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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Perfect Mommy

Mar 2, 2015 by

The following happened this past Sunday:

I hear my name being called from a distance, “Mommy!!!! Mommy!!!”

“Are you OK?” I respond.

“MOMMY!!! Help me! Come quick!!!!”

Just then, hubby turns over, just happening to bump me as he turns over. I awaken, heart pounding, partially because of being bumped suddenly and partially because I am distressed by B’s cries. I realize I’ve been hearing B’s real cries in my sleep. Hubby is awake but pretending to be asleep and hoping that his little “bump” will wake me up enough to go deal with her. It’s still sort of dark outside, so I turn over to see what time it is.

Ugh…4:45AM…on a Sunday. I look over at hubby who is fake snoring.

“I know you’re pretending to be asleep…” I grumble as I hoist my legs out of bed. I “accidentally” bump his butt as I get out of bed. He stifles a chuckle.

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I’ve Got Rhythm, I’ve Got Music – PART 1

Feb 23, 2015 by

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This is PART 1 of a multi part post focusing on ways in which to expose your young children to music without spending loads of money on classes. This post just provides some basic background information; next week (and the week after, if needed), I will provide you with examples of things that you can do to expose your children to music. 

As someone who’s heavily involved in music, I’m often asked, “What’s the best local music program in which to enroll my baby/toddler?” There are many programs like, Music Together or Kindermusik that are really fun and great for developing little brains; however, they’re not cheap and if you live where I live, they’re also not really logistically convenient. But let me let you in on a little secret: you don’t need to enroll your child in organized music classes at that age unless you, as a mom, want to socialize your child and yourself to other kids/moms. If your objective is simply to introduce your child to early musical concepts, this is something you really can do at home, even if you have little to no musical aptitude.

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