Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Is it a Mom or a smurf?



OK~ Did you get a Snuggie for Christmas? As you can tell, I did! It's comfy, warm, and gives my 14 year old something to talk about. He thinks I am "messed" up! What do you think? I think I look mighty fine! A red santa hat and a blue Snuggie--I'll let you decide! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Bootstrapped In Iowa!



OK~ Many of you know that Sept. 2006, brought many changes to my life. Having been an active family- downhill skiing, water skiing, hiking, distance walking, running, etc....I was forced to find my way like never before! Through my faith, family, and friends I was able to pull up my bootstraps and keep on trekking! After sitting around staring at the walls and partaking in physical therapy appointments day in and day out, I really realized what I would do with my life.  Having battled thyroid cancer a couple of times, I should have known I'd be able to pull up my bootstraps!

I LOVE to talk and write! My Mom jumped on the bandwagon and sewed me several puppets. So, I put together a program for youth and have enjoyed presenting how I was forced to pull up my bootstraps and move on. I've also spoken with several civic organizations, womens groups, and church family programs. Learning how to walk again was not an easy undertaking, and learning how to live with a foot drop has been another challenge. I am living proof that when you put your mind to doing something, you can make it happen!

I spoke at a local church and some of the youth attended school with my son. Several kids told him the next day, "Wow, your Mom is cool!" What a great feeling- I believe my son was rather stunned- as was I! I refuse to let my disability take charge of my life- I attribute my successful recovery to my faith and the strong bootstraps that my parents gave me while living in Iowa! Youth are a passion of mine- and together we can make a difference! I have spoken with many people around the state of Iowa and would love to venture out and share my story!

If you are interested in a program within your church or organization, send me an e-mail at sara_broers@yahoo.com. Knowing that I have made the difference in how our youth and adults treat each other, and helping them gain a new respect for themselves; is fulfilling in itself. From groups of 5- however many you can imagine. My puppets interact with youth and sometimes with the adult groups- just depends on what your group would like! 2010 is just around the corner- I'd love to be a part of what makes you and your friends tick! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why I like a warm, cozy fire!



OK~ Thinking of why I like a fire glowing in the fireplace.

1- I am forced to relax and not think about what next, what next, what next!
2- I tune myself out to the cell phone jingle from Blaine- you never know what he's calling about- praying we have no more car issues- (knocking on wood here)!
3- It's just cozy to sit next to in my robin's blue snuggie.........what more can I say? Did you get one of those for Christmas too?
4- I am thankful I am inside and not outside, where the temperature has been hovering around a whopping 0!
5- A fire in our fireplace usually means it is Winter and Spring is just around the corner. Guess what? Spring cannot come soon enough for this Mom this year. The ice outside is horrendous!

After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Blueberry Pie, Yum!



OK~ My three year old nephew LOVES blueberry pie! He saw it on my counter and asked to have a piece. We compromised, he had a sliver of blueberry pie. Do you remember the first time you or your kids tasted a new pie for the first time? He was rather excited to eat blueberry pie at Aunt Sara's house! He just better not plan on eating pie at my house for about another year, as this Mom does not bake on a regular basis! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Fort is up!




OK~ I meandered home from work today and voila~ the boys have completed their fort! It's tall and even looks great in the dark! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Winter in Iowa!



OK~ This is Winter in Iowa! If you have never experienced building a snow fort, you have missed out on Winter. When I woke up this morning I commented, "Man, if I physically felt better, I'd be out playing in the snow!" The sun was shining (something we had not seen in quite some time) and the snow was glistening amongst the trees. Garrett and Todd made the best of the day. I am sure many 14 year olds would frown at this activity, but Garrett loved it! The snow was great and look how far they were able to get~ maybe tomorrow it will be a lot bigger. They envision this being an "extra" room! Time will tell.

I am thankful that my boys have had the opportunity to experience life in Iowa and the great outdoors. I think of the many kids that live in a city and have such a different way of life. Being an Iowa farm girl for 43 years, I have to say I appreciate the way of life that we have in Iowa. Things are fairly laid back, although we Iowans sometimes think things get pretty crazy. But, in the grand scheme of things, Iowa is a pretty darn good place to call home. I wonder how many other 14 year olds can return to school after Christmas break to say, "Hey, I built a snow fort with my Dad!" Sad part of the matter, my son will probably be too ashamed to say what he did. Most teens his age will think it's a pretty strange activity. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, December 25, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS!




OK~ Santa came and everyone is happy! Garrett asked me if he could sit in the "whisk?" I looked at him and said, "The What?" He then said, "Can I sit here?" He was referring to the wicker chair that has been relocated since my Christmas tree arose from storage! BTW- How long do you think my tree will be up? It remained in storage an awful long time! Who knows, this Mom may have this tree up through Valentine's Day! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Zhu-Zhu- hamster or a live hamster??????







OK~ I have to admit, when I first heard the predicted craze in September of these Zhu-Zhu- pet hamsters, I wondered if they really would be the "toy" of the 2009 Christmas season. Well, it sure seems like they are. As a Mom to two teenage boys, I was one of the lucky Moms, I did not have to go on the hunt for these crazy toys.

I do wonder how many parents broke down while on the hunt for these nowhere to be found toys and purchased a real hamster? Now, as a Mom who has experienced live hamsters taking waaayyyy too many tours of our home; my advice would be to seriously reconsider this purchase. We have had "Huey," "Junior," "Larry," and we currently have one hamster in the house named, "Ninja." In all honesty I have no clue as to how I broke down to purchase these crazy critters through the years, as I am a Mom who despises mice. Now that Garrett is 14 years old, he does have "Ninja" under control. It's been more than three months since he has taken a tour of the house!

So, if you are one of those parents that is still on the hunt for a Zhu-Zhu Hamster, you may want to wait until after Christmas when this popular toy becomes available. Seriously give the purchase of a live hamster, in place of the toy hamster, a second thought. Hamsters are a lot of work and depend on a responsible owner to make sure the door to the cage is closed. And how would I know that? My boys have not been responsible with their live hamsters and they casually forget to close the cage door! And voila- The whole family is engaged in a hamster hunt! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


I did not receive any compensation to post this. The views expressed here are mine, and strictly mine.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Do You Panic When The Weatherman says SNOW????

OK~ I live in Iowa. We do have snow, ice, winds, etc......So, the weatherman says ,"Potential (key word here) snowstorm moving in for the end of the week." I swear every person within a 30 mile radius heads to the grocery store. I do realize that if the power does go out, these items would be greatly appreciated. But, is it really necessary to panic and stock up? Common sense in today's world says we should have an emergency kit on hand. In this kit we should have:

1)batteries
2)bottled water
3)peanut butter
4)flashlight
5)canned vegetables
6)band-aids
7)personal hygiene products

Why do people panic? This is the year 2009 and the chances of being snowed in for weeks on end is probably not going to happen. I had to stop at the grocery store yesterday and witnessed this chaos- I picked up some hamburger buns. I did not pick up an extra gallon of milk, extra loaf of bread; as that potential "big" storm is on the way. But, every other cart had several gallons of milk, loaves and loaves of bread tossed in their carts. Maybe I should have followed their mode of panic! Unfortunately, at this point, I do think it is going to hit! So, do you panic or go along with the flow when a winter weather storm is in the forecast? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

The opinions and information expressed in this article are mine. I did not receive any of this information from another source.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Planning a Disney vacation? Magical Endeavors may be just what you need!




OK~ If your family LOVES Disney like my family does, a great resource for your travel plans is a Florida based company known as Magical Endeavors. They have a very handy website:http://www.magicalendeavors.com John and Stacey can answer any question that you may drum up and will help you plan your Disney vacation; so you get the best bang for your buck!

Looking for something different to do on a Friday evening, check out Magical Endeavor's sponsored chat: http://chatroll.com/disney-world-vacation-planning I personally have taken part in this chat and have found it to be fun and informative.

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Many people dream of taking a Disney vacation, but don't think that it is affordable. If you take the time and use your resources wisely, you will find that a Disney vacation can fit into your budget. The folks at Magical Endeavors will work with you to fulfill your dream of a magical Disney vacation. So, what are you waiting for? Hop on twitter, jump on Facebook, make a phone call, open your e-mail account, or join in a Friday night chat; you will find some great advice on your dream vacation. Magical Endeavors will help you with your date with Mickey & Minnie Mouse. Make it happen, contact Magical Endeavors with your preferred method of communication and you will find yourself in the most magical place on earth!

This post is based on my own opinion and experiences. I received no compensation for posting this.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Our life with a teen driver in the house!



OK~ Dec. 2008, our then 17 year old son decided to drive down a minimum maintenance road in December, in IOWA! The word minimum maintenance means that the road is not cleared of snow during the winter. Beings that road signs must be over rated, our son decided to try to venture through- NOT happening! My brother had to dig him out!

Fast Forward to Dec. 2009- Same Road~ different car! He was only about a 1/2 mile from home and hoofed it! He and his Dad dug the car out around lunch time the day after he buried the car in a 4 foot snow bank! I am anticipating that in Dec. 2010 we should just pencil another incident like this on the calendar.

Maybe he will have learned this time. He did write his Dad a nice letter, right? After All, It' All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cousins at Grandmas for Christmas 2009!




OK~ We had one Christmas a few weeks ago- Grandma gave these four boys (cousins) pajama pants that look like their jeans! A rather fun, exciting gift that the boys will remember for years to come. Gotta love a "fun" gift like this for the memory books! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CHRISTMAS TREE 2009!

OK~ This Mom is ecstatic! The tree arose out of storage from the basement and is now up. Unfortunately, the lights do not work, as I need to purchase a new power strip. I was informed that the seasonal, green power strip made it out to the shop sometime last Summer. So, a trip to a store is in the cards today.

Happy to see my mish mash of ornaments. I do not know how I could ever decorate with a theme. I have so many awesome ornaments, that I could never part with, that my kids have made through the years. My Grandma Lillian also made several which hang on our tree. I never realized at the time how much I would cherish those. The very first ornament that I put on the tree, was the ornament that holds a picture of my nephew, Justin. He left us at the young age of 17 and has a great spot on our tree. I am so pleased that we will not be a house without a Christmas tree! Do you decorate with a theme? If so, how do you do it?
After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?






Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas tree, Arise!

Ok~ My tree has not risen out of storage yet, it is December 15th- But never fear, the Christmas music is playing, so I should be happy....Oh, how I wish we would have kept the four foot three that I loved so dearly. It was light enough that even I could lift it from the storage unit. Oh well- Christmas will come and go and we will more than likely be The House Without a Christmas Tree!

After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

If you could take your family on a road trip anywhere, Where would you go , and why?


OK~ Most of you know, I love MOMLOGIC! Therefore, I am posting a blog on where I would love to take my family on a road trip! I would love to take my family on a road trip to the Oregon coastline! My boys have not seen this area of the United States, and I know that they would be stunned by the beauty! The coastline is rugged, stunning, yet peaceful! Our family loves road trips, as well as the chaos that accompanies the getaway. The chaos and confusion are all just part of a good old fashioned road trip! So, if you would also like a chance to win a $1,000 Ultimate Road Trip Price Pack- Head on over to Momlogic.com and enter:

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You can put yourself in the running for an awesome price pack, as well! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Typical conversation

Ok~ We all know that growing boys EAT A LOT! Well, Garrett is 14 years old and a growing boy- and I am officially the midget in the house now- Garrett is 5'10" tall, I'm 5'9" and his brother and Dad are over 6'. I kind of bribed him to get his haircut- I casually asked him if he'd like Taco John's for supper- well, of course, I knew the answer to that one! The kid eats 6 tacos and a large potato ole! I then casually threw in, "Let's go get your haircut and hit Taco John's." He AGREED!

We got his haircut- looks good! And then hit Taco John's. Ordered a 6 pack and a pound and 2 extra tacos. Should be plenty for he and Dad. I was not hungry for tacos, so I swung into McDonald's- I wanted my $1.00 McChicken Sandwich- thank God you don't have to wait 7 minutes for the chicken sandwich, like the breakfast chicken sandwiches. I placed my order- Garrett is sitting with BAGS of Taco Johns on his lap- Here's the conversation:

Garrett: Mom, We can't come through McDonald's drive thru with Taco John's sacks
Me: Why Not? I'm hungry too.
Garrett: Mom- THEY WILL THINK WE ARE SWINES!
Me: Could not stop laughing-------

Garrett placed the Taco John's bags in the back seat, under a blanket, out of sight! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

School is on~ Not sure how the kids will get there!










OK~ Looking for some thoughts on this one! Our school district announced a two hour delay last evening. Which would mean that everything is running two hours later the next morning. Our son boards the yellow bus at 7:10 a.m.- which would be 9:10 a.m. with a two hour delay. By 8:30 this morning, no new announcements- so on schedule as planned, right? WRONG! At 8:57 a.m. I receive a message- Busses traveling on plowed roads only- So, what does this mean? My brother has blown our road open with a snow blower- road is passable- so, bus will surely come- WRONG, AGAIN!

In my eyes, a school district should not be able to have classes, unless ALL students can get to school. I have said this for years, "The number one priority in any school district, should be to get the kids to school!" Our Departments of Education are so wrapped up in "teacher work days, teacher evaluations, student performance," and two of the most important things are left behind- Yep, I said it, "LEFT BEHIND." Teachers should be able to work on building relationships with students, provided the district has taken the initiative to see that ALL kids can get to school safely! We warmed the truck up and took him to school~ so much for public schools and transportation that is supposed to go along with it!

Maybe this Mom is just making a mountain out of a mole hill- Wake up- When these things happen, I am seeing my tax dollars NOT working for me and I do NOT like it one bit! So, what's a Mom to do- trust me- this Mom is not sitting back on this one! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Check out Paint Me Gourmet~She has MUCH to offer!







OK~ If you are like me, always looking for a way to "spruce" up the house! Dianna, of Paint Me Gourmet, lives in North Iowa and offers some awesome great ideas in the world of paint. Her web site is: http://paintmegourmet.com

This picture is of a painted floor- isn't this awesome! She offers painting on walls, floors, and about anything you can imagine. So, if you are stuck at home, in a raging blizzard and dreaming of ways you can spruce up your home! Check this website out- Dianna may be what you and your home are looking for!

As a Mom, I'm always looking for ways to make my life a little simpler- After All, It's All in A Mom's Day, Right?


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winter is coming- this Mom doesn't like it!




OK~ When my boys were younger- I did look forward to snow. I looked forward to sledding and snow skiing. Sledding really doesn't interest me, as it sounds cold ! And physically, snow skiing is out of the question- So, how should I enjoy winter!? Not sure. Now I worry about myself and others driving in this cold and snow. With snow in the forecast- lots of it- I'm thinking- I really want that Christmas tree to walk up the stairs and set itself in the tree stand. Maybe the tree in the house and all of this snow in the forecast will get me excited for Winter! So, how should a Mom of teens enjoy Winter? I guess you sit by a warm, cozy fireplace and pray! Pray that everyone will drive safe, stay warm and get from Point A to Point B in a safe fashion! After All, It's All in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

McDonald's drive thru- love it/hate it!

OK~ I'm sure every Mom out there has a McDonald's drive thru experience to report on. By giving Garrett a ride to school this morning, we were able to catch an extra 45 minutes of winks! I offered to take him to McDonald's to get some breakfast- I continually forget that he likes those crazy chicken sandwiches. Well, of course, that's another 7 minute wait. On top of the 5 minutes that we have waited in line- behind 1 car to order our food! Note to self: Next time get your lazy butt out of the car and go in and order! Anyway, we continue to wait. Here's the conversation:

Me: I wonder how long this will take?
Garrett: Not long, Mom. That guy ahead of us is putting his car in reverse!
Me: Oh My! I can't back up there is a car behind us.
Garrett: Puts head out window and yells, "Stop."
Me: Good- he's now going forward.

This was one of the few times I was thankful he rolled down the window and hollered out! On a side note- We, of course, were asked to pull ahead to sign #1- (7 min. for chicken)- one chicken sandwich had cheese on it and another one did not! I do not believe cheese is part of that sandwich. Garrett willingly picked at his second sandwich! Remember, growing boys eat a lot! This kid eats two of these chicken sandwich meals~ a typical 14 year old boy! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Soyphisticated Candles from my hometown- Mason City, Iowa!

OK~ Bet your wondering where you can purchase one of these awesome candles? Well, head on over to http://www.soyphisticatedcandles.com/home.html

These candles are made in my hometown: Mason City, Iowa. They are made of natural and renewable soy- and NO paraffin or beeswax. Now through Dec. 5th, Soyphisticated Candles is offering free shipping. Soyphisticated Candles also offers organic lotions, balms, and soap. Oh, and if you are looking for laundry soap, they also offer powder, bricks, and stain sticks. I am currently burning a beautiful aromatic soy candle, Alpine Snowdrift (love it)! This Mom loves the clean, burning candles that Soyphisticated Candles offers. So, if you are looking for a unique gift from Iowa- check it out! You will not regret your choice! Head on over to http://www.soyphisticatedcandles.com After All, It's All in A Mom's Day, Right?


The above post is based on my person experience and opinion. I did not receive any compensation to post this.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Seriously- How to stay sane during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Ok~ This Mom has played the game of let's do "it all" during the Christmas Season. Now that I am 43 years old and my boys are 18 and 14, this Mom says, "No More." Sure, there are some activities on the family calendar that are a Must. So, what MUST a family partake in:
  • The Christmas music program at school
  • The Sunday School program at church
  • The rehearsals for these two events
  • The occasional school band concert
  • Collecting donations for your local food bank and delivering them
So, what can a family say "NO" to and NOT feel guilty? This is my list-
  • A visit with Santa Claus at the Mall- (what parent wants to risk H1N1 this season)?
  • Buying presents for ALL classmates (in today's economy, this Mom says, "NO WAY)!
  • Attending community choral concerts
  • Spending down time at the Mall (poor example to set for our kids)!

Short, but straight to the point lists. Why put yourself through any added hustle and bustle of the season? Christmas should be a time of reflection of the birth of the Christ Child. Not by how many places we can go, how many presents we can buy, or how much money we can spend? God needs to be first in our lives, and then followed by our families.

When we do put him first, everything else somehow manages to fall into place! I hear so many people complain about how they cannot enjoy Christmas- the answer is pretty simple- Say NO to extra "things." And, engage yourself and your family in the joy of the season- include the birth of Jesus Christ in your families activities this year! Try it, you just might like it! If you choose to participate in activities that have meaning for your whole family, you will say, "Thank You" to yourself on December 26th! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The 2009 AMA Awards- YIKES!

OK~ My 14 year old really, really wanted to see Green Day perform on the 2009 AMA Awards. I have to admit it- this 40 something Mom does like Green Day. The language in the songs is pretty dicey at times- BUT- I like their music! Of course, Green Day performed towards the end- and wouldn't you know it- Adam Lambert's performance was shortly after. I was thinking to myself- during his freaked out performance- Garrett why didn't you go to bed? I could not believe that something like that would even be allowed from the 7- 10 p.m. time frame. It's too bad that Taylor Swift was over seas and did not perform- she does put on a nice, clean cut show!

And I do wonder if anyone was actually paid any money to dress the women presenters and performers. Many of the dresses looked like those big, black contractor bags- and just a "tad" skimpy!

It appears to this Mom that many musicians could take a lesson or two from Taylor Swift- her music is clean, fun, and has a clear message! And furthermore, she seems to be selling music- just goes to show that award winning music does not have to be raunchy and disrespectful! So, what's a Mom to do? Next time a major music awards show comes up on a "standard" television network- switch over to Directv- There were many more cleaner opportunities for viewing during that time frame for my 14 year old son! In the grand scheme of the program itself, Green Day was one of the cleaner cut performances. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Appliances are out to get this Mom!!!!!

OK~ This Mom has had it! The appliances in my home are junk! My theory is to buy the cheapest appliance on the market, as in five years time most need to be replaced anyway. This Kenmore HE3 Elite Washer is what I currently own- Hate it- waste of money! And, of course I have the worthless clothes dryer to go with it, just four repair jobs in five years. Many repair jobs, along with the smell and noise that this machine puts out. I did approach a salesman at Sears about our washing machine, he told me that they know the machine I have is no good, but they have updated it. All he wanted to do was show me the updated version. Well, hello? This Mom did her homework when she purchased this one, it was rated at the top in Consumer Reports! Not buying a HE3 Kenmore Elite, again!

Now, onto our furnace, which is five years old. We have had three service calls in five years. Yep, and another call in order tomorrow. And, of course, we bought a name brand, top of the line furnace. Again, I swear we would be money ahead purchasing a lesser known brand and going at it with the attitude, in five years time, it will probably need to be replaced. I seriously do not see the value of paying more for so called "quality." In the grand scheme of things, I do see this as job security for the repair man that will show up at our home tomorrow. I guess, there is a bright side to all of this!

The irony of all of this- Before this new furnace- the previous furnace in the home was 55 years old. We knew we would have to update it when we moved in, but did not realize that less would be better. We could have purchased a less expensive furnace that still functioned at a great rate in the world of today's furnace ratings. A little side note, the 55 year old furnace had been serviced yearly and had not had a service call, or any repairs, in 20+ years. This new one isn't anywhere near the quality that one was! Well, I guess, I take it all in stride! Hopefully when the dishwasher goes- it is five years old- I'll be home to catch all of that water!

Seriously, when shopping for new appliances, this Mom will look at price. If you gotta replace it in five years time; why fork over thousands of dollars, when you could fork over a few hundred? After All, it's All In A Mom's Day, Right?


This blog post is based on this Mom's opinion and experiences , just as all my other posts are.

Friday, November 20, 2009

This Mom does not want to join the 80% that deal with Food Borne Illness!

OK~ This Mom is ready for Thanksgiving! The turkey will be thawed appropriately and the knives will be sharpened. I also promise to not break off the knife inside the turkey, should I need to use a knife. I also promise to remove the liver, gizzards,and whatever else is inside the belly of this crazy bird! Yep, I have done all of the above and I swear to not experience this chaos for Thanksgiving 2009! I will be striving for a healthy, well prepared, Thanksgiving meal, unlike any other that I have prepared.

With all of the H1N1 illness out there, our family does not need to be exposed to a foodborne illness. The U.S. Departmentof Agriculture estimates that 80% of foodborne illnesses are linked to meat and poultry. This means, that it is mandatory, for you to properly handle all meats and poultry during this Thanksgiving season.

NSF International (www.nsf.org), a not-for-profit, public health and safety organization has been providing inspections, as well as certification services to the food industry for more than 65 years. So, what does this mean to you and I? Use their advice- The following tips will help keep your family out of that 80% category of people with foodborne illnesses over the Thanksgiving holidays.

  • Don't let uncooked turkey sit at room temperature. Shop for a turkey last and get it home as soon as possible. Refrigerate promptly, and bag the turkey separately. You will also want to place the bag below all other food in your refrigerator. Should that turkey start to thaw, you will not want that raw turkey juice on your food.
  • Thawing a turkey out can be one of the most challenging times of the season. Allow plenty of time for the turkey to thaw. You have three options here. Option 1: Place a covered turkey in a shallow pan on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator Option 2: Place the plastic-wrapped turkey in a pan of cold water, changing the water about every 30 minutes. Option 3: Completely submerge the turkey under a stream of lukewarm (70 degree F) running water.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly while handling any raw meat, especially turkey. Use lots of warm water and soap
  • Never place the turkey directly on the counter; keep in on a platter, plate, or roaster. Clean and sanitize the counter, as well as utensils after handling a raw turkey.
  • Always use a thermometer to check for doneness, even if the turkey has a pop-up timer. The magic number is 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thigh away from the bone. If the thermometer registers the magic number, voila~ Your turkey is done!
  • Refrigerate any leftovers immediately. Never use a large container for your leftovers. Separate the large portions into smaller portions, and cover the container loosely while cooling.
Do not let all of these safety precautions scare you out of tackling that turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Preparing a turkey should be easy, just be sure to use some common sense. Your family, as well as your kids, will thank you! Anytime Mom can go the extra mile in the kitchen, especially when it comes to safety, everyone is very appreciative. And that is what Thanksgiving is about, being Thankful! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?



The information for this article is from www.nsf.org- and my opinions stated in this article, are just that, my opinions, and nobody elses. I did not receive any compensation for this blog post.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This age thing----

OK~ I am a 40 something Mom and YIKES- these crazy eyes are driving me crazy! There's something about the words "reading glasses" and "bifocals." Those two words remind me of an old lady. So, if reading glasses or bifocals are in my near future, does this mean that I am an old lady? Well, according to my 14 year old, I am old because:

  • I eat oatmeal for breakfast
  • I look both ways before pulling into an intersection while driving
  • I go to bed by 10:00 p.m.
  • I like to read books
  • I enjoy crossword puzzles
  • I don't fully understand FarmTown on Facebook
  • I got extremely excited when I purchased a new pair of jeans from Lane Bryant, size 1!
Personally, I think I'm a pretty average Mom, just trying to make sense out of raising teenagers! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yep, I live in Iowa!

OK~ A few years ago we were camping at a campground in Colorado. Ahhh....I love Colorado. I was waiting in line for the pay phone- AHA! See, I told ya, it's been a few years back!

Man ahead of me asks me: "Where ya from?"

Me: "Iowa"

Man ahead of me states: "Oh, Ohio where they grow the potatoes!"

Me: Yep (Thinking that I have no hope on this one!)

After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Craziness!

Ok~ This Mom is trying to understand when/how some people will ever get vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine. I know there are thousands of people that want the vaccine, but are unable to, due to supply issues. A recent dilemma brought to my attention- In our community, caregivers of infants under six months old have qualified for special clinics. But, should that caregiver be over 49 years old, have asthma, or have a cold- they will have to be vaccinated at a later date. Therefore, I'm sure many that would like to protect their newborns, are simply unable to. Another scenario that I recently learned of: Dad was able to be vaccinated, Mom was not due to dry throat, and 3 year old brother was unable to receive the vaccine. This 3 year old, that lives in the home, with a four month old, cannot get the vaccine because he does not go to daycare and does not have a chronic health condition. So, the Dr. recommends- Keep him home, do not take him anywhere! Ok- this three year old is pretty much housebound- no YMCA activities, trips to the grocery store, nor Sunday School. Not sure what the solution is, but what on earth is a family to do? Our county is following the guidelines put out by the CDC, which are pretty self explanatory, as it makes sense that people with chronic health conditions should receive the vaccine first- But, hello? Did I not read that President Obama's daughters received the vaccine? I'm a little perplexed, people in many communities all over the country, with chronic health conditions are still not able to get this vaccine and healthy kids/adults are getting this vaccine! Oh, and how on earth are kids supposed to get their second dose, when many won't have had their first dose? What a mess! This Mom is glad that her kids are healthy, older, and will (cross my fingers) survive this nuisance flu should it hit here! I wonder what could have been done differently, but I'm just a Mom, so we will wait and see! After all, it's All in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ways this Iowa family is going GREEN!



OK~ What are you doing to live green? Well, this family struggles in that department. Thanks to onceamonthmom.com and Blue Avocado, this Mom is now hip when she heads to the grocery store! Yep, I carry some pretty sharp looking bags in with me. Seems like a pretty simple way to contribute to a greener environment. Now, how about all of those bottled water bottles that many of us purchase weekly? Well, invest in one really nice water bottle and refill that bottle, from your own tap, and take it with you! Think about that- You have now eliminated the three plastic bottles that you probably would have tossed into a trash bin. So, what's a Mom to do, in regards to shopping locally? Well, get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce and find out where the local Farmer's Markets are in your area. Here you will find fresh fruits, veggies, and the liking for a great price! Think of all the transportation costs that have been removed, as by purchasing fresh produce, you have helped keep our air cleaner! So, this all sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? In our household, we all have to think about living a greener life, but by practicing daily, it does get a little easier. By shopping with reusable shopping bags, investing in ONE water bottle, and by shopping our local Farmer's Market; this Iowa family is turning a little greener! LighterSaferGreener.com has provided our family with lots of great ideas, in regards to going green. So, if you have a moment, swing by their web site and check them out! After All, it's All in a Mom's Day, Right?


Thursday, November 12, 2009

People- if your kids are sick- LEAVE THEM HOME!

OK~ I'm at K-Mart in the check-out lane. There is one woman ahead of me and a mother/son behind me. The little boy is obviously not feeling well. I hear his Mother say, "I told you not to touch anything!" Next thing, little boy sneezes, coughs, and stuff flies out of his mouth onto the candy at the checkout lane. Note to self: That is why it is never ok to buy candy/gum on a last minute basis. The woman ahead of me has now left with her purchases. Now, it is my turn. The cashier rings my one item up and next thing I know this little boy is tugging at my legs and his Mother is saying, "I told you not to touch anything, we were only coming to the pharmacy to pick up your medicine, you are highly contagious!" Another note to self: Disinfect my whole body when I return to work.......

Why on earth did this Mother drag this sick child through the store? I can understand dragging an ill child to the pharmacy to pick up his medicine, and then LEAVE- Do not shop with an ill child! I just don't get it----What's a Mom to do? After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So, you think you are having a bad day?

OK~ My life is really not that bad, but I have had a really, really bad day! So, I'm looking at why I should be happy that I had a bad day......I appreciate the fact that my boys are healthy; you gotta love that!:) I also am happy that I have a family that cares about me and is willing to give me a hug when it appears that the bottom is dropping out. Oh, and it's always nice to know that good old Wally will lay his head on my lap and say, "Everything will be just fine!" There's something about a dog and what they have to offer........and you know what? Wally doesn't EVER text message me from another room in the house. He looks right at me when he needs something, unlike my teenage boys! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Note to self (Important)!

OK~ Updated note to self: When cooking sausage, it is never OK to touch the spatula after the sausage has been flipped. My thumb and index finger are beginning to blister! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Is there a teenager close by?

OK~ 10 things that remind me that I do have a teenager in the house!

  • Smiles are hard to come by
  • I look in the mirror and see GRAY!
  • The tv is on at 2:00 a.m.
  • Ear buds are in use 24/7
  • Pizza, pizza, pizza
  • Whites/Darks, who cares? Toss them all in together, what's it gonna hurt?
  • Phone calls to me are made from the next room
  • Texting, texting, texting-Thank God for plans with unlimited texting
  • IPODS on the night stand
  • "Mom, I need gas money!"
As a Mom to two teenage boys, my life gets pretty hairy at times. But you know what? I love 'em and know that in the blink of an eye, they will be all grown up! Wow, just to think that they should still be 4 & 8- Not 14 & 18! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?


Sunday, November 8, 2009

This Mom does not want to see another piece of chewing gum!

OK~ I've seen this for years. Mom in grocery store, kid in cart, and gum in kid's hand. I have always thought to myself, "Is that Mom nuts?" That gum will surely end up in hair, carpet, fabric, clothing, or on the bottom of MY shoe! For whatever reason I will never understand, as just the other day I was reminded of why I despise chewing gum. I was casually walking across a parking lot to my car and I noticed my right shoe felt a little weird. Since my right foot is the foot with the foot drop, I didn't think much of it.

I hopped into my car. Started the car up, pedal to the metal, here I go! Well, I went to stop and woooahhhh, it felt really weird! I then went to move my foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal and it would not move. Wow, I yanked my foot up to get it to the brake pedal. Stopped the car and assessed the situation. The bottom of my shoe had the largest wad of pink bubble gum that I had ever seen. Now, I did wonder how I did not see that in the parking lot...UGGHHHHH.......That is purely the reason why this Mom has NEVER been a big fan of chewing gum. People, if you or your children chew gum, please dispose of it properly, as this Mom is tired of cleaning her shoes!

Through the years we have had gum in hair, in the carpet, in wool sweaters, and even on the bottom of children's car seats! What's even worse, is the fact, that in the previous listed situations, the chewing gum came from other people, not our immediate family. From peanut butter to ice, this Mom has tried many unique gum removing techniques. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas is Stalking this Mom!

OK~ Do you ever feel as though you are being stalked? Well, I'm beginning to wonder if the calendar and Christmas is stalking me. Everywhere I go, there are Christmas trees, cards, garland, and holiday lights. WHAT? This is November 6th folks! If my calculations are correct we have something like 50 days until Christmas. OK, some may argue that the weather is nice or we must have all of this in the stores in order to sell it! A couple weeks ago I walked through Wal-Mart (my favorite love/hate store), I turned around and Santa was sitting on a sleigh, looking for a home in a yard. Halloween had not even arrived! Yes, Christmas is stalking me- This Mom has decided to not think about Christmas (yet), and try to enjoy the Fall season. And once I do start thinking of Christmas, I will look for a manger scene- isn't that what Christmas is supposed to be about? I am not against the decor that goes along with the Celebration of the Birth of Baby Jesus, but it would be nice if the "want" factor was removed from Christmas!

Challenge to all of us: Take a moment out of each day and go out of our way to be "nice" to someone! Wouldn't it be nice if we could be like that each and every day! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dixon family Christmas tradition!

OK~ I'm guessing most of you have some sort of family tradition at Christmas! A good old game of Bingo happens at the Dixon family Christmas each year. The first year we did this, I found this lovely purse that my sister is sporting here. It says, "Spoiled." Everyone contributes items to the Bingo prizes and that crazy purse has reappeared every year. My sister received this lovely Bingo prize last year. I'm wondering if she will remember to wrap that thing up and bring to Christmas this year. Male or female, nobody is immune to receiving this Bingo prize. My brother had it the year before- it makes the rounds. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

A must experience~Toy Story Mania

OK~ I LOVE MGM Studios! I also love Toy Story Mania, which is a fairly new addition to the Studios. As usual, Disney has produced another awesome ride. When any guest sets foot on the Walt Disney World property, they are immediately swept back in time! Toy Story Mania does just that. I was quickly taken back to my childhood years as I saw all of those large tinkertoys! Another childhood classic. Oh, and then there are the 3-D glasses that each rider wears as they toss pies, eggs, and tossers! All in a virtual experience, unlike anything you have ever experienced. Riders of all ages are sure to enjoy Andy's bedroom. If you and your family are planning a vacation to the most magical place on earth, you must check out Toy Story Mania! You and your family will be glad you did! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Here comes Thanksgiving!

OK~ Turkey day, or Thanksgiving as we know it, is just around the corner. As I was strolling through the aisle in the grocery store this evening, I was reminded of the year that I kind forgot to thaw the turkey....Well, I struggled with that slippery bird. Due to the fact that I had cooked the liver, gizzards, and whatever was "in" the turkey the year before, I knew that I needed to remove that "stuff." Well, let me tell you how I did it! I found the biggest knife that I had in the utensil drawer. I then began to saw away at the slimy thing. As I was sawing, I noticed the knife handle begin to tilt. Voila, I now had a knife handle in my hand and the blade stuck in the turkey!

We ended up eating the turkey the next day- so much for a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. So, I'm a thinking that this Mom has learned how to get ready for the big Thursday! Buy a fresh turkey the day before, therefore; no large knives will be needed! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Check out this Halloween Costume~

OK~ I blogged about "Hoochie Mamas" yesterday- and I am so happy to report that there are still Moms out there that are original, in regards to Halloween costumes! Check this guy out- He lives in Michigan- he was a bag of groceries! How original is that? After hearing of all of the "Hoochie Momma" costumes out there, I was so glad to see this. I'm sure this took a little bit of planning, but it sure sends a great message to Moms like me. I really began to wonder if there was such a thing as an original Halloween costume. Thanks, my young Michigan friend, you made my day.

On a side note- How about those Iowa Hawkeyes yesterday?

After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

What's showing up at your door for Halloween 2009?

OK~ Halloween is here! We will have our lone trick or treater, our nephew. Now I'm quickly learning from other Moms out there that the costume of the season is the "Hoochie Mama!" Well, hello? What happened to BatMan, Mickey Mouse, Tele Tubbies, Elmo, a princess- This Mom does NOT get it. We had a BatMan at our house for more than 9 years. SpiderMan would be another great costume of the evening. Just wondering- Did anyone actually see a "Hoochie Mama" at their door trick or treating? I really don't understand why any parent would let their child dress like that for Halloween. I guess this Mom is just a little old fashioned and maybe needs to enter the year 2009! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Teenagers in 2009

OK~ Here we are in the year 2009! My boys seem to think that this Mom is one OLD lady. I'm thinking of some of the great inventions that I enjoyed as a child- and my kids would think are the most obsolete items on the planet!

  • Telephone with a long, curly cord
  • Black and white television set (Can you even by one of those today?)
  • My doll Drowsy (she was pink with white spots)
  • A Big Wheel
  • McDonald's hamburger
  • Ben Franklin (the store)
  • Viewfinder
  • Odyssey gaming system
  • A true Boom Box
  • Jelly shoes
Thinking back, these were good old days- sometimes I wish we could go back to leading a plain and simple life! When things are simple, we tend to enjoy each other and really take in what we see and do each day. Oh, and one other thing that probably hasn't changed- Me: Can I have a hug? Son: What? Boys don't hug their Moms! Ok, this Mom gets the picture! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 26, 2009

I LOVE my new shopping bags!

Photo from: www.intheknowmom.net

OK~ Look what I won at a Twitter Party! Some of you are probably asking, "What in the heck is a twitter party?" Well, once you get hooked up with some very cool Moms, in the Twitter world, you can win some very,very cool things. I just returned from Wal-Mart- with my beautiful avocado pod "green" re-usable grocery bags. Aren't these bags fun? I actually found it enjoyable filling my bag up at the self check-out. Gotta love it- I know, kind of strange what can make a Mom's Day, isn't it? After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

If my memory serves me correct- I won this through www. onceamonthmom.com - A great website on how to cook meals for one month ahead of time!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mom's a bakin'!!!!!

OK~ I am not an awesome baker, but I do try my darndest! I whipped up some home made, yes, I mean home made cinnamon rolls this afternoon. Garrett, my 14 year old, pops open the oven door as they are baking. "What are those weird looking things in the oven?" OK, I don't bake enough or these cinnamon rolls don't look anything like what they should! Maybe once I get them frosted and they "look" like real food, he will dig into one! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

OHHH- Boys and washing machines~

OK~ I have been wondering where our 18 year olds work clothes have been. He seems to have work clothes to wear to work, but I was pondering if they were clean. When he's home between college classes and work, he's lounging. And guess what? This Mom does not go on a hunt for his clothing that I'm thinking may need to be washed. I had not seen his work clothes for approximately one week, until today! I entered the wash room, he was standing there with wet work clothes in his hand. The pants still had the belt in them.

Blaine: What? (Holding wet clothes up)
Me: Oh, I see you washed your work clothes
Blaine: Does the belt come out before these go in the clothes dryer?
Me: Sure- I'm thinking, it should have came out before those pants hit the washing machine
Blaine: Well, I need to leave in 10 minutes.
Me: I'm thinking, "Too bad I need to leave, as those clothes will not be dry in 10 minutes!"


I was on the way out the door and when I returned home, he had left for work. I'm guessing he was dressed in damp work clothes. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

If it's not a kid, it's a dog!

OK~ It's a mud festival! Life here in Iowa has been pretty wet, rainy, muddy, and downright dreary the past couple of weeks. Why is it that teenagers cannot remove their shoes on a rug? Maybe it's because they see the dogs prance right on in, as well. Our entryway had what Garrett referred to as "Wally Art" all over it. Dark, muddy paw prints everywhere! My conclusion: Rugs are over rated & We should own stock in Mr. Clean! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's a typical Thursday!

OK~ Garrett is getting up and at 'em for the day. My cell phone rings at 6:55 a.m. in the morning- I'm thinking,what? There's never any good news out of an early morning telephone call.

I pick up the phone and think OMG~ What is he up to?

Me: Yes?
Garrett: Can you come help me find my phone?
Me: How did you call me?
Garrett: Nevermind

Just a sign of the times we live in- it is 2009! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Typical Morning

OK~ Garrett is waiting for the bus, in the dark, of course. I ask him (mistake was I asked), "You wanna take this portable hand sanitizer to school?" He looks at me ,"So what? If I get sick, I get sick!" Then shrugs his shoulders.........................Now when and if he comes down with something, I wonder if it will cross his mind, "Geeze, maybe I should have tried that stuff." His other comment, "If I'm sick, I get to stay home from school." GRRRRR.........typical 14 year old boy. On another note, he willingly washed his hands as he tossed mouse #5 out the door this morning-I should look at owning stock in those sticky trap things.............After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's a MOM to do?

OK~ Yes,I am thankful for great health insurance, but I do become aggravated when our health insurance denies a prescription for coverage. Personally, I do believe that the decision to use a particular drug should be between the patient and their physician. Since when did insurance companies decide who we are as people? In order for a physician to prescribe a drug, I feel they need to know me as a person not as ___-__-____. Has this ever happened to you? The wasted time, money, and paperwork that goes into; what should be, one simple prescription- just astounds this Mom!

Now, I am in a dilemma.....Do I call my son's physician and explain the scenario, or just move on, and maybe my son doesn't need this drug after all? If this medicine was not so darn expensive, I'd say, "OK, I'll just pay the amount, but $250.00 for a month supply?" Sorry, this household cannot handle that. A call to our family physician is in order and we'll see what we can do. What a waste of the physician's and pharmacist's time! These people could be spending their time much more effectively, doing what they love! Helping people- instead of managing insurance companies........After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween's a comin'

OK~ I'm reminiscing about that good old holiday called Halloween! With a 14 year old and 18 year old, the times are a changing. I can honestly say we were able to get 8 years out of a Batman Costume! I'd say that was a pretty good investment. One of those Batman years was truly a Halloween evening to remember. Huey had recently moved into our home- Huey was the first of many four legged caged animals that have resided at the Broers household.

Well, 5 year old Garrett decided he should take his older brother's hamster out of the cage and hug him. He did~ he literally hugged Huey to death. I glanced over at him and he had this hamster, appearing somewhat hung over, hanging from his hands.

Next thing, I hear his 9 year old brother screaming, "Why did you kill Huey?" Wait, it gets even better. Knock, Knock. What? Somebody is now knocking on the door. Todd opens the door, "Your dog just got hit by a car in the street." Chester had strayed out of the yard, into the street- We now had Halloween Eve, one dead hamster, and one injured dog! Boy, that's one Halloween I care to never repeat and haven't since!

After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Life's little blessings!

OK~ My niece, Mara, was baptized today. I reflected upon these little blessings in our lives that so many of us take for granted waaaayyyy too often!

  • Children- These little people are truly a gift from God
  • Life- Enjoy each day, in the blink of any eye, we can be on another journey
  • Mousetraps- Those crazy things are a blessing in our home
  • Parents- Without them, who would I be?
  • Siblings- They are a part of a true foundation
  • Sunshine- It truly does brighten any day
  • Lysol- In the world of H1N1, we should all be stock owners in this company
  • Teachers- Dedicated professionals that work hard (too bad some are lazy)
  • Farmers- Without them, what would our grocery stores look like?
  • Family- Wow- I love 'em all!!!!!!!
After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Over or Under- How about on the holder?!

OK~ This Mom has been doing a little experiment! So many families get caught up in the dilemma of over or under, in regards to toilet paper. Four toilet paper rolls ago, I decided to see how long it would take for "someone" else to place the toilet paper roll on the toilet paper roll holder. Roll # one ended and someone replaced it by getting a roll out of the closet. It was a that point I thought to myself, "I'm gonna see how long it takes for someone to put this on the holder." Well, four rolls later, it's NEVER happened! I have decided if three boys lived in a house there would be no need for a toilet paper holder. I broke down today and placed this roll on the holder. I can't fathom the fact that over and under will ever be discussed at this house, let alone keep a roll of toilet paper on the holder! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another day in this Mom's Iowa paradise!

OK~ Today really has been a good day, but define "good" to any Mom and she'll probably give you that look! I ran into town to pick up a few items at the grocery store. School dismissal time was approaching so I thought I'd call Garrett and offer him a ride home. I knew he'd take me up on it. What 14 year old boy enjoys a 1 1/2 hour bus ride home? Anyway, I was chatting with him on the phone. The conversation went like this-
Me: I'll be there in three minutes
Garrett: What's taking you so long?
Me: I'm waiting to pull out onto the road that runs by the high school, but there are kids crossing the sidewalk.
Garrett: Run 'EM over!

Wow~ After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vacuums & Sears~ Gotta love it!

OK~ I was cruising through Sears the other day and recalled the day that my three year old son (at the time) and I were booted out of the vacuum cleaner department! Yep, you understood me correctly, we were asked to leave the store! My son was obsessed with vacuum cleaners at this point in his life. He LOVED to look and vacuum cleaners and LOVED them even more in action. Well, we were cruising through Sears and a lady was demonstrating a vacuum cleaner to a customer. Of course my son was intrigued. We stood and watched, and watched, and watched! We were watching, not anything else, just watching. But, of course his eyes were beaming and he did jump up and down a few times!

The lady giving the demonstration did not have any empathy for myself or my son. After a few minutes the vacuum cleaner demonstrator approached me and said, "Mam, your son is being a distraction and you need to remove him from the store!" I was furious! I took my son by his hand and we left Sears. Needless to say, this Mom did not return to Sears for a couple years- Too bad- all of those holiday photos were purchased elsewhere and that lone appliance that was needed over the next couple years was purchased elsewhere. Well, too bad my frustration with the circumstance eased over the years, as I returned 14 years later to purchase a washing machine that I despise! That's a whole other blog post in itself! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Teenage boys!

OK~ Garrett stays overnight at a friends house. I pick him up this morning around 10:00 a.m. I ask him if the younger boy was his friends brother. He replied, "Yep, what a brat! Younger brothers are rotten!" I said NOTHING! I wonder if it occurred to him that he is the younger brother in our household. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Whys of Life!

OK~


  • Why do young people get cancer? 43 seems way tooooo young!
  • Why is it that people get so impatient when someone is driving the speed limit?
  • Why is life so complicated for our teens today?
  • Why does a child live in poverty?
  • Why do babies died of SIDS?
  • Why do people in our society seem to have so much hatred towards others?
  • Why can't people accept the word NO?
  • Why is it that so many people in our world do not have one meal a day?
  • Why do people abandon their pets?
  • Why can't people talk with civility towards each other?
  • Why did we wear sweatshirts/jeans in July & August, shorts in September & winter coats the first week of October in Iowa?
Just this past week, a fellow 1985 MCHS graduate, was diagnosed with cancer. It made me realize how thankful I should be for what I do have. And I began to ponder about some of the things I see around me each day. And you know what? In the grand scheme of things, there are so many "things" that so many people get so irate about, for what reason? Life is too short- and I am thankful for what I do have! If each of us took the time to help another person each day; can you imagine what our world might be like? After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 5, 2009

My feet are NOT happy feet!

OK~The one thing this Mom despises about this time of year- the transitioning from sandals to shoes! I hate it!!!!! Spring/Summer is so carefree in the foot department. My feet like to breathe and be open! But, now that 40 degree temps have arrived with RAIN- it looks like my poor toes are going to be meeting up with a black trouser sock on a daily basis. This Mom has VERY unhappy feet! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Dole Magic

A Busy Fall Cleaning Day!

OK~This Mom is beat! It all started yesterday when I took the initiative to suggest that our basement get "cleaned out!" Boy, I got things rolling. We now have an air purifier circulating through there and have very, very clean floors. The floor and walls were even bleached. We live in an old Iowa farmhouse, so you can imagine how uninviting this space had become! Our older son had literally "slapped" some paint on the stairs descending to the basement a few years ago- and it needed help! I purchased some floor paint- looks great! 1/2 of the steps were painted........We forgot about one thing- WALLY! Wally is a german short haired pointer/chocolate lab- He took a cruise down the steps while the paint was drying. I seriously considered leaving his paw prints on the steps, but decided against Wally's artwork! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A frustrating trip to the grocery store!

OK~ It's truly duck weather in Iowa today. Lots of cold, rain, and wind! I made a "short" stop at the grocery store. I picked up some meat, milk, bread, and the like. After the clerk bagged my groceries, she handed them to me and said, "You got 'em" I pondered, yeah........I got 'em! I carried these two bags to the car and thankfully the bottom didn't fall out! What Mom doesn't hate that when that happnens? I got home- a few miles down the road- carried my groceries in! Guess what? My meat was still at the store. I returned to the grocery store and nobody seemed to know where this meat went. The person behind me in line is probably contemplating how he will marinate those juicy steaks for supper tonight! The manager of the grocery store was apologetic and added up the value of what I did not receive. So, back to the meat counter I go, and of course; there is another LONG line. I patiently waited my turn, purchased my meat, and made sure I had all of my meat, as I carried this sack to the car! Lesson learned- make sure you have ALL of your groceries, before you leave the store. I know through the years I have forgotten a gallon of milk beneath a cart- and just thought, "Oh well." But, I really needed this meat! I feel like I have spent 90% of my day in the car! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A 14 year old and their dilemma!

OK~ Garrett comes to me- "Mom, is this a pimple or a zit? I don't know because it's the second time I've had something that looks like this!" After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What's a kid to do???

OK~ I have decided that our kids/teens/young adults of today have no clue as to how to use free time in a constructive manner. I question myself, as well. Is blogging something constructive to do in my free time? Personally, I think it is. It is a hobby and I enjoy it! Our kids of today are so programmed- if they don't have something scheduled on the calendar, they honestly do NOT know what to do. I see this in my two boys (18 & 14) and several young people that I come into contact with throughout the week. I just glanced at the calendar on the wall in our kitchen and it's not crazy. So, that will leave down time for my two boys! Will they know how to handle their free time........Probably so- by camping out in front of the television set, playing PS3, or possibly doing their homework! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A typical day with Skipper!

OK~ Skipper- You love him or hate him! He and I have the perfect Love/Hate relationship. Today, a typical day. Skipper was harassing one of my little kitties and I caught him. I yelled at him, which meant nothing. He's just like a kid, as he turns off any and all listening ears. I am still in my pj's as I am trying to get him in. Thank God we live in the country..........Who wants to see a 40 something year old lady outside in her pj's? He then thought I would play ,"Chase Skipper." Nope, this Mom said NO. I gave up on him and let him sit outside in the rain- He did NOT like it. He then disappeared. I then thought I should get in the car to try and find him. As I get in the car (I now have clothes on), I adjust the steering wheel and look forward. Skipper is staring at me, while sitting in his kennel with the door open. I should have know that he would just find his kennel on his own. Maybe there is hope for this almost two year old dog.....My niece says at the age of three labs find their brains. I hope she was wrong and meant to say two years! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

H1N1-------This Mom is Stressed!

OK~ What's a Mom to do? The CDC claims the H1N1 vaccine is safe, but for which mutated form of H1N1? We do get flu shots at our home on an annual basis and I'm thinking that this year may be the same. With all of the "changing" information in regards to the H1N1 vaccine, I am seriously wondering how many times we can get this crazy stuff. If it mutates from one form to another, theoretically; can't we get this several times? The flu season is knocking on our doorstep and this Mom doesn't want to be caught off guard. But, I'm asking myself, "What will I be caught off guard about? When the CDC isn't' sure what is really out there." I'm thinkin', get the annual flu shot and pray that we don't get sick! Last year was a horrible year here, and YES, we had flu shots and all! I had a kid home from school every other week, and I only had two boys in school! I'm thinking lots of hands sanitizer and good old fashioned hand washing will be going on at this Iowa Mom's home this flu season. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, September 21, 2009

UGGHHHH................

OK~ The day was going fairly great UNTIL- Skipper decided to take a jaunt to the hog house, just a 1/2 mile down the road. Then the rain started to really, really come down. So Skipper decided to cry and paw at the sliding doors; all smelly, 70 something pounds of him. As I am getting up to kennel Skipper, I hear the dreaded, "Beep, Beep, Beep" from my washing machine. I despise that front load washer, as I swear (hold me to this one) I will never have another one of those things again. From the smell, to the programming issues, this washer has been through it all, in five SHORT years. Heck, the washer I had before this was 17 years old and I donated it to charity so I could have this "crazy" front loader. The washer is still beeping, and at this point I really, really DO NOT care. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

OK~ A hike that we took in August 2005. The four of us hiked to the top of Flat Top Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park! With an elevation gain of more than 2,500 feet, this hike is for someone looking for an adventure, as well as stunning views! Rocky Mountain National Park is named appropriately, you do hike over a LOT of rocks! Hubby and Blaine made it to the top quite a bit before Garrett & I did. We were so far back- Todd made a bet with Blaine, "If they (referring to Garrett & I) make it, I will eat a rock!" Guess what, just a minute after he said that, my head appeared around the trail. The snow, views of lakes, mountain views, animals along the trail, and the hike in general are exhilarating, to say the least! We have hiked many miles through the years, and this is one of the best hikes we have taken. Garrett is now 14 years old and has hiked since he was almost a year old! That's when we got the "hiking bug." We realized that by staying on the beaten paths in our national parks, we were missing out on a lot of beautiful scenery. Our boys were typical hiking kids! Yep, they would revolt and things could quickly become ugly. But, we would regroup and continue on the trail. We also had a couple unplanned "dips" in lakes and streams through the years- that's why it's important to pack extra clothing in those packs! 3 years this week since my foot became dropped- I'm so thankful I have taken many adventures with my boys through the years, as you never know when your life will change! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, September 18, 2009

I want REAL food!

OK~ How many times have your kids said to you, " I don't want that! I want real food!" Now, I am not a chef, by any means. But, when I do cook, I do try. When I have the time, things turn out fairly edible, but when I get rushed, things can turn not so tasty. Just tonight I made pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sliced up some watermelon- sounds pretty good, huh? Garrett looks at me and says, "We are eating that? I want real food!" Now, how much more real food could this meal have included? His idea of real food, which is probably most teenagers idea- pizza, pizza, and pizza! Go figure, this Mom can't win in the meal department. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gospel Journey Maui!

I am excited that our youth program at our church this Fall contains 9 weeks of The Gospel Journey, Maui! This "Reality" like tv show, for our youth to view, really has some great life, faith questions for adults; as well as teens! Looks like a great way to find out how our "faith" really works. I know that because of my faith, I was bootstrapped in Iowa!!!!!

Anyway, it was a great time. Wednesday evenings will be fun. Last night the icky food challenge was very interesting.........Limberger cheese (how can people stand the smell of that stuff?), COLD SPAM, pimples, and kitty litter! It was very interesting, to say the least. Oh, and that limberger cheese- I don't think my nose will ever be the same again. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bullying!

OK~ What a way to start my day. I turn on the CBS Morning Show and a clip is rolling with a boy getting beat up on a school bus. Now, I can't imagine the horror the "innocent" kids felt, and I can honestly say I was angry when I saw several kids cheering the fight on. Now, my 9th Grader does ride the school bus daily and I can honestly say that I am confident that he would defend himself if necessary. This whole society we live in- where these rude remarks towards each other, bullying in schools, and general acceptance of so many things that are wrong- NEEDS TO STOP! When will it stop? I honestly don't know. Kudos to the young man that stood up to the bully and stopped the beating. Now, a representative from the school district was also interviewed and he said the bus driver has been questioned. I'm sure many may ask, "Why didn't he stop the bus?" Well, think about it- logistically, it is probably not possible to just, "Stop the Bus!" Food for thought for the day- be nice to someone today and see if you like the response you get! 99% of the time this does work. But, I can honestly say I had to call a customer from my part time job yesterday. She let me know that my call was not necessary and she knew where things stood. Whatever.........She had just questioned some things a few hours before, and I had answers. People need to wake up! A little respect goes a long way. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

How to get a 14 year old boy to bathe!

OK~ This Mom has asked herself over and over, "Why won't my boys bathe?" Voila- My 14 year old son started high school this year and has met the girl of his dreams! He is now bathing, using deodorant and smellin' pretty darn good! Now, how to get a 14 year old boy to cut his hair? I guess that's a whole other ordeal. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, September 11, 2009

This Mom is NOT running a restaurant!

OK~ How many times do your kids say to you, "Mom, bring me some milk! Mom, bring me some pop! Mom, bring me some salsa!" My kids can request over and over and my usual response is, "I am NOT running a restaurant. Get up, off of the couch, and march right to the kitchen and get it yourself!" Ohhhh, and when they send this to me in text message form instead of saying it- just another reminder that we are in 2009! After all, it's all in a Mom's day, right?

Monday, September 7, 2009

President Obama's speech!

OK~This Mom really doesn't like to get into Politics, but I cannot resist this! I think it is awesome that our President is going to address our school kids to encourage them to do well in school. Now, I may not agree with everything he does propose, but this is one thing I think is great! It's too bad that more people can't take an interest in our youth of today. For instance, a few years ago President George W Bush was in our town ( a community of 29,000 people)- an opportunity of a lifetime to see the President of the United States. Many fellow Democrats in our community complained that people were pulling their kids out of school to see him. Well, HELLLOOO- How many times would a child have an opportunity to see the President of the United States in person? I see both sides (Republican and Democrat) complaining about something good going on.....I just wish people could respect the other party~ This comes from a Mom who tends to lean toward the Conservative side! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

5 Things I LOVE about Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World!





OK~ This MOM loves Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World

1~ The animatronics are awesome!
2~ "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" My Oh My What a Wonderful Day!
3~ Great 11 minute ride!
4~ On a warm day, the water feels wonderful! And on a cool day, the water also feels wonderful!
5~ The Happiest Place on Earth, it's an awesome experience in the Briar Patch!

After all, it's all in a Mom's Day,Right?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What would you do???????

OK~ I won't say names, but a couple of my close family members ventured into unknown territory this past week! They were traveling in another state and followed campground signs off of an interstate. Now, there should not be any problems, right? WRONG-------they ventured into a nudist campground! Now, this Mom must live in a very sheltered world, as I had no idea that such a place existed. Just another indication of what we Mid Westerner's don't know about our country. What would you have done? My family member's left rather abruptly, as quickly as they could, but were confronted by a member of this community. My opinion, if these clubs are so exclusive and private (which they should be) why wasn't this area gated off so vehicles could not enter? Just a Mom's rambling here, I guess............The other thing that stuns me is that, this is a family oriented campground...........lots to think about here....Where are our laws in this country? Well, after all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back to School!

OK~ The school bells are now ringing all over the United States. Do you know what your son or daughter's teachers look like? By the attendance at our son's high school back to school night, this evening; I would say that most parents have no clue as to what their teachers look like! For example, one class has 30 students- 2 parents showed up! What a statistic!! On another note, a small study hall group has 14 students- I was the only parent in attendance. What is wrong with parents today? A simple, couple hours out of one week- once a year- to meet the teacher and folks can't even do that! I arrived just on time and thought to myself, "Oh my, I will have to walk a long way!" Guess what? Pretty much front row parking and of course my handicapped parking permit was in another vehicle. I headed on in. We parents had 5 minutes between classes, just like our kids and I was late! I physically could not walk fast enough to get from Point A to Point B in 5 minutes. My leg has been quite swollen lately and my right foot has been pretty stiff, so it made for an interesting walk. I sure hope my son is thankful for the quickness and healthy legs that he has! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

We have a Winner!!!

OK~ MY FACE TO THE WORLD BY JOY BROWN~ WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations, Vickie~ Enjoy your new book! I'll be in touch to get this to you!
After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, August 31, 2009

An Iowa Mom's Day!

OK~ A typical day for a Mom in Iowa.......Oldest son headed off to college and youngest son hopped on the school bus to head off to high school. Where did all of those years go by? It seems like just the other day they were both flying through the aisles of the grocery store and begging for candy at the check-out. And I'm still working on getting my youngest to like school! Just a month ago I came home and found him tinkering in the shop- He was dismantling a push snow blower. He was going to remove the engine and do something else with it. He completely understood what he was doing, but guess what? This Mom had no clue! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

UGGGhhh...........

OK~ Many people go through life and NEVER, ever have a flat tire on their car! I average approximately two a year~ another flat on my car as I write this. UGGGHHHHHH...............After all, it's all in a Moms' Day, Right?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

5 Things I LOVE about Walt Disney World!


OK~ The Five things I love about Walt Disney World are:

1- It's truly a magical place!

2- Mickey Mouse welcomes you with open arms.

3- Walt Disney was truly a man of dreams.

4- Here is where any older person is still a kid!

5- You are totally swept away from reality-a vacation of being a kid. Who would ask for anything more?

After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pickle jars!

OK~ I was slicing up some pickles tonight and thought to myself, "OH MY GOSH, the grocery employees must've ran when they saw me coming when my kids were little!" I cannot tell you how many dollars worth of stock I should have invested through the years in pickles! It never failed, I'd have one of my boys sitting, yes they actually did sit for a few seconds, in the cart and they would reach for a pickle jar. There must've been an item in that aisle that I frequented as there were many cha chings from the glass of those jars. Ohhhhh and the sticky floors I must've caused in that store. I always said, "They love to see us come AND they LOVE to see us leave!" After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?