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You can view our family card photo here: Merry Theeksmas 2014 || Photography: Skeeter Bug Photography

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Merry Theeksmas from the Laotian Commotion and Co.

‘My holiday wish for you is to enjoy this Winter more than I am.’

Seattle weather can suck it!

Holiday #familyphoto @ old tree farm in WALove,

Theek, GH, and the Noys

Are you counting the days until Spring/Summer too?

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3 Stories To Make You A Crying Seahawks Fan

Living and working in the literal Home of the Seahawks, who train in the second-largest facility in the NFL that is less than four miles away from our house, I think I am the only person who is not crazed one bit. I had never been into football because I am a huge wuss and it looks super violent. That and the fact that cheerleaders only make less than $1000 a year.

At home, GH is the sports fanatic and it drives me crazy. I do not and cannot understand how yelling at the screen will change the course or magically alter the fate of the game. How the fuck can they even hear you? I have asked him to leave me alone the entire day a sports event is anticipated to take over like the Super Bowl or any other day from Fall to Spring. At work, I constantly get asked where is my Seahawks jersey or if I will be watching the game and I’m usually just chilling on Spirit Day Celebration like:

My entire home state is crazy over their NFL team but I just do not like giving in to over-praise of athletes, as talented each and every individual is. It wasn’t until this morning I was doing research for a scathing blog post about “things only a non-sports can understand” and came across articles that shook the thug out of me. I decided to not be a bitch about today and embrace the Seahawks and be even a tiny, little, kind-of-fan thanks to these three stories:

1) Son Surprises Mom With Super Bowl Tickets The first story about a mother and son, who apparently thwarted his mother’s Seahawks fandom by being a fetus. The whole story goes (via YouTube):

After a 9-7 finish in the 1983 season, the Seahawks made their way to the AFC Championship by beating Miami in the Divisional round of their first playoff run (after knocking off Denver in the Wild Card round). That night, mom wanted to go to Boeing Field to welcome back the Hawks, like I know a lot of people will be planning to do after this Sunday, but my dad wouldn’t let her go. She was pregnant with me, due in three months. She missed that opportunity, and the Hawks went on to lose to the hated Raiders that year.

Never mind that the dad thought his wife would go into labor in the second trimester and “wouldn’t” let her go there, but let’s talk about how he made it up to his super-fan mama three decades later:

2) NFL’s First Legally Deaf Player Duracell created a commercial with Seattle Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman, who has been deaf since he was three years old (tearstearstears). The commercial shows how Coleman overcame obstacles from bullying and living with a disability to become the current (and only) legally deaf player in the league’s history. As an advocate/teacher for special needs awareness, this just messed me up real good. The online video has been viewed over 15 million times as of today since its January 10th upload.

3) Two Seahawks Fans With Hearing Impairments Get Huge Surprise by Football Hero As if you couldn’t keep your eyeballs dry from Derrick Coleman’s inspirational commercial, he goes on to do something special for two lucky fans. 9-year-old Hawks fan, Riley Kovalcik, wrote Coleman a letter sharing a commonality of hearing aids with the NFL star and her twin sister, Erin. The girls’ father tweeted the letter and it went viral shortly thereafter. As the girls were in the middle of an interview about their letter, their expressions when their football hero surprised them (and with Super Bowl tickets) will make your anti-football smug face smile.

Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?

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3 Big Reasons To Attend The Big Latch On

This post is a part of  Mothering’s “Blog about Breastfeeding” event

Did you know that the international record for one location of simultaneously breastfeeding mothers is 3,738 held by the Philippines in 2006? Did you also know that, according to random conversation with a Filipina grandmother, their ancestry is tracked back to Laos? You see, I just went “Six Degrees of Laotian Commotion” on your ass. Also, did you know that World Breastfeeding Week is starting today, August 1 and continues through August 7? The simultaneous breastfeeding event is what’s known as the Big Latch On (held Friday-Saturday August 2-August 3, 2013), where groups of breastfeeding families gather in a local venue then mothers and children are to be latched on for one minute to count toward a world record. Imagine the outcome and results from this one event. If not for the (uh) exposure but for a community coming together. I limit my solo outings with two carseat-hating kids to grocery stores and other various food establishments but I am venturing to town with these crying kids to my local Big Latch On event for big enough reasons.

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Let there be food The organization encourage families to come and support breastfeeding and entice you with the option of feeding you– “cake or coffee.” Listed right on the local Big Latch On event website, they are having snacks, tea, and giveaways. Uhm, I love snacks. There’s no limit on snacks unlike the unspoken rule limit for entrees. You don’t get side-eyed for frequent snacking because, you know, they’re subtle versions of food? If you know anything about a breastfeeding mom, you know a way to her heart is feeding her or you’ll see hangry. Count me in (5-6 times) for these snacks you speak of.

Keep good company I’m a self-proclaimed social hermit. See: “solo outings” from top. It’s difficult to find in-real-life (IRL) friends that you can commiserate about your sleep issues or latest gymnurstics stunt. I have found an amazing online community that we laugh and laugh and laugh about the adventures in attachment lifestyle. It will be nice to actually force myself to share face time with other folks, who think breastfeeding is as awesome as I do. Maybe they’ll recognize me from my gymnurstics meme and I’ll be fawned over by blog fans and they’ll bring me snacks, grape-feeding style.

Part of something “big” How rad would it to be able to say, “Yeah, I remember when my first Big Latch On only had 3,000 of us worldwide” when your (grand)children are getting ready to attend their Big Latch On in the 100’s of thousands attendees if that time comes? My first attendance was the year Humnoy was born and I was included in 2011’s world record of 4,123 mothers and children, according to Diary of a Natural Mom. The world record to beat is 8862 from 2012’s event, which I did not attend because I was super crazy tired from uterus hijacking and my milk had dried up. Each year is an attempt to beat the previous record and seeing the loving community and open-minded encouragement may just do that. The visual numbers of all the breastfeeding moms hoping to normalize natural feeding is the biggest reason to join and, yes, even bigger than the free food.

Taken from the Big Latch On website,

PLEASE NOTE YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER BEFORE THE DAY, PLEASE JUST SHOW UP AT YOUR CHOSEN LOCATION AND SIGN IN WHEN YOU GET THERE. THANK YOU

The Big Latch On just won’t happen without lots of breastfeeding women and children joining in!

Tell all your friends – even if they don’t breastfeed they can still help out and come along to support you.

Find a location near you

Not one nearby? Consider hosting your own. Click here for more information.

On the day of the event, arrive with enough time to allow yourself time to get registered and settled. Aim to be there around 10am.

Then hopefully have your baby latched on for a full minute during the count. The hosts at your location will make sure you know when the count starts.

Other than that, chat, make friends and have lots of fun!

Please be safe!

Please make sure you feel comfortable going to your chosen Big Latch On locations: we want you to be safe and have fun.

What: The Big Latch On in Seattle

When: Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 @ 10 am

Where: Baby Genius Academy

How: 2717 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112

Will you be attending your local Big Latch On?

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Wordless Wednesday – Seattle Beaches in May

We have gone to more beaches in the three days we have lived here than I have ever been to in my adult life. Sunny days in Seattle will do that to you. Happy sunny Wednesday!

Dada and Humnoy at Newcastle Beach

Camouflage model in front of Newcastle Beach

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About to dive in at Newcastle Beach!

Sandless beach - Madison Park Beach

My first Oreo at Madison Park Beach

Sand and Oreos are a hot mess, never again.

I Got Weiner (Dog) for Mothers Day

The dog wasn’t mine to keep but I did get to spend my second Mothers Day and first one in Seattle with family (and their Dachshund) and my favorite child, Humnoy. My one-day-outta-the-whole-year timely started in the middle of an early morning The Walking Dead marathon with my cousin. After realizing I couldn’t stomach nor eye any more zombz, I went to bed at 2:00 am and slept in until 10:30.

We had a Lao lunch at my other cousins’ parents home. It was also a car appointment as another uncle checked out my very dangerous worn brakes so my first and only gift of the day was a new set of brake pads.

Happy Mamas Day to me.

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Kayla, the weiner dog

Happy weiner, happy baby

Frapp Happy Hour

Steve & Blue

Can you guess where we are in the cart??? What special thing did you do/receive for Mothers Day?