Lessons I Learned | February

Another month has come and gone. What have I learned?

1. A good label maker can change your life. Don’t believe me? Try this DYMO label maker (it’s a Type A’s dream come true).

2. When your hairdressers hands are shaking, and he’s holding his shears, don’t believe him when he says he just drank too much coffee that morning.

4. Don’t under estimate the power of a good Shea body butter- especially when it’s a brutally hard winter.

5. The world (ie- my home) would be a happier place if I treat people not how they deserve to be treated rather how they should be treated.

6. When I put off off the grocery store for a couple more days, I surprise even myself with the yummy meals I come up with just digging through what I already have in the pantry. Perhaps this is a metaphor for life that applies to me as well. 

7. I have learned that my hair now resembles Tuckers (our English Cocker). With a bit of poodle mixed in too. I look more like a Cock-A-Poo.

8. I am a lot like an old house. The older I get the more repairs and upkeep I require.

9. Tito’s Vodka is my favorite. I’ve tested my theory that it doesn’t cause a hang around and this is a great spirit if you’re 35 and older.

10. How to create a mood board! Technically, I  haven’t actually done this yet but plan to. For what purpose exactly, I have no clue. But I’ve always wanted to know how these crafty bloggers to this.


Fave Reads

While I may have daughters that have morphed into genuine bookworms, truth be told I am not a “big reader.”  Shh, don’t’ tell anyone. It’s not uncommon for me to read a book recall the theme (Was it good? Was it just okay?)  but not the title (or author). Thought I could help my pre-dementia mind by putting together a compilation of my favorite books that I’ve read. While television is becoming increasingly disappointing I plan to read more books this year.

Edie from Life in Grace suggested creating a yearly Reading List which I also plan to do soon. I’ve never thought of that before (and I do love a good list!).  It would probably help kick my booty, mind and eye balls into high gear. To get things started for this wanna be bookworm, here are a few of my faves that I can recall.

Favorite Reads  Grateful Simplicity
The Art of Dancing in the Rain by Garth Stein (if you own pet, or have ever seen an animal of any kind, a must read)
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall (love, love this one)

Far Outside the Ordinary by Prissy Elrod (hello? My mom’s memoir which is due out in April ’14. A fantastic book even if it wasn’t about my life and all.  Honest.)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (not sure how I would’ve made it this far doing this crazy thing called parenting without this book filled with useful tips and tools)
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young (fire, ice and steam- helped focus my understanding of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Probably of my top 3 favorite books of all time)
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (this was a book club pick but a great read)

The Life Application Study Bible (includes life application notes making it easy to understand and apply)

The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick (the movie Fireproof is based off this)
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young (give this one as gifts I love it so much)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (first book at the first book club I ever joined. I thought my sweet friend Jen had lost her mind when I started the first few pages but it turned out to be a great book.)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Um, Amen.)
Sparkly Green Earrings  by Melanie Shankle- her humorous account of motherhood
The Antelope in the Living Room also by Melanie Shankle (I’m purposely reading this one slow so it won’t end- this is her take on marriage and it’s freakin’ funny!)
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (she’s written many books including My Sister’s Keeper)
Cutting for Stone by  Abraham Verghese (I know that my current book club friends are laughing if they read this- yes, it was a long book but I really enjoyed it. The beauty of a book club is we are forced to read books we would otherwise overlook.)
Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule (who doesn’t love a good true crime book?)

The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby (a great, easy to understand book when wanting to improve your digital photography skills)

Message In a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks (the book, not the movie folks- although the movie was good too. I think. Do I remember?)

25 Rules for Mothers of Sons

Thanks for sending this, Mom.
1. Teach him the words for how he feels.

2. Be a cheerleader for his life.

3. Teach him how to do laundry.

4. Read to him and read with him.

5. Encourage him to dance.

6. Make sure he has examples of good men who are powerful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity.

7. Make sure he has examples of women who are beautiful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity.

8. Be an example of a beautiful woman with brains, determination, and integrity.

9. Teach him to have manners.

Manners– um, yes that would be Raynes eating off his neighbor’s plate

10. Give him something to believe in.

11. Teach him that there are times when you need to be gentle.

12. Let him ruin his clothes.

13. Learn how to throw a football.

(A soccer ball works too)

14. Go outside with him.

15. Let him lose.

16. Give him opportunities to help others.

17. Remind him that practice makes perfect.

18. Answer him when he asks, “Why?”

19. Always carry band-aids and wipes on you.

20. Let his dad teach him how to do things.

21. Give him something to release his energy.

22. Build him forts.

23. Take him to new places.

24. Kiss him.

25. Be home base. 

Threes Company

It usually takes no less than 30 shots to get these three to simultaneously look my way.  Add a couple of dogs to the mix and it’s yet more fun.

The Makings of a Book Worm

Once you hit the >1 children mark, it takes a little more creativity to have one-on-one time with your kids. Sneaking off with just one ain’t easy- surprisingly enough.  A dentist appointment for a filling is the perfect opportunity to create lasting, life long memories with your middle child- numb mouth and all.  Because nothing says love like dental work and Mama time rolled into one.

Following Kenley’s dentist appointment this morning her “prize” for being brave while the dentist drilled her tooth was a trip to the public library. I know most kids would like a toy, doll or ice cream but this is Kenley we’re talking about. So we drove from the dentist’s office to the Northeast library, parked the car, made a list of books we wanted to check out, and walked (she skipped) to the entrance. The morning was going perfect: 15 minutes here I thought to myself, I can have her to school by 10:45, get back to my desk by 11- always planning in my head. 

Wouldn’t you know it- the dang library was closed. Have you ever heard of a library opening at 11:00 am on a Thursday? I tried unsuccessfully to persuade Kenley into a Target Icee but she would have none of it. She had been looking forward to the library and by golly, she had shots in her mouth this morning, kept a brave face and we WERE going to the library. Period.

Fifty dollars and a 10 minute time-killing visit to the Wal-Mart across the street and we were back in business at the county library. Just me, and my side-ways mouthed Kenley.

In case you are wondering if your child might be showing early signs of a future bookworm diagnosis, this is a classic symptom.

A nightstand filled with books.

Another early indication would be packing an overnight bag with a stuffed animal, pajamas and books. Yes, that is a dictionary. And yes, she does read it.

We have the same conversation every night.

Me- “Kenley, you need to put away some of these books.
Kenley; “No Mommy, I am reading all of them. I need more bookshelves.”

See, now you know that she really was due for a library visit- poor, underprivileged, under-educated child.
Her birthday is in a couple weeks, hmm. Ceiling to floor bookshelves would excite this child so…. Until then, she has some new books  to keep her occupied.