Monthly Archives: March 2010

It’s My Birthday, I’ll Have a Party If I Want To!

Want to know the secret to throwing a GREAT Birthday Party? Don’t plan one…… Worked for me!

The past two birthdays, my youngest daughter Emily has had a small party with friends, but very few of those invited ever showed up.  My youngest son (3rd child of 4) hasn’t really ever had a birthday party.  We tried a couple of times, but his birthday is 4 days before Christmas, and that is a hard time of year to try and get guests to come.   We always say we are going to throw him a party the month before, or the month after, but so far…. it hasn’t happened.  My husband and I had both agreed that until Spencer had a turn at having a big party, we would not throw any more parties for the other children.  We told Emily in advance that for her birthday we would celebrate together as a family, just like we did on Spencer’s birthday… we explicitly explained we would not be having a “party”.

SHE had other plans……

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Corey Haim Found Dead at 38 –

Actor Corey Haim found dead this morning in apparent drug overdose, according to police.

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Lessons Learned At Death’s Doorway –

Self Awareness…..

It doesn’t always come easy.  For years I felt that who I am and who I am supposed to be aren’t the same.  I always wanted more out of life. I wanted to BE more, DO more, HAVE more…..I wanted to LIVE…. to feel that rush of Life’s energy pulsing through me.  I didn’t want to “go through the motions” of life everyday, but experience life as it should be.  I wanted to do things I had never done before, go places, see things.  I wanted to be remembered, I wanted to feel as if when my time on earth was over, there would be no regrets. No “if only’s” or “should haves”.

My journey to self-discovery began shortly after my youngest daughters birth.  She was 4 weeks old when I went in for a routine gall bladder surgery.  Very simple surgery, I would be able to leave that same day.  However, as we soon discovered, there was nothing routine about it. Continue reading

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Bedtime Battles –

My youngest two children both became very attached to their blankets as babies.  Their blankets came everywhere with us.  We didn’t dare try to go anywhere without them. Their Blankets had Magical Powers.  They could stop tears in 2.0 seconds flat.  If something upset one of them, all we had to do was call on the mysterious power of the “Blankie” and suddenly everything was all better.  No more tears, no tantrum, just peace.  But the BEST power from the Blanket came at night…..When bedtime came around, it was a simple matter of laying them down, saying “night, night”, giving them their blankets, and leaving the room……

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Oh, How I Miss Those Days!!

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AN AGONIZING CHOICE

To Work….or Not to Work……. that is the question my husband and I agonized over for several months, before I took the plunge and quit my job.  It wasn’t an easy decision for us.  We debated long and hard over what we felt would be right for our family.  If I were to stay home once again, our lifestyle would have to change.  While their are many perks to this lifestyle, there are also many drawbacks.

This isn’t my first time to be a Stay At Home Mom.  I stayed home for 7 years before starting work 3 years ago.   With the second income, our lifestyle changed.  We ate out more, we went somewhere every weekend, rarely staying at home. And we were able to buy the kids more toys and gifts than we ever could previously.  I’m not saying that we were extremely wealthy, by any means, only that it opened up a little bit more freedom than we had before.  Over time that new lifestyle became our new habits.

We began to have to schedule in days that we could stay home.  It sounds crazy, but we had gotten to the point where life was so hectic that we were always on the go. Every Saturday morning was spent cleaning the house, doing all the things we were not able to get done during the week.  Once everyone was showered, dressed, and ready to go, we hit the town, or went to whatever we had planned that day.  We always looked forward to those days when we had nothing planned and could just stay home all day.  With both of us working all week, staying home had become our new luxury.

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Ask any Working mother, and she will tell you that it is often a struggle to balance work and home.

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Mornings were a rush to get not only myself ready but also the kids.  I wish I could say that everything was organized and running on a smooth schedule…. everyone down early enough to eat breakfast together, dressed and ready to go.  But ……….. I’m not a liar.  The truth is that it was usually a mad dash to get everyone downstairs and in the car on time.  Breakfast was skipped for me, and for the kids it was usually a quick bowl of cereal or pop tarts eaten in the car on the drive to school.

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CONFESSION OF AN ADDICT –

HI.  MY NAME IS TERI, AND I AM A DR. PEPPER ADDICT.

I HATE DRINKING WATER.  I ALWAYS HAVE.  CALL ME CRAZY (MY HUSBAND DOES) BUT TO ME, WATER HAS A FLAVOR.  MAYBE IT’S THE MINERALS I’M TASTING, OR MAYBE, AS MY HUSBAND SUGGESTS, IT IS ALL IN MY HEAD, BUT I GAG IF I TRY TO DOWN WATER UNLESS IT IS ICE COLD.  GIVE ME WATER STRAIGHT OUT OF THE TAP….NO ICE….. NO WAY AM I DRINKING IT.

TWO WEEKS AGO, IN A MOMENT OF BRILLIANCE , I DECIDED I WOULD STOP BUYING SOFT DRINKS FOR THE HOUSE AND RESERVE THEM FOR RARE OCCASIONS OR WHEN EATING OUT.    I MADE THIS DECISION AFTER NOTICING THE KIDS NO LONGER DRANK WATER, AND ALWAYS WENT FOR THE SOFT DRINKS OR JUICE WE HAD AVAILABLE.  FOR TWO WEEKS NOW, WE HAVE ONLY PURCHASED BOTTLED WATER, AND FLAVORING PACKETS .

I TOLD THE KIDS OF ALL THE GREAT BENEFITS THAT WATER HAD FOR THEM, HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS FOR THEM.  AND…..BEING THE GREAT MOMMY I AM…. I REALIZED I NEEDED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE…. SO I BOUGHT SOME WATER BOTTLES AND KOOLAID MIXES TO POUR IN, AND FORCED MYSELF TO START DRINKING “FLAVORED” WATERS WITH THEM.  OH YEAH, I SHOULD PROBABLY MENTION….. I ALSO HATE KOOLAID.

I WOUND UP WITH RED KOOLAID DUST ALL OVER THE COUNTER, ON THE FLOOR, AND INSIDE THE KITCHEN DRAWER WHERE I STORE THE BOXES OF FLAVORING IN.  NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG TO REALIZE THIS IS NOT GOING TO WORK.  THE KIDS ARE NOW BANNED FROM FLAVORING THEIR OWN WATER.  WE WILL FLAVOR ONE BOTTLE FOR THEM A DAY, BUT THE REST OF THE TIME, THEY HAVE TO DRINK THEIR WATER PLAIN.  THIS OF COURSE, MEANT I NEEDED TO DO THE SAME.

I QUIT MAKING TEA BECAUSE, THINKING AHEAD, I FIGURED IT WOULD BE BETTER TO JUST HAVE WATER AVAILABLE FOR A LITTLE WHILE,  TO ACCUSTOM EVERYONE (MAINLY MYSELF) TO DRINKING IT.FOR TWO WEEKS, WE HAVE NOT EATEN OUT.  FOR TWO WEEKS I HAVE HAD NOTHING TO DRINK EXCEPT WATER. (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE OCCASIONAL GLASS OF WINE). FOR TWO WEEKS I HAVE FORCED “GASP” PLAIN WATER DOWN MY THROAT!!

FLASH FORWARD TO PRESENT DAY:

SCREW WATER!! I WANT A SOFT DRINK!!!

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