Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Mom's Letter to Santa

I don't know who wrote this. A friend forwarded it in an email to me several years ago. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!



Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:
I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.

It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always,
MOM

P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.


Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I am thankful for...

On Facebook, several friends and I have taken on a challenge to think of one thing we are thankful for each day form 11/10/2009 to Thanksgiving on 11/26/2009 and post it as our status. Here is my list. Happy Thanksgiving!

11/10/2009--Today, I am thankful for my precious little boys.

11/11/2009--Today, I am thankful for the quality time that I got to spend with my great-grandmother and that she got to enjoy time with one of my children. I lost her 12/27/2005 and she has been on my mind so much today, because today would have been her 98th birthday.

11/12/2009--Today, I am thankful that I know Jesus as my Lord and Savior and that I have been so abundantly blessed that I can't decide what I am thankful for each day because I have so much to choose from.

11/13/2009--Today, I am thankful for my wonderful husband! We have been so blessed in the 12 years that we've been married.

11/14/2009--Today, I am thankful for my awesome friends who listen to my frustrations and problems and pray over me when times get tough. I am overwhelmed by their love and support.

11/15/2009--Today, I am thankful that I have been able to be a stay-at-home parent to my children since I became a mother and for a husband who has worked really hard to enable me to do that. I wouldn't trade the time I've been able to devote to our boys for anything in the world.

11/16/2009--Today, I am thankful that I am able to homeschool my children. It is such a privilege and a blessing to watch them grow and learn new things everyday.

11/17/2009--Today, I am thankful for Drs. Caspi and Pettitt at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. On 2/5/03, they performed open heart surgery on my nearly 2 year old baby to repair an atrial septal defect. I literally put my life in their hands that day, and I'm grateful for every day I've had with him to watch him grow and prosper.

11/18/2009--Today, I am thankful for our home and for being a homeowner. I moved a lot when I was little and considered my grandparents house to be my home base. That was so comforting for me and I love knowing that our kids have a home base that they can count on.

11/19/2009--Today, I am thankful for the honor and privilege of being a mother to my amazing boys and wishing my sweet baby A a very happy first birthday today!

11/20/2009--Today, I am thankful that Barry has a good job that allows him to support his family with hours that give him an opportunity to spend time with us. Today is one year from the day that he met with them to accept the job, ending a nearly three month lay-off.

11/21/2009--Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

11/22/2009--Today, I am thankful that my family and Barry's family get along so well and that we can have everyone together. Not everyone can say that their families and their in-laws not along get along but enjoy each other's company. I think it's a blessing to be able to have our families together.

11/23/2009--Today, I am thankful that Barry and I still have our parents. Several of our friends have lost one or both parents already and I feel like we are blessed to still have ours.

11/24/2009--Today, I am thankful for a cup of hot coffee and the few minutes of me time I get when Lil B seemingly reads my thoughts and entertains his little brothers. He's such a good boy!

11/25/2009--Day 16 of my THANKFUL posts--Today, I am thankful for the little things we take for granted everyday.

11/26/2009--Today, I am thankful for family and friends, life and love, traditions and new memories and all the blessings that are too numerous to list here, but for which I am thankful. Happy Thanksgiving and have a blessed day!

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quote of the day per my 8 year old son--"I don't know why people are so worried about being weird. I'm a little weird and I'm a huge success."

I just love that kid! What a wise soul!

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Friday, October 23, 2009

Irrational Fears

As is the custom in virtually every home in America, and dare I say the world, with children if one gets sick you can best your sweet bippy that every other child is going to get sick. It's the rule. It's right up there with the Laws of Physics. If you don't believe me, ask any other parent.
Well, this household has had it this week. I feel like I probably brought this down upon our heads because of my somewhat braggadocios proclamation that one of the reasons I was soooo glad we had decided to homeschool was because our children wouldn't bring home every filthy, rotten, nasty, disgusting, putrid, creepy-crawly, germ and bug that crawled through the school. I'm fairly certain that was all of the adjectives that I used. Stupid Mommy. Anyway, A first...fever and no other symptoms. Then Lil B...fever and a slight congested cough. Now, C fever and snot puke. If you aren't a parent you may be saying, "What? Gross!" and I concur. Of all the gross things you must deal with as a parent (and the list is so long) for me this is Kryptonite. I must stifle the urge to gag along with him. So far, I've been successful! Thumbs up for Mommy!
At this point, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Self? Jen titled this blog 'Irrational Fears' and she hasn't gotten to that yet." And you would be right. Here's where the irrational fear comes in. Fever and vomit and caused by something. They're bad enough together, but at least you can narrow the field down. Just fever? Just vomit? Why? What's causing it? And the answer to this is that I don't know. My children have contracted some nastiness and I don't know what. The irrational fear is that it's something horrid. Fortunately for the sanity of the residents of this home, I'm also pragmatic enough to know that three kids with virtually the same symptoms, two of which are on the mend, have caught something most probably fairly mundane.
C also has this cyst on the back of his knee. His regular doctor diagnosed it as a Baker's cyst and referred us to a clinic that specializes in orthopedics. That appointment is Monday. Shall I even delve into the irrational fear that they are wrong and that it's a tumor? I didn't think so. If fevers and vomit worry me then I think you know what this is doing to my psyche.
Speaking of irrational fears...Lil B has one. He has an irrational fear that every bump that mars his skin is a spider bite. We aren't sure why he feels like that.
I guess the conclusion is that it's important to know that everyone is afraid of something. Some are less rational than others but I think as long we are able to put our fears in the proper perspective then we'll all be okay.
Oh, and don't brag.

Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Pink Lady Cake!

My first tiered cake! Talk about a "Nervous Nelly" with this one! But it was adorable and they were thrilled. It was white cake then covered in a bright pink marshmallow fondant.

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Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's Corn!

This was for my brother's girlfriend. The girl loves corn! She'd eat it at every meal if she could. An ode to corn...just for Dana!

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Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Alabama Cake!

My dad is a huge Alabama fan (Roll Tide!) and this was his birthday cake. It was also my first attempt at using fondant. Inside was marble cake. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!

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Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy

Friday, July 17, 2009

Purse Cake!

The purse cake I made for my sister. Chocolate cake with chocolate filling and icing. Yum!

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Peace,
Jen
AKA The Mommy