Funny Friday – Laugh Out Loud Commercials

August 12th, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Funny Friday - (Comments Off on Funny Friday – Laugh Out Loud Commercials)

I really do laugh out loud at this one every time, but my honey doesn’t get it. I guess it’s a girl thing. Enjoy!

I never actually saw this next one on TV, but WOW – the people who made this are creative comic geniuses. Have a great weekend everyone!

Make-A-List Monday – Things I Ought to Know By Now

August 8th, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Make-A-List Monday - (Comments Off on Make-A-List Monday – Things I Ought to Know By Now)

This week’s Make-A-List Monday is a list of things I ought to know now that I’m an “adult” (I use that term loosely because most days, I still feel like a kid). I’m 27 years old and these are things I just can’t figure out.

  • How to fold a fitted sheet. I still just roll them up and put them in the cabinet. Does it really matter if they have wrinkles? Nah, they’re just sheets.
  • The appeal of reality TV. I know, it’s like I’m from the Dark Age or something. But I’d rather watch a sitcom or a movie or even a soap opera any day.
  • The difference between locusts and cicadas. Okay, so I just learned this one. I always thought they were the same thing, but FYI locusts just look like grasshoppers, and cicadas are the hideous fat flying bugs that leave their shells on trees.
  • How to change a tire. I just call my husband or my dad. I’m blessed to have helpful people in my life.
  • How to properly throw a ball. Yes, I throw like a girl. But I am a girl, so it’s okay.
  • My kids listen to what I say. And I mean really listen. Especially when I’m on the phone. TT is constantly repeating things back to me with the same inflection I use. He’s four now, and it’s scary how smart he is.
  • How to keep houseplants without killing them. Maybe I’ll be better at this when my kids are grown up, but probably not. Either I forget to water them and they dry up, or I drown them and they wilt and turn yellow.
  • Knowing when a baby is teething.¬†You’d think by the third kid, I’d know. All of mine have chewed and slobbered for months before actually cutting a tooth, so I’m never absolutely sure till after it’s in.
  • How to start a charcoal grill. Again, I have men in my life for this task.
  • How to mow the lawn. Really. Not one time. Thanks, honey.
I’m sure there’s more. I’ll update as I think of them.
Although I have gone my whole life without knowing these things, miraculously I’ve survived, thanks to wonderful friends and family to support me. ūüôā

My 7 Links

August 4th, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on My 7 Links)

Bob and Nicole over at¬†Wif and Hub¬†nominated me to take part in a posting challenge of my favorite posts ‚Äď and favorite blogs!

THE GOAL

To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

THE RULES

1)     Blogger is nominated to take part

2) ¬†¬†¬† Blogger publishes his/her¬†7 links¬†on his/her blog ‚Äď 1 link for each category.

3)     Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.

4)     These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers

5)    And so it goes on!

6)    They’ll be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on our blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

My Seven Links!

Here are my seven posts! I’ve only been blogging for a couple months, so it was hard to find something for each category. I hope you enjoy my seven!

MOST BEAUTIFUL

May the Daddy Bless You
I love how this one came together on Father’s Day.

MOST POPULAR

Summer Love (Circa 2003)
This is the story of how my honey and I fell in love.

MOST CONTROVERSIAL

Mommyrexia – Selfish Pregnant Women Aren’t Cherishing their Gift
I think the title of this one turned some people off, but it led to a lot of conversations, which is always good.

MOST HELPFUL

Summertime and Cloth Diapers
Just a little information to get started on cloth diapering.

SURPRISE SUCCESS

My day so far…
Venting my frustrations ended up getting a ton of hits.

NOT ENOUGH ATTENTION

Are You a Singer or a Thudder? Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of Christ.
I just wrote this one the other day, so I hope it gets more hits soon. It’s a different perspective on how we can control our own outlook.

MOST PROUD

Christian, with the Works
This didn’t get a lot of hits either, but I gave it a ton of thought before I wrote it, so I’m very proud of it!

Here are my five nominated bloggers!

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Happy Birthday, My Sweet Boy

August 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Kids | Our Crazy Life - (Comments Off on Happy Birthday, My Sweet Boy)

My sweet little guy turned four today. Four years ago at this moment, I was still in labor, not quite a mama yet. After 41.5 weeks of¬†pregnancy and nearly twenty-four hours of induced labor, I was exhausted and just wanted to meet my baby. I expected our baby to look like my husband. I’m not sure why, but I just¬†knew¬†he would.

TT in 2008, when he was about a year old. I can't believe he's four today.

Then he came out and they put him in my arms, soaking wet and screaming (it’s a boy!),¬†and I recognized him. I really did. He looked like me. I cried and just kept saying, “My baby! My baby!” (emphasis on the MY.) It seemed unreal that God could give us such a splendid gift.

That night, I never could have imagined how I’d feel on his fourth birthday. Well, today I feel joyful that we’ve made it this far. I feel sad that my guy will be going to kindergarten in just one year. I feel glad that he still gets in bed with me in the morning to snuggle. I feel closer to my husband than ever because of the struggles, laughter and love we’ve experienced parenting our children together.

Four is going to be a great year. He’s big enough to have a real conversation, and he has all kinds of new “great ideas” all the time. He still loves cars. He also plays pretend, going to work “like daddy” with his tool belt, making his guys ride their plastic horses, and even “cooking dinner” with his sister on her kitchen set.

Today I am thankful for TT, my curly-headed baby turning into a rough and tumble boy.

What are you thankful for today?

Are You a Singer or a Thudder? Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of Christ.

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Faith | Living Simply - (Comments Off on Are You a Singer or a Thudder? Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of Christ.)

My honey and I celebrated our anniversary last weekend with dinner and a show at our local community theatre. It was an awesome Saturday date night, and Sunday morning we attended Mass with our kids and my parents, as usual. The second reading for Sunday was Romans 8:35, 37-39, which reads

Brothers and sisters:
What will separate us from the love of Christ? 
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? 
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us. 
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

During his sermon, Father Tom talked about this reading and used a very good metaphor for our attitudes when it comes to Christ’s love. He said that when a potter makes a vessel, the way he knows if it is a “good” is to thump it. If it thuds, it’s no good. If it sings, it is good. We each get “thumped” all the time. When things don’t go as planned, when we lose someone we love, when something threatens a relationship, this is getting thumped. When we are thumped, we can choose to thud, or we can choose to sing.

If we choose to sing, we look on the bright side. We tell ourselves that God has a plan. We have faith and know that God will get us through it.

About a month ago, our little Illinois town was hit by the worst thunderstorm we’ve had in as long as I can remember. We, along with the majority of our county, were without power for two days. The damage was mainly to trees, branches falling on powerlines and houses, only a few injuries, and one reported death (that I can remember). We had no cell phone service at all the first day, and just a few gas stations were open. The traffic lights weren’t working, and most of the groceries stores were closed until many hours later. Thump.

Within this whole ordeal, there were many “thudders.” People who honked and were impatient when they had to turn around because of downed trees on the road. People who saw life without power as the most devastating thing ever. People who couldn’t stop complaining about the whole situation. I know I had my moments to thud. I had slight road rage at the now four way stops that previously had traffic lights. I found myself asking, exasperated, “Do people just not know the rules of a four way stop, or are they just not paying attention?!”

I like to think that most of us were “singers” for the most part. Friends with power were helping out those who didn’t have it yet. The men and women who work for Ameren CIPS (our power company) were local heroes. My parents, who did have power, stored all of our freezer and refrigerator food so it wouldn’t all get ruined. We grilled out and used candles and pretended we lived in the 1800s.

Facebook was littered with statuses like “Thanks to our Ameren workers” and “Thanking God no one was hurt during this storm” and “Praying for all the families affected by the storm.” My personal favorite was by my friend Leigh (who I believe copied it from someone else… someone take credit here, and let me know!)

Friends without power: I have power! Come juice up your computer, refrigerate your medicine, blow dry your hair, charge your cell phone, hang out under a fan, watch the news, or just flip on and off a lightswitch now and again to feel better. Whatever you may need, please don’t hesitate to call. I would love to help you! You might even get lucky and get a meal out of it…

She was truly a “singer” during our little disaster. When things go wrong in a community, it seems like people come together, and I know I have a brighter outlook on people in general because of the kindnesses shown to me and others. Christ’s love was present throughout our community.

I call this our little disaster, and even though it wasn’t all that bad, it puts life in perspective. On the news tonight, CBS was showing pictures from the drought in Somalia, starving children, crying mothers, looks of death on their faces. Christ still loves each of them, even in these horrid conditions. Nothing can separate them from His love.

It makes me realize the gift we have of living in America. We truly are in a land of prosperity.¬†So today, I’m thankful that I was able to feed my children tonight, and that we have power and running water. The love of Christ is all around us.

When is the last time you were “thumped” in your life? Are you a singer or a thudder?

Mommyrexia – Selfish Pregnant Women Aren't Cherishing their Gift

July 28th, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Faith | Kids - (Comments Off on Mommyrexia – Selfish Pregnant Women Aren't Cherishing their Gift)

Every once in awhile, I catch a little snippet of the Today Show when I have to sit down and nurse in the morning. This morning the hot topic was “Mommyrexia,” which is when celebrities and others try to gain as little weight as possible during pregnancy so they can still look glamorous.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman is the chief medical editor for NBC, and she was disgusted by this, as was I. She called it “vulgar” and “an upper East side white girl obnoxious problem.” (Go Dr. Nancy!)

I miss that beautiful round belly!

These days, some people don’t see pregnancy as the gift that it is. They see it as a distortion of their bodies, as being ugly, and as just getting fat. Perhaps I’m against the norm, but I have always loved being pregnant. I have never felt better and more confident about my body during pregnancy than at any other time in my life – even better than when I was a senior in high school running 8 to 10 miles a day. That beautiful round belly contains the most precious gift, a child. When a mother feels a child moving inside her, the love grows and grows.

Although I can sympathize with the feelings of being fat and wanting to be thin again, the love overshadows everything else when I’m pregnant.

Pregnancy and children are truly a gift from God. I have many friends and acquaintances who have had trouble getting pregnant and have longed for years for a child. This story about “Mommyrexia” would make them all want to puke. These women are given the responsibility to care for a child growing inside them, and they squander that gift by trying to be thin? It truly is sick.

Pregnancy is the best reason ever to “get fat”, to take care of yourself, and to let your body do its job. Pregnant women everywhere: cherish this gift! Far too many women out there wish they were as blessed as you.

Please pray with me for all those men and women who long to be parents.

Prayer to St. Gerard

O good St. Gerard,
powerful intercessor before God
and Wonder-worker of our day,
I call on you and seek your help.
You who on earth did always fulfill God’s design,
help my friends to do the Holy Will of God.
Beseech the Master of Life,
from whom all paternity proceeded,
to make my friends fruitful in offspring,
that they may raise up children to God in this life
and heirs to the Kingdom of His glory
in the world to come. Amen.

Make-A-List Monday – Parenting Realizations

July 25th, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Make-A-List Monday - (Comments Off on Make-A-List Monday – Parenting Realizations)

I’m starting a new series today called Make-A-List Monday. On Mondays, I usually try to make to-do lists of things to get done throughout the week, but these will just be random lists of things that come into my head.

A play-doh flower made for me by my three-year-old last Valentine's Day

Today I made a list of realizations I’ve had since becoming a mother.

  1. I have a real fear of swimming pools, the strings used to pull up mini-blinds, and bumpers on cribs.
  2. When I order food at a restaurant, I always think about what I can eat one-handed.
  3. My threshold to handle anything gross has gone up 100%
  4. My capacity to love has gone up 300% (for my three manaics!)
  5. I (lovingly) call my children maniacs because they have so much energy and are easily amused. We are constantly laughing.
  6. The sweetest things in life are open mouth baby kisses, handfuls of dandelions, and home made art projects, made by loving little hands.
  7. Toys that make noises are an effective way to torture parents.
  8. Name brand clothes really do hold up longer.
  9. I’m so grateful for shopping carts shaped like race cars.
  10. I love my mini-van.
  11. I would much rather shop at Carter’s or Gymboree than Hollister or Express.
  12. I am a more confident person in all aspects of life, and I’m getting better at decision-making. I have to. I’m the mommy.
  13. God is in control, and “my” kids are just borrowed from Him. He loves them even more than I do. How amazing is that?
This list could go on and on. What have you realized about yourself since you became a parent?

Funny Friday – Redo with Ricky and Elmo

July 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Funny Friday - (Comments Off on Funny Friday – Redo with Ricky and Elmo)

Since nobody got the Nacho Libre reference in the last post, here’s something to make you giggle on this horribly hot Friday night. Have a great weekend!

Funny Friday – Nacho

July 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Funny Friday - (Comments Off on Funny Friday – Nacho)

This morning TT was pretend fighting with an alligator toy. I walked into the kitchen and heard him say, “Anaconda squeeze!”

Get it?

Get that corn outta my face! Photo courtesy of nacholibre.com

My "Honey"

July 21st, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in My Lover Boy - (Comments Off on My "Honey")

If you’ve read this blog before, you have seen that I sometimes refer to my husband as “my honey”. When we first started dating, he thought it would be nice if we had that special nickname for each other. I remember that it sounded so weird and awkward when we first started using it, but now I call him that more than I use his real name.

I'm not your honey.

My honey used to work at Sears. He has a full time job, yes, but he was working at Sears as a second job while we get out of debt (which is a different post for another day). He just recently told me of a discussion he and his fellow salesmen had one night about using the words “honey” and just “hun” with customers.

And of course, he asked my opinion. My thoughts? If a salesperson called me “hun”, I would never buy anything from him/her. I’d leave the store immediately, and every time I drove by, I’d refer to it as “that store where the salesman called me ‘hun'”.

I’m not sure why I find it totally offensive when strangers call me that, but I can still remember specific times when it has happened.

  • A saleswoman at a bookstore in Springfield when I was 8 or 9
  • The manager at our local Fazoli’s
  • Several bank customers when I worked the drive-up window

All I can remember thinking is, I’m not your honey.¬†

Back to the Sears discussion – some of the salespeople thought that it would be talking down to the customer. Others argued that it’s a term of endearment.

I agree with both. It does feel like a stranger thinks they are above me when they call me “hun” or “honey”. It is also a term of endearment, but only when someone I know and love uses it. In the same way, I only use the term with my husband and occasionally with my kids. Because they are my honeys.

So salespeople everywhere, please refrain from calling customers “hun”. They could be totally offended.