Only A Mother Would Understand…

After church yesterday afternoon, I drove to my friend Angie’s house and dropped Katie off so she could spend a week with LeAnn at church camp in Arkansas.
On the drive back, while my two toddlers were napping, I had the unusual opportunity to get lost in thought and do some planning for the week ahead. Not only am I planning on getting all of Katie’s school year mapped out, but I am also going to have my youngest (20 months) potty trained by the time Katie comes back.
She’s been showing signs of readiness for the last 2 months to be honest. I just didn’t want to admit that my “baby” was growing up. Isn’t that stupid?!?! I have the chance to save $50 a month in diaper fees and I’m not just jumping at the opportunity?!?! I know, I know…it’s dumb. At least that’s the conclusion I’ve come to. I could take that $50 and invest it in something that’s going to return more than a stinky garbage pail and a rash on my daughter’s behind.
So last night I was sitting on the couch with her, reading a book to her and I felt that “mommy instinct” kick in. She was very, very still and very very intent. That meant one thing. She was about to do a “poo poo”….I swept her up off the couch and without much fanfare asked her if she needed to potty…and she said, “uh-huh”…so off we went. She sat and sat and sat…she resisted at first, because it’s probably not a comfortable feeling your first time going and having all that air under you when you’re not used to it. Her little hands kept gripping the sides of the potty handles that sit on top of the toilet seat and she kept looking at me like, “What are you DOING to me?” I smiled, she relaxed and out it came.
So there ya have it. Her first #2 on the potty. Woo hoo! Of course, we made a big deal…and we couldn’t flush it till daddy got home an hour later so he could see and make a big deal out of it all over. We celebrated that first poop for and hour and 30 minutes!
Today, she’s wearing her “big girl panties”…we’re going to the potty every 30 minutes so we don’t have any accidents (who am I trying to fool? lol) And yes, I have the carpet and stain remover ready once again…the febreze is on standby and ready to be used at any moment, and we’ve got clorox wipes in the bathroom again for all the times we “wait just a wee bit too long”.
It’s something that only another mom could understand…for the next week, I’ll be on the pee and poop cheerleader brigade.

Focus Pocus

Our RVP had a 4-hr blitz meeting in Lufkin Saturday and my husband and I drove 3 HOURS to sit through it. Boy, am I glad we did! I learned more in that 4 hours about building business and relationships than I think I ever learned in the corporate world. Probably because I’ve always worked for companies that “say” they want to help people, but bottom line, they just want to help themselves. Don’t get me wrong…we help people AND we get paid an incredibly stupid amount for doing it, but we really help people get out of debt and become financially independent. The first time Floy and I sat down and looked at the gameplan for our family, we were in shock at how far away we were from reaching any retirement goals…we didn’t have any real plans for our future…we were like most people – a little saved, no investments, and no income protection,and NO PLAN. But now we’re on the road to building that future, and I’m psyched.
ALL that said (I tend to get long winded at times), I have decided I have too many “distractions” in my life. If we’re going to get to the top, I have to stay “FOCUSED” on my goals. So I’m closing my ebay store. Part of me is soooooo relieved. Part of me is soooooo sad.
See, I don’t really care about the stupid ebay store. I haven’t sold much out of it since ebay made those ridiculous changes back in April. What I care about is a few of the friends I have made in my ebay moms support group. We were all talking last week about the fact that we are all so busy in our “other jobs” and motherhood, that few of us have any people in our lives that we’d call close friends. It’s hard to make them. When you’re a stay at home mom, about the only people you see regularly is your garbage man and the mail carrier. I admit some months I don’t pay my trash bill JUST SO THE LADY WILL COME TO MY DOOR to get a check from me! How sad is that?!?! lol Same with the mail carrier…I’d have cookies for her when she came to pick up my ebay mail…lol. Hey…I’m telling you, I’m a recluse! (some of you would NEVER believe that given my *sparkling* personality, I know).
None of our husbands understand it (well, mine “sort of does”, because although we met in “real life”, introduced by none other than his best friend, David, whom I trained for the phone company before he joined the military to get away from it all, we were living in separate cities at the time – 5 hrs away from each other and we sort of “courted” over the internet between visits to one another). How can you be friends with someone you’ve never even met? What is a friend, anyway?
Friend – n.
A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement
I’d say that pretty much sums it up for me. I can’t explain it other than to say that a lot of us have A LOT in common with one another. In fact, it’s kind of scary how much in common we have. And we found each other out of over 1000 groups on ebay. What are the odds of that happening?
I don’t want to lose their friendship and I sometimes worry that they will think I’m “abandoning” them…but then I come to my senses and remember if they are truly my “friends”, they’ll be supportive and encouraging of my decision to quit ebaying. (Are you guys reading this?!?) lol
So…here’s to FOCUS in 2006.

The Good Old Days…

So I was reading Kelli Crowe’s blog (told you I read it religiously) today.
Made me think about all the old commercials from when I was a kid.
The classics, I mean.
Remember the Enjoli commercial? The woman who could fry up her bacon AND bring it home?
Or how about the Chic Jeans commercial? Ooh…better than that, the Levi’s Dacron pant commercial…done in rotoscope and waaay ahead of its time…
My personal favorite was the Wendy’s “Where’s the beef” lady…
Aside from the Enjoli commercial, most of the older commercials lacked the whole “we sell SEX” thing that today’s commercials bring.
It’s sickening to watch the Saturday morning cartoons with your kids and see a half-clothed woman come on the tv (I think it was Jessica Simpson, who should know better, her father is a preacher, although I believe he condones her dress – which is outrageous to me) selling pizza to a prepubescent kid with all this sex appeal just oozing off of her. But, ya know…we the public watch it….so they give it to us.
Makes me want to chuck my tv as far away from my house as I can. I don’t want the world in my house.
I want the old days back!!! Remember as a kid – you could ride your bike forever and a day around the neighborhood without worrying about getting snatched up? You could actually walk to school by yourself? You could go to the corner grocery store (ours wasn’t actually on the corner – it was a half a mile away) to buy milk for your mom? You could knock on neighborhood doors to collect bottles if you wanted to go to the county fair? (remember you could get 10 cents for each one turned in)
When did it all get so bad? Have you asked yourself that lately? Why did we let it get so bad?

Does that Make Me Crazy?

Typically, I get up around 4:30 with my husband to get his clothes ironed, breakfast and lunch made and send him off to work. What a loving, sweet wife, you say. Not really, I have my issues with it.
Now, this is an insanely unhuman time of the day to get up. Think about it…I mean, the sun’s not even up yet. If the sun’s not even awake, why should I be? My body was not made to get up this early. I practically have to pour a pot of coffee down my throat just to wake up and that can’t be good for my body. All that caffeine? And it doesn’t even make me hyper anymore. I used to get the shakes in the morning from the surge of caffeine I was taking in, but not any longer. It’s like my body has developed the “tolerance” that addicts always talk about. Scary!
At any rate…I have to set my alarm. I wonder how many people could possibly get up this early without one. I think my dad did…but he’s like…the only one I’ve ever known who could do it in my WHOLE life. I’m 37. I don’t think that the rooster is up that early…he’s crowing at something more like 5:30….
I don’t know about you, but I put my alarm at the foot of my bed on a dresser so I have to actually get out of bed to snooze. Something about getting out of the bed and trudging about 7 feet to hit the snooze just seems to help me wake up. For one, I’m lazy…I don’t want to keep getting up out of the bed every 9 minutes to hit snooze…it’s a pain in the patootie. I figure I might as well get up, because Lord knows I’m not going to get “quality sleep” in those 9 minutes. I mean, come on…what do you really do in those 9 minutes? You close your eyes and repeat over and over in your head…”I only have 9 more minutes and I have to get up…”
I also put the radio on the most obnoxious music station I can find. You know, one of those with the “Wake-Up Crew”? Now, most of the wake up crew is still asleep at 4:30 am, but they still play the obnoxious music, which is really motivation for me to get up and get it turned off before the song gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day. I don’t listen to anything worldly in my awake life, only gospel or Christian music…so the rock station is REALLY incentive to get up and turn off the alarm.
This morning, there was someone singing something about “Does that make me crazy…” I guess so….if you’re up at 4:30….

The Joys Of Parenting….

I was packing for my trip a couple of days ago and my 3-year old son was having a wonderful time playing on the bed. At one point he said, “Mommy, look at this,” and stuck out two of his fingers. Trying to keep him entertained, I reached out and stuck his tiny fingers in my mouth and said, “Mommy’s gonna eat your fingers!” pretending to eat them before I rushed out of the room again. When I returned, my son was standing on the bed staring at his fingers with a devastated look on his face. I said, “What’s wrong, honey?” He replied, “What happened to my booger?

100 Things About Our Family

1. We are a family of 5 and we are DONE! 🙂
2. We love serving the Lord.
3. My husband is a Creation Science Speaker.
4. We homeschool.
5. I make a lot of the kids clothes.
6. We limit tv to less than 2 hrs a day (working on getting that down even more) 7. We do not listen to music that isn’t edifying to God.
8. We love our local library.
9. We spend a LOT of time reading.
10. We used to own an eBay store
11. We love garage sales.
12. We shop for our clothes at second hand stores.
13. We are saving for our retirement (our goal is to be millionaires at retirement) 14. We live in a double wide mobile home on 1 acre…is that redneck or what?
15. We are going to build a house on our 83 acre farm (can’t wait!)
16. We are in process of renovating a farm house together. (sadly, renovation has stopped for now – we are building a business)
17. We drive old cars – paid for!
18. Goodwill is our favorite second hand store.
19. We love the Wal Marts and Targets of the world.
20. Our kids love Veggie Tales.
21. Our kids own lots of Veggie Tales movies.
22. We are thinking about adopting another child one day.
23. We don’t like snakes.
24. We own two basset hounds, Homer Lovin Texan, and Sargeant Floppy Joe (Homer & Sarge)
25. We own one outside cat (who has mated with another over the last 5 yrs to produce about 18 offspring! – which are all ours too…sigh) (she died last month)
26. We spend too much money on cat food. (without her leadership, the other cats have left)
27. We’d like to have one good cat back.
28. We love going to the Friends of the Library Book sale every month.
29. We have hundreds and hundreds of books and not enough bookshelves.
30. We have a whiteboard in our dining room.
31. We have a bulletin board in our dining room.
32. Our dining room is also our school room.
33. This is harder than I thought it would be.
34. We believe in breastfeeding until self-weaned.
35. We eat whole-wheat bread only (and sometimes we make our own)
35. We eat a LOT of peanut butter.
36. We buy most of our groceries from Save-A-Lot.
37. We can’t wait for the Farmer’s Market to open up!
38. We have a friend we want to marry off – he’s available girls!
39. We LOVE to eat beef.
40. We are almost always on time for things.
41. We usually get to Church 15 minutes before it starts.
42. There is a lot of stress getting 3 kids ready for Church on Sunday am.
43. My hubby is over the Jr. Church – he’s the Children’s Pastor.
44. I am over the Church Nursery.
45. Our family is embarking on a new adventure – owning a federally regulated business!
46. My husband passed all of his Securities exams the first try!
47. I have yet to take my Securities exams…studying now.
48. We love to read to each other as a family.
49. We have a devotion time two-three times a week as a family.
50. Our favorite musical group is “The Cathedrals”
51. We love southern gospel quartets.
52. Our kids love “The Hinkle Family”
53. We are involved in the music ministry at our church.
54. We all love to drink milk.
55. We all have a strong dislike for spiders and creepy crawlies.
56. We look to Dad to kill spiders, Mom if he’s not there.
57. Our yard stays in a constant state of needing to be mowed.
58. We love flowers and flowerbeds, but we don’t like weeding.
59. We love John Deere.
60. We do yardwork as a family. (But it’s rare that we do it)
61. We do our grocery shopping as a family.
62. We all have chores at home.
63. It is a family ritual to decorate the Christmas tree (we use certain colors that tell the story of when Jesus was born, about his life and ministry, his death, and resurrection – dad tells the story every year as we are putting up the decorations) 64. We love to take family naps and do so often.
65. We are working on manners and try to use them in our home as well as in public.
66. We all love to go on family drives.
67. We all enjoy nature walks.
68. We own a business and work from home.
69. We use antibacterial hand lotion.
70. We should own stock in Bath & Bodyworks.
71. We love June Sale at Bath & Bodyworks.
72. All the girls in our family (3) have handbags from BBW.
73. Our favorite homeschooling catalog is Timberdoodles.
74. Our favorite science catalog is by Nasco.
75. We love to do science experiments.
76. We are planning on purchasing a mini-van in the next year. (done)
77. We all love it when it snows in the winter.
78. We do not like it when the temperature goes over 100 degrees.
79. We eat a lot of homemade popsicles in the summer.
80. We cook together as a family on Saturdays.
81. We collect rocks.
82. We collect books.
83. We collect toy trains.
84. Maybe we should stop collecting some of these things.
85. We like to help people who are less fortunate than we are.
86. We enjoy going to nursing homes and talking to the residents.
87. Sometimes we sing for the residents of nursing homes.
88. We love each other.
89. We are a team.
90. My kids are best friends.
91. Mom and Dad are best friends.
92. We do not believe in being best friends with our children.
93. We strive for consistency in our parenting.
94. We show respect for others in our home.
95. We are working on showing respect for others outside the home.
96. We like to play family games and do so often.
97. We own a lot of craft supplies.
98. We do way more craft projects than we have room for.
99. We all want to have a craft room someday so we don’t have to pick up everything if it’s not done.
100. We are a happy family.

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