Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011- What a Year!

OK~ I'm reflecting on 2011, what a year I have had! This train that I hopped on called Social Media in 2009 has taken me to places that I never imagined I would be going.

I found myself speaking at three conferences and even organizing/hosting one! And this blog...How can I thank each of you for stopping by and sharing what is going on in this Mom's life?!  You all rock!!!!

Spring/Summer 2011 was very busy for our family- two bridal showers, two nieces got married, a niece graduated from high school, a nephew graduated from high school and Garrett participated in the Iowa State High School Trapshooting Meet! Now, that doesn't look that busy- but it sure seemed like it at the time.

The people that I have met in Social Media are some of the most motivating and inspiring people that I have ever met in my life. Social Media has shown me that there are still really, really good people in our world today. Did you know that one of my Mom Blogger Friends dyed her hair blue- to raise money for a little girl in her state that is very ill?  Through the power of Social Media she raised thousands of dollars and dyed her hair blue!

And the people I have met.....There are so many people that have impacted my life in such a positive way- the list would fill up about 10 blog posts! Amazing, Amazing people- that I'm so glad to have met!

There is so much good in Social Media.....I'm excited to see what's around the corner for me in 2012?  Any thoughts? So, for now, I'll kick back with the family and watch the fire crackle away in the fireplace! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Once a Mom...Always Recognized As a Mom

OK~ I'm visiting a local convenience store. The gal at the check-out says, "Aren't you Blaine's Mom?" I respond, "Yes, I am." She then says, "I've known Blaine since he was five." Within two minutes, I now know that this young lady is going to go back to school when she has enough money, works full time, and is glad to have known my son for so many years.

I'm thinking...Wow- I recall when Blaine was two (he'll be 21 in about a month) and I was in a local store. Two kids hollered at me, "Hey, there's Blaine's Mom!" More than 15 years later...I'm still hearing that where ever I go! Yes, I do have a name, but that's irrelevant when you become a Mom. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Three Signs That Christmas Has Come and Gone

OK~ We all had a joyous Christmas at our house..The laughter, love, and fun was really one for the memory books! I've reflected and I know that Christmas is over...

1) My Christmas tree is really bare...There are no packages underneath it. Must be time to pack it away until next year!

2) The Christmas music has left the air waves....But never fear the iPod is loaded for the gym- Christmas Carols can still be played!

3) People are rude! Now, I do understand that the days between Christmas and New Years can be stressful. But seriously, it is NOT ok to demand to move to the front of the line just because you have a return!

I seriously wish people could be nice all year long- there's something about a sense of calm that comes over people on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Why can't we be that way all year long? Christmas is NOT about the stuff....it's all about the birth of baby that we know as Baby Jesus. So, the next time you think it is OK to push your way into a line- think of the Star In The East and the love that came about on that beautiful Christmas Eve.............

And you know what- This is what I love about Christmas- Family is just AWESOME! My sister hosted- We played our annual Bingo game- and the prizes were just as lovely as usual! My Dad was lucky enough to receive the bra clips that had been given to someone the year before- I do wonder where they will end up next year? And then we had a Kinect Tournament- How fun is that? For those of you that are wondering- My nephew who is 5 and me competed against each other- The sensor recognized both of us just fine!



My family and I are truly blessed......Until the calendar says Merry Christmas in 2012......We are moving on to 2012! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mr. Flea!

OK~ Wally loved Mr. Flea. Skipper wanted a piece of him...Sadly Mr. Flea lived about 15 minutes!

The house was in chaos for those 10 minutes as well! Did your pets get any cool gifts from Santa? Wally and Skipper would love to hear what they received! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, December 26, 2011

What? It's JUST December 26th!

OK~ It's seriously the day after Christmas and the stores are really not that busy. Although, I did not find myself in a return or exchange area- that may be the difference. We began our hunt for a new vacuum cleaner, as the one we have is 9 years old and no longer moves properly...So, off to town we go!

It's about lunch time....We are eyeing one of our favorite restaurants- it looks to be crowded (unusual for Monday 12:30 p.m.). But, I must remember this is no ordinary Monday- this is December 26th!  So, we decide to shop before we eat.

We do not find our vacuum cleaner of choice (one that will last another 9 years at store #1)!  We then cruise back by restaurant #1- the parking lot is STILL packed. So, on to restaurant #2 we go- Parking lot is SWAMPED.

On to store #2- We find a "few" vacuum cleaners. Although, the one that was priced $30.00 less at store #1- is at store #2 and is NOW appealing...So- back to store #1- We purchase the first vacuum cleaner we originally spotted.  And since we still in the vicinity of restaurant #1- we check out the parking lot- packed!  So.....on to restaurant #2- still crowded- We are thinking- it's now 1:45 p.m. - shouldn't restaurants clear out by then.......We now have the craving for hamburgers....So- we decide to head to Perkins- they have pretty good burgers!

We venture in to Perkins (restaurant #3)- parking lot is not crowded (red flag)- We are seated, handed menus and asked for our drink orders......A few minutes later- our drinks are delivered.....Our waitress (who was doing her job) says, "We are out of steak, hamburgers, turkey, sandwiches, etc"....Now remember- we were headed here because we now wanted burgers! Talk about horrible customer service- Would somebody please tell me why the waitress would not tell us they are basically out of everything due to Christmas BEFORE she gets our drink order?  So, by now we have all three taken a sip of pop- I am no longer in the mood to eat at Perkins..............Todd and Garrett get up and I follow. I was unable to locate our waitress to let her know we were leaving, so I handed the store manager our menus and said we would be dining elsewhere...No questions asked!

We get in the truck...Garrett says, "Wow...Talk about a drink and dash!" I'm thinking- #FAIL!!!!!  This is not good- but, on the other hand I hope he saw what happens when customers are not given the service they deserve. I honestly don't think we were asking for too much!

Back we go to restaurant #2 (Are you confused by now?  I know I still am!). We find a parking place, walk in the door and we are asked for our last name. I say, "How long will that be?"  She slowly says, "Ummmm- 5 minutes!" I said, "No thank you, we aren't going to mess around with it!" Our past experience has shown us that when dining in restaurant #2 if you cannot be seated at the door, your service will be very SLOW!

So off to restaurant #4 we go- McDonalds!  Who would have thought that hours later, we no longer want hamburgers- So..we order McRibs and Chicken Nuggets- The All American Day After Christmas Meal!  Note to Self:  DO NOT GO OUT TO EAT THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS NEXT YEAR! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

OK~Santa will need an interesting mode of transportation this year. We actually have green grass this year in Iowa for Christmas. Enjoy your family and have a very Merry Christmas! After all, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Did Someone Say Ice Cream?

OK~ Two of my boys are watching tv- the oldest one and the youngest one. I made a general announcement- "There is ice cream in the freezer!" That's all it took- just one announcement that there is ice cream in the house - sure got 'em moving! So....if you have a teen and a 40 something year old guy in your home...try it- You just might be able to peel them away from the tv- For about 10 minutes! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Is A Coming!

OK~ You have your shopping done, presents wrapped? If not...the count down is on! Chances are you will have kiddos in tow the next day or two- So, you are probably kicking yourself as to why you did not finish your shopping while the kids were in school? Due to the fact that we have a "brown" Christmas in Iowa this year- the sleds will remain in storage, the fort building supplies will stay out of sight, and the good thing- you probably don't have to worry about frost bite this year! I'm thinking Rock Band, The XBox Kinect, and wii bowling will be rockin' this house!

Listen to some Christmas tunes, kick back and relax ( if that is possible) and enjoy the music of the season! Oh yeah, and if you are making a turkey for Christmas- you best be getting it OUT of the freezer and into your fridge! Good luck with all the Christmas preparations- we will blink and say, "Where did Christmas go?" After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Five Positive Ways Facebook Can Impact Your Life

OK~ I've been observing Facebook really, really close the past couple weeks. And you know, I know there are many people now on there that have said, "I'm not gonna have a Facebook Account!" And you know what? They now have a Facebook page......And here's 5 great things that have happened during this time!

  1. A question was asked as to where to find a local listing of the Christmas Eve Services in our community. Within a few moments, a web page was suggested, as well as several invitations to attend Christmas Eve Services. 
  2. A new Mom was searching for a new way to soothe her cranky baby.....Voila- Within moments, several posts and an hour later...a post from the new Mom- "Baby is sleeping peacefully, thank you Facebook Friends!"
  3. A friend had several hams and turkeys he wanted to share for Christmas. A post on Facebook and he was connected with families that would enjoy these!
  4. A Mom was looking for a Leap Pad for her daughter for Christmas. She wondered where to find one in our community.....A few minutes later she knew where to go. Saving her a lot of time, with two young girls in tow!
  5. A Grandma was wondering what on earth to get her six year old grand daughter for Christmas. Well, within a few minutes she had a great list of ideas- all thanks to Facebook!
You may ask- "What does this mean? " Well, we now have a Grandma that now knows what six year old little girls want for Christmas, a little girl that will enjoy a Leap Pad, several families that will enjoy meat this Christmas, a content new Mom with her baby, and a family that will be enjoying Christmas Eve services - Thanks to Facebook!

Facebook continues to be a connector for many, and I must say that I have loved the connections that I have made through Facebook. The reconnecting with classmates has been a lot of fun, as well as the ability to connect with so many new people. And I know that if Facebook did not exist, I would not have met a lot of these inspirational people. 2011 is wrapping up and I know that Facebook has had a huge impact on my life this past year, and you? Has Facebook been a connector for you? And yes, my soon to be 21 year old son still refuses to Friend me, but my 16 year old son (Bless his Heart) still continues to Friend me! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Christmas Party Time

OK~ Here's how you know your almost 21 year old son has grown up. He knows his company Christmas Party is this afternoon. He purchased the ingredients and made these himself- This Mom is impressed!


And yes, he's the only one in this house that has a Company Christmas party to attend...So, Blaine- Enjoy your Christmas Party! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Caucus Is Coming

Ok~I did something totally different today, I met Michele Bachmann!


I am not much for involving politics in my blogging world, but had such a fun time, thought I would share. We need to get out to show our support when these candidates cone through our local communities. You know, they do spend a lot of money while campaigning through our state, in our hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and the list goes on and on.....

I am beginning to see the importance of why we should attend these types of events. It's not in every state that people can come this close to a Presidential Candidate, many never come within miles. So...in Iowa, we have the privilege to meet these people face to face, shake their hands, and get to know a little more about them.

It's all about January 3, 2012, in Iowa. The Caucus is coming soon! We Iowans can voice our reasons why we believe our candidate of choice should be the next President, a very grass roots event. It's a process and I'm proud to say that I have been a part of the process the past several years. I figure if I want my little voice to be heard, I need to vote, and get out and participate.

I believe it's about the candidate, not about the party, I believe it's important to support someone that you feel you can relate to and someone that will best represent you. So, I'm still in that beautiful UNDECIDED group..........I will be caucusing January 3- as I am proud to be an American and an Iowan! If you are an Iowan......Get out to the Caucus and show your support! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cell Phones- Should They Be Banned While Driving?

OK~ I'm pondering how my life will be impacted if I can no longer talk on my cell phone while driving. I do NOT talk on my cell phone while driving with my 16 year old son in the car and I honestly do not think I would be impacted by a ban. I never text while driving- it's just too dangerous and illegal in Iowa.

The sad part of this is the fact that many people think that because texting is illegal- there is a fire in them to do it! Face it, when someone tells you that you can't do something, you often desire to do the opposite. This is especially true with our young people. The worst part of this. There is a law in Iowa that says we cannot text while driving- So, would someone please explain to me why this is not enforced? It never fails.....on a six mile drive into town to the YMCA, I will see at least three people texting on any given day! This is a straight shot on the highway and two stoplights. And the sad part of this, our young people are still dying in car crashes, due to texting!

So, I'm really thinking that we have became so dependent on our cell phones that I honestly do not think we can change! And yes, the older I get, the less I like change! I do not see a need for any new laws- How about enforcing the ones on the books. And yes, I do understand that law enforcement cannot be all places at all times! So...this Mom will continue to drive defensively, and yes, I can tell when there is  texter in front of me....The car is weaving and the driver is clearly NOT looking at the road!

Any thoughts? How should we improve on this? I'm not sure what I can do to do my part, except to be extra alert when driving and instill in my 16 year old that is NEVER ok to talk or text while driving- life is too precious! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Observations Today

OK~ Today was nice....the roads are ice free, the driveway is virtually snow free, and it is December 16th in Iowa. I'm sure snow lovers cannot stand it, but this Mom has no complaints!  I observed some interesting things today- Here's my top 3!

The first thing I observed was four cars turning and ONLY 1 out of 4 driver's were on their cell phones. I thought that was pretty good, until Todd mentioned that's 25%- Seems to be all about that crazy word perspective!

The second thing I observed is that teenagers think short, shorts and skimpy skirts are OK to wear to school. It's always interesting sitting outside a high school after the last bell of the day rings.

And #3- I have decided that our dogs do NOT like Christmas- they just cannot get in the spirit!



Wally is not thrilled about the Christmas Spirit, But hey, you know, if I were in his shoes- I would probably not be a happy camper either. Santa hats are meant for Santa, not dogs! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hey...That's My Pillow

OK~ I"ll admit it. This is my pillow- BUT, I should be able to toss it into a chair without having to find this!

Yep, Skipper decided to take claim to my pillow......Grrrrr! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

And There Were Shoes!

OK~ I am crossing my fingers that I am not the only Mom that has issues with shoes-  Check this out!


Yes...We have shoes!  I will admit..I do have four pair right in front. Then there is a pair of snow boots, a pair of snow pants, a boot warmer, two pairs of tennis shoes, a pair of work books, a pair of hiking shoes, even a pair of sandals, AND then there is the mud! Yep, we have mud in Iowa. It is December and we have rain- yes, I said rain! The 6" of snow that we had on the ground has turned into mud today! So...I guess I have a floor to mop and shoes to pick up! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Fine Day Of Driving

OK~ We are in the car, actually all four of us. The conversation goes like this.

Todd: (Who is sitting in the front passenger seat): "Are you gonna hit that?"

Garrett (Driving): "Maybe!"

Garrett continues on the same path......Bam!

Todd: "Just like your Mother. She never misses a pot hole!"

Now in Garrett's defense, there seem to be pot holes everywhere. Or, is it just this Mom's imagination? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas In The Simple Times

OK~ I'm thinking of Christmas today. Our tree is decorated and there are presents underneath the tree. Due to the fact that our stockings were soaked in the Springtime Iowa rains that came (found them a couple weeks ago) we do not have stockings on the fireplace this year, and so far, there are no complaints. I was thinking of how simple Christmas used to seem to be. Maybe it's because life was different in the 1960's and 1970's...But, were things really that different?

Yep, back in the day I could not wait to receive the Sears Roebuck Christmas Catalog in the mail- that was an exciting day in the house that I grew up in! Now today....kids can Google anything they wish for- all year long. So, we now have Difference #1!

And back in the day Santa was in town for a few days! Now today kids can chat with Santa online and see Santa on many corners in their local communities for several weeks on end.  Probably not a bad thing, but it just goes to show how things have changed. We've now nailed down Difference #2!

The presents seemed a lot simpler. I was ten years old and rather delighted to have a doll or even a Barbie doll under the tree. Of course, I enjoyed the three story doll house that also arrived. Today kids as young as five are requesting cell phones and actually receiving them!  My brother, sister and I usually received one large family gift and it was often a fun, new electronic device that Radio Shack had recently put into the market place. So, even as a child growing up I did get some pretty cool, up to date presents! Wow.....Difference #3 is a Big one!

As we all contemplate celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus, it's so easy to get caught up in all of this "stuff." Life seemed a lot simpler in my childhood days, but when I really think about it. Christmas is still Christmas- it's all about a little baby. It's not about the "stuff", the stockings, the presents, or even what pattern of wrapping paper is in your home.

I don't know about you...But I really think Christmas used to be a lot simpler. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, December 9, 2011

The hp Photosmart 5510 Printer - User Friendly

OK~ It was time for a new printer in the house once I realized that there are printers in the world today that are wireless, make copies, and even scan from the same machine. The printer we had worked, but I began to realize that there are many things that we could be doing, that we were not. After all,  most of us in this house are somewhat tech savvy (Me being the least)!

We opted for a Canon printer, which turned out to be quite the fiasco. The packaging said Mac Compatible, but when we were challenged with it for more than one week, back to the store it went. Who in their right mind has time to re-enter all of the programming information each time someone wants to print something from the computer? Nobody in this house did. We found the packaging to be somewhat misleading and after reading reviews online (which we should have done FIRST) we realized this was a common problem!

So, today we exchanged this printer for an hp PhotoSmart 5510 printer.

And all I can say is WOW! The whole programming feature took maybe 15 minutes, where as the first printer we had purchased was taking days! Hey, looking good. And there are even apps for this printer- yep, even apps for printers- I'm still in awe!  Where have I been?

Coupon lovers- this is your thing! I loved the fact that I could touch apps, touch coupons and literally print out coupons in a matter of seconds. When before, I always had issues re-entering information every time I needed to print A coupon! I can't wait to check out all the other exciting apps and features this machine has.



So, after three hours in the house...This Mom has already had a more than pleasant experience with a new printer. I honestly thought that we would not find a printer that would be Mac compatible, affordable, and do lots of things- but hey, we found one! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did not receive any product or monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed are mine and nobody else's.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Your Kids + Sickness +School Attendance = Miserable Kid

OK~ My twitter feed was kind of crazy this morning with tweets about kids being sick and parents needing to send them to school. I will admit, I am a "strict" Mom when it comes to needing to stay home from school. But, when there is vomit, diarrhea, fever, or the inability to keep their eyes open- it's back to bed they go! I'm assuming that schools have became so strict in regards to attendance due to the abuse that schools have received over the years. The big offender in our local school district has been shopping trips, or so I have been told. Once the Mall of America opened (just a two hour drive) our local school district made it known that shopping trips were not excusable school absences. I have never called my boys in to excuse them from school when they were not sick- but I am told I am not part of the so called, "norm!" Oh well, I can live with that!

Here is what parents are saying in the world of social media when it comes to sending their kids to school when they are ill.

1. If your child has a low grade temp, just give them Tylenol, it will mask the fever!  What? Now think about it-When you have a fever...Do you feel like paying attention, being around other people, and not being able to sleep when you have a fever?

2. My child cannot afford to miss anymore days of school, they MUST go when they are sick. It appears that schools have the upper hand here. Kids can only miss so many days- even when illness or surgery strikes and parents receive "the letter" in the mail. What happened to people being people?

3. It's only the flu. I don't care if it's the throwing up kind or true influenza, it's still something that spreads fast and miserable for the person that has it. Yep, I've heard this time and time again. So much for all of those dollars spent on all of those public health advertisements. To the best of my knowledge these ads are not cheap and somebody has put a lot of thought into them.

I'm thinking all of this goes back to the pressure that is put on parents and families when it comes to school in the year 2011. The competition is stiff, teachers are frazzled and over worked, and it appears to this Mom that many kids are getting left behind! So, the next time your kid is not feeling well- Will you tell them to "suck it up?" It's true- Your Kids + Sickness + School Attendance = A Miserable Kid! Oh yeah, this Mom has done that- gotten a call from the school nurse a couple hours later, but hey, I tried! After all, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Old Man Winter Is Here

OK~ This is what this Mom does NOT like about living in Iowa- it's cold! The official start to Winter is still a couple weeks away and this is the actual temperature at 7:30 p.m. this evening- yikes! I really wish we had no need for a thermometer to register that cold- but, it IS WHAT IT IS! It looks like Old Man Winter is gonna be around a while~After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, December 5, 2011

The First Snow of the Winter 2011-2012 Season

OK~ I'm trying to find the beauty in this first snow fall- I think I may have found it!




It looks like Santa will be able to arrive with no problems at all~ A White Christmas in Iowa~After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Arrival Of The Christmas Tree

OK~ My Christmas Tree has risen-Well...sort of!

My tree moved out of the basement to here. We have a little issue with the tree stand. Our basement seems to have been a little too wet.....So, we will see how that comes out. In the meantime I'm thinking back to the days of a "real" tree. I must admit- I do not miss the vacuuming of pine needles for months after trying to toss the "tired" tree out of the house on December 29th or so! It was always a very stressful time at our house. The tree never fit through the door like it should, one of the boys always stepped on a pine needle, and the memories were never very pleasant!

So...we opted for a "fake" tree. But you know what, I do like my "fake" tree. It's usually very easy to put together and we are not stepping on pine needles for the next six months. And I really miss the days of being able to carry the tree up from the basement to the upstairs. Oh well....life goes on! In due time our family Christmas tree will be up for 2011!  But int he meantime, I'm thinking of stringing lights out to this little tree- Your thoughts?

Kind of a cute little tree in the front yard.....And Old Man Winter looks to be here to stay! You gotta love Winter in Iowa! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Cards Or Not....

OK~ There's been a lot of chatter on Facebook lately as to sending out Christmas Cards.  I have ran across the following statements:


  • "It seems like a lot of work when I already know what is going on all because of Facebook." Now, you all know that I love Facebook as much as anyone on the planet, but I still think it's nice to send out a Christmas Card.

  • "I'm just not in the spirit!" Yes, I can totally relate. I do believe that in 2008, I did not send out any Christmas cards. I just didn't feel like it! I seriously never thought I would feel that way.

  • "Does anybody really care what my family has been doing?" Yes...Yes...Yes...We do care! I personally love to read what families have been up to the past year~ send me your letter, pictures, cards, etc....I want to see what you've been up to! And you know what- I really don't care if you have already posted the same pic on Facebook....It's wonderful that you took the time to send my family and I a card!

  • "Why should I send someone a card when they don't send me one?" Yikes...Do we really think this way?  Of course we do, we are all busy human beings! Decide how you want to make up your Christmas card list...A great alternative to sending out your Christmas Cards may be to send greetings on the 4th of July- you could start something fun and new! Since most people don't send cards out this time of year, you may feel less stressed...Just a thought! Wouldn't you like to get  greeting card from "Sue", in July, that resides in another state?

And it appears that the USPS could use our business...So, it's time to start prepping those Christmas Cards and enjoying the festivities of the season! So...Are you sending out Christmas Cards this year? I will be........and I send to those that have sent to me in the past and those that I really want to stay connected with! And of course, we all have those relatives that we "have" to send to~ it's nice to know that we can make someone else's day. Christmas is all about sharing...So- Send out those cards and know that someone will smile when they receive a Christmas Card from you in 2011! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, December 2, 2011

My 4-H Days

OK~ We did some re-organizing and rearranging today in the house. Having been married almost 25 years, we have STUFF....Lots of stuff!  Garrett was helping Todd carry a box of "stuff" to the basement and Garrett says, "What is in here?"  Todd replied, "Stuff!" Garrett says, "Why are we keeping it?" Todd replied , "This is the stop before it heads out the door (meaning 25 more years in a box in the basement)."

And we even found our 4-H record books. I also found some 4-H awards and thought I'd share. I spent a lot of years and hours on many 4-H projects!

And here we go....This was my first official year- 1977. Due to the fact that the club was getting ready to disband, myself and two other girls were allowed to join in 3rd grade. Our first year we were not required to keep record books, we were associate members. So I guess---this is what I was thinking in 4th Grade in 1977!
After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Drive Thru

OK~I really don't get this. I place my order at the drive thru. I am told to pay at window number one, sounds good to me. I pay at window number one and am told to pull ahead to pay at window number two. I get to window number two and the person that was at window number one greets me out of breath saying ,"Hello, how may I help you?" I must have had an interesting look on my face as this employee says ,"Oh, your food!" I am still shaking my head! After All It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Making My Own Sunshine

OK~ It seems we have many days here in Iowa where we go without seeing Mr. Sun! On these dreary, cloudy days I really strive to make my own sunshine!

First of all- I try to post all positive comments in Social Media (Seems to work for 90% of posts) Face it, there are some posts that just can't be positive- it's life, right?

Secondly- I do get myself away from work for a couple hours....I head to the gym! It's not only good for my mental sanity, but also good for me physically. If you cannot get to the gym, bundle up and walk outside- hey, it's better than not moving at all!

Thirdly- Smile! This should not be hard, but there are times that it can be hard to smile. People will really wonder what you have been up to. But hey, what's wrong with that?

A couple days ago we had went four days with out seeing Mr. Sun and my 16 year old said to me, "Mom, why are you so happy. This weather sucks!" Well, there was some truth to his statement.....the weather did suck..Plain, Simple, and Straight to the Point! But then I thought....Ummmm..I must be doing something right- I had succeeded at making my own sunshine! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Another Letter....Ugghhhh

OK~ Are we the only parents out there that get letters like this? We both dread it when we walk around the wall to enter the kitchen in the morning. If we see something white on the table that resembles this~ we close our eyes and pray really, really hard!We had the Spider letter on June 6, 2011 and NOW THIS.....Ummmm---20 year olds........


Yep...this time one of those little triangle windows was knocked out with a baseball bat or something to that effect. So- from the car tire fiasco about 15 months ago to this ~ this Mom is ready for some quiet with boys and cars....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yeah- A New Office Chair!

OK~ So you would think that an office chair would be a simple purchase, but not the case when a Mom like me decides on a Sunday morning that her back just can't take her old chair anymore! So, off to the stores we go. Now, I will confess, I did glance online, but thought I should try to patronize a local business. Problem being....Sunday morning 10:00 a.m.- strange- not many stores open, even on this holiday week-end. Weirdly enough, the place we thought would not have an office chair had one that fit our needs and our budget----> Menards had just what we needed!

And there were directions- and according to the boys in this house they are over rated!
And there was stuff!
And then there was an arm here and there!
According to the 16 year old in the house- this chair is gonna rock it!
And the end result....Seriously, when I see this~ I now know why my back hurt and we badly needed a new office chair!
After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did not receive any product or compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody elses.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Simple Way To Eat Leftover Turkey

OK~ One of the easiest ways to eat up leftover turkey. This is one that even your kids can make.
A few tortilla chips, your favorite cheese and turkey. Microwave for about 40 seconds and you are good to go!

Garnish with onions, peppers, salsa, sour cream..whatever your kids like! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did not receive any product or compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Friday, November 25, 2011

All Of This Shopping This Holiday Week-End

OK~ I hope many of you found that "deal" you were searching for during the wee hours of this morning. I am not looking forward to the fact that I need to visit a grocery store today- poor planning on my part! My sleep and mental sanity (if there is such a thing) are too important to me at this stage of my life.

For those of you that ventured out....Enjoy wrapping all of those presents! It's exiting to see all of the photos of people barging through the doors of the stores and I'm also pleased to see that it appears that people have extra money this holiday season. Early morning reports are showing a great day! I sure hope this is an indication that our economy is making a rebound!

Thanksgiving was wonderful...Not too much leftover turkey, just enough for our family of four! We will not be eating turkey sandwiches for weeks on end, just a couple days. I sure hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are able to focus on the Christmas season! My Christmas cards are ordered and now it's time to focus on getting that Christmas tree up!

Black Friday is sure to be an exciting day for retailers. Remember tomorrow is a day to show your support to your local small business owners- Do you have your day mapped out for tomorrow? I hope you do...those small businesses are what keeps our local economies booming! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cars Through The Years

OK~ A great discussion today between Garrett, my Brother, and my Mom. Due to the fact that the 1978 Chevy pick-up that I grew up riding in to head out to those bean fields was hauled to the junk yard today, a bittersweet moment it was. I know, those of you that have no clue what a pick-up means to a farm family probably think we are all nuts. I spent many miles in the back cab of that pick-up! It was off to a bean field, or a corn field to pick up rocks. Thinking....34 years! That was a well defined Chevy truck!

And then there was the 1975 Buick Station Wagon...Blue! How lovely it was...My girlfriend, Kim and I spent many hours driving that car around the grain bins in our yard. I know, sounds crazy, but that is where she and I practiced our driving. Garrett, who is 16, kind of said, "What's a station wagon?" Just another sign of the times!

Oh yeah...and my first official car! A 1978 Buick Skylark- Bright, Sunny Yellow~ What a rockin' car that was. It was nice- bright and bold! Sadly, that car met the end of the road when my sister was driving it.

Cars and Trucks...they take us lots of places, but they also provide many years of great memories of life on the Iowa farm! So.....we continue to enjoy "Old Blue" Gotta love that truck- 20+ years and more!


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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall In Iowa

OK~ When the yellow school bus arrived today this was my view~


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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

So....How Is That Energy Drink?

OK~ I'm not a big supporter of all of these energy drinks that have entered the market place in the past few years. Maybe if they would have came on the scene when I was a teen, I may think a little different. Garrett and I are in Menards (yes, Menards- the lumber store) and there is a cooler full of energy drinks at the check-out.

Garrett:  "Mom- Can I have one of those?"

Me:  Thinking (Ummmmmm- wired kid, but he is 16 1/2 so all should be well) and then I say, "Sure!"

We then proceed through the check-out and head to the car. We get in the car and Garrett opens his drink in a black can. Our conversation then goes like this....

Garrett: "This tastes weird." (I am thinking, this is a good thing!)

Me: I then smell the top of the can and say, "Does it taste like chalk?"

Garrett: "How am I supposed to know what chalk tastes like? And furthermore, Mom- How would YOU KNOW WHAT chalk tastes like?"

I had no further comment! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Is Just Around The Corner

OK~ So, another holiday is creeping up on us. Today I've been reflecting on three things that I am very thankful for.

  •  I am thankful that my boys are healthy and able to give me that "eye roll!" Face it, if you have teens or tweens in your home, you know exactly what I am referring to!

  • Even though the skies are dreary and dark, I am grateful that I am able to drive to the YMCA and exercise. For it was five years ago during the month of November that I was working very, very hard so that I could walk again. I am so thankful for the physical therapists that not only pushed me, but also believed in me!

  • I am so very grateful for a warm home, roof over my head, and a family that loves me!


Yep~ through the good and bad.....I am thankful for so many people that have inspired me along this journey we refer to as "life!" Through the eye rolls, challenges, and everyday happenings~ I am so blessed......You, my loyal blog readers, make me smile! THANK YOU!!!!!

So, as we celebrate the holiday known as Thanksgiving~ this Mom is going to enjoy the food, smiles, and of course the "eye rolls!" After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?
      

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yep~ Time For The Clippers


OK~ You know, when Blaine was born, almost 21 years ago I said that I would never, never cut my boys' hair! Well...guess what? I have been trained (through my experience) to cut my boys's hair, hubby included! I have done this - get this- for the past 10 years!  I took care of two shaggy boys today~It was truly one of those open mouth, insert foot moments.........Gotta love those clippers! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Cheer at The Universal Orlando Resort

OK~ It looks like Universal Orlando Resort is hosting a wide variety of holiday events starting December 3 through January 1, 2012. Now, if your family considers you to be the Grinch~ surprise 'em! Universal's Islands of Adventure is one place you can come face to face with The Grinch! You can even purchase a spot at a special character breakfast with the mean, green one himself!

Mannheim Steamroller is even scheduled to perform on the Music Plaza State in Universal Studios six times this year~ December 3,4,10,11,17, and 18th! Maybe a parade is your thing~ Universal Studios will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of partnership with Universal Orlando- by filling the streets every evening with some of the same elements that are seen winding through New York City at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Photo is Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

The Macy's Holiday Parade will also welcome select park guest to participate in the procession as real balloon-handlers~ How cool is that?

With three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a night time entertainment complex, The Universal Orlando Resort is the ultimate vacation destination this holiday season! With three on-site hotels, tree-lighting ceremonies, food, and fun.......Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are awaiting your arrival~ Soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man......what a fun family adventure!

My own experience has always been that it is a huge benefit to stay on the property. The complimentary transportation and early park admission are definitely a win-win!



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For more information on Universal Orlando Resort's holiday celebration and offers, take a swing through Universal Orlando Resort's Web Site! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did not receive any compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Being Thankful Amongst The Chaos

OK~ We all know that life can get pretty chaotic at times! We had one day this past week that an alternator and battery went out of one car. Within 10 hours, our microwave literally blew up and quit working! So, you may ask.....Why am I thankful? Well, I am thankful that my hubby was able make the repairs on our 20 year old son's car. I am also thankful that we had the "old" microwave in the basement and our 16 year old son carried it up the stairs to go back to it's home in the kitchen. Oh yeah, and I'm also thankful that these crazy farm cats are doing their job~ they are catching more than their fare share of mice!

I am also thankful for good health. Sure,  this household has had its ups and downs~ but we really are blessed! So many people are posting 30 days of Thanks during the month of November. I did not start that, as I was afraid I would miss a day or two. Although, I must admit, I am enjoying reading what everyone is thankful for! So-----What are you thankful for?

Here's to an awesome Thanksgiving and a healthy November/December in this household! We surely had all the chaos we could handle last week, right? After All, It's All In a Moms Day, Right?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boys And Cars

OK~ The night was interesting. Blaine (20 year old) calls Garrett to inform him that his car has stopped running in the middle of the highway. Garrett (16) says, "Mom, why would Blaine call me instead of getting the car off of the highway?" Makes a Mom wonder......After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

OK~ Betty Crocker to The Rescue! If I can make these- you can too- A tasty treat anytime of the year, but perfect during the holidays!


 Easy, Easy...Easy.........

The recipe is on the back of the package. Super, Super Easy to Make! The downside- I got 32 cookies out of one package.......With three boys home most of the day today~ How soon before these are all gone?  Any guesses?


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

*I did not receive any product or compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kids/Teachers/Coaches- When Is This Going To End?

OK~This Mom is just downright frustrated. What is wrong with people today? I am now reading a news story in an Iowa newspaper about a teacher engaging with young girls online, and we are all aware of the scandal that continues to unfold in Pennsylvania. This should be a wake up call to parents.

Throughout the years my boys have been involved in many different activities and I never once swayed away from volunteering my time. These incidents are reasons why parents need to be involved. We all know that we should trust the teacher, trust the coach, as well as the Boy/Girl Scout leader- but let me tell you, the media is telling this mom this is no longer the case. If my boys are taking part in something, I will do my part. I firmly believe that if I do not participate or help to make things better, I have no right to complain. By being involved, I do have a right to complain!

I may have complained that things were overwhelming during my tenure as a Cub Master, and as an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts, but I am thankful that I jumped in! With so many parents afraid or not willing to step up to the plate to volunteer, the task can be daunting. If parents would see how important it is to step up and contribute, everyone's job is much easier. If everyone pitches in and does their part, life is good! The friendships I made were priceless and hey, this Mom even became a certified bb gun instructor with The Boy Scouts of America!

Now that my boys are 16 and 20- I can reflect on how thankful I am that I made that decision to become involved. I did not know much about coaching t-ball or soccer- but when no one else would step up to the plate, I willingly took the necessary steps to become trained in coaching these two sports. Attending PTO meetings throughout the years has, and still is, one of the easiest ways to know what is going on in my child's school- I really don't understand why parents do get this concept. I am guessing it is a personal choice.

Now, more than ever before, it is so important to know who your kids are hanging around with, where they are going, what they are doing and we even need to be concerned about who the adults are that are surrounding them! Parents, wake up! Become involved- I know this Mom is grateful for all of the opportunities that have been tossed her way. Helicopter Parenting...that's another story! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

To Vote...Or Not To Vote

OK~ I really believe that if I want to complain about something in the future, I should exercise my right to vote. Today was a day that I really, really wanted to go vote. But sadly there was nothing for me to vote on today. I will continue to educate myself on the issues when it comes to the economy, education, the state of Iowa, local government, and anything that will impact my life (which happens to be everything around me).

Sometimes I wonder if my little voice really matters. I have to have faith that my little voice will make a difference and know that when I cast my vote- it does matter! So.....the next time you are contemplating to vote, or not to vote~ Just go VOTE! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Driving.......

OK~ Teens know how to drive their parents nuts, as well as literally drive them crazy. But, like it or not.....teens do drive! Yep,  here in Iowa they drive cars, tractors, trucks, and atv's. Our boys have been very different in the fact that our oldest one could not wait to get his driver's license, and our youngest one has had to be prodded along.

I truly believe that teens will want to drive in their own time and on their own schedule. But, there does come a time when it's time for parents to intervene. Yup, that's what's happened at this house. We had to get the ball rolling in regards to him obtaining his driver's permit. And now that he's been 16 for six months, it is time to take Driver's Education Classes.

It's so different this time around. Our oldest son could not wait to get behind the wheel and Garrett, he's just so carefree and not a care in the world about it. He knows that just because he completes the class and has his driver's license he does not have to drive all the time. Wow- What a change! I always thought that all boys couldn't wait to get their driver's licenses-I must admit, it's kind of a welcoming change.

In time....Our kids grow up and become their own selves. And it seriously happens in the blink of an eye! So, for now, this Mom is happy that her 16 year old son (baby) is taking the serious approach to driving and enjoying the ride! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

P.S. His turns are a little interesting!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Perspective.....

OK~ It's all about perspective. Here in Iowa, we will have loads of white, fluffy, sloppy snow to tromp around in this coming Winter. In Florida, people will possibly endure 30 something degree temps and rain. I've always wondered if people in the so called warmer climates change their wardrobes during Winter.

I am learning...they do! Having lived in Iowa all of my life...when I think of sweaters- I see wind, cold, snow, and boots! I guess I need to get out more...I learned this past week that people in the so called warmer climates do wear boots and sweaters. It seems kind of strange to this Iowa Mom that snow boots would need to be worn in these warmer climates- but, I get it...It's about fashion and making sure to keep those feet warm!

Well- it's all about perspective! In this Mom's eyes...Winter is 0 degrees with 30 below wind chills and lots of snow! And yes, I buy snow boots to keep my feet warm and dry! Maybe, just maybe someday I will be able to buy a pair of snow boots strictly for fashion. But, for now...It's all about perspective- I will endure Winter and pray that I can "retire" to the South someday! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

News, Gadgets, and The Like...How They Are A Changing

OK~ It was just a few years ago when 99.9% of us had house phones and maybe a cell phone to travel with for emergency use. And fast forward to today....Many of us no longer talk on a house phone, as we use our cell phones for everything~ even to read the news!

Now today we see "Like Us On Facebook.......Follow Us On Twitter! Again, time has evolved. Many people use Facebook to get the days news, find out about a business- Facebook is literally ONE huge massive book of Yellow Pages! I am happy to say that I consider Facebook and Twitter to not only be a great way to stay connected with others, but it's a GREAT book of yellow pages! I am not a patient person...I can click and see what a business has to offer in a matter of seconds~ I like that!

My age is showing. I can remember the days of a typewriter (an actual typewriter with a ribbon) with several sheets of white paper, with carbon in between them (Can you still buy that stuff?) and after a matter of NOT making an error (Spellcheck is unheard of) a person may have had a nice looking group of papers to pass out to someone. I can't wait for the day in rural America when we will have high speed internet, as that will really make my job nice!

Just today- My Mom and I were talking about how we had heard about a local town having a week-end of Welcome To The Holidays in their shops. We ventured to this Iowa town, as we had seen all about it on Facebook! It's not just young teens using Facebook...It's a place of updated news ( locally and nationally) and a place to stay connected. One has to think, "Where will we be in 10 more years?" It kind of scares me, but I will roll right along with it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shutterfly~ November is Family Photo Days~ Just In Time For The Holidays!



OK~Shutterfly is proud to be hosting Family Photo Days..... Throughout the month of November!  The must have styles of the season when it comes to YOUR family, in YOUR family photo! Enter Shutterfly's' photo contest and enjoy 5 free cards!  Shutterfly has you and your family covered when it comes to your family and your holiday cards this busy season!

It's family portrait time! This should simply be one of the happiest times for you and your family. In all reality, I have yet to meet a Mom that does NOT get stressed out over an upcoming family photo shoot. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, it's important to find clothes that not only compliment each family member, but clothing that compliments the clothing of other family members. Create a color theme when the planning process begins.

Now, if you have young kids, I would strongly sway you away from white. I do not know of any young child that will not find the red juice before "flash" time! If you and your family enjoy nature; why not dress in comfy, natural clothing? And better yet, head outdoors for a natural family photo. Rain, snow, wind, or sun- make the best of what nature tosses your way.

And you may never know what your kids may say when the photographer says, "Smile!" Our son once chose to say to the photographer, "You are a dude!" When we asked him what he was referring to he looked at us with a grin and said, "He is hair on the horses rear end!" This Mom was mortified! He then proceeded to tell us that all of the kids at school knew that , and we should too. Come dressed in the appropriate attire and be sure to let your kids know what you expect out of them while at the photo shoot. This Mom has learned from experience on that one!

Your family photos are something you pride yourself in. You can be assured that Shutterfly offers beautiful holiday cards to showcase your photos! You can opt for one, two, three, or in some cases even feature four photos on one card. Shutterfly also offers beautiful personalized photo gifts, which can be cherished for several years. Let's face it, when any Mom goes to all the work of getting everyone ready for a family photo shoot, it makes sense to showcase them in something a Mom is proud to share. Shutterfly offers the solution for busy Moms.

 Kick back and enjoy the season! Let Shutterfly do all the work for you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

* I will received a code for 50 Free Photo Cards from Shutterfly for sharing this information with you. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hometowns~What Makes Your Hometown Unique?

 OK~ I'm hearing the words hometown quite a bit lately. My hometown happens to be Mason City, Iowa.  And I'm pleased to share THREE things that make this community a great place to visit and raise a family!


  • I may complain when I sit at a stop light and there are ten cars present. But, in reality, these ten cars are much better than the hundreds that may be present at an intersection in a large city.
  • Living in the country, we enjoy the peacefulness that we endure when we step outside. Mason City happens to have several parks that are family friendly 365 days of the year. From a dip into the local swimming pool to coasting down the sledding hill; our parks are full of activities for families.
  • The Historic Park Inn Hotel recently opened! This hotel is the last hotel in the whole world that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1910. This hotel has been restored after a complete renovation and is open for guests! 

Here is the view when you step through the main doors of the hotel! Our whole community prides itself on the renovation of this historical hotel, isn't it beautiful? If you are an architect buff, this hotel is for you! So, I'd have to say my local town is a little unique in the fact that it has the LAST hotel in the whole world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright~ pretty cool, huh? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did not receive any compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Saga Of The Books....

OK~ Garrett comes home from school today. "Mom, these books need to go back to the public library." I say, "OK." I did recall that he had taken a little field trip to the public library, a few weeks ago, so the red flags didn't go up too fast. Seems kind of odd that our high school library would not carry books about John Dillinger..but, that's a whole other saga.

Garrett thens says, "Oh yeah, they were due yesterday!"  Ok....to the car and to town I go. I was SO OVERLY joyed that these books were only one day late~ unbelievable. This is the same kid that would bury any/all books in the bottom of his locker until the end of the school year. So- this Mom is doing a happy dance! Only one day late~ Major, Major Maturity~ this Mom is happy, happy!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Home Grown Gifts- Cedar Antler- Clarinda, Iowa

OK~ The holidays are just around the corner, as much as I really, really dislike facing up to that fact. I found some really cute, fun, and unique wood working ideas from an Iowa vendor in our local mall a couple week-ends ago.

Now, this WELCOME sign is looking mighty fine in the home of my parents. The cool thing about these products is the fact that they are made out of lumber from the trees in Iowa. Now that to me, is natural and very local!

A nice selection of decor for your home or business. Brandon and Michelle Moon are the proprietors of CedarAntler and they reside in Clarinda, Iowa. The two of them together, are not only creative, but also very proud of their business. They pride themselves on Hand Made Crafts from Native Sawn Lumber. I happen to love the fact that these folks are hard working and using their hands to make these beautiful products!


Cedar wood is used in many of their items, with a lot of character to boot. So, if you are looking for something made with the hands, made in Iowa, and produced out of homegrown Iowa trees; you need to get in touch with these folks~They probably have something for that someone on your gift list, or something for you to add a little "oomph" to your home. Oh yeah, and I must add- Brandon even makes beautiful antler chandeliers. Now, there's an idea for your Dining Room!  So, Give these folks a call- 1-712-303-8825- they've probably got something with your name on it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

*I purchased the Welcome sign and a friend gave me the Live Well, Laugh, Often. Love Much Sign. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Video Rentals

OK~ I'm always ready for a pleasant surprise. I can't tell you how many times I have cringed at some of the video games that have been rented in this house~ Ugghhh....teenage boys and blood/guns/ and violence. I am thinking those wicked games have ran there course. We went to rent a video game tonight and my 16 year old son chose a Child rated game! Woo Hoo! This Mom is doing a happy dance. He's happy, I'm happy. All is well in this house tonight..After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall 2011

OK~ I'm looking/reading many posts about snow on the East Coast the end of October. This is my yard in Iowa ~ and this Mom is NOT complaining, as the white fluffy, snow will be flying soon enough! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Books- Past, Present And Future

OK~We've all got books laying around! How do you keep all of those books under control? I will say that I have really appreciated my Nook. I no longer have that tall pile of books next to my bed. I honestly thought I would miss the feel of paper in my hands, but that is not the case. I like having my Nook loaded up and ready to go at anytime.

I'm not so sure that I like the thought of books being non-existant. I think of the jobs that are lost and the feel of an actual book in my hands. I still like to be able to pick up a book and read it. But, in the grand scheme of things, many books are sure to go by the wayside.

We have became a society full of abundant technology, which I have learned to embrace. Our 16 year old son, has never really enjoyed reading- until now. His 11th Grade English class was fortunate to have two teachers that went out to community organizations presenting the students needs for Kindles to the organizations. And you know what? We are blessed....His class has a Kindle for each student. The Kindle stays in the classroom and he enjoys reading now. So, I have to say technology has been a blessing to this family when it comes to a 16 year old boy and reading.

What's your thoughts on books? Do you think we will see fewer actual books laying around? This Mom will keep her eye on those books- maybe through the eyes of her Nook. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Parents + Kids = Volunteerism

OK~I'm thinking today~ and I do NOT necessarily think that thinking is always a good thing, but it usually is! The activities our two boys have been and continue to be involved in, have always involved the parents in one form/shape or another. What's been so interesting over the years is that the same people are involved in the scouting events, the church events, the team events......Our youngest son completed Cub Scouting more than five years ago and I just recently learned that the Cub Scout Pack has struggled, been non-existent for a period of time, and continues on the brink of collapsing. How sad is that? When we were involved in this pack, there were several active adults ( who were also at the church activities and other happenings in the community) that were involved in the pack. Cub Scouting takes a load of volunteers to make things happen!

 So.....what I am observing, is contrary to what I am hearing from the media. I am hearing that volunteerism is up~ But where? People.... Parents- Our kids are the future! Be involved in the activities your kids are participating in. No, this does not give you permission to be a helicopter parent, but permission to become involved. The last PTO meeting at our local school- 7-12 Graders- Close to (under) 20 people in attendance with 1/2 being school employees. This are just ONE Mom's observation...

Oh yeah...and the cookie cut-out fundraiser for my son's trapshooting team. Guess what? It's the same people, same parents, same kids that have signed up to help. Now, I honestly have no clue as to what is so difficult to stand at a table and place frozen cookies in the hands of people. Do you see a trend here? I'm beginning to think that those of us that are involved are enabling these other parents....I'm thinking that other parents seem to think that oh, "So and so will do it."

My thoughts continue...I'm still searching for the answer in regards to all of these people volunteering. Don't get me wrong~ There are many people that I know that are volunteering, making a difference in the lives of our kids. But, people~ let's not burn them out! Step up to the plate and take your turn~ it's really not that hard and you will meet new people, while making a difference in the life of a young person!

For now...This Mom will continue to Think.... My Motto:  If you are NOT involved- Do NOT complain~After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Wild Mouse

OK~ I'm really almost speechless. My 16 year old son just says to me, "Mom? What can you get when a wild mouse bites you on the hand?" I am not asking details...I do NOT need to know details....I am not sure that I want to reside under the same roof~ teens, mice, and all of this fun! Living in the country in Iowa definitely has its perks, but wild mice? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Naming Farm Kittens- It's Not An Easy Task!

OK~ What is wrong with this picture? Our kittens now have names- Cartman, Butters, Stan, Kyle & Kenny. Well, I must confess~ Kenny is no longer with us~ I'm just going to state that my car tire met up with him and I have no further comment on Kenny. When farm kittens are born the first part of August in Iowa, these warm days in October are a blessing to them. Here's three of the four that are left.



Naming these kittens was just not happening~ I'm thinking that my 16 year old has watched a few too many Southpark shows. When my boys (hubby included) told me the names of the kittens, I asked, "Who?" Well, it's rather obvious who does NOT get into Southpark at this house. Maybe it's best that I don't watch.....These farm cats are wonderful when it comes to catching those pesky mice~ and yes, it is that season~AGAIN! Lucky for Cartman, Butters, Stan & Kyle~we have been blessed with warm weather the past few days! Next time..this Mom is naming new kittens as soon as possible....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Community~ A Word We Hear About A Lot

OK~ I seriously think the word community seems to be popping up everywhere. I see community in Twitter, on Facebook, on Google Plus AND I even hear about it when I turn on the radio. It's not all bad, but I am wondering if it's a phrase we are all running with.

I am blessed to have a community of Faith Friends, Classmates, Facebook Friends, Twitter Followers, Trapshooting Parent Friends, Iowa Friends, Blogger Friends, and my list seriously continues on and on. When I started thinking about "my" community......I began to realize how blessed I truly am.

My family should probably be the top list in my community~ but, does a family have to be labeled? I'm choosing not to label it. So, there ya go! A community is wonderful to be a part of and I am thankful for everyone that I have connected with in all of the communities I have passed through! I'm thinking that the key is to realize that you are a part of a community~ embrace it and accept it! By accepting a "new to you" community~ the sky is truly your limit! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Age......

OK~ Age....It took my five year old nephew to put the age thing into perspective.

I made the comment, "I can't do that, I am an old lady!"

My five year old nephew, "I am an old boy. I am going to be 6!"

How cute is that? This sweet, little boy reminded me that I need to be thankful that I am able to celebrate another birthday and I need to remember how grateful I am.  Each day we are given, is truly a gift from God! Another little blessing in my day~ A sweet one, that is for sure! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time....

OK~ Here is why my time AND yours is important:


  • My family needs me- There are meals to be prepared, laundry to be washed, and just the general day to day activities of running a household.
  • A dollar is a dollar- The dentist and doctor's office are busy places. Therefore, if I am running late or not going to be able to make my appointment, I call the office. I want to be sure my running late won't interfere with other patients and if I need to reschedule~ I will reschedule the appointment.
  • My son's teacher is busy enough~ Therefore if I have a meeting scheduled with his teacher, I attend or let the teacher know I need to reschedule.
So, what seems so difficult about this? Common sense seems to have been tossed out the window. I have been told by several teachers, doctors, moms, and dentists that they don't think others value their time! So.....this is a wake up call to all of us! If you can't make it on time......Use common sense and make that telephone call. 

My time is valuable, your time is valuable...So, let's work together and bring TIME back to the common sense in our daily lives. How do you value your time and the time of others? I will keep doing what I am doing.....an occasional eye roll at the doctor's office (people just don't get it) and this Mom is good to go. Oh yeah, and that privacy issue in the medical field~ it's always interesting how I can hear what each patient is there for, how much their bill is~ makes no sense to me. But then again, I am just a Mom.

It always amazes me that a Mom will take the time to argue with a receptionist at an office....Geeshe..take a chill pill people! It's all about my time and your time~ Bring some common sense into your time~ we would all be a little happier! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Politics......

OK~ Haven't we been hearing about this next U.S. election for the past two years? Debate after debate...and I will tell you this. I do love my country, and I do care...but I am really, really tired of these political leaders campaigning year after year. Just for once, I'd love to see them do their job and not campaign. Through the eyes of my 16 year old..."Mom, they all say what they think people want to hear."  I had no comment, but was left with a thought for the next year. Politics, you gotta love to hate 'em! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?