Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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?
Saturday, December 26, 2009
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
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
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
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
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!
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This post is based on my own opinion and experiences. I received no compensation for posting this.
Friday, December 18, 2009
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
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
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- 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
- 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)!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
- 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.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
- 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!
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Monday, November 9, 2009
- 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!"
Sunday, November 8, 2009
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
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Friday, October 30, 2009
- 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)
- Odyssey gaming system
- A true Boom Box
- Jelly shoes
Monday, October 26, 2009
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Monday, October 19, 2009
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
- 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!!!!!!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- 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?
Monday, October 5, 2009
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The average sized elementary school generates 18,760 pounds of lunch waste per year.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
How to prevent 67 pounds: Pack a waste-free lunch by using reusable food containers and reusable water bottles.
How to prevent 18,760 pounds: Have your school sign up for a Kids Konserve Waste-Free Lunch Challenge.
It is that easy!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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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
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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?