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Mom Challenge: Day 1

Today is the day.  I’m beginning my self-imposed (and hopefully, self-motivating) Mom Challenge.
Today’s topic:

1.   Ask “what is one thing we can do together, this month?”

This, I confess, was a no-brainer. I didn’t even have to ask.  Although, I suppose if I was technically following “the rules”, I would have done so.  Ah well…hindsight, and all that.  And rather than do it sometime this month, we decided to do it today.

A few weeks ago, Sister Bear’s teacher made AppleJack Cookies with the class as they studied Johnnie Appleseed.  After Christmas, we found ourself with a large number of apples in the house; therefore, she has been begging me to make AppleJack Cookies with her.  Today, in an attempt to put her desires first (although I had a bajillion and one things I needed to be done), we cleared as much counter-space as we could in the kitchen, washed our hands, and got to cooking!

I realized at the last minute that we were missing nutmeg, but oh well…we proceeded anyways.

As you can see, Sister Bear is still in her jammies.  We didn’t even get dressed today.  I must admit…it was nice:)

I forgot to get a picture of the final, finished product, but that’s okay.  The cookies weren’t what this was about.  This was about taking some time to fully focus on the kid(s) and doing something that was important to them.  I am not a wonderful cook, but Sister enjoys it so much that I really do need to take the initiative to work with her more in the kitchen.  All in all, Day 1 was a success.  The cookies are almost gone (not my favorite, but the kids LOVED them!),  and I made a new memory with my daughter.

Now … tomorrow will be more of a challenge…. 🙂




Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Cookers, Mom Challenge, Parenting, Sister Bear


19: That Boy of Mine

See this face??

I love this face. I love this boy with every fiber of my being.  (And by the way, it’s horribly unfair that he got the long lashes and full lips in the family. It’s just not right.)

But there are days, recently more often than not, that I long for these days.

I want to see him do this.

Not this. 
(I thought this picture was funny when I took it, but today, it just makes my heart hurt.)

It’s a battle.  Watching my firstborn develop a personality that is, at times, eerily similar to his father.  Stubborn.  Strong-willed.  Very opinionated.  I have to remind myself constantly that no matter how much I love my kids and want to be their friend, my first and foremost responsibility is to be their parent.  To help shape them into the very best person that they can be.  Oh my, is it hard.  Forget diapers.  And bottles.  And lugging around tons of baby gear.  The real parenting starts when your child begins to question life, and as a result, your authority.   When they push the limits- just because they can.  When they begin to form their own opinions, no longer taking your word as the gospel truth.  When they suddenly absolutely will not take off the pair of jeans with the holes in the knees, although they have many pairs of nice pants.

Some days I just want to cry because I love this little booger so much.  And I know it makes him just as unhappy as it makes me when we clash.  But I must, must, must remain strong.  Guide my children.   Teach my children.  Love my children.  And pray….pray with all my might….that I did something right.  I want to enjoy these years, and I’m sure I’ll look back at this post someday and grin, remembering all the silly little arguments.  But for now, in this very moment, these silly little arguments feel monumentally huge, like one small misstep can result in disastrous consequences. 

And also, it’s really hard to stay mad at someone who is this cute.  Seriously.


Posted by on February 11, 2010 in J-Bo, Mom's Brain, Parenting