Friday, May 26, 2017

Sugar in Boots and Poop on Floors

I finally have my computer hooked up! But... I can't find my mouse... I think I prefer hooking my keyboard into my cell phone if I don't have a mouse for the computer. What a pain! #firstworldproblems
First, a NC update: Tomorrow my aunt and uncle are coming to visit, along with their son and his new fiancee. I can't wait! This is our third visit from family and friends since our move, which makes being so far away from all of them a little bit easier. I don't miss them any less, but when I do get to see someone from home, the distance between us makes the visit so much better than it used to be when we would see each other on a regular basis. I believe I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. And being away from your loved ones makes you appreciate them so much more.
So today I want to ask all of you a question, even though--let's be honest--not a single one of you are going to comment in the section below (it's okay--sort of--I still appreciate your readership). So my question is this: What are some of the most memorable crazy/silly/unbelievable things your children (or nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc.) have said or done?
Just yesterday, Noah, who's two and a half (30 months if you prefer that kind of thing), dumped Stevia into my husband's work boots. Kevin didn't think it was very funny, until I realized Noah also sweetened my rain boots, as well. Then it was all-around hilarious.
At bedtime, Noah came into my room as I was reading a book (Gone Girl, which I highly recommend!) and said, "Mama, my diaper off me" (we're still in the potty-training process). I asked him why and he responded, "I pooped in my bed." Why? "Cuz."
Thankfully when I went into his room I found easy-to-clean-up "turds," if you will, on the floor and not in his bed. We then had the "you need to go poop on the potty, not on the floor" talk before I got him a new diaper and put him back in bed.
Noah has colored on the walls (which I can honestly and thankfully say Sebastian had never done), unraveled entire toilet paper rolls, colored on cabinets with permanent marker, rubbed Desitin all over his lips and eyes, and then some.
When Sebastian was about two years old, he decided to do something "nice" for mommy. We were playing together outside one warm, sunny day and I realized my phone wasn't on the table where I left it. "Sebastian, where's mommy's phone?" His reply? "I washed it for you, mama!" And there it was. Inside his watering can. Which was also full of water. "Why, thank you, hunny."
Another time he walked outside onto our deck and peed right off the side. "I'm watering your flowers, mama."
When he was a bit older, he "drew mama a picture." On the side of my Jeep. With a rock.
Another time he was playing and called one of his toys a douche. I gave him "the look" and his eyes got wide and he quickly stammered, "No, mama! It means bag!" Of course I had to turn away and stifle my laughter, and explain that it did not mean bag. And then try to mind the words that came out of my trucker mouth (sorry to disappoint, but I do curse!) a bit better.
The other day he actually told me to "Talk to the hand!" I was in shock. How does my seven-year-old son even know that phrase?! I guess some things just carry on from one generation to the next, unfortunately. As long as he doesn't start saying "As if" or "Like, totally!" I think I may be okay. I hope.
The things my children say and do are not always appropriate and sometimes it's hard to contain my laughter. I do explain to them that they need to make better choices, watch their mouths, never do that again, etc. But depending on the issue, I usually end up walking into another room and smiling, thinking to myself, "You're gonna miss this."
So feel free to share your memories! I'd love to read them and share a smile or a laugh! Comment below or share your stories in the comments on my Facebook page,

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In the Realm of Dreams

I'm here again. In my grandmother's house. And nothing has changed.
Plastic "rugs" cover the hallway carpet. Light pink. Brand new after my grandfather passed away. There are pictures of my cousins and me all over the living room; on top of the old fashined radio, the TV stand, the floor. The grandfather clock still sits in the corner, reminding me that time stops for no one. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. The pendulum swings on.
The rotary phone still hangs on the wall. My grandmother's powder jar still sits on the bathroom vanity. My aunt's room is still decorated exactly the same. Trolls cover almost every inch of her dresser, a rainbow of wild fuzzy hair and gemstone belly buttons.
My grandmother's rooms looks exactly the way it did the last time I slept there. And I miss her.
Have you ever had a dream so vivid, so real that you can almost feel as though someone is there with you, even though they aren't present in the dream? I've been dreaming of my grandmother's house so often lately. Something different happens each time, but the setting is always the same. My grandparents' home. One of the places in which I grew up.
My grandmother is never there, but I can feel her. As I walk from room to room I can picture her there. Baking in the kitchen. Putting on lipstick in the powder room, just outside the bathroom. Taking a nap in my aunt's bed. Putting a load of laundry in the washer, filling the room with the scent of Tide. I can see her in the garage, getting a box of Klondike bars from the chest freezer. Eating dinner at the table, telling us all to talk less and eat more.
And then I'm a little girl, lying next to her in her bed, her hand in mine. And she's brushing the tips of her fingers over my fingernails. And I miss her. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Love Writing. And BBQ.

**Sorry for any typos in advance. Phone is too dead to proofread!

While walking through the electronics department at a local store today, I passed a few keyboards and immediately a thought hit me. Pow! Hook your keyboard into your phone so it's easier to blog! Boom! Needless to say, that's what I'm doing right now and I am wayyy more excited than I probably should be. But hell, I really do enjoy writing and anything that's going to help me do that more often is worth getting excited about!
So, in keeping with the theme of how I love writing (please excuse any typos, as my one- and two-year-old also seem to be enjoying the keyboard), I must say that I am in love with having pen pals! I exchange letters with my friends Kim and Julia, my brother, my nana, and I recently ordered a bunch of postcards so I can keep in touch with my niece and little cousins back home. I hope they enjoy sending and receiving letters and postcards as much as I do!
The only thing that drives me nuts with this letter-writing business is Kim's refusal to tell me anything over the phone. She'll shoot me a text or call me up and say, "You're not gonne believe this! So-and-So just robbed a bank and shot someone, but I can't tell you who, when, why or how because I'm saving it for my next letter." Whaaaaat?! It's like watching your favorite show on cable and being left with a cliffhanger, knowing that you have to wait an entire week to find out who got shot during the robbery. But that's what makes it great all at the same time. See, Kim, I still love you even when you drive me mad with suspense! Suspense is one of the things that keeps me checking the mailbox severeal times a day. That and LuLaRoe orders!
Writing letters (my font is showing up smaller... I hope it doesn't publish like that) isn't even as enjoyable for me as reading those I receive. I get to paint this picture of what's going in in the life of the writer. And I am forced to listen. Really, truly listen. Sometimes I have a habit of interjecting my own thoughts and opinions too much, that I don't ever get to enjoy the whole story. But when I read a letter, that all changes. I don't get a chance to "speak" until it's my turn. No interuppting, no changing the subject. I shutup, I listen, and I enjoy. Hmmm... Perhaps my husband could learn a thing or two if he and I started exchanging letters!
I also feel that I have become much closer with both Kim and Julia since we started writing to each other. Kim and I have been close for quite some time, but writing has given us the opportunity to be a little sappy, if you will. "Thank you so much for being such a great friend." "I'm so glad God brought you into my life." "I am proud of you." Of course Kim and I have shared words of appreciation before we began writing, but it wasn't as often. Now, almost every letter ends, and sometimes begins, with gratitude for the other. You know the old cliche, "absence makes the heart grow fonder."
As for Julia, I feel that she opens up to me more in her letters than she had in person, which may have something to do with me being her manager in the past, which was really the only time we talked in person! But still, when someone goes out of their way to keep in touch with you, and then they begin opening up to you, it makes you feel... warm and fuzzy, for lack of a better explanation! ;)
Well, as "warm and fuzzy" as letters make me feel, I am beyound excited to see Kim IN THE FLESH this Saturday!! Not only will I get to see her for the first time since February, but this will also be her first competiton that I will be attending! And I'm not going to lie, I am also hoping she takes pity on my taste buds and brings me some of her delicious Carolina sauce and pork barbecue. No! It does NOT matter that I live in North Carolina. I want barbecue from Little Creek Bar-B-Cue. Yes, it is "real" barbecue. And it is delicious. If you haven't been there, you're missing out. You won't be sorry.