This is an old one but I came across it again while scrolling through my facebook timeline. Now that I have this blog– I felt it was definitely worth sharing.
Apparently one of my new years resolutions needs to be “watch my mouth in front of the kids.” I tried to let the dog out today and when he wouldn’t go… MJ (my 4 year old) threw his hands up in frustration and said, “that fucking dog…”
I really do make a conscious effort to keep the cursing to a minimum around the kids, but apparently I do not do as good of a job at this as I thought I did. This little occurance was hilarious to me, but of course that is why this is a MOMMY FAIL. It took everything I had not to laugh right then and there, I literally had to walk away from my son so that I could laugh so hard that I cried. Still to this day one of the funniest things the kids have done.
Today I decided to try to get some fun pictures of the kids. Whenever I make the decision to take pictures where the kids are supposed to “pose” it never quite works out. Actually, that may be the understatement of the year. You can’t possibly imagine what I went through to get the picture I used in last years Christmas card… But I must have woke up on the crazy side of the bed today since I felt like trying some posed-for photos again.
I took the kids chalk and set out to the garage (we don’t keep our cars in there most of the time and today was no different) I had this cute idea of drawing a set of balloons with strings hanging from them and having my oldest son “hang on” to the strings while holding hands with his siblings. If this would have worked according to plan– the kids would have looked like they were floating away with the balloons. Notice how I emphasized the word “if.” Instead, this is what we ended up with…
I’m working with toddlers and a 10 month old… I really need to lower the “bar” for picture expectations. I was not only asking them all to look in the same direction at the same time, but I was also asking for them all to stay still at the same time, smile at the same time and I clearly was out of my league here. My 10 month old is mobile now– there is no way IN HELL that he was gonna lay down for this picture, let alone look at me and smile. The other two were just so excited about the idea of playing with chalk that they could care less about posing for my picture.
I did draw some other scenarios for them to pose in… Here is my little girl with the princess crown that I drew for her.
And here is my big guy posing in the car that I made just for him…
And finally here is a slightly blurry shot of my baby boy (I’ll take what I can get) sitting with the moon and stars that I drew for him…
WARNING: Trying this out with young kids like mine, seriously had me sweating it was so difficult. I desperately wanted a good shot of them individually, and then all together… But don’t do what I did; Instead, take it with a grain of salt and just have fun with it. Once I let go of my expectations for the picture… we had A LOT more fun :) If you are daring enough to try this out with your kids I would love to see the pictures! Hopefully your children are more cooperative than my monsters
Browsing through other blogs today, I came across this and thought it was great. Obviously I am compelled to share it with everyone :)
The Mommy Test
I was out walking with my then 4 year old daughter. She picked up
something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth.
I asked her not to do that.
“Because it’s been laying outside and is dirty and probably has
At this point, she looked at me with total admiration and
asked, “Wow! How do you know all this stuff?”
“Uh,” I was thinking quickly, “…everyone knows this stuff. Um,
it’s on the Mommy test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you
be a Mommy.”
“Oh.” We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was
evidently pondering this new information.
“I get it!” she beamed. “Then if you flunk, you have to be the
….Hahaha, I need to post this somewhere in the house where my husband will HAVE to see it ;)
This year I didn’t get any shots of the kids waking up to their baskets and I really wish that I had. This was the first Easter that the kids were excited to wake up knowing that the Easter bunny had come and their little faces were priceless! It is also worth mentioning that I have a problem limiting the kids candy intake on holidays so needless to say they were on a constant sugar high since 8am… I did manage to squeeze in a picture with all 3 kids before we left the house, since I am always the one behind the camera– it’s nice to actually be in a picture with my kids.
Yesterday we made the 2 hour drive to my FIL’s house to celebrate Easter. Of course, we were running late (I’d really like to meet the mother who can arrive on time with 3 children under four years old in tow, she’s my hero) But after the morning craziness we all had a great day :) Amazing food, great company, and the traveling-comedy-show that is my children. My MIL placed a cute little quilt out on the grass for Jacob and it resulted in one of the cutest Easter pictures of the day…
As I grow up and “mature” (those who really know me are laughing right now. The LAST thing I am is mature) I realize just how stressful it can be to host a holiday or other event, so I have started to bring little hostess-gifts with me whenever I attend something at someone else’s home. This Easter I went with a little spring flower arrangement for my MIL– isn’t it adorable?
The kids were especially cute today, and I take pictures of them even when they are screaming/crying/throwing tantrums… so you know I went overboard with the pictures today while they were well behaved and happy :P
I’m going to be honest…a lot of my “creativity” with my kids comes from pinterest. Most of the fun little things we do together originated from someone else thinking the idea was great enough to share (pin). I will always do my best to credit my sources, and for this particular activity all of the credit goes to Meet the Dubiens.
This bathtub paint kept my two toddlers entertained for HOURS! Aside from the occasional battle over which colors belonged to who, this was a great activity for young kids. I just slapped their bathing suits on and let them do their thing! They didn’t even realize I was brushing them up on their colors and shapes along the way ;)
You will need:
Baby Shampoo (clear)
Baby Food Jars (or other small, air-tight containers)
In a large bowl, take 1 cup of baby shampoo and combine it with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix well and spread into your small containers. I had two boxes of different food colorings so I put less of the mixture in each jar in order to give the kids more colors to chose from. Once the mixture is in your containers, simply add ONE drop of food coloring into each and mix well. One drop of food coloring is plenty and doesn’t stain the tub ;)
Hey there! Welcome to my blog that will have you laughing at my attempt to juggle life :) This blog will not only share my experiences but I will also share recipes, interesting tidbits from my classes, craft tutorials, activities for kids, and so much more!
First- here is a little bit about myself…
I am a mother of 3 beautiful, smart, and crazy kids. My oldest son, MJ is 4 years old. He is the smartest and most kind-hearted child that I have ever met in my life. Next is my only daughter, Kaydence who is 2 years old (almost 3!) and truly believes that she is a princess. She is strong-willed, independent and already knows she will be a “Big Star!” Finally is my youngest son, Jacob. At only 9 months old his smile is infectious and he is the happiest baby in the world. I am married to a wonderful man who has brought out the best in me and I am incredibly thankful for him and the family that we have created together.
In addition to running my household, I am also a full-time student at Florida Institute of Technology. I am currently in the process of obtaining my bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that because I attend on-line college that I am somehow taking a short-cut to my degree– the workload of my classes are equivalent to an “on campus” experience.
As if being a full-time mother, wife, and student weren’t enough I am also self-employed as a shop owner on ETSY. Doing crafts provides a creative outlet for me and also allows me to bring in additional income (which never hurts with 3 growing children!) When adjusting to life as a stay at home mom I initially believed that I would have endless amounts of time on my hands to run my shop but I have quickly learned that is not the case. During the Christmas season I found myself staying up until 4am working on orders, waking up at 7am with an infant and using every spare moment (that my children allowed) working on constructing my customers holiday orders… all of this was in addition to my school work and household responsibilities.
I hope at this point that you understand just how busy I am and the truth is… I have only scratched the surface. I try to find humor in every situation and I look forward to sharing my hectic, hilarious, AMAZING life with you! My hope is that someone out there gets a good laugh and maybe even finds the inspiration to take on just ONE more task ;)