The World’s Best Quotes About Kids #unfiltered

May 29, 2015 by

Being a parent is equal parts insanity and bliss. On one hand, you’re completely in awe of your kids, and on the other you feel like you’ve gone over the edge. I walk that line. Sometimes I’m the fun, life-of-the-party mom, and sometimes I’m the screaming banshee. You too? It’s good to know I’m not alone.

It seems that lots of other people feel the same way…and those folks are a lot funnier than I am! Here are a few of my favorite (sarcastic) quotes about parenting that illustrate the insanity that we experience for roughly a quarter of our lives!

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Right!!???  What are your favorite parenting quotes?

 

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What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

May 28, 2015 by

I don’t know about you, but ticks, and specifically the diseases they carry, scare the crap out of me.  With 3 kids and 3 dogs, who all love to go for long romps in the woods and field behind our house, I feel like I’m constantly on high alert for those tiny little bastards.  Just this weekend I pulled 2 ticks off of my 4 year old.  Gah! Panic mode! My awareness of the seriousness of this issue is highlighted by having people in my life with Lyme Disease, including my dear friend Brit, who has been blogging about her experience. Seeing what they have gone through makes me pray that my children never have to experience the same.

But, as they say, knowledge is power.  So here are a few facts that you need to know about Lyme Disease:

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My Struggle With Consequences #unfiltered

May 28, 2015 by

We  had planned to spend Memorial Day together as a family. Just the four of us, doing something fun together. After running through a list of ideas, my husband and I decided to bring the girls to Lake Compounce to ride some rides and play in the water park. I really don’t know who was looking forward to it more – me or the kids. The girls were excited to say the least. Then, things started going downhill. My youngest (and very much 3-year-old) got a case of the “I’m not going to do anything you ask and have constant meltdowns over pretty much everything.” I got to the point where I threatened (more than once) that if she didn’t change her behavior she was not going to be able to go and that she would stay home with me instead.

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Sometimes it IS that bad.

May 27, 2015 by

I am sitting on my front steps with my head in my hands taking deep breaths, trying to stop shaking.  My neighbor drives by and says, “Is it really that bad?”  I throw up my hands, “Yes!”

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I had originally planned on writing about something sweet and kind, something about my lovely children, something about the joys of motherhood.  And then this L O N G Memorial Day weekend happened and I just don’t have it in me. 

 

Want to hear about it?

 

For this unofficial start of the summer weekend, we had a ton of fun, kid-oriented activities planned.  The weather was fabulous.  It should have been a picture perfect family weekend.  And there were wonderful moments (that you know I captured for Facebook world) but there were also hours (and hours) of cranky, whiney, misbehaving, clingy, bored kids.  I can’t tell you how many times I lost it with my older son.  I never knew I had it in me to yell like I did.  Then, of course, the guilt overwhelms me and I hug him and apologize.  Then he does something naughty again and I lose it again.  This cycle played out for three very long days.

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Going Topless on the Weekends

May 27, 2015 by

All last summer my husband watched wistfully when a Jeep would drive by. “I want a Jeep.” Oh man. “No, you don’t. What would we do with a third vehicle? Where would we park it? How would we afford it?” None of his answers satisfied me or sounded like legit arguments for his cause.

Sizing up her uncle's ride. May need to adjust the seat.

Sizing up her uncle’s ride. May need to adjust the seat.

And then this winter it started again. And his buzzing about it turned into web searches and conversations with my brother, who is handy with vehicles everything, has a garage, and likes to go off roading. I was concerned about where this was heading. Long story short, my husband (who is great at so many other things, yet I would not add fixing vehicles to that list) picked up a very used 1995 Jeep that needed a ton of work. And so it began. He then started spending all of his weekends at my brother’s house, and well into the night. Mail-ordered Jeep parts started turning up on our doorstep.

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Wardrobe Crisis: What am I supposed to wear?

May 27, 2015 by

 

I used to love to shop. For clothes. For me. I shopped sales, I sometimes splurged on fancy things, and I had to seriously keep myself in check when hitting our local outlet malls so I’d still have money left for monthly bills. If you sent 10-years-ago me a picture of me now…she would probably wonder what happened. You see, I still like to shop now and then, but I’ve completely lost the ability to shop for myself. Since having kids, I find plenty of outfits for my boys and my husband, and nothing for myself. Remember the show What Not To Wear? Remember when the token mom getting a makeover would be sobbing in Macy’s that she was overwhelmed and stressed and wanted to leave? I used to think that was absurd, but now…that mom is me!

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What the Hell is a Pinch Pot?

May 26, 2015 by

About 3 months ago, Edith and I went to pick up Donnie from the aftercare program and there it was. This neon orange ceramic “bowl” with black and grey spots. I showed the requisite excitement for Donnie’s creation, complimenting him on his choice of color and craftiness. I nostalgically recalled to myself a ceramic creation I made when I was a kid, and once more told him how impressed I was with his artistic skills.

Not more than five minutes after returning home, however, Edith couldn’t keep her sticky hands off this new, and therefore extremely desirable, item. She immediately chipped a small piece off the side, revealing the white ceramic, and leaving Donnie devastated. His masterpiece was ruined.

To alleviate the crisis, I mentioned that we could super glue the piece back on. I then became distracted by a dozen and one other tasks that took precedence over the majestic ceramic “bowl” brought home by my one and only son.

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