- RT @pari_passu: One Damn Good Reason Women Should Vote #Democrat: http://t.co/zrF44CoU The end. #p2 #p21 #tcot Oct 31, 2012
- RT @CoryBooker: Police have reported ZERO looting or crimes of opportunity in Newark. And ceaseless reports of acts of kindness abound e ... Oct 30, 2012
- I think Brooke (5) decided she needed to rest up for Halloween, & may possibly be fake coughing/sick so she doesn't have to go to school. Oct 30, 2012
- RT @robdelaney: May I ask everyone who follows me, without exception, to RT this voting info for all 50 states? http://t.co/UX8z3duh Oct 29, 2012
- I spent 3 days in NOLA for work and didn't ever leave the hotel grounds. I'm so pathetic! Oct 26, 2012
- I'm going #NOLA this week, & trying to find some #Vegetarian friendly restaurants near the French Quarter/SuperDome area. Any suggestions? Oct 21, 2012
- RT @robdelaney: Whoa, check this cool tool to help get out early vote: http://t.co/NbLgMq4D Oct 20, 2012
- RT @summertomato: The Salt Lake City Tribune endorsed OBAMA?! I'm at a loss for words. http://t.co/Sy5DEron Oct 20, 2012
- Obama mocks rival’s ‘Romnesia’ on key issues | The Ticket - Yahoo! News http://t.co/m38Xd54z via @YahooNews Oct 19, 2012
- RT @HuffPostPol: RT this if you think President Obama won tonight's debate (1/2) Oct 17, 2012
- RT @JessicaGottlieb: I love watching @obama be brilliant on fox news. It's just sort of giggly for me. http://t.co/Z49G9DEu Oct 17, 2012
- China just hacked my computer. Oct 17, 2012
- RT @sweetney: Okay, let's be real. NOBODY needs an AK 47. Period. #debate Oct 17, 2012
- RT @MMFlint: Obama to Romney: You are "OFFENSIVE." And then all of America stood and CHEERED! Oct 17, 2012
- RT @maddow: Women need flexibility in the workplace because they're the ones who have to cook dinner? Oct 17, 2012
- RT @perennialplate: RT @ediblesf: "You are chowing us into extinction." Toro the tuna asks u to do a solid for the ocean, brah http://t. ... Oct 15, 2012
- SUNday FUNday! let's go day 3 at #aclfest ! Looking forward to Lumineers and The Avett Brothers. http://t.co/8NhpNput Oct 14, 2012
- BASSNECTAR had the crowd in a frenzy! #aclfest http://t.co/MOBeMyI7 Oct 14, 2012
- Steve Earle at #aclfest http://t.co/Q3WAKCJ2 Oct 14, 2012
- Having a blast at #aclfest. Watching The Whigs. (look how cute my #versalette is!) http://t.co/LEjDsw6w Oct 13, 2012
- RT @feministing: Half an hour left. Half the population still waiting to hear about their rights. Oct 12, 2012
- Hey @aclfestival peeps! You gotta get this years app. I'm all planned and ready to go! Everything I need is at my fingertips. #aclfest Oct 11, 2012
- The Versalette should be marketed to pregnant woman, it's perfect for them, & could be used afterwards as a nursing cover up! @RevApparel Oct 05, 2012
- Finally got my Versalette! Hubs called it a for a sack! So, I impressed him with all the differnt ways I could wear it. http://t.co/FA3hJogz Oct 05, 2012
- @davidbuergler They CAN discriminate, but it doesn't make it OK. BSA teaches amazing skills, but I wouldn't allow my boys to participate. Oct 05, 2012
- POWERFUL: http://t.co/Ki2zDd8A #scoutsforequality If I had a boy (instead of 2 girls), I would never allow them to be a Boy Scout. #nohate Oct 05, 2012
- Break a world record & jumpstart a child’s future! Join me today for @Jumpstartkids #ReadfortheRecord http://t.co/hTIQ5DEL Oct 04, 2012
- RT @BarackObama: RT if you're on #TeamObama tonight. Oct 04, 2012
- I'd like to see the next debate moderated by @BravoAndy ! He knows how to manage crazy people. Oct 04, 2012
- RT @MMFlint: "Mr Romney: Blink once if you're really pro-choice. Blink twice if you secretly love and admire Obamacare." #QuestionsJimLe ... Oct 04, 2012
- @Greenbacksgal They didn't! You were cheated out of 1/3 of your pie!! Oct 04, 2012
- Goooooooooo Barack!! #pregamecheer Oct 04, 2012
- Brooke (5) had a temper tantrum this morning because her mosquito bite was itchy and I could not make it stop. SRSLY?! Oct 03, 2012
- RT @CNNValencia: At least 1 person was killed when 2 school buses crashed outside a high school in suburban San Antonio. At least 6 "kid ... Oct 01, 2012
- San Antonio two school bus collision kills driver as reported by local news, but nothing yet online? #sanantonio #saisd #judsonisd Oct 01, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I'm not sure if Twitter is going to keep all my tweets forever and ever. Because they are often little snippets about my very glamorous and exciting daily life (and aren't good enough stories to make a blog post) with my family, I will preserve them on this blog monthly.
I've written on my blog, many times, how parenting is the hardest thing I've ever done. Well, it still is, and may always will be.
Just like my girls, I'm a work in progress. I make mistakes, I struggle, I love, I shout, I hug, I kiss, I get frustrated, I am easily annoyed, I praise, I sigh, I am amazed by my daughters talents, brains, bodies, and aspirations. I'm in awe of their futures. I am not a perfect mother, and am pretty damn sure that nobody is.
It's so easy to observe from the outside and make judgments about what you see, and twice last week two different people said to me, "your life looks so perfect." I simply do the best I can everyday, and some days I'm pretty damn good and other days I fail. There is no perfection.
One of the hardest parts of parenting girls...young girls?...kids?...is that everything we do is simply expected. We cook, clean, drive, make lunches, plan, organize, work, support, attend....I'll spare you from the rest of my list.
We get hardly any praise for our efforts (unlike my work or past school environments) and there are no daily grades, yet, I still try to grade myself. I occasionally get a "Thanks, mom" and loves and snuggles are still free and readily available (especially from Madison) for now.
Yet, I push them to rely on me less and less, and urge them take on more age appropriate tasks and activities. "You're X age now, and can do that yourself." I get frustrated when they revert back to an old behavior instead of recognizing in the moment that they simply need more of me than I'm giving. My job is to push them out of my nest everyday so they can learn to fly on their own. These pushes are painful for all of us, and the contradictions are endless.
So, when praise does come, in this case a form of a card from Madison, it's so rewarding. The funny thing is I don't even know when (or about what) this was written:
You are such a great mom. You do a lot of great things. I love you very very very much. I do not want another mother. Now here are some things I need to tell you. You are very nice. You pack my lunch everyday. You pack me with love. I had so much fun today. We love you so much. If their was a competition on who is the best mom. You deserve the most points. You should win first place. Everyone likes you. You are the best. Last night when you were helping Brooke, it felt like you were the best mom ever. XOXO.
Thank you, Maddie. I'll take it! I love you too.
Posted by Amanda at 7:13 AM
Friday, October 19, 2012
This tooth has been hanging sideways for the last 2 weeks. I try to wiggle it or make it fall out anyway I can.
To be honest, it's a little bit embarrassing to take her out in public with that tooth!
I'm about to tie a string to a door knob!
-Sent from my cell phone
Posted by Amanda at 6:42 PM
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Zak wanted to spend his entire Sunday watching football, so the girls and I decided to go to Six Flags without him! The weather was perfect....about 55 degrees and cloudy. That's just cold enough to scare off the crowds and wear a light jacket. We rode TONS of rides, and many of them twice!
It was chilly, but it wasn't cold enough to NOT ride the Log Ride. We got a little bit wet which made for a few minutes of cold when the wind picked up, but nothing we couldn't deal with. They enjoyed it so much, they went again:
It is "Fright Fest," so all the scary guys were roaming around. This guy, who is about 10 feet tall was especially creepy, but Maddie wanted to take her picture with him. Brooke, who didn't want to be near him, took this photo:
Also, see that ride in the background? The Boomerang. Maddie and I rode that last year (sorta on accident), and it's her current claim to fame even though she'll likely NEVER ride it again.
Then, Brooke took Maddie for a little drive, and I had a flash-forward of what their life may look like in 10 years. "Check ya later, mom! We are going OUT!"
These sweet guys gave the girls a bag of candy, and totally made them fall in love with Six Flags again (after our disastrous Water Park Adventure this summer. Ew.)
Sunday, October 07, 2012
We've had some awesome rain in the last few weeks, and the girls wanted to play outside in it.
So, we let them.
Sadly it hasn't yet been enough rain to fill up the sad and empty lake, but the girls don't care. (In the picture above, everywhere you see green grass--right up to the dark green line of trees--is SUPPOSED to be water. It's about 70 feet down, STILL.)
They played outside for about an hour, then came in dried off, changed clothes, then asked to go out again.
Sure thing! You're only 5 and 7 years old once in your life. YOLO!
Posted by Amanda at 9:21 PM