Sometimes, Mommin’ Goes Like…

There are times when I have it all together. I take my crew of 3 to Target and stroll like I’m Princess Kate – Latte in hand, well behaved children in tow, life is grand. Then, there are other times… We get done with gymnastics and I have exactly .7 seconds to grab that last minute grocery item before my off spring turn into satan’s spawn and start witching at every customer within earshot that they are HANGRY and need lunch NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

So sometimes, when at Target, I go for the secret weapon: Popcorn.

Haters gonna hate, but on this particular day, mama got her shop on. I also got the larger size of popcorn and threw in some Cheez-Its so this counted AS lunch.

Grand slam.

Mama drop the mic.
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Tuesday Truth:: What sounds fun… Isn’t always {with kids}

In parenting, I’m often times flabbergasted at how quickly the mood can go from Yippee! This is going to be so fun to I hate my life and why did I bring kids into the world? Then, as quickly as the YUCK came along, there is some magical moment by a tiny human to bring sunshine into your world…. Which you know means a storm is lurking on the horizon. Ahhhh, the life of a parent.

What you think: “Sister Slumber party!! YAY!”

Reality: 4 hours past their bedtime, you’ve now NOT watched the movie you planned to with your husband, they’re both giggling, you’ve had 2.5 million conversations with them and you’re ready to gouge your eyes out with a dull pencil and list both of the sisters for sale on your city’s Facebook Swap & Shop site. You know you need to shut this shit down, but it’s brutally exhausting to think of the tears and the tantrums that will ensue.

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What you think: “State Fair, baby!! Bring on the funnel cake. This is going to be SOOOOOOOO fun!”

Reality: Three tiny humans + miles of walking + during nap time + chocolate-covered-sugar-dunked-donut-fudge-on-a-stick-wrapped-in-bacon-with-a-side-of-cotton-candy-and-ice-cream-oh-and-how-about-a-pee-inducing-lemonade-to-wash-that-down.

The shows? You won’t watch them. The friends you are meeting there? You won’t talk to them. The beer tent? They won’t let your kind in. The rides? Just another reason for a tantrum, why bother?? We might need to put this idea back on the shelf for, oh, say… 15 years down the road.

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What you think: “After a busy day, let’s just go out to eat – It’ll be easier than cooking.”

Reality: You just took your shit show on the road. For the world to see. Did you know that it takes TIME to cook meals? And since you’re not the one cooking them, you have a front row seat to the train wreck that is your life. Instead of the kids yelling at you because they’re hungry, they’re now yelling at a restaurant PACKED with people who HATE you.

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What you think: “A professional sports team would be fun! The kids will love it.”

Reality: What toddler wouldn’t love being confined to their seat for hours watching a movie that isn’t animated and they don’t understand? Did you think popcorn would be the bandaid to get you through the “rest of the game?” Well, you played that card in the first inning, and that just made them hungry for nachos (also in the first inning). The hundreds of dollars we spent on these seats is only heartbreaking if you weren’t already heartbroken over your own stupidity in bringing your kids.

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What you think: “My son LOVES basketball and ALWAYS talks about basketball and he said he WANTED to go out for a basketball team… So of COURSE we signed him up. Can’t wait for his first game!! (shriek!)”

Reality: The little f’er won’t leave my side. On our drive to his first practice, he informed me he NEVER liked basketball and he ONLY likes soccer and he WON’T play no matter what. A for honesty, because he held true to his word on this one. He wouldn’t step foot on that court if a pack of wild zombies was chasing him in that direction. He would rather receive a flu shot in his tongue and eat an entire plate of peas covered in cold gravy than play basketball. Or, that is was I can infer based on the fact that his head is shoved up my rear-end on the sidelines. When the coach asked, “Are you ready, bud?” he replied with a grunt of displeasure followed by tears. Shoot me now.

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Who can add to this?? Come on, I know you can relate! Share your stories!

Five Minute Friday:: LISTEN

This year is a life transitional year for me. I recently took a one-year leave from my job to be a Stay-At-Home-Mom (#SAHMInternship). After years of pumping my entire salary (and then some) into daycare to let others raise my children, all the while frantically running around like a crazy person trying to sort out the logistics of the work/ life balance for a salary I didn’t actually keep, we decided a change was necessary.

Not only has this transition allowed me to slow down and focus on my family, but it has allowed our family to slow down and enjoy these moments on earth that we are given. From this, I feel like I have truly LISTENED to my children for the very first time in 7 years.

As I listened, I realized I don’t always like what I am hearing. My three beautiful children are quick to show their tempers. They yell first, are quick to blame others, and use phrases such as, “I don’t have time for this. Move NOW.” and “I can’t deal with this!” and “I have a million things to do and YOU’RE not helping.”

(gasp)

 

(shriek)

 

(cry)

Sure, I could blame it on tv, but I’m pretty sure the Paw Patrol friends nor those flying ponies use these phrases with one another. It’s me. I’m not going to go on some self-loathing diatribe of how I’m a horrible mother. I’m just a mother. I try my best, but when the going gets tough, I don’t always make the best choices. I’ve now learned to slooooooooooooow down and listen. Listen to my kids. Listen to my husband. Listen to the world around me.

Just yesterday, we went on a walk and stopped at a nearby pond to listen to the ducks and the frogs. It was A-mazing!

LISTEN

Please consider joining the Five Minute Friday community and today’s prompt: LISTEN.  All are welcome!

Throwback Thursday ~ Remember To Be a Kid

I recently ran across some writing I did as a high school senior, as a member of my small town school’s newspaper staff. I chuckled at my writing style, my run-on sentences, and my silly mistakes. I also remembered how much I loved to write in those moments, not at all caring about any of the aforementioned problems. I remember being excited to share a story, happy to share my talent with others, and THRILLED to see my words in print.

It’s not every day that I go back through the 1999 archives.  I do, however, periodically scroll through old blog posts. Blogging serves as a scrapbook into my life, a way to record my stories, words and memories from a certain day and time. In some ways, it allows me to reflect on how much I’ve grown. In other ways, it reminds me how far I need to continue growing as a person and the areas that I can focus my energies.

Three short years ago, Mojitos & Munchkins was born. With it, came Real Life Mama Drama, an outlet for me to vent my frustrations and air my dirty laundry, and a way to communicate with those that I don’t see on a daily basis and/or may never get to meet. It opened up a door to a universe I never knew existed. One of my earlier writings was reflecting on the business of life. The everyday chaos of surviving and finding balance amongst the moments and the deadlines and the requirements of our days.

Check out Remember To Be a Kid from my 2014 Archives.

As always, thanks for checking in and visiting me at Mojitos & Munchkins.

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Dear Fall,

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Dear Fall,

As a teacher, you are always met with such a mix of emotions. You make me say goodbye to a summer of blessed opportunity to spend time with my three kiddos. You are a new beginning, a fresh start, and a reunion of family that I have missed over the past few months.

You smell sweet, you feel breezy, you clothe us with warm sweaters and tall boots, you taste like pumpkin spice lattes and warmed hot chocolate, you look brown and earthy yet beautiful and majestic. How can one season come with such a mix of emotions?

love fall. Doesn’t everyone?

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Make Something Monday ~ Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

One of my favorite foodie bloggers is Chungah, over at Damn Delicious. I ran across her site a few years ago and have been powering my way through her recipe drawer, one “Quick & Easy” page at a time. Not only do I respect her ability to use a curse word in her blog title, but I appreciate her ability to make recipes that are DOABLE and MANAGEABLE for the common mom. And if I could think of any phrase to describe me, it would, in fact be: “Common mom.”

This common mom tested the Beef & Broccoli recipe last year. Here is what I knew at the time:

1.) I like Chinese food.

2.) I like dishes that cook themselves in the crock pot while I work.

3.) My kids weren’t overly offended by any of the main ingredients, so why not give it a shot?

After trying out the dish, this is what I learned:

1.) I LOVE Chinese food that is cheap and good…. And I can now be proud to own such ingredients as sesame oil and oyster sauce.

2.) Did I mention I love dishes that cook themselves in the crock pot while I’m at work??

3.) My picky eater went back for seconds… And THIRDS of this dish! SCORE!!! (Also my allergy kiddo can eat this dish with no problems – DOUBLE SCORE!!)

Here it is folks. I hope you enjoy it as much as we continue to!

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Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli Recipe from Damn Delicious