Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Finally Linked

So I finally linked my blog to Facebook. I don't know why I waited so long to do it. Maybe I didn't want to be judged by people I knew? I'd rather strangers read the blog because hey, I'll never have to come face to face with them, right?

Well I'm holding myself accountable. Now I MUST keep up with it because you know, can't keep my fans waiting. ;)

Anyway, hope you like it! P.S. - Don't be too critical and harsh... This is only for fun, stress relief, and a way to clear my head. :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not Just a Stay at Home Mom

I think when you meet a stranger, one of the first questions asked is, "So what do you do?". And my response is always, "I'm a stay at home mom.". And that's when I get "the look". If you're a SAHM you know what it is. The head tilt and nod with an "Ohh, OK.". Almost a look of pity but with a hint of "Thank God I'm not you.".

Let me just say first and foremost, I CHOSE to be a SAHM. Being a SAHM is no joke. It's hard work, but oh so rewarding.
Who wouldn't want to wake up and stay home with these faces?  

And don't think for one second that because you work and bring home money to pay the bills, that you are better than me and my job is not as important.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not super woman. I probably do less housework than some SAHMs that I know.  I let the laundry and dishes sit for an extra day, sometimes two and the floors aren't always clean. But one thing is for sure, my kids always have what they need and I am there for them 100%. As parents, we have the hard job of raising the future of America and if we don't instill good manners and teach them the things they will need to be productive and healthy adults, who will?! You can't rely on the school system and its teachers to do that for you.

As a SAHM, I am able to teach them; and to me, being able to watch what you have taught them, watch all their "firsts" milestones, and just be there as they grow is so important to me.

For instance, every other morning when we drop Alena off at school, we always see grasshoppers sitting along the sidewalk or on the walls of the school. The kids LOVE seeing them and their faces light up as if it's Christmas morning. I take that as an opportunity to teach them. They learned what grasshoppers are and what they do. I now allow an extra five minutes just so they can stop and admire the grasshoppers. I proudly stand there as other parents walk by with their kids giving us funny looks because my kids are on the ground gawking over a bug.
Ok, we're not at school but it's still a moment with grasshoppers. You can't see it, but his face is all smiles.

Things like that are what being "just" a Stay at Home Mom are all about.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Let's Try This Again

Wow. I'm bad at this whole blog thing. Every time I try to sit down and think of something great to write about, my mind draws a blank. So I thought that maybe if I wrote about nothing then I wouldn't feel all this pressure to come up with something witty and profound. hah... We'll see how this goes.

Gabe came home May 25th (YAY) and it's pretty much been go go go since then. We have NO time to sit at home and do nothing. Seriously. The last time we even sat down at the end of the night to watch TV or relax was months ago. And don't get me started on when our last date was. Gabe's job doesn't help either. He takes two trips a month, minimum. He travels around the country training deploying troops how to do the job he was doing in Iraq. He loves it and it pays the bills so I can't complain too much. Unfortunately, he has had three trips this month. I flew home in between two of his trips for my best friend's wedding. I came home on a Monday night and Gabe left the very next morning. To top it off, we're trying to get pregnant so all this traveling and busy-ness is making it really difficult.

I thought it would happen right away, no problem. Well, I was wrong and it SUCKS! We didn't want more than a two year gap between kids and as it's looking now, there will be almost four. :( It's breaking our hearts and causing major stress. People keep telling us to relax, try this, do that, don't do this, blah blah blah!! GRR It doesn't do anything for me when the ones saying it are all PREGNANT, have just had a baby, or even both! They succeed in getting me upset is all that does.

I mean really. Is it too much to ask to be pregnant!?!?

Rant over... I feel better now. (not really)