I love You, Now Leave

My son doesn’t get sick very often (as much as most little kids his age), in fact we just took him to the doctor and he’s been put on antibiotics for the first time in over a year.  He has an upper respiratory infection so he’s not feeling very well.  Aside from being very resilient, he also is very independent.  When he gets sick it is one of the rare times when he wants his mommy.  We are pretty strict about the kid’s sleeping habits but in this case I told Mason I would lay in his bed with him till he fell asleep.  We did the normal night time routine of brush teeth, night clothes, milk in a sippie and read a book together.  Then I told him the one rule to Mommy sleeping with Mason is he had to lay down and be still and not talk.

Me: (turns off the light and lays down in the bed) OK, Mommy is here and remember the rule?
Mason: (nods his head and sips his milk from his sippie cup.  He reaches over to me and tries to find my hand.  I give him my hand and he wants to hold it while he sips his milk.  This was very sweet to me because he never does things like that).  Mommy, I love you.
Me: I love you too son.
Mason: (Sits up in the bed)
Me: Mason, what’s the rule?
Mason: (lies down) Mommy, I like the stars…
Me: Mason…rule?
Mason: (finishes his milk and hands the cup to me) I’m done.
Me: (I put the cup aside by don’t say anything)
Mason: Mommy?……Mommy?…..Mommy?….
Me: Mason, I told you the rule.
Mason: But Mommy….I’m tired.
Me: Then you have to lay down and be still and go to sleep.  That’s why I told you the rule.
Mason: But Mommy…I am tired and I want to go to sleep now.  You have to leave.
Me: Oh, LOL, you can’t sleep while I’m here?  You want me to go now?
Mason: Yes, I want to sleep, you go.

Tuesday Confessional 02/26

Finally!

Unfortunately I have worked the last three weekends and had not had any time to post on the blog.  My job has been insane since the first of the year and I’ve put in a ton of hours so my blog has suffered.  I finally have some free time so I’ve been creating and scheduling posts for the past two hours.  As a result, I have about 15 posts queued up to publish over the next two months through April!  I still have about 3-4 more posts to write from my backlog, but at least I’m not so far behind any more!

Ode to my Friends

This week I had to type a very sad note of resignation from the mother’s group which you have heard me speak so highly.  It is a huge shifting point in my life and something I had to put a lot of thought and tears into writing.  I’m not that eloquent, but I wish I were, so I could better express what these women have meant to me in my life.  My resignation:

Ladies,
I am very sad to announce this, but unfortunately the time has come for me to move on from the group. Due to my work schedule and the kids’ schedules for school and activities, we would not be able to meet the attendance requirements for the group in the coming months, so it’s only fair I go now. I also don’t have as much time to put into hosting and the leading the activities which I was once able to do.
You all have been such a huge part of my life for the last three years and it is hard to imagine myself without you and to image not being a Yummy Mummy. I hope you all will be interested in keeping me in your lives and staying friends with me. I miss your company and your friendship on a daily basis. I would not be who I am and my kids would not be who they are without you. I learned what it really means to be a mom by the advice and example you gave to me. I didn’t have an example of a loving and caring mom in my childhood, but I saw it in each of you and I learned from that example. Each of you gave me a different perspective and different skills for being a mom. My kids are blessed to have your children as friends and to have you all as a support system. I am truly blessed beyond measure to have found this group.
I have learned something special from each of you and I am a better person for it. I truly mean that and I am thankful more than I could ever explain. I do plan to continue to invite you to events in my life and I do hope you will choose to do the same. I really can’t image myself without you all in some measure in my life. You are the best friends I have ever had. I’m not a very emotional or demonstrative person so I struggle with how to tell you my appreciation and love for each of you.

 So you’re the mom?

Up until 5 months ago, I was a stay-at-home-mom for 4 years.  I have gone back to work now and the roles have changed.  This week our nanny is on vacation and I was “back at home” for a day on Monday and my MIL kept the kids on the other days.  I took my daughter to her weekly tumbling class and picked up my son from school.  I drop him off at school every morning, but I’ve only picked him up at school once before because he gets out of school at 2:30 and I work until at least 5:00.  So I heard a lot of “so you’re the mom…”.  It feels very strange to be in that position.  I definitely treasured the day with the kids.

R.I.P Dr. Koop

A very rare and good public servant and educator.

Dr. C. Everett Koop Passes

The Lorax Birthday Cake

For the entire birthday party post, view here:

The Lorax Birthday Party

This post is the how-to for making a Lorax Birthday Cake with surprise center!

The Lorax Birthday Cake

The cake is super simple to make, but finding or making all the decorations on top of it is another story.  The Lorax figure is a cakeball which was professionally made and I just used it as a topper on the cake.  The cotton candy truffela trees were made by using long pop sticks and a cotton candy maker.  The cake is baked using a Wilton giant cupcake baking pan.

I simply baked the cake using the cupcake pan, scooped out a section in the base of the cake and put M&Ms in it.  Then put the two portions of the cake together and iced it.

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When you cut the cake open, there are M&Ms in the middle and the kids go crazy!

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Lorax Party Goodie Bags- Free Printable

For the entire birthday post see here:

The Lorax Birthday

This post is a how-to for the custom goodie bags for the attendees.

The Lorax Gift Bags

To make these, I bought plain bags at the store and I printed color photos which were available on the internet.  The file to make the printouts is attached below.  I am not selling this print out, and of course, the rights to these photos belong to someone else, so they can not be resold and should only be used for personal use.

Simply pint them out, cut and attach to your bag!

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As an added bonus, since the party theme was “The Lorax” and because he does “speak for the trees”, we included a real tree in each of the goodie bags for the kids to take home and plant!  It was a big hit and the kids really enjoyed taking care of their new trees.

One of the places where you can find inexpensive real trees which are suited to your weather zone is:

The Green World Project

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Free Printable Photo Download. Follow these steps:

  1. Download the file
  2. Open it in “Windows Photo Viewer”
  3. Select “Print”
  4. Select the 5×7 photo option and you can print 2 per page

If you don’t have Windows Photo Viewer on your computer, you can use any photo printing program to print these in 5×7 size.

Tuesday Confessional 02/11

Again, sigh.

Yes, I am dieting again.  After Brie was born I went on a diet and lost 40 lbs.  But a year later, I’ve gained back 25 lbs.  So I’m on a diet again.  Sigh.  I really hate dieting and honestly I would not bother to do it if I wasn’t genetically dispositioned to gain it all in my chest and stomach.  Every woman in my family is that way.  Big boobs and after we have kids…big tummies.  It’s rather disgusting to put on a pair of pants that fit great, except for the roll of fat that falls over the rim.  Sigh.  Again.

And on to something else very gross…

My son is the worst about potty training.  He’s four years old and he’s been wearing underwear for over a year now, but even to this day, he still has regular accidents.  The kid is convinced if he tries hard enough, he will never have to poop again.  He doesn’t want to waste the time it takes to go to the restroom, so he just holds it.  For days….  Want to know what happens to a kid who holds their poop for days?  Well, unfortunately I am an expert in this area.  First they get really bad tummy aches.  Then they have two or three constipated bowel movements withing a 2-3 hour time frame.  Then they have really bad diarrhea for a time or two.  This is what happens every time.  So we keep going through this cycle over and over.  Yesterday was Mason’s day to be constipated.  Today was his day to have diarrhea.  So the school sent him home early and completely messy and he can’t go back to school for another 24 hours, even though he isn’t sick, because that is the rule.  Fun huh?

 Next Month

Next month I am going on a girl’s trip with my bestie-friend.  Woohoo me!  Now I have to just make sure I don’t ruin it by checking my work emails every 5 min. the whole time.