Archive for ‘Being a Mommy’

October 6, 2011

I’m up for a creative halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday, by far. Always has been. And Alonzo wholeheartedly agrees! We’ve been making spiders to hang around the house. Egg cartons cut up and painted. Still need to add the legs.  I foresee many more creations for the Halloween set at my house……

October 5, 2011

I lost my daughter at Sunrise

Yesterday I went to feed my mom dinner at her assisted living facility. Clara always asks to come with me and the staff and residents over there love her so I take her as much as I can. Well, last night we were all set up in the dining room, I had my mom at her table along with assorted puzzles and toys for Clara nearby. These occupied Clara’s attention for about 10 minutes before the two year old crazies took over and she wanted to run around. Usually I just let her. It’s a lock-down facility and there is no way she can get out. Typically she’ll run around the halls and come right back to us. After a particularly difficult couple of minutes with my mom yelling at me while I tried to feed her I noticed I could no longer hear Miss Clara’s footsteps. I got up and walked into the hall.

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February 25, 2011

I love her smile

Stevie Wonder wrote “Isn’t She Lovely” for his daughter, Aisha, and every time I look at this smile his words echo in my mind.

In between a crazy day of errands Tuesday I found a small slice if time to head out in the backyard with my mom and my daughter and snapped up these shots.



I love watching Clara interact with my mom because Clara is pure love. She has nothing but smiles and the cutest “c’mon” you have ever heard. Even when my mom is feeling blue, Clara can usually wrangle a smile out of her.  Years ago a therapist told me that I am a “people pleaser” (I’m sure many of you ladies out there have heard that before!) and it’s true. I thought it was something ingrained in me by years of watching my mom do somersaults trying to make everyone happy. But then I watch my daughter and wonder how much “people pleasing’ is in the genes. She is still learning to talk but willingly and excitedly helps me set the table (okay so the plates teeter precariously on the table edge), sweep the floor, and empty the dishwasher. Surely she is acting from pure nature not nurture, right?

Whatever it is, it is unconditional love in its sweetest form.

February 12, 2011

I’m Terrified of Puke!

I should have known something was up when my daughter Clara refused her breakfast the other morning. I took her temperature but it was normal and she was perky and happy.

Skip ahead to the evening and both her and her brother are now hotter than coals on a flaming BBQ, burning up with fever! Oh no! Thus begins the dreaded sickness waiting game, will they or won’t they get worse…..and my personal phobia, will they or won’t they throw up?

Last year we had two major stomach bug incidents, one of which landed my poor son in urgent care with an IV drip for dehydration. Since then any sign of illness imparts severe dread in me, the memory of Alonzo lying pale and listless hooked up to an IV for three hours is still painful. Then two months ago both kids caught something again and it was ten, count ’em, ten days of off and on puking for my little ones…..I went through so much laundry I ran out of what I thought was an endless stash of blankets and towels.

So I stayed home from work yesterday to hopefully help the kids nip whatever it was in the bud and what do you know, they are feeling better!

Whew! Feel like I dodged a bullet!

February 7, 2011

I Love Being a Mommy!

Does life get any better than this? My husband was working a job and my parents were away for the weekend. I took the kids to the Americana to see a balloon twister we want to hire for my son’s preschool fundraiser. Needless to say, they loved the balloon creations…..And I loved watching them chase each other around with balloons.

This is what life is worth living for.

February 5, 2011

I Love A Quiet House

I love getting up early……Since I stayed up watching Inception with my husband last night I didn’t get up until 7:00 AM. Usually I like to get up at 5 AM; the house is quiet, the cat sits quietly in my lap , and I can get some semi-focused work done on my husband’s business, my pre-school fundraising job, and poke around a little on the internet.  Peace and quiet is rare around my house and I relish it!