Friday, January 30, 2009

Mommy Quote of the Week

"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold."

-- Ogden Nash

Monday, January 26, 2009

Lucky Number Six

This was inspired by a post from Dad Stuff on Stuff in My Brain. I was tagged (albeit indirectly): all you have to do is go to your "My Pictures" file and find your sixth picture, then write a post about it.

This intrigued me. We've had a digital camera since 2001. That is, since before the children. What would I find when I looked at the sixth picture I have saved on my computer?

Well, here it is. This was taken on Hubby and my trip to Jamaica. I was lying on the beach, soaking in the beautiful scenary, and I wanted to capture my view on film. Isn't it beautiful? I relax (a little) just looking at the picture. This is my Happy Place.

Ahhhh... brings me back to those wistful days B.K. (Before Kids) when I could sleep in and stay out late. When I got a mani/pedi every other week. When Hubby and I ate dinner whenever we were hungry. When the phrase "time out" was only heard while watching a basketball game. When I could go to the bathroom without someone pounding on the door saying, "Mommy! She hit me!" When Hubby and I had the money to go on trips like this. (sigh...)

Can you tell it's already been one of those days?

Now it's your turn! Dig deep for your sixth picture, and post about it on your blog. And don't forget to link back here!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Mommy Quote of the Week

"Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life."
-- Robert Byrne

(Too bad I love them so much!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Let's Hear It for Mom!

I only hope that someday Volcano or Monkey will write such poetry for me...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Behind Every Great Man...

On this day we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But behind every great man... is his proud mother who instilled her values and morals in him. Without Alberta Williams King, there would be no MLK.

According to the King Encyclopedia, Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledged his mother's positive influence on his life and moral development, deeming her "the best mother in the world." He described his mother as being "behind the scene setting forth those motherly cares, the lack of which leaves a missing link in life." He remembered his childhood as one of harmony spent "in a very congenial home situation," with parents who "always lived together very intimately."

"It is quite easy for me," King, Jr. wrote, "to think of a God of love mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central and lovely relationships were ever present."

Makes you realize how important we mommies (and daddies) are!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Mommy Quote of the Week

"I told him he was going to be so happy he picked me as a mom. I was gonna love him and support him no matter what he wanted to grow up to be... except a mime.... They just always freaked me out."

-- Jenny McCarthy, about holding her newborn son for the first time, in Baby Laughs.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Why Boys Need Parents

"You did want me to wash the windows, didn't you?"
"Okay, now... how do I land?"
Billy tries his hand at a science experiment about metal conductivity.
"Look out below!"

Monday, January 12, 2009

Dinner Table Topics

I know it's been a long time, but it's back! As you may remember, Dinner Table Topics are family issues in the news that you can discuss at the dinner table (making sure to edit as necessary). So, set the table, pull up a chair, and get ready to discuss these things with your family!

Looks like moms aren't the only ones choosing to be full-time parents and raise their kids hands-on. At times, the dads are the ones being the at-home parent, and now there are plenty of resources for dads who take on this task. gives resources, information, and connections to dads who have decided to make their children their sole occupation. There's even recipes and a humor page to occupy their time! I love it! (And they don't check I.D.'s: you don't only have to be a dad to read it!)

In Ohio news, a teen decided to shoot his parents after they took away his favorite video game. His mother died, but miraculously his father survived the injury. I definitely think the kid should be locked up forever (and get some serious psychiatric help). It makes you wonder why he had violent tendencies: the game he was playing was the violent game Halo 3. Maybe he shouldn't have started playing it in the first place. But, his priorities are in order -- when the teenager fled the scene, he only took one item with him: the Halo 3 game. Hmmm... I think we'll stick to our Wii Music.

And I'm still reeling from this story: Megan Meier was a 13-year-old girl who was being bullied on MySpace. As a result, she committed suicide. Lori Drew, Meiers' 48-year-old neighbor, admitted in a police report that she created a fictitious MySpace account and pretended to be a boy with a romantic interest in Megan. According to the police report, Drew created the profile to find out what Megan was saying online about her teenage daughter. However, the mother actually wrote hurtful and hateful things, such as "the world would be a better place without you." Shame on Lori Drew -- she needs to set a better example for her own daughter. High school is a cruel enough world with teenagers inhabiting it. We don't need mothers jumping into the melee to make it worse.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mommy Quote of the Week

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!"

-- William Shakespeare, King Lear

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mom My Ride!

You've heard of Pimp My Ride on MTV? Well, here's the version just for us moms!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mommy's New Year's Resolutions

Resolution: Help the kids learn something new every day.
Mid-Year Modification: Hook up the kids to for 30 minutes every day.
Year-End Modification: Have the kids count to 30 while in time-out every day.

Resolution: Stop yelling.
Mid-Year Modification: Close the garage and windows before yelling.
Year-End Modification: Glare back at the neighbors who stare at you accusingly after yelling.

Resolution: Become more spiritual.
Mid-Year Modification: Try to avoid grimacing at the kids.
Year-End Modification: Pray for an end to daily bouts.

Resolution: Get out of debt.
Mid-Year Modification: Look at the bank balance once in a while.
Year-End Modification: Hope for a really good tax rebate.

Resolution: Remodel the house.
Mid-Year Modification: Give the house a good cleaning.
Year-End Modification: Rearrange the junk drawer.

Resolution: Start exercising more.
Mid-Year Modification: Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Year-End Modification: Take the stairs instead of yelling at my kids from the first floor.

Resolution: Reach my ideal weight.
Mid-Year Modification: Stop eating my meal and the kids' leftovers.
Year-End Modification: Revisit this goal in early 2010.