BOYS WITH LONG HAIR
I’ve been having a discussion (**note discussion not argument**) with my husband over the length of our 2 year old’s hair. He has the most beautiful reddish-brown hair with soft flowing curls down to his shoulders. If you straighten it out, his hair falls to the mid of his back. It’s beautiful. He’s beautiful. But last night I had to detangle Sammy’s...
Let's Play 5 Questions
I’m going to start a new thing on Tara’s Take- “Let’s Play 5 Questions!” Once a week, I will ask five simple questions and then give my answers. Now, I know tons of you read this blog, so I’m hoping y’all will play along and tell me your answers. Today the theme is music! Here we go: 1) Nirvana or Pearl Jam? Being from Seattle and coming of age...
This is my Dad. His name is Merv. Merv spent 30 years seving his country in the military, retiring at the rank Master Sergeant in the US Army. Often when he was frustrated with his kids inability to do a task, or describing someone who was inept at his job, he would say this: ” It’s like a cub bear playing with his dick”. I used that once on my teacher in the 3rd grade....
Two years ago today I gave birth to my second son, Samuel Stephen Teddy Finestone. What a mouthful, right? He’s named after Me Hub’s great grandfather (Samuel), and his brother (Stephen) and also my brother (Teddy). September 25, 2009 was the best and worst day of my life. Sam was born and almost died the same day. He was a big boy (almost 9 pounds) and full-term, but for some...
I realized this morning that I haven’t properly introduced me hubs to my virtual friends here on Tara’s Take. This is Peter. He is my heart and soul. The Yin to My Yang. And the pain to my ass. We have been together since 2003, but we married just about three years ago, AFTER we had our first child (collective gasp). This is us before we got hitched at the courthouse in Ventura...
I WANT SOME MILK
The Scene: My 3 year old son walks into the room as I was getting dressed Thursday for work.
3YO Son: (staring at my boobs) I want some milk, mom.
3YO Son: Yes, Mom... from those.. (and points at my girls).
Me: Sorry Bug, there's no more milk.
3YO Son: (exasperated) Did Sammy drink all of it?
Me: (laughing) Yep, all gone.
The Take Away: He, nor his brother, has breastfed in years. It's obvious I'm raising a boob man.
NEWSROOM Lesson #3
I’ve worked in the news business for (cough) nearly 18 years now. I’m a what you call a veteran, even though (at times) I still think of myself as the punk 24 year old who just got out of college. My first TV gig paid a whopping $7.00 an hour. And I earned every penny of that salary. I’ve covered presidential elections, presidential recalls, tornadoes, hurricanes,...
HERE KITTY, KITTY...
I usually try and read a book (or two) to the Savages in the morning because I’m not here at night to put them to bed (I work swing shift). Today I grabbed an old classic given to them by my mother-in-law, who by the way I adore. This book was one of the first books she read to my husband- her baby. Ahhh.. I know, that’s sweet, right? Inside the pages, there are beautiful...
MERV LIFE LESSON #4
This is my dad. His name is Merv. Merv raised his seven kids in the Northwest, the rainy, cold Northwest. Anytime we had a heat wave (ie: it was Sunny and 65 degrees) Dad would repeat this phrase at least 14 times a day: ”Tara-Bear, It’s hotter than a whore’s dream”. Growing up I didn’t know what a whore was, but it didn’t matter. I just knew I wanted...
CALLED OUT BY MY ALMOST 2 YEAR OLD
My almost 2 year old has had a rash of ear infections this past year. This morning, he once again woke up with all the symptoms- cold, slight fever, stuffy nose, irritable, etc. So, today we made another emergency trip to the pediatricians office— the 3rd visit in just six weeks. Last time I was there with the Animal (my almost 2 year old) I was lectured by his doctor because I still...
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BLOGGY
It’s been 29 days since I made my first blog post. I did it on a whim one morning after something funny went down in the kitchen with me hubs and our a$$holes. After the incident, I had one of those moments that I often do with myself, thinking, “I should be writing this down”. But this time I actually did. And 29 days later it’s evolved into “Tara’s...
Holding Vigil on a Sunday
My husband and 3YO son are out on a Sunday morning bike ride. Our son insisted they do a drive-by of his new preschool. Me hubs just texted me this photo. It appears our son is holding vigil outside his classroom door until his teacher, Miss Kathleen, comes. In the future when he tells me “I hate school”, I will pull this photo out of the family archive and promptly call him a...
Saturday In The Park
My husband and I learned a lesson today: Saturday is not a good day to visit a theme park in Southern California. Not even if you have free passes because the company you work for owns the park; Not even if the theme park is only 15 minutes from your home; Not even if you have free parking. No, Saturday is NOT a good day to visit a theme park in Southern California. In closing, I’d like...
BIG FAT LIARS
THIS JUST IN: A story that impacts all those parents who say ” my kids keep me young”. Tara’s Take has confirmed it’s complete and utter bullshit. Those parents are in denial and lying to themselves so they can get through the day. Now back to your regularly scheduled program.
MERV LIFE LESSON #3
This is my dad. His name is Merv. From an early age he dispensed advice to his seven kids like only a Merv could do. When the going got tough, Merv got real: ”Tara-Bear, you’re just shoveling shit against the tide”. For years I never understood what that meant, but I always knew I was fucked when he said it.
Mommy Food Confessions
Confession time. It’s a biggie. Ready? Here goes: I hate feeding my kids. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. Yes, I HATE FEEDING MY KIDS. It’s not that I don’t want them to eat. It’s not that at all. You see, one of the Savages is a picky eater and won’t eat anything. The other Savage is a human vacuum and can never get enough food. My almost two year old is obsessed with pasta. He wants...