smithical

why i love the world of mommy bloggers

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you get to read amazing little gems like this that ENCOURAGE!

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how you know you’re sleep-deprived

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it takes you until 2:30 in the afternoon to realize that your shirt (a black turtle neck) has been on inside-out since you put it on earlier that morning. and nobody in church told you that it was backwards. it’s kinda like having broccoli stuck in your front teeth.

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conversation

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after kenny and i said goodnight to rowan and sawyer and closed their bedroom door this evening… Sawyer: you’re too far away! i can’t see you!Rowan: i’m right HERE!Sawyer: Are you a airplane?Rowan: NoSawyer: Are you sailboat?Rowan: No.Sawyer: Are you Rowan?Rowan: YES!Sawyer: Are you Sawyer?Rowan: No.Sawyer: Are you Sadie?Rowan: No.Sawyer: Are you Gabe?Rowan: No.Sawyer: Are you Ramona?Rowan: No.Sawyer: Hey. Where Sadie live?Rowan: Michigan.Sawyer: Huh. Michigan?Rowan: Yep. the conversation continued. but i almost felt as though i was eavesdropping on a special brother-bonding conversation. every once in a while, i’m floored…read more

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i want to win a book!

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…there is a writing contest at another favorite blog of mine that i’m entering. it’s a contest using the I am From that i did back in october. so i’m entering the contest, especially since the prize is a book…and i’m a sucker for books. the host of the contest has really good taste in books, so i trust that the winning book will be worth entering the contest. so…head on over to Mary’s blog. the blog is a great read! pull up a chair and read a bunch of…read more

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it’s a good thing i whine sometimes.

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a while ago, i was whining and complaining about the lack of snow in december – the time of year when even people who hate snow want at least a little dusting – preparing for christmas is so much more cozy with snow softly falling around you as you sip cocoa from under a warm, knitted afghan in front of a roaring fireplace (how many imagery-cliches can YOU fit into a single sentence?). FINALLY…we’ve been getting steady little snow showers for over a week now, and we have a lovely…read more

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relaxing football

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this time last year, our lives revolved around football. our social lives consisted only of football-watching gatherings with friends, food, nail-biting, yelling at the quarterback, and yelling at the referees. the radio stations kept playing that horrible, “here we go” song, and the grocery stores were filled with things like black and gold totilla chips and Roethlisberger beef jerky. we had a great, relaxing day yesterday talking with friends over glasses of wine, gourmet appetizers and desserts. but we were pretty tired come 9:30. so kenny and i crawled into…read more

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the hands and feet of christ

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it was something we do on a very normal basis: pile in the car and head out to run errands as a family. yesterday it was to get kenny’s annual haircut. he wanted to boys to see him get his haircut to show them that haircuts, in fact, do not hurt. rowan and sawyer seem to think that having your hairs cut shorter involves pain. they cry and scream when we try to cut their very straight (and very hard to cut) hair. of course, watching their daddy get his…read more

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i’ve been replaced

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every momma secretly (or openly!) loves that their baby only has eyes for them. adam has always been a momma’s-boy. he lights up when i walk near him, never lets me put him down, screams as though he’s being pinched when i walk away. he loves his momma. a few weeks ago, he discovered the cats. and now, it’s all i can do to get his attention when they’re in the same room. he’s feeling much better, but still a bit on the wonky side. so we’re trying all sorts…read more

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clever hydration

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i’m happy to say that adam’s eyes are in no way, shape, or form “sunken in.” whew. but we’re not out of the woods yet. he’s just not keeping much down, so keeping him hydrated is still important. soooo….i need your clever ideas on keeping small children (under a year of age who hasn’t had a huge variety of foods except a few pureed fruits and veggies) hydrated. the most clever, the better as we’ve tried nearly everything i can think of. and he is not a fan of pedialyte…read more

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momma paranoia

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mommas and daddies: when the pediatrician tells you watch for signs of dehydration in your sick baby, has s/he ever asked you watch that your baby’s “eyes aren’t sunken in?” really….what is that supposed to look like? would i actually recognize it? do the eyeballs actually sink into the sockets? or do they fall behind the cheekbone? will he wake up tomorrow and i won’t recognize him? doesn’t the pediatric nurse know that i’m already paranoid about adam becoming dehydrated from this dreaded stomach virus? now she’s added another thing…read more

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