It is the last full day of Mammaw at my house. And it is a day off of school for the boys. Wonder where she is going to go hide? hahahaha. Life is never boring at this house. It has been fantastic with her here. Just the little things. Finding the dishes done, the boys beds made, and the laundry done!!! That is awesome.
I'll be sad when she is gone, but I know she needs to get some quiet time and back to her own routine. She also needs to get back to see the caterpillars that are turning into butterflies ... she saved the caterpillars before she left. My sister, ddpups, has been taking care of them. Very cool.
Off to reading how to make ice cream, and making sure we have enough stuff to make cupcakes... maybe angel food cake as well...
And because it is my Mom's birthday, I found the following humor:
Things I learned from my mother
1. My mother taught me to APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me about RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My mother taught me about LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me about FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
6. My mother taught me about IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
7. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
8. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks like a tornado went through it."
9. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
10. My mother taught me about the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
11. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
12. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
13. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
14. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
15. My mother taught me about MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
16. My mother taught me about ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you'll be cold?"
17. My mother taught me about HUMOR.
"When that lawnmower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
18. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
19. My mother taught me about GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
20. My mother taught me about WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand.
21. My mother taught me about SHARING.
" Iím going to give you a piece of my mind!"
22. My mother taught me about FEAR.
"One day you'll have a child who'll do the same things to you."
Side Note from vw: What's scary is I have heard a lot of these in my childhood and I can say that I have said a few to my kids already... hahahaha.
I found a poem on-line that was not quite what I wanted... so I plagiarized (it said I could) and changed the words so it fit better with my mom... it's her birthday!
For My Mom:
I really love my mom, and I
Never will forget her,
And all the things she does for me,
Like making me feel better,
Like when she tells me lots of stuff,
About cooking or watching the weather,
Or when she takes time from her busy day
So we can talk together.
Sometimes when I'm feeling sad,
She makes me glad once more,
With just a virtual hug
That takes away the pain without a single roar.
So happy birthday, Mom! I want
This day to be for you,
For everything you are to me
And all the things you do.
You are a wonderful mother. I'm just proud you are MY mom. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life. Particularly after those days you warned me that you brought me into this life and that you could take me out. GRIN. I can sooooooooo relate to that now. ;-) And you aren't going to believe it, but I found humor with that saying in it!!! BIG GRIN
Thank you. I love you.
I think those five words say it all.
I must remember that my mother is one smart lady. And she always warned me that what goes around, comes around... and all those other wonderful sayings...
I was on my way to Walmart on Tuesday when I called Mamaw. I told her that Tot was going to be allowed a $3 to $5 toy since it was his birthday. She remembered we had bought Tot a new bike and suggested a bike horn. (Most of you can see where this is going already can't you?). I thought it was a great idea. When we made it to the toy / bike section, I showed him the bike horns. There were two. A cute little one and the big honk the black bulb one. Yaa. I have a boy. We got the noisy one. He also asked if this brother could have one. Why not, it was only $3.
I think my brain shut off about that time. Self preservation? He wanted it as we finished our shopping. I let him have it. Not the smartest move. He beeped that horn all through the store. He had the biggest grin and was enjoying himself. Yaa... it was his birthday, why not?
At some point he was right behind me with it pointed to my rear as he beeped it. I stopped to ask him what he was doing. There was a man standing about 5 feet away, we made eye contact and he had a smile on his face. I'm sure he heard this conversation:
Mom: What are you doing?
Tot: Beeping your butt!!! Beep Beep
Mom: *blink* **why did I bother to ask this?**
The gentleman just about lost it when he heard the response. I saw him turn and walk away while trying not to laugh out loud.
Some days I just wonder where my brain went???
When I saw the garden decoration that my mom put in her yard (see picture below)... I thought of the Mexican Frog pot that Bou wanted... along with the Frog Puke pots. Definitely a Star Wars Frog would add to the fun! Click to Enlarge...
And no, it is not advertised as a Star Wars frog... it's just the first thing everyone in my family thought when they saw it.
Seems that I never get to visit my mom when she has hummingbirds in her yard... so my sis, ddpups, took the time to take some pictures. I'm going to share them with you. There's a lot but I couldn't decides which ones not to share! Click to enlarge!
My mom called me... I was complaining how hot it was here. Heat index of 100... she said her thermometer outside said 100... What??? Sure enough... her Heat Index is 109... YIKES
Note... I will need to wear body armor the next time I see Mammaw.
Background: my mom's computer has not been working. My BIL suggested she get a new non-wireless mouse for her computer. Either ddpups or tink or he would install it this coming weekend. Someone has always set up her computer for her.
What happened: I received a call yesterday from Mammaw. I swear she sounded like a little kid...
Mammaw: "Guess What I did! I followed the wires and plugged in the new mouse and it works!!!"
Then she proceeds to hang up. Guess she had the rest of the family to tell about it. Particularly since Tink called me within 5 minutes to ask if Mom called to say she plugged in the mouse and her computer works.
I guess old dogs can learn new tricks. GRIN... yaa... I'm gonna pay for this one.
Mammaw arrived yesterday DESPITE her flight not being listed on the airport screens. yaa. I was in a panic. I was happy when I accidentally saw her coming up the ramp to head towards the baggage area. Yipee!!!
She came bringing gifts. The boys got some Fisher-Price cameras. I'll post pictures later.
Mammaw arrives tomorrow. My house is still not picked up. I have the boys sheets to clean, the floor to mop, toilets to clean, laundry, play date this afternoon and the list goes on. Repeat daily but add the stress of my mom is coming!!! I'm excited but would love the house to look good for her. Sigh. At least she will understand I have 2 young boys and a hubby. ;-)
Just to make you smile, I have this picture of Tot:
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It is amazing if you are sick one week how things pile up around the house. I am now scrambling trying to get everything ready for Mamaw to get here on Saturday. Even my posting is suffering. First because of sick kids and me, now because every waking moment is spent trying to clean the house with ammonia. No way is my mom going to blame me if she catches a cold. It's going to have be something she got from the airplane!
Talking about airplanes. She wanted to know what was prohibited in your carry-on luggage. I knew there was a site for it and I found it.
Life has certainly been entertaining over the last week... hope your week this week is slow and fun!
Last week was our mother's birthday. When she got home she immediately emailed both of us. Here is what she wrote:
What can I say? It has been a month for cars for all of us. Although I have to admit I am getting real use to my new truck. But the more I think about, the more I am pretty sure it is just like Bear's. Oh well, just one more thing we have in common.
Definitely not one of my better weeks. Considering my mom turns 70 today and I didn't even get a birthday post out for her until now. Luckily, having been a mother, she understands the insanity of kids. Phew.
This is the woman you should never challenge in Trivial Pursuit, she'll whip your arse. She reads everything she gets her hands on to, keeps up with the news and politics and has been alive for 70 years. Yaa... I would love to see her on 1 to 100 or Jeopardy.
I remember as a child, her doing cartwheels in the yard with us... and backbends. Yikes! I can't imagine doing that with my boys.
She is also the mom that gave Tink fishing worms to play with to keep her busy. Yep, she is full of surprises.
Thanks for bringing me into this world (even if I was an accident). I appreciate all the love and nurturing you gave me. I hope I can do equally as well for my boys.
I asked my mom to send me a story or two about pets she had when she was growing up. We always had a dog or a bird... well... once we had alligators but I need to get more details on that. Until then, this is what my mom enjoyed for pets when she was a kid:
I don't really know what to tell you.........When I was growing up I had the usual dog or two and a few odd pets usually do to some animal being injured.
I once had a pet skunk . Of course he had been "deskunked".
Then I had a pet chicken that wouldn't eat off the ground. It had to be hand fed.
When I was very young my father worked at a hotel and one day he brought home a pigeon with a broken wing. I asked how it broke a wing and was told it fell off the hotel. It took me a long time to figure out why everyone thought it was funny when I told them how the pigeon broke a wing........
Yaa... she definitely got to enjoy the good life with pets. hahahahha. I know there is another part to that pet chicken story. I believe there was a rooster that attacked everyone about that time as well. Still... a chicken that had to be hand fed... literally, the food in the palm of your hand.
Can't wait to see what my boys decide to have as pets.