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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
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. ...
Recall reality (11/21/13)
Busy moms don't have time to worry about their vehicles. With a taxi service that can potentially run 24/7, we expect our cars and trucks to start when we need them to, always function correctly and steer clear of major issues that would cause us to be out of a vehicle. Getting gas and oil changes is all we should be responsible for doing, outside of an occasional trip through the car wash...
Basketball boo-boo's (11/14/13)
Well, my favorite sports season started up last week. Basketball. My oldest had her first basketball games last Saturday and each year, at the beginning of the season, I'm always amazed at out how much the girls have grown. It seems they should all be 10 year old 4th graders, not these taller and maturing 8th graders. ...
85 percent is all you get (11/07/13)
So I realized that when my girls are super big trouble, not just petty stuff, and I ask them to tell the truth as to what happened and offer them three separate chances to come clean, at the end I only get about 85 percent of the truth and the rest is exaggerated to cover their fannies. They think they've fooled me but like I've stressed to them over the years, a mama ALWAYS knows and I know when I've gotten the whole truth and nothing but the whole truth, so help me .....
Batten down the hatches (10/31/13)
Many moons ago, there was a time when I felt tired and considered my day done, that I simply waltzed off to bed. Yes, sure, I had to shut off the TV, click off a light or two, put on some pajamas and brush my teeth, but a maximum of four to five things, and I was off to dreamland...
What I wish my girls would hear ... final girl (10/24/13)
The last two weeks I've been referring to the fact that although my girls hear my voice, I also know they tune out most of what I'm saying. When I try to express some "words to live by," they barely acknowledge me and I doubt retain more than 15 percent of what I said. But, as I keep saying, oh how I wish they would really hear me, really take some of what I say and apply it. What I want them to hear is the things that matter. Things that could make their lives better...
What I wish my girls would hear ... continued (10/17/13)
Last week I mentioned that although, I know my girls' hear my voice; I also know they tune out most of what I'm saying. When I try to relay to them "words to live by," they nod their heads but I doubt any more than a small percentage is actually retained. But oh how I wish they would really hear me, really take some of what I say and apply it. What I want them to hear is the things that matter. Things that could make their lives better...
What I wish my girls would hear (10/10/13)
I know my girls' hear my voice but I also know they tune out two-thirds of what I'm saying out. If they were really listening, I wouldn't I have to repeat myself 3 or 4 times before they act. I try to give them words of wisdom now and then but when I ask later do you remember what I said, they reply, "About what?" When I talk, they nod their heads but I'm pretty sure only about 15% is retained, and that's being generous. ...
You can tell you're out of shape if ... (10/03/13)
Man, do I need to get off my duff and start exercising again?! Drag out the old Jane Fonda tapes, or Tai Bo workouts, or maybe borrow someone's P90X dvds or whatever they're called. It's getting bad and I'm quite unpleased with my lazy self. I had big plans a few months ago, to really kick it into gear. ...
'Like, I know, right? (09/26/13)
There are some slang words and language trends that have come and gone over the years. For instance, back in the '50s, you might hear the kids say, "Man, that cat is a real square." Or "My parents are such a drag." Or "Hey, Daddy-o, what's cookin'?"...
Doctor's office torture (09/19/13)
Man, ya know what's fun?? Kids with the flu. I don't know what can be more fun than staying home with sick kids. All ... week ... long. One day, maybe two days, any mom can handle but by day three, four and five, a mom's patience level, well, maybe just mine, starts to dwindle. ...
Faces all over spaces (09/12/13)
Okay, so if you aren't aware, which I'm sure most parents my age already are, the cool thing for early teeny boppers to do, is to take pictures of themselves on their phones or iPads or whatever techno devices they have that their parents don't know how to run. When I say "themselves," I'm referring to just their face...
Laundry loot (09/05/13)
It's amazing what a mom will find in her laundry when responsible for washing the clothes for a family of five. Most weeks, I can do the laundry without any fun surprises but everyone once in a while I get blessed with little extra goodies that are sometimes shocking, sometimes funny and sometimes ridiculous...
Stitches saga (08/15/13)
As I mentioned in the past, I have girls. We don't do fist fights and wrestling matches. There are no black eyes or broken arms in my house, nor do we do stitches ... at least until now. This week my youngest decided, against better judgment and her daddy's advice, to run through the newly mowed yard without her shoes on. She claims there was a froggie that needed rescuing but I don't know why running was involved...
Whoo, hoo, the fair is here! (07/18/13)
One more week and the Fair is here. It's all my girls can talk about lately, counting the days till the Fair starts, yapping about it every day. They're SO excited that the summer days have dwindled and Fair time has finally arrived! However, we're not talking about seeing the sheep or pigs, or walking through the quilt exhibits, not even the dunk tank. They're talking the RIDES!...
Why do I try? (07/11/13)
I don't know why I try to help Hubby out, cause most the time I just screw it up. It's no different than him trying to do laundry or load the dishwasher. I've claimed my domain and I don't like him in it. When I get irritated at the crustified goop all over the dishes because they weren't rinsed off properly or my nice pants washed in hot with his socks and underwear, he just gets mad and says he was just trying to help. ...
Negative Nellies (07/05/13)
Every summer my big girls go to Bible camp a couple hours drive away from home. Every year when I pick them up, they rattle on about all the funny stories, the great food and list off all the cool things they did. Their standard complaints are about the heat or bugs or having to get up early but overall they have a great time...
Softball tan (06/27/13)
I remember not so long ago when getting the perfect tan was pretty high up on my summer priority list. Now in my 40s, apparently it's dropped down several notches. Even though I tell myself every spring that I should go to the tanning bed to get a little base tan, just so I don't fry at my girls first softball tournament, or I mentally make plans to lay out in the back yard as soon as it's hot enough so I have an overall tan, but I never do either...
Secret summer experiment (06/20/13)
We're trying something new this summer. My girls are given daily household responsibilities and then are paid at the end of the week for how much they completed. These are things that need done around the house that are not related to their rooms or personal items, but for the whole family. ...
From Hotel Brain Damage to Hotel Bliss (06/13/13)
Last weekend was our, what seems like, 18th weekend hotel stay since school got out. It's probably actually only the fourth weekend but travel softball keeps the wheels spinning on our family truckster and our bags constantly packed. However, this last visit to Eastern Nebraska, we got to share our hotel visit with my youngest brother and his family, the one with three babies under the age of 5...
Signs of summer (06/06/13)
You can sure tell it's summertime at our house. My girls are leaving signs in every crevice of the house that they're not in school anymore. For instance, in one corner of my living room is a camp ground with a make shift tent with a blanket tied into the fake tree with a fake fire and camping supplies underneath. I'm wondering if all the wood shavings my daughter whittled out of a tree branch will vacuum up or not...
Sup? Nm. Wbu? (05/30/13)
Sup? Nm. Wbu? For those of you over the age of 30, this is what mom's with tweens and teens get to read on their children's cell phones or Facebook pages. Now if you've read the title more than twice and are wondering if I made a mistake or you are doing your best to decipher the code, let me help you. ...
Can't fool Miss Smarty Pants (05/23/13)
So when my older two girls were little, Hubby and I could spell out what we didn't want them to understand what we were talking about. This spelling option is outlined in the worldwide Parent's Handbook and can be used to diffuse situations or distract toddlers and obviously only works until they learn how to spell. ...
May madness (05/16/13)
I don't know what it is about May, but it has to be one of the busiest months for moms. December still probably ranks as No. 1 overall busiest months of the year, but in my opinion, May is a very close 2nd. One nice thing is, the weather is always better to deal with in May versus December but honestly, sun or snow, there can't be much more we can fit in, in the month of May...
Cold but happy (05/09/13)
So I know I recently complained about sitting through a freezing track meet, and now several weeks later, I'm complaining again about a freezing cold softball tournament. It's May and from what I can recall, May is usually the perfect month with beautiful weather with green grass, flowers blooming and 60 degree temperatures. ...
Chatterbox (04/25/13)
Man, have my mother's wishes came true! Growing up, my mom always told me that, when I was little, I talked ALL the time. She has told me the same story, numerous times over the years, how I sat in the backseat and talked the entire trip from Nebraska to Texas one summer. She always said, "Someday, when you have kids, I hope they talk ALL the time, like you did."...
Track meet fun! (04/18/13)
Well, I have been formally introduced to Junior High track meets this week. Wow! I've been so excited to go watch a real track meet, not the elementary school kind with 3-legged races and softball throws, but the actual athletic contests of jumping and racing. Finally, this week, I got to experience it all firsthand. And, man, what an experience that was!...
Foul mouth driver (04/11/13)
Here I get after my oldest daughter all the time about texting things to someone that she wouldn't say face to face, but I caught myself doing kind of the same thing yesterday behind the wheel of my truck and realized I've been doing this for years. ...
Birthday sandbagger (04/04/13)
So for Hubby's birthday a few weeks ago, instead of going out and buying him an ATV blade or a rapid-fire nail gun, which he mentioned, I gave him a night away with his lovely wife in a town far away from his children and the "honey do" list. I think he likes the idea or at least he's pretending to. ...
Do as I say, not as I do (03/28/13)
So when it comes to being a health nut, I'll admit I'm far from it. I love me some cheeseburgers, nachos and fries, and there's nothing better than a foot-long chili dog washed down with a throat-burning cold Coca Cola. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!...
Can't seem to time it right (03/14/13)
Why is it, that THE day I choose to take off work or happen to stay home sick, is the only day I unexpectedly see everyone? Maybe this just happens to me, but inevitably, the day I look the worst or have chosen to go "au natural" as far as my appearance, is the day I run into a long lost friend, the UPS guy surprises me, or I have to run to the school because one of my girls forgot something...
Mom's the co-pilot (03/07/13)
When traveling with my family of five, one would think that the pilot, or the driver of the vehicle, holds the most important position as they are in charge of safely transporting each passenger to their destination. However, as designated co-pilot for the past 13 years, I believe my role may hold equal value, if not, maybe a little more. After traveling across the State last weekend, I was reminded of all the duties of the co-pilot as well as the results of those responsibilities...
Things I said I'd never (02/28/13)
So before I became a mom and for a few years after having two baby girls, I had a list of "things I'd never" say or do when it came to my kids. It's funny how with time and with more experience, some of those things on the list were quickly scraped off. I'm not proud that I caved on some things, but I've also learned to pick my battles and not to dwell on the guilt of feeling like a lame parent. For instance:...
Teenager in da house (02/21/13)
Yes, it's true. We have a teenager in our house. My oldest daughter turned 13 this week. I've said this before, but every year, when her birthday approaches, I get sad. It doesn't happen with my younger two girls but I've decided it's just because she's my first and a reminder every year of how fast life flies by and how soon she'll be grown and gone...
Bling Bum (02/14/13)
I know they've been out for a while now, these new jeans with the bedazzled bums covered in shiny rhinestones. I never have been a huge fan of the new bling jeans, mostly because I'm a simple Sally but also because they cost a hair less than a thousand dollars. I never realized that the price of rhinestones was comparable to gold these days, and I just couldn't justify spending more on my jeans than I do on my electric bill...
Never good enough (02/07/13)
Why is it, that whatever I do or we have isn't good enough? As a mom, it seems that if I did it, made it, or bought it, it's never as good as someone else's mom's. For example, the other night I finally sat down, after getting badgered about four days, and made my 6-year-old a Valentine's box for school. ...
Mama Bear unleashed (01/31/13)
I know I've written about this before but its traveling basketball season again and I can recognize that familiar bubbling in my belly known as sports rage. Every year I work on it and it gets better and better, but last weekend I was hit with a new revelation. I usually can keep a pretty good hold on my rage and I can sit through some fairly excruciating games without too much irritation UNTIL.....another player hurts my kid. That there is a WHOLE other side of my sports rage...
Is it her birthday, already? (01/24/13)
This happens to me every year and every year I think, next year I'm going to do better but here I sit again. It's my baby's 6th birthday this week and have I done much of anything to plan for it? Nope. I try to tell myself that it's because it's so close to Christmas that my mind can't plan or prepare for it. ...
When's a mom too old to dance? (01/17/13)
So when does a mom get too old to shake her groove thang on the dance floor at a wedding?? I'm not talking mother-of-the-bride slow dance to a sappy country song, and when I say "shake her groove thang," I'm not referring to anything vulgar that would be inappropriate for any good girl...
A clean house ... someday (01/10/13)
As I was picking yet another lonely sock off the bathroom floor and chucking into the laundry basket, the usual thought crossed my mind -- why do my girls always leave clothes lying around? I hung up yet another wet towel that someone ran off and left molding in a heap on the bathroom floor, and retrieved seven pony tail holders off the counter and put them in their drawer. I thought to myself, I wonder when the day will come when I won't have to pick up after everyone?...
Did you use soap? (01/03/13)
What is it with kids and hygiene? WHY, is it SO hard? You'd think after 10-12 years of being alive and living in a home where baths, brushing teeth and washing hands are repeated daily, that eventually these things would become habit and something instilled in their brains, kind of like eating and sleeping. Something that they do involuntarily, without thinking, plus with all girls, I guess I foolishly thought they would automatically WANT to be clean and pretty. Apparently not!...
It's beginning to look a lot like ... well, you know (12/20/12)
I've been listening to a lot of Christmas music this month, trying to get in the spirit, ya know. However, this week, I decided to change up the words a little to one of my favorite carols. Sing along so you catch my drift and use your best Bing Crosby voice:...
Drive-thru madness continued (12/13/12)
So as I wrote about the chaotic drive-thru process last week, my mind began to think of all the other drive-thru instances that can cause brain damage for a busy mom. Having to generalize these situations into one story just isn't possible. Also, ranting about the subject brought back some vivid memories of other drive-thru occasions that make me chuckle now but were NOT funny at the time. Apparently this drive-thru thing isn't anything new and not particular just to me...
Drive-thru madness (12/06/12)
When a single person goes through the drive-thru to order food, it's usually no big deal unless they're late or something. They pull up, announce their simple order, especially how they like it, pay and away they go. Slick as a whistle! However, not the case when you become a mom. ...
Great for Mom, bummer for kids (11/29/12)
What did parents do before Infinite Campus? This is one of the best inventions since ... you said it, "sliced bread." If you haven't heard of this yet, Infinite Campus is the online service provided by the schools for parents to track their kid's grades, lunch money, attendance, you name it. It's awesome ... but ... now that I have a smartphone, it's even better!...
Daily Thanksgiving (11/21/12)
So since the first of November, several of my mom friends have been posting online each day, something they're thankful for. There's been thankfulness for everything from their children, to their husbands, their daycare workers and their vehicles. What a perfect way to recognize and count your blessings for the Thanksgiving holiday! I think it's a wonderful idea and I should have participated in this online thanksgiving. ...
Dance moms (11/15/12)
I picked up my 12-year-old from the Jr. High dance last Friday night and asked the usual question, "Well ... did you have fun?" To which I received the same less than enthused answer as always, "Yup." No emotion, no nothing. "Well, did you dance this time or just stand there and giggle with your friends?" That question at least got a little smile and then she said, "Ya, just stood there mostly. ...
Pack mule (11/08/12)
So I guess I was mistaken. Apparently, since I'm the only one in our family that carries a purse, I am, therefore, responsible for toting every family member's belongings when we are out and about. I guess I must have missed that chapter in the What to Expect When You're Expecting book, and I don't remember a memo being sent home from the hospital explaining that I will, from now on, be the pack mule of the family...
Family picture shock (10/25/12)
So we got family pictures taken a few weekends ago and this week I finally got to see the highly anticipated snapshots. We haven't had family pictures taken for almost 5 years so we were way overdue. Fortunately for us, my middle brother has real talent for photography and so he took them for us down at the park by our house. ...
Making a messy fool of myself (10/18/12)
You think I could get through just one week without looking like a fool. Nope, doesn't seem to be happening. I realized that I just have to expect that sometime in the span of seven-day week I will, at one point or another, either dump coffee on myself, spill food on my shirt, dip my sleeve in some random sauce, or find some other item to either sit on or lean upon to embarrass me...
Filth discovery (10/11/12)
So it started this evening, when I tried to get up from the kitchen chair and my left leg pant leg stuck to it, making a peeling sticker sound when I tried to stand up. "Nice." My best sarcastic response to the mysterious mess someone politely spilled on the chair that morning at breakfast and didn't bother to clean up or at the very least tell me about...
Poor Daddy (10/04/12)
I know every week I write about myself and what I'm going through, but I thought this week I'd speak for the silent one. The only male in a house full of females, and no, the dog doesn't count, although he's Hubby's ONLY ally and probably the only other living creature that somewhat thinks along the same lines in life. ...
Mess mystery (09/27/12)
Okay, I'm really starting to worry about my girls. Not kidding, it hit me that all along I thought I had lazy kids, completely oblivious to clutter. Every evening I've been acting like a big nag, walking around the house like a drill sergeant, barking out orders. ...
My driven daughter (09/20/12)
I've always thought the funniest trick God plays on us is making each one of our kids so different. I'm not a gambler but having kids is sure like it, just a roll of the dice. Although my girls have similarities between them, for the most part, they are really different, both in looks and in everything else. ...
Just wanna watch my show (09/13/12)
The clock hits 9:25 p.m., and I finally hit the couch. Got my bedtime snack, sometimes cereal, sometimes milk and cookies, and ready to relax and find a good show to watch. Some quiet time, to chill and veg out before I head to bed and face the annoying 6 a.m. ...
Score on school supplies! (09/06/12)
So I hate to jinx it by saying this but we finally made it through a whole week of school without having to go to the store for more school supplies. I don't remember this happening in the past but for some reason this year I've had to traipse to the store every week since school has started to buy additional school supplies or correct the ones that were wrong...
Back to School blues (08/30/12)
Wow! Has this been a tough couple weeks! I think I've mentioned before that I'm one of those moms that actually dreads the first day of school. I know I'm not the norm and I get just as fed up with the summer bickering and boredom my girls daily express, but when I realize the first day of school is approaching, the sadness starts to swell in me. ...
Dumb mom, smart phone (08/16/12)
Well I finally broke down and joined the 21st century and ordered me one of them fancy schmancy smart phones. I justified it cause of my new job 'n all. I was afraid with trying to balance my job duties and all my girls' activities, I needed a phone that could handle the task. I knew my old way of making lists on post it notes and the backs of used envelopes wasn't probably the best organizing method...
Not a nurse (08/09/12)
I don't know why I try to fight it. It always happens and usually at the most inconvenient time. But for some reason, every time, I still get in a big fat tizzy because my all plans are chucked out the window. You'd think after 12 years I'd finally just accept the fact that kids get sick once in a while, but nope. I accept it about as well as I accept going to the dentist. I hate it but I deal with it...
Changing my title (08/02/12)
Well, as of this week, I am officially changing my title from stay-at-home mom to working mom. Yes ... it's true. After 12 years of staying home and raising three little girls, I'm now going to take on the challenge of STILL raising three girls while also working a full time job. I know moms do this all the time so I'm sure I can pull it off, but man am I nervous. It reminds me of having a baby ... very excited but very scared all at the same time...
A method to my madness (07/26/12)
Having an organizational personality doesn't always help when it comes to be a mom. One would think it would, but sometimes it's to my downfall, especially when not all of my offspring have the same personality trait. Maybe it's just kids in general, I don't know for sure. Or maybe it's just that it's summer time and I'm reminded daily that organizing this or that is mostly a waste of my time because it'll be destroyed within a few days...
The son I never had (07/19/12)
I often write about my middle daughter, the 10-year old, and what a tomboy she is so it shouldn't surprise me when she does certain things that one would assume are primarily of the male gender. But, for some reason, it always cracks me up when she varies from the "norm" and makes me think she's the son I never had...
911 Emergency: We got a Polly Pocket down (07/12/12)
Just when you think you've covered all your bases, your kids still find some way to surprise you. Last weekend, my gracious dad agreed to keep my two youngest girls while Hubby and I took our oldest out of town to a softball tournament. The girls have stayed with him on other occasions but not quite for this long but I wasn't worried. I knew they'd have fun with Grandpa and the thought of not having to haul two extra kids to sit outside for three days in the hot sun was a welcome one...
No more babies for this mama (07/05/12)
There comes a time in every mom's life when they realize they don't want to have any more babies, if blessed with the choice. For every woman it's different, but it does happen. I remember my youngest brother asking me that specific question only hours after the birth of his first child...
A gun for my girl (06/28/12)
So my middle daughter just turned 10 years old this week. I've been stewing for months about what to get her for her birthday. She's a tomboy/girlie girl so it was a tough thing to decide upon. I contemplated some golf clubs, which she's never asked for in her life but I know she would use. ...
Father's Day fun (06/21/12)
Every year I think that my girls and I are going to do our best to make Hubby's Father's Day relaxing and fun. Since it's always on a Sunday, you can forget breakfast in bed, because a mom trying to get three girls and herself ready for church leaves barely a spare moment to give Daddy his cards, nonetheless a four- course breakfast in bed. ...
Things you do for your kids (06/14/12)
When parents looks back over their years of parenting, it doesn't take long to recall some of the most ridiculous things they've done just for the sake of their kids. Well, that exact thought ran through my dirt-pelted head many a time this last Saturday...
Goodbye southern, hello northern (06/07/12)
Whew! About time! I think my girls have finally lost their southern accent. I was sure hoping it would happen eventually, but after living here 2 years now, I was starting to wonder. However, last week my 9-year-old was playing her video game and yelled out a sentence that sounded so northern that I cheered with relief. She said the word "about" and "five" like she was a Fargo native. She asked why I was smiling and clapping and then I explained my feelings...
Feeling the love on vacation (05/31/12)
Sorry for taking a break from my column last week, but we decided, for some strange reason, to fit in a span of five days; the last day of school activities, my birthday, a softball tournament for two girls, a dance recital for all three girls, a house full of company and then a weeklong vacation. Gotta love May!...
No dancing for money (05/10/12)
So last Wednesday was beautiful and sunny, free from the wind which seems to be so popular these days. I went to pick up my 9-year-old after school and she pulled her usual stunt, asking AS she's entering the truck, with her friend standing beside her, "Can she PLEASE come over and play this afternoon? Please, please, please?"...
A good day gone bad (05/03/12)
Fridays are supposed to be good days, right? Everyone's always in a good mood on Fridays and that's exactly how I woke up last Friday morning, but, man, did that change in a hurry. Little did I know that my day was not going to be anything like how I'd hoped it would...
Mud, glorious mud (04/26/12)
Welcome to spring time, eh? Of course with the weather like it's been lately, it's hard to determine if its spring or summer, depends on the day. Anyways, I love spring time and all that comes with it, but with spring time in our house also comes the dreaded ... MUD!...
Making memories (04/19/12)
I think it's funny that as moms, we sometimes go all out to make a moment or an event memorable for our kids. However, as the years pass and my girls share their memories, it's not quite the memory I was envisioning them treasuring forever in their minds. In fact, the memories they choose to keep for eternity, we could have made at home not costing a dime...
Because I'm the mom and I said so! (04/12/12)
Famous quotes are posted everywhere and on everything. They're on posters, greeting cards, backs of T-shirts, and calendars to name a few. There're funny ones, inspirational ones, motivational ones and poetic ones. You can have them texted every day to your phone or sent to your Facebook page, wherever you need to make you laugh or just get you through a tough day...
Darned if I do, darned if I don't (04/05/12)
There are so many times when I am reminded that I have a household full of daughters and not sons. For instance, I'm sure all-boy households don't have a separate load of laundry dedicated to just pink clothes, or a full video library of Barbie movies...
Jennifer Morgan
Motherhood Moments
-- Jennifer Morgan is the mother of three girls and lives in McCook.