Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hey! It's Okay Tuesday!

It's Okay to...

Pretty sure this is how I will look when I finally finish my degree...

  • thinking cleaning is dangerous. I mopped our dining room and kitchen yesterday. It was so slick that I nearly wiped out when I went walking through later. Sticky floors save lives! 
  • leave my daughter in her bed, awake, for nearly an hour. Grace is almost four. We have shown her time and time again how to get out of her bed by herself. She CAN do it. But its much easier to look at mom and say sweetly, "Get down please!". Sorry sweetheart. From now on, if you want out of bed, you gotta do it yourself. (Her door was open and I could see her the entire time. She played with her toys until she finally decided she'd had enough and slid out of her bed.)
  • have learned a lot from my Children's Literature class, but be so thankful it's over! I haven't worked this hard on something in a very long time. Learn from me kids - stay in school! It's harder when you're old!!
  • have never seen someone with a sunburned chin until my fair-skinned, red head came in from 3 hours in the pool this afternoon. Thankfully she didn't burn anywhere else except on her face! But it's so odd to see her chin all red! 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Songs My Kids Mess Up

Pie hole! Pie hole! It's off to work we go!

We listen to a lot of music in our house. Usually my kids have no idea what the lyrics really are and it can be HILARIOUS to listen to what they are actually singing. Here are a few examples...

"Lately I've been laughing Christmas eve....lately I've been laughing really hard...."  Counting Stars By Brenna
(Real lyrics are "Lately I've been, I've been losing sleep....But, baby I've been, I've been praying hard..."

"Pie hole! Pie hole!" Hi Ho (from Snow White) by Gracie
(Real lyrics are, of course, "Hi ho! Hi ho!")

"I don't care what you're going to do!" Let it Go by Gracie
(Should be "I don't care what they're going to say")

"I got one last prom production. I got one last prom production." Problem by Riley
(Real lyrics "I got one less problem without ya. I got one less problem without ya.")

What song lyrics have your kids (or YOU) misheard?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hey! It's Okay Tuesday!

It's Okay to...

- Admit that you need help.
- Know that when you face your issues, strength can take the place of shame.
- Let the cat out of the bag....:)

In December, I decided to do something serious about my health and in February I started the process of having lap-band surgery. It isn't scheduled yet, but if all goes as planned I should have surgery by the end of August.

I hadn't told anyone for the longest time because I was ashamed. I know people will talk, I know people will think it's the easy way out, I know people will judge. But I realized I can't control what others may say. But I can share my story.

It really isn't anyone else's business - it's my body. But I don't want to lose weight and have people believe I finally got my shizz together and conquered this diet/exercise thing on my own. It felt very dishonest.

So I'd like to put it out there. I'm horrible at blogging, but hopefully I can document this huge life change well!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hey! It's Okay Tuesday!

It's Okay to...

Oh? Is it humid? I couldn't tell!
  • have an afro. I let my hair get pretty long, but it took SO LONG to dry. So for the summer I got it chopped off. It's the same style I've loved in the past, but the combination of new styling products and extremely humid weather makes my curls shrink up to 'fro-levels. It's not so pretty. 
  • feel like the poster child for both why you should finish college when you are young and why you should wait. School is SO MUCH easier when you don't have other major responsibilities - like kids that expect you to feed them regularly. But I would have never imagined myself being passionate about Special Education even just five years ago. Just proof that sometimes "regrets" are just God telling you there is something better around the corner.
  • be in the middle of three different books and have no desire to finish any of them. I'm doing a lot of reading for a Children's Literature class, so I'm blaming that. 
  • LOVE my Children's Literature class. It takes a lot of work! But kid's books are ah-ma-zing. I've at least tripled my Amazon Wish List. 
  • be super tired. I've been staying up late working on school and Grace seems to think 5 AM is a perfect time to start the day. It's not. It's a horrible time to start the day. But since she rules the roost around here...
Good night ya'll! 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hey! It's Okay Tuesday!

It's Okay to...

  • Not understand what Tumblr is.
  • Love The Amazing World of Gumball.
  • Simultaneously adore your kids and feel like if they say, "Mom!" one more time you're sending them to live with the gypsies.
  • To have found this draft that was written on 10/9/2012 and find that it's still as true today as it was then. :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

She's No Geordi

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

Grace is now at the age where her disabilities are becoming more noticeable. When we are out in public, normally someone will comment on her hair or how cute she is. Then they pause.

They don't want to stare, but they can tell something is different about her. So far, only two people have come out and made comments about her 'special needs'. Both were very kind, but it still broke my heart.

People can tell my baby is different.

A few days ago at the grocery store, we were picking up some ground beef. The lady working the counter talked to Grace....and then she did 'the pause'. Because of her visual impairment, Grace couldn't tell where the woman's voice was coming from. So while Grace was turning her head, 'scanning' to find the woman, I quickly said, "Oh, she's visually impaired and is trying to figure out where your voice was coming from."

The woman responded, "Oh! My brother is mentally handicapped!"


 I understand that when people are faced with something different and maybe a little uncomfortable, the knee-jerk reaction is to compare it to something in their own lives. But as this woman rambled on about her brother and the hole in his heart and yada, yada, yada, I just wanted to yell  at her. IT'S NOT THE SAME THING.

It's okay to notice that things are different with my daughter. It's okay to make kind comments about her. It's even VERY okay to ask questions! But please don't lump all disabled people into the same group. Each person is very, very different.

As we were leaving, the woman laughed. "You know, in her lifetime they may be able to do something to help her! Maybe she will end up like that guy on Star Trek with that visor that helps him see!"

"Maybe!" I laughed and turned to walk away.

"Psh, what does she know?" I thought to myself. "Grace is no weird Star Trek character. She's not Geordi La Forge!" 

"She's a kick-ass Captain Kathryn Janeway, damn it!"

Now excuse me, my dork is showing. Let me go tuck that back in. :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hey! It's Okay Tuesday!

It's Okay to...

You call it horribly tacky. I call it wonderfully festive. 

  • be terrible at parking. In my defense, I'm legally blind in my left eye so my depth perception is off. I normally try to park in the back of the parking lot so I'm away from others, but those cutesie, sarcastic "You Suck At Parking" notes people post on the internet make me shudder. It's only a matter of time before I get one on my van...
  • actually like "ugly" Christmas sweaters. Beauty is in the eye of the sweater-holder.
  • love our Elf on the Shelf. If you don't do it at your house, that's okay. But don't be a hater! 
  • to miss blogging. :) I'm baaaaaack! 
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