SavageDood just turned 6….Where did the time go?!

Jonas cake

SavageDood turned six this past weekend. We celebrated by going to a water park. He loved it-especially jumping off of the shipwreck into 7 foot deep water. Bring the kid to a lake, pool, or ocean and he’s fearless. Since he’s my youngest ChildSavage, his birthday has made me introspective. Only for about 15 seconds a day though, before SavageDood finds me and interrupts any thought I have with his particular brand of chaos.

Jonas collage

He is chaos. He has taken everything I know about parenting and turned it inside out and upside down. I don’t talk about this often, but he has sensory processing difficulties. He craves motion and holds his ears for flushing toilets. He can run in circles for hours, but has to have tepid food. He will jump into virtually any body of water, but gets scared at the MGM Lion. Feeding him is different, entertaining him is different, disciplining is different. HE is different. SavageDood is an amazing, terrifying, everlasting, kinetic ball of energy.

Jonas Rain

And deep in this Energizer Bunny of a child, is the most kind, gentle, loving heart. He’s the king of random sayings in our home. At any point during the day he’ll come to us,

“So, why do tornadoes spin?” “So…Dad? How does gravity work?” “Why do they call them cars?”

“Mom? Umm…I love you.” or “I just want to spend some time with you and cuddle.” *heart melts*

This is all. day. every. day.

Jonas beach

The other week, coming home from swim, we were admiring the crepe myrtles. In case you don’t know, they’re these flowering bushes That are often shaped to look like flowering trees. They’re really pretty when they’re blooming. SavageDood, looked up at one then said, “I wish I could reach those flowers, Mama, so I could pick them for you.” Man, this kid is good! If he keeps that sweet streak up; he will be the ideal boyfriend!

Granted, I may not be able to get him out of the house to date. “Mom, I am going to live here with you, forever!” “What if I move away and don’t tell you?” I asked? “Then I will look and search the entire world until I find you!” Oh boy, we just entered creepy stalkerville. Easy there Norman Bates-we will work on your lady skills.

I wonder how he will grow up. What he will be. What he will do with this unique brain of his. He is a ball of contradictions, but I know whatever he path he takes will be interesting.

Happy Birthday my wonder-ful, literal, spirited, adoring, whirlwind of a SavageDood!

Independence Matters. Tolerance Matters.

I am a patriot. I love the ideals that founded this great country. I believe deeply in the words of our Founding Fathers,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776)

While I don’t walk around wearing American flags, or plaster my house in spangled stars and stripes; I live as a patriot. I have been and am still willing to fight to protect those ideals.

Before the voices of self-righteous negativity chime in-I know our history. America’s history is pretty ugly. In the formation of this great country we pushed out and destroyed the Peoples that were here; we took land that belonged to another country; we owned, and fought to continue owning slaves. During the course of America’s past, we have had internment camps for other races, forced foreign immigrants into substandard, slavery like conditions, hanged our own children because of fear, and have tortured each other only for a difference in skin color or gender.

I know all of this; I don’t condone it, but I also know that those are not the values America was founded upon. Those were, and continue to be the actions of flawed humans-just like us. None of us are perfect, impartial, or unbiased. The best we can do is live our best self and continually teach the next generation to learn from our mistakes of intolerance, bigotry, and hate.

At 239 years old, we are a relatively young country. We are in our rebellious, anti-establishment, angsty, teenage years. We are figuring ourselves out. For every event I listed above, there were more people fighting and dying for what was right. The events of  the last few weeks show me that while we are still deeply troubled, the majority of America still wants equality and tolerance for all. We are moving in the right direction.

But, in our haste to prove how “progressive” and “enlightened” we are, I fear we’re swinging our pendulum too far. We scream, “Tolerance, equal rights, black lives matter!” What about the voices that say, “I tolerate, but don’t agree. I want you to have equal, legal rights, but please let me practice my religion as it dictates. Black lives do matter, but so do Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and White lives.” These voices are being silenced. Either because of personal discomfort or due to the overwhelming swell of the social media; they’re being shut down. I don’t think that’s fair.

I have struggled with this for years. I don’t speak up in social media. I did once, and ruined a personal, familial relationship. Yes, it is easy to condemn mass murders, and overt hate crimes. Is it as easy to speak up over gun control, vaccines, immigration, abortion, and religious freedoms? If it’s not the mainstream consensus, then no. I am a female, Mexican-American, Roman Catholic, hippie. So, you can guess where I stand on things. Guess what? I don’t hate you who disagree! I don’t judge you if you choose to believe differently than me! Even if what you do or how you live is morally wrong to me, I refuse to censure your freedom! All I ask is that you extend the same generosity to me and my values.

I looked up the definition of “independence” in preparation for this post. Check it out:

  1. not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct,etc.; thinking or acting for oneself.
  2. not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free.
  3. not influenced by the thought or action of others
  4. not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
  5. synonyms include: liberated, free

Those Founding Fathers had quite the mastery of language! The very title of their great work clearly explains what they were trying to do! We’re celebrating those ideals today. In America, you can be you and I can be me, and that is encouraged! We are permitted to disagree with each other and even our government. We are allowed to influence our government. We are entitled to believe freely in matters of religion. We are equal. All lives matter. WE. ARE. FREE.

This is the America I am willing to die for. This is the America of my patriotism. Happy Birthday America.

Ciri Final

Amazeballs Ranch Dressing

Hello! This Summer has started off busy! Sorry I haven’t been around, but life…it’s just how it is. Anyway, the we took a wonderful day trip to a local lake the other day. It was fantastic. Water was perfect, weather was nice, the company (my very own Daddy-O) was great, and we all had an awesome time. Part of that great time involved eating a picnic meal. I brought chips and ranch dip. The dip is a recipe I’ve been perfecting for ages. Since, outsiders approved of it and asked for the recipe, I figured I’d share it with you. Enjoy!

Ranch Dressing/Dip
Classic ranch with fresh ingredients and herbs.
Servings Prep Time
4 Cups 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Cups 10 Minutes
Ranch Dressing/Dip
Classic ranch with fresh ingredients and herbs.
Servings Prep Time
4 Cups 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Cups 10 Minutes
Servings: Cups
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl, blender, or food processor, and blend thoroughly.
  2. Refrigerate unused portion.
  3. Keeps for up to a week in the fridge.
  4. For a creamier dressing, add more heavy cream and a splash of apple cider vinegar.
Recipe Notes

The Savory Spice Shop Mount Elbert All Purpose Seasoning is a proprietary blend from a local spice shop. I highly recommend their products, and they ship everywhere. They are also franchised, so look up your state to see where the nearest one to you is!

Either way, enjoy. We go though a recipe of this size about every two weeks. Ranch dressing, dip, sandwich spread, you can use it for practically anything savory!

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