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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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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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?