Candy corn, Jolly Ranchers, Kit Kats, Skittles. Enough about what I had for breakfast, lets talk about Halloween candy. Being that I’m not the “healthiest” eater, I’m glad David Zinczenko, author of, Eat This Not That! For Kids! came out with a few Halloween candy guidelines. I have referenced his book before, and I like […]
I just had my 20 year high school reunion. As a former class officer, I helped plan the event. I had no idea I would gain so much from the experience. It definitely made the trek from Los Angeles to Atlanta even better than the frequent flier miles earned. I was quite fortunate to go […]
The life of a Stay At Home mom can get very redundant. To retain some sort of order, having a daily schedule really helps. Wake up time, bath time, school, playdates, soccer…I run a pretty tight ship. A regular schedule works great for organizational purposes plus kids like the security of knowing what to expect. […]
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 […]
There are some things “experts” say are beneficial to our kids, and we do it. We play classical music to our unborn child because it might make them smarter. We buy them black and white toys as infants for increased visual stimulation. We put our kids in Mommy and Me class for socialization. Who knows […]
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 […]
So…I told you how Simone I. Smith has THE BEST hoop earrings in the world. WELLLLL….she continues to go after my heart. My new fave Simone creation is her Lollipop charm necklace. Simone I. Smith teamed up with the American Cancer Society to introduce “A Sweet Touch of Hope.“ This stylish lollipop charm will help […]
I love sports for my kids. It keeps them busy (and out of my hair). There are also so many great characteristics to learn from sports: character, sportsmanship, perseverance, work ethic, and team work to name a few. I love when when I can teach my boys life lessons from sports and athletes. Recently Heisman […]
Most of my friends know that when September rolls around, DO NOT CALL ME FOR RELATIONSHIP ADVICE, SPA DATES, SHOPPING TRIPS, OR BEACH EXCURSIONS. In fact, if the 2-time National BCS Champion LSU Tigers are playing…I’m just gonna turn my phone off. None of my friends really like college football (hmm…must re-evaluate friendships JK). And none […]