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I Had a Baby Boy!

Birth Story Alert! I would like to be upfront that the following has nothing to do with my trading but I’d like this blog to be a place I can look back at and see a bit of what was going on in my life at the time.

April 1st I gave birth to my second son. I went to my weekly checkup that afternoon at three. Doc said I was at 5 cm. I was pretty excited. Halfway there right? I even had a contraction in front of the doctor and told her I was having one but wasn’t sure it was ‘real’ and not Braxton Hicks. She quickly said, “You don’t get to 5cm unless they’re real.” We joked about seeing each other later that night and off I went. Soon after I started my half hour drive home my contractions became very strong and so uncomfortable I could hardly focus on driving. I called my husband repeatedly but it kept going straight to voice mail. I knew his battery must have died and luckily I knew which field he was doing tractor work in so I drove straight there and told him I thought I was having the baby. He jumped in the car and we hurried home to grab the bags. As soon as the sitter showed up we started the 52 minute drive to the hospital. It was miserable. I was in so much pain I was punching the car window. My husband called ahead and 3 people met us at the door and immediately rushed me to OB. They discovered I was at 9 cm. To spare you any more details I’ll just say I got to the hospital about 6pm and delivered Winston at 7:38pm. My Doctor whom I had just visited with that afternoon told the nurses she couldn’t make it because she was “out of town.” The Doctor on call stopped in and when he found out I didn’t want my water broke huffed out and went home so my nurse delivered the baby and did a wonderful job. I also had the most amazing doula. If you are in need of a doula and live in the Denver area, email me because I have the doula for you.

I am so relieved I’m not pregnant any more. Man that was rough at the end, so uncomfortable and so many contractions. I feel light as a feather now with surprisingly more energy despite the lack of sleep. Winston was up last night from 7:30pm-2am. I thought newborns were supposed to sleep all the time. My recovery got off to a rocky start as a came down with a virus the day I went to leave the hospital and for 2 days I was hardly able to even turn in bed I ached so bad. It also doesn’t help that my husband is a farmer and when the fields are ready he has to work, baby or not, so I had a sharp dose of reality right away. It’s been 2 weeks now and I am starting to emerge from my fog, do dishes and think about writing thank yous. Thinking about it is as far as I’ve gotten. The evenings are so short at this time. Two year old goes to bed about 8 and I try to get to bed about 9 so I can get 6 hours of sleep if I’m lucky.

All that said these 2 weeks have flown by, as I know the next year will and even the next 18. Each day with these two boys is a gift. No need to dwell in the past wishing I could hold that tiny baby again or dwell in the future wishing they were off to school. I just need to live in the present and enjoy exactly who they are this day.

Trader April 15, 2015 7 Comments Permalink

Who Can Trade in December?

Woah!  Did December just happen?  Where was I?  What a crazy month it has been.  I have either had company or been company for 3 weeks this month and I am one worn out pregnant momma.  The last of my company comes today for 5 days.

Did I stock trade this month?  No not at all.  I think I may have only glanced at the S&P about 10 times this month.  Sometimes stock trading takes a back seat and I think that is perfectly healthy and important and is even one of the perks of trading, that you can choose when it needs to take a back seat and other priorities rise to the surface for a time.  For me it was my sister having her 5th child and I got to go cook, clean and take care of her kids.  It was also my parents yearly visit.  I don’t get to see them very often since they live in Utah and I live in Nebraska so the last thing I am going to do during their precious visit is be glued to my computer looking for the next great trade.  And then there is the house we’re working on.  Decisions and runs to Menards always need to be made.  Have you ever tried to pick a white paint out?  There must be over 7,000 shades of white.  Seriously.  Then any free moment, I have also been scraping and puttying, etc at the house.  We hope to move in in a couple months and are so excited.

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Here is a pic of my two favorite guys decorating for Christmas.

What I enjoyed most this month were the many reminders that the King of kings, God and Creator of all came to earth as a baby!  A baby!  He took off his crown, humbled himself and came to earth to live knowing full well what awaited him, heartache and the cross.  He did it anyway because he loves me.  He loves you!  Wow!  I am in absolute awe that he loves us that much.  I’m in awe of his humility.  I am in awe of who he is.

But what about you?  Did you get in any good trades this December?  Did you have trouble focusing on the markets this month?

 

Trader December 31, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

I’m baaaaaaack!

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!

After over a month of practically ignoring the markets I’m finally back this week. Kicked it off with a call on DIS on Wednesday. Bought at the bounce off the 50 day and sold when it hit the 20 day. Also in a call on LUV. Made it through yesterday’s 30 point drop somehow and I’m still hanging on.

So what kept me from trading? I’m glad you asked. First, my son was teething. I know you’re probably thinking, ‘what’s the big deal?’ It was horrible! Fever, EXTREME irritability, little or no naps, clingy, a terrible rash, etc. all for 1 little tooth. The only perk was the constant cuddles. He doesn’t watch TV but we made a definite exception that week as Sesame Street, Arthur and anything else that Public Television had on was at least a temporary distraction from his pain. I had no idea what parents meant when they said the T word (teething) until I had my own and please don’t tell me you didn’t even notice when your perfect little angel was getting a tooth. I don’t want to hear it. At least not yet, it’s still too painfully fresh in my mind.

Then there was a trip to Wisconsin and Iowa to see friends and my grandparents, Aunts and Uncles. My parents are both from Wisconsin so I have a bit of that cheese lovin’, braut and sauerkraut eatin’ German in me still.  Here is our son with his great grandparents.

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Then there was all the produce that had to be ‘put up’ when we got home. I canned pickles, salsa, relish and tomato soup. Put up peaches, dried basil, made tons of applesauce, froze gallons of cut up pepper slices, 44 bags of sweet corn off the cob, etc. When the produce is ready, it won’t wait and I had to use nap times for that instead of trading.

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Then to top it all off my husband and I made another offer on a house and surprisingly they accepted it. I mean it was a much lower offer than listed price and they had already dropped the price 2 times over the past year. It is so fun to look back over the last almost 2 years of house hunting and see God’s guidance through it all. He had us by the hand the whole time as we sought his wisdom each step of the way. We were so shocked they accepted our offer and didn’t counter and to top it off God made it all come together on our 5 year wedding anniversary. Sometimes I just think he’s showing off a little and I love it and love HIM!! 🙂

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We have a lot of work to do on it. Probably 3-4 months of constant work but it’ll be fun right? Ummmm….we’ll try to make it fun anyway. The hardest part is that so much involves painting and I can’t paint while I pregnant which leads me to the final thing that kept me from trading….

I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and utterly exhausted and nauseated. Most of my sons naptimes included at least one 20 minute mommy nap. Oh how good that would feel to curl up on the couch. I was out the moment my head hit the pillow. I tried looking at charts one time and was dosing while at my desk. Sometimes a break is in order.

So what did I think of my month break from trading? I looooooooooooved it. Just loved it. I didn’t feel so pulled in different directions, trying to take care of my husband, son and household and my stock positions and opportunities. I was able to just focus on being a wife and mom. It’s definitely a juggling act to do both and the time off gave me some time to clear my head and adjust my trading strategy a bit.

Well, now I’m just starting into my second trimester and so far the old adage that it’s the the time where I’ll feel the best and have the most energy is ringing true so I’m going to use every bit of energy I have these next 3 months while I have them to accomplish some of my pre baby bucket list which includes learning spreads and placing at least 1 spread. So needless to say…

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!

Trader September 26, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

2 Ingredient Cookies

Here is another post for you busy stock trading moms especially those with young children. I’ve been making these since my baby could eat and he loves them. They look like cookies but they’re way healthier. With just 2 ingredients they couldn’t be any easier and who doesn’t have overly ripe bananas sitting around now and then? When I do I just whip up a quick batch of these gems and throw them in the freezer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • ¾ Cup Oats

Oven Temp 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes

GREASED (learned that one the hard way) cookie sheet.

That’s it. Seriously.

Just mush up the banana and grind up the oats a little (if they are instant oats you can skip the grinding part). I throw my oats into my baby bullet to grind them up a bit but you could use a food processor or blender too. It’s okay if there are still some big oats. Then I just mix them together and if I want I add a few mix-ins. Some possibilities include, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, shredded coconut, almonds, chocolate or cinnamon or butterscotch chips, vanilla, almond flavoring or anything else your little heart desires.

So many possibilities but this time I decided to add almonds and shredded coconut.

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Here they are about to go into the oven after a quick little fork smoosh (everyone knows what a smoosh is right?)

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They taste best right out of the oven but can keep a couple of days on the counter. I throw most of mine in the freezer and take them out when I need them. Especially when we’re on the run to the park, doing errands or on the way to a play group and I know I’ll need a quick snack for the little guy. A few seconds in the microwave thaws it out in a hurry or just about 15 minutes at room temp does the trick too.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret…adults kinda like them too. Especially when considering how healthy they are compared to a typical cookie. Great for a quick breakfast on the run too.

You can see here they passed the taste test.

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Trader September 9, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Quick Easy Recipes for the Stock Trading Mom

Let’s face it, some days are just plain hectic for any mom but when you add the stock market in there it can get down right crazy.  Maybe the market looks like it’s about to bounce and several stocks may be approaching great buy points plus the baby is teething and won’t take his nap.  Then to top it off my husband might text and ask me if it wouldn’t be any trouble to bring some lunch out to the field.  Of course not.  I’ll be there in 30 minutes.  It’s on days like this I can use one of my ‘go to’ quick recipes to quickly feed my family and get back to focusing on the markets as soon as possible.

The Quick Breakfast- Breakfast Quiches To Go
These little make ahead crescent roll quiches come in so handy.  The easy recipe makes 16 mini quiches that freeze great and can be thrown right into the microwave for about a minute.  These are a MUST to have on hand for those mornings when the market demands all your attention.  Can be used for any meal or snack really.

The Quick Lunch- Mexican Tortilla Pizzas
I made up this little ‘go to’ recipe years ago.  I just take a tortilla (whole wheat or white) whatever you have on hand and slather refried beans over the entire tortilla.  Then I top with any kind of shredded cheese and put it in a 375 degree oven until hot and cheese is melted.  It’s that easy!  Feel free to throw some diced tomatoes or green peppers on top if you have them around and serve with sour cream and salsa if desired.

The Quick Supper- The Whole Bird
This recipe couldn’t be any easier.  Take any giblets out of your chicken.  Cut a large onion up into chunks and put it on the bottom of your crock-pot.  Season your chicken any way you’d like or use the seasoning recipe below.  Put the seasoned bird on top of the onions.  Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8.  No need to add any water.  This chicken comes out so moist and perfect.  Just falling off the bone.  To make it a whole meal add some potato chunks and green beans to the bottom of the crock-pot with the onion.
Seasoning:
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and thyme
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon each cayenne pepper and black pepper

 

How ’bout you?  Please share any quick easy recipes that are your favorites.  Heavens knows I could use them! 🙂

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