Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Play it Safe

When my soldier is away over night I do my best to play it safe. Late last night I remembered I still needed to take the trash out to the curb. We live in a wonderfully family friendly community so it was not the boogie man I was worried about when I made the choice to check in with my friend before I went outside. I sent her a text saying I was headed out and would text again when I got back in and was settled. She replied and I stood up realizing I had to pee. But now I was on the clock... If I took too long surely my friend would fly over from 2 blocks away expecting to find me mauled by lions, tigers or bears. So I clinched and opened the garage door. There is no light on that side of the house and having not put the garbage out in a while I had forgotten this.
I blindly grabbed for the trash can handle. It was squishy, cold and wet... I screamed... About the same time I realized it was covered in slugs I also realized I had released my clinch and peed down into my flip flops.

Lessons learned:
Put trash at curb during the day.. and don't check in with friends when your about to do something stupid because then you have to try and explain yourself to the person laughing their head off over the phone.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Grounded from Life

Ok, let me set the scene:

It's 6:52 pm on a Monday night. After 24 hours of caring for a sick kiddo with 103 temp, I am sitting for the first time all day. The kitchen is closed for the night and the homework tug-of-war rope has been stowed till tomorrow. My eyes have been stinging since my 4th cup of joe that I drank after a fruitless attempt at a mid-day nap. When the laundry that I am sitting on warms to the temperature of my backside I move over one cushion and grab a warm towel to fold.
And that is when it happened... Curly came casually strolling up to me and said "Mom can I go ride my bike outside?"
Dread flooded my body and I quickly went through a Rolodex of good excuses.. I mean reasons, why she had to remain inside the house.

Riding her bike requires me the "helicopter Mom" to sit at the end of our driveway making sure all safety procedures are followed. I know it looks a lot like me checking to see if I have any new comments on my blog on my iphone and once in a while standing up after a car goes by to raise my hands in the air and yell for them to "SLOW DOWN". But really I am doing my parental duty. A duty that at this point of the day I just do not have the energy for.

Then it came to me.. "You can't ride your bike you are grounded, remember?"
"But you said I was grounded from TV and the computer, you never said I was grounded from my bike?"
And there it was... the moment I have been told by so many of my friends that have kids older then mine.
She got me..
I stuttered and did the number one thing your not supposed to do... I looked confused....
On my behalf she did catch me in a moment of weakness.

How did it come to this?

My friend Tracy who has 3 boys has told me a thousand times "Never show fear".  You can clap right in her face and she won't even flinch. That is what years of being in the trenches with her children has done to her.

Curly sensed my confusion. She smirked, walked past me, grabbed her bike helmet and headed toward the garage. Scrambling I yelled over my folded towel.. "NO, BECAUSE I SAID SO"......

Mirror..mirror..on the wall, I am my Mother after all....

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Lovin

The Bomar family summer was as busy as ever! Trying to fill you in on every detail would take all day and I can only hide from my kids in this closet for so long before I run out of air. To get you caught up below is our summer in pictures!

We taught the baby to splash in the puddles! Or he learned to play in the street.....?

We followed all packaging instructions on the new lawn mower... well almost..

We played "Wheres Waldo" at my sisters college graduation!

And when we found her I took really great photographs to capture the moment...

I had lots of help doing laundry.....

We threw our bodies down a wet plastic tarp and called it fun!

We hung around a river..

I went to my four year olds salon for the last time...

We all got library cards!

I found some wild animals at the zoo, and saw a few Chimpanzees.

I enjoyed being loved.....

I kept my expensive new phone out of harms way... mostly...

I ate right...well... I ate good!!

And last but not least... Got my picture taken with a lady dressed as a giant vagina, just because I could!

I pray you had a wonderful summer!