Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Movie Day!!

Today was another one of those days when the husband comes home, looks around and wonders just exactly what has been done.

We started the day out with a sick little guy running a fever and two others whining to play games instead of cleaning. By lunch time I was pretty much just done with the day. So of course that is when I decided today was a movie day!

Mayme, my sister who is fifteen, invited her fun and darling friend, Kaelin, over to have a "High School Musical" party!

Yep you read that right. We bought some snacks, popped some popcorn and vegged on the couch watching High School Musical and High School Musical: 2.

Now normally I am not in to the teen-bopper, horrible acting, horrendous choreography, type movies, but I admit I really like High School Musical. The movies bring back those whimsical memories of thinking that everything in life came easy and as long as you had friends nothing else in the world mattered. The dreams of what true love really is and the fantasy that your life will be just like the Troy's and Gabriella's.

Along with High School Musical, and a million Diego's, we watched Tangled.

Oh my! I love Tangled. The story for me is humorous, the songs enchanting, and that Finn Ryder is C-U-T-E. Yes I have a weird obsession with the way animated characters look. I remember as a little girl being in LOVE with Dimitri from Anastasia. He was so real looking and appealing to my younger self. Finn Ryder has officially replaced Dimitri.

While watching Tangled I started having this weird feeling that I knew Mother Gothel. It wasn't until I watched Tangled a second time that I realized she has a strong resemblence to someone I know in both physical features and attitude.
Some of you may know who I am talking about when you see the following picture.

And if that were not enough for you, her attitude and the way she talks is a 100 percent replica. Watch the movie, I know you will agree with me.

So all in all today was a day that nothing got accomplished, but some much needed relaxation and cuddle time.

Oh and for the record, yes I did have to stop the movie once to clean up a puke mess. That just goes with the territory of being a mom!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Do you want to win the iPad2 or $500 paypal cash??

If you watch her show on Ustream you know that Shari Criso is energetic, caring and full of such great information that you might not be able to get anywhere else. Shari has done an amazing job educating new and old moms about the importance of breastfeeding, natural products for your child and staying healthy.
Her DVD, Simply Breastfeeding, has helped moms who have worried about or struggled with breastfeeding get over their fears and have a wonderful breastfeeding relationship with their children.

I purchased Shari's DVD in May of this year and it helped me get past the many obstacles I faced with breastfeeding. From proper latch to overcoming my fear of nursing in public.

Shari has helped so many people and now she is going above and beyond again.

In honor of having so many new fans, Shari has decided to kick off a fan contest!
That's right! Shari is going to pick one winner to give an iPad2 OR $500!!

Check out Shari's contest page at My Baby Experts and enter for your chance to win!!

Real Dads Play With Their Kids....What About Real Moms?

Today I read a post from Single Dad Laughing, a blog written by single dad Dan about his life and his experiences with his son Noah. The post was Real Dads Play With Their Kids. As I read through the post I thought about John and how he takes the time to spend with our boys playing each day.

It is not always physical play. Somedays they build legos, others they play games together on the Xbox or computer, but no matter what they are playing the boys go to bed each night happy, content, and knowing that their dad loves them.

As I got to the bottom of the post I started to read some of the comments. I also started to notice a pattern, mainly from moms, saying they wished their children had a dad like Dan in their lives. They commented about their children missing out on so much, because they didn't have the same kind of male role model.

It was these comments that prompted this post.

If REAL dads can play with their kids, why can't REAL moms?

I have an amazing friend that I have been getting to know more closesly over these last three months. I watch her often with her kids and I always think to myself, "Now there is a REAL mom! I want to be that kind of mom!" I watch her play with her kids, love on her kids, wipe their tears, and laugh with them. The absolute love and adoration these kids have for their mom is amazing!

On the drive home from a family dinner last night I told John how much I wish I could be a REAL mom. The kind of mom who worries less about her house, the outside world and to be honest facebook. I told him how much I wanted to be the kind of mom who my boys could talk to about anything, run to when they needed tears wiped from their cheeks, and the mom who could rough house, play legos and just spend time with my boys.

Then John said something that made me question how I look at it all.

"So why don't you? Why are YOU keeping YOU from being a REAL mom?"

After the intial anger and resentment that felt at being told it was my fault, and trying to come up with reasons on why I couldn't be that mom, I realized he was right!

Why am I keeping myself from being a REAL mom? Why do moms assume because there is no male role in their home, or no positive male role, that they can't fill in that gap.

Obviously there are things a dad supplies to a child that a mom can not. The same goes for the role of a mother, but what is stopping us moms from playing with our kids?

Why is it we don't get outside and throw a football, teach our kids how to play baseball or soccer, play in the sandbox, roll in the grass and just have fun? Why is it that moms are judged on the way they look, the order of their house and the food they put on the table?
When you hear people talk about good moms, usually the dialogue is something like this;
"Keri is a such a good mom she always has a clean house, yummy dinners and she looks amazing!"
"I wish I was a good mom like Sandy, her kids are always so clean! So is her house! And have you seen how amazing she looks after having four kids!"

Why don't we ever here:
"look at that amazing mom! She is covered dirt, grass stains on her knees, and her kids are climbing all over her! I wish I could be that mom!"

My sister in law told me last night that we as moms need to start watching ourselves. There is a darkness slowly taking over our homes, as we spend more time figuring out how we can make money, going to get our hair and nails done, and cleaning our house, than we do watching and playing with our kids as they grow.

Moms, your kids are growing so fast and one day you will be able to have the immaculate house, the model perfect body and the gourmet chef dinners.

So today I challenge us all! Get up off the couch, turn off facebook, throw something in the crockpot or marinade some meat for the BBQ, and get out there and play with our kids! They only stay little for so long and you really will miss out on the best years if you don't do it now!

So get dirty, get rough and be a REAL MOM!