No phone to call your own?

Well, y’all, I’ve been busy, busy as usual…I had a post in mind to write titled “No Time to Carve a Pumpkin”, but as it turns out, if you don’t have time to carve a pumpkin, then you probably don’t have time to write a blog post, haha!  Since, time change, I wake up at odd hours so I thought I’d jot down a quick post about something I’ve been thinking about the last few days.  Mostly so I will stop thinking about it, but if it helps someone else out by reading it then I guess I will have killed two birds with one stone.  Ok, here it is…Yes, I am attached to my phone!  There I said it…(insert gasp from older generation).  And furthermore…I’m not ashamed about it! (Insert deeper gasp by older generation).  Ok, ok, so what am I talking about here?  The other day in bible study we somehow got on the subject of people (aka younger generation) being addicted to their phones.  My bible study is a wonderful mix of older and younger women all in different stages of their lives.  And, I know we have all learned something from each other.  But, as we were discussing this, I admit, I just kept quiet and kind of laughed to myself.  Why?  Because if you took my phone away from me I would freak out and honestly I don’t see a problem with that.  Why?  Because we live in different times and my phone is a very important tool in my life.  I admit that I have my phone with me from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed.  It sleeps beside me.  Now, mostly because my husband travels and I want to be available to talk to him if he calls at any given time, but also because I use it for everything!  Literally…everything!  I admit there are those occasional times when I use it as an outlet to escape the real world.  Example…if my kids are screaming and being obnoxious, I will zone out and read about everyone else’s life on Facebook for about 5 minutes.  And, maybe that’s not the best idea, but here are all the good things I use my phone for:

-My phone is my alarm clock.

-It is my devotional book.

-It is my Bible (mostly only on Sunday mornings because I figure 2-3 bags and 3 kids is enough to carry in and if God can’t forgive me for reading the scripture on my phone then I can just use the copy on the back of the pew).

-It’s my weather channel.

-Any news I learn is from my phone (because we don’t have live TV).

-I keep my grocery list on my phone.

-It is my calendar and it sends me reminders!

-I shop for groceries and other items from my phone.

-I store coupons on my phone.

-It is my camera and camcorder.

-It is my calculator.

-It is my map.

-It is my radio.

-I read my emails on my phone.

-I pay bills on my phone.

-I deposit checks on my phone.

-I balance my checkbook with my phone.

-I keep recipes on my phone.

-I run my little online store mostly with my phone.

-I scrapbook with my phone.

-I can use my printer from my phone.

-I keep up with my blog through my phone.

-I stay in touch and laugh with my sister-in-law that’s 8 hours away by using my phone to send each other funny videos about taking care of the kids and housework.

-I stay connected to my husband when he’s gone and his kids get to actually see him and talk with him all because of my phone.

So, as you can see…I really use my phone.  Now, I’m writing this because I want the generations to understand each other.  We are not parents walking around like zombies on our phone (well, some might be). Ok “older generation” picture this…if you were back in that young parenting stage of your life and people in your bible study had said “Ok, you’re spending too much time with your tools, it’s a bad example for your kids.  We need you to hand over your:  Alarm clock, devotional, bible, newspaper, television, grocery list, calendar, coupons, camera and camcorder, calculator, all your maps, radio, letters, checkbook and register, recipe book and photo albums and you’re not allowed to communicate with your friends and family…Do you think you would’ve laughed a little to yourself?

So, in conclusion, No, I will not give up my phone and I’m not going to feel guilty for it!  And, I’m going to laugh to myself when the older generation is appalled by that decision, haha!

 

Side note:  None of my writings are meant to offend anyone, so please read this in a very light-hearted, teasing, semi-sarcastic tone!  Thanks!

 

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Pig Says…

Pig just wanted to hop on and say…Happy Fall Y’all!  He wanted to tell  you the other day, on the actual first day of fall, but the weather was just too hot to be in the fall spirit!  Now, that the weather has cooled off a bit and he’s been shopping for pumpkins this morning, he felt better about spreading some “Pumpkin Spice” cheer…

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I wear many hats…well, actually I carry bags

So, I know y’all have heard the saying about a person “wearing many hats”…well I don’t wear hats, but I do carry many bags!  This occurred to me yesterday as I was trying to carry all of our bags from the vehicle back into the house yesterday afternoon.  All days are busy, but a few days of the week are a little bit busier than most.  This picture is a collection of all the bags I have to keep up with on those two days combined.  This picture shows you three backpacks saying that I am a mother to three boys.  I carry them to school, pre-school and Mother’s Day Out.  I carry them to their church activities-Awana and Cubbies.  You can see my Bible implying that I even get a little time to myself to go to my own bibles studies (not that I have time for the homework, which is what I should be doing now instead of blogging).   In the back is my “projects” bag.  It’s large enough for a binder.  Right now I’m in the middle of planning our churches fall festival.  Sometimes it’s a birthday party, or an activity for Awana, or a PTA project like teacher appreciation week.  And, right in the middle is my purse (on the days I’m lucky enough to bring it instead of my huge diaper bag/backpack) reminding me that I’m a woman too not just a mom!  I know that my children are still small and I know there will be a lot more and completely different types of bags in our future.  And, there are many jobs I do that I don’t have a bag to show for it, still I tend to compare my bags to everyone else’s bags…How does this one keep all her bags together?  How do they accomplish so many bags?  Why can’t I seem to keep up with their bags?  What are they thinking about my bags?  Ok, I know that sounds silly, but you get my point…I compare myself to other moms.  I wish I didn’t, but it’s just out there in our face everyday…especially on social media.  Everyone posts their picture perfect moments.  Everybody has an opinion (including me).  Everybody thinks they’ve got it figured out and need to tell you how to do it.  Strangers are judging strangers and posting their business on social media for all the world to judge.  Y’all it horrifies me!  What if someone snapped a picture of me, in one of my less than desirable moments, with one of my children and posted it for everyone to criticize!!! I believe that I can use my blog to encourage other mothers…to be a positive noise in this world of “perfect chaos”.  The irony of it all is, you can think “boy I am one hot mess” comparing yourself to that other mom and the whole time another mom is comparing herself to you saying the same thing!  So, let me just fix this problem for all of us and say…Not one single mom on this planet is perfect!  You’re welcome…so get up, stop reading my opinions (until my next post, haha), grab your bags, and get on your way of doing what you’re suppose to be doing!  Not what everybody else is doing, or what they think you should be doing, or what you think you should be doing…but, what God put you here to do!

Things I Use To Do

Hey y’all…missed me yet?  I know I’ve been slacking on writing on my blog, but they say that distance makes the heart grow fonder…did it work?  In my defense, this summer has been busy with vacations, weddings, projects, and birthday parties!  Seems the older I get, the harder it is to multi-task…Maybe I will get around to sharing some things from my summer with you soon.  Until, then I thought I’d just do a little writing about “Things I used to do”.  My friend tagged me the other day in a memory with this picture.  Yep, I used to make cakes…for fun (insert tone of how was that ever possible).  I tried making a cake for my middle son’s birthday a few months ago, only because it was too late to order one, and fun was not how I would describe it.  Even when I was doing it for fun, I hated my work, it was never “perfect” enough.  I didn’t charge nearly enough for the amount of time I put into them.  Now, when I look back, I think they weren’t so bad.  This particular cake was one of my favorites.  I loved the inside layers with all the different colors!  But, I also think…how did I ever do that?  Do you do that?  Look back on something you did and wonder how in the world you ever accomplished that?  I guess it’s because we all go through different seasons in our lives.  I suppose that’s the way life is supposed to go.  I keep telling myself that I’m going to blink and the house will be empty and I’ll have time for all the hobbies I can stand.  So, I try to savor the daily madness around here.  It’s hard when you’re in the midst of it, I know!  But, this season too shall pass.  I’m sure I’ll look back at pictures one day and think “how in the world did I keep three kids dressed and fed” haha!  Until, that day I’ll just keep on keeping on and try my best not to compare who I am to who others are…we all used to do some awesome things and we are all doing something awesome right now, we just need time to see it from a different perspective to be able to appreciate those things.  So, even though I’m not able to do it all (even though I sometimes feel like everyone else around me is able to) I will know that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing at this time in my life…and so are you!

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Ants in My Mailbox

Yesterday I had ants in my mailbox…I know that in itself isn’t very interesting, but stay with me I do have a point.  Ever have one of those really ironic moments where the only option is to just laugh out loud like a mad person?  I did that yesterday…just burst out into insane laughter because of ants in my mailbox.  Ok y’all, I’m kidding, there’s more to it than that.  This is how the story goes.  I walked out to the mailbox to put a letter in for the mailman to pick up and when I opened the mailbox it was infested with tons of ants and ant eggs (I think that’s what they were carrying anyway).  It shocked me, but not too much because I’m noticing a pattern where this happens occasionally after a good rain.  So, anyway, I sent my husband out to exterminate them as quickly as possible so I could put my letter in the mail before the mailman came by.  You know, I wouldn’t want to have to drive in my air conditioned, over sized, fully loaded SUV to the post office (insert hint of sarcasm).  Well, anyway, he did the deed for me and cleaned them out and put my letter in the box…all was finished!  But then, maybe about an hour or so after, my oldest comes to me with his unopened ant farm he had received for Christmas.  Since, we moved in January we haven’t had time to get to it.  I was really busy yesterday and had already told him no to several things, so I felt compelled to indulge him with this request.  I open it up, find the coupon, order him some ants, and spend $5 on shipping for ANTS!  Well, I didn’t let the cheapskate in me get too upset because had it in my mind that it was probably special ants, breed specifically for ant farms, you know.  I was feeling pretty accomplished to at least get one thing done that he had asked me to do that day, while he was over there sulking because he read where it might take 2-5 weeks to get them.  When I picked it up to read I was surprised to see instructions on how to use ones from your own yard!  So, here I am waiting 2-5 weeks for $5 ants to come in my mailbox when I had a whole mailbox full of free ants already in there that morning (here is where you insert insane laughter)!  You know sometimes we are already provided with the things that we are going to need for that day, but we don’t have the patience to wait and see how we are going to need it or be able to use it.  It’s kind of like that whole making lemonade out of lemons thing…If I had just taken the time to think about it, I probably would’ve remembered the unopened ant farm and could’ve killed two birds with one stone, as they say.  So, I share this only to let you know that you’re not the only one with ironic moments and maybe when you come across a problem you can think back on the ants in my mailbox and see if there is a way to use your dis”ant”vantage (sorry, I couldn’t resist the urge to be corny) to your advantage!

To Sunscreen or Not To Sunscreen…That is the Question!

toxic sunscreen

Lordy y’all…I was stressed out yesterday.  No, it’s not because I’ve been working on a particularly tedious post about decorating my shelves on a budget (stayed tuned).  Or, because I just found out that I finally got a booth in a local flea market (I’ve only been on the waiting list for three years and I just recently let go of a lot of things I could’ve used in it).  Or, because I’m trying to balance those things on top of playing with the family this summer all while maintaining somewhat of a normal routine of housekeeping, cooking, bill paying, etc.  No, it’s none of these things.  It’s because of sunscreen y’all!  Yes…sunscreen is the topic of great contemplation in my world right now.  It’s funny how sometimes you can hear or think about something and then all of the sudden it’s everywhere!  Well, right now mine is about sunscreen.  It all started the other day when I read something on Facebook about how bad spray on sunscreen is for you…Now, all I could think was “great…now that I just bought a double pack for our upcoming beach vacation (insert eye roll)”.  Somehow, every time I think I’m doing good something comes along to tell me I’m not.  I mean really, now sunscreen is killing us?  The alternative is no sunscreen, which they say is killing us also (insert double eye roll).   So, I decided to shrug it off for this summer and just go with it.  After all, I could just focus on the fact that I got a pretty good deal on a double pack with two extra little bottles.  That would at least satisfy the voices in my head that tell me I must bargain shop and get everything as cheaply as I can in order to be a good homemaker, right?  But, I can’t lie, it still nagged at me a little bit as I carried on with my next few days.  So, then  yesterday a Facebook friend posted this awesome post by a mom about, what else…sunscreen!  Basically, she says if you don’t already have anxiety you’re probably going to if you keep listening to all the “advice” we are bombarded with everyday on social media.  She hit the nail on the head!  I have got to stop letting everything get in my head.  I am too much of perfectionist for this!  If you tell me I’m not doing one thing right, I’ll freak out and not do anything right.  Yep, it’s true, I’m an all or nothing kind of gal.  If I think my sunscreen is killing my kids, then I might as well start serving ice cream for supper everyday.  I’m already killing them off with the sunscreen anyway, might as well fix ’em their last meal just incase, right?  I decided to try and forget about it, because she was right.  You can’t focus on everything without going crazy so just do what you can and enjoy your family!  But, hold on, because right after I was done reading this, one of my good friends asked on Facebook if anybody knew where the post was about toxic sunscreen!  I was like…it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere!!!  So, I politely mentioned that I had seen one about the spray on kind and then went about my day.  I unintentionally ignored my phone for awhile, because I was out shopping for stuff for my booth-now that I had already gotten rid of everything I was saving for it (insert eye roll again).  When I looked down, at my phone (ironically while in the same discount store where I had purchased my toxic death spray) I see it is exploding with notifications about people responding to her about…wait for it…SUNSCREEN!  I mean really…you people truly are way better than me and I don’t say that sarcastically!  I wish I had the ability to stay on top of all these little details.  But, for now, I can’t.  That’s the place that I’m at in my life right now, and maybe you are too.  Just know that it’s ok and you are definitely not the only one!  With all this seriousness let me leave you with a little funny…My oldest and I have been watching clips of Tim Hawkins.  One of my favorite is about his childhood and surviving the “bug truck“.  He says his came by once a week, ours came by every evening during the summer!  I’m just believing that if we survived the bug truck then my kids surely can survive a summer of Neutrogena spray on sunscreen!  With all this said, I hope you have a great summer, and if you need me we’ll be the ones sitting over in the shade!

Pig Says…

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Pig wants you to know that some days you feel like you’re going to fly and some days you eat Nutella for lunch…and that’s ok!  Tomorrow is another day, so give yourself a break, take a deep breath, get a little rest and wake up ready to fly!

If you want to read more things that my pig has to say then check out this previous post…This pig’s going to fly.

My Not so “Pin”iful Life…Oh and Chicken Burritos

chicken burritos

Ok y’all…so this post is really more about life than it is chicken burritos, but I thought I’d give you a  twofer.  I love beautiful things, and Pinterest is great, I love all the ideas, but let’s face it…life is mostly not “pin” iful.  Supper is not always rosemary steaks and cauliflower “mashed potatoes”.  Most of the time it’s, well…chicken burritos.  The other day in my post about my flying pig I was all motivated, but this week has really gotten to me with this whole blogging thing.  I am by no means a photographer, which is almost a requirement.  And my life, is by no means very “pin”iful (I mean really, I’m not even sure I remembered to brush my teeth this morning).  I was getting wrapped up in all the glamour of Pinterest, and hoping I could be as awesome as everybody else.  I want my pins to look as glamourous as everyone else’s.  I was feeling motivated.  I was practicing my camera skills, and I use that term loosely because all I have is my camera on my phone.  If I had a good camera I’m sure it would get broken around here anyway.  I was going to attempt a beautiful post with “pin”iful pictures and then…my basement took on a little water.  I had to move everything upstairs as quickly as possible.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am very thankful that I happened upon the water coming in, in time to get my important stuff out and safe, but it had me feeling defeated.  How can I blog, how can I work and learn, how can I have a “pin”iful life when I’m living a real life?  But, this morning I woke up, I decided to adjust my attitude, and I decided to just be real.  Maybe one day I can have beautiful posts and awesome pictures to share on Pinterest, but for now I am just going to share with you my real life…and my real life is chicken burritos.

“Pin”iful Chicken Burritos (This is going to be pretty simple):

-Some chicken (I used 2 chicken breasts because it’s just me and the two boys eating tonight and one doesn’t really eat anyway)

-Taco Seasoning (I make my own homemade version, but honestly if I hadn’t had any already made up then this would have turned into grilled chicken bites)

-Salt to taste

-Toppings of your choice (I had sour cream, cheese (pre-shredded tonight), taco sauce and an avocado

-tortillas

Directions:  Chop up your chicken into bite size pieces throw in your skillet with a little oil, toss in taco seasoning and salt to taste, toss around on medium to medium low until fully cooked.  I always pick the thickest piece of chicken and cut it in half to check and make sure it is cooked through.  I’m guessing you can figure out the rest, but just incase…warm up your tortillas, add chicken and toppings of your choice, fold and eat.  Be sure to snap a couple of pictures on your phone (notice no picture of the actually burrito because that’s about the time things got a little crazy trying to feed everybody and I forgot…so just use your imagination please).  Then throw the pictures together in a collage, add some fancy writing and viola…”pin”iful chicken burritos.  By the way the oldest loved them more than most things I spend hours on and of course, the middle didn’t touch it.

So, now, I want to hear from you…What are your go to, quick and easy, super “pin”iful supper ideas???

 

 

This Pig’s Going to Fly…

I have this cute little pig that I like to write sayings and such on.  Sometimes he gets neglected and has the same old tired “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Birthday” left on him long after expiration.  Sometimes he sits there with a blank slate until I become inspired.  This morning as I walked by this little guy inspiration hit me out of nowhere.  Maybe it’s because of my daily doubt that I can actual stick with blogging.  There is so much too learn and so much I don’t know.  So many people are SO good at it and do it SO well.  Not sure how I can ever compare…why would anybody want to read what I have to say when there are so many better options out there?  But you know what?  Sometimes pigs fly and things that you doubt would ever happen, do happen!  So, if you are feeling a little discouraged about something these days my pig is happy to be sharing this message with you today…

 

An Ephiphany…

Y’all…I had an epiphany!  I was thinking today about this blogging thing…I really enjoy it!  When I actually get around to finishing and publishing a post it makes me feel super accomplished for the day!  Maybe this is what I’ve been missing as my creative outlet.  I mean I’ve tried everything…jewelry making, baking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, redoing/painting furniture, sewing,  cooking, organizing, party planning, floral arranging…the list goes on and on.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy these things and many more, but none make me feel as accomplished afterwards as blogging.  As I mentioned before in one of my previous posts, I wanted to be a stay at home mom and wife.  However, making a career out of all the things I enjoyed wasn’t really much of an option and the only role model I had to look up too in this category was Martha Stewart (one of my biggest dreams in life is to get to design dishware for a big chain store).   But, she was in a category all of her own and I couldn’t have fathomed actually saying “When I grow up I want to be just like Martha Stewart”.  I mean people would’ve laughed at me for sure!  Now, the internet with it’s Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter and Instagram and etc. have created a whole new lifestyle for us.  It’s given people like The Pioneer Woman amazing opportunities.  Basically she is the modern day Martha Stewart (don’t tell Martha I said that).  Blogging has become a new career!  Who would’ve ever thought of such!  I always struggled with what to tell people I wanted to be when I grew up.  It was a question I have hated my whole life.  It’s a question that bothers me even now!  In fact, I spent two years in college trying to pick a major before giving up and dropping out for a little while.  Yes, I knew I wanted to be a housewife and a stay at home mom.  But, I also wanted something a little more.  A way to impact other people with my daily life.  I have never been able to put my finger on it though.  I always thought I couldn’t make up my mind about a career because I liked doing too many different things and I didn’t want to be pinned down to just one career.  My epiphany today was basically this…If you feel that you have a calling and you just can’t seem to figure it out, then just maybe, it’s because it doesn’t exist yet!  If you are a young person who is struggling with this same feeling…a feeling of uncertainty and fear of disappointment from others, just know that this world is changing and evolving everyday and the very thing that you were put on this earth to do, might not even exist yet!  Now, I don’t know for absolute sure that this blogging thing is going to work out for me, but I’m definitely going to give it a shot.  I just think back to that day after I graduated, where I had to stand up in front of everybody at church and say what I was planning to do with my life…what if I had been able to say “One day I want to be a homemaker and a famous blogger…oh and design dishes”!