Monday, February 17, 2014

10 THINGS MOMS DO WHEN ALL ALONE


1.      Retreat to their bedroom closet with a bag of cookies so they don’t have to share.

2.      Pick up the spoon their toddler just dropped on the kitchen floor and give it right back. Five second rule.

3.      Curse under their breath when they get up 3:47 a.m. and trek down the hall to the nursery just to put the pacifier back into the baby’s mouth.

4.      Fetch the mail or morning paper in such ratty, deplorable loungewear that others would have to see to believe.

5.      Double-dip the spoon in the peanut butter jar, the kids’ macaroni and cheese, or whatever it is that we need to eat at the moment.

6.      Hide their child’s most annoying toy.

7.      Cry.

8.      Try on a flattering outfit and floss in front of the mirror. 

9.      Sing. Loudly. And not just in the shower or the car.

And this one is a given…

10.   Snoop.*

*I certainly don’t pass judgment on those who sleuth around on their spouse or significant others. (Hey, if you think something’s up, you do what you gotta do.) But in this instance, I’m talking about going through your children’s things. While there’s no need for me to do it now, trust me, when Scotty and Kennedy hit the teen years, I am going to be all up in their beeswax.




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23 comments:

  1. Thanks so much! It's always an honor and you very much deserve the award!!! Congrats!

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    1. Good Morning, D’Sheka! And thank you very much -- we ALL deserve this award! We pour our heart and souls into our blogs -- and we don't need an award, of course, but they sure are nice! ;-)

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  2. Aw, I love your engagement story -- such sentiment, even in just that one sentence :) And number 2 on your mom list made me laugh because I SWORE I wouldn't ever do that (ew, gross) and, yet, I can't tell you how many times I already have and my daughter's only 9 months old. Ha!

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    1. Sara! Thank you for commenting! We really are kindred spirits, you know. lol I SO hemmed and hawed about whether I should include that in this list...but the whole point of this list was to be real and not sugar coat. But I'm 100% with you: It's not like I set out to do this, but, 'eh, life. What can I say? Thanks about our engagement story! Not to sound cheesy, but it really did rock! It is actually in Chicken Soup for the Soul The Dating Game...so if I tell the story on my blog, I have to find a different way to express it because Chick Soup bought my story and now owns it.

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  3. Courtney, congrats again and thanks for such kind words:). Love the share!

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  4. No, thank YOU, Mari, for thinking of me and for supporting The Brown Girl with Long Hair. I truly, TRULY appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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  5. Congrats on the award! I totally hide chocolate and cookies in my closet so I don't have to share! lol

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    1. Mornin,' Lexa...and thank you! So the saying-no-to-cookie-sharing is yet another reason I like you! LOL (Did you see my shout-out to you in the first paragraph of The Liebster Award? Thank you, Lexa, really, for reading and posting. I was going to notify you of it on Twitter, but I couldn't find your Twitter address...) Have an awesome day!

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    2. Thanks so much for the kind shout-out! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! :)

      I'm not a Tweeter - there are only so many hours in the day, and I'm always way too behind as it is. I enjoy reading your posts because you always make me smile, and that's priceless. Have a great weekend!

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  6. What I do when no one is looking is stash all the new clothes I bought in the closet so no one will see...lol!

    Congrats on your reward! You truly deserve it! Also thanks for the special shout out, it's so great that we've met and became great blogging buddies.

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    1. Yes, yes, YES! How could I have possibly forgotten the "hide-where-no one-can-seek" clothing stash! lol I do that, too!!!!!

      And thank you, Louida, for the compliment; I REALLY appreciate it! I'm glad we're buddies, too. :-)

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  7. Thanks for nominating me! That was fun and I just posted my acceptance post. Oh and as for your answers...I used to have to go to the Mont Blanc pen store in northern VA all the time to buy executive gifts when I was just out of college and working as a receptionist - no one ever proposed to me there though! I could never believe people paid that much for a pen!

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    1. You're totally welcome, Susan. Yes, Mont Blanc ain't cheap, that's for sure...but Scott and I did not meet in the way that you might think: On a whim, I met Scott's book publisher (he wrote a children's book after retiring from the Lions) while I was at work one day, and she thought we'd be perfect for each other, so she invited me to attend a fundraising gala for Scott's children's foundation, which focused on literacy. Anyhoo, Mont Blanc (being that they are a company focused on writing and all) sponsored and hosted the event...so that is how Scott and I met at Mont Blanc. Three years later, Scott concocted a story to get me there -- to the exact same spot -- for a surprise wedding proposal -- and I'm leaving the best part of the proposal out (on purpose) because I will probably blog about it someday. :-)

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    2. Love the Mont Blanc story! Can't wait to hear about the proposal!

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  8. Thanks for nominating me!! I can't believe you're an only child too!! I thought I was the only one! hehehe. I was just working on a post about being an only child for next week! lol It's so funny that you hate ketchup… I HATEEEEE mayonnaise lol and how cool about the Underground Railroad!!!

    I enjoyed reading this! :) Working on my acceptance now! :-)

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    1. Hi, Alexis! Thank you for commenting...and accepting The Liebster! So you say you hate ketchup? That's it. We can no longer be bloggy friends and I rescind my nomination. JOKING! lol Ketchup totally wins in this house: Scotty is just like his father and they LOVE ketchup. That's okay, though: More mayo for me! LOL

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  9. HAHA to being all up in your teenager's beeswax. I will do the same (and did, when my husband's teenage daughter lived with us. Gotta do what we gotta.).
    Also I'm all about double dipping the spoon. And congratulations on your award! VERY well deserved, Mama!

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  10. Thank you so, so much, Kristi! About the snooping on our children, I am already nervous about K's teen years. For some reason, I don't fear Scotty becoming a teen so much -- although Scott, says that teen boys are just as scary as girls, albeit for different reasons...God help me.

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  11. I'm sharing this with my sister! She's always texting me pictures of things that she's doing when the kids aren't around. I died when you linked the definition of floss.

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    1. Hi, Dina!! OMG, thank you. (Did she see the spaghetti dinner post? I would LOVE to know her thoughts...) Oh! Did you see my shout-out to you in the first paragraph of The Liebster Award part? I <3 Dina's Days! And, yes, the flossing. I didn't want to take the chance of anyone getting my neurosis confused.

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  12. Congrats on the Liebster. It's such a fun award! My Secret Mama Behavior is couples-only vacation planning. I drift off and imagine all the wonderful things we could do when the kids are not around. When someone pops into the room, I quickly switch tabs to a mommy site!

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    1. Okay, Ida. Please, please, PLEASE for the love of God, continue to share your motherly wisdom on this blog by way of commenting. Honestly, that is the best damn SMB I've heard of in a long, long time. (Guess who will be planning her couples-only vacation to Lake Tahoe tonight -- with a glass of champs in hand -- after she puts the kids to bed? lol)

      Thank you, also, for the kind words about The Liebster. Yeah, it's a made up award, but it's my first blog award so I'm quite happy about it. Actually, it's my second award: My first is people like you who actually take the time to read my words and comment on them.

      Thank you.

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