Saturday, August 30, 2008

Feeling the Need...

I've had many conversations lately with family, friends and acquaintances, regarding my political views and how they seem to be more liberal than they used to be. I do believe that over the last couple of years I have become less conservative in my beliefs, but I assure you that the Democratic party would not claim me. Although still registered as one, I don't consider myself a Republican either. I can't imagine them welcoming me into their fold as I preach about bringing our troops home, and healthcare reform. I'm a lost soul in the political world, I feel the need to support the person that I think will do the best job... In my eyes, and with issues that I feel are important.

Recently I have made some comments regarding McCain's choice for VP. A woman. How progressive of Mr McCain, to pick a woman. Take it at face value and it probably does look progressive. However, a woman who's anti-abortion and anti-gay rights only stands to set us back decades as a country, and as women.

To be clear!!! I am PRO-LIFE, always have been. I have been a member of the pro-life coalition since I was in highschool, I have marched, and supported this cause whole heartedly. Lately though, I'm realizing more and more that just because this is the way that I feel, does not mean I need to tell you what to do and I certainly don't want the Government involved in any decision I make when it comes to my body or the child that I carry. Palin is so anti abortion that she wants to make it illegal even in extreme cases of rape and incest... something that I have always used as my exceptions. Can you imagine, a 13 year old that is the product of incest and forced to carry the baby to term because the Government says she has to?

I do not appreciate being painted as a murderer or baby killer because my opinions don't match up with others, and I have news for all of those that are extremely conservative on this issue, abortion is nothing new, it was going on way before there were activists to fight it, only they were being done in back alleys with coat hangers. IN. AMERICA. People say that they are proud to be Americans, they love the freedom of choice, only they stand to elect a person that will take those freedoms away from some, and heaven forbid you be gay. No rights for you whatsoever. Will Palin try to overturn your civil unions and marriages?

I want to live my life to the best of my ability, I want to raise my children to be open minded, strong and determined. I don't want to play god and tell you how to live your life. I want to mind my own business, and have no intention of trying to impose my beliefs on you, and under the circumstances neither should our Government.

I will never fault someone for their beliefs no matter how different they are from mine, I will always fault someone for being so closed minded that they won't even take a second to hear the other side of the argument.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kudos McCain, Kudos...

Think he has another one of these ready to go for when Obama wins the election?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tiny Tutu's

Many thanks to Candoo for hosting a little "Princess Party" for all of our little divas. She made tutu's for all of the Princesses in attendance, including the smallest of Fair Maidens.... How cute is this? Pictures courtesy of H. and the one of Munchkin is from Non-Lucid Drivel.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

An Auburn Girl In A Crimson Sea

This is absolutely nothing new. It's just this time each year when I'm so rudely reminded how "crimson" the city of Birmingham is when it comes to football.

I went to WalMart today to see about getting a couple of cheap-o auburn outfits for the twins. I was happy when I came around the corner and saw a huge display of Auburn (and UAT) merchandise. As I was perusing the selection, I realized they had absolutely NOTHING for kids in Auburn colors, NOTHING. I really shouldn't have been surprised. For some reason every year we beat the shit out of UAT and, we still get no respect. What is it now? 6 years in a row?

On the way home, I stopped to pick up a couple of things from Publix. I happened upon a display of some UAT plates, cups, napkins, blah, blah.... I thought, Great! This will come in handy for our kickoff party this weekend, I stroll around thinking Auburn would be on the other side... NADA. Again, we are hosed. What the hell Birmingham? What does Auburn have to do to get a little love around here?

I guess I'm left to conclude, that Auburn will not whore themselves out to the likes of stores such as Wal-Mart. We aren't cheap and will demand the most for the best....

Monday, August 25, 2008

One Small Step For Babies.....

Finally! The babies slept in their own room for the entire night last night. We tried on Saturday night, and they were sleeping great, but the power went out and we didn't have the monitors to rely on. Since their bedroom is upstairs we can't hear them in our room, especially if we want to actually sleep. They ended up back in the pack n play and the Munchkin ended up in our bed around 3:45am. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised this morning when we woke up at 7:30, no crying babies, and no toddler feet in our ribs.

Another plus? The twins are sleeping for about 12 hours now! What a giant step for mankind!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Damn, I'm Ready!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Day. (so far)

I got up early this morning, thinking that Mrs T was coming to clean and knowing that I had a lot to do in order to leave for the playdate on time. Let me just give you the run down and then you can tell me that I was completely crazy for not calling it a day and sitting on the sofa..

While in the shower, completely soaped up, Munchkin came to tell me that "Mary Kate" was crying and needed me. I got out of the shower to find that she had twisted herself almost completely around in her bouncy seat and was screaming bloody murder. I got her settled and calmed down. When I got out of the shower the second time, I found the Munchkin sitting on the sofa with a bottle of purell, there was a puddle in her hand and she was lapping it up like a labrador drinking water on a hot day. Nice! My first thought was to call poison control but then I remembered that I know several kids that have done this and were fine. Plus after having an "accidental" taste of beer, I'm quite sure she has a high tolerance for alcohol.

A couple of warnings, and one time out later, I finally have everyone dressed. I made the dip, put the babies in their carseats, and starting herding the Munchkin out to the car. She stopped in front of me, I ran into her with the carseat, she screamed bloody murder, neighbor stared. I put her in her seat, she was so upset she threw up the cereal bar she had in her mouth, into my hand, Nice! I got almost to the interstate when I realized that I left the bottles sitting on the table. Turned around, went back, neighbor stared some more.

Finally, we had 10 minutes to get to the party that was a strong 30 minute drive. If the damn Troopers weren't so busy trying to "take back our highways" I might have only been about 10 or so minutes late.

On the flip side the Munchkin loved being a Princess and is still wearing her tutu... Although she is down here after only a 45 minute nap. Dinner tonight should be fun. You have all been warned.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

How Time Flies

I think Random Mommy posted about this a couple of weeks ago, about when she started blogging. It made me wonder just how long I've had this one going..... 2 years today! I can't believe that I have somewhat diligently been logging the happenings of our life for that long. The good, the bad, the boring... it's all been recorded here... for 2 years!! So in celebration of my 2 year bloggy birthday I have decided to link to some of my favorite posts from way back when....

Hunger Strike Ends - Toddler Healthy

Silly Little Fart

Cuts Like a Knife

Adventures at the Who Ha Doctor

The Toddler Diet

Raisin Poop Phenomenon

Open Letter

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Oh Sweet Jesus!

Today was just one of those days. I've been really busy trying to get ready for our trip and the Munchkin has been busy being, well, a toddler. We made a trip to Sam's today to stock up on the essentials, diapers, formula and a big ass bag of peanut M&M's. I knew I could get in and out of the store in 15 minutes, I was focused and in the zone, but because I had the twins with me, everyone wanted to "peek" at them. One older couple stopped me and started up a conversation. No biggie, I give them the run down....

Both girls -
Identical -
5 months old -
"Mary Kate & Ashley" -

Only problem with this conversation was that the elderly gentleman was talking through a hole in his throat, into one of those voice box thingys (yes, that is the PC term.) I was doing well understanding him, his wife was translating some, my problem came when I saw the wheels turning in the Munchkins head... At first she wasn't sure where the "noise" was coming from. She was looking up, to the left, to the right and I was trying my best to continue talking to this nice couple while trying to figure out how to head off a very inquisitive 2 1/2 year old. I could see it happening in slow motion, she finally located the source and began to stare. I continued to talk thinking maybe she wouldn't be able to get a word in, no such luck. She says to the man, "Where are you talking from?" "What's that thing?" the man didn't hear her, but as the lady was walking off, she made mention that she thought the Munchkin was curious about the way her husband was talking, I smiled politely and said "yes ma'am" We'll have to sit down and have a conversation about how some people talk in different ways...." What the F*@K... sit down and talk about how different people speak? That's the best I could do? I might as well have been the toddler there. People of different colors, I can handle. People in a wheelchair? Bring it on, but a man that speaks through a hole in his throat?? Come On! I have never in my 33 years spoken to someone like that, rarely even see them, and my first encounter comes with a 2 year old in tow. Life is a cruel joke sometimes!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Check It Out!!

After many a trial and error, and mucho help from several people, our new site is up and running. We need readers, so please check us out and pass us along!


If you are a Mom in the Birmingham area, this site is for you! Check us out frequently to stay in the know about all that is happening in the city. We will have product reviews, info on upcoming events, the best of.. parks, kid friendly restaurants, you name it, we're on it.

A special thanks to Pumkin Patch Creations for our design, and to JayDoug for helping route our URL..

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Don't Lose Me!

I've updated my url to be - I'm not completely sure how this redirecting thing works, so please update my link!

Monkey See, Monkey Blurts Out

Munchkin and I had a great day yesterday, mostly just running errands, but it was some much needed Mommy/Munchkin time.. My mom was here keeping the twins and that allowed me to have a day to focus on my number 1.

After getting the car washed and cleaned I decided to swing by the mall and look for a new pair of sunglasses. I had seen a really cute pair of Jessica Simpson's a couple of weeks ago but really didn't need them, so I decided to put my wallet away and forgo the new shades. On Sunday, the sunglass gods were either pissed at me or were trying to do me a favor by knocking them off my head and breaking the frame.. New glasses for me! Yay.

I didn't feel like driving back to the Summit, and that department store has a location in the mall closer to my house, so off we went. Once we get there I realize of course, that the selection is not the same. Not even close. I was a little frustrated that their selection sucked so bad. I found a couple that were ok, but couldn't find a mirror to look in. The closest mirror was over in the jewelry department, and walking back and forth trying to keep up with a Toddler is just too much of a hassle. As I was putting the glasses back I mumbled something about how ridiculous it was to not have a mirror by the glasses. As we are walking out of the store, an older lady working the jewelry counter started a conversation with the Munchkin, when she asked if there was something she could help us with, the Munchkin replied: "No, this is ridiculous, we are going to find a mirror."

I laughed awkwardly and a managed to mutter that we were actually looking for sunglasses... When will I learn that this child is a sponge - a sponge with a very large mouth and an excellent vocabulary!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

The Girl Who Cries Wolf To A Redneck Mommy

I think I have just become the neglectful, redneck, trailer trash Mom that allows her child to run around practically naked and bother the neighbors. I'm the new Britney in my hood'

This afternoon the weather was so nice we had the door open onto the back deck, the Munchkin was free to roam in and out. While I was in the living room feeding the twins and watching the Olympics, I could hear her carrying on a conversation with Mrs. T. next door, through the screen. Then I hear her yelling for me, this is a bad habit she has started. She will yell for me from somewhere in the house when she wants something, usually it's nothing and I will yell back: "Stop yelling and come tell me what you need." From the deck she is screaming for me, I am screaming back. Then I here Mrs. T. also calling for me, Crap! Mortified that she was still out there, overhearing me yell, I get up with "Ashley" in tow, head outside and realize that Munchkin has somehow gotten her leg wedged in between the rails of the deck. I try to unwedge her leg as gently as possible, but she is wailing, Mrs. T is standing there watching and I'm feeling like a complete dumbass as the Munchkin proceeds to say between screams "See Mommy? I couldn't come get you, I'm stuck" Whaaaaaaaaa!!!! I got her leg out without causing harm and without splinters. Thankfully I tend to stay pretty calm in situations like this, I'm not afraid to do damage to property if it means getting my child out of a predicament like this one. After all of the drama and a few pleasantries, Mrs. T. actually apologized for having to yell for me....I'm surprised she wasn't apologizing about the call she was going to make to DHR....

Note to self, bake some cookies for the neighbors.... and keep the doors closed when yelling at the offspring.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Like Daddy, Like Daughter.

Hubby has sleeping issues. This is nothing new, and is commonly brought up in conversation when we all need a good laugh or have been drinking and start discussing those types of drunken antics that every husband I know tends to exhibit after a long night with alcohol. Peeing in the corner of the room, peeing in drawers, lot's of peeing where they shouldn't. My Hubby, while he is way worse after a few drinks, has these moments on any given Sunday, he talks out of his head. He will wake up rambling some mumbo jumbo about how I need to stay put and that he is very serious and aware of what he is saying... He is so not. Once I was rudely awakened by him yanking the pillow out from under my head and him beating me with it, while yelling about spiders crawling all over.... yes, sharp objects are hidden and I am pro gun control.

Yesterday, the Munchkin was napping on the sofa in the living room and I witnessed her daddy-like behavior first hand. She "woke" up, mumbled something and then proceeded to act like she was picking something, maybe off of a tree, and eating it. About 20 seconds later she was back fast asleep. Today, she woke up saying "don't worry, I'm teaching Vertue all about it." Vertue is her stuffed puppy... Then, she went right back to sleep. It's a good thing she sleeps in her own bed, I don't think I would stand a chance if they were both having episodes while I was trying to sleep. At least I have a shot at having some normal sleepers, even if it's only one twin. One out of four's not so bad.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Something is Very Wrong Here

I am not a fan of McDonalds, usually. Ever. It's never been one of those places that gets into my rotation when eating out. I think the fries are soggy, and they never put enough ice in my drink. We have successfully avoided the almighty Happy Meal addiction for the Munchkin, in fact I think she was almost 2 before she was introduced to her first little box of grossness. Lately, though they have their drinks, all sizes, for a buck. Since I have a "big drink" obsession, as well as needing a very steady hit of sweet tea, I've been hitting up the drive through for a large sweet tea with extra ice, quite frequently. Maybe it's the smell of the soggy fries coming into the car, but I have been craving a Big Mac in a Big Way. I will not allow myself to be sucked in... I cannot afford myself the extra calories on a meal that I know I won't really enjoy. I think I will save it for Friday night Mexican night instead.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Here I Go Again...

Forgive my site.. I'm tinkering again and trying to work out some kinks. I got my first ad (so exciting) but now I'm trying to make sure things look all purdy....

Wordless Wednesday - Playing Favorites.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Final Countdown

Do you know me well enough to know what I'm counting the days for? I'll give you a hint........

That's right my friends, Auburn football is just around the corner. 27 days and roughly 45 minutes at the time of this post.... Get ready people, the Worlds Most Obnoxious Auburn Fan is about to be unleashed for the 2008 season! Holla!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Laying It To Rest.

I'm going to say this and be done.. D.O.N.E. - Stick a fork in me, done.

I want to take a second and address my "anonymous" commenter - first of all, really? Have the nerve to use your name. It's ridiculous to hide behind a button. If you feel so strongly that you are the end all, be all when it comes to parenting, why hide?

Anonymous Said:

Maybe the people you are referring to were just trying to make new friends. Maybe they weren't trying to cause trouble. And why are you the Biting Moms? And what's so wrong with homebirthing? I had a great home/water birth.

I have a good idea of who this "anon" is, if it's not you EM or H, I'm sure it will get back to you anyway.

I would have to suggest to these "people" a copy of the book, "How to win friends and influence people." Coming into a group and using what your learn about their parenting techniques for your own website fodder is not a great way to make new friends. This group is set up to support the individuals that have chosen to be a part of it. We may not always agree, but we understand that we are all Moms doing the best we can. We make choices that work for us, and our kids. That does not make anyone more right or wrong than the other. And absolutely NOTHING I have ever heard or seen from these Moms would qualify as "abuse."

When "they" chose to disrespect some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and put it on the site that they had already tried recruiting for, they started the trouble. What a stupid thing to do.

Why are we called the biting moms? You tell me, you gave us the name. I can only assume, and you know what they say about that. I'm sure my readers would love to hear the reason for that nickname, enlighten us.

And finally, home birthing. As I'm sure you are aware, not my style. I'm typically a believer in not having the Government interfere in my life, especially when it comes to decisions that involve me and my body. I believe that you should be able to birth your children the way you choose, within reason. The more research I see regarding home birth, the more I think that it puts innocent lives in danger. A death rate double to triple that of a hospital birth makes me wonder. Other Countries have been using midwives forever, my Mom was delivered my a midwife in Germany. Those Countries have more restrictions and qualified individuals performing these services. When you consider that the midwives here in the states would not be considered qualified in these other countries also makes me wonder. I also believe that home birthers in general disrespect the very people that would end up saving their lives in the event of an emergency. Things go wrong during child birth, it's not a gimme'. To say that Doctors don't understand that birth is natural, and that they are too quick to intervene is a gross generalization. You have the right to refuse anything you want. The process of laboring at home until the baby's head causes discomfort when sitting, is absurd and completely irresponsible. And we wonder why medical malpractice is so high. I really could go on... But I have grown tired of beating the proverbial dead horse here.

The point in all of this is, that we are all Moms, raising our children to the best of our ability. It is an arduous task. Taking one tidbit from someones life and disrespecting it, is nothing more than a way for you to cope with your own insecurities. In the future, please know that when you join a group likes ours, you take on one, you take on all.

*** Side Note***

Aunt, you do not count as anonymous as you sign your comments.

Mom, the line about having midwives around "forever" was not implying that you are old!