Buddy is almost finished with kindergarten. The summer before her kindergarten year, Rea's main goal was to lose one tooth. Buddy never seemed to really care too much for this rite of passage.
Then almost a year ago, we were at a friend's house for a party. The kids were mostly outside swimming and playing on the incredible blow-up waterslide. Parents were milling around both in and out. I can't remember exactly what Buddy came inside for, all I know is he was in the house. Then he heads back outside... at full speed, right into the sliding glass door. There were some tears, racing heartbeats, minor amount of blood.
After things calmed down a bit, I noticed his front tooth was a tiny bit wiggly. The random Mom-knowledge in my brain's rolodex of potentially useful-ish information told me that this was not ok. But that's all the card said: This is not ok, call the dentist.
So I asked my pediatrician instead. She said to take him to the dentist for an x-ray, make sure no damage was done to the roots. Ok, that makes sense.
I think as a mom, it's so fun to watch other moms. As I briefly mentioned yesterday, sometimes as moms we feel isolated. We feel like we are messing up all the time. We feel like we are never doing anything "right." We sometimes let our husbands down because we simply do not have enough energy to go around.
For all of those times in my life I turn to my girlfriends. I don't know how people do it without a core group to share with. My friends have talked me off the ledge more than once. I have assured one that what her son does in the bathtub is just a new trick and he'll get over it one day. A friend has had to remind me that I need to set my marriage back on the right track or all else is for naught.
Life is messy. Motherhood is even worse. I swear, Dads have it so easy. Motherhood is like the world's sick experiment to see how much stress, how little sleep, how many pounds gained, how many tears cried, how many hours spent second-guessing herself one woman can take. It doesn't exactly get easier either, as the kids grow older. The stress and pressure shifts into different forms, but it is still there.
That's why there are so many Mom Groups, Mom Blogs. I think we crave confirmation that someone else is experiencing the same things we are. Someone else feels like we do. Someone else made it out of this situation alive.
There's a new show on Bravo TV, it's called There Goes the Motherhood. It airs tonight at 10pm. My DVR is ready. I cannot wait! Fingers are crossed that it will be worth the watch.
For a first look, click #TGTM or copy and paste the web address below into your browser.
When I sat down to write this, I was going to talk about "Raising Sons." I read an article this morning (and posted it to my Facebook account). But then, as I thought about it, it's more about me. I feel like, not only am I guiding my kids down the right path, but I am also setting myself up for the future. The future truth is they will leave.
The article I read this morning was about Missy Robertson's words to her son after he announced his recent engagement. The whole article is fantastic. But one part really resonated with me. Missy is quoted as saying:
"Now that my oldest son, Reed, has chosen Brighton to be his wife, he needs to love her more than he loves me. And I,as his mom, need to understand that. There is no place in a marriage for a man to love his mother more than he loves his wife. And there is no place in a marriage for a mother who hasn't accepted that."
This weekend, Rea earned her orange belt. It was the happiest I had seen her. You could see it in er eyes, she was so proud of herself.
Rea is in black belt training. Buddy, because of his age, is in the little champs group. While Rea is earning solid belts, Bud is working on striped belts. His always has white on it. And when he turns 7, he'll move onto the black belt track. He's very excited about it. But for now, he is happily working toward new belts. In June, he will probably earn his high yellow belt (right now he is yellow).
It's officially summer in south Florida. Ok technically, it's only just turned to spring, but we had maybe 5 days of lovely weather. Now it's hot. HOT. HOT. The kind of hot that hits you when you step outside. The kind of hot that makes you want to change your clothes and shower multiple times each day. The kind of hot that screams for water activities.
We Florida people love our swimming pools. Last fall we invested in a pool heater. Just because it's 90+ outside does not mean the pool is warm enough for our thin blood. The pool heater was the best idea ever. The kids (and grown ups) have spent more time in it this entire year than ever before.
Facebook said it. So it must be true. Today is Sibling Day. And my sisters are so lucky to have me.
I'm only partially kidding. While you guys did truly luck out in the older sister department, I didn't do so bad either. I am very grateful to have you guys as my blood. Thank you both for being the awesome humans that you are.
Here's my photo tribute to you.
Now, a slideshow of good times!
Rea told me that the former scientists of the day have brought in things for the rest of the class to interact with or manipulate. For example, one student's project included Root Beer floats. Yum.
We thought it'd be a great idea for each student to get a plane. Rea flat out refused the idea of making paper airplanes - She said the boys go too crazy with paper airplanes. So I went shopping in search of something appropriate.
This week Rea has to be "Scientist for the Day" in her class. Each student was given a topic. Their assignment was to create a science board and visual to teach their assigned topic to the class.
Rea was given Force and Motion. She decided to find out how an airplane lifts off the ground. She and Grandpa built a wind tunnel to test find the answer to her question: "How does an airplane fly?" This turned out WAY better than I ever expected! Rea worked very hard on this project for nearly a week.
Keep reading for more pics.
I don't know what it is in my brain, but something clicks ON when there is even the slightest hint of a competition. Even if I have zero chance of coming out on top, my brain tells my body that "we can win this thing!"
My friends have been doing this workout competition off and on I think for a while. They do a month-long challenge. V thought it'd be fun to put money on it - I know now why... she works out like a maniac. I decided to join the fun (I use that term lightly).
I love easy weeknight dinners. Although I work a lot from home, I don't particularly like to spend hours prepping dinner - I also don't always have that kind of time. If you have small children in your house, you know exactly why.
Anyway, the hubs prefers to have home-cooked meals. So, I love it when I find something easy. I've made this salad a few times. It's always a hit. And it takes very little time to throw together.
What you will need...
You'll definitely need shrimp. I buy bags of medium, frozen shrimp already deveined with their tails off and keep them in the freezer. The shrimp needs to be thawed. But fear not, this doesn't take all day. Just fill a large bowl with cool water and plop the bag of shrimp in the water. Every now and then you're going to need to rotate the bag. Check the water too. If the water is too cold, dump it and refill. Do NOT use hot or warm water.
You're also going to need lettuce. I love this meal because I use up whatever veggies I have on hand. Last night I had a head of iceberg lettuce ready.
Next, grab whatever goodies you want to include in your salad.
Preheat your oven to 350. I line my baking sheet with tin foil. It helps make the clean up less disgusting.
Spread the shrimp out on the foil. Then sprinkle them with the seasoning. Last night I used lemon juice, lemon-pepper and red pepper flakes. Honestly, I thought they turned out delicious, but hubs told me I was a little to heavy-handed with the red pepper flakes.
Let those shrimpies bake until plump and pink (no longer clear).
In the meantime, prep your salad. I pulled apart the iceberg lettuce and put it in a large, pretty serving bowl. Then I threw some perfectly delicious looking cherry tomatoes into the bowl. I had a some green pepper in the fridge and since it's the hub's fave, I diced up one and a half and into the bowl it went. I believe everything is better with cheese, so a block of medium cheddar made it's way into the salad (well, a little less, since Rea loves cheese and came by to munch on some). I chopped up some carrots for flavor and color.
I had some tricolored tortilla strips (see below), so I put them out for people to sprinkle them on top if desired.
Once the shrimp were fully cooked, I put them in a small serving bowl.
Dinner was self-serve. And it was filling and delicious!
Nothing super fancy here... Just crazy stories from our day to day life. Or random thoughts from my brain. Enjoy.