Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Father's Day

Father's day is coming this weekend and while I sit with the baby as he makes laps around his train table, I thought of a few things that make my husband a great dad. Here is my quick list:

July 2008 
 I know he's a good dad because the girls always sleep in his T shirts when he is out of town, then they wake up smelling like his cologne. 

I know he is a good dad because he treats them to Starbucks cookies or ice cream after they've done well- or just because. 

I know he's a good dad because others have said they wish they had a relationship with their dad the way he relates to our kids. 

I know he's a good dad because he dances with us to our Refit DVD, watches CloneWars cartoons like they are his favorite show of all time and sings Let it go. 

I know he's a good dad because of the way he told me he was ready to face the challenge of being a dad. 

Easter, 2009

I know he's a good dad when he steps in and sends ME to time out when I need it. 

I know he's a good dad because of they way he is a deeply, good friend to the other men in his life and who he chooses as his own influences and mentors.  

I know he's a good dad when he dances with me in front of the kids. 

I know he is a good dad when he keeps replacing his sporty water bottles because the kids (ahem, we) keep losing them. 

I know he is a good dad because he meets with God on our behalf. 

I know he is a good dad because my girls want, and have, camo hats like his. 
July 2014

Thanks for being a great dad to our kids, hun! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Make new friends but keep the old, some are silver and the other is gold

Women Are Scary (book review)

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical of this book. I am not a fan of fluffy reads nor books that are overtly girly. It’s like the girly gab oozes through sometimes and I can’t handle the silly remarks. But, I was wrong. Melanie Dale is hysterical. I am a huge fan of clean, stand-up comedy and I was literally laughing aloud in my backyard while I read her book. While I sat with the kids outside, I chuckled through the first few chapters before I had to shake the sand out of the baby’s clothes and do tick checks. Melanie also found a way to win out past mom-to-three-exhaustion at night and I kept picking up her semi-scary covered book. 

Woven in between her super funny stories, Melanie (I pretend she and I are on first name basis because she replied to my facebook comment about what “base” moms are on when they take over the kids’ trampoline) gets real with the fears and frustrations moms of all walks of life face when wanting friends. 

Being a part time working/stay at home/homeschooling mom, I get the fears and frustrations. I have felt what it’s like wanting a friend to talk to so badly that I have been willing to strike up a conversation with the grandpa taking the grands to the library playground. When we moved to a new area, I felt like I was on prowl to meet someone, anyone that could point me in the direction of Target, share a babysitters name, and point out which crazy people to avoid. 

The big illustration Melanie uses to explain friendships is the baseball diamond, which was nice because I am not super literate in the world of sports. I get first, second, third and fourth bases. Easy enough. She gives funny tips and tricks of what to do and not to do on each base of the friendship, how to bale if necessary and even touches on moving away from a smashingly wonderful group of friends- which I found so familiar. I miss my friends in dear, sweet Farmville!

I know the mark of a truly good book for me- when I begin telling a friend about it before I even finish it. One of my closest friends here in CT has graciously listened to me rattle off, amidst chuckles and snorts, detailed reviews of the chapters I read the previous night. Then we identified who was who. 

I’d include Women Are Scary in a cute gift basket for a new mom, use as a summer reading group or those that just need a tune up on how to find friends in a society where making true friends is next to impossible. Also, I know there are loads of women that aren't moms and are desperate to develop deep friendships; if you can get past all the mom chatter, this is a good resource of how to find and grow those gems. 


So, I want to share my copy with someone! You can enter into my give-away by telling me your best mom-date location. Do you always huddle in a coffee shop, hit the sale racks, indulge in huge amounts of ice cream, run away to a ski lodge, hide in a friend’s extra bedroom until the season changes, walk the neighborhood or run half marathons? You can enter a second time by sharing this post on your facebook feed, just leave me a second comment telling me you did that and I’ll put your name in the hat twice. Contest will end in two weeks from today: June 14. 

**And the winner is Bekah! I'll connect with you and send your book right away! 

*I was given a free copy of this book to read and review in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Move Over Monday- the final and cutest post


Move Over Monday- the final and cutest post

Last night at dinner, both girls (3 years & 18 months) were talking to one another from across the table very loudly. After a few minutes of this craziness, this conversation occurred:

G- "Girls, this house will be quiet. Talk quietly."
E-"Daddy, this is Emma's house!"
G-"This is your house? Do you pay rent here?"
E-"Daddy, Jesus gave me this house."
G- (to me) "I just got schooled by a 3 year old"