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7.31.2012

Tuesday's Tip (#15)

Here's a tip for you:


Buy some mascara.


Recently, I was chatting with another mom of a bunch of kids and she asked me why I always look so "put together." I was thinking maybe she was a little nuts because I knew I'd only had about 3 1/2 hours of broken sleep the previous night and no shower. But, then it dawned on me. I've been fooling people for years with my make-up.


I've always been that girl who wears make-up every day. It's just who I am. Not much, but a little concealer, some mascara and some lipstick and... voila! I no longer look like the queen of the zombie apocalypse that was staring back at me in the mirror that morning. Depending on the night I've had, I try to decide exactly how much make-up it'll take until I look human again.


So, when you've had a tough night and you feel like death warmed over, throw on some black mascara. You'll be the best looking zombie around.


My personal favorite







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7.29.2012

Slenderize Me

If you know me - or have been following my blog - you know that I had 5 kids in less than 7 years. I also nursed all of those kids. Since they're all so close in age, I was nursing each child into the next child's pregnancy. What this all means is that from the time I got pregnant with Patrick in February of 2003 to when I finally stopped nursing Charlotte in April of 2012, my body has been held hostage. I was pregnant, nursing, or both for more than nine straight years.

I'm free.

So here I am finally trying to regain some control over my body. It's a wreck. I never gained much weight being pregnant. It was after, when I was hanging out with the kids that I'd be eating like some fiend. Usually, whatever was left on their plates. Nothing like batting clean-up. I think I probably started some diet or another after each child was born. Unfortunately, my starting weight on each of those diets seems to have gone up every time. 


In the last few weeks, I've finally gotten serious. I work out every day. I log the food I'm eating. And I've found a great little support group among some of my Twitter friends. One of them, Cindy, started a group just for us so we can chat, support one another, vent and cheer each other on. I've never met any of these lovely ladies, but I can tweet them what I had for breakfast (or lament the fact that I busted my ass and the scale won't move) and they're right there cheering me on. So, if I've just completed a great workout, I'll probably tweet about it to my girls who follow #SlenderizeMe. We're working together. It's like my own virtual Weight Watchers group. Thanks, Cindy, for starting this up. It's great to have a team. 


So, here we go... with any luck, I can get close to my goal. I've got my tenth wedding anniversary in October and I wouldn't mind undoing some of the damage these goofy little kids have done to me. Now that I've put it here for the whole world to see, it makes me a little more accountable, doesn't it? (That's me being terrified of hitting the "publish" button.)


And thanks to my cheerleaders: @akaShirley, @akaLaverne, @SensibleMoms @PeskyPippi, @CrackYouWhip, & @YellingMyHeart ... you girls are awesome!


Here's a pic from crew... what I wouldn't give to be in that kind of shape again!



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7.25.2012

Wordless Wednesday - Busted!

Caught...in the cookie dough. How do you spell salmonella?


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7.24.2012

Tuesday's Tip (#14)

Here's a tip for you:


Say "I love you."


I'm not talking about the idea that life is short and we should always let the people we love know how we appreciate them. That's a beautiful and meaningful sentiment.


I'm talking about when your 20 month-old daughter wakes you up at 2 am and insists on using your iPhone to play the Somebody That I Used to Know video on YouTube over and over again (all while singing along). This is when you should say "I love you." Like a mantra. A mantra that is meant to remind you that it would be totally inappropriate to strangle that little child when she wakes you up every 4 minutes and 4 seconds to replay Gotye's video. The combination of sleep deprivation and xylophone music starts to make you a little delusional after a while. So just keep chanting "I love you." It could save a life.







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7.19.2012

Sometimes I...

This post is somewhat confessional. Some of these things have to do with being a mom. Others have to do with the fact that I'm a little nuts. If you do any of these things, too, know that you're in good - if a little crazy - company.


Sometimes I:
  • wish fervently that the kids would just once scream/whine "DAD!" when they need something.
  • vacuum up things (toys, coins, beads, etc.) because I am just too tired to bend over and pick them up.
  • freeze for a moment in the shower to determine if the screams or cries I hear are joyful or painful. I'm not getting out unless absolutely necessary.
  • rewash a whole pile of clothes because they sat for so long and I never got around to folding them.
  • eat chocolate in bed. This has nothing whatsoever to do with being a mom. It may, however, have something to do with the size of my ass.
  • don't bathe the kids. Every now and then I stop and think, "Wait. When was that last bath/shower?" I am seriously considering throwing a bar of soap in the pool. 
  • let the kids sleep together. Not even sometimes. All the time. As long as they're sleeping, I don't really care where it happens. Top bunk, bottom bunk, boys' room, girls' room, mattresses on the floor for a "campout" - I just don't care. Whatever involves me yelling "Go to bed!" the least number of times works for me.
  • have the big kids read to the little kids. There are nights when I have too many things to do and know I won't get around to reading a story. That's the beauty of having advanced readers. They can do it for me. So, the big kids get more reading practice and the little ones get read to. Win-win.
  • do things in multiples of four. Like eat Oreos or set the TV volume (always 24, 28, 32... NEVER 26, 31, 35...). Did I tell you I have OCD? Well I do. I do. I do. I do. I'm really hoping I can get it under control now that I've gone past four kids. I just don't think we can afford eight children.
  • crack my own self up reading my blog. I desperately hope someone else is laughing, too.
This list could go on forever. Let's just say it's TO BE CONTINUED...


So, so crazy...



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7.18.2012

Wordless Wednesday - Drive In

There's a drive-in movie theater about 40 minutes from our house. We have a blast watching two new movies (especially for $25 per carload). But, one of my favorite things is that they play the old ads for concessions during intermission...






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