May 17, 2012

Super Mom

READY… “A suburban mother’s role is to deliver her children obstetrically once, and by car ever after.” ~ Peter De Vries

AIM… I want to know one thing: Why do we only celebrate mothers on one day out of the whole year? Moms are such an integral part of a successful family. I know for a fact, that moms have far too much to do in the short 24 hour window of a day. And yet, moms squeeze in every last second for extra activities, chores, food prep, homework help, laundry, banking, etc. that they possibly can. Sadly, it is the plight of a Super Mom. I must confess; I am a wanna-be Super Mom. Reality check: it’s impossible. However, for awhile, I was going to die trying to be the first ever Super Mom on the planet, darn it! Yeah, that ambition got shot down real fast by the kryptonite-effect the lack of sleep has on your body. So, for now, I’m happy to be a Semi-Super Mom enjoying the roller coaster ride of life with children and learning to take one day at a time. In the meantime, I’ll let my children believe I still have some super secret powers like using the eyes in the back of my head and my ‘mom sense’ for knowing exactly what they are going to do next before they even do it.

For a hilarious recap on everything we moms say in a 24 hour period, click the following link. You can’t watch this and tell me you, or your mom, hasn’t said the majority of these words and phrases all in the same day! Enjoy!

FIRE!   At some point today, have the courage to tell a mom that she’s doing a great job at being a mom. Where are you going to find this mom, you ask? You might find yourself behind a mom in the grocery store check-out line, or hear a fellow co-worker talking about her children, or you may actually be standing next to another mom while waiting to pick up your kids after school. No matter who the mom is, or when or where you see her, if you complement her mothering skills, you are guaranteed to bless her and make her day!

Be Excellent!

May 9, 2012

What Happens In Vegas

READY… “Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time.” ~ Artie Lange

AIM… I just returned from a business/pleasure trip to Las Vegas with my husband. We’ve been to Vegas before and I must say, it’s a city that never fails to live up to my expectations. We had an enjoyable escape together, and my husband experienced some wonderful business advances. It’s so good for our marriage to be able to have time to reconnect and have fun in the midst of our crazy lives.

While we did lots of “people-watching” of the other thousands of people we encountered, I often thought about the Vegas marketing slogan: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Truthfully, I’m not really sure that’s accurate. Sure, that’s what they WANT you to think, but reality says otherwise. Las Vegas is a 24-hour, non-stop opportunity to experience things that affect ALL of your senses. With each of your experiences, you have the potential to bring home great memories, amazing pictures and obscene amounts of money. You also have the potential to bring home a guilty conscience, heart break and regret, and financial wreckage. No matter who you choose to personify in a city such as Las Vegas, you are still you, and at some point, you will meet yourself again when the giddy escape ride comes to a screeching halt at the reality station.

Like all things, there are appropriate times, places, and limits to enjoying all life has to offer us without tempting fate and personal peril. I say, live a little, love a lot, but be sure you can still look yourself in the mirror and like the man or woman staring back at the end of the day.

FIRE!   Let your hair down and plan a fun escape, even if it’s simply a crazy game night at home. We all need time to rest, relax, and get riled up. Share your creative ideas…if you dare!

Be Excellent!