It Was A Good Day

Today I got to take my little guy to school (after picking him up “sick” Tuesday and hanging out with him yesterday. I’m happy to say he wasn’t sick, (he just ate a yucky cookie) and was very happy to go to school today.

After that I went to a “stay and play” Moms’ meetup and hung out with a few awesome moms…then when I came home to get some work done, I was greeted with these!:

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All four of our chickens’ had laid an egg, what an abundant way to start my productive time!!

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Seattle Parks (Update)

Hoping I get to see this cute little guy having fun swimming again tonight!!!

Hoping I get to see this cute little guy having fun swimming again tonight!!!

This is an update regarding the Seattle Parks post from last week. At this point I’m happy to say that we have spoken and also interacted on Twitter and they have both apologized and also told me that they are working on improving the communication around these situations. I appreciate their reaching out.

I feel compelled to share more of my story with the Pools of Seattle Parks. As you know if you know me in real life or if you follow this blog, I have moved a LOT over the years since moving to Seattle in 2006. Part of these moves included using different pools that are a part of the Seattle Parks set up, I have taken my kids to lessons at the Southwest Pool, the Rainier Pool, Meadowbrook, and of course the Helene Madison pool from last week. I have gone through rough patches with some of the classes that we have participated in, but fortunately these were all more easily resolved, and it was usually because of different teaching styles which is remedied by the way they change the teachers teaching a given class nearly every month, so if the kids are with a teacher they ‘don’t like’ (or that you don’t like) they will surely be with a different teacher the next month, and in my experience it all evens out.

So back to today, I got a phone call from someone and we had a nice conversation, I look forward to talking to the other parents I will surely see there tonight to share the good news that they both apologized and also met about the issue earlier this week so we can expect things to get better. I also got the names of who is appropriate to ask for if there are any problems in the future which I appreciate, because if I’d known who to talk to about the issue I might not have gone straight to the blog.

The other reason though that I did go straight to the blog however, was that I knew that it was not just me. I interacted with three other dads who showed up for lessons only to be surprised (as I was) that they weren’t happening, so I was not just speaking for myself but for them as well, I feel it was important to let them know how many families were impacted. I discussed this too with the pool and they recognized this.

Overall I think this was a positive experience…and hopefully parents who might have dealt with this in the future won’t have to because they make some really good improvements in communication.

I love the Seattle Parks’ Pools!!! I’m grateful I can look up and sign up for the classes online too via their SPARC system too..

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My 12 Love…

imageAs a mom living in Seattle, I’m definitely a 12. That’s why I have this picture of my little guy posted here too! I think it is adorable, the kids were given 3 shirts this week, from Dicks that have a big “12” on the back, as you can see though they are already so proud that they want the 12 in FRONT!

In the spirit of the Seahawks going to the super bowl and life being great I figured I’d do a Top 12 post about things that I am grateful for!!

12.) Seahawks in Arizona!! I had fun last year and I’m also enjoying the energy in town knowing that we are about to be in the Super Bowl again. I’m grateful because the philosophy that Pete Carroll is using with the Seahawks is a beautiful example of conscious leadership in practice that we (my husband and a good number of friends) are striving to recreate in business…so yay for good examples!!

11.) To expand on #12 I’d like to mention Laloux and his book that I downloaded from his website called “Reinventing Organizations“. It gives a beautiful framework that is actually in existence at a handful of companies that are utilizing the WHOLE person that the members of the company represent. I can’t explain it briefly enough to include here and I’m still reading it, I recommend absolutely everyone does too!! It is downloadable in a “pay what feels right” set up too (which is what I linked to) so you can get it right now!!

10.) HTML…I’m grateful that before it was anywhere as vast as it is today, I was learning about the internet. I started with HTML and quickly progressed into using Photoshop and ImageReady then on to WordPress, Ning, and all the Social Media out there. Looking at my Archive recently was a great reminder of the beginnings of all this and I’m grateful to have a growing number of clients that I am helping to boost their online presence via Not Just a Website and Techie Designer Mom, which are both still in progress since I’ve been busy working on other peoples stuff, maybe check back in a few days.

9.) Laying chickens!!! Global warming is pretty apparent here in Seattle, it has been like spring!! Our chickens surprised us and started laying in January! I think their cycle was set right in tune with the solstice or something and we have been reaping this benefit…it is like easter every day!!

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8.) Cherry…I am very lucky to have a wonderful mother-in-law who goes by “Nama Cherry” that has taken a really active role as “grandma” for all of our munchkins. I am so grateful for the chance to get stuff done every now and then when she picks them up from school and spends some time with them!!

7.) Crafty Kids…my kids like me when I was a kid are really interested in creating things! I have one knitter, and all three of them love legos and drawing! I love seeing what they create each day! Now if I can find a good way to organize it all…

6.) Not moving anytime soon. It’s been a crazy couple of years and I am thrilled that we have been where we are at for almost a year at this point…starting to stabilize just a little bit…

5.) Finding the great local community of friends at CSL, we have been a part of the community for a few years now and appreciate all of the friends there that we have made through the classes/services/summer camp etc.!!

4.) Mobility, I am completely grateful that my body is working as well as it is. I had a rough episode towards the end of last years when I fell and hit my head and I’m thankful to report that I’m doing really really well…I have gone on 3+ mile walks and 1+ mile jogs without issue and I intend to keep doing that to keep my body in tip top shape!! Glad that I have friends and family here to join me in keeping this up!

3.) Garden, I haven’t taken the time to get my garden started yet this year (except for the seeds that are growing on my fishtank!) but I’m excited to get started…I’ll be buying lots of good compost and planting lots of yummy stuff! After I find a way to keep the chickens out of it of course…

2.) My wonderful husband Geoff who has been tirelessly working to help move forward with providing the world with a more conscious soul in business and I know that he inspires a LOT of people..definitely not just me. We got married on lucky 8/8/8 and it was one of the best decisions I think I ever made to join forces with him in this lifetime, even if he does drive me a little crazy sometimes.

1.) Of course my number one is my little guy pictured in this post along with his two sisters…they are my daily joy and challenge that I wouldn’t trade for anything!!

Thanks for taking the time to read this, I would love to hear what you are grateful for! If you do a blog post like this one feel free to post the link in the comments below!!

Little 12!!!

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Creative Fundraising (Bravelets!)

Moms with MS Bravelets

Every purchase raises $10 for the Moms with MS Community. Click the picture to see more Bracelets!

I was so happy when I found Bravelets! The first page to set up of course was for the Moms with MS Community. The bracelets or “bravelets” as they call them are really good looking and there are enough different styles to perk up a variety of styles. In the past I was excited about Shopfunder.com and I was bummed to recently realize that they weren’t around any longer, so I was grateful to see this replacement! I am hoping with their focused offerings they will have more success. Shopfunder had a very wide variety of products created by individual artisans which made it that much more important but I can imagine there was a lot more overhead too.

R.I.P. Shopfunder, you are missed.

With Bravelets there are less options, while there are over 10 colors available one can only pick three for their each cause which keeps it interesting in that different causes have different items for sale.

I’m glad to see that the world of crowd funding/buying/etc is opening up to everyone, it gives a lot more options to people that are looking for them.

Stay Brave!!

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Dear Seattle Parks: Cancelled Swimming Lessons…

Swimming Cancelled

So…I’ve been bragging a lot recently. See I scored with some swimming lessons that cover ALL the kids, within one hour…totally cool. Tonight I was taking the kids to their classes, which were at Helene Madison Pool, and as I parked, I noticed someone was in their car, a couple spaces away from me. He was giving me a look like he wanted to tell me something, and I realized it was a friend, a fellow parent so I got out of the car. Apparently he had just had a conversation with another dad, who told him that there were not classes tonight. Now at this point, I have three kids in my van who are VERY excited for their swim class…and so I hardly believe him! So then…

He offered to stay with the kids/cars, so I went in to ask, I could see someone was in the pool so it just didn’t seem right. So I walked in the door, and went to the man at reception to ask him. He confirmed that there were no classes! I didn’t give him too hard of a time, because I am pretty sure he’s not making the decisions but I DO ask about next week. No apology. I ask if we will have class NEXT week, a question that should indicate that it was NOT communicated that this day there wouldn’t be lessons. He just says that it is “just tonight” that they aren’t happening though, completely casually.

Fuming a bit, I walk back outside. I pass yet another dad, who is walking with an adorable toddler towards the pool entrance. I give him the news, he too, like the other parents I have either dealt with or heard about is shocked. He goes in saying “He’ll have to tell her” or something like that.

So I ended up taking the kids home…my girls were not happy, and my son, well you can see in the picture he was STILL crying about it when we got home. He was very excited about his swimming lessons. It would have been nice to have proper notice, and considering it wasn’t just “me” showing up but three other parents, if they did do something, it wasn’t enough. They could have:

*Sent an email

*Made an “Announcement” at the end of class the week before (aka talking to the parents)

*Posted notices

*Handed OUT notices

*Posted info about it on your FB page

*Could have even called!

The inconsiderate move to cancel classes without notice was not cool.

I believe that you can do a better job communicating Seattle Parks & Recreation, and have a procedure around communicating to parents about this kind of thing. You have our emails, USE THEM!! There’s this cool thing that businesses/people can do to communicate via text message, PLEASE USE THEM!

You are in one of the most tech savvy cities in the world, we know you can do better. You do have some awesome teachers though, I’ll give you that, and we will keep coming back for this reason, just please warn us next time.

Seattle Parks/Pools Update!! – (added 1/28/15)

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