How To Choose Your Words

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Me: Aaron, What did you have for related arts today at school?

Aaron: I don’t know. It’s a long name.

Me: What?!? Tell me what you did there and maybe I can figure it out.

Aaron: Well…we touched cotton balls and sandpaper. Continue reading

Meltdown At The Buffet

Week 5 of Kindergarten

The excitement is gone. He no longer jumps for joy as he puts on his TMNT shell book bag. He drags his feet down the three flights of stairs from our apartment to the bus stop. By the time I get off from work and pick him up he’s done. More than done. Cranky and disgusted. He wants to eat and then fall out asleep. Continue reading

Disney Makes Me Cry

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When I became a mother I viewed things much differently. Every male child my son’s age or younger somehow became mine. Well, at least in the movies or on TV. If the character hurt I felt as if it was my own child and it broke my heart. Continue reading

Conflict Corner

Driving to the mall this afternoon I was listening to an audio book. The narrator was talking about how boys on the playground can give each other bloody noses and then be best friends again the next day.

Isaiah: “Just like conflict corner!”

Me: “Conflict what?”

Isaiah: “Conflict Corner is a place in my P.E. class. If you get in an argument with someone you go there. There’s a piece of paper that tells you what to do.

1. Each person shares their side of the story.

2. Together you come up with a solution.

3. You shake hands.

4. Give each other a compliment.

5. Go back and play.

Me: “What was the solution the time you went to conflict corner?”

Isaiah: “I’m not very good at coming up with solutions. I just asked my friend if he wanted to go back and play again. I’m a sly fox mama…just like my daddy.”

I Still Hate Alarm Clocks

Earlier this year I shared my utter disgust with alarm clocks. If you missed it click here: I Hate Alarm Clocks. I am not a morning person. I have a serious issue with mornings. I’ve tried some new and creative alarms lately that had potential to serve their purpose but ultimately failed.

  1. I Can’t Wake Up! (Kindle Fire)

This app has the most options but I wasn’t able to use the barcode scanner feature that required me to get out of bed. Once the alarm went off I had to pass a series of tests while the alarm was still going off at a reduced  volume. If I dozed off during any portion the volume was turned up full blast. I discovered that I could do difficult puzzles and intense math and immediately go back to sleep. This next app worked a good bit better.

  1. Walk Me Up (Android)

I programmed it with a 50 step requirement.

6:00Am

Alarm: “Take 50 steps to snooze.”

A lullaby-ish song played on a piano and sounds of birds chirping were in the background.

I swiped the word snooze at the bottom of the screen.

Alarm: “Evil mode enabled. You can’t snooze.”

Me:

More birds were chirping. The piano continued…

This sucks. I grabbed my phone and slid my feet across the floor.

Alarm: “49…48…”

I opened my bedroom door and walked out into the living room. Wearing let’s say…not a whole lot…I was shocked and slightly embarrassed to see my husband sitting on the couch wide awake. He works 3rd shift right now and clearly I forgot about that.

Alarm: “47…46…”

Husband: “New alarm, huh?”

Me: “Grrrrr…”

I shuffled myself across the living room. Into the kitchen. Out of the kitchen. As I made my way into the kids’ bedroom I heard…

Alarm: “Stop shaking. Back to 50 steps to dismiss the alarm.”

Me: “What?!?! No! I’m just walking!”

I focused on making firm, stable steps without “shaking” until I reached 50.

Husband: “You getting in the shower?”

Me: “No.” I curled up next to him on the couch. “I’m setting it to 100 steps at 7AM.”

Husband: “You’re ridiculous.”

Me: “I love you too babe.”

How do you get up in the morning? If you’re an awful morning person like me share this post! If you rise with those awful chirping birds what’s some advice you can offer for those that struggle?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OMG…I Am An Eggplant :(

Last night I stood in my bathroom in horror. I don’t know when the transformation happened. It just snuck up on me.

How could he not tell me? To protect my feelings?

Where the heck did it come from? I mean I know after two kids and a terrible diet my stomach has grown a bit…

This is different though. This is hip fat. This is backside fat. Oh my goodness…I am an EGGPLANT!

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Eggplant – fruit or veggie?

This is just unacceptable.

Day 1: I picked myself up out of the produce department this morning and started to kill the ugly purple shape. With an intense playlist in my ears I ran. I ran hard. I stumbled over to the rowing machine and attacked it some more.

I refuse to be a vegetable or a fruit…eggplants are one of those questionable foods 🙂

Daddy Is Better Than You

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Daddy’s Boy

Anyone have a mama’s boy? What about a daddy’s boy? Continue reading

Batman Infographic

I’ve come to the point in motherhood where my children are interested in things that my brain doesn’t want to comprehend. I get the basic super hero plots. I know who’s who in the Marvel world. Now my oldest is going through a Batman phase. Batman is from DC Comics…not Marvel.

I don’t like him.

He’s dark.

His movies are dark.

His video game is dark.

It’s always raining.

It’s always nighttime.

I want him to go away. Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons My Kids Won’t Let Me Use The Bathroom

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Motherhood = NO Privacy!

Prior to having children I could use the restroom by myself. Seems like a simple thing that many women take for granted. Over the last eight years I have adjusted to the fact that there is no private time as mother. So that being said here’s my top 10 list of reasons my children barged in on me in the bathroom… Continue reading

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That moment when you lose your emotional integrity over a Draw 4 card…it’s naptime buddy…