Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Trouble with Twitter

I consider myself a social media savvy mother. I tweet, upload, update, pin, post and enjoy using a clever hash tag just as much as every kid under the age of twenty, including my own teenagers.

I'll admit some days I’ve used this technology to my benefit. I've texted my kids to the table – you know since using the dinner triangle went out of style a hundred years ago – and I’ve also checked Twitter to see if my kid is having a good day.

Well, that sounds all nice and modern family-ish but, in my opinion, social media actually proves quite challenging. I'm convinced this age of technology has made parenting much more difficult for me than it did for my parents or their parents.

For example, just what is the protocol for discipline when information is garnered from social media?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mile 2013

Mile markers on the highway remind us where we are so we can determine how far we have to go until we reach our destination. Likewise, there are milestones in life that also note our path marking our journey. Graduation is one of those moments. 

I don't remember much about my own high school graduation ceremony. I certainly cannot recall who spoke that day or what inspirational message they gave my class but I do remember with clarity two things: how I felt and who was with me. 

I was surprisingly emotional graduation day. I cried just before my classmates and I filed into our seats. At eighteen I didn't know much about who I was (who does at that age?) but I certainly didn't imagine I was catching a glimpse of the weeper I was to become. I felt the weight of the moment as I sat alphabetically organized between my peers watching a slide show of our previous four years. The moments flashed on and off of the big screen and as I watched, I wept in honor of the moment.

Now kids these days, with their camera phones and Instagram apps, have documented their entire existence with digital photography. The class of 2013 has already seen almost every photo taken of them. My daughter's graduation slide show experience will be very different than mine, as she knows nothing about the mystery of dropping your film off and waiting a week to see what photos develop. So will watching her high school career flash before her eyes be any less dramatic? Or perhaps like mother like daughter, she'll cry too?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My Mother's Day Gift to You

When I reflect on all the Mother’s Days this mom of five has celebrated over the years there is a specific one that stands out in my mind. This particular Sunday was not a day of rest or relaxation. I wasn’t showered with expensive gifts or dinner out. I didn’t escape chores, dishes and other domestic duties. And yet, believe it or not, it was one of the very best Mother’s Days I can remember.

About six years ago, after a long grueling week of work, school, soccer scrimmages, doctor visits and play practices my weekend plans were to entertain out of town guests and their three young children.

Rest and relaxation was not on my to-do list.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Menu Monday - New Recipes!

It's not easy getting dinner on the table everyday.
It's not easy planning ahead & making a menu.
Nor is it easy to find the time to cook a meal.
It's really hard work. But I do it because I want my family to eat real food.

I do it because without dinner I'm not sure we would ever be in the same place to talk & connect & tell stories about our day.

I also do it because I like to cook. If I had more time I would probably cook even more. But for me, I find great pleasure in the moments my kids wander into the kitchen and sneak a cookie off the cooling rack or hang around to like the beaters after making icing. I cook for them.

Also, I do it because in Jodi Picoult's book, The Storyteller there's this great quote:
"What must you break apart in order to bring a family together? Bread, of course."

I tried lots of new recipes this week. Some worked, some didn't. Either way - here ya go! This is what my Tribe ate this week:

Sunday Brunch - Breakfast Casserole from Jaime Cooks It Up and Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
(we really liked this recipe, Aaron said it would even be great with mushrooms in it)

Monday - Pasta Alfredo Bake, garlic breadsticks & spinach salad with Olive Garden's dressing

Tuesday - Typically Taco Tuesday we mixed it up this week to try TOT-Chos
Instead of nacho chips we used tator tots. It was delish & fun!

Wednesday - Complete Crockpot Steak Dinner
(I won't make this again. The family thought the steaks were, and I quote, "Hard to chew")

Thursday - Dorito Chicken & Mexican Rice
I sprinkled in a tablespoon of Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix into the boiling water for instant rice. Viola! Mexican Rice!

Friday - Chicken Patty Sandwiches & Pioneer Woman Best Ever French Fries
(they really are the best ever & I only make them when I have time because the are a smidge tedious but totally, totally worth it)

all the recipes I try I pin the Pinterest - you can follow me there too!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fly Little Bird, Fly

Halee trying on her cap & gown!
Everywhere I go you would not believe how many people keep asking me, "How are you doing?" implying with their tone of voice that perhaps I am not well.

At first I checked the mirror to see if I was looking as exhausted as I felt. Were my bags baggier or was my hair disheveled? Did my eyes look especially crazed revealing sleep deprivation?

Honestly, I didn't think I looked any more worse than normal so what was with all the sudden concern? Then it dawned on me, because I am the mother of a high school senior my friends are looking at me for the onset of empty nest syndrome.

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