Alicia Update

I have recently had many comments and emails regarding my last remark on my Friday Flip-Offs concerning my blog.

No, I am not quitting my blog.

When I said "your days are over" (in reference to my blog) I actually MEANT your time sucking, frustrating, making me fat and lazy days are over... just to be clear.

Remember these guys? (See photo below.) I am a mom first and foremost. You might think that having just 2 kids ages 8 and 10 would be a breeze, but I honestly believe that some kids equate to 3 or 4 based on their personalities alone... I love mine to pieces but they can sure be a handful sometimes.


I'm trying to find a happy, healthy balance so that there are clean socks and happy kiddos and spouse. I guess I'm trying to keep my priorities in check. It's a tricky balancing act and I welcome advice and suggestions.

In other news:

Little Man's Soccer Playoffs
Little Man's team won their first two games of the playoffs today and will go on to play two more games tomorrow. Little Man scored 4 goals in the first game, 5-1. One was a left footed nutmeg, whatever the heck that is. He scored 2 goals and 1 assist in the second game, 5-3.

The weather was yucky for the first game. I decided I just needed to chant "I like watching soccer in the rain." My friend Mis told me it would make a great mantra. And miraculousy the same exact second the whistle was blown to end the game the sun decided to show her lovely face. The second game was MUGGY (ugh), windy, and a little dark, but the rain held off for the most part.

South Dakota Adventures
In case you hadn't figured it out yet, our spontaneous drive took us to South Dakota. Our trip was amazing and too fast. 1400.8 miles for a 3 day trip. Some may say we're nuts, I like to think we are adventurous. And why not? I just sorted through the 741 photos and there are a few keepers, which will be posted soon. And yes, I am a photo junkie and need help.

Utah Short Sale
We have a new offer on our house. Hallelujah! Please keep your fingers crossed that this short sale actually works out and these people stick around this time. I won't disclose the amount. It is sickening. I would really like to put this nightmare to bed, once and for all.

Yes, the kids are STILL in school. These stinkin snow days are for the birds. They have lots of scheduled movie days next week. It will finally end June 10th. Do you remember when there were 3 full months of summer? I miss those days.

New Blog: Kids Click
Notice the new green badge on my sidebar. Simoney from Great Fun For Kids has asked me to help as a contributor for this cool kid's blog. She is a fun mom from New Zealand. There are weekly photo challenges. If you have kids that like to take photos the theme this week is YUCK. Little Man just sent in a photo of a moldy strawberry. Go to Kids Click to find our more and join in the fun. Or click on the badge. This week's theme ends Tuesday.

Life is so busy. I swear time is speeding up as we speak. What have you been up to?


  1. Alicia, funny you made this post because I just finished a post (to be published next week) that talks about how crazy and time consuming social media can be and essentially how we have to prioritize... Good for you - and you are right, its all about a balancing act!!! Love following your blog...


  2. Finding a balance is the hardest part of blogging! You'll find your pace, just wait & see. Enjoy your kiddos! Congrats about the left-nutmeg thingie.

  3. I fully understand, I am in the same position. I am joining a gym ASAP so I exercise & get out in the real world
    Good Luck

  4. Ahhhh---balance. That's the trick, isn't it? It's one thing to blog about change and life and another to live it. Kudos to you for doing what needs to be done.



  5. Yes blogging, blog-frog, face book, twitter, all far more addictive than any other substance I've had in my life to date. Do you think Mr Google or Mr Microsoft will be hauled into court in years to come and forced to set up a fund for our nursing home needs? Then of course there are the Friday Flip-offs - another addiction I think... Balance, balance - is that a social network I've been missing..

  6. Balance, seems to be eluding me too.
    Refocusing is much needed on my end too.
    Have a great weekend Alicia!

  7. Hi Alicia!

    Thanks for visiting me and for the compliments! I'm not sure what you meant about embracing my age but I sure haven't! haha...I still have a tough time dealing with it! Seems like the more I stress about it the quicker my birthdays come! lol...and YOU! Wow you look like a teenager! Looking forward to knowing more about you! Now following you!!!

    Have a good one!

  8. I like how you put it, "some kids equate to 3 or 4 based on their personalities alone" - I have one that equates to 4 to 6 - and one that just needs his own personal tutor to answer ALL his questions.

    I love the idea about a photo blog for kids with a theme. I took one of my sons out Easter weekend for a photo trip where we could both take pictures. I think this would be great to take each of the little guys out separately for a mom-son time and let them take pictures. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  9. Ah..I totally hear ya on the blogs thing. I'm definitely stepping back for awhile. It truly is a time sucker. In fact...I can hear it sucking as we speak! ha ha

  10. You know, if all bloggers could just get together and agree that a visit to their blog is nice, when you can manage it. A comment is always nice, but do we have to feel obligated to acknowledge the comment?

    I think we should be able to see the blogs we like, b/c we truly enjoy going there. ANd leave a comment when we do go there.

    It can become too much when things are done out of obligation. SOme people are busier than others, some people have more on their plate than others.

    Oh, and SLEEP is important, too (-:

    I wish you the best in figuring it all out. You have to figure it all out, otherwise it just takes over....I think "nice" people are the most susceptible to the time drain...

  11. How dare we not be your priority!

  12. I did a post a while back about trying to find balance and wondering if blogging was really out of control. I completely understand where you're coming from. Good luck finding the balance & if you do find it, please share your secret with me. ;)

  13. First of all, welcome back! Glad to hear that you're not quitting the blog. Not that I thought you would or anything. lol Congratulations on being featured over at Kids Click. Your son's photo was great. :)
    Thanks for stopping by yesterday. I'm so glad you're back from SD. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Have a great evening.

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud

  14. Alicia,
    I am in the same boat as you regarding the balancing situation. I literally had 2 panic attacks last week because I ran out of time to do all that I wanted to do. I used to be able to schedule things so well but I don't know what has happened to me lately. I blame it on "Blogs" in general. I can sit in front of the computer all day just reading everyone's blog. Not to mention, I'm still trying to figure out my own blog and WP. I hate's so confusing. But thanks for letting me know about my email setting. Now, I have to figure out how to change it. Sigh...
    So that's great news on your short sale. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.
    Thanks for visiting my blog...even though I know you're very busy! :P

  15. Those shots are great, I love the one with you and the kids..Thanks for dropping by. I hope you do take a look at that site to make money....Let me know how you make out..

  16. I'm trying to do the balance thing too and it's hard! I'm glad you've got a new offer on the house, I hope it works out this time! Thanks for following too, I was really happy :)

  17. Yes, two kids no matter what their ages, is a handfull. Mine is a handful because they have very different personalities and boy, they can argue a lot