20 Little Things to be Grateful For

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As much as my boys run me ragged, never doubt for a moment that I am grateful for every day that they are in my life.  My hubby may snore all night long but I thank the Lord for bringing such a wonderful man and father into my life.  At this time of year we all reflect on the big things that make our life complete; home, family, friends, love and even the furry four legged family members that makes a home even more complete.  I have been blessed with all the above.

Still, there are some little things in life that make it easier to get through my days.  So this little post is dedicated to those things that make it possible for me to navigate the roller coaster that is life.  The ups, the downs, the sleep deprivation, and lately the raging hormones.  They may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, yet I appreciate them all the same.

  • Kirkland Sleep Aid:  When I am truly exhausted and desperate for some rest you do the trick. Sure, you cause havoc on my sinuses but you allow me to reach a state of REM for which I am truly grateful.
  • Fleece sheets that wrap me in fuzzy coziness.
  • 5 Hour Energy:  How did I ever live without this stuff?
  • Pink girlie pajamas:  There is just something so right about putting on soft jammies and painting my toes.  It reminds me that I’m not just a mom, but a girl too.
  • Wine:  Do I even need too explain this one?
  • Appletinis:  See wine.
  • Chocolate and good cheese:  Both of them go perfectly with a good glass of wine.
  • Change found in the washing machine.  Mom’s no longer get visited by the Tooth Fairy.  We get our quarters from the Laundry Fairy!
  • My lunchtime BFF’s:  These are the girls I can talk about ANYTHING with.  Love you girls!
  • My other BFF’s:  Always there to share the good stuff and the not so good stuff.
  • Kitties:  There is something so peaceful and cozy about having a warm kitty in your lap.  When my cat purrs I can literally feel my heart beat slowing down and relaxing.
  • Good jokes:  I absolutely LOVE laughing until I double over holding my stomach and crying from laughing so hard.
  • The sound of my boys laughing.  Most of the time they are either doing something dangerous or trying to kill each other, but every now and then one of them will do something that completely cracks up the other one. Then suddenly two boys are laughing hysterically and the sound reminds me what is really important.
  • Costco Free Samples:  Shopping with children in tow is super stressful.  Nothing like some free pizza, chocolate cake, chicken tenders, and frozen treats to keep them happy and quiet so I can finish doing what I need.
  • Thirty One Bags:  Keeping me organized in perfect girly style.  I highly recommend the Pink Pop Medallion print!
  • Knit pants:  It’s like wearing pajamas to work, only more fashionable.  Who doesn’t want to go to work in pajamas?
  • Bubble baths:  No better way to say “Ahhhh.”
  • Bubble baths and bath toys for the boys:   When the rug rats get to be more than I can handle just say bath time!  Thirty minutes of play time for my son and thirty minutes of peace for mom.  It’s a win-win.
  • Bedtime:  It’s kind of like wine.  It needs no explanation.
  • My Blog:  It allows me to have a creative outlet, express myself, and meet other awesome moms out there who inspire me and help me to see the humor in the day to day stuff.

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Warning Signs That You are Becoming a Sleep Deprived Mombie

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Everyone talks about how new parents are sleep deprived because of night time feedings, and that is true.  But just because the baby starts sleeping through the night doesn’t mean your sleep deprivation days are over.

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If you are a mom of multiple kids or a mom who is also working a full time job while raising kids and maintaining a home, sleep deprivation is going to be with you for the next several decades!

There will never be enough hours in the day so you stay up longer to get things done, wake up earlier to get a jump on the day, and spend nights tossing and turning because your brain keeps reminding you of all the stuff you forgot to do the day before.

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Here is a list of warning signs that you are rapidly turning into a sleep deprived Mombie!

  1. Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine.  There is no such thing as enough or too much.  Whether is it Starbucks, Earl Grey, Coke, or Redbull, you have found a source that works for you and now consume so much of it that your blood type is now C positive.
  1. In the morning when your alarm clock goes off you experience the five stages of grief, all in under two minutes.
  1. In the car on the way to work you have the radio on full blast to help you avoid nodding off behind the wheel.
  1. When you pull into the parking lot at work you have no memory of actually driving there and wonder how the hell you made it.
  1. At work you realize that getting ready in the morning you put on two different colored socks and just shrug your shoulders.  At this point they should be glad you are even there.
  1. You forget to do the really important stuff, like look at you’re your day planner, your to do list, and the humongous calendar on the fridge that was to remind you that your kids have no school and you needed to arrange for day care.
  1. You lose things you were holding in your hands just five seconds ago.
  1. You are forever putting things in the wrong place; cell phone in the fridge, keys in the mail box, etc.
  1. The refrigerator is full of 5 Hour Energy.
  1. Your purse has several bottles of 5 Hour Energy.
  1. Your desk drawer has several bottles of 5 Hour Energy.
  1. You are moodier than a teenage drama queen who just found out that her BFF slept with her boyfriend.
  1. You no longer call your kids or coworkers by the right name anymore.  You know their name, its right on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t get it out. You finally settle on just saying, “Hey you.”
  1. All your clothes are getting tight because of the extra food you consume to over compensate for your lack of energy.
  1. You walk into a room and immediately forget why you went in there.
  1. Commercials and certain songs suddenly make you bust out into tears.
  1. While cooking dinner or folding laundry you feel so exhausted you start crying.
  1. You have stopped answering your phone because you are in no mood to deal with actual people.  If it is really important they can just text you.
  1. You are tempted to smother your husband with a pillow when he starts snoring in the middle of the night.
  1. You have memorized all the squeaky spots on the floor when you finally give up and go to sleep on the sofa so at least you won’t wake the children.
  1. Your every thought, fantasy, and day dream is about running away to a hotel for a couple of days just to sleep without interruption for as long as you  want.

If you or someone you know are suffering from five or more of these symptoms it is highly advised mass quantities of wine are drunken immediately and the sufferer be allowed to pass out for at least eight solid hours.  This recovery process may need to be repeated for several nights in a row.

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