Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Mantle

Now that the sick bugs have moved on, I've had a little free time to start my Fall / Halloween decorating. I love decorating for the holidays. I'm no designer and I tend to keep things simple, but I enjoy the little holiday boost and seeing the kids' reactions.

This is my Fall / Halloween mantle.

The painting and urns stay up all year long, but I added a few Dollar Tree scarecrows and chalkboard sign in the shape of a headstone (I drew the BOO in chalk), a woven pumpkin, and a handful of construction paper bats. All in, this display was less then $7. The kids love it, and so do I.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Quote of the Week

While home with a very sick Stinky, I pulled him into my arms and said, "Baby, if I could take it away I would." He replied, "I know Mommy."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Battle Weary

Last weekend, Stinky Marinky and his cub scout group spent the night at the USS Alabama in Mobile. BEST.TRIP.EVER. But my little cub came home with a super dose of gastroenteritis. Its been a long few days.

I think we're finally at the end. However, we are not without our battle scars. Poor thing is only as big as a minute so the diarrhea and occasional vomiting has taken its toll. Today is the third day of school that Stinky has missed which means there will be a lot of catch up when he goes back. While the last two nights have been restful, the previous two sleepless nights still have the DH and I exhausted. As I'm employed part-time, I can't draw from vacation / sick days to cover the time I missed at work. And poor Blinky McStinky, who has been fine until this morning, is growing wearing of not having Mommy and Daddy's attention.

Still, things could be worse so I have to remind myself to be thankful about that. Hopefully tomorrow will being health and wealth and happiness.

On a side note, please be reminded of these behaviors that can help prevent you from getting sick and curb the spread of such illnesses:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before eating and being in crowded places or among sick individuals.
  • Keep dirty fingers out of your mouth, eye and nose. (I wish Stinky had remembered this one!)
  • Get sufficient rest every night.
  • And for goodness sakes, get your flu shot! (FYI, totally unrelated to stomach flu.)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Quote of the Week

Me:       "Blinky, I'm so happy God gave you to me. You are such a loving child."
Blinky:  "And I'm so glad God let you be my Mommy, because if I didn't have you, I wouldn't have your chicken.

Birthday Musings

Today I am 37. It's a little odd having your birthday associated with the biggest terrorist plot in America, but hey, that's life. For many years after 9/11, I didn't do much in the way of celebration. It was not a conscious decision. But I guess the somber mood of all of America leached into my subconscious. Then, I had kids and through their innocence of afore-mentioned events and goodness, all of that changed.

Last weekend, we went to Shipwreck Island to celebrate. This has been a tradition for some years now. It works out for two reasons: I don't feel guilty partying on 9/11 and because the park closes for the season after Labor Day, it forces us to advance our plans guilt-free.

As its a slow day at work I've had time to sit and think about a few things that I am eternally grateful for, and a few that have made me fuming mad. Birthdays are always a time of reflection aren't they, so this isn't a totally random post. Here goes my first "top ten" blog entry. Drum roll please.

10 Things I'm Eternally Grateful For on my 37th Birthday
  1. God's grace and another year with the people I adore most in this world
  2. A loving husband
  3. Two incredibly beautiful, intelligent, and healthy kids
  4. Excellent health
  5. My extended family, especially my Mom who nags encourages me to do better in everything
  6. Good friends, who no matter where they are in the world, text me during the wee hours of the morning to wish me Happy Birthday
  7. A j.o.b.
  8. Awesome co-workers, this is a rarity
  9. People, who in spite of the world around them, try to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I appreciate you and you inspire me
  10. 92 more days until vacation

10 Things That Totally Pissed Me Off Recently
  1. Petra Laszlo (that Hungarian reporter) who was caught on film kicking refugees (including children) near the Serbian border
  2. James Blake's brutal attack by NYC's finest who were going off information from an "eye witness" who falsely accused Blake of giving him a false credit card
  3. Forced apologies that don't mean shit because even though they really are, no one wants to be publically perceived as racist / prejudiced
  4. Kim Davis' jail stint comparison to Martin Luther King Jr's imprisonment, UGH!
  5. Ridiculous facebook posts, often of a political nature, that have no basis in fact, that keep getting re-shared
  6. Donald Trump, 'nuff said
  7. Bill Cosby's fall from grace
  8. Conservative America's support of Jush Duggar
  9. Lies, the big fat kind
  10. Low-fat recipes that promise to taste like the original but clearly do not
I realize this is not your typical birthday post, but that's ok since I'm not a typical girl. In fact, these are the things I reflect upon most days with a focus on the kind of world my six and seven-year old are living in and the best way I can prepare them for it. I know this may disappoint some of you, but I don't have all the answers. What I do have is a can-do attitude, a most realistic outlook on life and an aversion to sticking my head in the sand. When you know what you're dealing with, well, you can deal with it.

There will be a great many challenges my kids will face. I am trusting God that they will have the countenance to overcome them all and perhaps by their 37th birthdays, the world will indeed be a better place.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Quote of the Week

Stinky: "Mom, I'm the love expert in the house."
Me: [with some trepidation] "What does that mean?"
Stinky: "I make everyone feel loved."
Me: [audible exhale]