Feb 222014
 

I’m excited to be teaming up with Productive Parenting and Strider Bikes to bring you an awesome (free!) app that you’re going love – and a chance to win one of five Strider Bikes!

Thousands of Activities for Kids!

Productive Parenting has been around for years – offering fast and simple activities that you can do with your kids. The activities are created by a team of childhood education experts and categorized by age (0 – 5) and also by skills learned.

And now they’ve taken all of their amazing activities and created an app. You download it from the iTunes store, quickly enter in the names and ages of your children, and each day you’ll be given a new (simple) activity to do with your kids.

Simple Activities for Kids Free App

No props? No problem. Productive Parenting activities require little to no preparation or materials; but don’t let their simplicity fool you. They provide a solid foundation for Kindergarten and at the same time promote lasting parent-child relationships.

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I don’t know about all of you, but it’s getting pretty nasty dicey up in here trying to keep the kiddos occupied during these bleak times of endless snow and frigid temps. This app is a Godsend in trying to shake things up (read: maintain a sliver of sanity for all of us).  Snatch it up ASAP–TRUST ME.

And the cost?  Can’t beat this…

Free until March 5, 2014! Until March 5, 2014, the Productive Parenting app will be available for FREE in the iTunes store. After that, the price will be set at $1.99.Click here to download it now.

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Dec 262013
 
Christmas craft

The brilliant result

Gosh, yes…I actually tried to craft with my kids.  I am so adorably annoyingly stupid…

Once upon a time in the not-so far off land of Suburbia, there was a Mommy who was a very good at caring for her home and her family, except for the fact that she sucked at cleaning and cooking, wasn’t awesome with young kids, and was generally terrified of crafting.  This Mommy was married to a very good man; we’ll call him Daddy.  Daddy was reading a book to their little boy and chanced upon cute idea for a fun project to do with kids.  Daddy mentioned this to Mommy, and apparently Mommy had skimped on her daily sanity meds, because she thought this craft would be fun to try with the kids.  She planned to give it a whirl one morning the next week.

In general, anytime Mommy decides to “give something a whirl”, it’s best for all nearby parties to run quickly into a cave and hide.  And so this is the point where our tale takes a very nasty turn south…

Preparations for the crafting event were going relatively well until Mommy realized she needed supplies to create the popsicle stick Christmas tree craft.  Dastardly truth of crafting: supplies are necessary.  Queue to Mommy diving headfirst into several scary large Rubbermaid totes in the basement where the glitter was conveniently stored.  Listen carefully now for the sounds of angry grunts, muffled explicatives and panicked screams for baby daughter to NOT start crawling up the un-baby-gated cement steps.

After some further desperate searching and a minor hiccup when Mommy’s sweet angelic son locked her in the basement as she was juggling the glitter, the baby, a psychotic dog and a laundry basket under arm (there is always, always a laundry basket involved, right?), the necessary materials were finally secured upstairs.  Mommy then felt insanely wise for setting daughter up in her chair with some Color Wonder markers so the rest of this fun event could ensue.  The scene was mostly set with only the paper plates still needed.

For the record, paper plates are definitively integral to all craft projects.  All of them.  If you are looking to go into crafting, start buying paper plates in bulk, and stash them in every nook and cranny throughout your house.  You will always need them and you will never have them when you need them.  There can never be enough paper plates.

While Mommy went in search of the necessary paper plates, her daughter took the opportunity to eat the tip off of a marker.  After a certain amount of hysteria and speculation that Color Wonder ingestion would lead to brain damage of some sort, it was determined that everyone would survive, and the festivities could joyfully continue.

As goldfish crackers flew at Mommy’s head (an alternative activity was needed for daughter after the unfortunate incident in which she ate the provided markers), she learned that hot glue gun glue is indeed rather hot when squirted all over one’s hand.  As Mommy screamed through her pain, her son fled the room in terror.  But with a little convincing, he soon returned to participate in this delightful experience.

Bring our engaging tale to a close, you can tell from the pictures below, the end result was stunning.  Clearly entirely worth all the effort and served to completely re-educate Mommy, who will now be running gleefully headfirst into the next crafting opportunity after having such a blessedly positive experience.  Bring on the crafts.

Christmas tree craft

Just thought you would appreciate
that I’m still using paper plates from
my daughter’s birthday in July

Mommy is now making “I Heart Crafting” t-shirts which will be available for sale in the very near future.  Stay tuned for this one.  She’s entirely sold out for crafting and wants the world to know.

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Also, pop on over to Hollow Tree Ventures and check out As (Never) Seen on Pinterest for further evidence of how crafty and artsy I am and snag some top-notch creative ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.  As a teaser, my fantastic design inspiration for your child’s train table is pictured below:

Child's Train Table Design @mererdithspidel @RobynHTV

Yes, yes we are awesome parents…

 

Nov 152013
 

Sometimes when I think of Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood, I could cry.  It’s like a flood of sweet childhood perfection comes rushing back at me.  Those moments when I felt little and happy and thrilled to just be learning how to tie my shoes.  It is without exaggeration that I say Fred Rodgers was huge part of my formative years, and I consider myself a die-hard fan.

I read The Simple Faith of Mister Rodgers with delight a few years ago, but remember feeling sad at the time that this inspiring man would not be part of my kids’ childhoods.

Well…maybe now, that isn’t true.  A little while ago, my son chanced upon a treasure on the iPad, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  He fell in love, and I was soon to follow suit with crushing on this program.  You see, it’s ADORABLE.  Long story short, about a year ago, The Fred Rodgers Company started producing an animated program on PBS that is dedicated to carrying on the message and nostalgia of Mister Rodgers.  The are many parallels between the original show and this new one: did you notice Daniel rocks the same red zip-up sweater Mister Rodgers did for so many years?  The songs are familiar, the Land of Make Believe makes an appearance in the scenery, and while the original character have grown up and moved on, their cute little kiddos are on the scene.

It’s not just the carryover of characters, music, and sweaters, though.  This company is dedicated to instilling the values of my childhood hero into this new show: not just entertaining children, but teaching them to be comfortable with their feelings while learning important, practical lessons along the way.

I hugely credit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with assisting our potty training efforts with the show’s catchy jingle, “If you have to go potty, STOP, and go right away…”.  And what parent who has seen this program doesn’t love on the tune about how “Everyone is big enough to do something” (read: maybe you can’t do Mommy’s mountain of laundry yet, but you can still find some way to put your 4 yr. old self to good use ;) ).

Then the company took it one step further.  After a bunch of research about how kids best develop creativity and imagination, they created a whole line of toys that promote open-ended play.  You can snatch them up just in time for the holidays at Toys R Us.  Head over to the website to case out all the reviews and details, but a personal note on these toys?  My son has slept with his stuffed Daniel Tiger every night since he got him and even invited Daniel TO WATCH FOOTBALL WITH HIM ON SUNDAY (I know–huge honor).  And when we opened our trolley toy?  It already was Christmas in this household.

I tried to get a photo of them beaming at the camera with their new toy, but they were too engaged and in awe for such nonsense.

I tried to get a photo of them beaming at the camera with their new toy, but they were too engaged and in awe for such nonsense.

The summary is that I loved Mister Rodgers Neighborhood as a kid and I am beyond tickled to know that his legacy can live on in a new generation through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  Check the show out.  Check the toys out. And fall in love with Mister Rodgers all over again.

I participated in this program on behalf of The Fred Rogers Company and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Sep 272013
 
Source All the glowy, entrancing perfection

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All the glowy, entrancing perfection

I am not a huge one for sap or intense woe over departing seasons, but there is one thing I am very sad to say goodbye to–those lazy nights around the fireside.

You see, my family doesn’t do that much cool stuff.  We are a pretty basic, simple people, who love us some good Duck Dynasty episodes for $7.98/season on Amazon and think we are boss if we manage to make it up until 9pm.  But every now and again, when the weather is warm, my husband will build a fire in our pit and we will chill the evening away.  I’m talking at least 10pm, people.  This is serious stuff.

Don’t mistake me, these fireside nights aren’t an epitome of perfect bliss.  They often result in boatloads of screaming at the kids not to get too close to the flames, irritable tension between my husband and I over who’s turn it is to “do”bedtime” and way too many burnt marshmallows…BUT, it is kind of cool.

The kids love it, I usually get to drink one of my husband’s groovy home brews and just relaxing around the fire is…well, really relaxing.  Since I always crave more relaxation in my life, these nights have become aces in my book.   While I think these nights are wonderful, I have never cried before over their departure.  There was always next year, right?  But then, this year, I got gut-punched with sadness.

You see, my son has gotten into chasing fireflies.  He runs with sheer glee and abandon from one teeny flashing light to the next.  I could care less about the fireflies, but the joy on his face has me sold.  He screams, “Oh! I got another one!” after each temporary capture and his self-pride is infectious, delightful, smart–when is the last time I have squeed with bliss over something so perfectly simple?

The truth is, watching his childlike passion taught me a lesson in embracing life and (quite literally), whatever it floated in front of me.  Call it the innocence of childhood or whatever you will.  He was happy, he was having fun, and I can only pray that I can find some small measure in my life to love life so hard.

So you’ll excuse me.  While I rejoice in the cozy long sleeves and apple-crisp scents of fall, I am mourning the loss of these summer nights a bit.  Those precious evenings when chasing after fireflies and “catching another one” is the the only thing needed on this earth for delight.

It’s really not the end of the world–we’ll be back in a several short months.  But, I’ll miss those rich fireside nights all the same.

Rocking out the chase in the Spideman jammies

Rocking out the chase in the Spideman jammies

Mar 242013
 

…and it was AWESOME.

If you need to sit down for a minute, that’s cool.  I can’t believe I’m saying this either.  When I was invited to preview the new Monkey Fish Toys store, I was pretty scared.  Lots of bright colors, noises, and children generally terrify me.  But then that whole little realization that “my kids would have a blast and maybe it was time for Mommy to put on her big girl panties and just go” sort of factored in.  So off we went.

It was fantastic.  Of course the kids loved it and had so much fun playing with all the different toys, but I thought it was pretty great too.  The owner told me that they try to stock 75% of their inventory with items you can’t find at Amazon, Target or Walmart.  This was evident.  I saw so many cool toys that I hadn’t even known existed.  I was significantly ticked at myself that I hadn’t brought a pen and paper so I could start writing down ideas (yes, I’m still smart phone-stupid) for gifts.  These toys were new, different, original.  It was fun to just walk around and check everything out.

playing at toy store Monkey fish toys @meredithspidel

The prices were impressive too–right on par what you would pay at  one of those major retailers.   An obsessive lover on online shopping, I had forgotten how easy it can be to walk into a physical store, see something fantastic and buy it on the spot.  Let’s just say the Easter Bunny had a hey day that day.

playing at Monkey Fish toys store @meredithspidel

He’s engrossed

It was fun and I can’t wait until I have an excuse to go back.  If you are local to the Exton, PA area, trek over and trek over FAST.  You will fall in love, I promise.  And take the kiddos–all the hands on play areas are sure to be a hit.  Playdate and shopping fix all in one neat package.  Thanks, Monkey Fish Toys!

I received no compensation for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Jan 172013
 

Last week our family went to the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  For those of you not familiar with this annual phenomenon, it’s hailed as the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo.  Basically picture a really, really big building with a bunch of cows, tractors, and about 450,000 people thrown in, and you’ve got yourself the Farm Show.  For many, this is a yearly highlight.  My husband and I have been a few times in the past, but we hadn’t yet given it a whirl with our kids.  Packing up two strollers and a monstrous backpack stocked for The Apocalypse, we decided this was the year.  Hold your horses (or pigs, sheep, whatever the case may be), we were hitting the scene!

butter sculpture at PA Farm Show @meredithspidel

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Why yes, this is a sculpture made out
of 1,000 pounds of butter

I could load you up with cute pictures of the kids exploring all the delights and tell you about all the cool things there are to do there, but let me just take this opportunity to share some important take-aways with you (and I’m going to do the picture thing anyway).  In case you find yourself contemplating Farm Show-ing it in future years, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1.  If obscene amounts of animal poop on your shoes and/or stroller wheels leaves you squeamish, you may want to sit this one out.  Crap happens.  At the Farm Show, it definitely happens.

2. You will eat your daily calorie intake x7 in the astoundingly amazing food court.  Plan on not eating for a week before or a week after.  You’ll thank me for this.  And it’s worth it.

3.  Awe is a abundant.

Looking at baby chicks @meredithspidel

You know it’s good when you have to get up on your tip-toes to see it.

4. You will not be able to breathe.  Or move your elbows.  Perfect scenario if you are looking to tackle that nasty claustrophia.  I made excellent strides in the 5 hrs. we were there.  And then only required about 25 hrs. of therapy afterwards.

5. There is nothing cooler than an indoor carousel.

indoor carousel at PA Farm Show

Excuse the blur. Mommy’s still working on nailing the skill of snapping a pic while waving back.

6. Instaneous desire to don a cowboy hat, wave a lasso and whoop it up at the rodeo is a given.  Dang, I love it when my inner cowgirl comes out.  Why must she hide the rest of the year?

7. It will seem inappopriate to listen to anything other than Toby Keith for the full week post-Farm Show.  Stock up on his albums before going.

8. You will have to leave with your own horse.  Or, at the very least, a pony.  They sell horse trailers there, so it’s cool.

Horse at PA Farm Show @meredithspidel

What a beauty!
And I think my daughter is gorgeous too. ;)

9. You’ll leave exhausted, tired, mentally taking notes for what to buy in the food court next year, and counting down the days until next year’s show.

10. Despite EXTRAORDINARILY random and emphatic temper-tantrums when the sweet booth lady (who oddly happened to be your aunt in the crowd of 450,000) tried to give your son his paper chicken hat and subsequent refusals on his part to even touch it, you will go in his room to check on him later that night and find this:

PA Farm Show Chicken hat @meredithspidel

I know, I’m dreaming about next year too, little guy.

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Dec 092012
 

Watching a child’s face light up over a really special gift has to be one of the coolest parts about this holiday season.  What fun!  I love giving a kids a neat present.  It’s so fun to plot and plan what to get the little guys on my list, but once in a while I get stuck.  I simply can’t figure out what to give.  Enter BabbaBox, and this problem is now solved!  What in the world is a BabbaBox?  It’s a kit of supplies and projects that comes delivered straight to your door.  Basically, it is everything you need to do some really cool stuff with your kids (or send to someone else who might appreciate the inspiration and ease).  Creativity and convenience in box, if you will!

I’ll admit, I was somewhat skeptical.  Would Babbabox really be that special?  When ours arrived, I was excited to tear into it with my son and check it out.  I was so pleased to see that yes, Babbabox was a really neat thing!  We got the the Sun, Moon and Stars version, which included the supplies to make your own constellation frame and paper moon nightlight.  It also came with a pair of binoculars, lunar calendar, a digital download, a fun children’s book and a little treat for Mommy (a pretty wine stopper is always welcome in my book, for the record).

I was thrilled that literally ALL of the needed supplies for the projects were included.  I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a veritable disaster when it comes to crafting with my kids (stay tuned for an upcoming fun post on how well a recent attempt at this went down).  It was a relief to see that down to the glue, paper bowls and stirring stick, everything I needed was in the box (okay fine, I did have to go and pour some of my own water).  The ease of this cannot be overstated.

I’m sharing some pics below of our moon light we made.  This was a very cool project, something I would never have been inspired to do on my own with the kids.  This is the primary reason I’m now a Babbabox fan.  If you’re like me and not super-crafty, this company is mailing great ideas straight to your door.  Moreover, they are sending you all the supplies you need to create them.  Even if you are a crafty guy or gal, I think it’s really hard to regularly set aside dedicated time to do something different like this with our kids.  If the project is literally sitting in front of you, it’s much easier to give it a go.

Paper mache moon nightlight @meredithspidel

Squeezing the glue was so much fun

Paper mache balloon

Setting it out to dry…

Paper mache nighlight

…and it’s done! Stick a light in it and call it a night!

I love the company’s self-description, “BabbaBox is a theme-based box delivered to your door that allows you to enjoy a little convenience and inspiration! As any parent can attest, the most important thing you can give to your child is quality time. BabbaBox makes this possibly by helping you to save time, money, & mindspace”.

Toddler binoculars

He thought the binoculars were the best. thing. ever.

Babbabox isn’t just a gift of some crafting materials, it’s a gift of time enjoyed with kids.  Grab one for yourself or if you are stuck in that place of “What in the world can I get for this child on my list?”, order a box for them today.  Money well spent that will be well appreciated.

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BabbaBox is a theme-based box delivered to your door that allows you to enjoy a little convenience and inspiration! As any parent can attest, the most important thing you can give to your child is quality time. BabbaBox makes this possibly by helping you to save time, money, & mindspace.

Just think! Fantastic monthly activities with ALL the materials for kids ages 3-6. Included in the box are 3 projects + 1 bestselling book + digital download + parent surprise gift!

The best part? Babbabox makes a GREAT unique gift during the holiday season.

Act now! Get 50% off a monthly membership or 50% off the one month only box when you use the code, SWAY100. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BabbaBox. The opinions and text are all mine.

Oct 152012
 
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Thomas is rolling into the station!

Recently we were looking for something special to do with our son, and after several friend recommendations, we decided to give A Day Out With Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad a try.  In short?  It was awesome!  Perfect pick and perfect thing to do with young kids.

Since our daughter is still only 1, outings that last all day for a long day can be a bit too much, but A Day Out With Thomas was just the ideal adventure for our little ones.  We arrived shortly after 10am.  Our tickets to actually ride Thomas weren’t until 11:15am, but they suggest getting there an hour beforehand.  I imagine this is to make sure you get there in time to park (parking wasn’t too bad with getting there early in the day, but a few hours later on, they appeared to be busing people over from an extra lot), and figure out where to go.  There were a bunch of fun activities for us to do while we waited to board the train and to keep us busy after we got off.  With pictures with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt, a mini train that ran on coal, a rail car to push, a temporary Thomas tattoo table, elaborate train tables for the kiddos to play at and loads of yummy food (you can also pack your lunch and eat in their picnic area), no one got bored!  And by 1:30pm, we had pretty much exhausted the scene and were ready to head home.

Though I probably should have expected it, I was thrown by the TON of Thomas merchandise they had available for sale.  Thomas potty seats?  They had them.  $10 Mylar train balloons?  Check.  And yes, in case you were wondering, they do indeed make Thomas-imprinted mini cookies.  If you were looking for a special treat to buy your child, you were well in luck!  Might be wise to go with a game plan and let your child know in advance that he will get to get to pick one small toy.  Our little guy scored a wooden train whistle, which he though was pretty cool ;)

A couple weeks later, he is still puffing away trying to achieve the perfect shrill whistle with his new treasure and talking about his day with Thomas.  The day was a definite hit!

Our little conductor in the making!

Anyway, Thomas has rolled out for now, but will be back to visit November 16-18.  If you’re local, consider   hopping on this train–it’s well worth the ride!

 

Oct 012012
 
www.mylifeandkids.com


Have you stopped by the wonderful blog, My Life and Kids?  Ever since I found this site almost a year ago, I can’t get enough!  Anna makes me laugh every time I check it, and moreover, she keeps it real.  She has an uncanny ability to make me feel more normal and help me see the humor in my oh-so-glamorous day-to-day.  I adore her.  

So naturally, I’m over the moon that she has come out with a new ebook, 75 Ways to Have More Fun. You’ve gotta check this thing out. What a treasure!  Anna offers loads of suggestions to make something can often be not-so fun (staying home with your kids) really fun.  From throwing random surprise parties to figuring out ways to make washing toys seem like a game to rolling out the sleeping bags in your living room, her ideas are cool, fresh, and realistic.  These are activities a regular mom would actually enjoy doing with her kids.  Yes, these are things that even this Mom of the Year, in all her totally anti-DIY-er glory could handle!  

Score a copy!

She writes in the style of her blog, allowing you to laugh and enjoy yourself along the way, while sharing some really great inspiration.  I eagerly read through, trying to figure out which of these ideas I wanted to give a try in the coming week.  I think in the next few days I’ll be turning the kids loose with the safety scissors.  Maybe we’ll even chance a breakfast picnic if I’m feeling really adventurous?  And see the picture below to see how well the shaving cream activity went over!  This book is a perfect thing to grab onto as the weather cools and we start to move into winter-hibernation mode.

Not all the ideas are this messy, trust me…

Forget all that crazy stuff over-the-top stuff on Pinterest, snatch up a copy for yourself and gift one to a friend.  The book is on sale through Amazon as well as through her website as a PDF document for only $3.99!  Definitely worth the cost to shake things up around your house–or cover them in shaving cream, as the case may be ;)

I received a free copy of this ebook for review purposes, but I received no other compensation for the post.  All opinions are entirely my own.

Aug 162012
 

The further I get into this world of kids, the more I realize how incredibly different each child is.  No two kids  are even close to being alike.  I see it when we are around other families, and I see it in my own house.  My own two children are vastly different from each other.  What my son can let roll off his shoulders, my daughter will become passionately upset about (how dare Mommy leave the room?!).  At one year, my daughter is already out-climbing my son and suddenly the chest of drawers in the nursery is looking scarily ladder-like.  My son is goofy and giggly while my daughter sizes up each situation with consternation before doling out her smiles. (Gosh, I’m making my daughter sound positively Hitler-esque…).  Anyway, you get the point–kids are different.

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Thanks, Big Bird, for teaching us early on that someone has got to stand out…. 

This is cool–let each kid be an individual in their own right.  In almost every parenting scenario, as long as my child isn’t the weirdest one in the group, we’re generally good to go.  When the differences originate from the kids themselves, this is okay.  When Mommy’s stupidity causes the the children to stand-out, it’s another story.  Basically, this happens to us every day.  I already pity my children as teenagers.  While I don’t actively set out to destroy their social career, I seem to definitively prevent them from blending in with their cohorts…

The most recent example of this is when my truly amazing, slightly-scary-in-her-entergetic-creative-DIYer-glory, beloved friend hosted an awesome playdate for a bunch of friends.  Games, events, awards…it was all astoundingly fantastic.  Unfortunately, this Mom of the Year had to go and make her kids be the weird ones.  We missed the memo to go with the patriotic theme and showed up in orange and pink.  Ooops.  Then somehow I also overlooked the note to dress your kids in swimwear, which was actually sort-of convenient b/c we are still potty-training and my son is still half-scared of the pool, but…he stuck out like a sore thumb.  Whoopsie.  And we were late, obviously.  And lest you think that Mommy isn’t totally sucking right now, my daughter conveniently threw her bottle under a ginormous bush.  While I was busy trying to dig said bottle out with my friend’s new-ish looking Swiffer and covering myself in mud, my daughter took a nasty spill on the hardwood floor.  At this point, she started with the high-pitched wailing, which made me look like an even more awesome Mom. This was also obviously the point at which our exit cue had arrived.

See, this is why I am truly The Mom of the Year.  I earn my title, every darn day actually.  So next time “one of these things is not like the other”, don’t bother wondering–it’s my kid, and it’s my fault, trust me.

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