Announcing!

 

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I am so excited to announce some great news!  A few months ago a few of my good girlfriends and I decided to start a group blog!  It’s called How I Met These Mothers and we have been live for a few weeks now.  Our goal is to show that no two Moms are the same, and although we may have similar parenting styles or beliefs, we each our following our own path.  So please go over to our blog and check us out!  We would love your feedback and your follow!

 

 

 

Not afraid to admit it

My top 3 Guilty Pleasures I am not ashamed to admit to and I have no plan on stopping anytime soon!

Reality TV, I don’t even remember what TV was like before this existed and I don’t ever want to go back!  I am a reality TV fanatic.  I look forward to watching my Housewives like I miss my friends, like I’m worried about their well being!  I want to watch you try and sing, burn some food, and miserably attempt at falling in love. 

Wine, Oh how I love thee!  For me, an ideal evening is lounging on my couch, watching a good movie (or reality TV), and sipping on a glass of wine with the girls monitors buzzing in the background. 

Retail Therapy, This is something I do not get to indulge in as I would like BUT that also makes it even better when I can!

We all have our guilty pleasures, what are yours?

 

Some unsolicited advice

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I always knew that one I was blessed enough to become a Mom I would also take on the role of being a SAHM.  I never really put much thought into the how’s and why’s, I just knew it was how it had to be.  After the birth of Corinne the starts aligned in my favor and I was able to stay home full time with her.  The transition has been rough at times but the rewards are obvious and it is something that I love and feel honored I am able to do.

I remember many times feeling guilty when Josh was leaving for work and I was laying on the couch with our beautiful baby sleeping on my chest, or on cold, rainy days when I had the luxury of staying inside nice and warm and he did not.  But like everything else in life there is a balance and all aspects have to be considered.  There are the days when she would be extremely fussy and difficult to console and he would be walking out the door while she was screaming, or when you finally think you are able to take a shower and your peacefully sleeping baby wakes up screaming!  Yeah, it’s not all naps on the couch and play dates.

The right to vote

As a Mom I am always trying to make sure I teach my Girls right from wrong, how to treat others, how they should be treated, and what’s truly important in life.  For me personally, I feel like this is my job, I owe it to them as someone who brought them into this world, and it is not something I take lightly.  On a lighter note, I truly enjoy this part of parenting and all of the fun that it brings to our day to day lives.

As we all know this past November was our most recent Presidential Election.  At this point the girls are too young to understand politics and the workings of our Government, but Corinne does understand rules and the concept of who’s in charge.  Josh is very involved in day to day politics and as a family we followed this election closely.  When watching news coverage or discussing poll ratings at the dinner table we would receive  the usual question from Corinne, “Whatcha talking bout Mommy?”! We would explain to her that we were talking about the President which she would then ask who that was (lovely toddler conversations) and we would tell her Obama, he is our President now.  To me it’s important to teach the girls who our President is, regardless of my opinion of him or her, and then at some point in the future explain to them the difference between Republicans and Democrats and the voting process!

The days leading up to Election Day I repeatedly talked about how we were all going to go and vote for our President.  I explained the process with much enthusiasm and made sure I always finished my story with a promise of a sticker at the end.  Needless to say, this little Mommy was very excited for Election Day!  The actual voting process with the girls was a blast!  We went to our local high school that we are designated to and luckily there were no lines!  Which as a Mom to two young girls was great, but as an American citizen was concerning to me.  The previous election the lines were out the doors and we had a long wait.  I was worried that people weren’t getting out and voting like they should.  We literally walked right in, verified our identities and walked right up to a booth.  Now this was my 2nd point of disappointment.  Growing up I always went to the Town Hall and voted with my Mom.  The voting booths were the old fashioned ones were you had to pull the curtain closed with this big handle, you voted by pushing down a metal lever and when you opened the curtain again it entered your votes and reset the machine.  It was like a giant typewriter!  These new booths paled  in comparison with the excitement factor.  They were student desks with a partition for privacy.  To vote we just marked some circles on a piece of paper and done, boring!

I did manage to take some pictures as we exercised our Constitutional rights!  Pretty sure you’re not supposed to but what the hay!

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After we “voted”  we came to my 3rd disappointment when we realized that we were NOT going to get the I Voted Stickers!  I still can not get over this, I felt cheated all day!  I wanted to write the date on the back and save them for the girls, oh well.  The experience was had, lessons were learned, and memories were made.  We were even able to get a Family picture at the end of it all.  Of course the woman that I asked to take our picture was not smartphone handy, so the picture is a tad blurry!

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Been gone for way too long!

Oh my goodness, where to begin!  Since my last post so much has happened and changed that it’s going to take a bit to get caught up.  I’ve really missed blogging which is very surprising to me because I was never into writing and I have never felt that I am very good at it.  What I have discovered, is that blogging is not only an outlet for me to share my thoughts, my experiences, and aspects of my life, but it also has become a way for me to push myself to grow.  2012 was a year full of growth, positive changes and lessons. I have grown so much as a mother, wife, daughter, and friend in the last year. 

I’m going to keep this post short so I say good night to everyone and Happy New Year!Image