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Friday, August 28, 2009

Nugget of Joy

The other day while I was at work, my husband called me to tell me he was going to take the kids to get "meals of happiness" at McDonald's...A little while later, I received this picture on my cell phone:

David's Happy Meal chicken nugget really was HAPPY! And winking, as Jeff pointed out. I quickly tried to get ahold of him and stop him before he ate it (I've seen weirder things sell on eBay before and make LOTS of money! Like the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or Justin Timberlake's half-eaten french toast, or the giant Cheeto) But I was too late. David ate it, right after posing for this picture...

Oh well.........eating that happy little nugget probably brought him more happiness than $5,000 worth of Geo Trax toys would've...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Skin Deep

I'm posting this on both of my blogs because I feel it's very important and I'm hoping that fellow Mommy bloggers who wander through will see it!

A friend of the family brought an interesting website to my attention today.
It's called Skin Deep


If you haven't heard of it and you are someone who uses any kind of skin or haircare products, especially if you have children, you really need to visit this site. So yeah, I'm thinking pretty much everyone should take a look...


Basically, you can go to this site and search through all the different products, and it also will give you examples of the safer products that are on the market. I looked up the shampoo I use on myself and my children and was horrified at what I found. Even very popular (actually, the most popular) BABY products have ingredients in them that have potential to cause cancer and even neurological and organ system toxicity. Not trying to scare anyone. I just think we should all be educated on what to watch out for in the basic products that we use on a day to day basis, so we can make the best choices for ourselves and our families. Take a look and let me know what you think!


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Always with the questions!

David: "Mommy, why do bad things exist?"

Me: "Like what, buddy?"

David: "Like bad words...and fire........and--"

Sammi: (interrupting, very matter-of-factly): "Well, David. I know why they exist. It's just because cavemen invented fire and then they all just started saying bad words."

Me: ::trying unsuccessfully to conceal my giggling::

Sammi: "What? Am I wrong??"

Me: "Well....sweetie....no one invented fire....it's an element of nature, something that was created by God. It was discovered by cavemen, so you were on the right track."

David: "Ok, well what are dogs made out of?"

Sammi: "................::eye roll and sighhhh::.....muscle, bones, skin, fur..."

David: "And life!"

Sammi: "...Yes, David. And life."

Just thought I'd share my saturday entertainment :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Time to listen

I just spent the past 40 minutes laying in bed next to my little girl, talking about anything and everything she could think of. That is the greatest feeling!! As I went to tuck her in, she asked me to please cuddle with her for a little while, so I did. It's so important to me that she knows she can talk to me about anything, and I think it's little things like that which make a huge impact on the life of a child. I mean, I have very vivid memories of when I was nine years old. Some good, some really not good at all. I want to do what I can to help my kids chock their brain cells full of happy childhood memories. Like tonight - just the fact that I laid there with her and listened to her talk for that short time left her drifting to sleep with a sweet little grin on her face :) Makes me feel like I've done my job well....Oh, by the way, I don't post things like this to toot my own horn (as some might think)! That's just ridiculous! I might sound "braggy" (even though that's not a word), but I'm just expressing my personal feelings and views on parenting and my two wonderful children, that's all!

Anyway - cherish the little moments, Moms and Dads! Sometimes they end up meaning more than anything to your child!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sneaky Boy

Last night, as I knelt down by my son's bed to tuck him in for the night, I was mesmerized by his sweet little face as he sat criss-cross-applesauce under his Cars blanket and looked very thoughtfully all around at his bedroom walls. I just stayed there silently for a few seconds & waited because he really seemed to be searching for something. Finally I asked him what he was looking for, and a few seconds later he yells "OH, LOOK MOMMY!" and points to the wall behind me. So I turn and look at the wall, expecting to see something new that he drew and taped on his wall while I was at work or something. But nope....nothing new that I could see. So I, still looking at the wall, said......"What? You want me to see how you hung up your hats really nicely on the rack or something?....what am I looking at?"..... And when I turned back to look at him.........he had his little pointer finger shoved waaaaaayyyyyyyy up inside his nose. It didn't occur to me right then what he had just done. Because he quickly yanked his finger from his nose and pointed at the wall again and said "Hey! ummmmm............did you ever....notice......that awesome Hulk sticker right there by my door?! That's pretty cool, huh?", and I turned to look at it and said "You mean that sticker that's been there for like two years now, buddy?", and again, when I looked back at him, his finger was wedged in his nose!!! THEN I burst out laughing as it occurred to me....he was pulling the famous "oh hey look at that really amazing imaginary thing over there so I can do something you don't want me to do while you're distracted" trick! And it almost worked. So after I made him go wash his hands, he asked me why I was laughing. I think he knew I was on to him. I just told him I just thought of something funny. He gave me this crinkley-nosed, guilty smile and snuggled under his blanket while I tucked him in and kissed his little chipmunk cheeks and said goodnight. The boy KNOWS Mommy does not like it when he sticks his fingers in his nose. lol....I guess I must've walked in at a time of desparation.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Woohoooooooooooooo!

Earlier this week, I entered the last Fancy Free Friday contest on Mean Mommy University. I kinda felt it was pointless to bother trying, as I never win ANYTHING. But all I had to do to enter was leave the hilarious blog author, Camryn, a comment about what I felt is the most rewarding thing about motherhood, and I had a cute story in mind to tell....so I figured I'd give it a shot. Well....I am SO GLAD I did, because I won!!!!!!
(I just found out. I haven't calmed down yet) I almost fell off my chair. Mostly because of WHAT I won. A TOTE BAG (aka purse)!!!!!!!!!! I mean...did you SEE the blog I just posted yesterday???? lol. Sorta the PERFECT prize for me. I'm so excited.

Thank you again, Camryn!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I must've done something right

I am so completely in love with my kids.
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They have always been very affectionate, but lately it's more noticeable for some reason and I just can't believe how lucky I am. They are always telling me how much they love me and how I'm the "best Mama they could ever have". When they say their prayers before bed, one of the things my son ALWAYS says is "Thank you for a wonderful doggie to love us and a wonderful Mommy to love us"...it melts my heart! And my daughter, who is nine years old and is developing quite the attitude already, is still the sweetest little girl. She adores me, and I thank my lucky stars every day, because lemme tell ya -- some of her little nine year old friends are total MONSTERS!!! I think she's not like that yet partially because of the way she's been raised to love and respect people, and partially because she's a bit sheltered...lol. All on her own, she would rather cuddle with me or spend time with me over going to play with her friends or going on playdates. And my son looks at me with the most adoring, big, brown eyes. They're the same way with Daddy. They are just the best!!! I know someday that will all be changing. For now, I just feel very fortunate and spend my time wondering what the heck I ever did to deserve such wonderful little creatures in my life!!!