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Monday, July 25, 2016
To my young teen daughter (07/21/16)
To My Young Teen Daughter ... Oh how I wish you could see yourself like I see you. I know this stage in life is hard, no matter what I do to try and help you. I know it's tough to like yourself or see any beauty behind all the changes you're undergoing. ...
An awakening (06/30/16)
Oh how I wish we didn't have to face the idea of dying, but it seems it takes a death for everyone to step back and appreciate all they have in life. At least it sure does for me. I spent most of last week trying to be happy on the outside and just roll with the daily stress of my life, but behind my positive fašade, I was complaining about every stupid, little thing and finding the negative in about all the situations. ...
Mother's Log (06/23/16)
Mother's Log: Wednesday, during the summer. Woke up at 5:02 a.m., thanks to Hubby's alarm. Woke up again at 5:12 a.m. thanks to Hubby pressing snooze. Tried to go right back to sleep after he left but instead pondered some life altering thoughts like "should I wash my truck today, but I haven't checked the weather forecast so what if it rains?" and "I wonder that other black softball sock is, I gotta find that by Friday" and other very important questions that need answered before 5:30 a.m. ...
Accidents happen (06/16/16)
She made it three months. Three whole months basically accident free. At least with any other driver, because we did have the little incident where we tore into the driveway a tad too quickly bonking our side view mirror on the basketball goal popping the mirror out right out of its case. But other than that, accident free!...
Accepting my age (06/09/16)
I had mentioned recently that I had another birthday roll around. I wasn't unhappy about it at all and sort of consider myself a "youngish" mom since I still have kids at home and one still in elementary school. But the day of my birthday, when I eagerly retrieved the mail full of birthday cards, I found a single piece of junk mail, squeezed between my cards that sorta let some air out of my birthday bubble. Not a burst, just a slow leak...
Softball Sundays (05/26/16)
I saw on a post online the other day showing pictures of two different yards, one that was green and manicured with neatly groomed flower beds and then another that had overgrown grass and weeds and no flowers in site. The post was referring to the difference between sports parents and regular people this time of year, with the overgrown yard reflecting the life of a sports parent. Oh, how I related!...
Bring it on, birthday! (05/19/16)
I don't know when it happened exactly, but I've reached the point that when my birthday rolls around, I am truly grateful for another year on this earth. Seriously, not just saying that. I don't remember being thankful for turning older in the past, but these days I've realized that each year really is a blessing. ...
Mother's Day gifts (05/12/16)
So another Mother's Day has passed. Even though I had to work half the day, it was still a wonderful day and I was blessed to spend most of it with my family. Earlier last week I was asked what I wanted for Mother's Day and so I spent some time contemplating my answer. ...
Track meet tan (05/05/16)
If you see me, I don't want to hear any wise cracks about my Track Meet tan, cause I'm fully aware of it. I've talked before about my Softball tan, which has some of the same qualities as a Track Meet tan but not quite the same. With two girls in Junior High and High School track, I'm pretty sure I've sat outside for roughly 3,476 hours in the last few months, give or take a few hours, and that much outside time has colored specific areas of my skin at various intensity levels...
Gettin' her done (04/28/16)
So the end of the school year is a mad house for anyone who works in the educational field at any level. It took me a few years to catch on to that but now I just plan on riding the crazy train from April 1st -- May 18th. It's exhausting physically and mentally, but if you know the ride is temporary, no one derails...
Bribed my baby (04/21/16)
I know I often nominate myself for Worst Mom of the Year Award, but so far there's no trophy sittin' on my mantle so I obviously get beat out each year. Well, this year is no different than any other year, and I'm building up some reasons to list on my 2016 Worst Mom nomination form. Some of those on the list are purely accidental but then there are those that I have chosen to do despite how poorly it makes me look as a parent...
Subs and smoothies (04/14/16)
As a busy mom, I am usually running on a pretty tight time frame most days. With three girls' schedules and a full-time job, I have to "try" and make sure I'm organizing my time in an efficient and effective manner. Last week, I promised my oldest I'd get her a sub sandwich before she left town for her track meet by 10:30 a.m. ...
Subs and smoothies (04/14/16)
As a busy mom, I am usually running on a pretty tight time frame most days. With three girls' schedules and a full-time job, I have to "try" and make sure I'm organizing my time in an efficient and effective manner. Last week I promised my oldest I'd get her a sub sandwich before she left town for her track meet by 10:30 a.m. ...
The words shrunk (04/07/16)
I don't know when it started or what all is going on, but something big is going down! Have you noticed it?? Just like all of the sudden too! Everything was fine one day and totally different the next. I'm so confused as to what I'm supposed to do because it's not getting any better. It's everywhere I look and affects most of everything I do. I shake my head in disbelief and wonder what this world is coming to and why would Big Government do this to us??...
Honk if you're happy (03/24/16)
Here's a shout out to all the happy folks that keep honking at me in the drive lane at school! And a kind request to reconsider your honking in the future. First of all, we're not in a big city where honking is a norm. Here in small-town Mayberry, most of us aren't in that big of a hurry and things are that far away...
Don't make me pull this car over! (03/18/16)
All growing up, my brothers and I knew what it meant when our mom said, "Don't make me pull this car over!" It meant that we were pushing her buttons and in about 3 seconds, if we didn't knock it off, mom was gonna pull that car over and someone, if not all, were gonna get spanked...
You OK, Mom? (03/10/16)
Driving my girls to school this morning with the bright sun rudely pointing out how dirty my truck windows are and traffic acting like a four-way stop is as puzzling as a Rubik's Cube, my 13 year old asks me, "Are you okay?" Am I okay? Hmm?? Let's see ... "Yep, I'm fine," is all I decide to muster. Of course she asks again, knowing full well I'm lying through my teeth...
My TV shows (03/03/16)
So I was asked to take an online survey today about my media preferences and such. One of the questions I was, "List the top 3 television shows I watch most frequently." Before that question, I was zooming along answering all the questions with no extra thought but then when I read that one, I was stumped. Top 3 tv shows I watch the most ... uhhhhh??? Uuummmmm??? Why was it taking me so long to answer?...
Bacon and fish (02/25/16)
So I made a resolution back in January that we would slow down on the going out to eat all the time. First, with three active and growing kiddos, were lucky if our restaurant bill is under $40 a pop, so multiply that by 2 or 3 times a week and by the end of the month, the budget is screaming at me wondering where all the cash went...
My first Sweet Sixteen (02/18/16)
I've been putting off writing this for as long as I can because I didn't want to face the emotions hiding just beneath the surface. Plus, sometimes I think there is something wrong with me that I get so emotional about milestones in my children's lives that should be happy, momentous occasions...
Snowed-in winner (02/11/16)
So thanks to the Snow Storm of 2016 that nailed our poor town a week ago, my girls and I were forced to have some bonding time for a few days, which we loved, by the way! I know there were several other families that were as happy us but you couldn't wipe the smile off our shocked faces. For the first time in forever, it really snowed ... and HARD, and it wasn't another fake out like so many other times. We couldn't believe school was cancelled and could hardly contain our excitement!...
Alone in the bathroom (01/28/16)
I saw a post the other day from a mom with toddlers and little kids complaining about never getting to go to the bathroom by herself. I giggled, remembering those days when the girls were tiny and all the times I wished I just had 15 minutes to myself to take a shower or a bath ... alone! But then as I sat smiling, it hit me, "Wait a minute! What am I thinking? I still don't get the bathroom to myself and my girls are nowhere near toddler age."...
Old Mom category (01/21/16)
I'm finding it interesting that as the years roll on for me, I'm much more accepting of things these days, that five years ago, I would have fought hard against. Something must happen after turning 40, I don't know? But I'm OK with a lot of things that would have me fall into what I might refer to as the "old mom" category...
Marks on my hands (01/14/16)
So I'm one of those types of people that do not like to be marked up. I will never have a tattoo, I don't write on myself, and I don't even like marker or pen ink on my fingers. I really hate when I get paint or stain on my hands and I don't even like nail polish on my nails for that matter. ...
Me vs. him (01/07/16)
I shouldn't have done this but if I had to guess, I have a feeling a lot of mom's before me have done the same thing. One early morning, a couple weeks before Christmas, I woke up way before my alarm, panicking about all I needed to get done before Christmas...
A new Christmas (12/31/15)
Well, that was weird ... This was our first Christmas without the visit of the big man in the red suit. The jolly ol' elf has been sneaking into our house for the last 15 years but this year, he passed us by. Flew right over our address without even a glance below. Maybe he's had enough of our sarcastic attitudes and crabby holiday ways?...
Fierce fan mode (12/10/15)
It's basketball season again so I figured it's time for some apologies. Just get it out there right now so I'm covered. Although I've improved a ton over the years, that sports rage monster buried deep inside me sometimes rears its ugly head and the calm and cool woman sitting peacefully in the stands, can have these sudden bursts of raving lunatic that are just unexplainable. I'll refer to it as Fierce Fan Mode...
No more cardboard boxes (12/03/15)
Well, it's official; our house is changing. We're making the transition from a house with little kids to a house with just big kids. Don't get me wrong, we have a slew of dolls lying around and toy boxes full of Fisher Price toys but some pretty big stuff went down last week. A major moment that caused my mouth to drop and my heart to break just a little...
Fancy fan (11/19/15)
So a couple 0f weeks ago, we packed up all the red gear we could find and headed to Lincoln for our annual Husker football game. If we had our way, we'd get season tickets and go to every home game, but with three busy girls and a family of five, it just doesn't make sense. So, for now, we pick one home game a year and make it a tradition...
Calmly praying (11/12/15)
I'm not gonna lie, I fear for my life. Hubby thinks I'm over exaggerating but riding with a 15 year old new driver scares me to death. It's been over 9 months of riding with her and I just can't seem to calm down. As soon as I securely fasten my buckle and I watch her hand shift into gear, I stop breathing...
Just a couple of compliments (10/29/15)
Gotta couple compliments last week. That's a pretty big deal when you're my age, and something you sorta treasure and want to hold onto for a while cause who knows when you'll get another one. I haven't been feeling too hot-to-trot these days so it was good timing. I'll just admit that my exercise routine is collecting a lot of dust on the back of my to-do shelf and my eating habits have sorta resembled a college kid's, if I'm being honest...
Fix-it failure (10/15/15)
It's expected of moms to be able to fix most anything, right? Fix dinner, fix the rip in pink bunny, fix the movie on the tv, and most of all fix the boo boos. I've spent the last 15 years successfully fixing almost all of my girls' boo boos. I've fixed so many tummy aches, headaches, and stuffy noses, that's there's too many to count. ...
Please accept my apology (10/08/15)
So just so I'm clear, I'm sorta weird about my house. I'm not a Martha Stewart or a June Cleaver freak about keeping things spotless but I like to have things tidy if nothing else. Well, living a life with two full-time jobs and three busy kiddos leaves my house untidy more often than not, which between you and me, drives me crazy...
Accidentally abandoned (10/01/15)
So I was toodling down the street early Sunday afternoon, just chatting away with a friend of mine, whom I was giving a ride home. We had just enjoyed another delicious potluck together after church and our families had left earlier, so were taking our time, continuing our conversation as we headed towards the neighborhood...
Lollygaggers (09/24/15)
I'm pretty sure my older two girls have secretly become good buddies with the evening maintenance personnel at the Junior High and High School. In fact, they must be covertly assisting them after hours with various projects or maybe just helping shut off lights and lock up classrooms because that's the only reason I can figure why they're always the last ones out of the school building each day. ...
Last piece of pie (09/17/15)
So I saw this post online the other day from some mom who is obviously doing a much better job than me. It was this nice list of things our kids don't know we moms have done for them, like all the sleepless nights we've had, how much we've worried and cried over the years, and how many times we've sacrificed the last piece of pie that we were saving for ourselves just for you, dear child. Eeeerch! What?!!!...
A Mom Journey (09/10/15)
Most weeks I sit down and type up another one of my mom stories, with the hopes of turning it into some sort of humor piece. However, some weeks I just don't feel like being funny and this just happens to be one of those weeks. Ya see, this week, my mind has been on another young mama that I know, that just lost her sweet baby boy...
Don't argue with Mama (09/03/15)
You'd think after almost 16 years of parenting our girls together, that I would have picked up on the fact that Hubby is not quite as sentimental as me when it comes to the kids, nor does he have quite full memory bank that I have. So I'm not sure why it shocks me, when we are reminiscing about their lives, that he has absolutely no clue what we're talking about. It makes me wonder if he was even conscious during the early years of those three little human lives he helped create?...
Be careful what you say (08/27/15)
I just want to say sorry to my daughter's elementary school right now! Since it's early in the school year, I wanna go ahead and get my apology on the table before she actually says anything so everyone at the school knows I'm already aware it's coming and I'm working on it!...
She'll always be my baby (08/20/15)
I know this drives the older siblings crazy in every family but as a mom, I finally get it. My youngest daughter is my baby and always will be. Can't change that. The other evening, while she was curled up on the couch watching Disney channel, I sat across from her and just stared. I stared at her face with cheeks that are still a little chubby and perfect, unblemished skin...
Vacation expectations, third and final round (08/06/15)
Alright, so the last two weeks I've been sharing the various hiccups that occurred on the "awesome" vacation we took last month and as of last week's story, I was still keeping my cool and hadn't completely flipped my lid. Well, if anyone knows Type A personalities, that's hard to do when all your plans fall apart. Anyway, by mid-week of the vacation, I was still smiling and determined to have fun despite the random setbacks...
Vacation expectations - Round Two (07/30/15)
So last week I described the fact that I obviously set my expectations for our "awesome" vacation WAY too high and how the strep virus decided to mess with me and my "plans" right before we flew out. I thought after all five of us were on the plane and actually flying over the ocean, everyone healthy and no injuries, we'd be good to go! Off to enjoy a week in paradise!...
Crazy season, great memories (07/09/15)
Well, we just wrapped up a dual softball season with my two younger girls both playing travel ball. Whew! What a roller coaster that was! Hubby was head coaching one team while assisting the other and I was in charge of everything else that goes along with two kids playing ball at the same time. ...
Hubby ... thank you (06/25/15)
Since it was Father's Day last week, I should have written something prior but better late than never right? I think it's so easy to take for granted all the things that Hubby does for our family and I don't just mean the standard providing financially and mowing the lawn. I want to thank him for the little things that go unnoticed, or sometimes the big things that also go unnoticed. So anyway......Dear Hubby, Happy Belated Father's Day and I want to say Thank You:...
Hubby ... thank you (06/25/15)
Since it was Father's Day last week, I should have written something prior but better late than never right? I think it's so easy to take for granted all the things that Hubby does for our family and I don't just mean the standard providing financially and mowing the lawn. I want to thank him for the little things that go unnoticed, or sometimes the big things that also go unnoticed. So anyway......Dear Hubby, Happy Belated Father's Day and I want to say Thank You:...
Prayers for Superman (06/18/15)
I don't usually ask for this but I think it's important and necessary. Plus, in great numbers, can be quite efficient. I'm asking for prayer. Not for me, but for the poor soul who has chosen, for some odd reason, to sit in the passenger seat of the Driver's Education car with my 15 year old, very inexperienced, but overly confident daughter...
Can't script this (06/11/15)
Often people ask me how I come with material for my column, hinting that I must make this stuff up. Um ... no, I don't have to. I just wait to see what happens or which kid does what to me that week, and voila, material! Any other mom out there knows you can't script some of the things that happen to us, it's just if you write it down or not. For instance, last weekend so many ridiculous things happened on our trip out of town that I couldn't even narrow down what I should write about...
Sports parents (06/04/15)
So let's just say I've been spending many an hour in the bleachers these last few weeks. Mostly outside at softball tournaments for upwards of 12-14 hours a day but sometimes in a gym watching basketball or volleyball too. I've always been sorta fascinated with humans and their reactions and enjoy watching the different breeds of folks out there. So lately, with all my bleacher time, I've enjoyed observing all the sports parents that I've spent so many hours in close quarters with...
Not feeling very nicey nice (05/28/15)
I had a friend tell me earlier this week that she wasn't feeling very "nicey nice" and I giggled but more the week has gone on, the more I'm not feeling very "nicey nice" either. About anything really, no one particular thing or person. And in fact, I think I might be coming across a bit "bitey" or in my personal case, negatively sarcastic towards others. I don't like when I get this way but I'm all in right now, man and it's hard to come out of it...
Teenager Tips (05/14/15)
There's so many What to Expect When... books or tips on the Internet but I've yet to see one on Teenage Girls specifically. And since I don't have the privilege of raising boys, here are a few practical tips I thought I'd share for living with teenage girls:...
Dear Third Child (05/07/15)
Dear Third Child, Since you're only 8 years old and don't know what "childhood issues" are yet, I thought I'd apologize now so you have something in writing to take to your therapist later in life. That way you know that none of what happened to you growing up was intentional and that you were loved just as much, but just happened to be the third child...
Been there, done that (04/16/15)
My daughter doesn't know I'm writing this, so please don't tell her. She would be embarrassed by me sharing this, but what's that's nothing new I guess? Anyway, this is too good of news not to share. Ya see, we have a new edition to our family. He's tiny and adorable and has been a surprising little blessing for me and Hubby...
Taking ownership (04/09/15)
I'm wondering if a person has to actually own a home to notice what's in it? Like work every day, earning a paycheck that helps pay the monthly mortgage for the house, in order to recognize all the junk it holds and the care it needs? That would be the only reason I can come up with for why my girls are oblivious to so many things...
Track lingo (04/02/15)
So my oldest daughter has been doing this Track thing starting on three years now and I've grown to love it! I liked all of my girls' elementary track meets when they were little but when junior high started and there were legitimate track meets with actual competition, I started to really to get into it. Now of course, the weather is a booger some days and the sitting for hours on end in steel bleachers can be quite a pain on one's backside but I still enjoy the season...
If You're Happy and Ya Know It (03/26/15)
When I was a kid and in a bad mood, it use to drive me nuts when my mom would tell my little brothers, "Don't talk to her, she's a grouch." I use to think in my head, "Well, I wasn't a grouch, I just didn't feel like talking, but if you're gonna say that, then I'm darn sure gonna be a grouch now!"...
Overflowing trash cans (03/19/15)
My house is full of overflowing trash cans. You'll find them in the bathrooms, the bedrooms and of course kitchen. And if recycling cans in the garage count, you'll find every single one of those overflowing too. I spend most my day grimacing as in each room I go into, I see them spilling over. ...
Keeping a laundry list (03/12/15)
Apparently, when you become a mom and chose to do the family's laundry, since no one else can seem to do it right, you have to keep a running inventory in your head of all items you launder and know their whereabouts at all times. I didn't realize this until recently and apparently I'm failing in that category of my job...
Alien invasion (03/05/15)
So Hubby and I have something very serious to share. It involves the safety and livelihood of all humans. We're pretty sure, based on some goings on at our house, that aliens from another planet are coming. Not today and I'm not exactly sure when, but soon!...
The best day of my life (02/19/15)
My first baby turns 15 years old this week. I've admitted before that every year her birthday rolls around, my happiness is masked by a sadness that I wish wasn't there but it always is. Every birthday, I take a minute to just stare at her hair, her hands, her eyes and reflect back on how much she has changed in a year...
Award for Worst Mom (02/12/15)
If I haven't already been nominated, go ahead and nominate me for "Worst Mom of the Year" award or at least add this to my "guilt" list and something I'm sure that my daughter will have to seek counseling for later in life. On Monday my middle daughter stayed home sick from school. ...
Helpful party tips for moms (01/29/15)
When hosting a party for 12 eight year old girls, here are a few tips: Please don't concern yourself with heavy house cleaning prior to the party. The main objective is to simply create more space. A second grader will not notice if you spent hours vacuuming your stairs or not, she'll just enjoy running up and down them multiple times. Therefore, be sure to remove all clutter, potential tripping hazards and any breakable or sentimental objects...
My little gamers (01/22/15)
My two youngest daughters are gamers. As in, they love to play games and hate to lose. They're always asking me to play cards or board games or Wii with them. I try to fit it in as often as possible but sometimes I wonder why. It's just a double-edged sword with those gamers. They tell me I'm not supposed to let them win, yet when they lose they're mad at me. I can't win even when I do win...
Diapers and bottles (01/15/15)
I thought to myself, there was a day not so many years ago that my life was consumed by diapers. Did I have enough diapers at home, did I have extra diapers in the car, or will I have enough diapers to last through the weekend? I had diapers stuck in the seat pockets of my truck and wipes in the console...
Bring out Bianca (01/08/15)
So I spent some time with my little nieces and nephews over the holidays and forgot what being 3 and 4 years old was kind of like. One really cool thing I was reminded of was the fact that sometimes it's okay to have an alter ego. Ya know, like an imaginary friend who can come and go as you please. There when you need them and gone when you don't...
Honor roll sticker remorse (12/11/14)
So I read a post online recently that stated that putting your kid's Honor Roll bumper sticker on your vehicle is just bragging to other parents how much smarter your kid is than everyone else and how it "may" hurt other parents or kids feelings. Okay, point taken. ...
When nap time was my biggest worry (12/04/14)
Oh how I miss those days when my big girls were tiny and I was a stay-at-home mom with no kids in school. How my biggest worry every day was nap times. Would they lay down okay, would they sleep long enough or too long, would I get my errands ran in time to get home to lay them down in time, did they drink all their bottle or where's their pacifier? A good nap for my little one could make or break the day for me so it was a big worry of mine a lot of the time. ...
Sick or not, that is the question (11/20/14)
When it comes to my girls, one of my sarcastic statements has always been, unless your arm is hanging off or you threw up all over the school building, I don't want to hear about it. How dare I say that?! Of course that sounds beyond cruel and of course I do not ignore their illnesses or injuries when they're legitimate, in fact I probably baby them more than I should when they are actually sick or injured but I would guess every mom out there knows when their kid is "really" sick or "kinda" sick.. ...
Down time denied (11/13/14)
Aww, 9 o'clock in the p.m., basically the last hour of the day for me. Everyone is lounging in their pj's and zoned out watching tv or checking out a book or the ipad. The house is quiet with just the murmur of some Alaska show Hubby is watching flowing through the living room. ...
Brain needs a tune-up (11/06/14)
Is there anyone else out there that feels like they're inside a pinball machine, being bounced around from here to there and having the ever living sense knocked outta ya every now and then? Maybe it's the change of weather or the hustle and bustle of school, sports and work, but that's what I've felt like that last few months. ...
Cutting the apron strings (10/23/14)
Just yesterday, it seems I had a curly haired little girl who played dress up in oversized fancy dresses and high heeled sparkly shoes, twirling about the house to music on the radio. A little girl who thought the boy on the Disney movie was dreamy and life revolved around friends and sleepovers. ...
Small town Nebraska mom (10/02/14)
We haven't always lived in a small town. My big girls were born in a big city in Colorado and my youngest was born in a mid-size city in Oklahoma ... none born into the life of small town Nebraska. Their younger years consisted of freeways and skyscrapers and millions of other people with all kinds of backgrounds. ...
My Little Miss Smartphone (09/25/14)
Thanks goodness for technology! My smartphone is like a second me, a second mom in the house so to speak. Too bad she can't do laundry and make dinner. Maybe my next update will include some household chore apps? I didn't realize how much I depend on the ol' girl until her battery pooped out on me while driving home alone last night from my daughter's volleyball game. ...
Yup ... I'm 'that' mom (09/18/14)
The other day I was sitting near a group of other moms watching our little kids from afar and couldn't help but overhear their conversation. They were discussing the challenges of being a mom in today's world, given all the opportunities offered to kids anymore, and how busy families have become. They brought up some great points about limiting your kids' activities and making time for your husbands, etc, etc...
Ironing blues (09/11/14)
Ironing clothes.... Why does it take so long? Why does almost everything my family wear need ironing? Even the things that said on the tag, "Wrinkle Free," still need a touch of ironing here and there. It just never ends. And I put it off till I'm down to one skirt that doesn't really fit me and two shirts that are probably out of season as my non-wrinkled outfit options, with the rest of my closet hanging there all bunchy and tacky...
Make your bed -- it matters! (08/21/14)
I was so fortunate to have been given a profound statement to read yesterday, a statement that has renewed my parental philosophy. "If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. ...
What flew up her nose? (07/31/14)
I'm sure that's what my kids and hubby say behind my back as I go from room to room ranting and raving throughout the house. They stare at me and wonder why I was fine yesterday but flipping out today? Completely oblivious to the fact that they, in fact, might be the reason I'm roaming about like a crazed lunatic. Yet, out of fear, no one has the guts to ask what's wrong so they just side step me when I charge through the hall or duck out the back door when I storm in the kitchen...
Leaving a trail (07/24/14)
So I've decided to change my 14-year-old's name to Gretel. She must think she'll get lost because everywhere she goes; she makes sure to leave a little trail. Ya know, a little something to help her find her way back or to remember where she's been...
Spreading the love (07/17/14)
A dear friend and coworker of mine handed me a small slip of paper last Friday morning following our meeting and explained that her and her daughters were on a new mission. The piece of paper read, "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."...
A teaching moment (07/10/14)
Getting pulled over by a highway patrolman is never fun, by any means, but I've realized that getting pulled over when you're alone beats getting pulled over with your kids any ol' day. Here I preach to my girls all the time about obeying the law and the dangers of breaking the rules and then all that talk is wasted when I'm toodling down the highway and suddenly have flashing lights behind me...
Summer pests (07/03/14)
So what part of "I'm in a meeting" doesn't make sense to my kids? I'm telling ya, working full time during the school year is easy peasy compared to working during the summer when my kids are home. I think during the school year, as long as they are busy in their school day, they could really care less of where I am or what I'm doing, but in the summer, on the other hand, they want me at their beck and call. ...
Long Tall Sally ... and kids (06/19/14)
For those of you that don't know me, let me describe myself in one word ... tall. Let me describe my girls ... tall. Okay, maybe not the middle daughter so much but she's starting to stretch. Now let me tell you why I felt the need to describe us, because apparently the world feels it necessary to point it out to us all the time, like we didn't already know we were taller than the majority of girls and women in town. ...
Ideal situation ... wrong! (06/05/14)
Before I was a mom, I always thought it'd be the ideal situation to just raise kids from ages 4-18. Give birth to them and then let someone else raise them until they were out of diapers and walking and talking, then take them back. Ya know, get the hard stuff done and then let me have the easy years. Now that I have a teenager, I decided I was majorly wrong!...
Wishy washy weather (05/22/14)
I was just wondering if someone could tell me what season we're in or perhaps what state I live in, because I've been thoroughly confused. Gosh, is it winter or is it spring? Oh wait, maybe it's summer? I don't know because it's all occurred in the same darn day. At 6 a.m. it's a frigid 36 degrees outside but by dinner time it might be balmy 85 degrees. Hmm? Confused much?...
Yappin' fool (05/15/14)
So I saw a couple posts on the internet the other day about being careful not to ignore your little kids when they're talking to you, like not staring at your cell phone while they're trying to show you something or zoning out on the t.v. while they're telling a story and so on. ...
Welcome to my world (05/01/14)
So with the coming of the spring, so comes the busy time at my work. A lot of commitments in a short amount of time. Because of that, Hubby has had to step in quite often and take over some of my kid duties that aren't typically his responsibility. When I was a stay-at-home, he rarely had to do any kid shuffling or kid appointments or all the pick-ups and drop-offs but in the last 18 months, his world has changed. ...
Be thankful, moms with boys (04/24/14)
Often I rattle on in my columns about the pros and cons of having all girls and the differences in my house versus those all boy households. I'm sure these topics will continue, as is my life, but since we just had Easter, I was reminded of one of the cons of having all daughters. ...
We love short shorts ... Not (04/10/14)
I know over 40 years ago my grandma was removing the hem from my mom's skirts so that they'd be longer even though short skirts and showing off your leg was the new "in" thing. My mom, to this day, still complains about how Grandma had to go and ruin her skirts. "What's the big deal with a leg, anyway," she says...
I'll sing it my way (04/03/14)
I'm not sure why I do it or which side of the my extended family I should blame for making me this way but for cheap entertainment, I like to change the words of beautifully innocent songs and make them gross and funny, keeping the same melody of course...
Did I just fall? (03/27/14)
Did I Just Fall? "Yes, you did," is what the body told the brain the other day at about 6:15 in the morning. "And not only did you actually fall, you sorta jumped first, then fell," the body continued to describe to the brain. The now irritated body asked the brain, "Have we not walked down this same set of stairs a thousand of times? For crying out loud, it's not rocket science, there's seven stairs and you should know that by now! " The brain, still in shock, retorted with, "Well, it was pitch dark in the house and really early in the morning and ... ...
It's my turn to sit by Mom (03/20/14)
I don't know about other families, but in ours, EVERYONE wants to sit by me. For years this battle has been raging between my daughters when we go out to eat, or sitting at church or riding a ride at the carnival, wherever the 5 of us are going to sit together. It's kinda like calling "shotgun" for the front seat of the car like my brothers and I did growing up, except my girls call the right to sit by me...
What's yours is yours and what's mine is ... yours (03/13/14)
Long gone are the days where MY stuff was actually MY stuff. Now my stuff has apparently become fair game and for everyone's pickin. What happened in the last two years? Did I miss the memo? As far as I can remember I've had MY clothes, MY shoes, MY makeup, and so on. Never had a sister, so didn't have to share there and never had to share with anyone, really ... until now...
Spring slacker (03/06/14)
I made all these grand plans on New Year's, how I was going to really get organized and get family organized too. Be a better mom and a happier person by having organized kids, an organized home and organized life! Yep, gonna plan out healthy meals for each week, gonna keep weekly homework schedules for each daughter, gonna stay on top of the family budget, gonna plan date nights with Hubby, you name it. ...
Mistake or choice? (02/27/14)
So I read on the computer the other day a catchy life phrase "You can't make the same mistake twice. The second time you make it, it's not a mistake, it's a choice." I had to laugh. Yes that applies in a few cases, but mostly none in my case. For instance, as I've mentioned in the past, I made the mistake of putting my truck in reverse with the back hatch wide open. ...
No beach, just bleachers (02/13/14)
So last Saturday, I'm sitting in some hole in the wall town, squeezed in between 150 people on a set of sticky bleachers, waiting for my daughter's basketball game to start. I needed to use the restroom and was dying for a bag of popcorn and a pop but couldn't seem to map out a trail through the mass of parents and kids so at the top I remained. ...
Blasted cooking shows! (01/30/14)
I decided they have got to stop making all these blasted, reality cooking shows. They're making me look bad! Before all the shows came on TV, my kids thought I wasn't too bad of a cook. They had no idea that there were other options in life. But, now, they see these chefs making beautifully designed meals with mahi mahi brazed in a Tuscan cream sauce, or I don't know ... asparagus, and they're wondering what's up...
Mom's monkey brain (01/16/14)
Recently, I got the privilege to learn some very valuable relaxation techniques from a local professional, who's also a mother of three. In her presentation, she referred to the phrase "monkey brain," when your brain is thinking of 100 different things all at the same time, all cylinders firing at once, never focusing on one task at a time...
Struggle with change? Ya, right! (01/09/14)
I had a supervisor at work awhile back, who'd never ventured into the world of motherhood herself, tell me in my evaluation that she thought I struggled with change and that I didn't like it when my plan didn't go exactly the way I wanted it to. As I heard her say the words to me, I struggled alright, struggled to hold back my laughter. Not know how to handle changes in my plans? Hmmm???...
'Twas the week before Christmas (12/19/13)
Twas the week before Christmas, and all through my house, Creatures were stirring, even the mouse. The hamster cage reeks from days of neglect, All due to the Christmas I'm trying to perfect. The stockings I forgot, now buried in a tote, My girls haven't noticed and I kinda hope they don't...
Candy Crush Christmas (12/12/13)
I'm going to apologize now if you don't receive a personal Christmas card from the Morgan family this year or if your baked goods weren't baked in the Morgan home, but bought from the store. I'm sorry in advance if your present is barely wrapped and tied with a jacked-up bow, and you can't read the writing on the attached card...
Mousey Mahem (12/05/13)
So I'm sitting on my couch with my feet up on the coffee table, about ready to take a bite of my sandwich I made for lunch, when out of the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of a tiny, dark gray mass shooting across the floor from underneath my feet, under the coffee table and then under the other couch across the room. ...
Jennifer Morgan
Motherhood Moments
-- Jennifer Morgan is the mother of three girls and lives in McCook.