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About studentmamacook

I'm a single mom of two. I'm a recent graduate with my MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I've got the most amazing boyfriend (we've been together just over six years) and have been really happy.

Swap-Bot: Show Us Your Jewelry!

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Another swap for swap-bot! This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests “Show us your jewelry”. So, here are some of my favorite pieces!

catsThese earrings are among the “cheapest” that I have, but I hold them very dear. They belonged to my aunt, who passed away almost two years ago now. They are plastic, and I don’t wear them very often, but when ever I miss my aunt I take them out and wear them and feel like she’s a bit nearer to me.fire opals

Looking over my jewelry for this post, I realized that I have a lot of earnings that I consider my favorite. I don’t wear them near as often as I should. Most of my jewelry comes from my fiance. He has for many years worked as a jeweler, not the one who makes the pieces, but the one who sells them. I feel he has excellent taste. These are the most recent pair he gave me, just last month in act, or our 7th anniversary.

pearls

I “prompted” my fiance for close to two years to get my pearls. And at last, I received these for my birthday several years ago. The hearts on it are rose gold, and, it’s hard to see in the picture, but there are little “diamonds” between them and the pearls. I love to wear these ones.

terqouise

Another gift from my fiance. This year for valentines. I went to pull them out of my jewelry box and the hooks were all wonky. Not sure what happened with that. I love the turquoise. I actually have two other pair, but this is my newest and so my current “favorite”.
TARDIS

Oh, how I love Doctor Who! These were, again, a gift from my fiance. I can’t remember what occasion garnered me this gift, but it came with a game of Doctor Who Yahtzee (it’s in the shape of a Dalek). These are really heavy, and pull on my ear, so I only wear them for a few hours at a time.

to the moon and back

I don’t often wear things on my wrists. I spend too much time typing for work and they just get in the way. But this bracelet, given to me for Christmas a few years ago by my fiance, is an exception. I love the sentiment.

ringsThe ring on the left was given to me by my fiance for our first Christmas together. We had been talking about marriage and when I unwrapped the ring box, I have to say, I was a more than a bit excited. It was hard to hide my disappointment at opening the box and seeing a ring that was most definitely NOT an engagement ring. *sigh* He couldn’t figure out why I was disappointed, it’s a nice ring after all. Anyway, the one on the right came with a warning not to get my hopes up. It’s still a nice ring, I like the rose gold hearts on the sides the best (they sort of match the pearl earrings up above).

engage

This is the one piece of jewelry that I wear every day. My engagement ring. I picked out this ring almost six years ago. We wont embarrass my fiance by asking how long he held on to it before actually asking me to marry him. I love this ring. It’s got a touch on “antique” style, and a timeless look. I did right in picking it, and he did right in buying it.

Mother’s Day – About Your Babies

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So, I’ve been trying to get back into swap-bot and joined up on a swap all about my kids! So, here are the questions, and some pictures of my kids to boot! So, the swap asks for baby pictures. Sadly, all of my baby pictures are in storage. So, I went with the youngest pictures of my kids that I could find on my digital means.

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My son at age 5

 

  1. How many children do you have? I have 2 kids, one boy and one girl.
  2. Where were they born? (Hospital, home?) Both my kids were born in the hospital, in different states.
  3. What are their current ages? My son is 14, my daughter is 10.
  4. How old were you when you had your first child? I was 20 when I had my son. Makes me feel old thinking about it.
  5. What did you like/love about being pregnant? I think that my favorite thing about being pregnant was feeling the baby move. That first fluttering movement, it’s just amazing.
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    My daughter at 18 months

    What didn’t you like about it? All the typical complaints, hurting feet and back, morning sickness, weight gain.

  7. Did you have an epidural? I did, both times. Though with my daughter, the way I had to lay to keep her on the monitor made it so that I was only numb on one said, and it wasn’t so bad.
  8. Is your mother still living? Alive and well and the mother of 9 children herself.
  9. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from you? Both of my kids are stubborn and opinionated, just like me. I think this is a good thing (but I may be biased).
  10. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from their father? Both kids can be very sweet, which they get from their dad.
  11. Do you still live at the same address you did when your youngest child was born? I don’t even live on the same side of the country
  12. Did your babies carry security blankets? Pacifiers? My son used a pacifier, but never had a blankie. My daughter started out on a pacifier, but got rid of it herself when she realized she could use her thumb, which she still does while cuddling her blankie.
  13. Do any of your babies still live with you? Both of them.
  14. Do any of your babies have babies of their own? Goodness, I hope not!
  15. What’s your hope and prayer for your babies in the future? That they grow into active, productive members of society and leave the world a bit better than when they arrived.

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    All three of us this past fall ages 14 and 10 (and me, so, not a kid)

52 Questions #11 Hobbies Part 2

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Second week in March, more on hobbies!

I think I do dabble  bit in a lot of different hobbies. Aside from reading (as mentioned last week) and being obsessed over the TV shows I watch, I also like to make collages, cross stitch, and make digital art. I’ve been making magazine collages since I was a kid. Not that I’m very good at it, but I think it’s fun. Cross stitch I’m ok at, just really slow. And digital art…mostly that’s related to the TV show I’m currently obsessed with. I’ve been working on the same cross stitch for over 10 years now. I just don’t put the time into it that I need to to make have it done faster.

52 Questions #10 Hobbies Part 1

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First week on March. Theme: Hobbies

I loved to read. Anything I could get my hands on I would read. I always had a book. I would walk home from school reading a book in middle school and high school. I was a late bloomer when it came to schooling, reading especially. When I was in second grade, I was in the lowest possible reading group. I was basically unable to read more than a few words. One of my friends in class was reading the Box Car Children books and I wanted to read them. She had read a few chapters to me and I thought they were so interesting. I remember showing my second grade teacher the book that I wanted to check out of the school library. And she told me no because I couldn’t read it. And that pissed me off. I wanted to read that book and by golly I was going to read that book! Well, third grade came around and it was, to my recollection, a night and day difference. I just started reading. I still can’t spell to save my life, but I can read with the best of them.

52 Questions #9 Friendship Part 3

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The last post for February is also about friendships.

I think what I admire most in my friends is the ability to listen, to keep a secret, and to just “be”. I don’t want to have to feel like I’m putting on a show when I’m around someone I’m supposed to be a friend with. I spend my professional life watching every word I saw, judging it for therapeutic value before it leaves my mouth. In my down time I don’t need that sort of stress. I want to be able to just let go and be me, without fear of judgment.

52 Questions #8-Friendship Part 2

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More on friendship.

My first “best friend”? That’s a tough one. I’ve always had more acquaintances than friends. But, there is one person, who when I was younger, was a friend to me. Someone that I would spend the night at her house, go with her family to the naval base to go swimming on dependent days (I was the “adopted” daughter because with my dirty blond hair and green eyes I looked nothing like my Filipino friend or her family). Lizza (pronounced like the conventionally spelled Lisa) was a year younger than me, but that didn’t stop us from becoming good friends. We had similar interests (we liked to sing and read) and we were both socially awkward. We lost touch for the longest time, only getting back in touch in the last few years via Facebook. We don’t have much in common any more. She never went to college (or if she did, never got more than an associates degree) and has had more babies that I can remember. She’s married to a guy that no one thought she would get married to, and lives in a different part of the country than I do. Our political views are different too, which has always struck me as off because we grew up in the same church, with similar believing parents. But, it happens. So we like each other’s photos, and occasionally post on each other’s walls. And at least I remember simpler times when we were still kids.

52 Questions #7 Friendship

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February continues with love and friendship.

I have a good number of peripheral friendships, friends that I touch bases with only on occasion. Ones that aren’t around very often, mainly due to being on the other side of the country. But I have to say that the friendship I value the most is that of my fiance. We have been together for almost seven years. It will be seven years at the end of April. We’ve been through a lot together. We moved across the country for school together, we got jobs in the same obscure county to be together. And in June we will be married.