Dirt, bugs and tears: OH MY!

May 25, 2015

Gianna had a Memorial Day assembly at her school last week. Her pre-K class performed one song, which lasted maybe 5 minutes total, yet I still had to hold back tears. I mean I could feel myself turning into a puddle of mush. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to make it through her little pre-K graduation ceremony that is set to take place in a couple of weeks. Any major or minor milestone in her life just turns on the water works. Am I a nut or do I just feel too much? Probably a little of both!

This weekend kicked off the unofficial start of summer and I just have to say that it sure does feel good to finally be out and about with the family. Maybe I appreciate summer more because of the part of the country I live in, but whatever it is, my soul is happy when I’m out and about doing things with my family. And my two-year-old son’s soul seems to be happiest when he’s playing in dirt.

Moms of boys, what is it about dirt? My son loves to find it and play with it as though it were sand. My daughter will get herself dirty playing out in the yard, but it’s just nothing compared to the way my son plays. Today he even stooped down to pick up an ant that was crawling on the ground.

“Nooo!” I screeched. “Yucky!”

It was an impulse response and I immediately felt guilty afterwards for telling him not to pick up the ant. I mean, it’s just an ant. If he wants to explore the ant, so be it, right? So yes, time for me to start working on my knee-jerk “yuck” reactions! Maybe by the end of the summer, I’ll be OK with the bugs he wants to bring to me as gifts.

Oh who am I kidding? Bugs give me the heebie-jeebies. At any rate, I’ll just have to teach him to be the bug swatter for my daughter, who, like me (bet you’re not surprised!) hates anything with tiny legs & little wings too. 🙂

Hope y’all had a fabulous long weekend. I know I’m pooped! Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all who serve our country and protect our freedoms.

~*~ Warm Wishes, Entering Mommyhood


Hey, mama mama

May 20, 2015

You know that popular song on the radio right now, “Hey, Mama.” That song is my daughter’s theme song. Why, you ask? Because literally a million times a day (I kid you not!), she is calling for me.

Mama, look at this.
Mama, I need a snack.
Mama, how do you spell prayer?
Mama, mama, mama.

Now I’m not complaining – that’s not to say that sometimes I want to let out a little scream after she’s said mama over and over and over again when I’m trying to get something done – but, when this song came on the radio the other day when we were in the car, I couldn’t help but crack up.

“Gianna, this is your theme song!” I shrieked.

She didn’t quite get it at first. So I told her to listen to the lyrics and she, too, started laughing (and singing along!).

So now every time that song comes on the radio, we pump up the volume and sing our hearts out.

On a side note, I just looked up the full lyrics to the actual song and some of the lyrics are pretty gross. We only shout the “Hey, Mama” part because, heck, it’s fun and that’s what life’s all about!

Expert DIY needed for article!

May 19, 2015

Hi Fellow Bloggers,

I’m looking to put together a list of 101 Great Teacher Appreciation Gifts for an article I’m writing. These can be store bought gifts or DIY gifts. If you are a DIY gift expert (at least 10 years experience) or a shopping expert, I’d love to speak to you. Please email me at rstewartrubinofreelancer@gmail.com.


I’m back!!

May 13, 2015

It’s clearly been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I’m back and committed to keep writing. I even have a few posts ready in the pipeline to post, but haven’t done so yet. I’m hoping my musings about motherhood are relatable, funny, and will maybe even brighten your day.

After a long brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. In fact, some of these past few days have actually felt quite a lot more like summer. I’m in my glory. I enjoy hot, steamy weather. I’ll take that any day over the snow and cold. Since the nice weather is here, the kids and I have been soaking it up at local playgrounds and I’m getting some extra exercise jogging with them around the lake.

As I gear up for some new posts, I’d love to hear about what you’d like to see me write about. For an upcoming post, I talk about my new favorite exercise regime and how it’s changed my perspective on my body image. Send me an email, or comment below and I’ll put it on my list of topics.

I’m also going to be writing parenting articles for Care.com, so be sure to check out my work. I’ll link to it through here, but also follow me on twitter @bostonwriterrsr.
Until next post….