Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Not Me! Monday Round 3

Over at My Charming Kids, it's time for another round of Not Me! Monday. If you'd like to join in the "Not Me! Monday" fun, click here for the rules.

My week did not go as follows:

I did not have to extract my darling daughter (who is not going to be 8 in a few months) out of the van when I did not tell her that I was going to be leaving her with a babysitter (who certainly was not her super fun aunt). I was not overpowered by this child and did not have to resort to telling her that if she continued her screaming our neighbors would call the police who would then take her away from me. I would never do that.

I did not take a two hour nap on Tuesday afternoon. And it did not feel good.

I did not have my almost 4-year old child nap with me which did not result in him staying awake until 11pm. Because what kind of a mother lets her child stay up until 11 pm? That would just be irresponsible.

I did not take Maya to the Dr to be tested for diabetes and did not find out while we were there that while she doesn't have diabetes (really) she also doesn't have another UTI.

I was not secretly happy that I had to wait 20 minutes for Maya's Rx even though it should have been ready when I got there because I really don't enjoy walking around Target. I especially don't like walking around Target childless. I am not addicted to Target. I never spend any money there.

I did not mind that my husband was gone all week on a business trip in Vegas. I was not at all happy to have him back home. He did not spend a ridiculous amount of money on Cirque Du Soleil. And did not compensate for it by telling me that I could have my first ever spa day. I am not excited about this at all.

My son did not just come over to me with a bag of cheez-its and did not proceed to rip open the bag thereby causing the crackers to explode all over the room.

I did not tell several people that I was going to kick this child out of my house one day last week because he did not spend that entire day whining and complaining. I was not frustrated with him at all. Because good mom's enjoy every second of every day with their beloved children.

Proud Mama

I usually try to stray away from bragging about my children. In fact, I tend to swing the other way and am way more likely to bring to light all of the negative attributes of my little darlings rather than discuss all of the wonderful things about them. However, I can't keep this one to myself. I took Brenna to her violin lesson today. It was her fifth lesson EVER. She has been working, for the past 4 weeks, on Twinkle Twinkle. Today she had a new song, Lightly Row, introduced. Now, I have no experience what-so-ever with the violin. But I could not help but be impressed when she picked up the song in about 8 minutes. 8 minutes! I was completely floored. I didn't think it was going to go well at first. She was struggling with the bowing and I could see the look of frustration on her face. But then it suddenly just clicked and she had it! And then! My little mommy heart just about burst out of my chest at the end of her lesson when she and her instructor played Twinkle Twinkle together. Brenna played the melody and her instructor played the harmony. Brenna didn't miss a beat! She was awesome!

31 Things

1. Where is your cell phone? on the end table
2. Where is your significant other? Las Vegas
3. Your hair color? dark blonde
4. Your mother? Deb
5. Your father? Ron
6. Your favorite thing? my family
7. Your dream last night? don't remember, but it was probably odd
8. Your dream/goal? to raise my children without losing too much hair
9. The room you're in? living room
10. Your hobby? reading, scrapbooking, shopping
11. Your fear? losing my children
12. Where do you want to be in six years? in the nursing program (or working towards getting there) while all of my kids are in school
13. Where were you last night? home watching tiny football (Monday Night Football on a 4" screen on my laptop because we don't have expanded cable)
14. What you’re not? motivated today
15. One of your wish list items? nice digital camera, bigger TV with expanded cable,
16. Where you grew up? MN
17. The last thing you did? took a nap
18. What are you wearing?jeans/t-shirt
19. Your TV? is off
20. Your pet? 2 smelly goldfish that I am hoping will die soon so we can get some prettier, less smelly fish
21. Your computer? an IBM Thinkpad
22. Your mood? lethargic and a little crabby
23. Missing someone? my hubby
24. Your car? Dodge Grand Caravan. 2 of them. One grayish silver (or olive green according to the hus) one dark green. And a green Mazda 626.
25. Something you’re not wearing? socks
26. Favorite store? Target!!!
27. Your summer? is gone:(
28. Love someone? YES!
29. Your favorite color? just about anything with brown
30. When is the last time you laughed? this morning
31. Last time you cried? 2 nights ago...shouldn't read sad stories about people losing their babies...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Food for Thought

I was reading through the many comments on one of the blogs I follow and found this there...I thought it was interesting and it did make me stop and think.

This is the list of "Cannots" oft quoted by both Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

"You cannot bring prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further brotherhood of men by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

- Rev. William J. H. Boetcker

Apply that to candidates as you will . . .