2013 – The Year of Improvement
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The power of songs should never be underestimated. Even if they are the simple, little songs we sang to our kids when they were little. And sometimes, especially if they’re the songs from when they were little. From the time she was born until a time that I don’t have a date for, DD #1 always made me sing this song to her at bedtime. “Made me” is a strong statement.. I loved it and it was my favorite part of the day. Because every word of that simple song is true. She stopped asking me to sing it a few years ago and I miss that tender close to our day. Every now and again.. when I feel she’s upset with me or I feel the need to reconnect with her, I will grab her in a bear hug and sing it as loudly and as off key as … read more
I’ve decided that I have enough humorous text exchanges (textchanges?) with my family that I need to dedicate an entire section of the site. And I even have a name… Welcome to Text-as. Added bonus? I get to toss in some love for my family (crap… MOST of my famiy) down in.. TEXAS! Here’s this week’s best text conversation… Really? And just for the record… she did NOT get the pudding or water delivered. And I’m pretty sure she lived. Welcome to my world! And please.. don’t mind the typo. Damn you auto-correct!
If you’re moving out of the elementary school age and have had that moment where you look at that precious child and thought “who in the world are you and what have you done with my sweet child?!” then you need to come to the Parenting Boot Camp on March 16th. In order to accommodate the entire Triad, we picked a central location right off of I40. Seating is limited to 65 people. When M hit middle school, we got our clocks cleaned and I am not exaggerating. We were not prepared for the work load of school, the mean girl and other social issues and let’s not even discuss the body and hormone issues. Holy cow. Where was all the advice now that I REALLY needed it? Every stage of parenting has its challenges but the issue with this stage is suddenly, that precious toddler is now a precocious … read more
This is the #iPPP of the week that makes me a little sad: I’m not sure how this happened. I swear it was just last year that we were in PA getting her ready for half day kindergarten at Mill Creek Elementary. It was such a foreign world to us. Far removed from the gluesticks and construction paper of preschool. The 5th graders looked so big and like they could eat the kindergartners up. The school overwhelmed us with it’s endless hallways and lockers. Moving to middle school and those giant 5th graders had turned into rabid 8th grade dogs. Social issues smacked us in the face like never before. We watched our first failing grade come in. And then another one. We celebrated successes and a love for art. We danced at our first dance. Now, we’re getting ready for another first. Another unknown world. High School. And again … read more
Remember the days when Fisher Price decorated your house and your living room looked like Geoffrey the Giraffe puked all over it? Those days are like wine and roses compared to what your house looks like when you have a teen living with you. Here are the signs that a teen is living in your house: The white stuff in the trees aren’t buds getting ready to bloom. It’s toilet paper from when you last got TP-ed. There are more panties on the floor than in a frat house during rush week. There are enough empty bottles in the bottom of the shower to fill a landfill. You think you’re losing your hearing, asking “what?!” all the time but it’s just the fact they mumble. You have no money. They have no money. Who has the money? That bad habit they had as toddlers for throwing things in the grocery … read more