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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

10 Best Things About Being a Mom

In an effort to continue to surprise my readers, you, I have decided to do another TOP TEN LIST!!  My last one worked out pretty well and I enjoyed doing it so here is another one for your reading pleasure.

This idea comes from a very dear friend at The Cherry On Top Events, Tory Bright!  Tory and I have known each other for about 16 years! Man that makes me feel old...

Anyway, here is the latest Top Ten:

The Ten Best Things About Being A Mom(in no particular order)

1) Hugs- You know you love them!  Little tiny arms squeezing you with all of their might are definitely one of the best things about being a mom!

2) Kisses- Yes, even the slobbery baby ones...It's the most amazing thing when my girls love on me.  Especially when Miss A, my 10 year old, asks me for a goodnight kiss!  It makes me feel great that, even though she is getting older, she still needs the Mom Stuff sometimes.

3) Screwing with them- Don't lie.  We all mess with our kids sometimes.  At one point, for about a week, we had Miss A convinced that peperoni came from an animal called a Pep.  Peps live in Australia and come in all sorts of different colors, even PURPLE!  Mean?  A little.  Funny?  FOR SURE!  She's a good sport though and laughs about it now.

4) Watching them excel- Watching my girls do something and do it well is AMAZING!!  I loved seeing CC do well with cheer!  Miss A was awesome to watch as she got better and better at gymnastics!  I, of course, love to watch them excel in school as well!  Both of my girls are amazing little readers and fantastic mathematicians!!

5) Watching them pick themselves back up- I think this may even be better than watching them excel.  Miss A had been having a hard time with math for a while before we moved, but she never gave up.  This year, she is doing MUCH better and is learning that, now that she likes it, she actually has a knack for numbers!  CC is great for this.  She will sometimes have a hard time with a word and put the book down and get upset. (My kids don't have to try hard at much, so when they do it can be frustrating for them) I absolutely love watching her get over her frustration and pick that book up and try again, usually getting it within a few seconds.

6) Watching them try new foods- Have you ever given a baby a lemon?  The look on their faces when they try something new is GREAT!!

7) Teaching them new things- From riding a bike to driving a car, it's a challenge but it's totally worth it to help them expand their horizons!

8) Pictures- I absolutely love to take their pictures and show them off!  I also love being able to look back on how much they have grown!

9) Sleepless nights- Now, you might be thinking "What the hell are you talking about?!?", but really.  Think about it, did you ever think that you would be able to survive on less than 4 hours sleep a night for months at a time?  I know I didn' least not without some sort of outside illegal stimuli...But I did!  Those sleepless nights that we all complain about so much really show us what we are made of and what we can accomplish.

10) Life Lessons- The saying, "from the mouths of babes" says it all.  These little mouths can teach us the most profound and most needed lessons in life.  Everything is so innocent to them.  So cut and dry.  They view the world from a place much simpler than we do and sometimes that helps them to see things a lot clearer than we do.  Remember not to dismiss your children's opinions simply because they are small.  The small ones usually have the clearest insight to a problem.

Again, a giant THANK YOU to Tory Bright at The Cherry On Top Events for the wonderful idea!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Dreaded Thanksgiving Break

As some of you may know, I was really concerned about this Thanksgiving break my kids are finishing up(Really, I dread every long break...just like the one they have in 3 weeks that is 2 weeks long...).  CC has had this way of throwing wonderfully crafted and perfectly annoying fits whenever she doesn't get her way and Miss A has developed this amazing teen-attitude that is just such a pleasure to be around.  Needless to say, I was genuinely worried that this break would be full of time-outs, early bedtimes, and grounding.

I am happy to report that, though we did have some of that stuff, it was no where near what I was predicting!!


On Wednesday, the girls and I spent the majority of the day outside the house.  Dad works from home and did not have Wednesday off.  CC and II went grocery shopping in the morning(um...I do NOT recommend grocery shopping the day before Thanksgiving...).  CC did not throw any kind of fit or even whine a little bit while we were in the store.  We talked before we went about how we were only getting things that were on the list and I got her to help me get stuff off the shelves.  We made it home in time for lunch and my long time addiction, OLTL.  After lunch Miss A, CC, and I went to see The Lion King at the dollar theater.  Hey, I'm not poor but taking the 3 of us to a movie is around $30 just to get in the door!  This way we were able to get in the door for $3.75 and then spend that $30 on snacks.  =)

Thursday was amazing!  The girlies and I made maple mousse!!  It's a really simple recipe and it was fun to do it together.  We had Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house with family and friends alike.  The kids had a great time running around on their property and jumping on the trampoline.  There were no fits and only a few moments of attitude that were quickly reigned in.  The girls ate all their food and didn't object much when it was time to cut off the sweets and soda.

Friday Miss A spent the majority of the day at her friend's house and CC, Dad, and I decorated the house for Christmas!!  I need to say here that having a house to decorate for Christmas is WONDERFUL!!

Saturday was spent lounging around for the most part.  Dad took the car and did some stuff out at Occupy Austin so my girlies and I watched Ghost Whisperer and hung out.  CC has been obsessed with My Little Pony games online so she spent most of the morning doing that.  We did  have a few bouts of attitude and Miss A and I ended up having a LONG talk about how lying leads to a lack of trust.  We have those talks often...this one ended really well and I think she really understood what I was saying.

Today is Sunday.  The last day of vacation.  I am happy to still have two living children and a weekend that I can look back on fondly.  Miss A is out with Dad seeing The Muppet Movie.  She wrote a "persuasive paper" in school to try to convince someone to do something for her or take her somewhere.  She gets credit if it actually happens.  PLUS she gets to spend some quality time with Dad.  That's like a win, win, win situation!!  CC is upstairs playing on the computer again and I doing this while watching Erin Brockovich.  Please know that she is limited on her time on the computer, but I think that she is also learning a valuable skill in the process.  The whole world runs on computers and she is going to live her life here.  She should know how to use it.

Anyway, life is good here!  We made it through the 5 day weekend and everyone is still alive and happy.  I couldn't ask for anything more.  =D

How was yours?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gratitude and movie tips

Hello All and Happy Thanksgiving!!!  Today I am grateful for my family(kids included), my friends, and of course you! Really, I am super-grateful!!

Ok, now that that is out of the way, I have something to say.  I took my darling children to see The Lion King at the dollar theater yesterday(still spent $30 on snacks...ugh) and was appalled at the lack of parental responsibility that I saw! Seriously people!!  It was ridiculous!

First off, I realize that you paid for your ticket, but I paid for mine too.  If your kid is crying, PLEASE take them OUT of the theater!  The rest of the people in the theater are not interested in viewing or hearing your warnings about "if you don't stop crying, we are going to leave" 50 times.  Take them out and tell them that.  Outside.  Where you are no longer disrupting the movie.  

I know that you think that your kids are the center of the universe.  That's great, they should be the center of your for a while,  but your children are NOT more important than the rest of the kids in there!  Everyone paid to see the movie and everyone wants their kids to enjoy it.

Also, just on a side note because I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 1 with my wonderful hubby last weekend, PLEASE look at and respect the ratings that are assigned to any given movie!  That movie is rated PG-13 for a REASON!  Your 5 year old and 10 year old should NOT be watching the sex or birth scenes!  People are PAID to rate movies.  That's their job.  They have a set system for how to do it.  You may be the expert on your kid, but you are not the expert on the movie rating system.  

Like I said, I went with my HUSBAND.  My kids stayed with my in-laws.  I may be luckier than most to have people who will watch my kids when I want to go out, but if I didn't I would NOT go.  Your wants SHOULD NOT come before the mental and emotional well-being of your children!

So, now that I have gotten that out, I want to remind you all to be grateful.  Not just today, but everyday.  Life is full of things to be grateful for.  From the clothes on your back and the roof over your head, to the new car and big screen TV in your living room.  From the most material to the most spiritual.  Taking time out to complain is fine, as long as you take time to be grateful as well.  My general rule of thumb is to try to be grateful at least twice as often as I am ungrateful.  That's the minimum.  

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Ten Best Things About Moving To Another State

I had recently decided that I wanted to do a Top Ten list, but I just couldn't think of what to do it on!!  I asked some friends for suggestions and my wonderful, amazing, friend Cat came up with this idea!  So, I would like to take this opportunity to give Cat a giant "THANKS!!!!!" for her help!!  Please check out her website, she makes the BEST  and most  AMAZING cakes!!!!

Without further ado, here is the Top Ten List inspired by Cat Harper

The 10 Best Things About Moving To Another State:  

1)  Better schools: Well, at least if you move from CA to TX...We moved and found that there are entire schools FULL of teachers who care about their students!!  Who knew??

2)   Family bonding: Our family is so much closer since we moved.  We spent 3 days in the car/moving truck together just talking and laughing.  We even had a dvd player and TONS of games for the kids to play on the trip...they didn't use them until we got to our new home!!

3)   Making new friends: Making new friends is ALWAYS fun!  Between cheer and gymnastics and school, we got to totally immerse ourselves in this new environment!

4)   Better standard of living: Well, let's hope that if you are moving from state to state, you are doing it to improve your life.  Everything is more affordable out here.  We have moved from a tiny 2 bedroom apartment to a big 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house and are paying less!

5)   Finding out who your friends are: Now, originally I thought this was a curse.  I lost some friends that I thought were friends for life.  I have since realized that this is a blessing.  These people were going to leave anyway.  I'm glad I got to figure this lesson out now, rather than years from now. =)

6)   New Food: Every state has different foods that are popular.  California has a lot of health food(which I love and miss) but Texas has a TON of BBQ and TexMex.  I am not a huge fan of the BBQ, but the rest of my family LOVES it and I have to say that the TexMex is pretty darn good.

7)   Finding where you fit: This only works if you are moving TO somewhere and not AWAY FROM something.  Otherwise you are just taking the problem with you.  We made this decision to move in a totally healthy way with tons of planning and saving and have benefited greatly from it!

8)   Getting rid of stuff you don't need: Let's face it, we all keep stuff that we just don't need.  One of the best parts about moving to another state is that you get the opportunity to really evaluate what you want to take and what you want to leave, or throw away.  Now, you don't have to move to another state to be able to do this, but the idea of trekking this shit halfway across the country only to unpack and find a place for it, is a GREAT motivator to get rid of some junk.

9)   Reacquainting with family, or finding more: Now this may only apply to me and others with not-so-functional family situations, but since we have moved out here, I have gotten a hold of and met more family than I ever dreamed I had!  Actually, in the past week I have gained a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law, 3 nephews, a niece!!! NICE!! (More on this at a later date, when everything is sorted out)

And the number 10 Best Thing About Moving To Another State(at least for us)..............Visitors!!!
My mom is coming to visit soon, and it is just about the most exciting thing ever!  We get to show her around and welcome her into our new home!  I am really loving this whole sharing-my-life-with-others thing that we have going on!

Have you recently, or ever, moved to a new state or a new place? If so, please share your favorite thing about moving in the comments below!

Monday, November 14, 2011

To Take Or Not To Take...

    So I was just watching an episode of  8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter.  You remember that show, it’s the one where John Ritter was playing the dad at the time of his death and David Spade and James Garner came on as the nephew and grandfather.  I love that show!

  It was the one where Rory(Martin Spanjers) takes the van without asking and ends up hitting something.  Then of COURSE mom, Katey Sagal, blames Kerry(Amy Davidson) and/or Bridgette(Kaley Cuoco) for the damage and Rory doesn’t fess up until the last minute.  Typical after school special stuff right? 

    I’ve seen the episode before, PLENTY of times, but THIS time it got me thinking.  See, when the mom, Kate I think, still thinks that either Kerry or Bridgette damaged the van she takes away their Outkast tickets and gives them to Rory.

   Now, I don’t know if they bought the tickets themselves from money they earned at work or if mom gave them the money, but let’s say for arguments sake that Kerry and Bridgette bought the tickets with money they earned that did not come from their mom.  Here is my question: Did mom have a right to take the tickets?

    Now, I am going to have teenagers someday…I researched how to avoid this but apparently I am too late.  The only way to stop their growth is HIGHLY illegal and extremely immoral.  I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will, someday soon, have teenagers… yikes! 

    Anyway, my immediate reaction to what Kate did is that HELL YEASH she can take those tickets away(mind you it was for no reason, but let’s stick with the idea that it’s an earned consequence) because they are her kids and she is in charge.  Probably the same reaction many of you had when I first asked the question…BUT then I got to thinking…

    We are going on the idea that these kids bought their own tickets with their own money.  Does mom really have a right to take them?  I mean, they worked for that money and decided what to do with it.  Maybe grounding them on the night of the concert, sure.  But taking the tickets?  I don’t know…What do you think?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ghosties Conquer Bickering

Last night, the hubby and I hit up Trivia again(I won first place and left the kids with the sitter at home.  We hadn't gone to trivia in a couple weeks and felt that we needed some time out of the house with no children...even if it is time spent down the street from our house. (Small town = everything is super close.)  I mean, come on, even the best parents get tired of their kids and need some time out.  No need to justify. =)

Anyways, so we go to trivia.  The kids have been bickering and tattling for about 4 days non-stop: "she took my crayon" "she looked at me mean" "she stuck her tongue out at me" "she said I smell like cheese" and on and on and on...It was time to get the hell out.  I made sure to let them know that if they were not good for the sitter there would be a problem and they would not like my solution.  Nice, general, mom-threat.  Nothing too specific cause I really didn't have a plan just yet for what would happen.

As far as I know, they were pretty good.  BUT I get a text from the sitter's mom about 20 minutes before we were set to leave trivia, saying that she is on her way to my house because my girls(and hers) got freaked out by something.

Turns out that when Miss A was letting the dog out to use the backyard, she was doing the normal "time to go potty" command that we have trained our puppy to follow, she heard her words echoed back to her.  She was a little weirded out so she looked around the backyard.  That's when she sees it.  She says she saw a little girl wearing a white dress standing in our backyard!  She said that when she saw the little girl, the little girl turned, looked at Miss A and then darted out of the backyard over the fence into the CORNFIELD that is right behind our house.  Uh, yeah...that's just freaky.  For her, terrifying!

                                                 (Not an actual picture...just for theatrics)

So the sitter's mom comes and hangs out with them till we get home.  After this text exchange though, which I relayed to the friends that we were hanging out with, we got into a discussion about the history of the town that we live in.  Turns out that there was a VERY early settlement, pretty much RIGHT WHERE WE LIVE, and that about 80 children died in a span of about 4 years.  Our friend told us about a cemetery that is pretty close, yes we are going to visit(no we are not weird, well maybe we are, but whatever), and it has tons of child graves.

This isn't even to mention the time that the hubby saw a little girl standing in the middle of the highway who darted into a field on the other side of us and disappeared.  Or the time that the dog was going nuts and we all felt something was in the house.  OR just the other day when I was out and there was no one, not even one of our animals, upstairs and the hubby heard footsteps in our room.  There are a million stories about this area and people seeing or experiencing the supernatural.  I'm thinking we are definitely haunted...not in a bad way.  Just in a sort of nonchalant huh, we have ghosties kind of way...

Back to the kiddos...CC was sound asleep when we got home.  We spoke this morning and I asked her what she thought.  She said, "It was either a person or a ghost."  I replied that it was not a person.  "Then it was a ghost. But, ghosts aren't real..."  I replied that no one knows for sure and that even if it was a ghost it was not going to hurt them.  CC: "Ok, that's fine."  Big smile.  Miss A was awake when we got home and still a little freaked out.  I assured her the same as I did for CC.  "Ghosts are not going to hurt you."  She stated that it was scary because it startled her, but that it didn't "feel" bad.

So, yeah, we are haunted. Cool.  Glad my kids are good with that cause we are not  AND the kids didn't fight last night!!!  Guess it takes a ghostie to bring them together. =)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And a Sick Husband...

Omg having a sick husband is worse than having sick kids!  It is more entertaining though...

So, my dear hubby is sick...24 hour stomach flu thing.  CC and I just had it yesterday.  Yes, yesterday, on Halloween.  Not so fun.  The husband ended up taking the kids trick-or-treating while I stayed home praying no neighborhood kids came to the door while I was in the bathroom trying not to throw up.  CC ended up coming home from school today(and was better within an hour of being home...argh).

Anywho, now the hubby is sick.  I don't know if any of you have ever had a sick male significant other, but seriously??  They are like babies!  He is all up in the bedroom talking about how it's the Zombie Apocalypse starting and that I should prepare myself to shoot him before dawn so he doesn't eat us...and how he needs the plastic syringe thing that we have for antibiotics and the pin from the bicycle pump so he can give himself a sugar water IV(ok, MacGyver)...drama queen...

Also, he is thinking, and I am in total agreement, that he needs a Life Alert bracelet.  He was standing in the bathtub upstairs to close the window and somehow ended up on the floor on his back.  I was downstairs tutoring and I heard this huge BANG!!!  It took me a split second to realize that it was my husband falling and get my ass in gear to go up and see if he was okay.  I get upstairs and and the sight before me was absolutely priceless...He was laying on the floor, on his back, almost in tears from laughing, or pain...or both...  Of course I asked all the appropriate questions, you know: are you okay? did you hit your head? does anything hurt?  He's fine, he did hit his head on the closet doorknob on the way down(I'm making sure there is no sleeping for a while), and his back is sore but that's it.

Mind you, before he went to close the bathroom window, he had texted me that he was feeling shaky and that he needed some Gatorade or something with sugar since he has not eaten yet today.  I sent up some Gatorade with one of the kids, but really, that last thing I would be doing when I felt shaky while laying down, is stand up and attempt to close something up high...

Also, let me remind you(before you label me completely insensitive) that both CC and I had this same thing yesterday.  Neither of us turned into zombies and neither of us died.  I did not fall down.  We made it through.  Yes, he had to do the trick-or-treating and take care of dinner, but I managed to make it through without completely falling apart.  If you have ever had a sick male significant other, you know what I'm talking about.

So what do i do?  I am absolutely taking care of him, but I am also having fun.  I took some pictures of his pathetic-ness to show to the world...

You may think that's mean, but that's just how we roll.  Anyway, I have to entertain myself somehow while he is up there being hella drama-filled, right?