Sunday, June 30, 2013

Parents of the Year

I don't know what reminded me of this story but I thought I'd share it. It's the story of when Sean and I were parents of the year.

Emily was about 3. She was sweet and innocent and excited about everything the world had to offer.

We took her to a place called Storybook Gardens. It's a little park, obviously with a storybook theme.

I'll be honest, besides the climber and the little splash pad I don't remember much about the place.

Throughout the park there are character statues.  One in particular was a frog with a crown on his head (the Frog Prince, duh!)

It is, in fact, this very statue.

Emily was having a lot of fun, running around, looking at everything, climbing on statues and having a grand old time.

We pointed out the Frog Prince statue to her and said she should go up and say hi to it.

Emily, in all her cuteness ran up to the frog prince statue, stood right in front of him and smiled, the biggest, sweetest, most innocent 3 year old smile you ever saw.

And then we discovered that the Frog Prince was a sprinkler because out of his mouth shot a stream of water - right into Emily's face.

And yet, while Emily sputtered and cried, Sean and I doubled over, laughing. Hysterically. To the point that other parents with their children were looking at us, and judging us as we laughed at our child rather than comforting her .

10 years later I can't think of this visit to Storybook Gardens without laughing - hard. I can still see Emily's sweet face, smiling up at that frog, so innocent and pure and then getting a face full of water. The shock on her face was priceless.

Not to worry dear readers. Emily is not scarred. Well, at least not by the actual Frog Prince incident. Sean and I still laughing at her.....well, she may need therapy for that one day.

****No, in fact, I know she's going to need therapy. I just called her in to see the picture of the Frog Prince that I found. I asked her if she recognized it and Sean squirted her in the face with a water bottle for good measure.

Definitely parents of the year!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.....

No, it's not Christmas.

It's summer vacation!

School is out and I started the first official day of my summer holidays with a massage and facial. I can only imagine what the girl thought of me. In the two hours I was there I think I feel asleep and jolted away about 15 times. Heavenly.

So, how am I going to spend my summer vacay you ask? Well, I'm going to go to Florida. I've never been and I'm looking forward to sweltering in the heat.

And I'm getting a boob job. Yep, you heard me. A new boob. I've got my surgery date booked and I'm scared as hell but I'm also excited at the prospect of having cleavage again. It's going to be a long road, 2 or 3 surgeries in total but I'm going to have a boob again. I can't wait!!

I'm getting a new tattoo. It's my survivor tattoo. I'll show you when I get it.

And I'm going to spend a lot of time with my feet up, relaxing, not stressing and enjoying my family and friends.

I LOVE summer vacation.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

30 Things - #18

I just realized that I've never finished this. I don't like to leave things unfinished. So here we go.

To find out what this is all about click here.

#18 -What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?

This is a hard one to answer. Most thing don't really bother me a whole lot. I get bent out of shape for a while but I get over things pretty quickly, life is too short to hold grudges.

I don't think it's any one thing in particular but I think I find it hard to forgive others who can't let go of grudges.

Sounds totally hypocritical doesn't it?

I just mean when people hang on to hurt or pain or anger it makes it hard for everyone else involved to move on. There is nothing that has ever happened in my life that I've not been able to move on from - without anger and without a grudge. I am forgiving because frankly, it's just to hard not to. I don't want to be miserable. I want to be happy and free and I find that in forgiveness.

But when the past gets rehashed and other people can't forgive or move on it keeps everyone involved stick in that rut too.

Monday, June 10, 2013

What's for Snack?

At the beginning of the school year I wrote a post called What's for lunch?   I talked about my inferiority at the school lunch game.  I have three kids, a full time job, responsibilities...and while I would love nothing more than to cut my kids sandwiches into dinosaurs and make elaborate snacks with fruit the simple fact is I choose to overdo it in other venues  (you'll find out all about that when you see the cakes I'm making for Emily's graduation and my class's graduation.)

Here's the thing. I try not to judge other parents. To each his own - I'll raise my kids, you raise yours. But after spending 9 months feeding my own children and seeing what the kids in my class bring for snacks and lunches, I can't just say nothing.

Picture this in a typical child's lunch bag.

Bologna sandwich for lunch, sugary drink, chocolate, gummy candy, a cereal bar and an orange.
I'll get you'll never guess which of these items, for 90% of the kids out there will come home uneaten (or thrown out at school so Mom doesn't know it wasn't eaten)
And of those foods which one do you think will be eaten last (besides the offending fruit)  Probably the bologna sandwich. Why? Because what kid would chose a bologna sandwich over a hunk of chocolate, a sweet cereal bar and gummy candies. Not many that I know.
I see this kind of thing in kids lunches every single day.
What's worse is I see kids lunches that look like this.

I'm not really sure which of these was supposed to be the 'lunch' food. The yogurt tube?
Here's the thing. I understand that kids are kids. Most of them, if given a choice are going to choose Oreos over apples everyday and twice on Sunday. Shit, I would too if I wasn't already tipping the scale.
We all know that kids need a balanced diet to stay healthy and moreso they need this balanced diet throughout the day to keep their minds sharp for school.
It's been proven that sugar does not make kids hyper.  I agree, it doesn't. But it does make them fat. It does cause tooth decay, it does set them up for healthy problems down the road and it does fill them with empty calories rather than the nutrient rich food they need to grow and develop properly.
Remember the movie Field of Dreams....."If you build it, they will come."
If you send it, they will eat it.
So don't send the crap.  Johnny isn't going to eat 6 Oreo cookies instead of his apple if you don't send the Oreos! Susie isn't going to drink 3 sugar filled juice boxes if you send her a bottle of water instead.
And guess what else, they won't trade their friends for shitty junk food because I can promise you - Freddie isn't going to trade his Fruit Roll Up for Johnny's apple.  And in the long run, Johnny will be better off for it.
I wish parents would stop for a second when packing their child's lunch and think not about what their child wants but what their child NEEDS. That is their job as the parent.
I had two parents this year complain to me that their child was coming home with their lunches still in their bags, uneaten. I told them point blank why that was. No child is going to eat lukewarm spaghetti or a cheese sandwich over fruit loops in a Ziploc bag or gummy bears. So send your child a nutritious lunch and two (yeah TWO - not five) healthy snacks. Fruits, veggies, yogurt....
My kids have been bringing this type of this all year long for lunch. I'm sure they've begrudged me. I'm sure my 13 year old has talked trash about me, moaned and bitched. I'm sure my 10 year old has wished she had chocolate pudding too. I'm sure my 5 year old wonders why his friends are bringing chocolate chip cookies and he's got sugar snap peas.
And my answer is this. I am your parent. I am responsible for keeping you healthy and strong because you are not yet mature or reliable enough to do so yourself. And until you are - I will continue to send you apples and carrots with water for snacks. And you'll eat it because there are no alternatives in your lunch bag.
And after you've come home and had your well rounded supper you will then indulge in a bowl of ice cream or some potato chips. Because I want you to be healthy - but I'm not a monster.