Monday, March 30, 2015

Quote of the Week

While playing a game of tickles with the DH, I overheard Blinky yell to Stinky, "SAVE YOURSELF!"

The then giggling commenced. Fun times!

Friday, March 27, 2015

To sleepover or not to sleepover? That is the question.

I am not sure how I feel about my children spending the night at friends. A billion years ago when I was growing up, the only people my brother and I were allowed to spend the night with were my maternal grandmother and maternal first cousins. You can probably guess my Mom was, and still is, fiercely protective. That said, I did have friends sleep over at my house. Not often, but there were a few occasions.

Well fast forward to 2015, and my five year-old daughter received her first sleepover invite. My husband, who is not opposed to sleepovers once kids are old enough to take care of themselves [that age has yet to be determined], feels Blinky is too young. I actually think Blinky is quite capable of spending the night away from us as she is extremely independent, even at 5. But I'm just not ready to let her go.

Coincidentally, I came across this article on Yahoo about the issue of sleepovers. The author, a young Mom like me, is adamant about not allowing her children to spend the night away from her as she was molested twice at sleepovers. I'm sure this is not the norm and Blinky would return to us unharmed, but stories like these make you want to place your children in a cocoon to keep them safe.

Stinky and Blinky have actually had two friends sleepover at our home this year. One of my girlfriends had surgery and asked if her little boy could spend the night with us so she could recuperate. And just last weekend, my childhood friend and her family were in town visiting for Stinky's birthday party and her stepdaughter spent the night to have more playtime. Both times the Mom in me slept with one eye open, not because there was anything to fear, but because I appreciated that these children were away from the person who loves them most in the world and it was my job to get them back safe and sound.

So how did this all end? We reached a compromise. I explained to my girlfriend that we would be happy for Blinky to visit for a few hours and help celebrate her friend's birthday, but that she isn't going to spend the night. My girlfriend understood and everyone is happy, especially Blinky. I also understand that the time will come when I will let Blinky go to a sleepover. And I will cover her in prayers and trust that the parents will act as I did when entrusted with a parent's most prized possession.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The trouble with makeup...

That awkward moment when you take too long to order a new bottle of foundation, having to resort to this:

Should have sprung for expedited shipping. [insert face palm here]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quote of the Week

"Blinky, don't wear bikins or the boys will be attracted to you."

Right on son!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Party Food

So Stinky Marinky's Wild Kratt's zipline birthday party was a huge success. Several little ones, including Stinky, told me that was the "best birthday party ever!" I'd have to agree.

But how did the food turn out? See for yourself.

I found a very talented cake maker to recreate the cake. The DH and I handled everything else.

Snake Bites

Largemouth Bass, Cheetah Chow and Live Worms
Spider Silk

Goodie Bags sans candy
Pinterest-worthy I think. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Quote of the Week

After a third lady in as many days complemented Stinky Marinky on his good lucks, mentioning that he'll have to fight the girls away, he replies, "No they won't because I'm going to lock myself in my room and play Madden!"

Let's see how long that lasts.


Last week, the DH had a conference in Atlanta. The kids and I drove down Friday night to spend the weekend with him, as well as attend a friend's birthday party. We had some free time Saturday morning, and spying Skyview from our hotel room, we set out to enjoy the 20-story Ferris wheel ride.

I am desperately afraid of heights, but often find that my children bring out my courage. I even opened my eyes for the last two rotations. Go Mom!

Later we rode the tram for the complete loop. The novelty wore off after about the fourth stop, but we did get to see many of the 100,000 daffodils planted last year, along with green fountains for St. Patrick's Day.

Saturday evening we enjoyed a 50th Mardi Gras birthday party. Yes, many of us pointed out that Mardi Gras is held before Ash Wednesday, and no there was not a King Cake, but we did have this:

On Sunday, we spent the morning shopping for Blinky McStinky's big girl room. After several stops and as many style changes, this is the bedding we finally purchased, sans the multiple pillows:

We could not find coordinating curtains, so that task remains unresolved. I would love any suggestions you have!
Overall it was a fun weekend. We did something new, got to spend quality time with great friends and made great progress on Blinky's room.