Month: November 2014

Thank You to those who don’t hear it enough.

Thank You to those who don’t hear it enough.

Today we celebrate family and friends. We remember that we’re thankful for one another and the food on the table. What about those people who we really should be thankful for? Do you pray for them? Do you tell them thank you when you see […]

12 Days of Christmas with 12 Amazing Bloggers #MERRYBLOGMAS

12 Days of Christmas with 12 Amazing Bloggers #MERRYBLOGMAS

If you’re like me, then you’ve had your Christmas décor up since just after Halloween. I can’t help myself, I have a serious weakness for plump snowmen. They’re just so “fluffy”.  Well, I have some exciting news for you, I have joined up with 11 […]

Mama, SIT!

Mama, SIT!

“Mama, SIT!” I have heard that a lot this weekend. This kid is 20 months going on 15 lately. I swear, I may die when she’s a teenager just from pure pent up frustration. Who does she think she is ordering me around? Oh yea, she’s her father’s daughter. I love my daughter, I honestly do, but this kid is on my last nerve. She refuses to sleep a full nap or even through the night. Meals are a serious struggle lately. She doesn’t like anything I pick out for her to wear. Mama’s craft stuff, somehow it keeps ending up where it’s not supposed to be.

The dog is happy with her though, so there’s that.  It’s been a very rough month in our home. Lots and lots of fits. This whole learning to talk thing, really sucks for all of us. Audrey gets mad and has a mini tantrum when she tries to get something out and we tell her no or that she needs to ask. She can say sorry but refuses to. She’d much rather run and put herself in timeout.

I am tired of the arguing. It’s not fun for mama. I want her to be a happy baby and have fun with me. So I realized we needed to find a change. DISTRACTIONS, say it with me, DI-STRAC-TIONS! Yea, keep her busy and out of timeout.

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I went through her room and changed how it was organized. She helped me to make it more enjoyable of area for her. Then we went through her toys and brought out some she hasn’t played with in a while. Found the crayons and paper for her and let her learn the right way to be independent. What a change it has been. Yes, she’s still having some tantrums but they have been less and less each day. Audrey is listening better and seems to be happier.

Tell me, what did you do when your kids started there independent toddler phase?

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High Tech Toddlers

High Tech Toddlers

iPad, Smart Phones, tv, Leapfrog, laptops, tablets, you name it, and my 19 month old toddler will figure out how to use it in less than 2 minutes. I have to hide my laptop because she will get on it and play. Even my cell […]

“Santa’s Cookies” Plate

“Santa’s Cookies” Plate

If you read yesterday’s post, then you know Audrey and I went crazy with the Christmas crafts this past weekend. My house is decorated but not like my friend. Her house looks like what you’d see in a magazine. It’s amazing.   I thought it […]

Just Another Manic Monday

Just Another Manic Monday

Remember when the weekend was exciting and you looked forward to it all week? Yea, that was a long time ago for me. Long before I even had a kid. It’s kind of depressing to think about now. We get so busy and we’re rushing and rushing. We just need some slow down time. It has gotten so bad in our home that I have barely spent anytime with Jake in the past 2 months. So I decided it was time for a change. We were going to have alone time away from the child. And start up with some family time.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love Audrey, but we all need a break from our children. It’s not healthy to devote every second to them and it’s not healthy for them. They may get a little mad but trust me, kids get over things pretty fast. These past 2 weeks have been the worst. Jake has had such a whacky schedule and Audrey and I were terribly sick. Thursday, Audrey was just a monster. Everything was no, she was mad at me for everything and just wanted her dad. So Jake took me out on the town for a  very fun night.
 
We went to dinner at a restaurant on our bucket list, then went to a new bar for some drinks with some friends and home for a movie. It was so amazing to have an adult conversation with him and not worry about the kid. Cleared my head and helped me to relax. I even got dressed up, well dressed up for me. Which means I put on makeup and wore heeled boots. Hey, I was still one hot mama to him.
 
Friday, I decided was going to be a fun family day for us but Jake had to go help a buddy who had no heat, so I didn’t mind. Audrey and I decorated for Christmas. Why not, I love Christmas and love the décor. Then we painted some pictures.
Audrey made her cookie plate for Santa and painted me a snowflake and a Christmas Countdown. While she made a huge mess, the fun we had was worth it. She made it the best day and then we made one of our favorite dinners for dad, sliders. Yum!
 
Saturday was fun. We spent the morning together and then caught up on Sons of Anarchy. Sunday is FOOTBALL! GO SEAHAWKS! Audrey and I also made some delicious sugar cookies.
 
Monday is here and I am not happy about it. Jake has another crazy schedule this week. I am going to do my best to make it easy on all of us so we can enjoy next weekend and do our family photos with a smile.
 
What do you do to make family time special?
 
 



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Not Your Gramma’s Apple Pie

Not Your Gramma’s Apple Pie

We’ve all heard of moonshine and the old stories of bootlegging. I’m pretty sure most adults have seen a movie or two where they make it. There’s even a show on Discovery Channel called “Moonshiners”. But did you know how easy it is to make […]

Sick Kid Meals

Sick Kid Meals

It’s finally snot season. Yuck! I don’t have an issue with any body fluid other than snot. Just thinking about it makes me gag.I’m sorry, Audrey, but when your nose runs, I want to run and hide from you because it’s repulsive. I can wipe […]

I’m having a heart attack, no, it’s a stroke.

I’m having a heart attack, no, it’s a stroke.

It’s Saturday night, Audrey is going to bed because, well it’s obviously bed time. Tara is rubbing her gross face on the carpet and spinning around like a monster. I am waiting on the water to boil so I can make some Kraft Mac & Cheese.
 
Suddenly, I get this pressure in my chest. Ouch, now it’s getting extremely sharp. Slowly, it starts moving it’s way up into my neck. I go in my room and lie down next to Audrey, who is watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, give her kisses and say, “Remember how you figured out how to call 911 on mom’s phone? If I die, you need to do that. Mama loves you more than anything baby. You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
 
I start trying to find my pulse in my neck and begin freaking out. I can’t find it. I’ve taken so many first aid and cpr classes and I know not being able to feel it is bad. OH FUCK! I’M DYING! I’M HAVING A HEART ATTACK! No, no, I am fine. I’m not a doctor, it’s all in my head. I will be okay.
 
I kiss Audrey again and get up and go to the living room. No way I’m going to die in front of my daughter. I decide to Google my symptoms like any other sane hypochondriac would do. As I’m searching, I begin to get a terrible headache. Nooooo! It’s a blood clot moving to my brain!  I start singing “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” to see if I’m getting the symptoms of a stroke. Still singing off key and my face isn’t sagging yet, good sign. Arms can still flail around. I begin stretching and start some push ups. No clue why I thought starting an exercise routine while I’m dying would reverse it.
 
Well, if I am going to die, I am going to at least make that mac & cheese because I’m still really hungry. I began to finish it up and start tearing up a bit, not sure from the pain or fear. I don’t want to die. I’m only 26. I know I drink a lot and eat way too many cheeseburgers but I still get some exercise and I am not as big as a house!
 
Did you know that mac & cheese can be gross? Well when you’re upset because you think you’re dying, it does. Some comfort food. I start drinking some milk with it. Suddenly my chest pain in dissipating. I just sit there and begin to talk with God. All of a sudden there is this ridiculous burn in my throat and I let out the biggest belch, one that would shame most men!
GAS! IT’S JUST INDIGESTION! I’M NOT DYING! Thank you, Jesus! Seriously, this is why you don’t leave a hypochondriac alone for a weekend. If she doesn’t die from a heart attack, she will probably die from the stress of thinking she’s dying from a heart attack.
 
This has not changed my opinion on my drinking or eating habits. Nor do I plan on buying a million dollar work out plan. But I do think I may need to start taking some acid reflux medicine.
 
I’m going to celebrate surviving my fake heart attack with some low fat ice cream now.
 
*Alyssa*
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