Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Good, The Bad and The Sober

People tell me a lot that I am a good mom and of course I think it is the ultimate of all compliments but I am not quite sure what qualifies you as a "good" mom.

Am I a good mom because I read to my kids...even if I actually skip pages because I am too exhausted to read Clifford goes to School one more time.

Am I a good mom because I feed my kids nutritious meals...even if I am counting the eggs, milk and vegetable oil in chocolate cake as food groups.

Am I a good mom because I take my children to museums to broaden our horizons...even if I am too lazy to actually read what the signs say and I just make up things as we go along.

Am I a good mom because I put all their needs above my own...even if I resent them a little for their freedom to bathe and nap whenever they feel like it. (Seriously kids NAPS ARE AWESOME you will realize that one day)

Anyway this list could go on and on and for anyone who has told me that I am a good mom I hope I don't change your mind by sharing some of my "cheating" with you. I personally think I am a good mom too. Now I have set the bar a little low because I take into consideration how incredible insane this job is but I think more mom's are good moms than bad. And even if you are bad once in awhile (like shouting profanities at the dog when it wakes the baby) you still deserve credit for trying.

So if you are with your children as much as possible, doing the best you can do, loving them everyday and are staying sober at least the majority of the time pat yourself on the back because this lady thinks you are a good mom!

Have a great weekend Crazy Readers and don't forget to sign up for the Reading Horizons giveaway.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Just spreading joy and cheer....and crazy

Well in honor of it being Monday I had intended on a post that was cheery and non disastrous just so you guys don't think that I spend everyday chasing my sanity out the window and to start the week out on a positive note but it's been too exhausting of a day for positive so I will just give you a little crazy!

Actually I am exaggerating on today's craziness. Other than 3 or 4 fights and maybe 7 or 8 tantrums and one butter in the bed incident the kids have been pretty good! I hope all of you guys have a great week! We have a birthday in the family this week so I will be busy celebrating the birth of the greatest 10 year old boy on the planet!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The biggest lie I was told

Dear the person that convinced me that having my kids 20 months apart was a good idea,


                                                            My nerves

I always thought that maybe I fought a lot with my sister because we were too far apart to really relate to each other but now that I see my children together I realize that we actually didn't fight that much at all compared to the 12 hour a day boxing tournament that goes on at my house.

I was always told that they would play together and make my life so much easier and entertain themselves so I have time to get things done and be best friends so they don't depend on having outside friends so much...ALL LIES!

My kids fight like they are training for the UFC and it's driving me crazy! They fight over different toys, they fight over the same toys, they fight over food, cups, candy, who gets to do everything first even get dressed, they fight over the tv, they fight over the dog and of course they are going to fight over Brian and me. They will bicker and argue going down the road or walking through a store and God forbid one touches the elevator button out of turn...there will be hell to pay!

I feel like a referee all day long. A referee that needs a shower, a day at the spa and possibly a therapist but a referee none the less. I don't know what to do. I want them to love each other as much as I love them. Plus I really like my hair and if I hear "I had that pirst" (first, no one can pronounce "f" words yet) I am afraid I won't be able to restrain from pulling it all out!!

Oh well it's just another day in paradise :) Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's a LONG story

We had a guy come in and fix our satellite and he got to see first hand how very long a story can be from a 4 year old. Its amazing that people that are two feet tall and aren't allowed further than the front porch alone can find so much to say!

Jake can turn a simple question like "which bedroom is yours" into a thirty minute conversation and then little Connor repeats everything he says so we get it twice! Monkey See, Monkey do with those two all the time! The satellite guy found that out when they taped his legs together while he was busy programming our tv.

Oh and it was really nice when Jake informed the guy that he (the man) was not near as strong or tall as his dad. I am perfectly sure the highlight of his day was being told he is inadequate by two toddlers. (Satellite man if you happen to ever read this they make me feel that way too)

Anyway I just wanted to post to let everyone know that I am back online after a week of no tv and internet due to the lightening storms last week. And also introduce you guys to the newest member of my family.

Pick yourself up off the floor I have not reproduced again! I don't think the world is ready for another one of my biological children yet but I did adopt a daughter just one of a different breed...

This is Princess Phoebe and excuse her dirty face she is just trying to fit in with her brothers!

Monday, September 10, 2012

There are no words...

Well there are plenty of words but most of them are x rated and shouldn't be said in front of children that describe how I felt when this happened

Now if you have never cleaned a pound of margarine off of a toddler you probably have a normal life that I can not relate to but you should know in case it ever happens it is a pain in the @!&! It took three baths to get all that off of him. I did very well at maintaining composure though. I just kept telling my self that this is the same little baby that I rock every night and play little pigs with his toes and the monster (aka terrible twos) that has started destroying every inch of my home and throwing major tantrums will be leaving soon.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Update on the Squishy Baff

I have a post several weeks ago about the night that we bought this product called Squishy Baff. In case you missed that one or don't remember I will tell you that Jake didn't like how it felt in his bath water. His exact words were something along the lines of "it feels gross on my butt" but the crap is 10 dollars a box so I didn't want it to go to waste. So yesterday when the kids got bored with tearing the house apart and beating each other like boxers in training I decided to try the Squishy Bath in the water table.

They loved it! Things were going so well so I decided to go in and catch up on Army Wives. I know, I know horrible mother but I just wanted a few minutes to myself...sue me! Anyway the kids were locked in on the deck and perfectly content so why not. After about 5 minutes I decided to look out and check in and this is what I found...

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Its been one of those days

Yes, just one of those days if your spend your days in a MENTAL INSTITUTION!!! We have had a pretty decent week, hectic but ok. Then today everything has gone totally insane. I shouldn't have allowed myself to fall into a false sense of security that my life has finally become normal and manageable but it had been an entire week since we had anyone streak through a public place, pee on anything other than toilets (and the occasional tree), put any live critters down the air vents or break out into a full on brawl in the middle of a store. We actually went to church on Sunday and was not the loudest people there!! It appeared that we were making progress...until today. 

Today has been a nightmare since my alarm went off this morning. It is 9am and I have already broke up about 9 fights, dealt with Jake having a million meltdowns over everything from how much toothpaste he got to who got in the car first to what episode of Fireman Sam Sprout decided to play today and vacuumed a 5lb bag of sugar out of my sofa! Oh and I must not forget to add the chocolate doughnut castle that was left in my kitchen. My house looks like a crime scene!

I think I have a good suspect though!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hoping you and yours had a great weekend!

I have had such a crazy busy week with school starting back and two dentist appointments and a cookout and a dedication on top of my usual crazy days I haven't even had time to get on here. I really miss my blog when I don't have time to post and I am sure you guys just desperately miss me but I will be back on track in a day or two when things calm down. In the mean time here are some pictures from our weekend so you don't forget about us! Also I am sorry I am late on it but I hope all of you guys had a great Labor Day!