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Yes, I’m Their Mother

Posted by Shelley on Feb 26, 2009 in Real Life Stories, kids

Today is really not chaotic. However, I did not have my chance to blog until now. So, my blogging attempt is becoming chaotic because my children are so darn entertaining. Any real deep thoughts will be written later. Now, you dear reader, have the chance to become entertained by my children as well!

Canon’s class is having a wedding tomorrow for Wanda and Willie Walrus. They will eat wedding cookies and worms. It is W week (obviously) He just told me, “I get to marry Jolie! and I will have two lifes!”

I asked him what that meant and he held up 2 fingers, and said, “I will have 2 lifes, Emily and Jolie, b/c there wasn’t enough boys.” Life? Wife? What’s the difference? One or two? Again, I bet most men would say, what’s the difference?

Next up was Melodi. She wanted the laptop and I said no. I was still in some dream-like state that I thought I could squeeze in some deep thinking/blogging with the kids and the dog at my ankles. She looked at me and said, “Well, mom, can you type for me on my blog? I will tell you what I want to say…”. Honestly, I don’t make this stuff up. She wanted to blog, but she wanted me to type it. It was like dictation. All of a sudden I felt like a secretary. My daughter’s secretary.

I decided to do it because by typing her blog I had some decent material to go along with Canon’s life/wife story. I thought about cutting and pasting what she said, and I typed, onto to my blog. But, I do believe you will get much more entertainment value after visiting her site yourself. Please note she is very incentive based and much of her blogging are attempts at getting rewards. Did I tell you I was her mother?

 
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Transparency

Posted by Shelley on Feb 25, 2009 in Real Life Stories, Uncensored Shelley

I’m talking about being free from pretense or deceit. Open. Frank. Candid. That’s what transparency means to me.

When you read this blog, you will get nothing less than the transparent thoughts of my mind. Isn’t that just exciting?!? For those of you who really know me you might be on the verge of hyperventilating. No, I am not talking about the soap box, let me tell what what I really think transparency. That, my friend, is best experienced from me in person. But I will allow you to get a look into my life that is open, frank and candid. That is without pretense or deceit. The real deal so to speak.

In an effort to display this kind of transparency, I’m going to tell you that I mopped my kitchen floor for the first time in 2009 just yesterday. There. You have it. The truth! I am not particularly proud of this but I think it demonstrates exactly what kind of transparency you’ll be hearing from me if you continue to keep up with this blog.

What’s even funnier is the reason why I decided to mop on the 24th day of February, nearly 8 weeks into the new year. Last week Canon asked me what a mop was. Oh my goodness, I thought, this child has never seen me mop! Then I thought, when was the last time I mopped a floor? I couldn’t remember. Oh, keep reading, it just gets better!

Yesterday I picked him from preschool and told him we were going to buy a mop. We looked at them together, me explaining (since I am the homemaker diva) the difference b/t this mop and that mop. Yes, this is what me and the 4 year old did for about 30 minutes yesterday. And do you know what I did after that? I talked myself into swiffering! So, you see, I will mop as long as it’s not called mopping. That is just plain sad folks. But there you have it! Transparency. No pretense. No faking it. Just the real deal.

 
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This is Not My Desk

Posted by Shelley on Feb 24, 2009 in Uncensored Shelley

This is not my real desk. If this were my real desk the keys would not be on it. They most definitely would be lost. But we will leave them there as a hopeful incentive that I can start keeping up with my keys. On the other hand, I ALWAYS know where my iPhone is located! So, this desk is partly accurate. A few more tweaks and it will reflect me. The real me!

For example, take the coin that is pictured here and it becomes a Chuck E. Cheese token. That cup of tea is really a cup of strong black coffee. And there are pictures of my family all around. Replace the pen with a crayon. Now it starts to look more like “my desk.” Except with a lot more sticky notes!

Lately, people have come back into my life who helped me remember who I was. Not that I’ve ever forgotten but you know, life gets busy and you forget stuff. Like crazy dancing at spend the night parties to Devo and playing imaginary games with imaginary people that become so real that you could hear them talk to you. Fun memories, sad times, the good, the bad and the toxic shocks that make up this thing called life. My childhood, high school and college memories are really the things that shaped my life and got me where I am today! A happy mom of two precious children who is very much in love with her husband and recognizes the only way to get from here to there is through an abundance of grace.

To complete the look of transforming this desk to my desk, some index cards with bible verses written on them will have to take up some room too. Because the kind of grace I’m talking about is heavenly grace. And you’ll continue to hear more about my thoughts on grace, forgiveness, freedom and such if you decide to follow this new and improved blog ‘o mine.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I will get back to blogging later. I am going to try to find something important that should be on my desk but I can’t remember where I put it.

 
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New Year, New Stuff

Posted by Shelley on Feb 23, 2009 in Uncensored Shelley

Life’s thrown some stuff at me. But, in the words of someone else famous (not sure who said it but it’s true), it’s not a setback it’s a comeback. Be patient with me as I pull this blog thing back together. New and improved! Smarter, stronger, better. Sounds like an advertisement for paper towels doesn’t it?

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