Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kindergarten Graduation

  Sofia and Maestra Irma. I worked with Irma years ago when we first moved to Corvallis and I just adore this woman. She is a master teacher and kids adore her. Sofia and her sweet teacher Mrs Lindo. Mrs Lindo is having her first baby in the fall, and the kids are very excited […]

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Lifting me Higher

You know that Jackie Wilson song, “Your love is lifting me higher… than I’ve ever been lifted before.” Well friends, I have been singing the same tune with modified lyrics almost every time I put on my new bras. “Oh this bra… is lifting me higher.. than I’ve ever been lifted before.” I think that […]

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Jen - June 23, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Kara, so glad I am not the only one that had this issue. I was way off on numbers and letters! I highly recommend Title 9/Bounce in Portland or online for sports bras.

Karli - June 24, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Oh I hear ya. Also being well endowed, I suffered unknowingly or far too long. I finally found my saving grace at Nordstroms. And they can be up to $70.00 a pop. So I take really good care of them and don’t get them very often, but man is there an amazing difference. I second the suggestion for Title 9 for sports bras. The 3-Reasons Sports Bra by Moving Comfort. It gets 4 out of 5 dumbells for support. They do offer one called “The Last Resort” sports bra that’s a 5 dumbell rating, which could be truly amazing, but it didn’t work for me because it didn’t have adjustable straps which I need because I am very short shouldered. If you want a friend to go to Title 9 with you, I need another one and would be happy to trek down there with you!

Robyn - June 24, 2012 - 8:14 pm

I was just there this week too – fantastic indeed.

I was fitted awhile ago and found out that the 36C size i’d been wearing for years should actually be a 32D. No wonder the bra never stayed in place every time I took off my shirt. DOH!

My $40 was extremely well spent – 18 months later my bra is still tip top. A good bra can change your life :)

kara - June 25, 2012 - 7:23 am

I didn’t realize that Title 9 had a store in portland. Thanks!
Now that I am done nursing, it would be easier for me to get up and see you without kids. Maybe in August sometime we could do a girl’s afternoon/night complete with sports bra shopping. Hey, did you end up doing the hippie chick?
I thought something looked a little different the last time that I saw you. Haa.. totally kidding, but I am glad that you got it figured out too. Took awhile for us, but bet better late than never :)

Elisabeth - June 25, 2012 - 11:10 am

Oh my gosh, you’re hilarious. About a year into breastfeeding I went to Donna Bella and got a couple nice nursing bras…changed my life, wish I had gotten them sooner! Looking forward to weaning Judah (he’s two next month!) and going back there to find some regular bras…kind of scared what size I might be, but will be happy to have something that actually fits. I’ve been wearing Champion sports bras from Target, I just have to wear two at a time. It totally works, but I’m sure there’s something better out there :)

Sarabeth - June 26, 2012 - 11:24 am

I, too, have always bought mine at walmart or target, but I’ll definitely be going in for a good fitting when I’m done breastfeeding (which will still be awhile). I’ve heard a good bra changes everything about the way you look and feel. On another note….I got your message! And I WILL call you back, I’m just trying to find the right time. You’re right, phone talking with young kids around really is hard. Is the middle of the day ever good for you, or should I try for an evening?

kara - June 28, 2012 - 10:02 pm

There has to be something better than wearing two bras. Been there done that, and I think that we must find one bra that can do the job :).
Enjoy those full nursing breasts :). I can chat during the day sometimes. Miriam usually naps around 12;00, and that is my best chance :). Just know that even if we can’t chat much, I think about you often and love you tons friend!

Jesse - July 2, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Hahaha, I love this post! I come from a very long line of women who have had a hate/ hate relationship with our crappy worn bras. In fact on our way to a baptism in Portland my grandma insisted all the way to the emergency room (and to the ER personnel) the she “was not having a heart attack its just that I am not use to wearing this bra.” I remember my mom sewing back in underwire that popped out. And I have been guilty of this myself. I MUST break this cycle!

Margaret - July 2, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Oh Kara. I can picture you singing that in my mind and it makes me laugh.
I went to Nordstroms after nursing Amelia and had to pick my jaw up off the floor when they sized me. Then I had to pick it up again when I felt what a good fitting bra feels like. It seriously changed my life, well, maybe not, but pretty close. I was wearing completely wrong bra size. I was sad when I got pregnant with charlotte my chest got huge and the wire popped out! Now, I treat myself to a new bra after nursing each child.
Also, I splurged on a nursing bra and it was the best thing. I basically slept and lived in it for a year.
okay, love you

Baby Wilson

  Anne looks way too happy, beautiful, and chill to be a couple of hours from having a baby, but she was in great spirits. Dr. Rampton, Will, and Anne. I sure do love that Dr. Rampton. He delivered Sofia, and he is such a great man. My chance to hold a precious new baby […]

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Chrissy - June 19, 2012 - 10:38 am

How wonderful that you were able to help out your friend in such a momentous event — I bet you were a rock star too, and congrats on marking an item off your Bucket List ;)
BTW, I see little Sofia made it on the GT front page today!

kara - June 19, 2012 - 9:54 pm

Thanks Chrissy,
If you ever go for #3, let me know if you need a pretend doula :).

Jesse - June 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

I bet you were a awesome doula! I love this picture of Anne (and Patricks shirt is very appropriate!)

Kelly - June 21, 2012 - 9:49 am

The shirt the proud new daddy is wearing is just too perfect for the occasion ;)

To Facebook or not to Facebook… that is the question.

Some of you may have noticed my disappearance from facebook. This is not my first time taking a break, but my account has actually been deleted now. Facebook sometimes felt like such a complicated world and although there were some great things about it, there were also some negatives as well. Obviously I felt like […]

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Kelly - June 17, 2012 - 4:11 pm

I think I’ve found a happy medium though it is easy to lose time on facebook… the key for me was deciding who I would accept friend requests from in advance and have a response prepared for people I know but don’t want as a facebook friend. For example, I do not make facebook freinds with people at work and I do not have friends from high school that I didn’t really know then. When they send me a request, I send my prepared response and have gotten universally positive responses and understanding in return. I use facebook to keep up with my cousins and people I’m friends with in real life but perhaps wouldn’t communicate with on an individual level. I also have local friends. The new “groups” on facebook – where you can limit posts to a class of your friends – makes even more possible. Now, I can post just to my family, for example, and not feel like I’m polluting other peoples’ feeds with info on our reunion…

adrienne w - June 18, 2012 - 9:11 am

I have no advice, but I feel the same way as you. Sometimes I get on there and I just get annoyed by the drama some people (GROWN-UPS!!!) create with what they say or by someone’s political rant or, of course, the dumb “re-post this status if you have a heart” causes (because I’m sure my status on facebook is creating social change or actually doing anything to make the world a better place). Somehow, there are days when I let it put me in a bad mood. But the main reason I keep it is because of family and very close friends that are far away. I have so many family members (cousins, aunts, uncles, etc) that I have been able to keep in touch with and in some cases become way closer to because of facebook. With my parents far away and my in-laws even further (on a mission in India)I know they appreciate pictures and posts about the kids. And of course, my college friends that are far away! (I miss you!) One of the positives AND negatives is, that it is an easy way to be friends. Sometimes I don’t like that people have to make very little effort, but it is definitely an easy way to connect to those REAL relationships as well. I’m interested to hear how other people balance it.

Amy - June 19, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Thanks for bringing this up, Kara! I definitely have “Facebook issues.” I love it because it’s probably the only way I keep in touch with a lot of people, and I love seeing pictures of everyone’s kids. I also feel like it kind of keeps me in the know about events that are happening, when the farms open for berry picking, things like that. I hate it because I feel compelled to check it too often; I sometimes feel bad about myself and/or my family’s challenges because of the way it can make others’ lives seem “perfect”; and I have been unfriended by several people and not understood why, and been hurt by that. I have unfriended some people, too, but mostly I just hide people.

I have been thinking about deleting my account but haven’t decided for sure yet.

kara - June 19, 2012 - 9:58 pm

It sounds like you have really good boundaries. My family does have a little group, and I like the idea of focusing on that. We shall see what I decide.
You are another pregnant woman I have stalked. Your profile pic is so cute! You are a real relationship that I for sure miss on facebook and in real life as well :).
The unfriending can be hard to not take personally as you have no idea of what the intent/reason is behind the person who did it. I have unfriended people, but mostly just people who I had never even really connected with on facebook. I really do hope that in the future that I am able to find a balance and have better boundaries with it.

Catch Up

So much to catch up on. So so much. Here are some pictures from mother’s day. The kids and I are at the beginning of creating a “fairy land.” It was Sofia’s idea, and they kids were excited to spend some time on it. Our chicks are about 7 weeks old now and much bigger […]

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Jesse - June 12, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Fairy land is such a sweet idea! I love it!

kara - June 19, 2012 - 10:00 pm

It was fun. It made me extra happy, because so often when my kids have fun ideas I do the whole “Maybe another time,” or “not right now.” It always seems like I have so much to do, but it felt nice to just go with the flow and drop everything to nurture her idea. I definitely need to do that more.. and I suppose let me house be messier than it already is :)

EmmaJ - June 20, 2012 - 9:50 am

That picture of you and Sophia is stunning! You are so beautiful.