JenKehl » My Skewed View

Masthead header

Counting Breaths

I’m at the end of the bed watching Isaiah. He is covered in towels, laying on towels, sleeping fitfully. I have my timer in my hand and I am counting his breaths. At 5am this morning he woke feeling “yucky” and coughing that ugly barking cough. I rolled over and grabbed his inhaler. At 6am […]

View full post »

September 3, 2014 - 9:04 am

Janine Huldie - Aww, poor Isaiah. We had to use a nebulizer on Emma 2 winters ago and I remember how scary it truly was. She had RSV pneumonia and she still sometimes has issues with a cough after all this time. So I can imagine slightly, but still feel terrible for you both. Hugs, Jen and sending extra prayers both your way that Isaiah is feeling better today and that his allergy attacks will stay at bay this season.

September 3, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Kerri - Oh poor Momma. I know what you mean about becoming complacent. I do it all the time then WHAM. I hope Isiah feels better. I hope that this was a flare and not a occurrence. And I really beyond hope that you get some sleep.

September 3, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly - Oh goodness, poor little lad! I so hope he’s doing better now! Keeping you all in my thoughts!

September 3, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Janine – Isaiah had RSV at 9 months. They say it can be a precursor to asthma, I think he would have had it anyway… today is better. He’s still pretty beaten down, but we see the light at the other side!

September 3, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Kerri. Yeah, this was definitely a wham! But we’re on the mend slowly but surely!

September 3, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Stephanie! He’s getting there. Still pretty wiped out, but the spark is coming back ;-)

September 3, 2014 - 8:51 pm

nothingbythebook - Poor guy. Poor mom. I’ll count with you in spirit. xo

September 8, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Dana - Since I saw him on FB working on his Rube Goldberg machine, I know Isaiah is doing better – I hope he continues to feel more like himself. How scary for both of you. Let’s hope the allergy season is a mild one!

September 9, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Jennifer Kehl - He’s getting there!

September 9, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Jennifer Kehl - I sure hope so Dana. He’s still not 100%, but getting there!

Summer Songs of 2014 – When Isaiah Got His Musical Mojo

I imagine myself watching Isaiah walk down the aisle – graduation, wedding, court – and thinking back to this summer. This summer when he would change from an 8yo who was happy listening to what I had playing on the stereo, to a 9yo kid with an opinion. It turned out that was okay, because, […]

View full post »

September 1, 2014 - 8:14 pm

Sarah Almond - Yep, great minds think alike! I didn’t think to include Everything is Awesome in mine. LOL. What fun, I’m so happy that the mixtape is back. Once a month might be a little better for my addled brain to handle.

September 1, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Janine Huldie - Aww, great summer playlist and going to admit I am totally down in the dumps that technically today was the unofficial end. Just trying to keep the feeling going now even for a few more days!

September 2, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Dana - Happy is just so addictive – excellent choice! And even though I did not listen to your video, just the mention of the Awesome song has it stuck in my head. Thanks Jen!

September 2, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Kristi Rieger Campbell - I love that Isaiah loved Crosby, Stills & Nash so much. What a great concert to have been able to go to this summer. HAHAH to troublemaker! And yeah, Everything is Awesome is such an earworm. The things we do for our kids. :)

September 4, 2014 - 9:15 am

SAM - SAy Hey is on my playlist too. It got a lot of play along with The Lazy Song (which I didn’t include on my mixtape) for my son. He asked for a lot of BEP and Too Close, too.

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – Twisted Mixtape Returns!

I want to thank Marvel, James Gunn and the powers that be, for reaching deep down inside my soul and reviving my love of the mixtape. I admit it, I was lost, I had replaced my passion with lifeless monotony. I was still in flux when it came to the decision to revive our mixtape […]

View full post »

August 11, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Sarah Almond - Because this mix goes to 11, that makes it that more awesome! :-D

August 11, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Dana - I’ve missed you Jen! I’m not linking up but I couldn’t miss your mix tape. It always make me smile. I haven’t seen this movie…come to think of it, I haven’t seen a movie in the theater in almost a year. I need to get out more…

August 12, 2014 - 2:04 am

Janine Huldie - Ok, I smiled whe I got the newsletter tonight and must admit the playlist definitely didn’t disappoint with The Beatles on it and even so many greats, including Thin Lizzy! So good to have you back my friend now :)

August 12, 2014 - 5:51 am

Michelle Liew - Yee haw!! A wonderful mix from Guardians!!will be linking up tomorrow, Jen!

August 12, 2014 - 10:13 am

seablackwithink - welcome back muse! rock it jen:)

August 12, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Kerri - This is quite simply, awesome. I knew EXACTLY in what part of the movie every song would go. Especially cause you know Quill is going to mess up. I hear there is already a sequel planned. I’ll see you at the drive in!

August 12, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Yes, but this one goes to 11.

August 12, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thank you Dana! It’s good to be back! Maybe with the once a month thing, you’ll be able to come back again and play for one of the themes! And GO SEE IT! I don’t get to see movies either, but I just couldn’t miss this one!

August 12, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Michelle! Can’t wait!

August 12, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Didi! Been waiting a while to get back on that horse, Guardians gave me the shove I needed!

August 12, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Oh yes Kerri, we do know these things, don’t we?

August 12, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Louise - So excited you’re coming back and couldn’t miss your “soft launch”. Such a fun first list. It almost makes me want to go see a movie for the first time in, well, a while. Enjoying the Cars at the moment…

Not linking because I haven’t seen the movie – but looking forward to seeing you in the fall :).

August 13, 2014 - 11:14 am

Kir - One of my dream “blogger meet ups” is to just sit with you somewhere (preferably near an ocean, holding cocktails) and have you tell me about music..or just chatting about bands and songs and lyrics with you until you tell me some amazing obscure story about a 70’s band. (Like the other day I heard on the radio about how Pablo Cruise isn’t a person, it’s a band and I was just tickled for the day knowing that. Like knowing the stories behind the people and the music is almost better than the songs.)

Baby, Come Back..sigh
I’m Not In ;)
adding Elvis Costello..sweet
loved every single song.

August 13, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Melissa Stepp - Some solid choices this week Jen! I def thought of you when I saw the film and was very happy to see this post go up! Love these in particular: Boston, The Cars, Player. Really all of them. 11 felt too tight! That’s the problem with an iPod, you don’t have to edit yourself. 1000 song playlist? Sure!

August 13, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe - I thought Shining Star by Earth Wind and Fire would work well for this too! :) But I love this list and I’m now inspired to start on my own!

August 13, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thank you so much for coming by Louise!! I am very excited too, it really took this movie to get me excited to play again. I hope you get to see it. I don’t have a lot of opportunites to go to movies, but I couldn’t miss this one!
Looking forward to seeing you in September!

August 13, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Kir, I would really love it, I would. I remember when I realized that Dawn wasn’t a person in Tony Orlando and Dawn. Cause you know it was like The Captain and Tenille ;-) I will talk music, especially 70’s music 24/7 if you let me….
So happy we’re back together!

August 17, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Eli@coachdaddy - Michael Jordan, bell bottoms, every boxer who ever boxed: Are you listening?

This. THIS is how you make a comeback!

I want this mix for any time I feel the need to kick a little ass.


August 17, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Wow! Now that is a compliment! Thanks so much Eli! I owe you a post, and now that I’m back on the horse… :-)

August 23, 2014 - 12:18 am

Stephen Peña - Would putting “Rocky Raccoon” by The Beatles be a little to obvious? Also, I completely agree with Sam & Dave (maybe Soul Man?), Boston, and Thin Lizzy.

August 28, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Kristi Rieger Campbell - It’s back it’s back it’s back!!! Also, I am ashamed to say I’d totally forgotten about Bang a Gong. Like it was erased from my head. I’m glad it’s back.

August 31, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Stephanie - Oh, I’ve been smiling the whole time reading this post. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m totally digging your music selection (as usual). I must admit – I’m very excited to hear about your coding education, I’ve been looking into it a little bit as I’m trying to figure out “what I want to do when I grow up.” I’ll try to hook up with the mix tape next time, glad you’re back with it!

Mommy Fail Number 235 – Model Car Kit

I only go to Michael’s in an emergency; I can’t be trusted. This time, I put my blinders on to pick out a birthday present for one of Isaiah’s friends. I passed the scrapbook stickers, looked straight ahead as I walked by the colored pencils and didn’t even peak at the already-here-way-to-early Halloween decorations. I was surgical, I […]

View full post »

August 4, 2014 - 9:08 am

Jean - -I said, “I thought it would be nice for you two to have something to do together.”-
You’re a ninja.
He did a great job, even considering the Kragle fingers.

August 4, 2014 - 9:12 am

Jennifer Kehl - LOL, thanks for getting it Jean! And I think he secretly likes the Kragle fingers ;-)

August 4, 2014 - 11:01 am

Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha - Nailed it!! (both you and Isaiah). I love the Lego movie reference — better to be a master builder than a slave to the rulebook. :)

August 4, 2014 - 11:22 am

Kerri - First, I refuse. I mean REFUSE to enter a Michael’s or an AC Moore store. I make Abby go with her grandmother(s) or aunt(s) with the rule that whatever is purchased is put together by the person who had a brain fart and spent money on it.

But more importantly how freaking awesome is a kid with SPD that managed to glue, paint, get krunchy and more importantly NOT FREAK OUT that he is now resembling a Smurf?

And on top of that he managed not to ignite the house on fire. So I think mommy win all around.

August 4, 2014 - 11:31 am

that cynking feeling - I’m pretty sure the failure would have been valuing order over learning and forcing your vision of what the sheriff’s car should look like over his. Isaiah can now be proud of and play with the toy he made instead of showing off a model perfectly assembled by someone else.
Hurray for messes!

August 4, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Sarah Almond - LOL! Love it! Especially the Kragle reference… ;-) There are no mom failures in life. Period.

August 4, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Jennifer Kehl - I agree Sarah! Lose the instructions!

August 4, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Jennifer Kehl - For real Kerri. It is beyond ridiculous and I always regret it.
And totally about the SPD! It’s amazing how much he’s grown over the last few years. It’s part of why I can’t write about it so much anymore. I know I should keep sharing, but he’s outgrown so many things I NEVER thought he would get over!
And no fires. Basically that’s all that matters ;-)

August 4, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Jennifer Kehl - I completely agree with you Cyn. And I’m learning to say hurray for messes!

August 4, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Oh Sarah…you’re right. But it still feels like it sometimes, doesn’t it? This one really was a win though.

August 6, 2014 - 10:05 am

Kristi Campbell - This post makes me so happy in a billion ways. What an awesome little dude you have! He did excellently and Kraggle fingers are super annoying (I had them this weekend trying to Kraggle a marble game toy together that keeps falling apart). He’s going to rock the white and crunchy look in his bathing suit, because PROUD. So, um, has he asked to blow the car up yet? ;)

August 6, 2014 - 10:09 am

Kristi Campbell - also G+’d and tweeted but forgot to tag you in the tweet!

August 8, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Deb @ Urban Moo Cow - I mean… I can’t believe you even tried it. Beyond my skillz, that’s for sure. You know, it kind of looks like it is covered in icing, which makes me want to eat it, which makes me realize why i’m 20 lbs overweight. ;-) Welcome back, sistah.

F o l l o w   M e !