Evolution of MBA Property….What if?

Last MBA related post was about it being shut down (finally). Then after I saw a comment on my other post, I found this info…

So, first I saw this:

Then I saw who bought it…hope that it’s being used to build these kids up rather than tear them down!!:

I a little worried as evangelical christians tend to have been portrayed as Orange Supporters…but I “have faith” and hope/pray that they’ll do something good with it.

I admit I was really tempted to see how expensive the property was, but that post was old.

Can you imagine what a cool “About Us” story it would be that I survived the bizarre institution that was previously inhabiting the space? It would be kind of cool….or at least get attention. Who knows, maybe someday!

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Global Family Love

Our Beautiful Planet

Our Beautiful Planet from NASA

Putting to words what I’m feeling about this wall/immigrant blocking that our alleged president is trying to do, brings me to realizing how much knowing people from other countries have made me who “I” am. I simply wouldn’t be who I am today if all the friends I have had weren’t allowed to be here.

As a child I had a nanny from Austria, and then in elementary school penpals from France and some other countries in europe. I learned about Judaism from a boy in my class at school, who also brought in his pet Chinchilla (pretty cool!). My first time hanging out and watching sports (basketball) was with some friends I met at school from Saudi Arabia. My first time going out to breakfast with a friend was with a friend from Brazil. Moving to New York at 18 I can hardly count the number of places I met people from, it was great! A friend from Panama met me at the airport and helped me get moved into the dorms. It makes me sad to think that we as a country are trying to “other” ourselves from the world, because there is so much to learn, and grow from that is from the people we haven’t met yet. I could go on and on about more people, when I tried to make a list of the countries that I could remember influential people from that I have been so lucky to meet I got overwhelmed and hesitated to even try to list them all because I wanted to publish this as soon as I could.

Discrimination against immigration and people from other places is wrong. Building a wall to keep people out is something I can NEVER support. This is because I know that together we are stronger, and a lot more interesting.

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Just Do It!!

I had an awkward experience this summer that felt like a good one to share.

I was at a family camp, we go for a week every summer and my oldest daughter (on the right) absolutely LOVES to swim in the lagoon that they have there off of the sound. I knew this ahead of time and made a point to be sure to bring everyone’s swimming suit, including mine, particularly since I had recently read the article that talks about how kids will remember mom playing, not how she looked. I was determined to be a “playing mom” and not a “self conscious mom” and to just Put On That Swimsuit! (by the Mom Creative). I packed them very carefully.

Our first day there, at this beautiful resort like place and of course she is in the water…we had unpacked earlier that day but where was my suit? I looked and looked and looked, no suit!! The kids were ready, and excited to go down to the water but…where was it??!!

Lovely sunset view from our cabin...

Lovely sunset view from our cabin…

So I looked at what I did have, and fortunately I had a few of my undershirts that I usually wear (spaghetti strap tank top) and I found a black one…I looked at my underwear and YES! I found some boycut ones that were black. I decided to wear both and if I needed to I could jump in…nobody would notice right?

I told my girls of my plan, and asked them to please not mention it, trying to assure them that nobody could tell. They seemed sure people would be able to tell, it surprised me how much they cared, so I pulled off my shirt and jeans, in an attempt to prove that it really wasn’t that bad! Plus, realistically I probably had more covered than I do with my suit! My 7 year old daughter Hazel (she was most nervous surprisingly) stated that it really “didn’t look bad!” and so down to the lagoon we went…

I did end up jumping in, every day right along with my mermaid Kenzie who was in there for hours a day every day. I wasn’t in that long because Hazel and Zazen had to be watched (and they kept leaving the water area) but definitely jumped in at least once each day. It was a hot dock and I thought the coldish water was great! I hardly thought about my swimming suit issue, and carefully made sure my shirt and pants got washed/dried out each night.

That article I’d read that I mentioned earlier just kept on popping up in my head…they were going to have good memories that included mom jumping into the cold water with them!! I am glad that I had packed under-things that passed for swimming…nobody ever said a word.

Kristin + Kenzie Treading Water

We were playing with treading water with only our legs, and lucky for me a friend took this shot!!

Oh, and we did end up finding my suit, the day before we left. I or someone put it on a hanger that my husband then put his shirt over and forgot…it was fun to finally have a real swimming suit on for the last day at least!!

So I guess the lesson is, don’t “just” pack a swimming suit, but some emergency back-ups as well!! Have fun moms!!!

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Excited To Read “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”!!

I saw this campaign a few months ago and was IN immediately. I just updated the details they need to send me all the perks (including book/coloring book etc.) and I am so excited to read this to my kids!!! See video below for more info…it is pretty sweet!!

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Finalist in #NewSchoolAlumni Summer Photo Contest “Bubble”

I am so excited to be included in this contest! I graduated from Parsons in 2003 with BFA in Communication Design. After leaving New York in 2006 it is great to be recognized as a finalist for this fun picture I took earlier this summer!

You can vote now by “Liking” your favorite photo here on Facebook and Instagram.

The “New School Favorite,” along with the three winning photos, will be announced after voting ends on August 9, 2016.

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