Childhood Memories of Christmas Past

Childhood Memories of Christmas Past

What do you actually remember from childhood? Like, what do you really remember about Christmas?  Do you actually remember what was in each and every neatly wrapped box, every single year, since you were a kid? Remember every single present, and everyone who gave you each present? I sure don’t …..

Wanna know what I do remember?

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I can’t believe it’s almost 2018!

I can’t believe it’s almost 2018!

Seriously, where did this year go? Now I know what sleeping beauty felt like because I feel like I must have slept through a few months! Well, minus the evil witch, handsome prince …. and kisses!

There was so much stuff I planned to do this year, but none of it got done! I made new year resolutions, the normal stuff like losing weight, and set goals, and none of them got done! I’m not going back to school (one of my goals), I’m still eating Oreos on the reg, and please don’t get me started about the White Chocolate Raspberry pancakes we have at work!

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My fellow parent swearers!

My fellow parent swearers!

There are a lot of things that change when a person becomes a parent. Most of them are big changes that we all know are coming beforehand: less sleep, no time for social interaction and more financial burden.

What about the small shift changes that happen without us ever noticing? Our personalities sway and twist to mold around our young offspring and we turn into parent swearers!

What is a parent swearer?

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Losing to Technology

Losing to Technology

I am not really that old (although I reached the last birthday year this year and I am a bit worried about the big 3-0 coming soon …. OMG it’s like five months away!) … yeah I totally just lost all train of thought realizing how close my birthday is!

As I was saying … I am not that old but things today are so much different then they were when I was young! Technology has advanced at an astonishing rate and there as so many things available to kids now that weren’t even a thought when I was younger.

For example: you can go online with your phone, tablet, IPod, radio, T.V and even your watch! Your freaking watch …. seriously?! I mean think about what our ancestors would say …

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Don’t Regret What You Didn’t Do, Love What You Did!

Don’t Regret What You Didn’t Do, Love What You Did!

1504506071559Summer is quickly coming to an end and kids are boarding the busses back to school! I personally cannot believe how fast this summer went by! There were so many things I wanted to do that I either never had the money or time to do them.

I was thinking about this today as I felt the first sign of Autumn in the air; this is not just a cold front passing through from the hurricane people, fall is here! I cannot wait to decorate my house in spider webs and pumpkins! I cannot wait to create my front yard cemetery with my kiddos (Kayleigh called it our “spooky Garden!” last year)! I cannot wait to don our spooky attire and beg for candy from strangers but I can wait a long long time for snow!

Anyways, see how excited Halloween season gets me? I got totally off topic ….. so as I was saying; I was feeling really down on myself today because I was thinking about all of the things I never did with my kids! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, I wanted to very much but time passes quickly and Labor Day marks the end for many of the things I wanted to do! I felt really guilty because I remembered the promise I had made them at the first signs of summer “we are going to do so much fun stuff this year!”

Now here I am, standing here, a giant failure to my children! I mentally ran down the list of things I wanted to do/talked about doing this summer:

Renting a cabin on the lake for a couple of days. My dad and his wife did that last year and the kids had a blast! I wanted to replicate that experience this year at the same cabin! Subsequently, their prices went up a LOT this year! So what had seemed affordable once was now a bit out of my grasp!

Visit Fun Town, Santa’s Village, Storybook Land or any place of a theme park nature! Something a little bigger then the county fair!

Visit the coast a handful of times! We are fortune because we only live about an hours drive away from one of the biggest coastal attractions for vacationers, but we never seem to have time to go!

Go camping at a few different campgrounds. The kids finally reached an age where it seemed appropriate to begin camping! I love camping and used to go constantly before I had children but while they were young I was too worried about things like the weather and Bugs! A damp tent is no place for a baby! This year that was going to be different!

Go whale watching! I know … it sounds corny but I really think my children would love it! Even if we didn’t see any whales, my kids would love being on a big boat!

Go on a train ride! How awesome would it be to ride a train through the winding woods of Maine? Super freakin awesome!

Visit my Father, Nephew and Step – Mother in Arizona! We literally have an open invitation to come whenever we would like to and they will even pay for the tickets (I would rather pay for them myself but they would be willing to!).

Show them as many cool new things as I could!

This list is what an awesome summer would have looked like, if I was a better Mom! We didn’t get to do any of that stuff and I stood there feeling guilty as all hell because of that! I felt like I had somehow let my children down, that I had single-handedly ruined what could have been the best summer of their life! Like an eighty’s movie summer … that kind of good!

The a realization came over and smacked me upside my noggin! Hello, how could they know what they missed out on? I mean … what they don’t know don’t hurt em …. right?

Here is what we did do this summer:

We did go camping for the first time! Maybe we didn’t go as many times as I wanted … but who says we can’t pitch the tent outback? Well …. we have a skunk outback … who says we can’t pitch the tent in my moms field?

We went to the pool numerous times this summer! Okay, it’s not the ocean but salt water is bad for your skin and sand gets everywhere anyways!

We went fishing, boy did we go fishing! Each spot we found was nicer then the next! There was always something new to explore and sometimes we had to hike a bit to get where we needed to go! We drove around to several new places and had man adventures because of fishing! Not to mention, Kay-bug caught a huge bass, even reeled the thing in all by herself on a tiny frozen pole! My girl!

We went to two State Fairs, out for Ice cream all the time, and to the local goat petting farm!

We went to Portland and visited Macworth Island, if you live in Maine and haven’t been there, go! It was well worth the trip, if you have children! There’s an entire community of fairy houses that people have built and you can contribute by making your own! Tons of fun! Plus, there’s a beautiful trail that winds around the ocean and highlights all the best part of Maine’s shoreline!

We went to the fireworks and miraculously my entire family ended up with the day or evening off so we could all watch them together!

We went to the circus and the kids got to ride a real elephant!

We caught a caterpillar and helped it in its journey to become a butterfly!

And a ton of other things! So yeah …. maybe I have a giant list of things I didn’t get around to doing, but I have an even better list of things we did do this summer! At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing because everyday is a great adventure when you have kids!

What does your list of things you wanted to do look like? What did you end up doing instead? Let Us Know!

Life Lessons From A Four Year Old

Life Lessons From A Four Year Old

Having children is like having one of those “quote of the day” calendars on your desk. Everyday you read the quote and it makes you ponder a certain part of your life, if only just for a moment. Children do the same thing, they are just not usually as subtle.

Everyday some crazy words come flying out of my children like a prophecy straight from some higher being. It takes me off guard and causes me to take a step back and analyze my entire life-plan. Today’s words of wisdom from my daughter: Mom you have to be patient, like me!

Whoa, hold on little lady!

So let me explain how this extremely insightful phrase came to my daughters mouth. We love fishing and it is one of our favorite things to do as a family. It is inexpensive, and usually leads off into other great adventures. We drive around (sometimes for hours) going down back roads and locating blue dots in our GPS.

It is hard to find a good spot that is easy to access with children. Luckily, they are at a better age this year and can walk a bit into the woods with us. No more stroller, and let me just say how hard it can be to get a stroller anywhere near a river bank!

Sometimes we will find a good trail that winds its way around a pond or lake, and from there we can stop and fish as we please. Anyways, here we were at the river, my daughter threw her line into the water and sat down. Bam! She got a fish! The Man-Child took her fish off the line, she cast it back out, Bam! Another stinking fish! Meanwhile I have not caught jack!

Ten fish later and I was getting a little bit annoyed. I am not ashamed to say I moved into the spot she was standing and had her switch to my old spot, BAM! Are you kidding me? Another five fish! Okay … clearly something is different here!

I checked her line and compared it to my line, they were both set up exactly the same. So I finally asked her, me a twenty nine year old woman begging a child for her fishing secret! Mama, you have to be patient like me!

Whoa …. Hold the phone AND shut the front door!

This is the same girl who cannot wait two seconds for me to get her drink open for her, who bugs me every thirty seconds about when we are going to go to the park, and who cannot wait until everyone is finished eating to go to the play place, PATIENCE?

So, this is what her patience actually looked like. Cast line into water, wait 3-5 seconds, move the fishing pole which makes the bobber move a little, yank the fishing pole because she thinks she has a fish, real in line at eighty miles an hour, BAM fish caught.

Her secret to fishing was the exact opposite of patience, but you can’t tell a four year old that. Yes baby-bug …. you are good at patience …. now go catch supper!

Summer Is Almost Over!

Summer Is Almost Over!

I love Autumn … Like, seriously love everything about it! I like the crisp feeling of a slightly chilly day. I love the smell of freshly falling leaves and dying grass. I love how leaves scatter across the pavement and make scratching noises in the breeze. I love walking through crunchy leaves. 

I even love the food that comes with fall! Although, to be honest I do think we have crossed the line into absurd when it comes to the amount of pumpkin flavored things! Gum? Eww! However, do I need to give you a good reason to grab a pumpkin swirl coffee? No, I do not think I do! Sip proudly Mama Bugs!

I love the activities that fall opens up because I can spend an entire day looking through a pumpkin patch for a perfectly round one with no brown spots! Oh, it has to have a great stem too. Not good, great! Have you ever fought with a pumpkin top that possessed an inferior stem? Oh, well when you have you let me know how important that perfect stem has become to you! I walk up to a door on Halloween and see a Jack-O-Lantern that has been beautifully carved and guess what, it has a perfect stem! Then I am like, “Oh they get it”! Then I quickly throw the baby at my Man-Child and instruct him to Get The Car because that perfect pumpkin will be mine!

Seriously though, Fall brings about some of the best memories from my childhood and I hope to replicate them all with my children. However, that doesn’t mean I a ready for summer to come to a screeching halt! I spend the entire winter dreaming about summer and its sunshine! I live in Maine people, do you know how crappy our winters can be? 

Cleaning off the car like … “Oh Mama we will be at the beach soon just get through today”. Shoveling eight feet of snow out of a 20×40 area like …. “If I don’t have a heart attack, I am so earning my flip-flops this year”! Walking back up a giant hill for the umpteenth time so the kids can slide down it again like “I am so F’N done with this …”

It is easy to understand why I rush winter! I don’t do anything worth anything during the bleak days of snowy hell. Yeah, I take the kids sledding and don’t get me wrong I have a blast, but there is so much work involved! If you are OCD like myself, you understand the frustration of snowy wet winter clothes draped over everything. Boots melting in the middle of the floor into a giant puddle. Salt staining everything no matter how many times you try to mop it up! I have to stop because I a, giving myself one hell of an anxiety attack right now!

Well, we suck it up here in Maine! We hunker down and get through it with out neighbors and friends. We brave the icy roads, survive the blizzards, and enjoy the beauty that only a sunrise after an ice storm can offer, but damnit can’t we just have a little bit more summer?