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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spouse Sweetness

My husband and I had an especially romantic evening this week.

My boys conked out early in the night, but I finally made enough mean mommy threats to get Evie (5) and Dani (7) to stay in their beds.   All was blissfully quiet.

About half an hour later, Husband and I were both leisurely relaxing in our adjustable bed, working side-by-side on our laptops, just across the hall from our girls' bedroom.  That's what we call date night.

I'm not usually a songstress, but something overcame me and I broke into a little ditty.

"Start spreading the news!  I'm leaving today!"  

Husband joined in.  I don't like to brag, but it was quite a spectacular performance.

I grabbed a bowl of cereal and brought it back to bed.  I noticed Husband seemed to be the tiniest bit irritated by my cereal serenade, but I continued with my mostly inconspicuous chomping.

My better half then pressed the vibrating button for his side of the bed, in his attempt to dilute my crunching noises.  It makes this terrible "jjjjjjjj" noise and shakes the whole house!

Teasingly, but dead seriously, I made my complaint known, "Nooooo!  Turn it off!  You're so mean!  Why do you test me so!?!" To which my husband replied with a victorious, "Ah-hah!  I'll turn it off, if you take your chomping into the other room."


I punched him and tried to grapple the remote from his devious little mitts.

But then!  It occurred to me that one of my girls could still be awake.  They may not understand that we were teasing.  Only, I really wasn't teasing.  I was mad, which makes it worse!

I stated loudly, "Oh dearest, I was only teasing.  You are a most wonderful husband and I love you."

Husband gave me a look that only many years of togetherness can muster.

I continued, "And also, don't we just have the best kids?   I can tell that Dani is really trying to be nice lately.  And Evie is doing so well in school."

Husband catches on, "They're asleep."

"You don't know that.  Hey kids, is anyone awake!?!"

"I'm awake" says Dani. "I heard everything and you guys are the best singers."

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Working on my spouse sweetness, even when my kids aren't listening.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Heated Debate: One more?

I have some shocking news!  Sometimes, occasionally, OK--quite often, my husband and I disagree.  I know! I can't believe it either!  You'd think he would just go along with all of my wise ideas and plans for our future.

Our latest disagreement is one we both feel very passionate about--more children!

I'm visiting a blog friend today.  Janette from The Johanson Journey is creative and hysterical and someone you should get to know.  She's taking a little break with her new sweet baby, so I am over there pleading my baby case!

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Convincing my husband of my great wisdom. 
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Mother Daughter Moments

I love my seven-year-old daughter.  She's fun and smart and talented and a bit DRAMATIC.  So, when I got a call from her school a couple weeks ago, I was skeptical:

School Lady
Your daughter wants you to take her home.  She's sick.

Does she actually seem sick?

School Lady
I'll let you talk to her.

Hi, Mommy.  I'm really sick. I need to go home.

Are you sure?

Yes, I'm so sick.

Where does it hurt?

Well, I have a headache.

You have a headache? (She has a lot of headaches.)  Did something else happen at school that you're upset about?

No. I just don't feel good.  Also, my throat hurts.

Uh-huh.  Well, I'm not really sure.  I--

Interrupting School Lady

I'll come in, but I can't right now.  I have to drop my other daughter off for kindergarten in half an hour and I'll check on her then. 

I dropped Evie off and grudgingly lugged Dax and Mase inside.  Dani was lying in the nurses room, sound asleep.  I felt her head and neck.  She was burning up!  Oh no.  I am the worst mom!

It turns out my daughter had the stomach flu.  Thankfully, it only lasted a little over a day.  As a reward for my initial lack of empathy, Dani gave me a gift.  I came down with the same headache/stomach flu a few days later and even had a relapse just last week.  Lesson learned!

As a bonus, I thought I'd share an additional mother/daughter moment from this past Saturday.

Mom!  You look pregnant. 

I'm not.

But you look pregnant.

Dani, you really shouldn't say that to people.  It's not nice.

I would never say that to people.  Just to you.

(Awww.  I'm special.)

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Cutting back on my ice cream consumption.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011


Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Encouraging brotherly kindness. 

Enjoy your weekend!

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