I Am Not That Mom

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I am Not that Mom

I am not that mom who sits on the floor with you playing My Little Pony for hours. I am not the mom who builds entire towns on Minecraft. I have never learned to play Pokémon and I never (ever) will. I am well aware of my failure in this aspect of parenting.

I am thankful for my husband, who excels in watching cartoons and playing video games. I smile when I see him and the kids tossing a football in the yard. (In the yard. No Throwing Balls in the House. Jesus.) I laugh when they wrestle and tickle and play, play, play.

I’m just not that mom.

I was the young soon-to-be mom, scared to death but determined, so determined, to bring you into this world and love you like no other. I was the single mother of two who worked long hours and still held dance parties…

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Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Friends, this was posted on FaceBook in a local TN swap group yesterday…..

“Please Read! Can’t believe this happened in Millington!! “I just want to share my experience with everyone what happened to me tonight so that you all can be aware of what is going on around here. Tonight I went to Walmart in millington. My husband was following me in a different vehicle . When I parked I got out of the Car and noticed a man in a white car parked in front of me staring at me , I met up with my husband and we went inside. (he was parked somewhere else so I was alone when I go out) we were in there shopping for about 30 to 40 minutes. When I came back out I walked to my car alone and the guy was still sitting in his car staring at me, it gave me a creepy vibe so I got in my car and drove off. This guy followed me. And didn’t know my husband was also following me home . When I got to the stop sign at Shelby road, I noticed that my tire was flat so I pulled over. The car started to pull up behind me until my husband pulled in, the car drove off fast into the forest. . We looked at my tire and found a stab mark in the side wall. My guess is that this guy was going to kidnap me. If it weren’t for my husband pulling up there’s no telling what would have happened. Everywhere you go be aware of your surroundings. And don’t go in parking lots alone.. Especially at night. I can’t believe this is going on right in my home town.”

The authorities were contacted. I do not know what they did about it, if anything. Just felt like I should give people a heads up though. We very rarely go to that Walmart, but I know a lot of people that do. Please be careful not only there, but anywhere when you are out and about.

Bake for them two

Beautifully written. I seriously am in love with this post. We can’t share this message enough! Thank you to Jessica for saying this in a way that was so wonderful. I love your message and I am so happy to have found this and be able to pass it along.

Ten Thousand Places

gay weddingIn Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws.

To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They had no place ruling over God’s chosen people in God’s chosen nation. That land had been promised to Moses and his descendants when God brought them out of Egypt. Their very presence in the land was blasphemous.

One of the Roman laws stated that any man could be required to drop what he was doing and carry a Roman soldier’s equipment for him for up to a mile. In the sermon on the mount, with his followers gathered around him, Jesus referenced that law and told his followers what they should do in that case:

“If anyone forces you to go…

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Stay With Me

My kids are three of the most important things in my life.  Ever since they were born they relied on me, their mother, for everything.  While they were young, there were times when that was exhausting.  If you are a parent you know exactly what I am talking about.

  • Late night feedings
  • Middle of the night illnesses
  • Waking up early because as soon as the sun hit their window they wanted to bound out of bed and play
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Playing whatever they want
  • Watching whatever they want, as many times as they want
  • Teaching them everything you can about life and the world

Exhausting?  YES!  Worth it?  ABSOLUTELY!!!!!  I have delighted in being there every single step of the way with our kids.  Luckily I was able to be at home with them or on the same schedule as them for over 10 years while they were young.  This made them rely on me even more for things though, since there were a lot of times that Daddy was at work and I was there with them.  I was the first one they asked to do something or for something.  I was also a lot of the time the one that they wanted when they were upset about anything.  I was at all of the school programs, and PTA/PTO meetings.  I wanted to do everything in my power to give my children everything they wanted and even more.  Isn’t that what all parents want for their children?  Of course it is!

Sure there were moments during all of the craziness and stress that I just wanted and needed a break.  But I never once wanted my children to not want or need me.  Even when I was not with them, I was still thinking about them no matter where I was at the time.  Each of them was always on my mind.  I wanted to know what they were doing, if they missed me, if they needed me, and if they would be upset that I had been away from them for this period of time.

The emotions that I described in the above paragraph has not changed. I still feel exactly the same about my children.  When they are at school, or at a friend’s house, or when I’m at work … I miss them. My heart aches to spend more time with them and to enjoy every moment.  Actually, my heart hurts for this time even more now than ever before.

My oldest daughter is turning 16 in a few short months.  She is a sophomore in high school.  She used to want to sit with me and sing songs, color, play games, watch TV, and just snuggle.  Now she is busy with her friends, extra curricular activities, and looking at colleges.  She is in the beginning stages of making plans to leave the nest.  She is strong, confident, and independent.  She asserts her ability to think for herself and make her own decisions and be her own person.  That’s exactly what we wanted for her, right? We wanted to teach her how to grow into a strong, caring, compassionate, intelligent, hard-working, and all around amazing adult, right?  Then why on earth does it hurt so badly?

My son is 13, and he is such a funny character.  He used to love to spend his time in my lap or snuggled up under one of my arms doing just about anything.  He would run and play and laugh at just about any given moment.  Now he is about to finish up his 8th grade year and embark on the journey that is high school.  He is already talking about what college he might want to go to and what team he will want to play fro when he gets drafted in the NBA.  He’s got big dreams, and a big personality to match.  Once again, he is growing into all we had hoped he would be.  And still it hurts …

My youngest daughter is 11, and she is quite the pistol.   She has always been my snuggle baby.  She was constantly wanting to play, or learn new things and be with me no matter where I was.  It hasn’t happened all the way with her yet, but I’ve now been through it twice so I see all of the signs.  She’s growing up just like her siblings did, and she too is pulling away from me and becoming so independent.

They are all doing exactly what they are supposed to do. They are growing up, and becoming independent.  They can’t rely on me for everything forever.  But the thought of them leaving and going out into the big, bad world all on their own is more than terrifying.  Not because we haven’t prepared them for it, but more because I know what’s out there and I want them to just stay with me …

“Stay with me, the world is dark and wild.  Stay a child, while you can be a child … with me.” The Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

Here’s hoping that we can enjoy lots more fun before they all run off and leave me behind in the dust to move on to all of the bigger and better things that life has in store for them.

Woman notifies authorities of “dead tiger” on the side of the road

This is just funny!

WHNT.com

BRYANT, Ark. — An Arkansas woman called authorities last week to report a dead tiger on the side of the road.

According to the Bryant Police Department’s Facebook page, a woman called police and said she stopped to take pictures of the animal but was “scared to approach it.”

The police department sent an officer to investigate the report. When the officer arrived at the scene, they discovered the “dead tiger” was just a stuffed fake tiger.

“Ofc. VanVeelen located the ‘tiger’ and was even nice enough to give him a ride to the PD,” the police department said on their Facebook page.

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How to Host an Art Auction at Your School

My family recently moved to a different school district. At the new school, they have much different ways of fund raising for the school. I have been very excited about all of the different methods that this school uses to raise money. However, one way excited me more than any other. The kindergarten classes held an art auction. This was not an auction of kindergartners art projects. However it was something very different, and so much better!

I walked into the school gym to discover that each teacher had their own table. Each table was filled with art projects that the class completed together. These were not just finger paints and molded clay either!

Here are some suggestions for items that your class can make for an art auction.

1. A quilt – I saw that at least one teacher had made a quilt with her class. All of the students had decorated squares of fabric and then the teacher had either sewn them together herself, or had someone sew them together. It was a beautiful quilt, and I am sure whomever had the winning bid will treasure it forever!

2. Outdoor furniture – Several teachers tables had outdoor furniture sitting by them. My son’s teacher had a beautiful bench. The children had all put their hand prints on the seat of the bench in all different colors. The child’s names were written in small print by the teacher next to their hand prints. It really turned out beautifully. I know that this item went for well over $100. I also saw children’s outdoor table and chair sets that were decorated by the children in beautiful ways. I also saw one indoor child’s desk that was also decorated by the class.

3. Tote bags – I saw several tables with tote bags. My son’s class also decorated a tote bag. This tote bag was so cute! The children used their finger prints to make little frogs. Their names were written next to their frog. This happens to be the item that I won from the auction!

4. Containers – I saw a variety of containers decorated by the children. I saw small wooden trash cans that you use in a child’s room or in an office. The trash cans decorated with flowers and bugs, and many other things. You could also do this same thing for bowls, pen and pencil holders, cups, and plates.

5. Photographs and other Wall Art – One of the cutest items that was at each table was photographs. The photographs were of the entire class either smiling, or all making funny faces, or in some other silly way. Then the photos were frames in very nice frames with a matte. On the matte each child int he class had written their name. There were also items like key holders that would be hung on the wall, and shelves.

The key to holding an art auction is creativity. The teachers have to use their creative side in order to make this work. Each table needs to have different items that are different and original. Another key to having this type of fund raiser is parent involvement. If parents in your school district are extremely involved, then this will go beautifully for your school. However if parents in your school district are not as involved, then this fund raiser could go one of two ways. It could help the parents to become more involved, by showing them that the school is taking a different approach. However, there could be a very low turn out and some of the items may not sell because of lack of parents involved in the event.

This event can be successful for more than just kindergarten. It can be a big hit for any elementary grade. It can also be a hit with older grades, however, in the older grades you may be able to actually use the student’s art work as the auction pieces. On into high school you could do this with photography classes and wood shop classes.

As you can see, this creative fund raiser is a wonderful way to teach and motivate children. It is also a great way to raise money for your school. At our school the kindergarten art auction raised money for just the kindergarten classes. You could take this approach, or you could make it a school wide event and raise money for the entire school.

Step out of the box, and take a creative approach to fund raising. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Product Review: Children’s Place Footed Pajamas

The Children’s Place is a wonderful store for children’s clothing. They offer high quality children’s clothes at more affordable prices. I quickly fell in love with this store a few years ago when a location opened near my home.

If you have read some of my other articles, I have a daughter with severe eczema. Due to this condition we have to do our best to keep as much of her body covered at night as possible. This reduces her ability to scratch over night. We have always had her wear footed pajamas since she was an infant. She is now almost four years old and she still needs to wear footed pajamas at night. while on the hunt for the best footed pajamas for her I have tried several different brands and types.

I have found that several brands do not make footed pajamas in sizes larger than 24 months or 2T. This poses a problem for me since my child is in larger sizes than 2T or 24 months. The ones that I do find in my daughters size are usually made out of a very thick fleece material. My daughter gets much too hot in these to wear them even during the winter, much less wear them year round. I needed cotton footed pajamas to suit our needs. Also, I find many in her size that do not have feet, this also will not work for us, because our daughter will pull socks off in order to be able to scratch.

I did find some at Baby Gap. They had her size, and they were cotton with feet! However, the price was awfully high, $22.00 per pair. As much as I wanted to purchase them, I decided that I should keep looking to see if I could find a lower price somewhere else. I could always come back to get them if I didn’t have any luck a another store. In the particular set of shops where I was shopping, Children’s Place is only a few stores down from Baby Gap. I went in to Children’s Place to see if I would have any luck finding what I was looking for. I found a full rack of cotton footed pajamas in the infant section of the store. I was thrilled. I searched and found that they did in fact come in my daughter’s size. The price was right as well, $10.50 per pair. Plus they were running a sale at that time, so I could buy 3 pairs and only have to pay $24.00. This seemed to be my best option. I purchased three pairs and tried them that night. They were wonderful. Th fit was great on them, plus they are light enough that she can wear them during the summer, yet still warm enough that they will work during the winter as well. Not to mention, they hold up wonderfully! They have several different fabric choices for both boys and girls, so we were able to get many pairs and not have to have the same pajamas on every night of the week.

For now my problem has been solved, however, not for long. The Children’s Place footed pajamas only go up to size 3T. I will be on the hunt again once my daughter goes up to the next size. but for now I have found the perfect pajamas for my little girl! The Children’s place pajamas come in newborn sizes all the way up to 3T. The price is great, the fabric is wonderful, and the quality is excellent. If you have a child in these sizes, these pajamas should definitely be in his or her wardrobe!

How to Sew a Simple Skirt or Dress for Your Daughter

I have been sewing pretty much all of my life. However, when I was younger I didn’t do much more than sew on buttons and help my mom out with her sewing projects. Once I became a parent I decided that I wanted to start sewing for my children. Since I started sewing for real I have learned to do several different projects by hand and by machine. My latest project is probably the most simple that I have done yet! I just had to share it with all of you!

While walking through Wal-Mart, I always find myself browsing the fabric and crafts department. On my most recent trip to Wal-Mart I found myself in a different area of town than my usual neighborhood store. So I made a point to check out the fabric and craft area to see if the selection was any different. i was thrilled to find several fabrics that were already smocked at the top. I looked at them and immediately began getting ideas for skirts and dresses for my little girls! I chose a few fabrics and asked the store associate to cut me 2 yards of each fabric. The fabric was not cheap, however, it was also not expensive as fabrics go.

The first thing you need to do is iron the fabric. This insures that there are no wrinkles and the fabric will be aligned properly. After ironing the fabric you are ready to begin!

I started with a skirt for my oldest daughter. I took the pressed fabric and held it up to my daughter. I wrapped the fabric around her waist just the way the skirt would be worn. I then Put a pin in the fabric an inch from where the end of the fabric met. I cut the fabric where it was pinned. Pin the two ends together facing right sides together. By putting right sides together you will have a seam on the inside of the skirt, rather than on the outside. Another way to explain this is that you will be sewing your skirt inside out. Using your sewing machine and a strong thread, sew along the pins making a 1/2 inch seam. Make sure to back stitch at both ends to keep the seam from coming undone. After the first seam is complete trim the excess thread and then press the seam open with your iron. This makes for a very clean looking seam. After you have pressed the seam open, you need to hem the skirt. This length is up to you. For my daughter’s skirt, I chose to just go with another 1/2 inch seam. You can make the skirt shorter if you choose and always let the seam out later as your daughter grows taller. Pin all along the bottom of the skirt and sew the hem up. Once again, make sure to back stitch the beginning and end of this seam to prevent the seam coming undone. Press the seam down and turn the skirt right side out. Then your skirt is finished!

To make a dress, you follow all of the same steps as the skirt above, however, you may want to add straps to your dress. This is where it is time to get creative! You can either make straps out of a coordinating fabric, or out of scraps from this fabric. You could also make straps from Ric Rac or ribbon. I chose to use ribbon. I used two long strips of ribbon. I sewed them to either side of the wrong side of the front of the dress. Instead of sewing them to the back of the dress as well, I decided to just tie the ribbon straps in the back, to make this a halter style dress for my younger daughter.

You can get really creative with this project as well. You could put bows, buttons, appliques or trim to the dress for an added touch!

For a step by step photo instruction to follow this project please click here.

This is an adorable addition to any little girls wardrobe and the fabric choices are adorable! I plan to make even more of these for my daughters’ and I hope the little girl in your life loves them as much as mine do!

Product Review: Frog Ranch Salsa

My husband and I are big salsa eaters. Not only do we eat salsa when we have tacos or Mexican for dinner, we also enjoy having chips and salsa as a snack, or we will use salsa as a cooking ingredient. I used to just buy the same brand of salsa each time we ran out. Then my husband stopped at the store one day and picked up a new brand and we liked it much better than our normal brand. So for a while I purchased that brand. Then a few months ago, I was at the grocery store and I spotted a brand I had not seen before. I do not know if the store just started carrying this brand, or if I had just never seen it. This brand of salsa was Frog Ranch Salsa. If you know me, then you know that I have a weird thing about frogs, I am terrified of real live ones, but when it comes to fake ones I have a ton of them! So I knew that I had to try this salsa!

I purchased both the mild and the hot varieties of the salsa. Since my husband enjoys spicier foods than me I would need both mild and hot in order to get a thumbs up or thumbs down for our tastes. My husband and I were eager to try the new salsa out. So we brought out the chips and opened up each jar and gave it a try.

According to the jar, “Frog Ranch Salsa is a classic combination of the freshest tomatoes, onions, special seasonings and plenty of Frog Ranch Peppers.” My husband was the first to taste the salsa. He immediately said “Oh my gosh, you have got to try this!” So I took a chip and tried the salsa myself. I could not believe that this salsa had come from a jar! My husband has made home made salsa before and this was just as good as his home made salsa!

The taste is so fresh and complex, you have to literally make yourself stop eating it! I can only personally speak for the mild salsa since I do not like spicy foods. It is a great mild taste. It does have a very small kick to it, but it is not spicy. That kick is more like an extra burst of flavor rather than heat. My husband continues to rave about the hot variety. This is now the only salsa I will purchase. At only 3.95 a jar it is pretty reasonably priced as well!

I have also cooked with this salsa and it really gives an amazing flavor to my recipes. You can also go to the company’s website for their own serving suggestions and recipes. However, the website is not just for that! If your local grocery does not carry this salsa, then you can purchase it on-line and have it shipped directly to your home. You can also purchase sampler packs, and party baskets from the company website, as well as Frog Ranch T-shirts.

If you are a salsa lover, then this salsa should definitely be on your next grocery list! Do not miss out on the amazing taste and rich, deep flavors that this salsa brings to the table.

Hollywood Gets Memphis Man Fired OVer Negative Review

Hollywood is an awfully long way from Memphis.

However, that did not stop 20th Century Fox from pulling around its hefty Hollywood weight to get a Memphis man fired from his job as a movie projectionist at a Memphis movie theater, according to a news report from WMC-TV news Channel 5.

29-year-old University of Memphis college student Jesse Morrison is a serious movie lover. Not only does he work at a movie theater as a projectionist but he also writes screen plays, publishes a movie magazine called Memflix, and also writes movie reviews on-line. On Friday June 8, 2007, Morrison wrote an on-line movie review for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. This review was posted on aintitcool.com, which is a movie gossip site. The review was titled Fantastic 4 Travesty, and brought to light all of the negative aspects of the upcoming film.

20th Century Fox saw the review and was very displeased. They were so displeased that they tracked down Morrison and filed a complaint with his employer. Morrison’s employer, Malco movie theaters, has suspended him until further notice. The senior vice president of Malco movie theaters told WMC-TV in Memphis, TN that Morrison “violated policy by writing a review on a movie that had not been released to the public yet.” Morrison did write this review after working a private screening for the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer as a projectionist.

Morrison told WMC-TV he has never had any issues with writing reviews before, and he has worked at the theater for one year. Morrison says 20th Century Fox singled him out because “They don’t have very much confidence in the film they are about to put out, and that is what seems to be the case here.”

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is set to be released world wide on Friday June 15. The new movie is the second installment in the Fantastic Four movies. The first of Fantastic Four movies was released back in 2005. I did a search for reviews on the first movie and I did find many mixed reviews. You either loved the movie or you hated it. It just seems that the majority of the people who took the time to review the movie on-line hated it. It seems as if the sequel will be following in the footsteps of the first movie.

For the time being Morrison’s love of movies has put him out of a job for the time being, however, hopefully this love of movies will bring him back to the movie industry again one day.

Source – Andrew Douglas, “Memphis movie theater projectionist in hot water over negative review”, Action News 5, www.wmctv.com.

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