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When your husband compares you to a knock off Monet, you still can’t kill him

By May 15, 2017 Family Life

My darling Apatosaurus hubby is sometimes the most over the top romantic man in the world. After knowing how much I deeply loved the movie The Notebook,  he wrote me a letter a day when I went on a trip and then wrapped them in a blue ribbon. When he proposed he spent an entire day recreating all kinds of things we did as children and then purposed to me on the very school playground we played on together as children.

Ok, let’s admit it, that was pretty awesome right. Now fast forward  a few years into marriage.  As a mom, a self employed gal, and wife. Sometimes I have days were the weight of the world is a terrible feeling. I look to my romantic husband to tell me I am still as breath taking and mind blowingly beautiful as the day he married me. However, on such a day a few days ago, my beloved spouse looked at me and told me, and I quote, ” Babe you are very aesthetically pleasing.” I won’t lie, my jaw dropped and I gaped at him for a whole moment. 

Somewhere in his mind he actually thought this was a compliment. In my mind I felt like I had been slapped and hung upon a dentist’s lobby wall. Aesthetically pleasing! I think what he said sank in as he turned and looked at my appalled expression, and then it really sank in when I then told him what a butt he was for comparing me to a knock off Monet painting. He laughed at me. He brushed my hair back and smiled, pulled me into a nice hug and here, here is where I thought he was about to remedy the situation, NOPE! He tells me not only am I aesthetically pleasing, but I have a tolerable personality. Then planting a small kiss upon my cheek he asked me what we were having for dinner.

Let me give you a heads up gentlemen, when women have days were they are drowning in life and they need you to be their knight and their cloud of happiness, do not look at them and tell them they are as pleasing as a houseplant.  It will not give the results that you are looking for. It will result in a wife who wants to clobber you for a good few days. Instead trying telling her things like, she’s as marvelous as a sunset, as breath taking as waves on the ocean. Compare her to flowers or something lovely, anything but a houseplant in the corner of the room or a solemn painting on a wall in the doctors office.

My husband did manage to survive the rest of the night, he has since made it a point to tell me weekly how absolutely aesthetically pleasing I am. He does so with a wicked smile, but has managed to tell me he thinks I am lovely , at least more so than a houseplant.


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Feel a little lift.

By May 2, 2017 Crafty Us!, Family Life

There are days where we all need a little lift. We need something to just make us grin if even for just a bit. When you have kids, if that lift also helps them to develop their gross motor skills, and some social skills, it makes it that much better.

My son is super fortunate to be part of a program called Parents as Teachers. We get to meet with a specialist once every two weeks and we do activities and learning activities that promote growth, exploration, and developing. I love it. He loves it. He always looks forward to the visit and whatever fun new thing we will be making and doing. Mostly because mom then keeps that activity going for a very long.

On of our long standing favorites is the balloons from the door way activity. I think it has a much more fanciful name, something witty and cute. I call like like I see it, and right now I see three balloons hanging from my door ways. It is a great activity because it truly does make them work on their gross motor skills. A big part of the activity is being able to navigate a hand eye coordination. Being able to bounce the balloon off one hand or paddle, and hit it consistently is a big deal, and we have lots of cheering and ” I did it!” happening when we are playing.

Socially we all practice taking turns or helping each other without pushing shoving, being ornery to each other in general. They have to say please, thank you, excuse me. It is adorable to no end to hear these teeny little guys use such sweet manners. It also helps them to learn to be supportive. One of my older kiddos looked at the little ones and while patting him on the back said , ” It’s ok, you can do it.” and cheered him on to try again. Empathy! They are learning empathy!!

You only need 3 things to do it to. If you have kids I am almost positive you have these in the house or are super close to having them there. And if you want to get super fancy, you need just 2 more.

  • Yarn- for hanging your lovely balloons
  • Tape- they gotta stick up there somehow right! I use both painters tape and duct tape depending on where you are hanging them and how active your kiddo is with the balloons.
  • BALLOONS!! yes we get that excited over balloons at my house.

Now if you want to get super fancy you grab a paper plate and a paint stick. You tape the two of those together and you have a paddle to help your little one learn hand eye coordination to hit the balloon. Having the balloon in the doorway also helps your house not be beaten into oblivion with a homemade paddle as well. Its contained fun! Once they get really good at bouncing the balloon in place, then you can feel brave and remove the yarn and have a whole new adventure.

It is amazing how the kids love this activity. I leave the balloons up for a while and they will naturally go and start creating their own games, and having to take turns. I have different colors of balloons so we can work on the names of the colors as well. I love how versatile this is in teaching the little ones so many different things. I also love that when the kids are not paying attention, every adult in my house plays with them too. Especially since one hangs in the bathroom doorway. The exit from the restroom has never been more entertaining.

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When Momma turns to Grandma rules go out the door!

By April 20, 2017 Family Life

I love my mother more than anything in the world. I adore her strength, her endurance, her humor, and her determination. We think alike, love similar music, clothing, etc. I could go on for days about how awesome she is. She has a heart that is bigger than anyone I know. That is where she gets into trouble.

I firmly believe kids are too spoiled today. Now you can be furious with that statement and stop reading right now, or pause and realize this following point. Kids today have no idea what it means to work for anything. They have no clue how  use their imagination like we used to. You tell most kids to go play they cozy up with a tablet, smart phone or video game. It breaks my heart. So it was when I found out I was having my little T-Rex, I said I didn’t want to have my little man bombarded with a million toys. I wanted him to have books, bang pots and pans, run around pretending to be a knight.

My mom is a doting grandma. She lives to make these little monsters of her’s smile. If she hears they have developed a love for something, she is all over it. T-Rex has dinosaurs galore! He has dino books, action figures, posters, pillows, and stuffed animals. Every time she brings him something I have to remind her that he really doesn’t need these toys.  She just grins and tells me how much it thrills her to make him happy.

It was when my son developed his near crack addiction to Mickey Mouse, that my mom started down a path that we all know. The collectibles path. Disney already had the little ones hooked with Mickey Mouse Club. There are few of us who can claim to have no idea what the Hot Dog song is or when we sing it. Then there are a vast majority of us who not only know the song, but when they sing it, and who does what dance. Disney then decided to kick it up a notch. Mickey Mouse Roadsters made its way to TV. If your kids are like mine, it was instantly an addiction.

To top it off, they made little Mickey Mouse action figures to go along with the show. My mom then decided to change life for me as we knew it. She brought over Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. My son was over the moon. He drove them all over the house, tub, cat.

Seeing my little man’s reaction then fueled her. She had to go back and get the other 3, I was  told her this wasn’t necessary. Her famous line, well one of her many famous lines , then came forth. Well , he needs to have them all. Does he? Does he need them all? I already have like 3 McQueen cars I am trying to keep track of before bedtime. Now I had Mickey, Donald and the prospect of a few more. I told her again, I think he is good with what he has, but it fell to pieces when those big blue eyes came over, an tilted his head, and said, ” VaVa, more Mickey.”  Within a week I had three more cars in my house. Two weeks after that, maybe a bit more, She arrived with a track for these said cars.  After looking at the package I mistakenly said allowed, Oh gosh they have more characters now! Boom, we now own them.

After thinking finally all that was left to get to complete this collection was one more track, my husband graciously sent me a text message. It contained a picture of yet another new Roadster Racer. Needless to say, my sanity when it comes to these racers has left. However, he is giddy every time he can show my mom a new trick he has them do, or has her drive them with him. I know that when it comes to her, my rule of ” He doesn’t need that,” is falling on deaf ears. I actually love her for it. She is such an amazing VaVa.



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We all fall down, and some of us get stitches!

By April 4, 2017 Family Life

I love my child. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew, I just knew I was going to have a tough kiddo. It didn’t matter if it was a girl or a boy, I was going to have a kid with some grit. My tiny T-Rex has just that. He is so rough and tumble and he is always in some sort of race or fight with something. I love it.

What I do not love, is when I have just poured my first cup of coffee in the morning and sat down in the warm sunshine to watch said little dino run about and as the words are exiting my mouth, ” Slow down son, not so fast!”, my little man took a header right into the corner of the entertainment stand. In slow motion I watched as my son’s head bounced off the corner and his smile faded into a look of shock then sheer pain.

I rushed like an EMT to his side, swooped him up and cuddled him close. As I pulled his head back to survey the damage, a miniature horror show erupted before my eyes. My sweet little boy looke das if he’d stepped out of Carrie. His face was drenched in blood. My dear husband did excellent as I shouted orders for washcloths, and then immediately to have him retrieve keys. As I got a closer look at the gash o his head, one word echoed through my head and made its way out my mouth. Stitches!!

My little man is only 2. Now I told you he was rough and tumble, and I completely had wagered on a broken bone by three. He knows absolutely no fear except that of a changing table in a public restroom. That’s a story for another time though. So, as I loaded my tiny bleeding little kid in the car, I had to remind myself he was tough, and this is what kids do. Then the bad mom took over and began yelling, ” You broke your baby!!” I really get annoyed by bad mom, and the waves of guilt that hit were awful.

It is that moment between guilt and calm mom that you have to pause and realize, this truly is what kids do! Each nurse that peeked at his adorable little face smiled and said, “Oh just wait, more will come. ” and chuckled as they walked away. I felt a little relieved when they giggled, but then I looked at more poor baby.  He smiled so sadly as I told him time and again he was going to be ok and it was a small bonk.

After 4 stitches and promises of I think about every item a 2 year old could want we were able to walk out of the hospital and from the whole mess, my little guy learned a few things.

  1.  When mom says, “Slow Down ” it really means to slow your body down!
  2.  We learned how to tell everyone we have stitches and make the best sad face to accompany it.
  3.  Nothing beats a good cup of Dutch Brothers on the way home as a reward for not passing out during our stitches.

I am thrilled that this little adventure is over, and after a week stitches come out, and all that is left is a small scar and a great story. Have you ever had one of your little ones crash and burn? How did you and they handle it? I’d love to know.

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A Full Circle.

By March 28, 2017 Family Life

I can remember sitting in my second grade class as my teacher Mrs. VonLindern was beginning a unit on dinosaurs, and I fell in love. The awesome images of these giant reptiles captured my heart and I wanted more than ever to be a paleontologist. Now that is a million dollar word for a second grader and I told my mom I wanted to be one , and in true supportive mom fashion she was 100% behind it.

As I grew, my love for dinos never truly diminished. Reality crept in and the more I researched the more I realized it was not a career you went into thinking you’d make a good deal of money. My hope for the career waned and I still fostered my love of the beasts, but less hope in a job dealing with them. I moved forward in life and worked in the education system and my favorite topic was, well it was art, but I also loved life science and talking about , you guessed it, dinosaurs.

I ended up marrying my friend I met in first grade, and we began a family of our own. The nurse about fell over laughing when at the ultrasound I asked her to confirm to my husband and mom that I was in fact having a T-Rex! I was having a little ( giant) boy, and we ended up nicknaming him T-Rex. As I was watching him the other day, I realized my world had come full circle. Here I was sitting watching my T-Rex romp and stomp and growl around the house.  My other son reminded me of a triceratops, grazing about and not real ambitious unless well motivated. My husband reminded me of an Apatosaurus, gentle and kind, loves salad. I am surrounded by dinosaurs!

It was at that moment a silly grinned plastered itself to my face and I wanted more than ever to tell Mrs. VonLindern thank you so much for putting me on a career path to awesomeness. So if by some amazing chance the stars align and you are reading this, thank you so much for the unit on dinosaurs, and as a side note, our invisible thinking caps too!

Naturally, after thinking about it, I thought how funny it would be to tell of my adventures with these creatures I lived with. As if by some weird chance, I was roaming the internet and checking out blogs and came across the 30 day blog challenge. I decided to sign up and it has become a wonderful dream. I get to do something I love, write, and I get to share it with everyone. My family is crazy, and they make me giggle. I also love to make things with them or try new things out, and why not share it all. I hope that this adventure continues to be a fun and rewarding experience for us all!

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