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A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. – Chinese Proverb

We’re the Chipmunks August 22, 2009

Filed under: Adventure!,Sewing the Seeds — Simple Jess @ 3:23 pm

I found myself looking at my children and wondering, “What should we do now?”  This is a question that many a mother asks herself now and then.  Its like you have writer’s block and cannot coax one more creative thought out of your head.  They look at you with a look like, “Come on, Mommy…you are the best.  What’s next?”  Only a little bit of pressure there, right?

So on this particular occasion I figured we needed a change.  Since moving to the island, we rarely use the car for anything and while we are very grateful for that sometimes it is just nice to go for a drive.  I tucked them into their car seats and looked through my childrens’ CDs.  We settled on Alvin and the Chipmunks: Undeniable.  It has some really cute cover songs like 3 Little Birds, All the Small Things and Acceptance.  You can also rock to Livin’ on a Prayer, Shake Your Groove Thing and Undeniable.  One of my personal favorites is the cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ from Journey…its a flash back with a childish and silly twist.

We took off down the Strand and the California sun was blazing.  We were rocking to the music and I could not help but smile: like really, really wide.  I thought about how funny it would be if this were just me, without my kids.  I probably would not have done that.  My children bring such a pure and quickly oscillating energy to my life that I am so grateful for.  Sure it can be frustrating at times but it is a gift, one that I am truly grateful for.  So we were intoxicated with Chipmunk fun for about 15-20 minutes.  The ocean was calm and the breeze was blowing through the windows as we cruised along the Strand.  This was a memorable time and I suggest you all find these moments as often as you can.  Its the gift that comes with life, this purely creative and joyful opportunity that presents itself now and then.  Don’t miss it because you are so caught up the daily grind.  Pay attention and be aware of the energy when it picks you up in its swell…live it out!

Love and light,



Laurie Berkner July 18, 2009

Filed under: Adventure! — Simple Jess @ 12:36 pm

This post is completely self indulgent, I know. But every now and then a girl has to take advantage of the platform. My children and I LOVE Laurie Berkner. Her music and rhymes speak straight the hearts of children but are catchy, quirky and respectful enough to get Moms hooked too! It is wholesome and good fun.

For all of my San Diego friends and readers, pay close attention! All you have to do is request that her band visit your town and a tally is kept of attendance requests. If your city merits a concert, it will get one! Here is the link to check it out:

Demand Laurie Berkner Band in San Diego!
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Of course, if you live somewhere else and would like for her to visit your town and put on a show for your little humans just put in your zip!

I have never seen her live but we have so much fun with her music and videos at home. I can only imagine how great one of these shows would be.

Love and light,


Quick Note – Traveling with kids June 11, 2009

Filed under: Adventure!,Quick Notes — Simple Jess @ 10:26 am

I just wanted to let my readers know that I have been traveling across the nation with my kids, on our way to Coronado. It has been a great trip overall but I am ready to arrive in San Diego today:) The challenge of driving long distance with kids is present every day and I sometimes wonder if I am missing out on some secret others might know…perhaps it is that you should just fly to protect everyone’s sanity. Still, I like to think that we have all benefited from the experience of visiting our country from soup to nuts by driving. I have not had much time to write but will be writing regular posts again in a day or two! You can expect to hear a bit about traveling with kids and some of the great establishments I found along the way

So happy to be back out West and look forward to more writing!

Love and light,


Move along… May 31, 2009

Filed under: Adventure! — Simple Jess @ 3:09 pm

As my departure draws closer, the days seem to evaporate into a puff of hazy, quickly swirling vapor. I am focused but also experiencing the carefree and lucid mindset of the adventurous traveler. The things that usually matter on a day to day basis do not and I am no longer making plans in my Virginian community. I am also not making many plans for my future home in Coronado because I am ready to arrive and feel the place out in order to get a sense of how to plan things. Sure, I have my future gym picked out and my son is enrolled in pre-school for the fall. But I have let go of the persnickety planning that I used to do and it feels great. The adventure is beginning to unfold.

It does help that I am familiar with San Diego. I used to live there five years ago and am excited to experience the nostalgia but curious to see how things have changed. A lot can happen in five years! After all, we have had two children and experienced a lot of growth ourselves. I am sure that San Diego has grown too.

I chose to drive with my two boys across the country and am excited, although realistically wondering what kind of trouble I am getting myself into! We are stopping a lot along the way to visit family and friends all over the map. This is the kind of adventure that I have craved for years now. Yes, I know that it will be a challenge with my little munchkins along for the experience but I would have it no other way. They are really good in the car and this will test their little mettles.

My excitement and anticipation grow as I prepare for and dream of all the great times we might have in Southern California. I have said my goodbyes to everyone and had one more night of fun in Virginia this past Thursday with Lauren and Brook. It is bittersweet but as I have learned from all my other moves; it is one of the best opportunities for growth that I found. It tests your friendships and provides a new path for your relationships to travel upon. In July, I will hop North to Napa and visit my friend Stephanie who will be flying in from Virginia to stay at her home there and run a half marathon. I might never have done that with her if I had stayed in Virginia.

This time of expansion is a bit scary but I am up for the challenge; more so, I am ready to do this. It is time.

I have my days of almost pure stress because I am trying to juggle several things at once and have no good cushion to land on because my security here in Virginia is no longer something to rely on. I am learning how to avoid the trap of stress induced anxiety which leads to me being a less effective parent. I am learning that I do not need the securities that I always relied on before in order to provide a safe and loving environment for my children. Of course, I look forward to having some of it again once we land in our new community but know that it is not a necessity. The life of a military family is often exciting with a little bit of drama but a whole lot of love. One thing is for sure. It gives you, as my Dad always said, “… gravel in your gut.” It is positively one heck of an adventure and my gratitude is constant. I treasure my family, my friends and this beautiful country that I am about to travel the old school way…kids screaming and all:)