Thursday, November 14, 2013

Yogurt Bliss

Just reminiscing on a time during motherhood where I made the mistake of giving my then one year old an entire container of yogurt and leaving the room for a minute. She pretty much gave herself a facial. I thought maybe she was old enough to just spoon feed herself the whole thing...uh, what was I thinking?? Hahahaha. I can't help but laugh every time I look at these pictures!!! She was in yogurt heaven. I wish I could've seen exactly what she did when I left the room. Man, motherhood is awesome.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Brilliant Potty Training Idea Right Here

So I'm potty training kid #4. Its going wellllll, ok. Not as splendid as I'd hope but each time you potty-train is typically a nightmare and a half so its to be expected. I've exhausted all efforts. The boy is about 85% there! So we are close but every time he takes two steps forward, he'll take a step back. So yeah, its tough. All you Mamas know it ain't a picnic. And I've learned that each kid is different. They've all "gotten it" differently.

So there's the let em run naked approach. There's the bribery/candy approach. There's the pull up approach. There's the chart/stickers approach. There's the have them sit in front of the tv with the potty in the living room approach. There's that guaranteed-potty-trained-in-3-days-method which isn't doable when you have five kids. Then there is my NEW approach....listen good...

I've been giving him an M&M each time he goes potty. He loves it. All of my kids started off this way and it got them to go...but with his recent steps of regression I've had to take a new approach. Every time he pees in his undies/pull up/floor/whatever isn't a potty...

I EAT AN M&M!(or a few)

And I do it right in front of him! Am I evil?

Some might say yes. But this is how I look at it.
1. I deserve a reward for having to clean up the mess. 
2. It really ticks him off. 
3. I think this is waaay more effective than him just "not getting an M&M." Having to watch me eat it was pretty blood boiling. Hahahaha.

I'll let you know how this pans out...

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Um. Heck yes.

Saw these at the store recently. And of COURSE, I grabbed it. Good ole Sam's Club(I've seen smaller packs at Wal-Mart too). I may never have to eat at Red Lobster again! This is my favorite item there. And I tried them, and yes, they taste just like the restaurant. Score of the week. Food makes me happy. It really does. :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Despicable Me Party Ideas

We recently threw a party for my big girl 12 year old with a "Despicable Me" theme. It was pure awesomeness. For one, I personally adore that movie. One of the most entertaining kids movies that's come out in years! I mean, who doesn't love those darn cute minions?! And it doesn't seem like you can be too old to have that as your theme, so it totally worked. We had about 16 girls over(plus my 5) so it was quite the party! I made minion cupcakes...decorated the lemonade container as a minion..did pics in "the box of shame" (so those three ideas I borrowed from Pinterest, I ain't gonna lie:)...bought grape and banana popcorn balls from the local Mom and Popcorn Company, attached eyes to them so they looked like minions(those were the take home treats/goodie bags)...and my husband decorated yellow water balloons for water balloon volleyball, as, you guessed it, minions :) So, it was minion craziness over here! And I know, this is nuts, but those last two ideas were MINE! ALL MINE! Who-da thunk? I do think sometimes on my own ;) Anyways, I just wanted to share these pics in case any of you out there wanna throw a killah Despicable Me party!! My daughter said it was the best party ever. Oh, and did I mention we rented an giant inflatable water slide? Okay, so maybe that's part of the reason it was a such a great party. It was North Texas.. aka burning inferno. And we don't have a pool. So there you have it. :)

Isn't he dang adorable? If I had more time I would've added the strap for the eye goggles. But I have five kids. So I was impressed with myself for doing this much.

My daughter made the one in the front center. Of course she added the strap and made me look bad! Ha.

My husbands art work...the kids LOVED flinging these bad boys over the net with their towels! Minions were flying all over the place.

The kids thought this was pretty rad.

Some were happy to be shamed...

 Some were sad. Oh, my daughter aka Birthday Girl is dramatic...and goofy like her Mom :) The kids had a LOT of fun taking turns getting their photo taken here. 

I don't have a picture of the popcorn balls darnit. But it was a cute idea I thought. Easy and fun for the kids to take home. If you are throwing a Despicable Me party anytime soon, I hope these ideas(some stolen, some my own:) helped!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Link Party in the house

Did a little link up today..shared my candy cake how-to with the world! Not that I made that thing up or anything, but I think its one of the CUTEST candy cakes I've EVER seen :) Check out this awesome link party! All kinds of fun stuff to be found. . .


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Question of the day

Random I know, but I'm really you fart in front of your kids? Or how about in front of your husband? Lets discuss. And for the record, I do. Loud and proud. LOL. I don't think my kids will ever remember me as a "proper" mother. Too late now I guess...

And I'm sorry but this is too hilarious not to post...and disgusting. I know. I apologize. Poor dude. Poor poor dude.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cuz you had a bad day

As a mom of five, I kinda feel like a pro. NOT. Just this morning I cried on the floor in the middle of trying to get everyone out the door for school. Baby woke up at 5am crying and whining non-stop. So that was my background music to the morning of making breakfast, getting lunches ready, snacks packed, doing three little girls hair. And helping my big boy three year old who is potty training go to the potty:) AND, it is Homecoming Day and in Texas yall..this is serious business. So I'm trying to get my kids all "spirited" out in their school shirts, cute hairbows, and I even indulged my oldest in making her a mum this year(why????? WHY???) Trying to get that thing on this morning was wonderful. As I'm typing this now, my husband is sending me ims asking if I'm okay. Hahaha. He is sweet. Bless his heart. He married a crazy lady ;) He hugged me as I shed a few tears this morning in the middle of it all. I'm thankful for him..even though this week he has been no help because he has been sick, can't blame him, but that contributed to a hard week since he is always so helpful!  Most days are great, fine, dandy. But when you have kids, as everyone knows, there are some ROUGH days. I don't think it matters if you have one kid or ten. Its hard to survive some days. And then throw hormones into the mix and you get plain loveliness. Most days I don't cry over stuff, but man I broke down today. And my kids saw it :( And I had to send them to school after mommy wasn't very nice and was a little weepy. I wish there was a rewind button sometimes. For real. I know we all do.

While thinking about all of this in my mind today and beating myself up, I thought to myself, what could I have done to make this morning better? Here are some of my ideas for the future:

1. Instead of making breakfast, just open up all the cabinets and pantry. Tell them to "have fun with it."
2. Let baby have candy. That typically makes children be quiet...
3. Have 3 year old potty train himself. Check out how-to videos from the library. He will learn just fine.
4. Sit in a corner and eat chocolate. Rock back and forth. Yes, most of these ideas are food-related because we all know sugar fixes everything.

See? Chocolate=Love

5. Stop giving in to the school designated days. Silly sock day. Wacky Wednesday. Camo day. Spirit Day. Lets just be done with this nonsense. I'm going to send my kids in all black next time. In resistance. Who's with me? Together, we can make a difference!!!!!!!!!!!
6. Boycott Mums. Mums are really for the moms! It seems like a contest between the moms to see who can make one bigger and blingier. And then that feeling of competitiveness trickles down to the kids and it becomes this silly comparison game. Do you even know what a mum is? Click here to see the craziness of it all. I had one given to me in highschool by my homecoming date(thats how it started, thats the actual tradition). It has now infiltrated even the elementary schools as a "school pride" thing in our small town. Bah humbug. I think its a little crazy. I had already said I would never give in to the mum madness of Texas(and I was born and raised here!) My 12 year old is in cheer this year and the coach recommended mums for them to wear to the parade earlier this week and on spirit day. She said it was tradition. So I caved. Now I have to make one for my other two daughters when they are in 6th grade to be fair. What have I done?! :) Honestly, I think they are fun to make. And they can be super cute. As long as you don't go crazy...there are some that light up...and some so big kids have to wear backpack straps attached to them to keep them on!

This is not my daughter. Just an example of a mum that just became ridonkulous...she must feel so super special. Lets just hope that thing didn't catch fire.

7. Teach 12 year old to drive. Then she can take the kids to school! Wheeeee.
8. Have husband do the girls hair. Hahaha. I'm sorry I can't even act like that isn't downright hilarious.
9. Meditate, work out for an hour, do an hour of yoga. Then stretch and breathe. All before 6am. Um, no. Who has time for this stuff???
10. Pray (this is the only one that ISN'T a joke! :)

Hope you enjoyed my list. Of course this is just my sense of humor..mixed with bits of truth in there :) If you are having a bad day, just know you are not alone. You aren't a bad mom. Well, maybe you are, I don't actually know you...but you are probably alright ;) Hang in there Mamas!