Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday......mine and hers -----

That's right. Our similarities are endless.

But like I said........

Today is my birthday. I am 34 years old.
How did that happen? I feel like I am still an awkward, gangly teenager full of low self esteem and needing attention. Except I am a grown up who is anything but gangly and I write in this blog to get the attention I crave.
I am a mother. A wife. I have responsibilities.
I am mature.....at times. I have learned alot getting to this ripe old age.
I appreciate my mother. I appreciate my mother's mother. I appreciate family and now understand why grown ups always say that "family is the most important thing". Because it is.
Christmas isn't what it was when I was young. It isn't all about the presents and Santa. It is about happiness, family, giving and smiles.
School isn't what it was. Instead of dreading the first day, I now look forward to seeing my children off to school and hearing the stories when they come home.
Mealtime is not showing up at the dinner table and eating. It is preparing, cooking, family time, cleaning up and starting all over again at the next meal.
Shopping used to be buying things for me. Now it is a treat when I buy myself a magazine.
Saturday nights no longer involve going out to socialize, drink, dance and stay up late. Now I read bedtime stories and look forward to bedtime at 10pm...if I make it that late.
Love is not a crush on an older boy or rock star in a picture. Love is my husband. Love is my children. Love is my family. Love is my life.
I guess it isn't so bad being 34.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Because this blog is really all about ME

I was asked to complete this questionnaire that is often featured on "Inside the Actor's Studio". So, if you really wanna know even more about me -- read on.

What is your favorite word?

What is your least favorite word?
~I have a few, but I really dislike the words moist, hate and hopeless

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
~My kids, music,

What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
~Abuse or intolerance of any kind

What sound or noise do you love?
~Music.....in all it's forms

What sound or noise do you hate?
~The sound of someone eating while talking to me on the phone

What is your favorite curse word?

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
~Broadway star or journalist

What profession would you not like to do?
~Ocean Fisherman or mortician

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
~"Your grandma is waiting for you over there"

Friday, September 17, 2010

Another Shout Out For Moms

How do you sum up all that is Mom?

Keeper of the cookies, and the peace.

A chauffeur, a chef, a cleaner, an errand girl, a tutor, a therapist, a top level negotiator, a playmate, a nurse, oh and a bank to name a few.

Somehow, this just does not begin to adequately describe a Mom.

We can be glamorous, sporty, refined, stressed, content, or happy. We are chameleons!

We are the one’s cheering the loudest at every little league game.

The one’s offering advice, even if you don’t want to hear.

We are the safe, reliable, warm hug you need at the end of the day.

Moms are the magic that can take away your pain with only a kiss.

Moms are the one’s who will love you the longest, and the hardest.

Moms, they have to be a little bit of everything.

Now that I am a Mom, I know the joy only a babies first smile can bring. I understand the primal need to protect ones young. I have experienced the sweet agony of nursing a sick baby through the night. I have felt the fierce pride of a child's first words, first steps, first accomplishments.

I know what it meant to have your heart walking around outside your body. I have silently wept for their pain.

Now that I a Mom, I strive to be a better daughter. I am more thankful for my relationship with my Husband then ever before.

Before I was a Mom, I didn't know how much work it was to be a Mother. Work of the best kind, work I love and am thankful for every day.

I’m so glad I get to be someone's Mommy, I wouldn't change a thing.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Honor Among Mamas

There are certain unwritten rules every Mama knows exist. You want to survive on the momosphere? You better toe the line baby!

1. When you get invited out for coffee, wine, dinner.....whatever. PLEASE don’t spend the entire time talking about yourself, your husband, your business, your kids, your fabulous house. Sigh. Self centered Mama’s don’t get invited out a second time. They are boring…oh and self centered.

2. Don’t check out another Mama’s husband. That is against the code….and it is super gross.

3. If you see one of your Mama friends out and about and her toddler is having a temper tantrum that rivals an episode from The Supernanny -- just smile and let her know we have all been there. Don’t judge. She is already having a bad day.

4. See a Mama out there and she looks like hell? Clothes are wrinkled, bloodshot eyes, wearing the baseball cap of invisibility. Pretend you don’t see her. She has got something going on, and trust me when I say, she is not up for a friendly chat.

5. Try and remember that gossip spreads in the momosphere like wildfire spreads in California. Once it starts, it takes an act of God to put a stop to it. Remember what your Mama taught you, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

6. Oh and of course, the Universal rule among loving caring Mamas… no matter how many doughnuts she’s been eating, despite any extra trips to Taco Bell, even if her zipper is split and she can’t breath when she sits, never EVER admit that she looks fat in those pants!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Perfection of Morning

Morning ---

Hopeful and filled with untouched possibility.
I am always excited to begin again.
Grateful that life affords us opportunities with each new day.

The mistakes of the past are done. I shut the door on yesterday and look toward the garden - toward the sunlight - with new eyes.

On this day everything is new.

What will I experience?

Who will I meet?

What will I learn?

Whom will I forgive?

What love is in store...

Within my heart and within yours?

Today is a day to love.

To embrace all that you are in a spirit of wholeness and acceptance, knowing that you are exactly who you should be and trusting that life will take you exactly where it is going.

Trust. Laugh. Live.

And on the brink of a brand new morning, Be. Still. Contented. And loving.

Living in the fullness.
And noticing everything.

Fresh linen and new fall foliage.

The comfort of the quilt my mother made me.
The promise in a stranger's eye.

A seagull on the wind.

A prayer filled with hope.

Joy is accessible every moment we are blessed to be breathing.
And on this Sunday morning, my hope is that today will be beautiful.

For myself, I can't think of anything that I enjoy more than what I call "country weekends."
These are the weekends I make a conscious effort to stay home, slow down, and enjoy all of the beauty I have in my life. In my own backyard, bedroom, and comfortable corner of the world.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Men's Priorities are finally explained.....courtesy of my inbox

A little known fact.... The first testicular guard "Cup" was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was not used until 1974. It took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important.

Yep! That pretty much says it all!

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