Archive for November, 2010

The Perfect Christmas Card….

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by by

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas. First thing on my list was to get a picture of the kids so I could get my Christmas cards ordered from Shutterfly. I thought it would also be a great idea to include the dogs in our picture since they are a big part of the family.

All the boys got ready in their new sweaters, we brushed the dogs so they looked nice, and we got the living room “picture ready.” Unfortunately by the time everything was ready, Sebastian was in tantrum mode. We tried making him happy by blowing bubbles and giving him candy (yes, I will bribe my children when I am desperate!) but nothing was working. When we did manage to get a smile out of him, the dogs would not cooperate.

I took a few pictures and decided to give up. It wasn’t going to happen today.  I was not going to get the perfect picture for my perfect christmas card.

I downloaded the pictures to my computer to take a look at what we ended up with. I couldn’t help but smile. Even though I couldn’t get everybody to sit still or look at the camera at the same moment the pictures were “perfect”! I looked at them and thought “This is my life….chaotic and crazy, no one listening at the same moment, (more…)


Don’t Forget!!! "All I Want for Christmas…is my Cloth Diapers" Extra Entries

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by by

Please don’t forget that the “All I Want for Christmas” event is just around the corner, \it starts 11/29 through 12/3.

So, if you are ready to start getting some extra entries, all you need to do complete the entries on the easy to enter form:
Here is what is so cool about this awesome event though, it is the same form used by each blogger, so you enter the form once and you have entered it for all the blogs. The only thing that is required is stop by each blog and comment that you have completed the form so that we know.

Remember, its 4 of us doing this event, so many more chances:
Coupon Mommy of 3
Mommy Time
Arizona Mama
Cloth Diapering Mommy
You have until 11/28 to get in these extra entries.


Monday, November 29th, 2010 by by

Matt and I went with Erin and Patrick to see the movie Tangled.  It’s a family tradition that I’ve wanted to continue with my kids to go to the theater to see a movie on the day after Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas.  We couldn’t go yesterday because we were traveling so we went today. 
I thought I knew what to expect.  I know the story of Rapunzel.  Only there were a couple moments that were really emotional for me that I wasn’t really expecting.  You see, Rapunzel was kidnapped as a baby.  And every year on Rapunzel’s birthday, the king and queen let off thousands of floating lanterns for their lost daughter.  In memory and in hope that one day they’d see her again.  There’s a moment between the king and the queen, as they are getting ready to let go the first lantern.  The queen, looking heartbroken and tired, looks up at her husband, and he can’t look at her.  He’s got tears in his eyes and you can just see the pain in his face.  And I started crying.

I know that pain.  Of course, it’s a little different since Cora died, and Rapunzel was kidnapped, so I don’t really have the hope of her returning to me in this life. But in that moment, right then, it brought it all back.  The missing my daughter.  The grief that all you can do to parent your child is this small symbolic act.  (more…)

Over the River, Through the Woods, Onto the Side of the Road…

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by by

It felt a lot like this, actually.

On the bright side…no one got cholera.

Is it over?
Am I actually home?
Did Papa make it?

Oh sweet potatoes, this had to have been the longest week of my life.
After a couple of fun days at the water park in Wisconsin, we departed Wednesday for what should have been a 6 hour drive to my brother’s house in St. Louis. “Should have been” being the operative words.One hour later the RV rumbled onto the shoulder of the road. I watched my husband walk into the pouring rain and begin fussing with the windshield wipers. He returned 15 minutes later with one of the wipers in hand. “We blew the motor,” he explained, dripping wet. We’d lost the driver’s side wiper, but Rob managed to reconfigure things and swap the passenger side one over so he could continue the drive. We managed a half-hearted chuckle over our misfortunes and soldiered on. Confident that this was the end of our troubles, I shut my eyes for some rest.
By 9:00 the winds settled down and we decided to forge ahead. We pulled out the beds in the RV and settled our road-weary kids down for the night so Rob and I could face the remaining journey in relative peace. It was still raining, but (more…)


Avocados for Toddlers

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by by

Since Noah’s early days of eating solids, he has been enjoying avocados. And since the start of the daycare in September of 2009, I have been serving avocados to the kids for lunch at least once a week. Some kids don’t care for them at first, but I have been able to entice most of the children with this fruit (yes, it is a fruit) with a little time and creativity. I am a stubborn advocate for this food where children are concerned. Here’s why:

An important lesson was learned today…

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by by

… by screwing something up. Royally.

You see, in all of my infinite wisdom as a freelance writer, I had done a lot of things for my husband in his business – all trying to help, of course. But it started to cross a line where I was doing communications on his behalf, and it bit me in the butt big time – and screwed him over a bit.

I suddenly realized, in that moment, that in doing all of this work *for* him, I was violating the number 1 purpose of being a mom – to slowly phase yourself out of “doing for”, by teaching them to “do for themselves”.

So I started teaching instead of doing, and as a result, I’ve witnessed a major breakthrough right in front of my eyes. My hubby is a new person. Instead of turning to me the minute he doesn’t know something, he tries to figure it out himself – and 99% of the time, he succeeds. As a result, he is more confident in his abilities, and is more excited about (more…)

Smacksy Saturday Photo: The Day After

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 by by

Turkey Coma x Two


The Best Friend I’d Never Met….Until Now

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 by by

When I first started regularly using the internet back in 1997 (Ack! 1997!  That sounds like a million years ago… Yes, when I was surfing the net from my cave!), one of the first things I did was sign up on a pregnancy board at a place called Storksite.  Suddenly, I was part of a community of strangers whose only commonality was a due date in August of 1998.

Over the course of 9 months we all grew closer – I mean, how can you possibly remain strangers after discussing prenatal constipation and leaky breasts?  You can’t!  Once our babies were born, our web board turned into a “playgroup,” and we immersed ourselves in the business of raising children.  That’s where we started to bifurcate into quite separate factions: the “freaks” and the “normal people.”

The freaks fit into their pre-pregnancy jeans on the day they went home from the hospital. The freaks never had a single sleepless night, and their babies slumbered peacefully on angel clouds.  The freaks resumed fantastically hot and active sex lives within days of their child’s birth. The freaks had children who never had tantrums and proactively made good choices for themselves about everything from healthy foods to educational programming, even at the age of 13 months!  You get the picture.

That left the rest of us, six or seven girls who all regularly emailed one another saying, “Aren’t you glad we’re not freaks?”  (more…)

Teenagers Are Gross…..

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 by by

Not only are they gross, but their whole purpose in life is to piss us off. That, and to sleep/eat/talk on the phone. Just today, my teenager decided to not call me and tell me she was going to be walking to McDonald’s when she was supposed to be at the mall where I left her. Not only that, but she left without doing her chores, and I refuse to follow her around and remind her of the things she needs to be doing daily. She wants me to treat her like a grownup, she better start acting like one. So today, when she left, she didn’t close her door all the way, and one of the dogs went in there and peed and pooped on her floor. So I went in to clean and was like, “Why bother? This room is disgusting!” I decided to take pictures and show the world what living with a teenager is really like. So behold!! The teenager’s room!!!!

Apparently she’s storing up for the Winter…..


Something stinky this way comes.

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 by by

Man, don’t you just love kids?

So yeah, I missed posting about everything I’m thankful for, but really I don’t need Thanksgiving to think about all I’m thankful for, so I won’t waste a blog post on it. Thanksgiving was Thanksgiving. Zach, Belly, and I went to my dad’s family for lunch while John stayed home with sick Ryan. We get back, and Belly is running a huge fever. We were worried she’d caught whatever Ryan had, but nope, we think it’s just teething. The facet of spit running down her chin and chest, the fact that I was up almost all night with her, and the 5 poopy diapers I’ve changed over the past two days (3 from today) are proof of that.

That leads into this conversation I just had with Ryan.

I’d changed Belly not even two hours ago with a hugely poopy diaper, and Ryan yells that Belly is stinky again. As I’m changing her, this is what Ryan and I say to each other:

Ryan: “Mommy, I guess you just missed some of her poop earlier.”

Me: “No, Ryan, she just pooped again.”

R: “Well gosh, tell her to quit pooping so much. Maybe she shouldn’t have any more food today.” (more…)