Following the Dream

Jun 22, 2015 by

A few weeks back, I participated in a community service event. The event paired members of the organization that I was in with kids in a poor local school district. Our mission was to clean up trash at a community park, plant flowers, and generally give these kids a chance to get away from the burdens of everyday life. I was paired up with a very sweet, happy and smart girl – all I knew about her going into the event was that she is 9 years old, has multiple siblings, and loves animals. From our discussion that day, it was clear that her family struggles financially and that the situation at home is probably not ideal.

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Birthday Party Blunders – pet peeves, etiquette, and no-nos

Jun 8, 2015 by

I have committed a major mommy faux-pas…I’m a wee bit embarrassed by it…

We’re in the height of birthday party season. As a mom of twins who are in the same social circles, I ALWAYS make it a point to check that the birthday invitation was intended for both children. I’m sensitive to the fact that it’s wrong to assume that just because my kids are twins, they’re both invited. I mean, I know that more kids at a party = more cost.

We recently received a birthday invitation for a bounce-house place… for some reason, I had a major brain-fart and forgot to check that the invite was for both kids, and just assumed that it was for both children. On the evite, I responded “YES, 2 children, 1 adult.”

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Dear Diary… #unfiltered

May 11, 2015 by

(This is my actual journal entry…(with some creating editing, of course!))

Dear Diary:

Is it a full moon today?

My weird day started when I overslept my first alarm at 4:15 and finally dragged my @ss out of bed in a panic when my backup alarm rang about an hour later. Thank goodness for backup alarms.

Lunch was a @#%^&! mess because I zoned out and didn’t pay attention to the fact that I overcooked the kids’ ravioli, resulting in ravioli goop instead of nice, individual pieces. I then realized that I had run out of “powder cheese” (parmesean) which meant that the kids would rather starve instead of eat lukewarm ravioli gloop. Mental note: must replace thermoses.

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Minding Your Own [Bleep]ing Business

Apr 27, 2015 by

It must be something about me – I must wear a look that screams “fresh off the boat” or “clueless parent.” Or maybe it’s because I wear the “I don’t give a sh*t what I look like” look and this encourages people to think that they know better than I do. Whatever it is, for some reason, some people (particularly busybody women) feel the need to tell me what to do when it comes to my children.

I’m not talking about the well-intentioned older friend, grandma or mother-in-law; I’m talking about complete strangers whom I encounter in public places. Usually I’m with one child or both, and these people seem to think that it’s OK for them to opine on the way that I’m doing things.

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Tugging at your Heart Strings (AKA When School Schedules Suck)

Apr 13, 2015 by

It seemed so logical and easy – schedule our work vacations to coincide with school vacations so that child care would not be an issue. I had charted everything in Google Calendar and between school, camp and our vacation schedules, we were covered for all but two weeks of the school year. We went forward with fingers crossed that illness or school days didn’t kill that plan.

But something other than illness or school days killed the plan. We are in our two week spring break at school and the original plan was for hubby to cover one week and I would cover the other – work schedules changed that so that I had to straddle the two weeks (2 days one week, 3 the other). Hubby planned his entire work schedule around this plan. Going up to spring break, we told the kids that they’d be home with us separately, and we’d do lots of fun stuff with them. They were SUPER excited. My son, a true Momma’s boy, was especially excited to spend time with me and he told his friends all about the fun stuff he wanted to do “when Mommy is home.”

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