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Dani Baresel-Pavlik

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Dani Baresel-Pavlik

<p>All about me!&nbsp; (I envy when my kids get to do this in school, now I get to take part, minus the paint-dipped hand-print)</p> <p>I am a working (outside and inside the home) mom of three, a 17-year-old son who is about to graduate high school and forge into the world, a 7-year-old daughter, who is my calm, spiritual, emotional (and dramatic) middle child, and a 5-year-old daughter who wants to take the world by storm, and quite being treated like a baby, fer-cryin-out-loud....</p> <p>I was a teenaged mom, decided to get married&nbsp;when my son turned two.&nbsp; Not my best idea, by far.&nbsp; After our divorce I was a single mom, worked like mad to make ends meet, and went to class every chance I&nbsp;had to finally finish my undergraduate degree three years later (and ten years after high school!).&nbsp; I moved into the Information Technology field at that time, and haven't ever looked back.&nbsp; I enjoy figuring out technical issues, and solving problems.&nbsp; I'm sort of like a computerized social worker, I guess.<br /> <br /> I met my current husband via my son, who was also ecstatic when he finally had a little sister come along.&nbsp; We moved to Texas when she was a mere 5 weeks old for economic and family reasons.&nbsp; This was a culture shock after growing up in Colorado, I&nbsp;didn't know they still used the word 'Yankee' in normal conversation.&nbsp; After my third child I&nbsp;went back to school, again, and got my MBA in 2007.&nbsp; My husband keeps asking (worriedly) when I'll go back for my PhD.<br /> <br /> I love literature, photography, travel, slow walks on the beach (not chasing after young'uns to apply sunscreen), and most of all, visiting&nbsp;my family and friends. Last year I took my son to France and Spain for two weeks, now he's going to France for college in the fall!&nbsp; I am so going to visit!<br /> <br /> I've always immersed myself in books and writing.&nbsp; I even had a journal at the tender age of five, I thought my life was so stressful.&nbsp; Now that my life is stressful, I don't have much time to write it all down.&nbsp; Perhaps I should stick with poetry?&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Since fall of 2008 I've been honored to be a 'Guest Blogger' at <strong><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.motherhoodwithattitude.com">MA!&nbsp;Motherhood With Attitude.</a></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; I'm having a&nbsp;fantastic time with this, pouring out my parental frustrations (and some joys) and hearing what other moms are going through&nbsp;as well.&nbsp; We're all in this together!<br /> &nbsp;</p>

Stories by Dani Baresel-Pavlik

I want to confess. The other weekend I took my daughter to one of my favorite musicals, Les Miserables. I received the tickets...