Numbered List of Random

This post.

Oh you guys. I’m in a total blog rut right now. I’m not sure what direction I want to go in, if I want to change things or leave it as is. I’m feeling uninspired lately and having trouble coming up with informative blog post that are also interesting and fun. I have so much I want to do with Mama Notes… yet.. it’s not coming to me right now.


Okay, actually, let me back up for a minute. Even though I’m in a “blog rut” (whatever that is, a hole maybe?) I have a million things I want to talk about. I’m job searching, changing my laundry routine, trying to find a day care for Lucas, figuring out what I’m going to wear this summer when my stomach is 10x the size it is now, and just a whole lot of other totally random things going on. But, like I said, I’m in a blog hole so I haven’t figured out how or when I’m going to present these things to you.

It’s suspenseful. I’m leaving you on the edge of your seats here, I know. I’ll tell you when you should get your popcorn ready.

Here are a few things- totally random- numbered. Because I like lists.

1. This is my husband and I in Thailand, in 2006. We were newlyweds. We were on a mission trip with our Church and since we were married, we were allowed to kiss in the buss. I thought you might enjoy this picture.

Let’s just talk about it for a minute. First, look at my skirt. Isn’t it cute? I still have it. It was May when we went to Thailand and it was very hot outside. You have to dress modestly, yet reasonably to not fry your brains out. Hence my cute skirt… with crocs. I don’t remember what my logic was in wearing these. Honestly, I don’t. I think we weren’t allowed to wear flip flops, yet tennis shoes were some how not a good option either. So, I had this brilliant idea to buy my husband and I a pair of crocs – except the fake kind, whatever those are called- that we could both wear. We’re matching. Isn’t that cute.

For the record, I hate crocs. No offense to anyone who wears them, they’re just not my style.

Back to this picture.

Oh I just can’t get over it. We look like such nerds. I should write a post on Thailand. I have so cool pictures from that trip and lots of stories. I ended up in the Thailand hospital which was very exciting. I got bit by a bug and ended up in the hospital. It sounds more exciting than it was, really.

Moving on now.

2. I need to get Lucas some shoes. Is there a particular brand that is good for this age?

3. Lucas’ favorite book right now is Brown Bear Brown Bear. He is always bringing it to me and I read it over and over and over again. He’s trying to say a new word, I can’t figure out if it’s “book” or “brown” or “bear” but it’s something with a B.

4. This is what we did today. Today, present tense, March 20, 2010.

Today we went for a long walk and Lucas spent a good 20 minutes of it walking himself. He is so determined. He falls down and gets right back up! I think you know you really live in Alaska when it’s 40 degrees out and you can’t get over how warm it is. I’m going to be bringing out the flip flops and skirts when it hits 55!

5. I have to get a new bassinet for baby #2. I’m not sure which one to get. I’d love to get a moses basket, but are they practical or just pretty? Our babies sleep with us for a while after they’re born but I like something to put next to the bed.

6. A few of you have asked me why I decided to wean Lucas at one year. I have several reasons. I’ll share some of them with you. First of all, I have no guilt about weaning him. We made it one year of breastfeeding and I’m very pleased with that and proud of us. At six weeks my goal was two months!! I stopped because 1) I was ready 2) he was ready I have a few other personal reasons which I’m going to keep personal, but the point is, we stopped because I felt like it was time. And, I’m happy with that decision.

7. Here is my whole take on following blogs. If you want to follow me, than follow me. And thank you for reading, of course! Please don’t assume that it means I’m going to automatically follow you in return. I follow blogs that I want to read. I also subscribe to a lot of blogs via RSS feed so if you don’t see me following you by google feed it doesn’t mean I’m not reading. I do follow a lot of blogs in return because I like them, but I don’t just do it automatically.

8. When you move to a new place, how do you find a new Church? I think that’s so hard! We haven’t found a church we like up here yet and it’s been hard for us. How do you do this? It’s weird “sampling” churches.

9. My husband and I watched the movie Couples Retreat last night. It’s a fun movie if you’re looking for one to watch.

10. I think I’ve convinced Lucas that strawberries are candies. PLUS 20 POINTS FOR ME!

11. Here is a moose that was in our backyard the other day.

At the Alaska Zoo there is a moose. I find that a little odd. As common as moose are around here, to me that would be like having a cat at the Portland Zoo. Except the moose at the Zoo was much bigger than this one in our backyard. Which is good, I guess. I wouldn’t want anything bigger than this in my yard.

And apparently after I just said I was in a blogging hole, I just wrote the longest “random” post ever to date.

Happy day to you.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

18 thoughts on “Numbered List of Random

  1. For the church thing- maybe check the Acts 29 Network (sorry, I don't have the link I'm typing on my phone!). I'm not sure if they have anything in Alaska but if they do I'd go check out that church first.

  2. here's a random comment in reply:
    1) I think I enjoy the posts about your normal everyday life more than the informative posts anyways.
    2) the moose absolutely cracks me up.
    3) I think you did an amazing job making it to a year with breastfeeding. It's an intensely personal decision, don't let anybody tell you what's right or wrong for you.
    4) For beginning walkers, Robeez are AWESOME.
    5) We are “church hunting” right now too and find it weird and awkward and frustrating and discouraging… so good luck to us both on that one!
    6) I would love to hear about the Thailand trip.

  3. I love this post.

    That picture of you guys in Thailand is hilarious. I love it. I'm with you on the following blog thingy, although I think I don't have as many followers because I don't follow every one back, but oh well. I still can't get over the moose thing!!

  4. If you're feeling low on blogging initiative, how about posting more of the Mom Interviews?

    Of course, I suggest this strictly for you. It in no way, shape, or form would benefit ME. πŸ˜‰

    (Did you buy that? Was it totally sincere?)

    Also, I totally love that picture of Lucas toddling in the snow. It's really superb.

  5. I HATE crocs…but do I wear them? yes =) They are comfy and convenient when Im doing not so important/need to look amazing stuff.

    I heard Robeez are great for learning to walk. Personally, Im cheap. Im not going to pay $25-$35 for shoes Brook will grow out of soon, so I hit up thrift stores. The shoes are usually in fairly great condition!

    This bugged me……
    Dont feel obligated to follow and read everyone's blogs! You are not Wonder woman. You are a mommy and wife who has a successful blog. That doesnt mean that you have 28 hours in a day to dedicate to your family, life and following up on other peoples blogs.
    If you read mine..ever. Fabulous! If not, who cares….Maybe that time was spent doing something fun or for your husband or lucas…

    I really hope people do not harass (sp) you about reading or following their blogs…..

    You're great! You will always be a great blogger, 'following' or not =)

    k…my rant it over. lol

  6. Oh my! That is a big moose…so cute! There is something cute about a moose πŸ™‚

    My goal for breastfeeding is one year too! Good job making it that far with your baby Lucas! I'd love to hear how you weaned him and the steps you took together to do it, the thought intimidates me and I feel pretty lost about the whole thing even though it's still about 4 months away for us.

    Wow, Lucas is such a big boy walking like that now! πŸ™‚ You guys have lots of snow still, that must be fun! Here in Nebraska it was 60 degrees on Thurs. and then on Friday it was snowing like crazy! Weird weather…

    I'm sad the Bachelor is over…are you going to watch The Bachelorette? I'm probably gonna have to! πŸ™‚

  7. lol you make me laugh. love the random.

    On the church “shopping”… do you have likeminded friends up there yet?

    I'd talk to a few people who parent like you do, believe the same things and have them reccommend a church.

  8. See Kai Run are great first shoes…and we used our Moses basket for 5 months and loved every second of it. So convenient and portable. And Baby loved it, too, because the sides were close so he felt more secure.

  9. I know how hard it is to find a new church! I have moved back and forth between Corvallis, OR and Bellingham, WA for the past 5 years, the past two being newlyweds. With that, I have to consider my husband's opinion and church-values now!
    I still don't feel totally at home in our new GIANT church, but I encourage you to persevere. Hopefully you find one with young, growing creative families too!

  10. Our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is great because the doctrine and teachings are consistent, wherever you move! The people are also usually very friendly and welcoming. Teachings are very family friendly and Christ-centered. You ought to check it out. You can find a meetinghouse and find out when they meet and everything at
    Good luck!

  11. If you haven't already tried See Kai Run shoes, you really need to. They are absolutely phenomenal.

    Church shopping…that's what we call it. And we're still at it after 2 years in upstate NY. Probably because we kind of gave up and are now back where we started…blah.

  12. We loved Robeez too. Also, I liked Pedi Peds.

    And congrats to making it to 12 months of nursing. I agree, it is your personal decision, and no one can knock you for it. Each woman and each baby is different πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to your blog changes, updates… suspense!

  13. I love the picture of the moose and of Lucas walking down the road!
    I had a moses basket for my daughter. It was nice to take along with me, because it provided her a safe place to sleep, but I didn't use it much at home. I preferred the bassinet in our room when she was a newborn.
    Good luck finding a church! I'm still looking for one of my own.

  14. Wow, where do I begin? First, you two are too cute! I love that you went on a missions trip as newlyweds, what a fantastic start to your marraige!
    Next, congrats on reaching a year and being at peace with your decision. When I weaned Lizzie at 2 years old I knew it was time but still felt a tiny bit of guilt. Why? I have no clue. So don't let people make you feel guilty, just look at the health and joy in that boy!

    And finally, that moose picture cracks me up! We have deer in our yard all the time and it would facinate me to see Moose!
    have a wonderful week my friend!

  15. Well, I think this post is officially a rambling blog post and a good one too! Sometimes what's on our minds doesn't fit together and that's OK.

    By blogging about your decisions, you're putting yourself out there and vulnerable to criticism. I'm glad you're confident in your weaning decision and know it's good for you guys. Making it to a year is such an accomplishment!

    Finding a new church is hard. I spreadsheeted churches and found out what I could via web and calling. My criteria was a few select doctrinal points, women's ministry and small groups. Eventually, I decided I had to stop analyzing and went to the church that started the latest. The assistant pastor invited me an evening event and his Bible study and that was our church home for 5+ years. We're church shopping again and I'll use the same criteria as well as an 11:00 service.

    Keep up the blogging and hope you get energy back soon.

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