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How My TV Is Torturing Me. Hint: “Watch Me Whip / Watch Me Nae Nae”

I am being tortured by my television.

In my own house.

Tortured how, you might ask? By “Whipping” and “Nae, Nae’ing”. (Honestly, I’m not even sure what a Nae Nae is – I feel old).

I am sure I am not the only one totally sick of hearing the Silentó song called “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”.

You must have heard this song by now. I actually liked the song for a brief moment. Very brief.

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Photo Courtesy of ABC Television

Then the torture began. How?

First, ABC began using it for a Dancing With The Stars promo, which seems to air on ABC every 10 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it at first. It’s sexy. And catchy. And fun.

I am a loyal Good Morning America, Shark Tank, and ABC Nightly News viewer. Also, Modern Family is a favorite show of mine too. Come to think of it, I may be watching too much TV.

Back to the subject… as fun as the commercial is, watching ABC as often as I watch means I hear “Watch me whip, watch me nae nae. Watch me, watch me, watch me…” all day long.

Honestly, it’s the type of song that only takes one time of hearing it, to be possessed all day long by having it replay in your head. But hearing it over and over began to drive me CRAZY.

IT GETS WORSE

As if ABC airing their promo constantly wasn’t bad enough, to torture me even further, someone at Nickelodeon had the awesome idea of creating their own version of it. FOR KIDS!

While ABC airs their promo of it every 10 minutes, Nickelodeon airs it every 5 minutes. Maybe every 4 minutes. ALL-THE-TIME.

The Nick version is even better than the DWTS one. Instead of professional dancers whipping and nae-nae’ing, it features all the Nick characters “whipping”, “bopping”, and the best part?  Doing “The Wee Wee Dance”. “Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Wee Wee…”. Look, the poor guy really has to wee!

 

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Photo Courtesy Nickelodeon & YouTube

 

Oh yes… they sing that!  Watching Silentó do the “Wee Wee Dance” is awesome.

If you don’t believe me, have a peek here. You can watch the entire Nick “Remix” of it. (I’m even laughing about the fact that they named it a “Remix” and look, SpongeBob has to WEE too!):

 

 

So now my kids are dancing and singing this ANNOYING song all around the house. As if they don’t yell “WATCH ME, WATCH ME, WATCH ME” often enough already. (Every parent out there knows what I mean). Now they are singing it at me!

I’m guilty too though… I caught myself singing it in the shower this morning. Then in the car. Also, while making lunch. At the grocery store. Walking the dog. UGH. The torture won’t stop. I’m possessed.

IT GETS EVEN WORSE!

Worse! Guess what? I am assuming the song wasn’t being aired on TV often ENOUGH because I just saw this BRAND NEW promo for DWTS, starring the one and only Gary Busey.

Please, if you haven’t seen this… watch now! It’s short and I promise you’ll thank me for the chuckle.

 

 

PLEASE MAKE THE TORTURE STOP!

Okay, this concludes my rant. Thanks for listening.

Now I’m off to Whip and Nae Nae. Or maybe just do WEE WEE.

Cindie

 

P.S. By the way, I am aware a great solution would be to just turn off the TV. But then how would I get anything done?  GMA, while I pack the kids’ lunches, SpongeBob for the kids while I cook dinner. Basically, I’m stuck with it. So I have made peace with it. We need the TV.

The good news is that the next annoying song is right around the corner.

 

 

TELL ME:

Which songs ANNOY you?  I’d love to hear so I can sing them all day long in my head again!

Some of my most annoying picks:

“Who Let The Dogs Out”

“What Did The Fox Say”

“I’m Too Sexy”

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

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Selling a House Is No Easy Task For a Parent

Parents have many obstacles to overcome while traveling the crazy road of parenthood. One of my obstacles was when we put our house up for sale.

My obstacle was… my family.

Attempting to move from New Jersey to Connecticut, our first step was to put our NJ house up for sale.  At the time, I had 2 small kids… one was a baby, and the other was a toddler.

I should add that I also had a messy husband, a dog, and a cat.  And a realtor who came over and told me, “It would be great” if I could keep all the doggie nose prints off my window and the toys hidden. Oh and “Don’t be home when someone wants to look at the house”.

That may sound easy, but if you are a parent, you know it’s not.

I did my best to keep the house as neat as I could.

More importantly, I prayed that we would sell the house QUICKLY.

Soon after we listed the house, I received a phone call from my realtor, saying that a prospective buyer wanted to come look at our house… right now. “Is that okay?”, she asked.

Wanting to do everything I could to get our house sold, I answered, “Of course”.

But that was a lie!  It was so NOT okay. Both kids were napping, I was folding 3 baskets of laundry in my pajamas, the breakfast dishes were still out, and there were definitely a lot of doggie nose prints on my windows.

So I immediately went into frantic mom mode. All you moms and dads know that mode well!

I ran around the house hiding all evidence we lived there (as was recommended by our realtor as well).  Thinking back, I’m guessing she didn’t have kids because she clearly didn’t understand what it was like living with them!

kid-sleeping-on-couchI then raced to my toddler’s bedroom where she was sound asleep. I woke her up gently, explaining we had to go out. I brought her downstairs to our living room and plopped her on the couch. She was still half asleep.

I finished straightening up the house, then grabbed my dog and put her in the car. I also quietly picked up the baby, who was still asleep and put him in his car seat.

I checked my watch. The people would be here any minute…

So I lifted up my sleepy daughter from the couch to bring her out to the car, and…

OH NO!

There was a huge wet spot was on the couch.

In the chaos of waking her and putting her in a new spot… she had fallen back asleep and accidentally peed ON THE COUCH.

I can’t remember, but I may have begun to cry at that moment. Or maybe I just laughed loud in a hysterical sort of way.

But then I pulled myself together. I needed to do something.

First of all, it reeked like pee. So I changed my toddler, wiped the spot as best as I could, sprayed air freshener on the couch. Then I put a throw blanket on top of it. I hoped no one coming over would actually SIT on the couch!

Then we left.

Having nowhere to actually go, I drove aimlessly around the neighborhood with both kids who were groggy and crabby because I had woken them up. I drove for the whole very slow, long, hour. Not fun.

After an hour of driving in circles, I went back home. And as I pulled the car in the driveway, my cell phone rang.

It was my realtor… telling me that the prospective buyers had canceled!  No one had come to our house. She said, “I’m sorry, they may come tomorrow”.

So… I had scrambled around… for no reason!

The giant pee stain settled for an hour on my couch…. for no reason!

My kids were miserable… for no reason!

I was miserable… for no reason!

It was a tough lesson learned. But I learned it. From that moment on, I decided my house would remain as “lived-in” as it really was! No more added chaos needed! Babies, dogs, messy husbands and all. Take it or leave it. If you want to come look at my house, you’ll see it as it is.

And guess what? Our house sold in two short weeks. So I guess those doggie nose prints and couches full of pee-pee  and kids’ toys, were actually all okay!

Do you have house buying or selling story to share?

 

 

 

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How Moms Really Feel When Summer Is Over

Summer is over. Maybe not officially over, but at our house, it feels like summer has come to an end since school started this week.

I have mixed feelings about the summer coming to an end.

The good mom inside me feels sad that the endless, sunny days with my kids have come to an end until next summer. We had several fun adventures throughout the summer. We vacationed at a lake, an amusement park and family farm, and also took many day trips. We had beach fun, swimming at our town pool, visiting aquariums, museums, and playgrounds. Each adventure, big or small, included wonderful moments full of memories for years to come. I truly wish I could freeze those moments in time. I am aware of how quickly the time while my kids are young, is slipping away, and I am trying hard to hang onto these days.

On the other hand, I feel… dare I say? A sense of relief. Yes, there, I said it. Relief. A giant sigh may have escaped my lips when the kids drove away on the bus on their first day of school. I may have even said “PHEW, we made it” out-loud.

I am sure I am not the only mom feeling this way when summer ends. Because in-between each memorable, special moment, are another hundred moments of all the other crap! The endless bickering between the kids, the sassy-talking, the disagreements over what we were doing that day, the late nights with the kids awake, oh… and the numerous comments I really didn’t need to hear (while I was trying my best to have a fun summer)…

~ “I’m so BORED”

~ “No, I am NOT going to the pool today” (I know, it’s a tough life when the pool is a bad option of things to do!)

~ “This amusement park is the worst place ever… EVER… EVER!” (said after tickets costing $69 each had just been purchased).

~ “You’re a poopy-head”, “No you’re a poopy-head”, “No, I’m not, you are definitely a poopy-head”. (And me yelling a sentence I never thought I’d say, “THE NEXT PERSON TO SAY POOPY-HEAD GETS PUNISHED!”)

 

Add all of that to a mom who works-from-home, and is trying to juggle her work while her kids are home all summer, plus the mom has a painful foot injury… It equals an end of summer “YIPPEE”.

This perpetually exhausted, sibling-squabbling referee isn’t apologizing for feeling that way either. I love my kids dearly, but too much togetherness is never a good thing. And that goes for every relationship. Time apart is invaluable. Each summer, I am reminded of that again!

So on the first day of school this year, I admit I was a little teary-eyed watching the bus pull away, feeling sad our endless days have come to an end for the year. I was thinking about all the fun we had and wishing it wasn’t over.

But… I will also admit that I might have done a very small, tiny, yet very fun… HAPPY DANCE!

 

Any moms or dads out there feel like I do? I’d love to hear your end of the summer stories. Do you say “PHEW”, or are you sad it’s over?

 

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The Many Definitions of “Mother”

What is the definition of a “Mother”?

Is it a woman who gives birth to a child?

A female parent?

A woman who nurtures, encourages and loves unconditionally?

A woman who adopts a child and raises that child as her own?

A woman who marries into a family with children and raises them with love and guidance?

Yes, those are all definitions of “Mother”, “Mom”, “Mommy”, and “Mama”.

But the word “Mother” has several other meanings.

For instance, here are a couple of my favorite definitions:

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That one is a favorite of mine.

Once you are a mom, you get the honor of experiencing the never-ending public embarrassment that comes along with that title.

Pretty much on a daily basis I find myself hiding my face, slinking out of a store, sweating profusely in humiliation, or apologizing to everyone in sight. The list goes on and on.

Before children can talk, moms’ embarrassment is usually not the kids’ fault. It’s usually due to something like projectile pooping in public or screaming during an entire church service. Something the kids can’t avoid doing.

But once they can talk, the fun, I mean humiliation, increases tenfold.

SOME EXAMPLES

* I’ve had the color of my underwear announced in public.

* One of my kids once pointed to a woman at the library and said, “Oooh, look. She has a baby in her belly”… uh nope, she didn’t.

* One child announced at the grocery store that my boobs are “so fluffy”.

* At a restaurant, my other child asked me loudly whether the waitress was a boy or a girl (I should add it was while the waitress (not waiter), was standing right in front of us taking our order and turning very red).

* Another time, one kid saw a priest in town and asked him why he was wearing his bathrobe outside.

* My favorite… at a clothing store, one of my kids pointed to the lady next to me and said, “Mommy, look how giant her butt is!”.

O-M-G. – I literally ran out of the store that day. AFTER I mouthed “I’m SOOOOO sorry” to the lady with the giant butt (in my child’s defense, it actually was very large).

HANDLING THE HUMILIATION

Never in my life, before I had children, had I been subjected to such feelings of embarrassment on a daily basis. I became scared to go out in public with my kids, for fear of what they would say.

The only thing you can do as a mom is to give it a little time.

I promise it gets easier. Once the kids are old enough to reason with, they do understand the concept of saying things quietly. They also understand about saying only nice things out-loud.

But oh man. There are a few crazy years when whatever they are thinking, just comes pouring out of their mouths. They are full of honesty. They say what they think, whenever they think it. With no filter.

And that is a very tough time for moms.

HOW CAN STRANGERS HELP?

Next time you are somewhere and a kid points at you and says, “Hey, that lady’s hair looks like a bird’s nest!”, or “Mommy, is there a baby in her belly?”, please have sympathy for that kid’s mom! She is dying of embarrassment. Crumbling inside. Have some pity and tell her it’s okay.

She will really appreciate it.

I speak from experience.

THE BEST DEFINITION

All joking aside, the most accurate definition of “Mother” is this one:

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It’s not always an easy title to live up to, but the rewards that come along with the humiliations, are well worth it!

♥ Cindie

 

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5 Places To Avoid Taking Toddlers

Leaving the house with a toddler is a difficult task, only to be undertaken by the bravest of moms.

Pre-baby, mom could just grab her purse and head out the door.

Post-baby, juggling the amount of items needed for a simple trip to the grocery store with a toddler, rivals packing for agty_child_tantrum_nt_130124_wblog week-long vacation. Then comes the realization that a tantrum will likely ensue. Toddlers and meltdowns are synonymous. So even more items are packed to avoid the meltdown.

Going out with a toddler is a pain in the arse, to say the least.

Some excursions are worth the hassle. Others, not so much. Moms learn pretty quickly that it’s often easier to stay home than to make a trek with a toddler.

Of course staying home all the time would drive a lady stir-crazy, so getting out is a necessity for moms.

So DO go out. But choose your destination wisely. Some places should be avoided at all costs.

 

5 PLACES TO NEVER TAKE A TODDLER

1) Public Restrooms – Most adults don’t want to go into a public restroom. Add a crawling, curious toddler, who touches everything and then puts their hands in their mouths, and YUCK.

The worst that can happen is they contract e-Coli. The best case scenario is they yell, “Mommy, I see your butt”, or “Mommy why don’t you sit on the toilet?” (yep, I hover, and yep, they have announced that to everyone in the bathroom).

So trust me, don’t bring your toddler into a public restroom. Instead purchase a portable potty for your car, like the one here. And don’t be afraid to teach them to pee in the great outdoors! That skill will come in handy.

 

2) Chuck E. Cheese – Or any similar kid-themed restaurant / indoor playground.

The number of disgusting germs found on each table at these places would blow your mind. Boogers, spit, poop, and pee.

If that’s not enough to convince you, the noise is deafening. All you will hear is screaming, crying and sugar-induced tantrums.

And let’s not forget – bad food. Restaurants and playgrounds should never be combined.

Trust me, stay away.

 

3) Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel – Or any similar store that has too many glass and breakable items to count.

Kids hate these places because mom has to whisper (between gritted teeth), “DO NOT TOUCH A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G”, the entire time spent here.  Which makes the kids even more curious about what will happen if they accidentally knock over that pretty vase. Or kick the glass lamp. Or throw their snack cup at the candle holders.

Something ultimately gets broken and mom has to slink her way out of the store apologizing profusely to everyone.

So just don’t go. Shop on-line instead.

 

4) Anywhere quiet, such as a museum, art studio, lawyer’s office, movie theater (for a non-kid movie), upscale restaurant, etc.

Similar to the “Do not touch” rule, instructing a toddler to “Be quiet”, is like speaking a foreign language to most children. It’s an impossible concept for them. If you ask them to be quiet, they will inevitably get even louder.

So avoid any place that requires silence. The constant shushing ( “SSSHHHHHHHH!”) will do nothing except raising your own stress level. Not to mention you’ll start sweating when you realize others are staring at your very loud toddler.

It’s not worth it. Get a babysitter when you need to go somewhere not kid-friendly.

 

5) Family Portrait Studio –  Avoid it at all costs.

Instead head to your backyard and take some lovely candid photos in front of your Hydrangea bushes.

Until kids are old enough to fake that perfect “photo-ready smile”, portrait studios turn into a nightmare with mom and dad and photographer, all sweating profusely and jingling toys, yelling, “say cheese”, “look here”, “smile, dammit”.

The resulting photos will show what occurred during the photo shoot. A toddler who was getting yelled at with toys shaken in his face! So you’ll have a nice photo to take home of your child, red-faced and tear-filled eyes, looking miserable. Or you may have this….

Not to mention, the cost is ridiculous. They will convince you to purchase many copies, collages, framed too, all of the horrible photos. Trust me, you’ll buy them because it’s hard to say no to the photographer who looks like he just ran a marathon trying to get your kid to smile.

So avoid this torture. Instead find a pretty setting in your own backyard and click away.

BOTTOM LINE

Moms, don’t be discouraged. There are plenty of amazing places toddlers DO love to go. Places that will not induce panic and flop sweat on your part, and tantrums and meltdowns on theirs. 

So DO get out of the house with your toddlers. Just choose the destination wisely. For everything else, do it on-line.

 

 

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The Countdown To Summer Break

The musical melody of birds chirping woke me up this morning. Such a lovely, peaceful sound.

Just kidding, I’m a mom! I woke up with one dog licking my face, another licking my foot, and my two kids bouncing on top of me like a seesaw, chatting about summer break.

My older child was excitedly explaining the calendar to my younger one. She counted the days on her fingers, and said, “I’m so excited there are only 7 days until school is out for the summer!”

Those words caused squeals of delight. Both my kids jumped up and down, on my belly. “YAY”, they yelled. Endless days… at the beach, the pool, the park, camp, wherever. It doesn’t matter because wherever it is, it isn’t school.

“I can’t wait”, they screamed.

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I clearly remember feeling that same excitement when I was a kid. I imagine most teachers have that same reaction too.

But now that I’m not a kid anymore, or a teacher, I don’t necessarily share the excitement.

School is out for summer, means something completely different to stay-at-home or work-from-home moms everywhere. What emotions did those words elicit from me?

FEAR.

PANIC.

DREAD.

NAUSEA.

OMG!

ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Basically, “Oh Crap… I love my kids dearly, but what will I do with them all summer long?”

While I am partly joking, I am also partly serious! It’s tough to suddenly have togetherness all the time.

When the kiddos finally reach school age, most work-from-home, and stay-at-home moms have a busy daily routine.  Get the kids on the bus, and you are off and running for the day. My day is non-stop while they are at school.

Sometimes my husband questions what I do all day, which pisses me off. I am a freelance marketing manager, and writer. So that means from the minute the bus whisks my kids away, I spend 4-5 hours working. Which leaves 2 hours until the kids get home. Cue my frantic running around… laundry, empty the dishwasher, take out the garbage, pay bills, grocery shop, everything else shop… it’s honestly never-ending. And whatever I don’t get done is saved for the next day. It’s a vicious cycle!sleep

And after I scramble to get as much done as I can, and get home to meet the kids getting off the bus, the truly chaotic part of the day begins.

Sports practice, homework, dinner, reading, bath, bedtime. And don’t forget the hour of “Mommy, I’m not tired, I can’t fall asleep, I’m lonely”, until they FINALLY pass out.

Now, back to that annoying question – what do I actually do all day?  lol.

So what happens when summer comes and the kids are suddenly home all day?

Quick answer? Chaos.

Longer answer? Lots of chaos. Basically I envision refereeing daily sibling fights, while trying to get my work done, with the kids repeatedly telling me they are bored. I can just forget the chores. There won’t be time for those.

So after hearing the summer break countdown conversation this morning, I realized it’s time to plan. Okay, I’m a little late to plan, with only 7 days left of school, but, better late than never!

On my list of URGENT TO-DO’s:

1) Charge all the iPads in the house for the emergency “screen time, mommy needs to cook dinner” times.

2) Immediately host a training seminar for both my kids on how to independently work the TV remotes, as well as DVD players, Apple TV, and the microwave oven.

3) Find a teen to be the one to referee the fighting once in a while, (which means hire a “mother’s helper” to come to my house a few hours each week). Or many hours.

4) Buy a case of wine.

5) Lastly, a more serious idea: While I wouldn’t consider myself a “crafty”mom, I began putting together a board with fun summer activity ideas. When the kids are behaving, they will get rewarded by being able to pick an activity from the board. For instance, a trip to the local zoo, water park, or to the movies. I think this may actually be a good idea!

Please wish me luck. Check back with me in August and see how we did!

 

#SchoolsOutForSummer

 

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Are You Really Wearing That T-Shirt In Public?

While waiting in line at Dunkin’ Donuts, my daughter pointed to the man in front of us. In a louder-than-needed voice which all kids love to use, when they should be whispering, she said…

MommyGot Ticks? Why would anyone ask that? Who’s got ticks? Do I have ticks? Do you have ticks?”  tshirt

The man in front of us, who obviously works at a tick spraying company, was wearing a t-shirt that actually said “Got Ticks?” I couldn’t help but laugh.

Some t-shirts are silly and cute. Others are just ridiculous.

As I shushed my daughter, I realized this fell into the ridiculous t-shirt category. But the poor guy probably had no choice about wearing it. I’m sure his boss laughed hilariously when he designed them for his employees. And I’m also sure it wasn’t the first time he had someone yell “GOT TICKS?” at him.

Still, I smiled and apologized. (Repeatedly saying sorry for the embarrassing, and often loud commentary that spews out of our kids’ mouths, is a mandatory job requirement for every mom).

But it did get me thinking about t-shirts people actually wear… in public. I’ve seen some crazy t-shirts, especially at places like Wal-Mart, The Dollar Store, and the DMV. It inspired me to gather some funny and ridiculous t-shirt pics I’ve spotted, simply to add a giggle to your day.

These pictures will also help you feel great about what you are wearing. I guarantee your outfit today is much more stylish than any of these!

 

TOP 10 “I Can’t Believe You Are Wearing That T-Shirt” Photos:

1). He does have a point…

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2). Well, good for you. I’m not sure you need to share the news with everyone though…

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3). Sadly, I’m starting to feel like this too…

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4). Stay away from this guy…

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5). Stay even farther away from this guy…

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6). These couples must shop at the same store!

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7).  I’m pretty sure the shirt is VERY, VERY old…

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Photo courtesy imgur.com

 

8). I love her confidence…

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9). Yikes!

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10). This one made me laugh. I promise you, I am not blogging while on the toilet!

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Last but not least, this is one t-shirt I WILL be purchasing soon. In case I get lost, I want to be returned to the right location!

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~Cindie xo

#DailyDoseOfFunny

 

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A Mom’s Message To Daniel Tiger

Damn you Daniel Tiger.

Yes, you are cute.

Yes, you teach good lessons to my son.

And yes, I love you much more than SpongeBob.

But damn you for singing one song a hundred times in each episode. I end up with that song stuck in my head… all day long.

My son likes to watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood when he eats his breakfast, which is usually while I am busy getting the kids ready for school. But I hear it. Oh, I hear it. The same song, over and over. Bright and early each morning.

Then for the next 16 hours or so, I hum them. Over and over. And over and over.

Here is today’s catchy little ditty…

“There are potties everywhere
Potties for us to share
So if you gotta go, no matter where you are
There’s a potty not too far.

When you have to go potty
STOP
And go right away
Flush and Wash and be on your way”

 

You can listen to it on iTunes here if you want to drive yourself crazy today. I recommend you don’t!

Or if you see happen to see me at the grocery store today, I’ll be the one singing this as I shop.

I have one side note about this particular song: while I like that they are teaching to FLUSH and WASH (something my son, and sometimes my husband, both need a refresher course on!), I have one complaint about it – what about wiping?  They forgot that! Gross.

So to the very sweet and helpful Daniel Tiger,Fred_Rogers_and_Daniel_Tiger

While I love that you are so cute. And even better, I love that your series was inspired by the original “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”, and his very own Daniel Striped Tiger puppet. (I grew up watching Mister Rogers, and even had the honor of having Fred Rogers himself give my college commencement speech. I loved him).

I would like to formerly request that maybe you sing the jingle, oh, say 50 times in each episode, instead of 100!

Thanks Daniel!

~ Cindie xo

 

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“OMG, That’s Like So Last Year!”

MOMENTS THAT MAKE ME LAUGH

My kids and I were driving to visit family this weekend when I saw a sign that said “Giant Tag Sale Today”. I love a good tag sale. Whatever you call it… garage sale, yard sale, lawn sale, estate sale (I know, those are slightly creepy), rummage sale, moving sale, or flea market. Tag-SaleOther people’s junk may be my next great treasure! I love browsing at them.

So I asked my kids if they wanted to take a detour and stop at that giant tag sale. Not surprisingly they haven’t yet discovered my love for rummaging, and they both quickly yelled “NO!”

Then my daughter said, and I am quoting…

 

“Tag sales are like SO last year! Nowadays if you want to sell something, just post it on Facebook”.

 

She’s eight years old!

“SO last year”?

I had a good laugh. Then I wondered where my little not-yet tween, has learned lingo like “SO last year”? Teen Nick? Victorious? Jessie? Dog With A Blog? (yes, that is actually a show!).

She’s right, by the way. I buy and sell lots of stuff on my local Facebook Tag Sales pages. It’s awesome! You can browse on the comfort of your couch. So, not only is she a sassy 8-year-old, she’s pretty smart too.

Bigger than that funny moment though, is that I realized that she is growing up faster than I thought possible. I know if I blink, she will be heading to her prom tomorrow. But I want her to stay young for longer. I’d still have her in pig-tails and lady-bug dresses, if I could! But I know that’s not realistic. Time flies and there’s nothing I can do to slow it down. Instead I can just try to notice and treasure each moment as they happen. And laugh-out-loud about them.

Oh, and did I mention she just got her first pair of dangly earrings? And she asked me today if she could color her hair PINK with Kool-Aid.

Yep, I’m in trouble!

~Cindie xo

 

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LAUGHTER LIFE MISCELLANEOUS PARENTHOOD

Recovering From A Day Of Daddy Being In Charge

The day after Mother’s Day is sort of like New Year’s Day in my house. It’s a day to recover. Why? Daddy was in charge for the day.

All in all, I had a fabulous Mother’s Day. I am extremely grateful I was able to sleep in, and thanks to this “Do Not Disturb” sign, no one bothered me.

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My special “Do Not Disturb” sign

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The Monster

Eventually, a little monster, who clearly can’t read, crashed through the door, tackled me and woke me up. Doggie kisses weren’t a bad way to be awoken though.

I was then greeted with a delicious cup of tea, made with love, by my cute 8-year-old daughter. Served to me in bed!

She told me she knows I like things “sweet”, so she added 9 teaspoons of sugars. She was so proud she made it on her own, the look on her face was priceless. So yes, I drank it. And I told her it was delicious. And no, I didn’t secretly pour some down the toilet. I would never do that.

I was also treated to DELICIOUS mixed berry, mascarpone crepes that my husband and kids made from scratch. They were AMAZING.

Crepes!

Crepes!

 

The day was fun. The weather was gorgeous. I played with the kids outside most of the day. Snuggling in the hammock was probably my favorite part.

Anytime the kids started to argue, I gave them a little mommy guilt and said, “Don’t make mommy mad on Mother’s Day!” And for the most part, they listened.

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Throughout the day, I was told repeatedly not to do any cleaning. “No chores for Mommy on Mother’s Day.” So I didn’t.

Big mistake!

My house now looks like we had a frat party over the weekend.

I’m currently scrubbing dried blueberry syrup off the walls. The counters are sticky. The floors have muddy dog prints. The kids’ clothes, socks, and undies, are strewn in a trail down the hallway. Half-filled juice cups are all over the house. Crumbs everywhere. I’m not sure anyone flushed the toilets yesterday either.

I should probably confess now that I a mom who likes things clean. And in some sort of order. Don’t confuse that with me “liking” to clean, or “enjoying” cleaning the house. Because I don’t! At all! But I do like the house to be neat.

So as you can guess, the day-after dilemma drove me crazy in past years. Is getting one day off, really worth having to deal with the mess the next day?

I have to admit that for a couple of years, I didn’t think so. A couple of those years, I woke up on Mother’s Day Monday, grumbling about me being the only one who cleans, while I scrubbed the mess.

And one year, I even decided to ignore the “Don’t do chores today Mommy” advice, and I just kept right on doing all the cleaning, on Mother’s Day. But that sucked because I lost out on spending the whole day with my love bugs that year.

Arguing with my husband about it, does no good. I have accepted the fact that he is just a messy guy. I am not sure he even notices the mess. But he does cook a mean crepe! So I’ve realized it’s a tradeoff.

And I have learned to embrace the mess a little more. I have realized those precious moments with my little ones are much more important than cleaning. If I had spent time straightening up yesterday, I would’ve missed the snuggle time on the hammock. And our campfire with smores.

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But now if you’ll excuse me, I have dishes to do. LOL.

~Cindie xo

 

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