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!

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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. - 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!


  • 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?