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Have we finally come out of our long Nebraska winter? I have to admit, this one has been particularly hard on me. Every time I felt like we were breaking through to spring, we've been hit with just one more reminder that we cannot depend on Nebraska weather.

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As a parent, it's not always easy to make time for yourself much less your relationship with your significant other. There's always something to be done whether it's activities, work, cleaning, helping with homework, and the daily drudgery of everyday life. But, the time we grant to ourselves is probably one of the most important things we can do to re-charge.

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We are so excited to announce that our Amalia has had her baby boy! Bastian Oliver Van Bloom was born on April 24, 2013 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz. Mom and baby are doing well under the care of the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Methodist Women’s Hospital. And, her husband, Brian, is a very proud new papa.

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Being a mom has been something I always knew I wanted. It may seem corny, but it's the truth. Most people have practice acting out the role of a mom or dad throughout their lives.

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Every morning, no matter how crazy the day has started, I give both my boys a hug and an "I love you" as they walk out the door to school. I know it's not always going to be this way. In more recent years, if the front door is open, my older one will insist on saying his goodbyes in the kitchen where no one who might be driving by can see his mom show him affection. Both boys know that I will always say this at the beginning of every day, even if I don’t get an "I love you" in return. And that's okay.

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When writing a birth plan, you have to remind yourself and your partner that it's just a "plan". Things aren't always going to turn out perfect or exactly how you want them to go. BUT with that being said, I have always felt there is no reason to panic, worry or be negative about your birthing experience. 

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For someone who has an opinion on just about everything, I have to admit, the whole bullying topic makes my head bounce around. It seems that every day I read another tragic story about some poor kid who has killed himself because he/she was bullied and it just makes my heart break. I want to reach out to these kids and let them know that life is never that bad and that what ever they are going through is just temporary. I want to reach out to the parents, school administrators and social media and give them a firm "How did you let it go this far?" I want to know if the message we are sending to our kids about bullying is actually sinking in.

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Megan of OmahaHa! is guest posting for us today! She's fairly new to the Omaha area and has populated her blog with the things she has discovered here and the magic of Costco. Be sure to check out her blog and say hello.

I felt the need to explain. "I'm moving to Omaha." I glanced down at the well-worn souvenir Nebraska plate I had just discovered in a stack of similar and equally kitschy souvenir plates. I looked back up at the young man behind the counter and clarified, "Omaha, Nebraska."

"Oh!" He looked amused. There was a pause. "Are you excited?"

I got that a lot.

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Today's blog was originally published in my personal blog, 1redsock.com, in January of 2011.

In typical Nebraska fashion, the weather forecasters got us all hot and bothered about the big snowstorm heading our way at least a week in advance of the actual expected arrival. Oh, it's gonna be bad! Better go get those groceries! Make sure your car is ready! Heed the winter weather warnings! Storm tracker radar will be there for you when the storm hits! The storm was expected to arrive Saturday and last through Tuesday. Well, also in typical Nebraska weather forecaster fashion, Saturday came and went with maybe 12 flakes of snow. How are we supposed to believe all they hype when they can never seem to get it right?

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Kids are gross. I'm not being mean, they really can be. Just this morning, I walked past my boys' bathroom and noticed that the toilet paper was out. I made a mental note to myself to get a new roll, and then completely forgot.  It was only after I got home from work and walked past the bathroom that I remembered. Mind you, both kids had gotten ready for school that morning (and presumably used the bathroom in a way that might need said sanitary cleaning product.) Who knows what they substituted for that missing roll of paper, if they used anything at all.

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People who know me know that I have a special place in my heart for the amazing things that vinegar and baking soda can do. Really, the way I look at it, these things might as well be set in front of the Pope for canonization. They truly are miracles.

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Finding an OB seems like an easy task; find a hospital that is close to you, find an OB that seems nice, BAM done. Well, in all reality it isn’t that easy. In my experience it is something that each woman should take very seriously to really make sure she is getting what she wants.

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I'm getting to that age where most of my friends have kids that are school-aged and beyond. Some have one, some have many, and I have two. For the first 5 years of my older son's life, he was an only child. We treated him like an only child. We moved around the country and he came along, experiencing new places and things, and lived the blissful life of being the only apple of our eyes. And then. Boom! Guess what, kid? You're going to be a big brother.

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I got a call from a friend who is pregnant for the first time. She is excited, a bit scared, and trying to ingest so much information about what to expect over the next eight or so months that her head is going to explode. She’s been trolling parenting sites, reading books, making lists of questions for her OBGYN, and all the other neurotic things we do when we find out we’re about to become a parent. So, since I love to tell a story, I decided to share my first time experience.

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According to media outlets such as TV commercials and Facebook, it's time to evaluate where we are at personally and professionally so that we can decide who we want to be before the calendar officially flips to 2013!

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