What I’m Thankful For

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When Thanksgiving comes around we always sit and reflect (or at least should) on what we’re thankful for. Since this year has been such a roller coaster I certainly take a lot less for granted.

My Family

I don’t know where I would be without them. They are the people that keep me grounded and have grown in the last year.

Of course my Boys with snuggles, hugs, and I love you’s come first. They are certainly my everything.

Eli for being my rock, driving me forward, and supporting me each step of the way. There have been many times where I have sobbed this year, and his chest was the perfect spot to cry into.

Meg, for being my best friend. You sit and think about the laughter, fights, and tears you share with  a sister growing up. Being so close in age (18 months) we have always been close.  It never prepares you for the journey we have had this year. All we did together with our Mom, Meg’s wedding, cleaning out our family home, and more. We filled in the void for not calling our Mom on the way to or from school/work. We were able to fill in the “what would Mom say” moments, and were able to cry when needed. I don’t know what I would do without her in my life.

All of my other friends and family. All the encouragement, check-ins, and more. I don’t know sometimes how I would have survived this year without everyone. They all kept me motivated, and made me want to be the best me.

Lastly, I’m most thankful for living. I’m thankful to be able to wake up each day and kiss my children. To be able to walk my children to the bus stop. Being able to put hot meals on our table. The blessing of our new home in a town so close to my heart. Having the pleasure of being able to go outside and just smell the salt air. I feel like I lived in a hospital environment for over 4 months. Life is short. I want to embrace it. Most importantly, whenever its my time (hopefully when I’m 100) I want to be able to say I FULLY lived!

What are you thankful for this year?

Erin

 

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Crazy Hot Sex

I loved this entry so, so much from Sasha.

We are the example to our children of what love should be. I can only hope my boys find love like we have. Love is the person who can see you through the happy, beautiful, but also sad, and ugly. He tells me I’m sexy when I feel ugly. He laughs with me when we watch our boys. He holds me when I sob uncontrollably over my Mother. Of course we also bark at each other, and bicker. Eli and I have had our major up and downs. However, I would want no one else to share this journey with ❤

Mom Life Now

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To my dear daughter,

As you grow, many boys will enter your years. They will speak words of love and passion, of wanting you–all of you.

Their sex will be lacking.

Believe me, dear girl, I know what crazy hot lovemaking is made of. Until the boy can assure you of the following, it is not true passion.

If he can patiently wait for over three years. From pregnant to nursing to pregnant to nursing, with your hormones fierce, and desire often dead. “Please, just let me sleep. I am so tired.” will be your common response. Until he can love you still, choose you still, it is not true passion.

If He can call you beautiful when even your feet are swollen from baby belly. Call you sexy when your legs run thick with varicose veins from the same. Call you perfect after your belly hangs loose with skin…

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My child turned into “That Kid”

Lately, my youngest has been testing my patience. He is a pistol to say the least. Although he  is adorable, he is also defiant, manipulative, and a bit of a rager. Yes I just described my 5 year old there. I had Parent Teacher Conferences and was told he is quite clingy with one kid in the class and there was concern. What is this concern? Is my child a walking Lifetime movie? Apparently my child goes into gangster mode when he feels his friendship is threatened. Completely logical.

Things came to a head when I got a call yesterday, that he punched his best friend in the stomach. My adorable, little snuggle bug, punched his best friend in the stomach. When he was asked why, it came out as “wanting to see if it would hurt”. SOUND THE ALARMS! What did he just say?!?!?! So of course, I have an extremely concerned teacher and a completely embarrassed self.

Thankfully my sister was a voice of reason when I told her what happened. Her advice:”You need to bring down the hammer!” Absolutely correct. We don’t raise the boys in violence, so I was so disheartened that he put “hands” on someone else.

So, when Alex got off the bus. I calmly told both boys we were heading straight home. There was going to be no playtime with the neighborhood kids today. After we walked in the front door, I sat Alex down and asked him what happened. He said he didn’t want to talk about it. I explained about the phone call. After looking at me for a second, he cried. I asked him why he would do that, he gave me the same answer he gave his teacher.

Holy mortified.

I told him there was no way he could mean that. After some coaxing he explained the boys tease each other. Next, he said they hurt each other as a joke. So someone gets hit and the victim will say “that didn’t hurt haha”. He didn’t understand what was so wrong because his friend didn’t cry, he just got caught. I had to explain that he could not do this with his friends, that it is never right to hurt one another. He said he understood, so I doled out the punishment. No electronics, desserts for the week, or Rec center for Colin’s soccer match that night.

Of COURSE he cried, and screamed, and cried some more. However, you know what, he calmed down. He sat and read, drew some pictures, and apologized later for what happened. At the same time, around 10 I found him playing the Xbox. Lovely. Now the Xbox cord is gone, no one can play, and punishment is extended. Is it ever easy?

Is it wrong to say boys will be boys, or kids will be kids? Here’s what: I know when he gets older this will happen with his friends. I hung out with guys in school, they do this. They think its hilarious. So, is it just starting now? Hopefully, he can have the common sense to not do this in school. Just please say I’m not raising a mini Johnny Knoxville.

Here is hoping we have a better report to come. I get that my Mom warned me about naming him Alexander, but seriously! He is definitely giving me a run for my money,

 Erin

 

***Edit Follow up : So I wrote an email to the teacher apologizing for Alex’s behavior. I was very proud and told my Sister of this accomplishment. Well, I managed to tell the teacher that I apologized, but one way or another worked “boys will be boys” into the email. Therefore, I apologized AND condoned his behavior. *facepalm* I was informed I have become THAT Mom at school. Well crap. I kept saying “but I apologized!!!” Then I went back and read the email, and swore, a lot. I suppose on Monday I will be apologizing for that. Ugggggh

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Hot Diggity

Jules from One Ruud Mom tagged me to do some fun questions! I’ve been battling a cold that was graciously given to me by Eli; so I’m a little late on this!

I love me some Jules soooo here we go!

1. What is the most Motherly advice you’ve been given?

This is seriously hard. I’ve been given a LOT of advice, but my Mom gave me some of the best. She encouraged me to always be happy, and don’t sweat the small stuff. If I got upset about things she would just reply, “But seriously Erin, who cares? What does it matter?”

It taught me to focus on only what I think. Parenting and wondering what others think does not help you be the parent YOU want to be.

2 If you had to describe your labor and delivery in one word, what word would it be?

For the 1st: Scary

For the 2nd: Fast!

3. What is the one thing you swore you would never do as Mom but do anyway?

Let the kids have a tv in their room. I read all the studies, and swore up and down my kids would never have a tv in their room. Well, they do. They don’t have free range to use it whenever, but it comes in handy. When they don’t feel well they can lie in bed. They use their room to also play in, so they have a Wii in there. Either way, they don’t fall asleep to it, and its limited.

4. What does your child do that makes you want to pull your hair out.

Ummm lets see, there are a few

~The whining

~Tattling

~Bickering

~Leaving things all over the house

~Alex being a picky eater

~The talking back

Yup that will do it.

5. What does your child do that absolutely melts your heart every time.

Alex- Asks to snuggle every night, and he makes sure to give an hug and kiss every night.

Colin- How kind hearted he is. He always looks out for everyone and their feelings. Sure he can bicker with the best of them, but I LOVE the moments hes a total sweetheart.

 

Phew! Success! Alright I tag Kayla, Allison,  Anita!,  and Sasha!

Here are your question Ladies!

1. What was your craziest craving when pregnant?

2. Who/What  has been the greatest influence on your role as a mom and why?

3. What was your best day as a Mom.

4. Equally what was your worst day as a Mom.

5. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

You’re not obligated, but it could be fun! Lets keep it going!