Letting go

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Today I’m talking about motherhood. Because it is so rewarding and so gut-wrenching all at the same time. My daughter started Pre-K last week, and handled it like a champ, as expected. I was fine too, for the most part. I was happy there were no tears. Happy for her to have this experience. Excited for this next step for her. And a little sad. Sad for me mainly. Because even though my two kids are still really little, I’m already starting to get a real glimpse into what is to come. Letting go. She’s only four, and I am already starting to have to let her go. Kinda sucks. I thought I had at least 10 years before I had to worry myself with this. But for the first time in her little life, she didn’t seem so little. She didn’t seem so needy. And she just seemed ready. … Read More

When my little girl grows up, she doesn’t want to be like Mommy

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When my little girl grows up, she doesn't want to be like Mommy

My daughter is only four, but she’s seriously the smartest kid ever. And I can admit that because I’m not the only person that says it. Strangers tell me she’s smart, so I know it’s true. It’s probably because I treat her like an adult. We have adult conversations every day, esp. on car rides or around the kitchen table. Like yesterday for example. K: “Mommy, let’s talk about what I can be when I grow up.” Me: “Ok. Well, you can be a teacher like Daddy. Or you can build things like sandboxes or treehouses or big tall buildings.” K: “I want to be a builder.” Me: “Or you can be like Mommy. You can be super creative and design and take photos and…” K: “I don’t want to be like you Mommy. I don’t want to work on a computer. I want to do something fun.” Me: “Well, … Read More

A hole in the wall

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I know. It’s been forever since I’ve entertained you guys with my humor, but life has been busy, and some things…some things like blogging about the crazy things my kid does now so that I can embarrass her later have fallen to the wayside. But as I’m lying here in bed in my hospital room waiting for my second kid to make his debut, I finally have some free time. So back to that embarrassing story. Brady, me and Kassidy found ourselves at our newest favorite Mexican dive for lunch the other day. On cue, K announces she needs to go potty, so I take her and my 38-week pregnant self to the restroom. Even though the food at this place is amazing, their actual restaurant leaves something to be desired. So you can only imagine the caliber of their restrooms. K goes first, and then it’s my turn…finally. That’s … Read More

A day in the life of a #bossmom

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A day in the life of a boss mom

Or in my case, just a morning. As someone who’s still trying to figure out how to work from home and care for my child, let me be perfectly clear. It’s not easy. Being a full-time working Mom isn’t easy. Being a stay-at-home Mom isn’t easy. And trying to work from home isn’t easy either. All take sacrifices; all have their benefits and drawbacks; and all just take some time for everyone to get into a groove. And I’m still trying to find mine. My groove that is. So that brings me to this morning. I had signed up for a webinar over the weekend that I really wanted to attend. I’m a big proponent of professional development no matter your discipline; just ask anyone who’s ever worked for me. I’d send them all over the country just to learn new skills or develop existing ones. I’d like to think … Read More

My daughter licks my phone in public

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And I’m okay with it. I’m sure you’re wondering why a perfectly normal Mom would allow her perfectly adorable 2-year-old to lick her Smartphone, and I do have a very good explanation for that. And I’ll get to it. But first the back story. I tried out a free app at the recommendation of a friend called Apps Gone Free. Download it now if you haven’t already. It features apps daily that normally cost 99 cents or more but are currently offered for free. They claim to only feature apps with a 3-star rating or higher and have no advertisements. I check it daily. It’s addicting. My best finds so far have been educational games for Kassidy. And two of my absolute faves are Grandpa’s Workshop and Grandma’s Kitchen. Here’s the lowdown on each. Grandpa’s Workshop: Help Grandpa paint furniture, fix broken pieces, choose appropriate tools, and count and measure … Read More

Memories I want for my child

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I am a mother of a 2-year-old and counting. Which means that all the things we experienced together, good or bad, up to this point she probably won’t remember. True, as most memory-obsessed Moms of today, I’ll have plenty of pictures to show her those memories, but they won’t actually be her own. All the cuddles, and snuggles, and waking up in the middle of the night to feed her, and love her, and take care of her when she was sick. Nope. Won’t remember. All the hellos and goodbyes, and first crawls and first walks and first Christmases. Nada. Kassidy won’t have even the slightest recollection of that. But today is different. Because today, and every day after, Kassidy will be able to have a memory, good or bad, and be able to one day look back on her childhood and say, “I remember when Massey ate my corndog. … Read More

Adventures out West

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This past weekend we decided to pack up the truck with a lot of crap, a dog and a potty-training 2-year-old and head West to Garden City. The last time we made the trip Kassidy was 5 months old, so it was long overdue. Not because I don’t like Garden City. Or allergies. But because I hate traveling. It’s not my fault really. I was born with a bad case of car sickness. I always have to ride up front. The car has to be on just the right temperature. And if I get hungry, well, we just better stop and eat. Bad things happen when I have an empty stomach. Multiply my ineptness to travel by the fact that Kassidy was on her sixth day of potty training. So our pre-kid trip of 6 hours turned into a post-kid trip of exactly 8 hours, which included five stops for … Read More

Babies are like tornadoes…they come when you least expect them

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Just ask Miss Kassidy Reese. After hanging out in the baby pool with Pryce on July 4th, she decided she was tired of missing out on all the fun. See, another family member with FOMO already. So, at 1:30 in the morning on July 6, I woke up to some serious pains. Gas? Maybe. Indigestion? Could be. But after poking poor Brady and telling him I couldn’t get back to sleep, we decided to be good patients and do as our doctor had instructed. So, for two hours, we sat on the couch, watched reruns on TV, counted my “pains,” laughed at how much they hurt, caught two mice in our mouse traps, and decided we should try to drive into town just in case. Brady was ready to go an hour earlier, but I held out because I didn’t want to be that new mom that shows up at … Read More

Advice from a Whataburger cashier

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Well, I should have listened. It’s definitely true. The minute you get pregnant, everybody, and I mean everybody, feels it’s his or her duty to offer you advice. Some of it is helpful. Thank you Jessica. I will no longer drown my food in salt. I do not want to gain 100 pounds! But, most of it isn’t. And, it’s one thing to receive advice from family or friends or coworkers, but I really wasn’t prepared for the open advice I would get from complete strangers. COMPLETE, NAMELESS STRANGERS. All I asked the Whataburger cashier for was a Whataburger and fries to share with my husband. Which I finally got, but only after having to nod my head and smile for 10 minutes as she shared her wisdom with me. Like, to buy a girdle to keep all my junk in. Junk? I didn’t think my junk was hanging out … Read More

If you ain’t first, you’re last

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While my sister is skinny, I’m getting larger by the day. Or at least second. Or in my case, fourth. Right behind my two sister-in-laws and my sister. But, being the last to produce a kid on both sides of the family has its advantages. I can practice on theirs and do the opposite with my own. My sister can show me everything I actually need to register for. And everything I don’t. Free maternity and baby hand-me-downs save me money. I can teach my nieces and nephews bad habits and it doesn’t really affect me. I totally learn what not to do. I am owed tons and tons of free babysitting services that I plan to cash in on. I have more time to save up for daycare and diapers. The baby excitement has calmed down, which means less pressure in all things kid related. But, with all the … Read More