daughter who loves math and science, so Sally Ride needs to be on this list. I probably wouldn’t push my daughter to become a celebrated astronaut (Mommy likes her girl on the ground where I can see her!), but I will absolutely encourage her to follow her love for math and science. I want my child to know about Sally Ride so she can see what can happen if she continues to be excited by math and science.

4. Susan B. Anthony: In my mind, Susan B. Anthony was a trail-blazer before anyone even coined that term. Our family is full of patriotic Americans who embrace its history, cultures and potential. I hope my daughter can appreciate women who were brave enough to speak up during a time when women were expected to be quiet. I want my daughter to vote in her honor; I don’t care how she votes, I just want her to know it’s a privilege. I want my daughter to know about Susan B. Anthony because I want her to appreciate the path she has paved for all women in America.

5. My Mom: I have listed women who have changed the face of the world by tackling giant issues and taking radical action. As I finish my list, I feel it’s important to remember that some women can impact millions of people, and some simply make their mark by impacting a select few. Being the first women in space or having your face on a U.S. coin is amazing, but so are the women who choose to lead a low-profile, yet extremely wonderful, lives. Some women are profound because they have good and loving souls. That is my mom. She is a good mother, sister, community-member and human being. She is caring, respectful, giving and loving. More importantly, I don’t actually know the personal character of Hillary, Tina, Sally or Susan… but I know my mother. And  I know she is an amazing role model for her granddaughter. I want my daughter to know my mom because while it is great to change the world, it is equally important and powerful to change just one beautiful life.

Who is on your list?

– LTV Mom

This post was inspired by participation with the Yahoo! Mother Board, where 80 amazing women share thoughts on a single topic each month. While Yahoo! is my client, these thoughts are mine and I did not receive compensation for writing this post.

Photo Credits: Hillary Clinton, Tina Fey, Sally Ride,  Susan B. Anthony

Wordless Wednesday: My Texas Belles

My girls with their boots and bling!

My girls with their boots and bling!

Back to School = A Time of Firsts

Back to School

Back to School

I’ll be honest, this back-to-school season is extremely overwhelming for this mom. I have crazy-emotions right now, mostly because this is a season of many important firsts for our family:

First day of Kindergarten: My daughter is starting Kindergarten on Monday. You’d think I would be okay with this concept; after all, she has three years of pre-school under her belt. But this time, in my mind, it’s different. Kindergarten is the first step toward graduating high school. The school is big, and there are tons of older kids to influence her. This Mama Bear is nervous. First day of Kindergarten also means…

First day of public school: I mentioned the three years of pre-school, well, they were small private schools. And these schools were small, high-security schools with strict rules. I don’t know enough about the new school to have an opinion, but I’m sure I will in no time. The teachers and parents seem great, so I am very hopeful and positive.  First day of public school also means…

First day of no uniform: Yes, my daughter went back-to-school shopping for the first time. My daughter now has choices and opinions about what she wears to school. While she is excited, I am not. I love school uniforms. I miss school uniforms. I am frightened by some of the clothing options for little girls. I guess I’ll have to create (and enforce) my own rules. The first day of no uniform means…

First day of marketing over-load: I loved the fact that my daughter’s private schools did not allow branded clothing or merchandise in the classroom. No SpongeBob lunch-boxes or iCarly backpacks.  The kids brought bags with solid colors, simple designs and no logos. Luckily, we found an appropriate backpack and lunch box for Kindergarten. Of course, this means I totally over-spent on my kid’s backpack, but it took persuasion for her to select the brightly colored (and pricey) backpack over the “Princess” option. And to top it all off…

First day at a new school in a new city: Yes, we just moved to this state, city and school district. Lots of big changes for my small family. But, I am so proud of my little girl. She is handling all of these changes with grace and tolerance… which is more than her mom can say.

– LTV Mom

This post was inspired by participation with the Yahoo! Mother Board, where 80 amazing women share thoughts on a single topic each month.  While Yahoo! is my client, these thoughts are mine and I did not receive compensation for writing this post.

Photo credit: My Stock Photos via Flickr