I love when my kids are good

Besides waking up at “too early” am this morning, I love my children today.  Well, I love them EVERYDAY, but today I love them more!!

I LOVE reading.  I used to read (pre-kids) on average about 5 -10 books a week.  I used to get grounded and my mother would ground me FROM MY BOOKS!  It was the WORST punishment I could fathom.  Worse than getting a belt, or making me eat her “home cooked” meals.  You would have thought my world was ending, when she tells me I am grounded and I was forced outside, squinting and crying into the beautiful sunshine with my friends.  Unsuspecting people walking past (HA!  My nearest neighbor was almost a mile away!), would have thought I was locked out with nowhere to go with the ruckus I would cause slamming my fists on the front door and smearing my snot tears with my shirt.

After having kids, I now average about 5 books a YEAR.  I am just far to busy to read and I miss is sorely.  I also am not able to keep books in my house within 4 feet of the floor because I have a 2 year old that thinks he needs extra fiber.  SO, no books for me.  If I felt up to it, I would buy a book from Amazon (my online mistress) and MAYBE (that is a GINORMOUS maybe) get 1/2 way through it before either:

1) a lovely child of mine tears it to shreds when I put it down to go pee

2) it is so boring I want to just throw it away

3) I pull a “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and do something and forget about it completly

4) The book falls behind the couch and I forget it is back there

There is  the RARE occasion now that I find a book SO intriguing that I am almost waiting for the MP’s to come knocking on my door for a “Welfare Check”.  I am ALWAYS outside, so I am sure my neighbors wonder where the heck I am when I get so encapsulated by a book.  These are such rare times in my hectic life, though.  My kids don’t make it easy on me to get in the amount of reading that I want/need to.

OK, so a few weeks ago a friend on my BabyFit site recommended a book she had read.  THANKS SASHA if you read this.  After a HUGE debacle with Barnes and Noble on their Nook for PC download I was extremely ticked off that I wasn’t able to download the book from her like I was supposed to.  I tried for almost 4 days but the system was beyond maddening.

I typed up my friend, Michelle, whom I yap at about 20 hours out of the 24 they call a day (I need more hours by the way).  She says “OH!  I have it in PDF form and will email the link to you!”  YAY!  Online BFF’s are just the greatest sometimes!  OK, always (I know she is reading this!).  She emails it to me and I forget all about it as I go about my fast life of cleaning up poop, mashed banana, and puke.

Fast forward about 3 weeks and along comes yesterday afternoon.  My house is spotless (for once), my kids are napping at the SAME TIME (that, alone, is a MAJOR feat), Camryn is at school, and I am beyond bored.  There is nothing on TV (I caught up on my Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Teen Mom, and Desperate Housewives before I even cleaned).  I have NO hard copy of books that are even remotely intriguing.

DING DING DING!  That proverbial lightbulb clicked on in my head!  I used my AWESOME search function on my GMAIL and found the link that Michelle had sent me a few weeks prior.  That was the beginning of the end for me!

I read a 366 page book, in PDF format, in less than 24 hours.  With kids running around me.  I stayed up late to do it, and it was SOOOOOO worth it.  I would do it again in a heartbeat, but I know the next time I try, my kids will be their normal, needy selfs.  Not that I mind them needing/wanting me, but I really miss being able to curl up and read a book whenever I want to.

Oh, the book I read was “The Hunger Games” and I sincerely recommend it to ANYONE.  I had Michelle send me the link the the second one in the series, but I haven’t been able to read it yet, because I had motherly duties waiting for me this afternoon.

Maybe tomorrow?  Next year?  I think I hit my quota.

It takes a website

I am an internet guru.  I can navigate Google with my eyes closed (but not without my coffee first), and I can help people with internet connectivity issues from thousands of miles away.  It is my special power.  I LOVE my special power.

SO, when I was pregnant with my middle son, Holdyn (the holy terror), it was only natural for me to turn online for answers to my questions.  Google answered them all, plus added a whole new list to my notebook pad.  I was going for a VBAC (a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), and I wanted to arm myself with the best knowledge I could get my coffee stained hands on!

I came across 2 websites are awe AWESOME for Mommies AND Moms-to-be.  A must have in your bookmarks.  2 sites you will visit MULTIPLE times a day (and by multiple I mean I have been known to be on for HOURS at a time…whoops).  My children are still alive and kicking so, I haven’t abandonded them.  Yet.

Let me tell you about them.

First there is BabyCenter.com.  This site is the know all be all of baby and baby related things!  I learned about breastfeeding, babywearing (i LOVE babywearing), and a pregnant woman’s rights that their doctor or hospital doesn’t want them to know about!  A LOT of my research on VBAC came from HOURS on BabyCenter learning a bunch about this controversial subject.  I got my VBAC BTW.  I’m sure I will harp on that some other time unless asked earlier.   If you want to find me on there, I am loganmyangel.  I welcome friends!  I am not on there as much, except to read about babywearing and cloth diapering!

NOW, for my most favorite site of ALL TIME.  BabyFit.com.  OMG!  I could spend the rest of my life on this site!  I have made a few lifelong friends from here.  I am a part of a few groups, some public and some private.  There are Mommy Teams (months/years that our children were born) that are SO eclectic.  There are people from my next door neighbor (almost literal in this.  No lie!  I have met her!), to New Zealand and beyond.  We have next to nothing in common (besides having children) to almost everything.  I have gotten into heated debates and in the next thread we have laughed over the stupid thing one of our husbands did.  It is great, has kept me honest, had me crying, had me laughing, all in the span of 4 or 5 pages.  We have had our claws out, waiting to rip eyes out, then 5 minutes later crying together over the loss of a complete strangers dog or cat.  I couldn’t ask for a greater group of friends, even if we neverr set eyes on each other.  I can honestly say that I would trust almost all my friends on BabyFit to watch my kids, even after having not met them in person.  It says a lot about someone’s character when you can say something like that.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, I say it takes a website.

Welcome to my world…

My name is Courtney.  I am a SAHM to 3 awesome little boys (most days) and the wife to my wonderful (again, most days) husband, Shawn who is in the Army.  We have 1 spoiled ass, rotten cat, Cassie, who is a little over a year old, and a spoiled brat of a puppy, Spuds McKenzie (yes.  That is his name.  Honest.), who is 1.5 years old and MIGHT make it to 2.  Maybe.  I’m not sure yet.

With the family that resides in my house there is NO wonder that I have to suck down 2 pots of STRONG BLACK coffee every morning just to survive the trip to the bus stop.  Most days that isn’t even enough to open my eyes fully or even to get dressed before supper time.

My days usually start at 5:30am.  SOMETIMES I am able to sleep in until 5:31am.  I LOVE those mornings.  Those are the mornings that I dream of at night, instead of the puppy dogs and rainbows.

My first pot of coffee starts brewing up it’s awesomeness around 5:15am.  My alarm clock starts shrieking at me at 5:30 on the freaking dot.  The screaming from my phone puts me in a foul mood that would even make even a hormonal teenager cower at my feet in reluctance.

After the first cup of coffee has digested itself, I am semi-human and capable of a decent conversation without curse words streaming out of my mouth as nouns, verbs, adverbs and even punctuation.   I am NOT a morning person if you haven’t figured this out yet.  Mornings are my arch nemesis.  We don’t get along in the slightest.  We are not able to co-habitate peacefully.  But I can’t kick it out.  It sucks.

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