Month: December 2009

“Our Road Trip Update,” Hybrid Mom Blog, December 31, 2009

Our Road Trip Update Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Last Wednesday my husband and I watched The Weather channel to see how the pending winter storm would affect our road trip to Telluride Colorado.  It looked like it might get rough so we did something we have never done in all the years we have been traveling to my friend Carrie’s mountain house for Christmas…we left early.   We usually scramble out and drive the 14 hours straight through, often arriving in the middle of the night.   Two years ago when we made the trip, at about 2:00 am, I was driving (mind you I don’t really like driving at night or in the mountains)…we hit black ice and sailed over the side of the road.  After the car knocked down multiple skinny Aspen trees and we were frighteningly plummeting into the dark abyss, a bigger tree stopped the car. Everyone was shaken but fine.  When I opened the car door to climb back up the embankment to try to get cell reception to call for help a man was standing at the top asking if we were ok.  It was Christmas Eve…if he would have had a long white beard it would have been perfect.  It turned out that his son had hit the black ice 20 minutes before and gone over the other side and he had...

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“The Struggle With Re-entry,” Hybrid Mom Blog, December 24, 2009

The Struggle with Re-entry Thursday, December 24th, 2009 Let me start by saying I have always prided myself with how loving and close my husband, my kids and I are.  We have always been a giant pretzel.  Talking about everything, cozying up on the couch…kissing and hugging.  My over 6’ tall boys still kiss their pop on the lips in front of all their friends.  The kids will walk hand in hand down the street.  Very affectionate. Let me fast forward to winter break that is now upon us….my two older ones home from college, both mentioning several times how they already miss their friends and independence at school.  Each getting a little on each other’s nerves.  The youngest one, my sixteen-year-old son Matthew is off with his many buds and this irritates both Danny and Katie.  They want him to want to be with them.  They want to know that he missed them, but he is 16 and anyone I speak with that has a boy that age says the same thing.  They are quiet, often sullen and all they want to do is be off with their friends.  I don’t take it personally but they do.  Especially Katie…she was always like Matt’s other mama and she finds it heartbreaking that he doesn’t give her much notice now.  I keep telling her he will come back to us…still...

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“Road Trip,” Hybrid Mom Blog, December 17, 2009

Road Trip Thursday, December 17th, 2009 By Mary Beth Evans We are a family of five….Now a very big 5.  Both my boys and husband are over 6′ tall. My daughter’s 5′7” and I am  the shrimp at 5′4″(on a good day).  Hard to imagine, all you gals with your sweet little children, but this is what happens.  In a blink I tell you.. When our kids were young we started taking road trips.  We bought a GIANT RED Suburban when our 3rd child was born.  As if it wasn’t big enough, we got Red..??  I am not sure why that seemed like the color for us, but man did we have some good times in that car and some great memories.  There were times I would call my two best friends Carrie and Carolyn and drive by and pick up their kids to go to the beach or somewhere with my kids and me. I mean, it sat 8 people…a true party wagon.  It took a beating too. Kids spilled their shakes, dropped their fries between the seats, climbed in with their sandy wet feet and bodies.  Not to mention a few leaky diapers and a few barf episodes we didn’t pull over fast enough for.  Definitely a “well seasoned” vehicle!  When “vacation time” came around for our family this was usually the mode of transportation.  Mostly it was...

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“Following Your Dreams,” Hybrid Mom Blog, December 10, 2009

Following Your Dreams Thursday, December 10th, 2009 I have decided to veer off a bit and talk about my acting life. I guess we can also call it entrepreneurship because I am rather in business for myself or by myself. A corporation of one.  I knew from a very early age that acting was what I wanted to do. I was very single minded about it.  Foolishly I wouldn’t even take typing in high school for the fear that I would end up in an office somewhere.  I suppose I thought if I knew how to do nothing else I would stick to my dream.  A little convoluted I know, but luckily it worked out for me.  Truthfully it wasn’t really my lack of alternative skills, it was my drive, my will not take no for an answer.  If I didn’t get a part it was because “they didn’t see what I’ve got” and that is truly what I believed. That fire and drive helped me to land various guest star spots on night time series, movies of the week, features, plays and eventually 24 years on daytime TV.  It has been a pretty good run so far.  I feel one of the crowning benefits is I have provided health insurance for my family all these years.  I am very proud of that. I have been asked if I...

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“Ask Mary Beth,” Hybrid Mom Online

      Ask Mary Beth   Mom, entrepreneur, and formerly Kayla Brady Johnson on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives, Mary Beth Evans is our newest columnist. Each week in her column, Ask Mary Beth, she will answer your questions about work, play, and living. _____________________________________________________ Question: Mary Beth – your skin always looks amazing! What do you do to take care of it? I’m usually so exhausted at the end of the day, I’m lucky if I get to wash my face so any tips on a quick and easy beauty routine would be great! MB: First off, as difficult as it is, I always take my make up off and wash my face before I go to bed. I just force myself. Especially take my eye make-up off!! I have tried expensive products and have found what works the best for me is keeping it simple. I wash my face with Cetaphil liquid face wash that I by at the grocery store. I then use a moisturizer, usually samples I’ve gotten from department stores. I also try to drink a lot of water. _______________________________________________________ Question: My husband lost his job a few months ago so when the company I was working for part-time offered me a full time position I felt I had to take it. We have two small children (ages 2 &...

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