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That’s it!  I am out of here….no cooking, no cleaning, no nose-wiping, no quarrel-stopping, no “please share with your brother”, no “please stop hitting your sister”, no bargaining to get the little ones to eat, no 2 hour trips to Target because I have to stop to clean up spilled lemonade or put all the toys back on the shelves, no winter coats, no snow.

At least for 5 days.

Oh bliss, oh joy, oh happy day….

Wait a minute….no angel girl hugs, no sweet baby boy kisses, no “night-night mommy”, no “mommy hold me”, no dress up, no ‘FAMILY HUGS’, no nighttime stories.

Wow….I’m going to miss them.  I’m blessed to know they will be in good hands…hands that will love and protect them while I am gone.

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Let’s be honest….the mere mention of the word ‘Extraordinary’ takes your brain in so many different directions.  “Extraordinary” can mean ‘amazing’, ‘unbelievable’, ‘wonderful’…..but for me, it is just about doing or be ‘extra’.

It is my goal to bring the ‘extra’ into my life as a mommy, as a wife, as a friend…..as a woman.  I want to go above and beyond what is expected of me.  I want to put effort into living an extraordinary life.

I created www.ExtraordinaryMommy.com in the hopes of reminding Mommys that the work they do every day with their children is EXTRAORDINARY.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all felt INSPIRED by the effort we put into family, love and life?

Whether you work or stay at home….your love for your family is extraordinary. Getting up in the middle of the night with a crying child is extraordinary. Taking your child to soccer practice and then ballet class is extraordinary.  Helping with homework is extraodinary.  Stopping what you are doing to explain why the sky is blue…that is extraordinary. Balancing work and your family is extraordinary.  Figuring out how to stay home when you are used to working is extraordinary. Loving with all your might is extraordinary. Putting others in front of yourself….well, that is EXTRAORDINARY.

Extraordinary Inspiration…that’s my goal.  Today, we are up and at ’em early.  The babies didn’t sleep well…so that means, neither did I, but….I am confident, today will be Extraordinary.

Happy Tuesday!

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I’m sure you have had one of these days before too. 

You know….how you procratinate, despite having a long ‘to-do’ list.  That’s me right now.  I have work to do, but instead of doing the work, I’m blogging about NOT doing it.

My head is a stormy sea of thoughts and emotions.  My intentions were good…really, they were!  I started working, but my son didn’t want to sleep and my daughter is sick…so, I was needed.  Then my daughter fell asleep, but my son was still awake.  I turned off the lights in the bedroom and left him curled in my husband’s arms saying, “night, night mommy…wats baketbaw game (watch basketball game)”.  Of course, it was only about 5 minutes until the pitter-patter of little feet came down the hall saying, “See dis mommy….daddy seeping.”  Sure enough, Daddy was sleeping and Cooper WAS NOT.

My fourth trip upstairs was successful.  Coop is out.  But my brain is not in the work game.

Should I write?  Should I do another page for the website? Should I search for new article topics for the website?  Should I keep blogging?  Do you feel my dilemna?

Ok…ok…back to work I go.

Happy Monday!

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I decided to eat out tonight with my toddlers.  Without my husband.

Am I crazy?  Maybe.  Did we make our waitress crazy?  You bet.

Just beacuse you hand my kids crayons when we walk in, don’t expect them to sit silently, nursing their inner baby-Picasso.

They are still going to demand lemonade, forget to say please, yell hello to EVERY OTHER CHILD IN THE RESTAURANT, beg for ice cream and give the occasional high five to the passing manager.

It is hard to find restaurants that actually WANT me and my sweet babies to take a table.  Having a kids menu doesn’t mean that the wait staff isn’t drawing straws in the back to avoid coming to my table.

The good news is…my little ones actually behaved for me tonight.  It was, in fact, delightful…well, except for the energetic screaming.  I swear.

Maybe we will head out again tomorrow 🙂

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Yep…I figured it out.  I am addicted to sunshine.  Not in a slathering-baby-oil-on-my-body kind of way, but in a true-oh-my-gosh-it-makes-me-feel-warm-and-fuzzy-on-the-inside kind of way!

 Yesterday I found myself struggling to understand my unexplainable lethargy.  I wasn’t sure WHY I was so crabby, but you can bet I was.  I really wanted to lie down on my bed all day.  Those feelings are especially annoying when there isn’t a ’cause’.  I really don’t have anything to complain about.  I have 2 beautiful, healthy children.  I love my husband.  I have supportive, inspiring friends.  I have a roof over my head and food on our table.  I love the work I do to inspire moms.  And, in the midst of my crabbiness, I kept reminding myself of all the goodness in my life.  And, yet…the crabby wouldn’t go away.

A very wise friend suggested I relax and allow myself to feel the tired and crabby emotions I couldn’t seem to avoid.  So, I did.

And today dawned bright and sunny.  I feel energized.  I feel peaceful.  I feel motivated.  I am happy.

Crazy that it can be so simple.  Amazing that I feel like a different person.  Silly to feel so connected to something so basic.  But there it is.

I am waiting with baited breath for the temperatures to start their upward climb, but until that starts, I will settle for a little sunshine.  I will let my addiction be known.  I will smile as I say, “Sunshine, you have made my day!”

 Thank you, Sunshine, for bringing me simple joy…for making me feel like a better Mommy and woman.

I am going to seek out all of the simple things in life that bring me this same level of peace and joy!

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“Walk Away”….two beautiful words one mom uses to encourage her toddler to make a good decision.

This is tremendous in my mind…since I’m certain I have been bitten (and hard) by the ‘No’ bug lately. “No hitting, no standing on the couch, no throwing toys, no climbing on the dining room table, no stealing toys from your little brother!”

Clearly I have spent a little too much time cooped up inside with my kids!  Tragically, “no” is the first word coming to mind…and therefore it is out of my mouth before I know it.

At least it was until I learned to “walk away”.  I love this phrase because there is no yelling involved.  I love it because it teaches my children to make their own decisions.  I love it because it doesn’t sound obnoxious when it is repeated by my 1 1/2 year old.  I love it because it rolls off my toungue peacefully..no aggression involved.

Thank you friend, for breaking what has felt like a ‘bad-mommy’ cycle.  Thank you for encouraging me to walk away.

So…now, you can walk away.  And you are reminded that your best parenting resource is likely a phone call or playdate away.  I will continue to seek the advice of wise, extraordinary mommys I talk to every day!

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Ok…so, maybe I’m new to the whole forum business, but it was definitley a surprise to head to the ExtraordinaryMommy forum late last night only to find a whole slew of porn.  Yep…porn on my sweet Mommy site.  Not quite what I was expecting. 

Hit me with crazy kid stories.  Ask the parenting question that is keeping you up at night.  Share the secret to getting your toddler to stop biting, or to say thank you.  But, please…..oh please, keep your yuck to yourself!

Initially I was excited by the new posts….for the 30 seconds until it registered that the new stuff was oh-so-very-unwelcome!!  And then, of course, the random job offers and vitamin selling started!  Knock it off!!!!

After a panic attack, I figured out how to delete the junk and then spent the better part of the past 24 hours working with the site that supports the forum to keep it from happening again.  At least as much as possible!  Yeah for support!

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