If you like to skip to the end for the answers, it’s because they’re kids. And no matter what my mother says, they are all little monsters at times. It’s possible my mom got off easy and I was actually the quiet little well-behaved angel she describes. But she set the bar pretty high with the way I judged children. And of course now every one of those judgements is flying back in my face as complete crap while I watch my son run from room to room squealing and whacking things with a stick.
That time our friends came to visit and their two sons managed to disable our TV remote, break a wine glass and grab our toothbrushes of the counter? I get it.
That kid I saw dragged off the playground today screaming at the top of his lungs? Been there.
Also that time I just couldn’t understand why our 4 year old cousin grabbed a hurling stick and just started bashing it on the ground until it busted? Well I have seen that reenacted right here at home.
So all these “awful” things that had me horrified about these unmanageable crazy children…well now I realize they were just being children. And every time I realize that, I feel a little sheepish for my previously uninformed judgements. I don’t even question the crazy anymore. I understand now it’s just some childhood instinct that kicks in and they act insane. I also understand that it is just going to keep happening no matter how “good” anyone’s parenting skills might be.
Because they’re kids. And That’s why they do that.
I grew up in Florida, and when I was too little to care about anything except a day off from school, hurricanes were always fun and exciting. Now that I have a house, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 1 kid and 23 fish to keep safe, it’s a little more stressful.
As I type this, my husband is outside drilling holes into our freshly painted house to put plywood over the windows we just had installed last month. We finally fulfilled our dream of buying a house at the beach and have been working hard to renovate it since December. We bought what you might call “the neighborhood eyesore” so it has required extensive work. Now I’m hoping and praying that this storm passes through without damaging the house.
Since we live on a barrier island, we are evacuating tomorrow to a safer place inland. This is my first time in 40 years of living in Florida that I have ever evacuated! It’s pretty crazy, but this hurricane looks like it is no joke.
Of course, I made a joke about it:
So take care everyone, watch out for this crazy storm! I’ll let you guys know if our house is still standing, lol. #irmagerd
We started the first day like so many do – with a photo and a sign:
I told myself “Don’t cry! Don’t cry!” as I helped him get settled in and hang up his tote bag. He was growing up so fast!
And as I kissed him by, I realized I had 4 hours ahead of me to do whatever I wanted. However I wanted. Whenever I wanted. So first I went and got a pedicure.
Then I went shopping! I wandered the aisles slowly and got to stop and look at whatever I wanted. It was glorious.
Then I took myself to lunch. I ate slowly and actually got to taste my food. I didn’t even have to share. It was a lovely lunch.
And then I went home and took a nap.
It used to bug the crap out of me when I’d see “mom” in someone’s bio. True story. I was like, I see you’re a mom, I feel that’s one of those things you don’t really have to tell me. The entire “Mommy Blog” trend annoyed me. I thought separating them into their own category was just silly. This was of course because I had no idea what I was talking about.
So now, here I am, with “mom” usually first in my short bio. It took me so long to become a mom, that people are just lucky I don’t walk around wearing a badge that loudly proclaims my mom status. Oh wait. I’m usually dragging a toddler while wearing clothing with various food smears and have Cheerios in my hair. I think that speaks for itself.
Today I got the message that my blog was finally accepted into the Top Mommy Blogs website. For some reason, it made me feel a little more official. Maybe because I got a cute cartoon badge. (Go ahead! Click it! It’s a vote for my blog) But also because I decided to embrace the fact that yes, I am a Mommy Blogger. That’s what I enjoy writing about the best – being a mom and raising my son and all the crazy things that come with it. ❤
I added a new category today called Biz Buzz. It seems like 99% of mom blogs are angling toward some kind of business. You know what I have a ton of experience in? Starting and building small businesses using the Internet. Seventeen years to be exact, since I built my first personal website in 2000 using the ancient Geocities platform. I think it would be silly not to share what I’ve learned over the years.
So welcome to the new business category, aka Biz Buzz 🙂