Memories…

…for Mother’s Day…

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I’ve been reminiscing this morning…looking through some old blog posts from 1-2 yrs. back. I found a few quotes from my kids that I thought I’d share again. I’m glad I posted these, ’cause they sure do bring back memories…

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–My son has really been acting out the last couple of days. (I think Kerry assumes he can get away with more, and he’s mad that Daddy is not here.) Anyway, I’ve had to “crack down” on him. Sunday night, the kids and I had the following dialogue :

“You’re S-O-O-O mean!” exclaimed Kerry.

Apparently, I’m not mean enough!” I maturely quipped back. ;-)

Sarah suddenly exclaimed, “No Mommy, please don’t get any meaner!!” -D

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**From my Sarah Beth, over a yr. ago:

–Sarah had gotten upset about something and wanted me to hold her. So, I sat down with her in the old recliner. After a few minutes, I told Sarah I had to get up, because I had a lot of things to do.

Just a few more seconds,pleaded Sarah. Oh, Mommy, sometimes I miss the ‘baby days.” -D

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**Some of Kerry’s one-liners from about 2 yrs. ago:

–”Don’t give me a bath, Mommy!” protests Kerry. “I don’t need one. I don’t stink bad, I stink good!”

–”Do you want to wear your rain boots today, Kerry?” I ask. “NO!” he says. “I want to wear my sunny boots!”

–At dinner one night, Kerry says, “I love your hamburgers, Mommy…even the black part!”

–”I’m mad at you, Mommy!” Kerry exclaims. “And you’re getting fired!”

–(One) morning, little Kerry says to me, “Good Morning, My Happiness!”

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–Last night, when I was putting Kerry to bed, his words brought tears to my eyes. …And no, surprisingly this time, the tears weren’t from hilarious laughter. You see, Kerry has more than one way of “getting to” Mommy…

Kerry looked up at me so sweetly and said, “You’re the mommy I should have.”

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**********Happy Mother’s Day!!************

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A Monday Meme

I found this meme at Gina’s site and decided to join in the fun! I discovered it on Monday and started it that night, but I’m finishing it up today.

Gina says to “tag yourself if you want to play!” So here goes:

  1. What was I doing 10 years ago? I was in my second year of marriage. My husband and I were living in a 1 bedroom apartment and were starting to look at houses. I was just getting ready to change jobs also (from one county to another county…public school system). I was also hoping and praying to pay off some debt and start having some babies in 2-3 years!
  2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? –(1)Pick up my 9 yr. old niece, run a couple of errands (pick up med., go to store, pick up film, etc.), and take kids to the library; –(2)Work on budgeting, fixing up bills, subtracting checks, etc.; –(3)Household chores (piles of laundry, dishes, cleaning up, cooking dinner, etc.); –(4)Work on paper-work (Program Application for Classical Conversations for homeschooling next year…9 pages altogether, Dentist new patient information…4 pages, calendar stuff, and planning for summer and next school year; –(5)Catch up on blog, emails, etc.
  3. Snacks I enjoy: Popcorn, peanuts, and yogurt (…Well, o.k., I used to REALLY enjoy chocolate snacks, but not so much any more…I mean I would of course enjoy them if I let myself have them. Well, that is I would enjoy just about anything chocolate until I felt guilty afterward!! ) )
  4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire: To be honest…I really haven’t given this much thought before. I would just be SO EXCITED and happy to get all our debt paid off (old college loans, credit cards, and consolidation loans). So, if I suddenly became a billionaire, I would promptly pay off all our debts (including our house payment) and be DEBT-FREE!! Immediately, I would call and tell my husband to quit his job too (and we could start some kind of home business and some sort of ministry). I would also help out my family members and friends. I would give to my church, World Missions, orphanages, pet shelters, etc. I would also want to take some family vacations, do some traveling, and go visit all our different relatives in different towns and states. Finally, I would set up some AWESOME college funds for the kiddos!! ) **P.S. Oh, and I would also have all our carpet torn out and replaced with hard-wood floors! Then, I would hire a maid!! ) Oh, and perhaps I would hire a chef and personal trainer too!! (You know, while I’m dreaming, I might as well make it really good!!)
  5. Places I have lived: I grew up and lived in the same house my entire childhood. Since then, I’ve still stayed mostly in N.C. (I’ve lived in at least 4 different towns/cities in N.C.) I also lived in Panama City Beach, Florida for one summer.
  6. Jobs I have had: **See prior post…“13 Jobs I’ve Had.”

Do You Know How To Smile…

…or do you have to practice?!

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Well, today’s been a tad frustrating, but what can I say? It’s just been one of those Mondays! You see, I had several family administrative-type things and domestic chores I was trying to get done today, but the kids had other ideas. Some days they do well with entertaining themselves some, especially when their cousin Rachel comes over. However, even though their cousin was here, today was not one of those days!

Anyway, instead of “going with the flow” today, I found myself constantly trying to swim up-steam. Inevitably, I let myself get very frustrated and stressed out. In fact, while I was cleaning up after dinner tonight, I realized that I had hardly even smiled today!

So, suddenly I broke out in a huge, forced smile (remembering things I’ve read about purposely smiling when one has had a stressful day). I didn’t realize anyone else had seen me, until my little Kerry broke my train of thought…

“Mommy, what are you doing…why are you smiling like that?” Kerry asked.

“Oh…I’m practicing smiling,” I replied.

“Well, I already know how to smile,” Kerry confidently replied. “You wanna see?” He asked, (as the goofiest, cutest, biggest smile spread across his little face).

Well, I guess little Kerry showed me! Some folk already know how to smile. They don’t need to practice! )

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P.S. Have you smiled today? )

Kid’s Comments

My kids are constantly saying humorous things. I just realized today, that I haven’t posted any of their funny comments in a while. I don’t ever want to get too busy, bogged down, or too consumed in daily activities that I forget to take notice of the cute things they say. In the last couple of weeks or so, I think I’ve also started to get lost in the irritations of motherhood instead of gleaning the inexplicable joy.

You know, life is that way. Both are always there…the good and the bad. However, our experiences truly become more about where we choose to put our focus! Anyway, right now, at this moment, I wish to turn my attention toward some cute, funny moments and give you a glimpse of the good. Won’t you soak it up with me?!

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One day a couple of weeks ago, Kerry came up to me…asking for my help, while furiously rubbing his eye. Kerry exclaimed: “Mommy, my eye is hurting! I think I have an ‘eye-flash‘ in it!”

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Even though I only have two children (and a boy and girl at that), I still sometimes have a difficult time keeping their names straight. One morning, I continued to call Kerry by his sister’s name.

Finally, I said to Kerry, “S-a-r-a-h…I mean Kerry..Sorry, Mommy’s just getting old.”

Of course, like his daddy and his grand-daddy, little Kerry was very understanding and gracious about it.

“You’re getting OLD and WEIRD!” jokes little Kerry. “Hee, Hee, Hee!

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One day, a week or so back, the kids and I were at a local park. As usual, Sarah quickly made many new friends, but Kerry was a little apprehensive and tentative. Another little boy had been trying to play with him, when Kerry suddenly (and ever so “politely”) made the following proclamation:

I don’t know you, kid!! I don’t know you, and you don’t know me!”

The other friendly little boy reminded me of Sarah. He quickly responded, “Hi. My name is Ethan, and I am four.”

From that moment on, the two were instantly pals and got along great!

Doggie Delight

Aw-w-w, if you love doggies, these pics will delight you! Check out these darlings:

cute puppy pictures

funny dog pictures

funny dog pictures

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**Found above pictures at ihasahotdog.com

Where Is That?…

…it was just here…I know it was! It’s like it grew legs and ran away. No, it sprouted wings and flew away! Do you know the feeling? Well, I guess this post will show just how disorganized and scattered I can be at times, but for some reason, I can’t resist! Besides, I’m sure some of you out there can relate, and those who can’t…try not to gloat too much!

So…my Thursday 13 for this week is:

Edition #11

13 Items I Frequently Lose (and spend a lot of time looking for!):

1. Tape (No matter how many tape dispensers I keep on hand, I can never seem to find tape when I need it! Can anyone relate?!)

2. Scissors (I finally found one central place to put the several pairs of scissors, and I’ve pretty much learned to put them back. However, in the middle of using a pair, I still tend to lose them a lot…you know, the whole sprouting wings thing and disappearing act!)

3. Ruler (I think we now have at least 6-8 rulers in the house, yet no one can seem to readily locate a ruler when they need one!)

4. Brush, comb, hair barrettes, hair ties, spray conditioner, and spray detangler (Can’t imagine why I have so many bad hair days?!)

5. Socks (S-h-h, don’t tell anyone, but my socks don’t always match exactly!)

6. Umbrella (I’ve quit carrying one; I only do rain-jackets with hoods now.)

7. Wipes (With small kids around, I just cannot tell you how inconvenient it is to not have a wipe handy when ya need one!)

8. Tissues (Results in situation much like #7 alluded to above!)

9. Gloves (Who needs ’em anyway…I think I’ve just about given these up too! Luckily, I live in the south!)

10. Sunglasses (I have improved with finding these since I’ve gotten two or three pairs at the dollar store, and I keep a pair in my vehicle.)

11. Pen (O.k., I don’t know how many 10 packs of pens I have purchased at the dollar store. I could have a hundred pens around here and not be able to find one when I need it most…like to take down an important message! What I usually will find instead is an unsharpened pencil or a broken crayon! )

12. Keys (I’ve started putting my house key and vehicle key in my pockets–one in each pocket of my jeans. This works out pretty good until I leave them in my pockets at night and spend the next morning going through pocket after pocket!)

13. Cell Phone (This is another item that must grow legs and run off some where. It just never seems to stay where I leave it…it’s very unruly!)

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–One item I can usually find is my Bible, and that’s a good thing…’cause it’s my “road map!”

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**Update: P.S. O.k., I just have to mention this…Mom, when you read this post, I know what you’ll be thinking! >>“That ‘girl’ is just like her father!”>>

What, can I say…we have to manage with the cards we are dealt, right?! Hee, hee, hee!

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**Other TT editions include:

Edition #1: Thirteen Reasons For Homeschooling

Edition #2: Thirteen Reasons I Love My Dog

Edition #3: Thirteen Jobs I’ve Had

Edition #4: Thirteen Things That Make Me Smile

Edition #5: Thirteen Tidbits About The Author

Edition #6: Thirteen of My Favorite Songs & Artists

Edition #7: 13 Names for God

Edition #8: 13 Heroes

-Edition #9: 13 Weight Busters

-Edition#10: Thirteen Scriptures

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Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

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Sarah’s First Plastic Card…

…her first library card, that is. What did you think I meant? What kind of fool do ya think I am?!

Yeah, the library card is quite enough for now! People are constantly saying to me, “Just think about what it will be like when Sarah goes to get her Driver’s License.” Instead, I think to myself, “Why would I want to think about that just yet?! Let me deal with the issues at hand first, please! If I think too far ahead, I might start to hyperventilate! (O.k., well not really, exactly, but it won’t help me handle the “now” any better!)”

As far as any other plastic goes, I’ll like it just fine if my kids never own a single credit card!

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Anyway, yeah, Sarah was THRILLED!! I know…it’s so cute and sweet how the smallest, most trivial things that we take for granted mean so very much to a 6 yr. old, huh?! Sarah felt so much older and more important!

She actually could have gotten one a couple of years ago–I just never thought about it. However, today it finally occurred to me, when we were checking out books at our town library. I had been busy making summer plans, while the kids were on the computers and picking out their books. I had forgotten to put a limit on how many books the kids could check out, and I didn’t notice until we headed to the circulation desk. Each kid came staggering to the desk; struggling with huge piles of books. I can only get 20 books on my card, and it only took a quick glance to determine that my children had greatly exceeded the limit.

Thinking about how much Sarah LOVES to read and how quickly she “devours” the books from the library, I thought, “Perhaps I should see about getting Sarah her own card!” (Also, little Kerry is still in the initial learning phase of reading, and I need to have him working on it more.) The librarian informed me that if a student was at least Kindergarten-age that he/she could get their own card. Of course, I guess I used to know that and had just forgotten.

So, Sarah obtained her new card and was quite pleased. Kerry, however, was a little miffed and envious. I told him that he could get his own card next year. He still didn’t like it, but he was happy with his huge stack of books, (as long as I helped him carry them)!