Why God Made Moms – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 68

Why God Made Moms

The boys were being a little rebellious tonight about going to bed (at least 2 out of 3) and it’s especially challenging because I’ve got an early start in the morning.  Anyhow, I got to thinking and remembered an email I received a while back that was pretty darn funny and could not stop laughing. I re-read it again and, yep, it’s still hilarious.  

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the  following questions:
Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1.  He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3.  God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1.  God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2.  They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1.  We’re related.
2.  God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom like me.
What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1.  My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2.  I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3.  They say she used to be nice.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1.  His last name.
2.  She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3.  Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your mom marry your dad?
1.  My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2.  She got too old to do anything else with him.
3.  My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.
Who’s the boss at your house?
1.  Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2.  Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3.  I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
What’s  the difference between moms and dads?
1.  Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2.  Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3.  Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4.  Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your mom do in her spare time?
1.  Mothers don’t do spare time.
2.  To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1.  On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2.  Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it  be?
1.  She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2.  I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3.  I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.
WHEN  YOU STOP LAUGHING — SEND IT ON TO OTHER  MOTHERS,  GRANDMOTHERS, AND AUNTS….and anyone else who has anything to do with kids or just needs a good laugh!!!!!!

It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey that Counts – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 67

Life is a Journey

“Get ready to
take the picture, Mom.”

My kids never cease to amaze me and today was no different.  Today, Isaac, Precious and I went for a walk.  Along the way, we made a few stops.  For me, I would be in “go” mode – getting my miles in and getting home.  Today, was different.  We stopped and spoke with one of our neighbors, we took our time and on the way back, Isaac picked dandelions and made wishes on them.  As I watched him do this, I realized that those moments are what makes life so enjoyable.  The look on his face was priceless.

Making his wish

We continued on our walk and we came upon an apple tree in bloom.  We stopped again and took pictures and once again, I watched as Isaac reveled in all the beauty that was around us.  Once again, I realized that sometimes I just need to slow down and appreciate what is around me.

Yeah, the bills need to be paid, the dishes need to be done, same story every day.  But in those moments this afternoon, they will be in my memories forever and I have to thank my little guy for that.

Making a wish on
a dandelion

He’s a kid of
many expressions
Love that face

What Matters Most – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 66

Making the Main Thing the Main Thing

Life is pretty funny.  One day, things are great and you’re on top of the world.  The next, you’re looking at what matters most and you really start to reflect on important people and things.

We are granted this one life, and it’s up to us to live it to the fullest.  Many will do all they can to experience this amazing existence, while others stay guarded and are so afraid to take that chance.  What do you have to lose?  What’s the worse that could happen?  Do you want to live your life with regrets and what ifs?  Are others holding you back?  Do your fears take over?  Have you ever stepped back to look at where you are now and ask, if tomorrow were your last day or if you knew this was your last week, did you live a full life?  Would you be content?

Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself those hard questions.  Can you do that?  Can you be tough on yourself?  Everyone has a story; everyone has struggles.  Everyone has dealt with some sort of hardship, obstacle, life-altering event that either make us stronger or make us very guarded.  We are all flawed.  We’re human.  In all honesty, going with the crowd doesn’t make you unique – it just makes you a follower.

Are you willing to step outside yourself?  What matters most to you?  Every day, I see and hear so many people who are so unhappy with their lives, their current situation, and instead of taking charge and making things better, they choose to sit back, complain, and make excuses.

“I’ll do it tomorrow.”  
“Call me in a week.”
“When things settle down.”
“I’ve got to sleep on it.”
“I need to talk it over with…”
“It’s just not the right time.”
“You just don’t understand.”
“It’s different for me.”
“It’s easy for you.”
“I’m really busy.”
“That’s not for me.”
“I could never do that.”
“I don’t have the money.”
“I don’t have the time.”

Are you guilty of saying any or all these things at some point in your life?  After you said these things, did life miraculously get better?  Did anything change?  Did YOU take action to make those changes?  Are you still where you are instead of where you want to be?

What If?

What if tomorrow never comes?
What if you took that chance?
What if it really worked?
What if that phone call was the answer you were looking for?
What if you were willing to go against the grain and step outside of yourself?
What if you believed in yourself?

Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.

PS:  I’m not exempt from any of this, nor do I put myself in a high regard.  I include myself in this equation as well.  I’m just as flawed as everyone else and I have to ask myself these same tough questions.

Your 10 Favorite Foods – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 65

Favorite Foods

Food, glorious food!!!  Not gonna lie, I love food.  Let me rephrase that – I love GOOD food!!!  I love to cook, so whenever I can make a certain food (which is quite often) that makes it even tastier.  I like to add my touches to my dishes that not only taste good, but are good for you.  This is due in part to a lot of great cookbooks and growing up with a Mom and Grandmother who taught me well.  Today’s blog asks to list my 10 favorites and these are in no particular order.  It’s just based on which food item pops into my head:

Thanks to Jessica Seinfeld
and her deceptive recipes, this
pizza was a HIT!!!

1.  Pizza – growing up in NYC, I’ve had my fair share of pizzas.  What’s not to like – good cheese, amazing toppings and a crisp crust.  A couple weeks ago, I made homemade pizza and it came out AMAZING.  It had lots of good-for-you hidden ingredients that the kids didn’t even notice were there.  I also had some visible veggies and had a split pizza – half pepperoni, half chicken and spinach.  Anyhow, I’m rambling here, but when I find a good pizza, I run with it.

This is soooo good!!!  Thank you,
Gordon Ramsay.

2.  Chicken – oh man, it can be baked, fried, sauteed, curried, in soups – give me a juicy chicken and I will love

you forever.  One of my favorites is Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Lemon Chicken.  Each time I make this, there are empty plates – heck, they’re LICKING their plates.

3.  Bagels – going back to my NY roots.  I’ve lived in quite a few places, and there’s NOTHING like a New York Bagel.  If I could have them shipped to me monthly, I’d be a happy camper.  In the meantime, I enjoy what’s available in my backyard.  Bagels are just so much fun to eat as sandwiches, for breakfast, with my tea/hot immune boost, etc.

4.  Burgers – Beef, chicken, turkey, I love burgers!!!  I love to make my own burgers because I get to be creative in the kitchen.  There’s something about getting my hands dirty and molding a great burger.  Oh yum!!!

5.  Bacon – ‘Nuff said!!

6.  Salmon – I lived in Alaska for 3 years and while I was there, I wouldn’t go NEAR salmon.  I move to the other side of the country, and now I’m in love with it.  Crazy, huh?  I had the BEST fresh-water Alaskan salmon at my fingertips and turned my head to it.  But, now, I can’t get enough of this fish.  This is another item that I love to get creative with in the kitchen and is always a hit with family, friends and everyone in between.

6a – Halibut/Tilapia – Halibut is another piece of fish that I fell in love with AFTER leaving Alaska, that’s worth mentioning on my list.  I can’t remember when I started adding tilapia to our menu, but I’m so glad I did.

7.  Banana Bread – Not to tout my own horn, but I make a mean banana bread that begs people for more.  Over the years, I try to perfect it, but my hubby says no need to – leave it as it is.  I have two versions that I usually make, one which is from Chef Anna Olson’s recipe (white chocolate banana loaf) and the traditional banana bread.

8.  Pasta –  sometimes I wonder if I was Italian in my former life.  I love making pasta dishes.  From spaghetti, to fettuchine, lasagna, mac and cheese…pasta is a hit in our house.  It has to be with 3 boys.  Sometimes this is ALL they will eat.  

9.  Rice and Peas – a tried and true Jamaican dish that you’d find being made for Sunday dinner while we’re at church.  I love rice and peas, and I love having it with a good stewed chicken or oxtail, curry goat, whatever!!!  If you’ve ever been to a Jamaican or any West Indian/Caribbean household, you are guaranteed to have something like this placed in front of you.  Get ready for greatness!!!

10.  Fresh fruit – I have come to appreciate good fruit lately, now more than I did as a kid.  What I love about fruit is that it’s great on its own or juiced, used in shakes, summer drinks, whatever.  Recently, I used fresh watermelon in a drink recipe that I’ve had for a few years, mixed with ice cubes and a calorie free lemonade.  It cooled you off, was refreshing and everyone kept coming back for more.

Honorable Mentions 

12 – Shakes – Pre-workout, protein, low glycemic, fiber…I love my shakes.  I love adding fruits, ice, peanut butter, almond milk, water…I love my shakes.

13.  Peanut Butter – I’m one of those crazies who likes to have some on the spoon.  Don’t judge.

For any of you superstitious one out there with the number 13, if you notice, I do have a 6a in my top 10.  So, technically, I’ve listed 14 items.

So, how many of you are hungry right now?

How Others See You – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 64

You, Through the Eyes of Others

How do you see yourself?  How do others see you?  More often than not, the two answers can be quite different.  I started thinking about this recently because of a conversation I had with a friend of mine.  During our conversation, she told me that I am inspiring to others and a strong woman.  She was referring to the fact that I hold down the fort while hubby’s away and she wanted to let me know her thoughts.  I was humbled by her words, and then it got me to thinking about how we see ourselves compared to how others see us.

In my eyes, I don’t see myself as a strong woman.  I’m doing what I need to do.  We both knew what we were getting into when he decided to work out West and that a lot of the burden of raising our boys would fall on my shoulders.  Some days are better than others and there are days when I want to pull my hair out (today being one of them.)  I’m doing what I’m supposed to do because I wanted to be a Mom.  I also wanted to be a Mom who was home to raise her boys as well as runa business from home.  It’s not easy, it’s a lot of work, it’s very emotional, but I will do whatever it takes to provide the best for my family.

I once had another Mom say to me that I seem to have it all figured out and under control.  While I was flattered by her words, I in no way have it all figured out or under control.  I make mistakes every day, I say the wrong things sometimes, the boys rebel from time to time (once again, today rings loud and clear.)  But, I won’t broadcast my problems for the world to see.  People can be funny in some ways.  There are some who thrive on other people’s struggles and are secretly glad when they have problems.  I learned that from Brian Tracy’s “Eat That Frog” where he states to leave your problems at home because you have some who don’t want to hear about them and others who are glad it’s happening you.

On the flip side, or adding to this last thought, there are those who may see you as a threat or someone they want to be, but are too afraid to go after their dreams.  In turn, they will insult, degrade, find fault in everything you do because they haven’t done it themselves.  We all know or have been aroudn these types of people who ALWAYS find fault in others or make it about them; they’re just toxic.  They bring you down, suck the life out of you.  In these cases, as the saying goes, “don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head.”  Get rid of those people because they will do nothing for you and your mentality.  When you continue to hang around these negative people, you start thinking these thoughts as well, and you don’t want that to happen.

There should be a healthy balance in how you see yourself and how others see you.  Feed off the positive vibes you get from others.  The majority of the world see you this way.  This is a work in progress for me.  Like I said, I feel everyone should be this way.

Top 10 Momisms – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 63

Momisms (A Little Sunday Humor)

The other day, I came across this image, and I couldn’t help but laugh.  OK, right before I saw this image, I’m pretty sure I said most, if not ALL of these to my boys that day.  So, I wanted to talk about some of these Momisms that all Moms have said or will say at some point in their parenting career.

As a Mom, we want to be the best Mom to our kids and instill values, morals and raise them to be their best.  Then, they start talking, and it all goes to hell in an instant.

Here’s my take on these Momisms based on my experience with my 3 boys:

1.  “Why?  Because I said so, that’s why!” – Face it, this response is practically programmed in our brains the second we find out we’re pregnant.  If I had a PENNY for each time I uttered these words, I’d be a billionaire right now.  “But, WHHHHHYYYYYYYY, MOM?”  Seriously, don’t question me.  I told you to do something…DO IT!!!  End of discussion!!  Next.

2.  “I’m going to give you until the count of three!” – Let’s be honest, let’s be real.  When it comes to this saying, we don’t go to three.  It’s one; two; two and half; two and three quarters; two and…don’t make me say it…two and…I’m serious…don’t make me say…In the back ouf our minds, we are HOPING they get the hint that getting to three is doomsday.  But, they know we’re NOT going to three and even if we do, it’ll go something like, “OK, three…now…” We love using this just to feel like we’re in control.

3.  “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” – My version is, “Now, didn’t I tell you NOT to do that?  Didn’t I tell you someone was gonna get hurt?  Didn’t I?  Didn’t I?”  Insert smoke coming out of ears for an even more dramatic effect.

4.  “I don’t know is NOT an answer.” –  And it NEVER will be!!!  Yes, you DO know, so spill it!!!

5.  “I would never have talked to my mother like that.” – Or my grandmother, for that matter.  Sometimes they push the envelope and make a snide remark or two that causes me to give that double take eye-popping stare, “Oh no you didn’t” – look.  But, yes, I have said this to them a time or two, followed by smack to remind them who’s in charge.  Excuse me?!?!?!

6.  “I’m not running a taxi service.” – Or the maid, either.  Now that the boys are getting older and involved in more sports, I have become that Sports Mom.  They’re still fairly young and heaven help me once they reach the teen years.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have a full head of white hair by the time Isaac’s a teen.

7.  “If everyone jumped off a cliff would you do it too?” – I’m already starting to hear, “But so and so is going HERE!!!” or “But, so and so is doing THAT!!!”  My favorite is, “But, WHY can’t I do this?  So and so’s parents let THEM!!!”  My response, “So and so is not MY resposibility…YOU are!!!”  “And as long as you live under MY roof, you live by MY rules!!!” – oh, this is another one to add to the Momsims list!!!

8.  “Someday your face will freeze like that.” – No, it won’t.  There’s never been any scientific proof that turning your lips into a crazy get-up pose or crossing your eyes will all of a sudden go, “POP,” and freeze.  Although, that would be comical if it ever did happen to a kid.  I’d pay good money to see that.

9.  “It hurts me more than it hurts you.” – No it’s not!!!  Not in the slightest.  Maybe AFTER the fact, but at the time, oh no, it’s not hurting me.  It’s not even in the same time zone, because I told you already NOT to do that, or NOT to speak to me that way, and didn’t I tell you NOT to let me get to three?  They had more than enough warning.

10.  “Bob. Sue. Joe. Fido. whatever your name is.” – I remember when I first moved to PEI and my mother-in-law would get my hubby and brother in law mixed up a lot.  I’d say to her, “My goodness, they’re so many years apart.  How could you get their names wrong?”  She told me one day that when I had kids, I’d do the same.  Fast forward to my life now, and she is sooooo right.  Boy, did those words come back to bite me in the butt!!!  There have been times I’ve called all 3 names (“Stephen Eli, Jus, Isa..”) and then topped it off with, “Just all of you get over here!!!”  After a while, they all seem to blend in because they’re all doing something they shouldn’t be doing anyway.  So, at some point, they’re ALL gonna get in trouble.

Oh, the life of a Mom.  It’s always an adventure.