I just finished Mo’s birthday invites. As I reviewed his friend list the diversity of his classmates dawned on me. His invite list looked like a UN summit: Syrian, Russian, Latino, African American, Asian, Arab and Multiracial. At the tail end of his academic year at a new school I realized just how diverse Mo’s […]
What do me, Danica Patrick, Juvenile, Elton John, and Sarah Jessica Parker have in common? Well, in addition to great hair and expensive taste in clothes, we all share the same birthday. You can see what celebrities were born on the same day as you here.
“Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver could have been blasting in the delivery room while my mom was pushing me out. It was the #1 song on my birthday. This site lets you see the #1 song for any particular date: your birthday, anniversary, etc. On the day Morris was born, it was “Let it Burn” by Usher, and my MD was doing the tootsie roll to “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne as she pulled a breeched Bronson out.
If you want to know how old you are in dog years, your birth tree, or when you were concieved (TMI for me) then check out this site. It will give you a gazillion tidbits regarding the day you were born. I will sleep much bettr tonight knowing that the Mayan Calendar long count date of my birthday is 188.8.131.52.7 which is 12 baktun 18 katun 0 tun 12 uinal 7 ki.
And last but not least, I just might grab some free grub at Black Angus, Captain D’s, Daphne’s Greek Cafe, or Souplantation then hop on over to Baskin Robbins for a free 2.5 scoop of ice cream. This site shows you all kinds of freebies you can get in your neighborhood or online for your birthday. The free swag doesn’t stop there. You can also check out the freebies for your kids and your pet.
So, don’t be a birthday scrooge on your special day. These sites will hopefully make getting older (and wiser) just a little bit of fun.
With Bronson turning 5 this year and starting Kindergarten in the Fall, there has been lots of talk about Redshirting for Kindergarten. The term REDSHIRT comes from athletics. College athletes are redshirted to extend eligibility in sports by providing an additional year for growth and maturation. They train with the team but do not compete […]
Kids are constantly testing their boundaries. When they test their boundaries, that usually equates to testing our patience. Sometimes it ends in a lose/lose battle. Ultimately, we wanna keep our cool while our kids walk away learning a valuable lesson. The morning of a big soccer game Mo woke up and dumped a big bucket […]
Bronson is a really easy kid. He’s nice, funny, independent, and listens pretty decent for a preschooler. These fine qualities have made him very popular for playdates. He has quickly become a Playdate Kingpin at his school. Playdate requests come flooding in so much that Bronson has taken the liberty of arranging his own social […]
I love sports for kids. There are so many life lessons to be learned: character, hard work, determination, teamwork, resilience, and so on. However, one lesson many parents downplay is winning and losing. There is the philosophy of “everyone is a winner“, and yes, that is great to help build children’s confidence and self esteem […]
One of the great benefits of having kids is making them do chores passing on your love of things. By this, I mean our kids often are forced learn to love some of the things WE love. For example, the other day Mo said he wants to play football at LSU. Hmm…where did that come […]
My dad is turning 70 years old today.
Morris said “Grandpa Gus is so cool because he is the oldest person I know. 70 is so close to 100″. But, don’t let the age fool you. My dad still runs 3 miles a day, drinks at least a 6 pack of Bud Light every night, and swears like a gangsta rapper.
We’ll be celebrating in Memphis, TN in the homeland of his favorite singer, Elvis Presley. I probably won’t mention to my dad that Mariah Carey (my favorite singer) recently surpassed “The King” with more #1 singles.
As a child, there were many things my parents did that I didn’t understand or like. However, as a mom, I can now appreciate these actions and intend to pass them on in some form to my boys.
1. The value of a dollar- Growing up, I seriously thought we were poor. We weren’t, but I was never “given” anything that I wanted. When I wanted the cool pink Converse, I remember my dad taking me by the Footlocker for many weeks to admire them in the window. I went on a mission to earn money for a month doing extra chores around the house (I even mowed the lawn once, can you imagine?!). Sweet glory, the day I finally marched in that store and didn’t come out empty handed.
2. Working hard- It was understood in our house that once you turned 15 years old you would be getting a job to earn money to buy the little luxuries you desired. But also, I was taught the value of saving money as well. So when I got my very first paycheck from Benetton, my dad drove me straight to Trust Company Bank to open my first Savings account. Thanks to the work ethic my parents instilled in me, I had a steady job from the time I was 15 until I was 30 and had Morris.
3. The importance of education- Good grades were not rewarded in our house. They were expected. While all of my friends were given $5 per “A” earned on a report card, I got a big hug and a reward dinner at my favorite Chinese Restaurant. But when I graduated with honors from Clemson University, that was reward enough.
4. Unconditional love and positive reinforcement- I did some REALLY dumb things growing up. I know we all do, but man, I am too embarrassed to list them, but I will say no matter how much I ran the phone bill up, how many cavities I got from sneaking too much candy, or how many of my friends called collect from jail, I always knew my mom and dad loved, supported, and believed in me.
5. Committment to family- My dad was present at every basketball and football game I cheered, no matter how bad the team sucked or if I was on “cheer probation” or not. I could always count on seeing him in the stands even when there was only a handful of fans. I never knew how “important” my dad was at his job because when an event was important to me, he was never tardy or absent. He was always involved in PTA, carpools, after school events, and even shuttled me back and forth to work, the mall, and movies.
My dad is the most intelligent, charitable, honorable, and humble man I know. I must credit him for many of my good traits including my keen appreciation for a potty words, love of farting and burping in public, and the ability to penny pinch. But most of all, I’m a great mom to Morris and Bronson because of the fine example he set as a father.
Many wishes to my dad for a joyous 70th Birthday.
And in honor of my wonderful dad, I will put my vanity aside for your viewing pleasure to enjoy these less than flattering photos. But you can definitely feel the love!
Everyone knows I have a love of flatulence. Being a mom of 2 boys, there is always wind breaking somewhere. Where there’s wind, there’s usually a storm to follow…AKA POOP. Since I often openly discuss my life and it’s poop filled adventures, a friend of mine gave me a bottle of Poo-Pourri. I thought I […]
I was at the park the other day and observed a mom texting on her phone. Her son was building a sandcastle nearby and wanted his mom to join in. Basically, he was trying to connect with her. He couldn’t because she was on her phone connecting with something else. As I watched the scenario […]