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Friday, April 29, 2011

Tuh-day i' is Friday, Friday...

Good news my friends!  Amy Wilson, author of When Did I Get Like This? has offered to send a signed copy to one of my readers!  (Remember my review on it a couple days ago?)(I really liked it.)(You will too.)  To be entered into the drawing, comment on this post, or the original review post if you haven't already, and tell me one thing you have done as a mother that you swore you never would before you had kids.

In the spirit of fairness, I will tell you one of the many things I do as a mom that I said I wouldn't:  I will plop my children in front of movies for hours at a time so I can get other stuff done.  I'm still worried that their brains are going to fall out of their left ears one day.  But, in my defense, they can't watch on school days.  But let's not talk about how well they make up for it on weekends, holidays and summer vacation.  It hurts my soul to think about it.

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Sophia had a song she learned in preschool stuck in her head yesterday, and told me as much.  Then she commented that "brains can only have jest one sing stuck in zem at once," so I asked her if Jesus was still stuck in her head.

I'm sorry to say, that no, he isn't.  She informed me that she was being really crazy the other day and, well, he just fell right out.

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I just baked a cake from scratch.  It's in the oven as I type.  I only did it because the PTO Carnival committee at the Elementary school needed cakes for the bake sale so I said I'd provide one. Unfortunately, I haven't had a single stitch of time to go and buy a mix.  So I made it from scratch, which is a first.  I'm rather proud of this feat, but Joel is just glad that the experiment will be going to someone else.  Oh well, at least I know it will look pretty.

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Speaking of The Maestro, he gave his last final the other day and is sitting in the other room grading them.  I always enjoy his running commentary as he grades essays and questions.  There are always one or two students in every class who clearly didn't study or listen much, and their answers are entertaining.  And that probably makes me a really bad person, but well...it's funny!  And for the record, Wagner was not Polish, surely everyone knows that?

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Chloe lost a tooth yesterday and she left the most adorable note in the entire world under her pillow:

"This is a very very special tooth that is worth $3.00.  You are the best toothfairy I wish I could hug you but you are to small or to big to hug anyway.  I could never see you I have a special nickle for you!  
Love, Chloe
P.S.  The nickle is in the bag."

And indeed, there was a nickel in the bag with her tooth, along with some flower petals from the many bouquets of flowers she received when she did South Pacific, which are currently dying a slow death on her dresser in a lovely vase.  So very sweet! 

And, nice try, Chloe, but the Tooth Fairy only gives a dollar.  She didn't seem too disappointed this morning, but the feelings usually come out after school.  We'll see...

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 Now, just in case you've already forgotten, if you'd like to win a signed copy of When Did I Get Like This?, make a comment!  And then go have a wonderful Friday!

We so excited.

17 comments :

  1. Hey, I'll bite. First off, though, good luck with that cake. I made a really great carrot cake from scratch, but any other cake I've tried turns out pretty sub-par, texture and moisture wise. I think that cakes are very fussy creatures. For me, I stick with the mixes.

    Boy, the list runs very long of things I'd never do as a parent. But the one that got me the most was my #2 girl and a pacifier. I'm not opposed to them with infants, but I hated the sight of any kid over about a year old with them. I was NEVER going to have a toddler rocking a binkie. But then I had #2. She was a crying, fit-throwing, grudge-holding kid from birth until about 3. And so, since she loved it, and it helped shorten the duration of her tantrums, she got to keep it. We had them everywhere. We have professional family pictures with a blotchy faced, teary eyed little #2 with a binkie in her mouth, because we figured it was better than a crying shot.

    She actually made the decision herself at about 2 1/2 to throw it out, and be done. And she was stubborn enough that when she started to cave and want it back, I'd just remind her that SHE threw it out, and she'd stiffen that upper lip and deal with it. She had no clue until years later that I'd fished that last one out of the trash, washed it and hid it ... just in case.

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  2. I never thought I'd let my kids eat cookies for breakfast :)

    Yay for the cake!

    Have a great friday and weekend.

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  3. I never thought I'd stick my kid's pacifier in my mouth to clean it. I did it yesterday for the first time ever. I hope it never happens again. :) Also, I thought I'd never let my kids sleep in their clothes, but now they often sleep in the shirt they wore during the day. Oh well. There are probably a lot of others but my brain is a little full right now...

    And he was just confusing Wagner with Chopin. A very common mistake.

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  4. Such an entertaining post today Lara. Thanks for brightening my day (which is otherwise very overcast here in UT).

    Anyway, I do a lot of things I never thought I'd do with my kids. My kids spend too much time watching TV (or pbskids.org), but the one good thing is that most of what they watch is educational. :)

    Since that's copying yours, I'll give another confession. I tend to be a yeller. My parents weren't much for yelling, but I remember seeing other parents yell and scream at their kids, and it was TOTALLY ineffective. And yet, I still find myself losing my temper when I have to ask something for the 3rd or 4th time.

    Does this book help you work on the issues?

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  5. I am guilty of allowing too much TV watching. It really is a babysitter for me so that I can accomplish something- anything- each day (sometimes that includes a nap).

    After I read your review, I checked the book out from my library that day and have been reading it. It's great!

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  6. I never wanted to sit at the computer and ignore my kids... it happens more than I would like.

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  7. yes, very funny post today. I always enjoy Sophia's comments. And your correct spelling of the way she says things. ;)

    Something I thought I'd never do as a mother...I will echo the other comments of yelling and watching too much TV, but I have been pleasantly surprised at good things that I do, too--that I enjoy sitting and reading with them, or sitting down and doing puzzles with them. Or watching the light go on in their eyes when they figure something out. It's hard to know that those sorts of activities (and the joy that accompanies them) are in your future when you're pregnant. Small, quiet joys, I think.

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  8. I know you won't believe this, but I actually TAUGHT my children the words to "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" -- including my brother's horrible scout song version about leaning over a gas tank. Also, that song about "Great big globs of greasy, grimey gopher guts." I'm not proud of it. They thought it was hilarious. My only excuse was that it kept them entertained on a long car trip. Still, a big mistake all around.

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  9. I was a newlywed and living in an apartment. One of our neighbors asked if I could watch her baby for a minute. I'm embarrassed to admit that I looked at that child (not quite a year old) in her messy clothes and unwiped face, and I judged that mother. 'I'll keep my kids clean,' I swore.

    But four kids later, I understand so much better. My kids love playing in the dirt, coloring with markers, and basically I would go nuts if I changed their clothes every time they spilled something. I am the mom with the messy kids now.

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  10. Soda in a sippy cup. That's all I have to say.

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  11. Great post as usual!

    And I swore I would never let my kids sleep with us...#3 makes a nightly appearance and I'm just too tired to fight it any more. If he crawls in with us he goes right back to sleep and so do I - I'm awake for 30 seconds. And with a king size bed it works :)

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  12. Have I told you lately that I love you? Because I do.

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  13. I actually had someone tell me once they thought making a cake out of a box was from scratch and that a box cake was something you bought from the bakery in a box. It made me laugh :)

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  14. I have let my kids run around in restaurants (only fast food-mind you). But I'm THAT mom.

    Marielle

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  15. Love this!

    If we have pie or cake in the house it's legal for breakfast... yeah, I know that's bad, but it can't be much worse that cereal, right?

    Every once in awhile when one of my kids are having a bad day and just don't want to go to school, I let them have a "flop day" just stay home and cuddle up in their beds and relax... ? I don't know, I have days like that too. Evil, huh?

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  16. Let's try for that book, it sounds like something that would fit in my life... I swore I'd breastfeed every one of my kids, that I was a terrible mother if I didn't give them that advantage in life. Yet, with #1--I fought and fought him for the first six months, and finally I gave up, as he always preferred the bottle. All three of my boys wanted the bottle. OR how about this one--I'd never yell at my children, and I'd never handle a baby with any less care than handling a crystal vase (You get pretty good at balancing the baby, toddler, purse, carseat, and bag of groceries all at the same time--but I have yet to not use two hands for moving my best vase)Should I keep going? As a side note, it is really funny to think back on how I've changed with each subsequent child. Now I can silently laugh at parents with just their first child, and how they want everything done a particular way, and realize I used to be that way, too, but boy, time's passage and a few more kids sure change your perspective on things!...Amanda B in Utah

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  17. Hope it turned out yummy! Sometimes, I bake from scratch and think the mixes turned out better. They are certainly easier.

    I can't believe Chloe didn't crack the tooth fairy with that note!!! Love it!! lol!

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