‘Just Be Yourself’

‘Just be yourself’ my husband told me when I mentioned that I’m not good with kids…I don’t know how to act around them. If he had told me to strip down and dance the funky chicken in front of twenty 5 year olds, that would have been better advice than to *just be myself*!  My kids are used to me and my sense of humor, yesterday Leah asked for the hairbrush so she could ‘make Jared handsome’, I said ‘You’re gonna need a LOT more than just a brush!’ See!? I can’t be mean like that to other (sensitive) kids.

So, needless to say, I was terrified to the point of being committed slightly nervous to help out in Leah’s kindergarten class on Tuesday. Much to my surprise (and the relief of my lawyer NOT wanting any lawsuits from sensitive parents…) it went amazingly well. I EVEN stayed for recess…where I was mobbed by children who sensed my lingering odor of fear. In the end, Leah was on cloud 9 bursting with pride at her ‘cool’ mommy and I made a commitment for next Tuesday.


With that little story shared, I’ve decided that I am going to bombard you with random shit listed instead of trying to actually write about my life…and then…and then…and then….


      ~ I’ve decided I am a fair-weather boater. After planning and looking forward to going out on the boat last Sunday, I woke up and saw that the HIGH temp was going to be 85*. Oh HELL NO! Well, plus I was tired from my long work week AND seriously pasty from zero exposure to any sunlight.  So Jimmy and the kids hooked up with his cousins without me. They had a WONDERFUL time and I had a GLORIOUS day  off – even had time to go visit my BFF. Everyone was happy.

      ~ I am friends with a published author!!!! See my twitter ( http://twitter.com/Mom911 ) for a pic of one of the most beautiful ‘uncorrected proofs’ that I had ever seen (well, the ONLY one..but whatever!)  that I actually had in my very own hands. Will be in your local bookstore on Leah’s birthday March 23rd…check it out.

     ~ Jimmy and I have made reservations to go back to visit Hearst Castle. That place is so fascinating and Jimmy has been wanting to go back the minute we drove away the LAST time. Since it’s 5 hours away, we’ll be staying 2 nights and I plan to enjoy every single minute of him…um, I mean it.  (I seriously accidentally put ‘him’ instead of ‘it’ and almost just fixed it! LOL)

      ~ My BFF told me that I am the only one she listens to (she’s had a rough year or two and has actually taken some of my advice) and basically told me how much she appreciates me (well, in the way WE express our ’emotions’ to each other which consists of the works ‘Whore’ ‘Hag’ ‘Beotch’…etc.) I just told her that there will be a time that I am going to need HER attention and dedication so I am just investing in my future hoping to save $$ on therapy later on.

       ~ My mom has lost 20lbs! Whoo-hoo mom! Great job!

      ~ I am changing shifts next month and will be working graveyard. I am, at the same time, scared and excited for this change. Scared because I haven’t done graveyard in 7 years (and even then, it was only 2 days a week), but excited for a change and more $$! I will be working from 6pm until 6am with an hour commute each way. It’s going to be hard, but I have a good crew. Everyone that will be on my shift is cool and kick-back. No drama. I will hopefully be able to read some more or even sign up for an online class or two. Who knows? Opportunities are endless.

      ~ Jared is continuing to do excellent in school. The change in him this year has been amazing. I even sent his teacher an email of appreciation because she obviously knows what works for him and he is thriving. She wrote back telling me that he is an intelligent boy who has lots of questions about the worlds (AKA: Won’t stop talking!) and she has found that as long has she explains what she is doing and why they do certain things, he is happy as a clam. I love her. Can I keep her?


         So yeah – everything is going well with the 911 Family. We are pluggin away, working hard and living life. Blessed in our boring-ness. 🙂



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3 responses to “‘Just Be Yourself’

  1. Thanks for the life update and congrats all around (especially to mom, dang)!! I know what you mean about being awkward with kids.

    Whenever a kid is like, “We’re going to play pretend and you’re the princess.” My instinct is, “No I’m not.”

    Or “Look, we’re at war” and they do the little gun fingers and “pew pew pew” – while other adults may clutch their chest and hit the ground, I just kinda go, “Uh, that’s your finger.”

  2. Wow, lots of stuff! I’m not so good with kids either, so I totally get you. My kid… yes. Other kids… um, you can keep them.

    Graveyard should be interesting, but better you than me;)

  3. I so know what you mean about kids – only mine has always been the teenagers….ewwwww. I just didn’t and still don’t know how to deal with them. Kids are easy for me. I’m SO, so proud of Jared – he is so smart. A good teacher is worth their weight in gold. Hopefully with her guidance this new improved self-esteem will carry on for years to come. I’m SO proud of you for doing the classroom gig – and getting way out of your comfort zone. You already know that I think you are a fantastic Mom. Graveyard – I know you don’t do well when your sleep is screwed up so I’ll be praying for 6 straight hours a day for you. Online classes would be AWESOME! You’re gonna get so sick of me asking ‘now what are your days off????’ I’ll try to remember to put them on my calendar so I won’t have to bug you (I know, I know just call me gma).
    Thanks for the shout out – 18.5 to go!

    I love you tons hon.

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