He, She, They, We!

This is who my kid is (he). This is who I am (she). This is who our community is (they). We are all family (we)!

April 16, 2014 2:55 pm

Hard Work

Scenario:  I worked on a Saturday from 8-630 PM (in addition to my 40+ hour work week).  Picked up the kid from Nana and Grandpa’s house…

Me:  Let’s go home and relax. I’m tired!

K:  Me too.

Me:  Um you played at the park and in the Wii and with your DS.

K:  Yeah and that’s hard work.  A lot harder than just sitting at a computer all day.

*Clearly I do nothing by sit at a computer all day!  Geesh!  The life of a 6 year old.

April 9, 2014 4:57 pm

Being a Leader

*Scenario: Getting ready for school on a Monday after having the week off for spring break.

Me:  So, what kind of day are you going to have?

K:  A “good day green” day!

Me:  Yes!  I believe in you!  I know you can do it. 

K:  I know I can too!

Me:  To get “good day green” what do you need to do?

K:  Listen and obey. Sit in my seat.  No lollygagging in the bathroom.  No talking about privates.  No farting.  Doing my own work!

Me:  That’s correct.  There’s no hitting, no kicking, no fighting no biting, no pushing, no shoving.  And what do we do with our hands?  

K:  We keep our hands, our eyes, our tongues, our knees, our elbow, to ourself!!!

Me: YES!!!  What does Mr. Brian say about you?

K:  That I am a leader.

Me:  And being a leader means what?

K:  Setting the example.  Telling the truth no matter what.  Being a good friend.  Cleaning up after myself.  Doing what’s right.

Me:  Exactly.  And I know you can be a great leader.

K:  Mama, can I ask you something?

Me:  Of course, you can always ask me anything.

K:  Why would anyone want to be a leader—it’s a lot to remember.  It’s a lot of pressure. 

Me:  It is a lot of pressure, but…

K:  (cutting me off)  Yeah, um, I don’t think I want to be a leader.  It’s too important of a job and I don’t know if I can handle it.

*and walks out of the room!

** saying to myself, “and there you have it!*

March 6, 2014 8:00 am

Ballareen-ing

Scenario:  We read for about 30 minutes every night.  We have been reading the Ramona series and as we wrap it up, we have gotten to the part where Mrs. Quimby is pregnant and Beazus and Ramona are thinking of names for the baby.  Once Beazus found out what her name means, there is a illustration of her dancing in their living room.

K:  Mama, what is she doing?

Me:  I think she’s dancing.

K:  Actually, I think she’s Ballareen-ing.

Me:  Ballareen-ing? 

K:  Yeah, you know, as in being a beautiful ballerina!

Me:  You just created that word, didn’t you?

K:  Of course I did—that’s how smart I am now that I’m in kindergarten…You can read now.

*My son, the genius.  

March 4, 2014 8:12 am
Mock My Words
Scenario:  K has been have mediocre days at school, so he hasn’t been able to use the iPad for a few weeks.  This past Saturday, I came into my room and found this happening.
Me:  Baby, what are you doing?
K: Leave me alone Mama!  I’m talking to God
Me: About what?
K: About getting my own iPad.  And He’s gonna get it for me.  I just know it.
Me:  Is that right?
K:  Yes, Mama, mock my words… He’s gonna do it.
* Yes Son!  I will “mock” your words!!! I am sure with your faith—He’s gonna do it!  

**So act right at school and you could just borrow mine ya 6 year old!!!

Mock My Words

Scenario:  K has been have mediocre days at school, so he hasn’t been able to use the iPad for a few weeks.  This past Saturday, I came into my room and found this happening.

Me:  Baby, what are you doing?

K: Leave me alone Mama!  I’m talking to God

Me: About what?

K: About getting my own iPad.  And He’s gonna get it for me.  I just know it.

Me:  Is that right?

K:  Yes, Mama, mock my words… He’s gonna do it.

* Yes Son!  I will “mock” your words!!! I am sure with your faith—He’s gonna do it! 

**So act right at school and you could just borrow mine ya 6 year old!!!

February 25, 2014 4:26 pm

Snuggle for 2 more minutes Mama?

Scenario:  I’m in the shower and I hear my little man come into the bathroom.  He’s sitting on the tub and I peek my head out of the shower and ask him if he’s ok.

K:  No!  I don’t feel good.  I think I need to snuggle for just 2 more minutes.

Me:  Ok.  Well, I’m about to get out.  Let me put my pajama’s back on and I will snuggle with you.

K: Ok.  Good.  Hurry Mama!

Me:  (quickly getting back into my dirty pajamas and heading back to my bed)  Hi there Mr.  Come here you!

K:  I just need 2 minutes to snuggle with you Mama!  I know that will make me feel better!

Me:  Ok!  Then come on over here and gimme your hugs and kisses!

K: (After five minutes of just laying on my belly)  I love you Mama!

Me:  I love you too Konjo!

K:  Oooooh! I have to poop!

*And… beautiful Mama and K-man moment is OVER!

February 21, 2014 9:19 am

Other Mama’s—Why Do You Care?!

I am not your typical 40something Mama.  People who know me, know this to be true.  While I pride myself on striving to be a pretty good Mama, I know I’m not perfect and don’t look at other Mom’s in comparison!  We are all just trying to do the best we can with what we’ve got.  However, some of the “seasoned” (AKA, more-than-one-kid) Mama’s at K’s school have opinions/comments/thoughts about my parenting techniques and me.  And, for those of you who have a drop off routine, you know that you see the same group of families around the same time every day.  Our life is no different.  

Here are a few examples:

Some of the rules at K’s school are just strait “stupid”, in my opinion.  I get it—some of them are about safety.  I completely understand!  Still doesn’t make me think they are any less stupid!  When he gets in trouble for breaking them, I want to laugh out loud and stare at them like, “Really?!”  My poker face isn’t very good when it comes to things like this.  While I make him obey them, in my head, I am thinking, “When he can understand this better, I will explain to him that he can’t do it at school, but at home—go for it homie!”  A few Moms’, in particular, have seen my facial expressions and have commented to me that I need to just embrace the rules.  I smile and keep walking but in my head, the thoughts are basically, “Um… no thanks lady.  That’s not how I get down, but thanks for your opinion!”

I wear heels ALL the time.  Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall—this Mama is in heels.  I like them, I feel good in them and they make me feel fabulous!  I feel elongated and slimmer (even when I’m really not).  I feel tall and pretty!  Also, I pay a lot of money to keep my toes nice-looking, so I like to show them.  I like to see them. Hell, there were a lot of years that I was so fat that I couldn’t even see my feet, so now that I can, I’m just happy to see them!  Some of the Mom’s have something to say about this.  EVERY! DANG! DAY! 

My hair and makeup, even when I’m sick, is on point.  Some days I don’t have eye shadow on, but I ALWAYS have mascara and even just some lip-gloss!  A few of the morning mom’s have commented something to the effect of, “WOW, you always get done up!”  I just smile and say thank you, but you know I’m thinking, “Uh, aren’t we on our way to work?  Aren’t we about to start our day?  Your boss/co-workers/husband/significant other may thank you if you used a comb!”

Music.  Music seems to be the one that gets a lot of these Mamas in a huff.  K and I have a routine on the way to school (all ¼ of a mile that it is!).  We listen to music LOUD. It gets us pumped up!  We sing along loudly.  We like it!  It starts our day out on a high note.  My kid loves music and so do I! This morning, one of the regulars (who always has something to say about my clothes, shoes, makeup and music choice) said this morning, “I heard the song you were listening to this morning!  I’m surprised you let him listen to that kind of music!”  I wasn’t gonna say anything, but it was her tone that got me. “What kind of music?”  “Well, it sounds like you let him listen to rap and stuff!  I mean, does it have cuss words in it?”  “I actually don’t let him listen to rap, we listen to hip hop and yes, I do let him listen to that.  I try to eliminate cuss words, but I’m not always successful.  Just like I’m sure most parents aren’t totally successful in NEVER using potty talk around their kids!”  Her response was something to the effect of, “Oh. WOW.  Well, I guess you guys like stuff like that!” 

Oh, sweet, conservative, younger than me mom.  Thank you for the compliment!  Yes, we do like our music loud. Yes we do listen to hip-hop.  Yes, we do sing along.  And yes, we will continue to be fabulous!  It’s all good!

February 14, 2014 8:00 am

Worst Villain Ever—So now I’m the idiot

K: Mama, I bet you can’t guess who is the worst villain ever.

Me:  How bad is this villain?  And is it a boy or a girl?

K:  He’s a boy and he’s VERY bad!!!

Me:  Is it the devil? 

K:  What the heck?!  Who’s the devil?  I was talking about Braniac.  Geesh Mama, do you know anything???

*Clearly not Son!!!

February 12, 2014 10:00 am

Do you know what’s the strongest thing on the earth?

K: Mama, I bet you can’t guess what the strongest thing on the earth is.

Me:  Well, why ask me if you don’t think I can guess.

K:  You have one guess Mama.  Just go ahead!

Me:  Um, is it steel?

K:  Oh Mommy, is that really your answer?  No… It’s love!

Me:  Who told you that?

K:  No one.  I just got it from my brain.  Too bad you didn’t think of it.

*Touche son!