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 ;)
I often make this recipe for the kids and they really love it. Actually, I double the batch and freeze all of the pancakes that they don’t eat in the first sitting and it really helps me out on a busy morning. I decided a long time ago that I don’t want to be the mom who only serves cereal for breakfast but didn’t account for the time it would take to cook a whole breakfast from scratch each morning. These pancakes are the PERFECT solution :)
The following recipe is NOT doubled! It makes about 13 mini pancakes (perfect for toddlers!)
You will need:
1 1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp white sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
Take all of your dry ingredients and combine in a mixing bowl, creating a well in the center.
Next, take your wet ingredients and place them into the well you have made. Whisk your wet ingredients together, slowly incorporating the flour mixture around the outside.
Using an 1/8 cup measurer (or larger if you want bigger pancakes) scoop the batter into a lightly greased skillet over medium heat. Allow your pancakes to cook until bubbles form at the top and the edge turns golden brown– then flip them and allow the other side to cook until golden.
Remove your pancakes from the skillet once golden. If you are freezing the pancakes for later use allow them to reach room temperature before freezing.
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
Is it strange that even though my husband had an unexpected day off and was home to help out today… I felt more stressed than normal? He helps a lot and I want to be sure that I am giving him credit for that but, it seems as though it’s one more person to take care of despite the fact that he is a fully capable adult. Anyway– I made this wine-cup a week or two ago and tonight was the first time I actually used it :) It is a little rough around the edges but I figure after a few glasses of wine that I wont be able to notice… or simply wont care lol.
There are some instructions on how to paint a wine glass and here is the run down:
-clean your wine glass with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry completely
-Trace your design using a fine tip sharpee (or free hand it if your art skills are good enough)
-Use enamel paint to apply your design
-Allow it to dry overnight
-Place the glass upside down on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in an unheated oven. Once the glass is inside, THEN begin to heat the oven to 325°
-Leave the glass in the oven for 10 minutes (while the oven is in the process of heating) and then turn the oven off once the 10 minutes are up. Allow the glass to remain inside for another 25 minutes while the oven is off and cooling down.
-Remove glass from oven… using oven mitts (I shouldn’t have to state this, but you would be surprised…)
-Again allow the glass to stay on the counter overnight before washing and using it