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Not So Cool Mom

The hype of superheroes play a big part in our household. The DC  and the Marvel family. But, ever since The Avengers came out onto the big screen, I’ve seen Iron Man, Hulk and the others fight throughout my house.

For a while now, the 3 jesters have been watching the cartoon of The Avengers. I’ve sat with them and watched a couple of episodes. So, I got the bright idea of taking the boys to a comic book store and they can pick out a comic of their choice of superhero. I remember when I was about their age, I would ride my bike down to our little convenient store and get a few comic books myself.

Last week I brought them to our local comic book store. As we walked in, there were two grown men playing or trading with some kind of cards. I couldn’t tell what kind they were, but, my first thought was, “Wow. I’m not so sure about this.” Because my mind fast forwarded to 30 years and frankly, I don’t want to see the 3 jesters sitting in a comic book store trading cards. As we made our way through the tight, boxes of comics piled throughout every side of the store, we found a bunch of comics in boxes marked $1. I had the boys look through them. After much deciding and contemplating on which one to get,we walked out with Hulk, Spiderman and Iron Man.

When we got to the car, they were allowed to open them and start looking through the books. That’s when I heard, “Ooooooo! Look at her!” Instantly, I asked told them to pass the comic books back up to me. My brother-in-law was with us and I had him look through the comics. And sure enough there were pictures of women characters drawn to where little boys eyes should not see. There was even a picture of an old man in the shower with his naked bottom exposed!

I felt horrible. Ashamed. Like I needed to chalk up another failing parent moment. I should have looked through the comics before allowing the boys to get them. I honestly didn’t think the comics would be so exposed. All I had in mind was the cool superheroes that they love to watch.

I explained to the boys that “mommy messed up” and that they are not ready, not old enough to start collecting comics. I’m so glad that they understood and didn’t complain too much about not having the comics anymore.

Here I was, thinking something that is so cool, fun and everybody’s doing it attitude, only to be left feeling guilty.

Surely I’m not the only mom out there who has made a not-so-cool-mom move like this. It’s a learning experience for us all, right!?

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Operation Summer Happenings

School is out and summer break is in full swing at our house. But, I’m not letting the princess and 3 jesters off the summer hook that easy. I have a couple of “school” directed activities for them to take part in. One of them is to sign them up for a summer reading program. There are 2 that I would like for them to be a part of.

  • Barnes and Noble has a great one for kids. They need to read 8 books of their choice, once finished they can choose a free book that is listed on the B&N book list.
  • Our local library has 3 programs to be a part of. Each one for kids, teens and adults. The kids record the books they have read on an activity log and they will receive prizes once turned in. Teens have the chance to win a NOOK e-reader. Adults have to write-up a short review of the book they read and will be entered to win a prize.

I plan on carving out 30 minutes each day for them to read.

I bought the princess and 3 jesters a composition book for them to use as journals. They will have free writing time, where they can write whatever they want. Other days I will give them a topic for them to write about. I will also give them a scripture verse and they will have to write what it means to them. They can also use the journal to draw a picture of whatever they choose. We will have 30 minutes of journaling time each day as well.

We have other summer happenings planned which includes, snow cones, sprinklers, picnics, park time, sidewalk chalk, swimming, etc. (hopefully we will dismiss an ER visit this summer!)  We also have a long drive to Colorado in July planned, I will write more about that another time.

What fun-filled activities do you have planned for this summer?

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Smack-Dab {Review & Giveaway}

In this book written by a new author, Brennan Manning, he asks the question, What is the one thing you think Abba will ask you someday when you are in heaven?”

Among the colorfully illustrated pages, within the diverse children of the book, the children answer that question out of joy, fear and hope. They learn that God is always there and He cares about every part of their lives.

What your child can learn from this book, is that God’s love is immeasurable and everlasting. And that you are always right Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love! 

To win this book, leave a comment by answering; How can you encourage your children to show God’s love in their world? 

Contest will end Monday October 17 10:00 a.m. CST.

These opinions for this review for Tommy Nelson are strictly my own.

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All About Moms

This past weekend, a few friends and I attended an event supported through Lifeway called .Mom. We arose early Friday morning, left the house before the kids had to go to school and made our 3 hour trek down to Birmingham, AL. This event was for  all moms, whatever season you are in as a mom, there was something for you to learn.

Once we made it to the hotel, we headed over to the first pre-session. A couple of us went to The Perfection Trap, led by Constance Rhodes. She talked about how we can fall into a vicious trap of the need to have everything about us be perfect. Body image, our works, character, etc. It was a well received discussion.

Lunch break. A quant, cutesy, sandwich dive down the street from the hotel. Can’t remember the name, but the chicken salad was divine!

The worship was led by Melissa Greene. God has blessed her with an outstanding, beautiful voice. Worship time was so rich, joyful and heart-filled. Sweet moments of praising God.

Our main speakers were:

Vicki Courtneythis is the first time I heard her speak. She kept it real for us by focusing on Luke 10:38. Which, we all know that most of us are Martha, but strive to be more like Mary.

Angela Thomas she had spoken at our church one night at our Women’s Fall Dinner. Loved her back then and loved her at .mom. Her focus; BE THE SUNSHINE!! 2 Corinthians 4:6.

Angie Smithsweet, funny, lovable mom! I’ve signed up to be a part of an online book club through (in)courage, the book is Angie’s titled What Women Fear. Come join us!

Priscilla Shirer this is my 5th time hearing Priscilla speak. Why? Because the girl has passion, confidence and humor on whatever she is speaking about! Her focus was about how all of us moms are oneness of purpose. We all need to be “washing each others’ nets”.

After each main speaker we all went our separate ways to breakout sessions. And they had just about every topic you could think of for a mom. I personally attended the Moms of Children Under 13 panel, Wild Things:The Art of Nurturing Boys,5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son and Modern Parents…Vintage Values.

All were so good, uplifting and encouraging to help me with the season that I am in with the princess and 3 jesters. If you have boys, please get the book Wild Things by David Thomas. I haven’t read it yet, but am going to! Because David is kind of like the male version of SuperNanny! Seriously, the man just tells it like it is when it comes to raising boys and he answered so many questions that have been swarming around in my head.

If you did not attend this past weekend, fear not! Lifeway is having it again next year! I encourage you to go. I promise your heart, soul and mind will be filled with more confidence, promise and hope as a mother.

Oh! I failed to mention that the Duggar family did make a surprise visit. Seeing them all live in person made my raising of my 4 precious children seem so simple! 

I don’t have any fancy photos to show, because I am  horrible at taking pictures and remembering to take pictures. Maybe next year. 

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Meal Plan: August 29-September 2

Here is what I’ll be whipping up in my kitchen for dinner this week!

Monday: Sloppy Joes – Even though the canned sauce to make these sandwiches is easy, I like to try different sauce recipes for it. This time around, I’m trying Martha’s recipe. So, it should be good, right?

Tuesday: Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll-Ups – These seem so simple to make and may be a hit for the kids. I think a salad, some fruit and some kind of vegetable will make a nice sidekick with it.

Wednesday: Dinner at church!!

Thursday: Manicotti Pancakes – Whenever I use the store-bought manicotti shells, they always break on me. So, I’m going to try homemade ones and see if I can conquer without it breaking!

Friday: One-Pot Chicken and Brown Rice – I am all about meals in a pot! Getting my taste buds ready for another Martha dish!

My guess is that the princess and 3 jesters are going to like 3 out of the 5 meals this week. Its a battle almost every night with my sweet, cherub, picky eaters!

 

 

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Please Return Me

  The other night, Tuesday to be exact, we took the princess and 3 jesters to Chick-Fil-A to take part in kids’ night. You know, where it’s jammed packed with kids of all ages in the play area and half are screaming and the other half are crying because of the screaming. It is fun for the kids, they do have crafts, a balloon guy, well, a guy that makes animals, swords, etc. out of balloons, music and face painting.

When it was time to go, and the kids ran out of the play area to put their shoes on, I noticed that jester 3 had a slightly larger shoe than his other one. Not only was it a 3 times larger shoe size, it was very much more worn in and scuffed up more than his. As his were brand new back to school shoes.  He went back to get his other shoe, but, his other shoe was not in the play area.

I walked around the entire Chick-Fil-A 3 times looking at all the little feet in that place. His shoe was nowhere to be found. So, being the nice people that we are, we left the size 3, worn, dirty, scuffy shoe in the play area, thinking that the owner will come back for it. Because surely, the parent of the child that took the new, shiny, no scuff marks, size 13 shoe will come back for the size 3 shoe, right?!

I went back yesterday to see if someone had returned jester 3’s shoe. And no. And it’s a mystery to me because the size 3 shoe was gone. Not in the play area, and not in the lost and found. So, I’m thinking that the parent of that child came back for it, because they suddenly realized that their son’s size 3 foot did not fit into a size 13 shoe! And if they did come back for it, why wouldn’t they have returned the size 13 shoe!?

I may need to post a picture of the shoe with a note attached to it saying, ‘Please Return Me’.

And what have we learned from this? Keep your child’s shoe with you at the table, not the play area.

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To Be Medicated Or Not To Be Medicated

So, when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t feeling too good. I felt sick to my stomach. I went downstairs and started my regular morning routine. Then, all of a sudden I felt an intense, tightness in my chest, started sweating, my entire body went numb and was tingling and I was gasping to breathe. Everyone else was still asleep. I was pacing around the living room, tried sitting down, laying down and standing while doubled over hoping the pain would go away. It was getting harder for me to breathe, to where I couldn’t even call out to my husband to come help me. Within a minute or two, jester 3 came down stairs, and in between gasps, I told him to go get daddy.

My husband had me lay down on the couch. While laying there I was trying to figure out what was going on. I didn’t think that I was going to die. I thought that either I was having an ulcer issue, heart attack or blood clot.

My husband said to me that he was going to call the ambulance. He ran upstairs to get his phone. But, then, I started to feel better. The pain in my chest was tapering off, and I was back to breathing normally again. This “episode” lasted about 10 minutes. We decided not to call the ambulance.

I was able to lay down the rest of the morning and decided that maybe I should call my doctor to see if I should go in to see her. I kept thinking that I might have had a blood clot, only because my left leg has been bothering me with symptoms of a little swelling and a varicose vein bulging and being tender.

The doctor squeezed me in around 12:45. They did an EKG on me and she examined my leg. The EKG was normal, which is good news. So, she had explained to me that I have no blood clots and that my “episode” this morning was a classic case of an anxiety attack. Really? But, the more I thought about it, it makes sense to me on why I would have one. Here are the reasons why I may have had an anxiety attack:

  • I don’t like storms, last night a round of storms came roaring through late in the evening. I was up, glued to every weather channel, app and website I could watch the radar on.
  • Two weeks ago, jester 3 fell and had to get stitches.
  • Nine days after jester 3 got stitches, jester 2 got hit in the head with a baseball bat and had to get stitches.
  • It’s the last week of school. Lots of last-minute activities occurred. And summer break has begun.

My doctor did prescribe me some anti-anxiety medication that I can either take on a regular basis or take one if I were to experience another attack. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to take it.

I’m kind of baffled that this even happened. I mean, really, how long has this attack been in my system anyways? And when or if will this happen again?

Has the princess and 3 jesters finally pushed me over the edge to where I need to be medicated??!!

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