Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Leg Towel

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At a friends' house this past weekend, a few moms and I were talking about how annoying it is that our kids won't dry their legs after they get out of the bath/ shower and then walk around getting water all over the floor. We laughed at how they stand there all huddled with the towel around themselves, refusing to budge and refusing to dry their legs.

Then I shared that we have a "leg towel." For real. It is the towel that is exclusively used to dry legs because I couldn't take a more millisecond of crying, shivering children standing in the bathroom while I used their towel to dry their legs. I also couldn't take puddles of water all over the floor. When people think of parenting, does anyone ever realize that this is what their life will come to? Forcing children to use a "leg towel?" It certainly wasn't the Hallmark glamorized description of motherhood I was sold.

Leg towel. Sheesh.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Okay

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Bean and Blue butt heads constantly. They argue about everything and usually Blue is wrong and Bean is letting him know. Over and over and over again.

Tot, however, has figured this one out. No matter what Blue says she responds with "okay."

Blue: "Tot you like to fight dragons, right?"
Tot: "Okay."

Blue: "The sky is orange."
Tot: "Okay Blue."

Blue: "I ate ten hot dogs yesterday. I DID!"
Tot: "Okay."

Genius I tell you, pure genius.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Girl Scout Camping

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This weekend the girls and I attended a Girl Scout Mother-Daughter camp. The camp was only for one night but it was just enough for me. We slept in a little cabin, which was more like a screened in porch. The activities included everything about learning to camp- from selecting sleeping bags, to putting up tents, to fire safety. Most of the time I felt like we were eating though. There was plenty of food! The girls weren't ready to go home after a day and would have easily stayed much longer if we were allowed. I can foresee many of these camping events in our future.

I took a ton of pictures (only to realize that my camera is having some issue, it isn't focusing properly anymore) but most of the pictures have other girls from the troop in them. Here are a few of just these two dolls though.








Saturday, May 9, 2015

Things To Know

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I would like to think that I've learned a few things in this lifetime of mine. I know I have much, much more to learn but there are a few things I want my children to know today.
  • Be on time. Your time is not more important than other people's. When you are late, you are telling others that you don't value their time or respect them enough to abide by your obligations. It's not cute or "just the way you are" when you are habitually late. It is a sign of pure selfishness. It may take planning and self-control but it should never be accepted as the norm for how you should conduct yourself in life. Be on time. It's flat out rude, disrespectful, and selfish. (And yes, I acknowledge that running late happens, I'm talking about that habitually late nonsense).
  • Use your manners. Say please and thank you and mean it. Write thank you cards... for everything. Say "excuse me" or "I beg your pardon" and not "what?" Don't let your opinions of others dictate when and if you should use your manners. Use them all the time because it's what you should do.
  • Stand for something and take ownership of the future. Have an opinion. Figure out what you think and feel. Don't let life just happen to you because it will; and if you don't have an opinion or make choices to steer your life on the trajectory you desire, you may not like the results. You don't always have to decide on everything and sometimes it's okay to not really care (this restaurant or that?) but if you don't care and don't decide more than you allow life to just happen around you, you are going to find yourself at the whims of others without a leg to stand on when everyone else is gone. 
  • Take risks and balance fear and your ego. Taking risks is how we learn and get out of our comfort zones. It's good to take risks when you've safely calculated the pros and cons. If you know it's a safe risk to take, ask yourself why you aren't going to take the leap. Do you fear failing or being embarrassed? Put your fear of failure aside and do it! Will your ego get hurt along the way or might you have to admit it didn't work out? Put your ego aside and do it! Take calculated risks, it's how big, wonderful things happen.
  • Pick your battles. Some things, people, jobs, experiences, relationships, interactions aren't worth your time. In every "battle" figure out the ultimate goal and whether your "battle" will help you achieve what you are fighting for. You can't fight every battle, nor should you. Pick the battles carefully. Life is too short to waste your time.
  • Take responsibility. Say you are sorry. Own your behavior. Do what you need to do and don't blame everyone else for your plight in life. Everyone has had a hard time of something but you can't use it as an excuse for your choices or behavior (see stand for something and take responsibility above).
  • It's all relative.  This one is about perspective. Be sure to consider context and perspective before making judgments about yourself or others. Everyone has a story and we often don't have a clue how hard it is to walk in someone else's shoes. Don't be so hard on yourself, because tomorrow will be another day and often a good night's sleep will fix a lot of what feels to be unmanageable today.
  • Honor your obligations. Don't say you'll do something if you won't. Don't RSVP to attend and back out or not show up. Don't tell people you'll do/be/come/plan if you aren't going to. If you don't think you can handle it, don't obligate yourself to begin with. But once you do, honor that commitment and use it as a learning experience (I bet you won't say you'll do it again if you hate it so much). 
  • Give what you can/ pay it forward. Just try and be generous whenever possible. You may not always be able to give or pay it forward, but if you can, do. And when you do, do it because it feels good, not because you want the credit or notoriety. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cracker Jack!

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That moment your kid learns there are prizes inside Cracker Jacks!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Chicken Update

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Sometimes I'm still a little taken aback by the fact that we have seven chickens. Seven. There has been quite a bit of a learning curve. The three older chickens are completely free ranging at our house and have gotten super comfortable with getting up close and personal with us. They spend quite a bit of time under our deck and it's not uncommon these days to walk down the steps and see them there. I know we've been told not to treat them as pets, but these guys will let you walk right up to them and pet them. Mollygirl has been doing great with them and if Molly isn't running around, they will even follow her. Our other four chicks, now big chicks, need to get out of the brooder so Bee started building a new coop for the little guys. So far all is well with the chickens and the kids are really, really enjoying them.





Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Birthday Celebrating

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You might be wondering what I'm doing on this exciting birthday of mine. Well, let me tell you. After finding these missile/ torpedo things on our property, Bee began investigating what to do with them. He talked to some antique dealers, shooting ranges, and finally just went to the state police. The state police officer (and his K9) was both impressed and not impressed and called out the bomb squad. Yes, the bomb squad. Apparently at least one (if not both) of these little numbers were live. As in, blow up a city block live. Yep.
The bomb squad whisked them away and took them to Quantico. We won't be getting them back. Apparently Quantico likes to keep their missiles.
The remainder of the day was followed by finding dead baby mice, having the momma mouse run away in our basement with Molly in hot pursuit, a downpour that required a dash to save the chickens, and a dead raccoon.
Of course there was also a fabulous dinner out with my family, a few awesome gifts, and apple pie.
I said at the end of the day that I'm not sure if this was the wrap up of my last year or a sign of what the coming year has to offer. I'm hoping it's the former.