One piece of advice

 

 

What one piece of advice would you give to others? Anything? ANYTHING at all. choose your own adventure

Mine would be to make your own decisions. Seems like simple logical advice. If it is why do so many people (myself included) have such a hard time doing it?

It seems easier at first to hand over the reigns to another person. Having someone to blame seems like a pretty good set up. “Wasn’t me, they told me it was a good idea.” That excuse ever work for you when you were growing up? Yeah, me neither.

Our most important life lessons stem from our greatest failures. Doesn’t that mean if we are letting others make our decisions then we’re setting ourselves up to be stagnant? Gross.

I know I have been guilty of this.

You are the subject matter expert of your own life. Take the lead.

 

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Bustin’ Rhymes

 

If you don’t munch your lunch I’m gonna punch you all a bunch!

– Me

Judging from all the talking and giggling going on I don’t think they took my threat very seriously.

Maybe next time I should use my SERIOUS BUSINESS voice instead of singing it. Oh well!!

What are you afraid of?

My assigned topic today is “the thing(s) you’re most afraid of”. You’ll be surprised to find that is isn’t big, hairy spiders.

Boogie man much?

I’ll admit this is pretty creepy

Or even the boogie man… although, if you wouldn’t mind leaving a light on?? kthx.

Boogie man would be simple. Poltergeist? No worries. These are the real deal:

   1.  Being unable to meet the basic needs of my family. 

This scares the bejebus out of me. Not having a roof over my head or food to feed my babies would most certainly put me in mama bear kill mode. The health and welfare of the wee ones ALWAYS comes first. Those little rug rats are my everything.

     2.  Alzheimer’s

Just typing the word makes me uneasy. My Father and Grand-Father from my Mother’s side both were victims. According to Webmd ” it is most likely due to a combination of a variety of genetic and other factors.”  Genetic huh? So it’s kinda like playing the lottery? The one I have never won? Great.

If your brain slowly deteriorating isn’t frightening enough let’s take a gander at this info graphic from Top Alzheimer’s Care:

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Is there anything worse than losing yourself? I suppose having moments of clarity and realizing what your family is going through. That would certainly be worse.

I can only pray that my children’s children’s generation won’t have to watch their grandparents wither away, not remembering who they are.

Thankfully there are organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association whose mission is to advance Alzheimer’s research worldwide.

With all of that said I think I need to go snuggle a kitten or watch Care bears.

Baring your soul in a blog isn’t always the easiest of things. Do me a favor and make me feel a little better. Write me a comment and tell me what scares you. 

What do you do?

“What do you do?” 

Likely the most dreaded question for any stay at home parent. What people are really asking is, “What do you do for money?” For this I have no answer.

Currently I don’t make money, my job is to save money. Finding the cheapest, most efficient ways for everything. Am I amazing at this? Hardly. Am I a couponer? Not so much. Most of the time though we do okay.

Have I wanted to go back to work? Sure. My husband and I both agree that me being here with the kids top priority. I believe that YOU are the best qualified person to care for your children during the early years. This time is irreplaceable.

For the last three years we have homeschooled. This year my oldest is giving public school a shot, his choice. My youngest is in a place somewhere between preschool and kindergarten.

We “do school” together. Working on learning to read and beginning math. What she is most interested in now though is what I do with my time. She wants to sit and watch my words appear on the screen when I write. She wants to sit on the counter while I cook and do dishes. She wants to learn how to be a big girl. This is where things start getting tricky.

So what is it that you do? I lead by example…and I pray a lot.

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My assignment today is to publicly profess my love and devotion for someone I know in real life or through blogging. 

My life is full of amazing people who I could have easily written about. After much caffeinated contemplation I have decided on my husband.

Let’s take a moment to hope today isn’t the day he has time to start reading this blog. 

We have been married for the last 8 years. The changes and growth I have witnessed during this time are awe inspiring.  If the Husbandface now sat down and had coffee with the Husbandface of past they wouldn’t even recognize each other.

Somethings have remained constant throughout the years. It is obvious to anyone that knows him that he holds family in a high regard. Our son started public school for the first time this year. Husbandface has been going into work at 4am so that he could be available to pick him up from school and still work two hours of overtime. Mind you, I am here totally available. It is his decision so that he can be there for his son. Although our children quite obviously love their father they have no idea how lucky they really are.

Like any partnership there are disagreements. There are times where I would just as soon throw a pillow at him as to talk to him. He always remains patient. I can’t recall even one instance where he has raised his voice in anger, even when I have been FULL crazy yelling like a banshee.  (my crazy banshee days are over btw kthx)

He is my link to sanity. Otherwise I would probably be sitting somewhere in a corner rocking back and forth trying to chew on my elbow. Nom. Nom. Nom.

Thank you Mr. Sir Husbandface of the Empire for all of your hard work and dedication. I think we’ll be keeping you around for a bit.

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Bears in the Woods

I have it under good authority that you should watch out for bears in the woods.

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Thanks Cakes! For being four and a half you really have things figured out.

She would like to add that camping with your parents is the way to go.

I am going to miss warm afternoons in the yard.

Sweetness through Adversity

“On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that’s pretty good.” – Unknown

Today’s assignment:  Choose a favorite quote (from a person, from a book) and tell the world why you love it.

We have all had our fair share of days we felt we just couldn’t make it through. Without those “bad days” good days wouldn’t even be possible.

Success is possible because we have learned from our failures.  It is a shame that this is hard to remember when it is the most important.

This quote reminds me that I am one hard core chick who can make it through anything.

What do you do to remind yourself that these bad days are only bridges to the good ones?