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Personal Story: A Brief Look at My Life

Personal Story: A Brief Look at My Life

I am going to take a moment and share a story about my life. Recently I began working as a preschool teacher in Blackhawk California. It all started when a friend Lara who I worked with in the dental field 15 years ago ran into me at Costco. She went on and on about how much she loved her job working with kids. I was intrigued by our conversation and reached out to her on Facebook. We connected and I messaged her and asked if her place of employment Tassajara Learning Center was hiring. Lara gave me her bosses contact information and I reached out and inquired about a teaching position.

Here’s a little back history on me that most of you might now know. I’m a kid lover. I’ve always adored kids. I had my first child at the age of 20 after getting married at age 18. I fell in love with a gorgeous man in the US Marine Corps and we eloped after only knowing one another for 6 months. This marriage ended after Eric left me when I was 7 ½ months pregnant. My mother told him to “take care of me and don’t ask for her help, or leave and never see us again.” That night my husband left.

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Eric and I at a photo session in San Francisco in 1983

Eric and I had a tumultuous relationship with Eric being jealous, controlling and manipulative. He never hit me, but was mentally abusive to me. Luckily, I was able to live with my mom and she cared for me until Curtis was born. He was 2 ½ weeks overdue and born on January 20 1985 on Super Bowl Sunday almost 31 years ago. A fireman named Mark Thomas delivered him in my bedroom since I never made it to the hospital on time. My mom’s car wasn’t working and Kaiser wouldn’t send an ambulance. I was allowed to live at home until Curtis was 3 months old.

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Curtis’s first picture at 2 days old

At that point, I found a job as an Au pair and worked for a wonderful woman named Diane. Diane had a son named Joel who was 4 and she needed care in the evenings while she worked. Curtis and I lived with them for 2 years and I was able to go to school, work at Longs Drugs part time and help Diane run her home. I learned how to cook, clean, iron, paint fences, garden, and of course care for Joel and Curtis in between. I loved taking care of these boys. We had a ball together.

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Curtis holding Andrew in Dec 1992

I was fortunate enough to meet my next love at Longs Drugs. Ken was putting himself through UC Berkeley, working 35 hours a week and taking care of his sick father. I married this sexy man that has the most generous heart  2 ½ years later in June of 1989. Ken adopted Curtis two years later, and we had another son Andrew in 1992.

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Ken pushing Curtis in a stroller at the zoo

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Here is a pic of me and Curtis when I was a single parent in Nov 1987

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Ken and Curtis on Father’s Day

I’m the luckiest girl on earth to have my boys and a loving husband. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work at a beautiful preschool like Tassajara learning Center and I look forward to teaching my new kids a few things before they begin kindergarten. I’m especially happy that I ran into my friend Lara and for my families’ encouragement as I step into this new career.

Here’s a recipe that I think you’ll like. These Honey Bran Muffins are moist and perfect served with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee or hot tea. I hope you make them for your family and spoil them like I spoil mine.

 

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Honey Bran Muffins Baked w Fig Jam

Ingredients:

2 C All purpose flour

2 t baking soda

1 ½ t salt

1 ½ C wheat bran

½ C Fiber One Cereal (crushed)

 

½ C Unsalted Butter (1 stick), room temperature

1 C sugar

½ C honey

2 large eggs

¾ C fig preserves

1 t vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

 

2 C buttermilk (or use Milk and add 1 T apple cider vinegar)

 

½ C diced dried plums

1 C raisins

 

¼ C Demerara Raw Sugar to sprinkle over muffins before baking

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 24 muffin cups w paper liners. Stir flour, wheat bran, Fiber One Cereal, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and blend.

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add honey, then eggs one at a time. Add fig jam and vanilla and mix well. Beat in buttermilk alternately w flour mixture until combined. Stir in dried plums and raisins and scoop into muffin cups.

Sprinkle Demerara sugar over muffins and bake for about 20 minutes until a tooth pick comes clean when testing. Take out of muffin cups and cool on a rack.

Enjoy!

 

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Feel free to leave comments or ask any questions.

 

 

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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Biography, Muffins, Uncategorized

 
 
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