Friday, August 29, 2014

I Must Confess - Part 3

It's been a good 3 months since I've aired my "dirty" laundry so I thought what better way to kick off the 3 day weekend than with a handful of confessions.


{ONE}
Once again, Target and I are on a break... and once again, I'm the one requesting distance. Why is it so hard for stores to carry boys 2T clothing. I'm willing to pay full price (okay, that's a lie) for C some clothes so just stock the shelves in my favor. If not, I'll take our James' hard earned money elsewhere. And Target, this is your second strike.. you know what happens when you get to 3 right?

{TWO}
Just when I thought I was coming to terms with living in the south, I realized I will never ever love Texas based on one simple fact. Fall in Texas sucks. No where in the state will you ever find views like this. Find me this in Texas and I just may be able to spend my years getting old here.

Photo credit

{THREE}
When James was putting laundry away this week, he made the comment that "if a stranger were folding your laundry, they would think you were a professional athlete". I'm fairly certain this is an insult to all athletes all over the world. But oh well. If you need me, I'll be in the black compression pants, t-shirt and sports bra. Watching Big Brother. 

{FOUR}
There are a handful of people in my circle that I know has their phone without arms reach 24/7 so when I call them and they don't answer and or don't call me back at all, it makes me want to deliver a good old punch straight to their throat. And they don't call back but post pictures on Facebook or Instagram, that's a sure shot to the throat and the crouch. #warning.

{FIVE}
I caught myself being envious of a pregnant girlfriend and all she has to look forward to with the arrival of her sweet baby boy. The moment that I realized that I had this emotion about a 2nd baby, I proceeded to kick my own ass. Get with it, Stephanie! Now isn't the time to be weak! 


Boy do I feel better... like I say, sometimes a little confession goes a long way! Share a confession in the comments below. I promise you'll feel a a little lighter after you do. 

Happy Friday!
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This Isn't a Job

Earlier this week, Connor and I went to the grocery and on the way out, were stopped by a gentleman selling newspaper subscriptions. After listening to his sales pitch and signing up for the newspaper (yeah, I'm that person), he posed the question "Isn't being a parent the best job?" Rather than share all my opinions, I smiled, told him to have a good day and headed out of the store. 

But ever since hearing those words, I have been thinking about that question all week: isn't being a parent the best job? Here's the thing, I don't think this is a job. At all. 

A job is something that you get a paid to do. In most instances a job provides you with insurance. A job gives you holidays and weekend off. You get paid vacations. Hell, you even get sick days. When you have a job, you get at minimum 30 minutes a day to eat your lunch in peace. And lastly, a job is something that you quit. Some where you can replaced.

None of those apply to being a parent. None..

Being a parent is a blessing. It's an adventure. It's a calling. Sure it takes work, just like your job, but what doesn't take work, nowadays?

Every day is something new. Every day, I get a new chance at being the best mother I can be. James gets precious evening and weekend hours to make memories with his son. We are molding our son into the person he will grow up to be. If Connor grows up to be self-centered and egotistical, then there is no one to point a finger at other than James and I. But that's not who we are raising.

Daily, we teach Connor manners. Morning and afternoon, we read from his Bible, teaching him God's word. We instill in him that he needs to be kind and share. That he needs to respect others and listen to grown-ups. We use kind words to each other and to friends and family because little ears are always listening.

Don't get me wrong, we have our far shares of bad days. But that's just part of life, regardless of how you spend your days. Single, married, childless or parenting to 5, there are always hard days. 

Parenting isn't a job. I don't have a job. What I wouldn't do to hear the question "Parenting is such a privilege, isn't it?" 

At the end of the day, I get to crawl into bed, knowing I've made a difference in our son's world. I get to smile knowing that just a few rooms away is a little person that thinks the world of his Momma and Daddy.

And I'd take that over a week's paid vacation any day. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 Emmy Awards - Does it Hurt to Smile?

The Emmy's were a few days ago and although I don't watch the event, I do like visiting EOnline to see what folks wore and what antics, if any, were pulled. After browsing through the Emmy arrivals, it became painfully clear that some folks, no matter how deep their pockets are, they will not smile. No way. No how.

Because I think it's hilarious to be famous (by choice) and rich (by the hands of folks who pay to see your movies/shows) and still find it hard work to smile, I picked my Top 4 favorite Emmy arrivals and decoded their photo for your pleasure. Okay, MY pleasure.






I'm on to something here aren't I? I mean, how hard is it to fake smile... you're an actor/actress for goodness sakes! I guarantee that while reading this, you smiled. I can also guaranteed you don't make hundreds of thousands, if not millions, for your trade? 

So see it's really NOT that hard to smile.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Day Cursing Taught Me a Lesson

I'm not a perfect person. Nor am I a perfect Mom. But what I am, is someone that knows when a lesson is being taught, when I need to listen up and pay attention.

Yesterday, Connor and I went to the grocery store (BARF!!, that's a chore!). While transitioning him from his car seat to the grocery cart (which wasn't the one he wanted. He wanted the "red car, Momma pease" - strike 1), his water bottle began to pour everywhere (strike 2). I see this as a sign as to how this trip is going to go, I say to myself "son of a bitch". Without missing a beat, Connor replies with "uh oh cuss word".

What the what? Did I just get chastised by my 21 month old son?

Yup, sure did. 

At that very REAL PARENTING moment, I realized that my little baby was no longer a baby. He truly is a fully functioning (almost) 2 year old. He listens, he understands, he talks, he registers and he knows. Oh boy does he know. 

Connor taught me a lesson yesterday. If I don't want him to say it, I shouldn't say it. Not in his presence anyway. And let's be honest, I can say certain words 2 rooms away and somehow his impeccable hearing picks it up and runs in, repeating what I just said. So I guess this goodbye to my sailor mouth and hello to Momma lingo.

If there is one thing that I continually learn with each passing day, it's that parenting is all about the lessons. Sometimes your the teacher and sometimes your the student.

In case you wondering if there was a strike 3 yesterday, of course there was. It took longer than I anticipated at the store yesterday and in the process, Connor drained his cup of water causing his diaper to fill and leak without me realizing.

You can go ahead and say it.. yeah, I'm totally Mom of the Year...

  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Inside Connor's Mickey Box

Like most (almost!!) 2 year olds, Connor loves Mickey Mouse. When Desiree and Marcus sent Connor a Mickey Mouse lunch box for our Christmas in July gift exchange, the little guy was in clubhouse Heaven. He instantly starting piling toys into the box as quickly as his little hands could go. Since day 1, the lunch box goes everywhere we go. I find it interesting to see what Connor thinks is important enough to make it into the box. So today, I want to share what is inside Connor's Mickey box. 


This weekend's box perfectly sums up Connor. Not only does it include all things he loves but I think it gives a clear picture that he indeed is all boy. 

Elmo and his plane - Connor got this from my Mom in October and it's been within hands reach of him at all times since. He loves Mo and takes him every where we go. 

Cars - simply put, our little guy is a fan of cars. Big or small, he loves to make them "zoom".

Hook - when you ask Connor who is likes Hook or (enter any Jake and the Never Land Pirate character) he will always pick Hook. It doesn't matter that Hook is the "bad guy", he is C's favorite. He even said he wanted to go as Hook for Halloween. 

Gold doubloons - I don't think Connor think he can actually spend them but nonetheless, he likes collecting them along with Chuck E Cheese tokens and real coins. He has quite a collection. 

Eye patch - I find this to be the funniest thing he has to keep in his box since he refuses to wear it. He doesn't like anything on his head or face so an eye patch is out. Maybe it's just in case he comes across someone who needs it, I really don't know. 

Cell phone - because sometimes, you need to call for help. He pushes the buttons, says "hello", "talks" to Daddy and when he hangs up, he says "yeah yeah bye". Cracks me up every time. 

So there you have it. A look inside Connor's Mickey Box. Little ones can be so funny and I think seeing what they consider "important" gives us a peek into the way their minds work.

Friday, August 22, 2014

oh hey FRIDAY! {Favorites}


{ONE} Favorite part of this week: the naps I took. I was able to get business taken care of this week, blog my heart out and take a nap 3 days in a row while Connor was napping. Some weeks just call for naps and a slower pace and this week was no exception. Simply put, I rocked this week's face off.

{TWO} Favorite quote this week: "Sometimes life isn't fair or pretty or nice. But that's okay because a time will come when you have all you need to make it fair, pretty and nice." LOVE THIS. Things can get bad and stay bad from time to time. Things can always be awesome and it's in those awesome moments that you realized that the bad times weren't as bad as you thought.

{THREE} Favorite purchase: new Fall candles from Bath and Body. The one I can't wait to burn and enjoy this autumn is Bourbon Butterscotch. 

{FOUR} Favorite post: from Courtney over at Shiraz In My Sippy Cup. Nothing makes me happier than honesty and a blogger who isn't afraid to share her thoughts. Courtney's post on Monday was spot on! 

{FIVE} Favorite Ecards: because this was made with me in mind. #serious

 
 Happy Friday! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How A Cleaning Schedule Saved My Sanity

Before having a baby, my house was in order 24/7. James and I cleaned every Thursday night. Things were always in their place. No laundry was scattered here or there. Dishes were always washed, dried and put away promptly after each meal. 

Then we had Connor in October 2012. Followed by a move from Ohio to Texas to a home that was close to 1,000 square feet bigger than our previous home in Dayton. Between all. the. stuff. a child needs/has and a much larger house, I've spent the last year and a half attempting to keep our home in order. With very little luck.

I'm not as OCD as I once was. You can't be with a toddler who is much like the Tasmanian Devil when it comes to leaving a path of destruction in any and every room he enters. However, I still need our home to be in order and have tried every way I can think of to do so. With trail and error, I've discovered that a cleaning scheduled is the only way that our home is going to be in order.


I've found that if I break up the housework into smaller sections (read: tasks that take less time) that I am able to knock out those chores for the day within 1-2 hours. This time is totally manageable when Connor is either playing in his play room or napping. While the idea of sweeping or mopping every day seems daunting, it's not for me. We track in a lot dirt from coming and going to the park as often as we do and we have a cat and a dog. But since I'm only doing one or two rooms at a time, it's a quick sweep/mop job and I'm done for the day.


Overall, a cleaning schedule helps. I don't feel so overwhelmed and the house is (mostly) clean. How do you manage to keep your home together? Do you have a cleaning schedule you stick to or do you just clean what you can, when you can? Or are you one of the lucky ones with a cleaning lady?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Day in the Life - Summer Edition

Our Day | August 14, 2014 - Connor 21 months


7:38 Wake up and head to the bathroom. I brush my teeth, throw my hair up, change into running clothes and put on my FitBit because I'm hoping to go for a quick jog/run before our 10AM play date. Grab my phone off the charger and head downstairs to get a few things done before Connor wakes up.

7:49 Boot up laptop and make myself breakfast (plain Greek yogurt with almonds and Go Lean! Crunch cereal). Grab my water and turn the baby monitor on. I take a seat at the kitchen table to eat breakfast while checking emails, paying a bill and added today's (Wednesday 8/14) blog post to Facebook. I check my phone to see that I have 2 texts, answer those and check Instagram, where I like far too many photos of food and babies. I'm finished with breakfast so I head upstairs to get Connor. He is still sleeping but since we have someplace to be at 10, I need to give him plenty of time to wake up and have breakfast. 

8:15 It's time to wake up sleepy head. He is actually stirring a bit so I know I'm not waking him up too soon. The moment his sound machine goes off he sits up. It's like there is a string connecting the two, it's that automatic. Connor asks for his "candy" and his vitamins. He gets a Vitamin C chewable that he thinks is candy. I grab his clothes, swim trunks and shoes for the day. We head downstairs where he gets a cup of milk and chills on the couch with the news channel (sorry about that C) while I get his breakfast together.  Simon starts howling so I let him out. He stays out for .08 seconds and then I let him back in.


8:34 Diaper has been changed and every one is dressed for a quick jog. I put Connor's breakfast (a pumpkin muffin and blueberries) in a container so that he can eat while we jog. We load up in the jugging stroller and head out. 


9:03 We arrive back home from our jog. Connor has finished breakfast and wants to play. However, after a 2 mile run I need to shower. I refill his cup and we head upstairs. I start the shower and he heads straight to his toy room and starts playing with his cars. I jump in the shower, get dressed throwing on an usual hot mess Mom outfit (running shorts, tshirt and flip flips) and let my hair air dry (it's really pretty let me tell ya). I tell Connor to pick up his toys, that we are going to visit Charleigh and Sully.

9:36 I throw together Connor's lunch (turkey, a cheese stick and apple cinnamon puffs), grab my two water bottles along with his book bag, lunch bag, cookies to share with our friends (which I forgot to pass out), an apple for me and we are out the door. 


9:48 - 12:57 We drive 25 minutes to our morning play date. CJ's diaper needs changed so I do that and change him into a swim diaper and trunks. Connor plays with his friends while I talk with the other Moms. We play outside in the pool and yard for a bit then everyone (the kids) decide that they want to play indoors instead. Around 11:30 or so I get Connor's lunch and feed him while he plays. This is the only way I know he will eat lunch because he would rather destroy the playroom than sit and have lunch. A little after noon we pick up the mess that's been made by 6 little ones and we pack up our things and hit the road. We then drive the 25 minutes back to our house. The whole way home, Connor is fusing because I'm pushing nap time. I promise him cookies and milk before nap time. This makes him happy and me Mom of the Year. 

1:00 - 1:20 The moment I get Connor out of the car, he tells me he pooped. No need for the heads up, you stink little guy. We get in the door in time for Simon to bark to be let out. I let the dog out while Connor goes to the living room to get a diaper. I change his diaper to the tune of "cookie Momma pease". Off to the kitchen we go. Connor enjoys his cookies and milk while I make lunch. We eat together and talk about the toys he played with at Sully's.

1:25 Connor has been wiped down, his teeth are brushed. I rock Connor for a few minutes and tell him 2 stories and we sing one song. He is in bed with his blanket, pacifier, with his sound machine on. It's now time for me to head downstairs and a tackle some of my to do's.

2:17 I spent close to an hour checking emails, reading/commenting on blogs and talk to Dean while she is on her way to work. I start a load of laundry, clean the kitchen up and wipe down the counters and decide we are going to have tacos for dinner. The house is scattered with toys and the dishwasher needs unloaded so it looks like I need to spend nap time cleaning. Lucky me, right?

2:53 Laundry is going and the house is in order so I hit the couch and watch last night's Big Brother.


3:23 Connor is awake from his nap so I get him from his crib, change he diaper and wash my hands. I grab him a cup of water along with his afternoon snack and we cuddle on the couch so I can finish watching Big Brother.

3:53 My show is over so it's off to run a couple errands.

4:28 We've made it back from the bank and store. Simon needs out and I notice he is low on food and water so Connor and I tackle that together. Connor starts playing with the $5.99 truck he insisted on having from CVS along with the 524 other cars he owns. After letting Simon in, it's time for me to join Connor and play with cars too. We read a couple books and he randomly stops to watch a few minute of The Disney Channel. I lounge on the floor (which needs swept badly) while Connor pushes cars and trucks up my legs.

5:40 James sent me a text, he is on his way home so now it's time to start dinner.

6:36 We finish dinner, clear off the kitchen table and stove and head outside so I can clean out my car and Connor can play with James for a bit before bath and bedtime. Turns out, my car is the moving equivalent of a trash can. It's bad. The guys head indoors to color and I head to the car wash to get the car washed and vacuum it out.


7:31 In the process of cleaning my car, I notice that Connor's car seat it disgustingly dirty. I pull off the seat cover (easier said then done FYI) and put it in the washer.

7:40 - 8:22 Connor gets his night time cup of milk while he watches some TV with us. When he drains that cup, we head up stairs for bath time. We play with Jake bubbles and his favorite rubber duckies.


8:30 - 10:20 Little guy is down for the night. This is the time that James and I get to relax and do some things around the house that we can't do with our pint sized helper. I put some packages and cards together that we need to send out tomorrow. I load the dishwasher with the dishes from dinner while James puts the car seat cover back on Connor's seat. I then reinstall his seat and sit with James to watch a bit more TV before it's time to turn in for the night.


10:33 The dog has been let out, Connor has been checked on so I can start my bed time routine of washing my face and brushing my teeth. I get in bed and set my alarm for 7:30 in hopes that Connor doesn't wake me before then. I check Facebook, Instagram and email. Check my FitBit app to see how many steps I took today.

10:50 Lights out... time for this Momma to get some much needed sleep.


It's safe to say our days are busy and sometimes really long BUT I love every minute I get to spend with our little guy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To Our Super Mace

Dear Macie J,
Today you start preschool. Today your independence grows and you officially become a big girl. While we all knew today would come sooner or later, I could never image the last 3 and a half years with you flying by so quickly. 

On the day you were born, I called off work and rushed to the hospital as soon as Mommy and Daddy told me it was okay to have visitors. Do you know that I was the first non relative to every hold you? The moment I laid eyes on you, I kissed my heart goodbye. You've been my girl since day 1 and you will always have a cheerleader in me. Promise. 

Today might be a little scary. You are in a new place, away from Mommy Deanie and Daddy Mark. You don't know anyone in your class but I can promise you that you will make friends fast. Soon you will be the apple of your teacher's eye because Janie Mae, you are that kind of girl. Don't be scared, sweet Mae, you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to.

I have no doubts that you are gonna rock preschool. Not only are you smart, you pick up on things so fast that in no time flat, you'll be hitting milestone after milestone. I'm looking forward to your phone call after school today, the one where you share your day with us. Maybe you can even teach Connie a thing or two.

I wish I could be there to see you off with Mommy Dean but know that TayTay, Jamesy and Baby Connie are cheering you on all the way from Texas. We've been your biggest fans since November 23, 2010 and there is no doubt that will be cheering you on until the day we can't cheer anymore.


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 
Love you to the moon and stars!
TayTay

Monday, August 18, 2014

Keeping Your Little Ones Safe From The Flu

I've dealt with my far share of  days parenting and taking care of a sick child. In Connor's short 21 months, he has spent quite a bit of time fighting one illness or another. I've often wondered what it will be like when he heads off to school and has to battle with the common cold and the worst of all illnesses, the flu. With a new school year right around the corner and germs preparing to invade every healthy little one, I want to share with you how to prevent the flu from taking over and torturing your family. Today's post is brought to you by a guest writer, Rachel Phalain

With flu season right around the corner, it’s hard to imagine your little one coming down with the flu. Being out of commission for a few weeks is awful, especially for a child. Not to mention there is also a huge risk of them infecting everyone in the house which would just make everyone miserable. Thankfully, there are some preventative measures that you can take in order to keep your child safe and healthy this flu season. Because the winter is all about building snowmen and drinking cocoa, not spending days in bed feeling crummy.
Clean Hands, Clean Bill of Health
Teaching your child to wash their hands properly is one of best ways to keep them healthy throughout the year. You can’t always supervise your child to make sure that their hands are at their cleanest, and more often than not they won’t be. But you can still instill good, healthy habits in your children by rewarding them for doing a good job. Some suggest having a board that they get to put stickers on each time they wash their hands but any kind of a treat will do.
Besides simply teaching your child the importance of hand washing, it’s also important to teach them how to do it properly. They need to use warm water and clean their hands with soap for about 20 seconds. Teach them to sing a song like “Happy Birthday” or “Row Your Boat” while they are washing in order to gauge the time.
Avoid Exposure
This may seem like a no-brainer, but if your child comes home from school or daycare and says that there are other children that are sick then it might be best for your child to stay home for a day or two. Since missing one or two days is much more desirable than missing one to two weeks.
Lead By Example
As a parent, you’re the role model for your child, so if they see you lacking in your hand hygiene then, more often than not, they will start to do the same. This doesn’t just go for hand washing either, you should also be showing your child the correct way to cover their cough or sneeze. The correct way to do that is to sneeze or cough into a place that doesn’t come into contact with other surfaces. Places like the crook of your elbow or shirt are both perfect examples of a polite and healthy way to sneeze or cough.
Early Detection and Prevention
As is the case with most illnesses, the faster you can notice that you or your child have been infected, the faster you can start on the road to recovery. If your little one comes home feverish or with a case of the sniffles then those are both very good signs that they should take a few days to rest and recover. Make sure they get plenty of sleep and vitamin C. This is one of the best ways to lessen cold and flu symptoms or even prevent them entirely.

Rachel Pharlain is a proud graduate from Boise State University and is currently living in Boise, Idaho with her pug named Pugsley. She is an avid reader and writer and when her nose isn't buried in a book she loves to run and cook healthy and creative meals. You can connect with Rachel via her Google+ profile.  
  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Currently

Jenna, founder of A Mama Collective, has a weekly linkup "Currently" that allows us to share what's going on in our world. More than anything, I enjoy being given a handful of writing prompts and being able to just write, allowing whatever comes to mind escape and walking away with a simple post. 


Thinking about ... the fact that Connor was a monster yesterday but has been fabulously sweet and well behaved today. The highs and lows of parenting are extreme. The hard days with him are tough to manage more so than ever because they aren't often and I know it's just a drop in the bucket of all we will experience as his Mom and Dad. But damn! Some days I find myself telling Dean to expect a 26 pound package on her doorstep. Momma can only handle so much and like all humans, I run short on patience, too.

Reading ... What Alice Forget. I'm midway through the book and so far so good. I can't say it's one I would recommend but it's a easy Summer read and gets me one book closer to my goal of 30 books read this year. 

Thankful for ... the ability to help those in need. A family member needed school supplies for her little boy and James insisted that we get him what he needed and ship it to them in Ohio. Not that I don't want to help others but sometimes I feel like we say yes or lend a hand more than we say no. Regardless, I know that Bobby will get to go to school prepared for the 2nd grade with a super kickass Spiderman book bag.

Photographing ... life as a boy Mom. Our days are 100% all boy. From trains and trucks to burps and toots, we have our fair share of testosterone around here and maybe then some. I mean, I am the only female in the house. Even the animals are male. And we can't forget the rocks. Rocks. All. The. Time.

Loving ... all the plans we have coming up this fall. If you've been around WMM you know I'm huge into the holidays, especially Fall. Our calendar is getting packed full of fabulous play dates and I can't wait to make memories with our family, friends and my girlfriends.

What are you CURRENTLY ... thinking about ... reading ... thankful for ... photographing ... loving... ??

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Color Run - 5k Recap

In June, I ran my first 5k. I specifically choose a run that is considered more fun than a serious must finish as quickly as humanly possible run. Having never ran a 5k, I figured The Color Run would be a great first race. The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. The best part of choosing The Color Run as my first run is that there are no winners or official times, The Color Run caters to everyone. 

A handful of the ladies in my Mom group registered for the run. The above photo is of Breann and I. On the left, we just got to the event and the right, we had spent an hour or so in the color pit getting covered in color so we would glow during the race. 

The Color Run is 3.14 miles and ran in the dark with glow lights being the only source of light. We got lucky and the weather wasn't too awfully hot so that helped Breann and I both since this was our first run. We set a goal of finishing in under 47 minutes. For first time "runners" this was a comfortable goal that we both that we could achieve.


On the left, you have me right before the race. I was pumped up and excited to start but always tired of waiting and just wanted to run already. The middle photo is my official (to me) time: 40:23, nearly 7 minutes quicker than I had planned. Come to find out, we had missed a portion of the greenbelt, resulting in us running only 2.85 miles. Whomp whomp! The photo on the right is us after the race, carb loading at Freddie's with a burger and loaded fries. We deserved those calories, let me tell you! 

All in all, it was a fun first run that proved that all the hard work I had put into "training" - I use quotes because let's face it, I don't train like most runners - paid off. 

I ran a 5k and survived to blog about it! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The BLOGmopolitan Quiz - Part 3

Last month, I won a sponsor spot on A Fresh Start on a Budget and today, Karissa is introducing me to her readers. A Fresh Start on a Budget is a must read/follow blog. From blogging tips to budget how to's and all the things in between, Karissa's blog is full of positive vibes that I find refreshing and oh so welcomed. Be sure to head over and check our Karissa's piece of the web.

http://afreshstartonabudget.com/

For those of you visiting from A Fresh Start on a Budget, thanks for stopping by! Today, I'm answering a few questions to introduce myself to all the new readers I have. Again, thank each of you for reading Wife Mommy Me.

Have you heart of about The Blogmopolitan Quiz? Erin over at Two Thirds Hazel has created The Blogmopolitan Quiz and I just can't get enough of it. This is the 3rd quiz and again, I love the concept, gets me thinking and makes for a good get to know me blog post for those of you who are new to Wife Mommy Me (Hi! Welcome!). Here are my questions/answers to the original Blogmopolitan quiz along with the second edition. If you are interested in answering either quiz, head over to Erin's blog and download a copy for yourself and link up with us!


Fun questions, right? Now, pick a question and leave me your answer in the comment section below! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

oh hey FRIDAY!

It's been a while since there's been a linkup that allows us bloggers to be totally random, if not slightly pointless. Sometimes, okay often times, I have thoughts I want to share but they are just that. Thoughts. They don't really take up enough space for an entire blog post so it's nice when you get to be random, share some things and walk away with a fun post. Enter "oh hey FRIDAY!"

 Details on the linkup can be found here

{ONE}
Not only is it August but the first week of this brand new month is already behind us. Say what? I have so much planned for the rest of the year and little to no time to waste. Time really speeds up as you get older doesn't it? 

{TWO}
Mid week, we spent the morning with friends and my girlfriend chauffeured us around, giving Connor the chance to spend time with his best friend Dyllan. Theses two are a hoot! They sang songs, mimicked each other and screamed together. Connor loves spending time with Dyllan and constantly asks if she is going to come "pay" with him. Their friendship is just too sweet.

 
{THREE}
My best friend back home starts preschool this month. Yeah, you read that right. Macie has been the apple of my eye for so long and being away from here these last 19 months has been heartbreaking. I love my girl and I'm looking forward to her telling me all about her days at school. You can fall in love with Macie here, here and with this photo...


{FOUR}
Summer has finally arrived here in Texas and quiet frankly, I was hoping it was going to take this year off. I'm ready for all things Fall. I will admit that Texas doesn't really give me the Fall I know and love but cooler temperatures and all thing pumpkin, football and holidays, sign me up! Because let's face it, Fall brings with it birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and then the grandest month of all... December. 
 
{FIVE}
Prayers are finally getting answered around these parts and the Mister is on a traveling freeze for the remainder of the year. Obviously this means more Coxy in our lives but let's face it, no more single parenting for this Momma. Now, to pack our weeks/weekends full of family fun. You game JC?

Happy weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's The Little Things

Sometimes, I'm completely amazed by this little person God blessed Mister and I with. With the busy, hustle and bustle of every day life getting in the way, I often find myself taking days with Connor for granite. That's something I'm not proud of or what to make a habit of.

I need to soak up his smile.


I want to always remember how soft and warm his skin is.


He won't always be a little one with bruised knees that need kissed. 


I want to always remember him as the little boy who loved to climb. Who loved to explore. Who made my heart ache with love and admiration. Who knew his Momma treasured photos and memories so he was always willing to "cheese" just one more time. I want to always remember that it's one little thing on top of another and another that make life so beautiful to look back on. 


And at the end of the day, I will continue to give thanks to God for the little things He puts in our lives because it's the every day things that make our life wonderful, blessed and something to always treasure.