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Things I’m Loving…

I’ve been feeling down for a couple of days (thanks to my angry uterus) and so I figured I could focus on the positive and note a few things I am LOVING right now.

1.)  Pampered Chef – my hubby recently became a consultant (he’s a trained chef but currently a stay at home dad so this was a way for him to do what he loves and get out of the house from time to time) and I love it! I went to a party with him today for support and we had a blast. One guest even told us we make a great team! (Duh!) ;) I’m also loving their products…I haven’t used much of my PC stuff that I got years and years ago but now I’m learning so much and even someone with NO COOKING SKILLS AT ALL (like me) can be successful and I’m loving it!

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2.)  The gym – we caved and got a gym membership. It was a tough decision and it’s still a bit painful for me to look at the membership fee each month when I do our budget, especially considering we live on limited funds with only 1 of us working full-time, and are really trying to become debt-free, HOWEVER, we finally decided to do it…for a variety of reasons, some very personal that even if I divulged here many probably wouldn’t understand, but we did and I have to say, it’s been a true blessing. We both feel so much better going to the gym and are making health a priority which has made a noticeable positive impact in our quality of life. Amen.

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3.)  Snow Days – this is actually a Love-Hate relationship.  Technically, I LOATHE snow and winter. Just can’t stand it. And I hate that snow days mess up my routine and overall schedule. HOWEVER, I have to admit, that I’ve loved the time they’ve provided for me to be at home with my family, especially my babies. They are growing so fast and I truly appreciate the memories of playing in the snow and making snow ice cream with them!

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What are you currently loving?

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When did the internet become law?

Current pet peeve as I work on forming some actual opinions: People who express opinions often have no or false facts to back them up. Since when did the internet become a reliable source of information? Did I miss the memo that only experts may now post websites, blogs, and videos? (If so…color me pleased and proud to be part of the elite in publishing this fine, educational blog!).

Also, since when did agreeing to disagree respectfully become a bad thing? Well, once both sides present factually based evidence supporting their perspective of course. Why does everyone have such difficulty in either admitting that they could be wrong or misinformed, or that they just aren’t educated enough to have formed a reasonable opinion.  I may have looked strange to others in admitting in the past that I didn’t vote because I wasn’t educated enough about either/both sides to do so, but at least I was honest.

The internet is not full of reputable sources. If there’s an issue you are concerned about or want to know more about, then research and think critically. In a world in which we are so accustomed to immediate gratification and getting our answers in a split second, I urge you to take the additional time to look elsewhere…think…and keep an open mind.

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Things I should not have said to my 3 year old

So recently I’ve said some questionable things to my very bright 3 year old.  There have been consequences.

1.  “Jesus is with you in your heart.” – So much for trying to teach my kid values. I’ve now terrified him because he believes there is a small man living in his chest.  He chooses random times to tell me that he doesn’t want “the man in there” (while pointing to his chest) to go with him…like into Walmart. Smart kid with his understanding that Walmart = Hell.

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2.  “Hahahahaha!” Ok, so this isn’t technically a phrase, but I may have laughed at him recently when he sharted. Our family happens to find passing gas and poop hilarious topics of conversation and typically, as a 3 year old boy, the Gorilla has truly enjoyed talking about all things bowel-related. Apparently that does not apply to times when he has just accidentally crapped himself and he screamed at me politely asked me to stop laughing at his poop.

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These are just the most recent two that have come to mind.  We should probably cool it on the potty humor in our house though, because he definitely may have dropped a family created rhyme that includes the word “butt” to the pediatrician at his last visit. Mother of the Year here folks!

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I’m baaaaaaccckkkk and I have BALLS!

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It’s time to rock the blogging world yet again so guess who’s back? This girl.

So I just got the memo that New Year’s Resolutions are apparently soooooo last year and now everyone is choosing a word to define 2014.  Here’s my word:  BALLS

Ok, that’s not really my word. But I am gonna need BALLS to do what I want to do – CHANGE. That’s my word for 2014.

I plan to CHANGE my life and the world. I’m dreaming big and no one’s gonna stop me!

Here are some (definitely not all) of the things I’m going to change in 2014:

1.  Opinions – I don’t really have any. I tend to be the politically correct neutral in everything. Sadly, I won’t even vote because I don’t want to actually have to take a stance. I don’t like confrontation and I used to have rather been quiet and uneducated about things than actually form an opinion.  I figure now that I’m 31 I ought to have some strong opinions and actually stand up for them.

2.  Health – Yeah, yeah, I want to lose weight, blah, blah, blah…but really, I’m just trying not to die before I’m 40. It’s not just that I want to weigh less – I find that I care less about that number as I get older, but I want to feel better. I want to ENJOY going to the gym and do so multiple times a week for an extended period of time. I want to eat vegetables and fiber and poop regularly. (Yeah, I said that.) I want to have enough energy to keep up with my crazy busy life.

3.  Attitude – Positive thoughts, positive words, positive actions. Life’s too short for negativity.

What’s your word for 2014 and why?

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Teaching lessons at Walmart

Teaching lessons at Walmart.

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Teaching lessons at Walmart

So I’m old and everyone, including my gyno, knows it. Most of the time I don’t have a problem with it, however I felt my age during an…”incident” this week.

It was an exhausting week.  As a new Math Coach I was able to participate in our district’s process for writing math curriculum. It turned out to be much more intense mentally than I had anticipated. Considering this was my first time writing curriculum, that’s no surprise since I didn’t know what to expect in the first place. After our second day of writing, I went home for a couple of hours but had to leave for an evening meeting since I’ve recently become an Thirty-One independent sales consultant. I began my weary trek back home around 9 pm when I remembered I needed to stop for spray paint.

I figured I would just make a quick stop at my local Wal-Mart, pick up what I need and be on my way. I won’t even go into how I got “lost” in the school supply aisles…but somehow that constantly happens at this time of year…which is why I ended up finally checking out at nearly 10 pm.

I. LOVE. school supplies.

I. LOVE. school supplies.

There I was at 10 pm after an exhausting day in the check out line at Wal-Mart. I was in my summer mommy clothes, glasses instead of contacts, hair tangled and starting to look greasy…basically I was rocking my summer hobo look and probably should have been nominated for one of those “Women of Wal-Mart” calendars. You’re welcome for that image.

A teenage boy was the unfortunate cashier charged with ringing up my items. As he scanned my 4 spray paint bottles a series of beeps sounded.  He smiled and explained that the beeps sound to alert him to make sure the person purchasing spray paint is 18 or older. I half jokingly replied, “Oh, I’m nowhere near 18 anymore.” He promptly replied, “Oh, yes, I can tell.”

SERIOUSLY!? I couldn’t let that one go. I used my mom voice, looked right at him and said, “Honey, the appropriate response is, ‘Ma’m you don’t look a day over 18. May I please see your ID?” I could tell he was super flustered as he mumbled and his face turned beet red. As he handed me my bags he said, “Actually, you look like you’re 21.” I thanked him, took my purchases, and went on my way. I think he learned a valuable lesson about women that night. ;)

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I’m a winner with a death wish.

I’m a winner with a death wish..

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I’m a winner with a death wish.

So, it turns out I apparently have a death wish. Ok, ok…not quite. However, I believe the phrase, “glutton for punishment” applies to me now. So remember how I went ahead and decided to become an Olympian runner? I ran (and I use the term “ran” loosely) a 5K back in the beginning of June. Apparently insanity confidence is a side effect of running and I decided I could totally complete a Spartan Race. In fact, when my buddy over at Pink Runner decided to offer a giveaway for a free race, I was filled with insanity excitement and was the first to comment and enter the drawing for the race on her blog. Turns out…I won!

First, I was super excited that I won. I mean, everyone wants to be a winner, right? Then, I was overwhelmed by intense fear. I’m no athlete! What was I thinking?! Finally the intensity of the fear subsided (it’s still there…just not quite as intense) and I’m kind of looking forward to it. I mean, it’s forcing me to set some goals to train for it. (Note:  By “train for it” I mean “come up with a plan to survive.”)

One thing I know for sure…I need some support! So first and foremost, I know I’ll be blogging about this adventure and hopefully you’ll be encouraging me along the way.  Secondly, I’m hoping (praying, begging…) that there are a least a couple of you out there who want to carry my body across the finish line run beside me and cross the finish line with me to show your support. Pretty please? With a cherry on top? Just think about it…you have some time…I’m thinking I’m going to do the July 12th, 2014 race in Palmerton, PA. We could even start budgeting now and make a weekend of it…celebrate our survival accomplishment! Won’t that be FUN!?!

In any case, be prepared for some updates of how this clumsy diva attempts to bring out her inner SPARTAN. ROAR!!! (Did that sound Spartan-y? Ah well…baby steps.)

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You know you gave up as a parent when…

You know you gave up as a parent when….

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You know you gave up as a parent when…

The other day I stopped to pick up a few groceries. As I waited in line, I noticed the lady in front of me place a box of those frozen peanut butter and jelly crustless sandwiches on the check out belt.  You know the ones I’m talking about…

As she piled her other groceries around that purple box, I smiled to myself. She had given up. I’ve been there. Haven’t we all? I mean, she was paying over $2.00 for 4 small crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I am not judging her by any means. If we were able to allot more money to our budgeted “food money” then I’d probably stock up on those babies. I get it. I’ve given up too. Thankfully my kids are still unable to tell you exactly how many nights they’ve eaten frozen waffles (yes, I toasted them…slightly…) and pretzels for dinner. The Gorilla watches videos on the iPad more than I care to admit right now. (We had to find a way to sleep in past 5:30 am!) And Binxy may or may not be learning to count…thanks to Sesame Street and Sesame Street alone. (*gasp* But she’s a TEACHER! – you) (Oh calm down…I’m a human mother too! – me)

How have you given up as a parent?

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