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Over at Catholicmom.com we celebrate at least three small successes every week.

This week has been insane. We have a baptism, birthday, and Thanksgiving crammed into a week. There are other things within that span of time too, but trying to take it one thing at a time.

My small successes/things to be thankful for:

1. Yesterday morning felt like a parenting fail. We had a huge meltdown from our oldest. It could have been handled better, but we survived. After nap time, a cool down time we all needed, he got his sticker book and I started baking. I looked over at him and asked if he wanted me to help him. He said yes and I stopped my baking mid way through tossing ingredients into the bowl. We spoke calmly of earlier and discussed on what to do next time if there is a next time.

2. My amazing hubby found my wedding ring. Recently, we upgraded and I still had some baby weight when we got sized. Now the ring spins like crazy and can fling off without notice. Our oldest had CRE last night and we grocery shop while he is there. After we picked him up, I noticed my finger felt naked. I looked down and my ring was gone. I prayed and kept saying, “it is only a thing.” We went back to the store, scoured the parking lot, dug through the wet bag with a poopy diaper…no luck. We got home and GamerDad decided to check maybe one place that I didn’t look. There it was, wedged between the boys’ seats!

3. That even after all the madness (I haven’t even mentioned half of it) of yesterday, it was calm and full of love when we got home. There were tons of bear hugs, kisses, and snuggles.

4. It is also great that I remembered a few saints to call upon yesterday, still calling on a couple of them today. St Anthony had many praises yesterday as well as St Monica. Today, I will still give St Monica a ring as well as St Christopher.

God bless!

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Squee!

Forgive me ahead of time if I absent on here for a couple of weeks. My mom, step-dad, and Grampa will be here this weekend through Thanksgiving! I am cleaning like we are prepping to move, baking and freezing things ahead of time, and getting other stuff ready for their arrival.

While they are here we have Little Miss’ baptism, three birthdays to celebrate, and Thanksgiving itself. I know darn well that my mother and I will be getting crafty.

Just send up some prayers on the baptism please. My family is not Catholic and last time the topic of us being Catholic did not go over so well. My step-dad is cool with it, mom and Grampa, not so much. However, they wanted to be here for the “blessing” (they keep calling it that and it drives me nuts). Yes, I have corrected that term a few times and I keep getting “blessing” from them.

On an unrelated note, our wee daughter was filmed rolling over today!

God bless!

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Ginjii nominated me once more for the Sunshine Blog Award. The rules are to answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you, nominate 11 other bloggers, and write 11 questions for the nominees. Being that I am between functions for the day, if you want to have fun with it, link your blog post answering my 11 questions for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Questions for me:

1. Whoโ€™s your favorite actor? (Say Zac Efron. SAY IT!!) I am a Depp fan and Nicolas Cage fan.

2. Whatโ€™s your favorite Disney movie? Gak! As a kid I loved Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King. Now that my kiddos watch them, Beauty and the Beast is the front runner because Belle is intelligent and did not settle for the first fella who chased her.

3. Can you dance? No, I can haphazardly slow dance with my husband. I am tall, long legged, and have ginormous feet. All of this paired with nearly zero coordination…yeah, it isn’t pretty. Think Ally from Disney’s Austin and Ally.

4. Do you like wearing hats? No, and here is photographic evidence as to why I do not like wearing hats:

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GamerDad and I do not look good in hats, but WildThing2 can totally rock that fedora!

5. Do you have any nicknames? Several. Skittles, DD, and many others. Most were given to me in HS and college and have to deal with the size of my tatas. ๐Ÿ˜›

6. Does might make right? Brains before brawn, I say!

7. What are your thoughts on body glitter? I was a user in Junior High. It was the age of The Spice Girls and fairy puke was -everywhere-. I even had a roll on thing of body glitter. It needs to be abolished. It clings to all the things.

8. Your deepest darkest fear? Spiders…I appreciate their purpose, but they will die in my house.

9. What makes you swoon? My husband’s scent. I steal a sweater that I make him wear before he has to pop off like every military member does at one point or another. I will sleep with that sweater every night that he is away. There is a Scentsy bar that smells like him too.

10. The most prominent truth in your life?
I love being a mom!

11. What are the lyrics to your favorite song?
I am a big Eagles fan. Hotel California:
On a dark, desert highway, cool wind in my hair.
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! ”

Your questions, should you choose to participate:

1. What is the silliest thing you have ever done?

2. Why do you blog?

3. What is most important to you in life?

4. What is your favorite childhood memory?

5. Are you a lover or a fighter?

6. Are you a gamer (DnD, PC, platform, or CCG count in my book)?

7. What do you do to relax?

8. Do you have pets aka furbabies?

9. Country or city life?

10. Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening person?

11. What is your favorite candy?

God bless!

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Boys…

Scene: Living Room couch after a 30 minute fit from Wild Thing 1 about Cub Scouts. TV is on and playing Cheaper by the Dozen. All kids are present, GamerDad is at Cub Scouts without WT1 as he decided to goof off instead of get ready.

WT1: (picks nose, inspects it, and eats boogers)
Me: “WT1, please stop picking your nose and eating it!”
WT1: “What?! It’s snack time.”
Me: (facepalm)

God bless!

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Small Success

I am a day behind here, but I was invited to participate last night and am getting to it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Every Thursday on Catholicmom.com they celebrate small successes over the last week. You have to have at least three.

People all over social media are saying what they are thankful for each day as it is nearly Thanksgiving. Yes, I participate every year. I see the Small Success bit as holding me accountable all year long.

Being an Army wife, there have been countless seminars on “hunting the good stuff.” That means finding the good in an otherwise rotten situation. Or, like Ma Ingalls was often quoted as saying in The Little House books, “even with the bad there is at least a small gain.”

Here’s my list for the week:

1. Baby growth spurt equals more snuggly time.

2. A friend let me borrow Danny Silk’s book and I changed my parenting style as a result.

3. GamerDad got home rather late from work yesterday. I could have been mad, but I was thankful he wasn’t deployed, at least he was home.

4. As a result of #2, a lot of my “to-do” list is complete.

5. The bins of pre-pregnancy clothes are finally sorted and put away (summer stuff in the shed and fall/winter hung up in my closet).

6. WildThing1 totally melted my heart on Sunday. He is usually a fidgety mess in our front row location (his choice, we used to be third row folks). At the “Peace be with you,” he went not just to our local rows, but beelined it for some Knights of Columbus and a few other respected members of our parish. GamerDad and I were unsure what to do. I saw smiles all over the parish and started tearing up, hubby beamed with pride. It reminded me of the popular photo of the little boy around Pope Francis last week.

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I just read Danny Silk’s “Loving our kids on Purpose.” It is a fantastic book! Every parent needs to read it and implement it into their lives.

When I was a kid yelling, spanking, and threats were the norm. Guess what I started doing a couple of years ago? Yeah, not a fan of that repetitive cycle. It hurt me to the core.

This book explains that we must control ourselves, stop trying to control our kids but love them. Instead of yelling, etc, give them a choice.

A great one I loved from the book is, “you can go to bed or you can sweep the porch.” Kid then does chore. Parent asks, “tired yet?” Kid nods head and goes to bed.

Well, tried that on my six year old. He cleaned the dining table, swept the dining room floor, organized my Tupperware, picked up the play room, and cleaned his bathroom (Thank you God, he saw what swaying his hips does when he pees!). So that trick didn’t quite work out so well.

There were other instances where the choices worked and it helped. It only got hairy when Lil Miss was screaming her head off and WT1&2 were as loud as could be. I just kept rocking in the glider with LM in my arms. Meanwhile, GamerDad had just gotten home after a very long day at work and totally unaware of the new method. Needless to say, new rules and the book are on his side of the bed so we can discuss it.

It all boils down to the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Do you like to be threatened, yelled at, or hit? Why is it legal in some states to spank a child but with adults it equals jail time? Our children are our future. Maybe if we treat them with respect, they will do the same to others.

God bless!

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Nursing in Public

I used to be a covered nurser. With kiddo number 3, I really just do not care. No, I do care. My breasts have a natural function now and that is to feed my daughter. It does not mean I am going to pop my entire breast out, but it’ll be there enough for my daughter to get a proper latch.

Before she was born, I was told I would get grief at church for not covering. Hasn’t happened. This past weekend I have NIPed a lot! At a parade, church, barber shop, and beauty salon while getting my hair cut (trimmed). At all these places, minus church I was either asked if I would like to be “shielded” or help with a blanket to cover. I politely declined and fed my daughter comfortably. Sure, it felt weird to nurse in a room full of male members of our Armed Forces, but a mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do!

There has only been one time that I kinda covered up and that was at my husband’s outdoor re-enlistment ceremony. That was only because it was frigid that morning and I wanted my tatas warm. I just haphazardly tossed a blanket over top of my breast and not over my daughter’s head too.

Breastfeeding is not a sexual thing. It should not have to be hidden away. It is natural!

Celebrities can go around with very little clothing and get praised, yet nursing mothers who have on more clothes get ridiculed. Hmm, is it because they aren’t being used in a sexual manner that makes it so “wrong” in our society. It isn’t a “prude American” thing either. I was asked to nurse in a bathroom in Germany before. I settled for a fitting room instead.

Be brave, go NIP however you and your baby are comfortable. Mine don’t like covers and I hate trying to find my breast and peer under to ensure a proper latch.
P.S. Look up the NIPL (nursing in public league) on normalizing breastfeeding.

God bless!

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