Archives for November 2011

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town…And We Wanna See Those Pictures!

One of the things I look forward to since becoming a mom is taking the kids to get their pictures taken with Santa. I love seeing their eyes light up (or shrink in fear as you’ll see in a minute) at the wonder of the man in red. Tater “gets” it now, but the girls? We’ll see in a week or so when we get the annual Santa picture taken.

Last year, Lila was NOT happy about being sat on a strange looking stranger’s lap…in fact I may have scarred her for life.

They can go incredibly wrong or incredibly wonderful, but no matter what your experience is, we want to see your child’s Santa photos.

Join Tonya from Letters For Lucas and I by linking up your 2011 Photos with Santa! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, any holiday photo will do, as long as it is from this year and it’s festive.

The link up will begin on Monday,  December 5th and stay open until Sunday, December 18th. Yep, there will be some fun giveaways and you won’t want to miss out on them

All you have to do is grab the button (coming soon!) and link up a post of you, your kids, or your pet on the big guy’s lap. So come back and join us! More details coming on Monday!

I’m super excited to be guest posting over at The Kir Korner and sharing my Proud Mommy Moment(s)! Thanks Kir for having me…I’m so glad I call you my friend!

Childhood Memories: Those Once A Year Movies

Remember all those movies that only came on once a year when we were kids? The first one that always pops into my head is The Wizard of Oz. We would wait in anticipation for weeks when we knew it was going to come on on a random Friday night. My mom made popcorn, let us pull out our sleeping bags in front of the TV, and I was usually asleep before the movie was even over since for some reason I remember it started at 9 PM and went until 11 PM. But that could just be me making a good story better.

If you wanted to see Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West and Toto or the Wizard, you had to wait for that once-a-year showing. There was no taping or DVRing back then…and by the time that VCRs came around, I wasn’t interested in The Wizard of Oz anymore because I was too old and too cool to watch it.

But now? That movie is childhood. That movie, along with others, shaped my childhood and created lasting memories.

Because not only did we wait to watch The Wizard of Oz every year, we also waited to watch Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas every single holiday season. And if we missed it? It was like missing Christmas all together.

So most of you can probably relate to this. Which is why I was expecting so much more from the Grinch this year.

Tonight, I had scheduled How The Grinch Stole Christmas to tape on the DVR. Jason was working, so I told Ethan and the girls that we’d pop popcorn, make chocolate milk, and snuggle under a bunch of blankies and watch it. Things went just as planned…kind of.

Because let’s face it: the girls are two and have no idea who the Grinch is, what Christmas is, or why they should be excited about it. Tater went to sleep before it even started. There was popcorn…being thrown all over and the popcorn bowl fought over. The girls wouldn’t sit still and JUST ENJOY THE MOVIE DAMMIT. The dogs were running around on the floor beneath us begging for stray pieces of flying popcorn the girls were sure to send their way. It was chaos, not fun. Or was it?

As I thought about what was going on, I’m pretty sure it was probably exactly how movie time went at our house when we were kids. I can’t imagine me and my two sisters and two brothers all sitting quietly just watching a movie for an entire half hour. I’m sure there was fighting. I’m sure there was talking. I’m sure there was chaos, and all I remember is that we enjoyed it.

Ethan, Lila and Mia…you guys will someday look back at the traditions I’m trying to create for you all, traditions that me and your dad and your aunts and uncles had when we were kids, and you will embrace them. You will remember the anticipation, the fun, the snuggling, the family time. Because I guarantee you that after this holiday season? I’ll be deleting Rudolph, Frosty, and the Grinch from the DVR, and you’ll have to wait until next Christmas to see them again.

And as a side note, I can’t wait for Ethan to be old enough to enjoy A Christmas Story. Because really, who wouldn’t want to have that leg lamp in their living room, eat duck at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas night, and get a Red Rider BB Gun for Christmas? This is quite possibly the best Christmas movie. EVER.

And remember, I wrote a post about all the ways kids can contact Santa (via video, letters, and more!), so check it out if you haven’t already!

Mommy Moment – Poppy Style

That’s right! It’s time for another Mommy Moment at the Monster! If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.

Today, I’m so excited to welcome one of my first real blog friends to share a Mommy Moment – say hello to Poppy from Funny or Snot! Poppy is a mom to three, hilariously witty, sarcastic, and quick, a lover of wine like myself, open and honest, and also a writer at her blog and at Aiming Low, and if you don’t know her, you are gonna love her!

Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!

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When Natalie asked me to share a Monster Mommy Moment, I knew I wouldn’t have any trouble as they happen on the daily. Choosing one mild enough to not get my case file reopened by child protective services or that is past the statute of limitations was a little trickier. I decided to go way back to my very first parenting screw up.

My oldest daughter, Sophie, is 13. I was married when I got pregnant, but not happily, and she certainly wasn’t planned. At 24, I cried when I saw the two lines on the EPT. My friend Julie reassured me God didn’t give bad babies to people that can’t handle them. I wasn’t convinced.

Somewhere in the next 9 months I got used to the idea of being a mom. I read books, took classes, and prepared myself for motherhood. Though all 9.5 lbs of her resembled a 6 month old when she came out, I fell instantly in love when she was placed upon my chest. Instinctually I knew what to do. Stay really still while the OB stitched up my sanjaya and ask for a glass of Dom Perignon.

My baby daddy and ex husband, Rat Bastard, travelled for work. He was thoughtful enough to take 4 days off for the blessed event, but after that I was on my own. My body was still healing, but I was doing ok caring for Sophie and sleeping when she slept. The problem came when I tried to introduce other activities into my day.

On day 8, I had to drive our dog to the vet in a crappy part of town for a procedure. It was a big dog and a hot day. I managed the dog and carseat without breaking a sweat. By the end of the day when I had to pick up the dog, it wasn’t as pretty.

Not because I couldn’t juggle the dog and the carseat, but because I totally forgot I had a baby.

Sophie had fallen asleep in her carseat and I went inside the vet’s office. I waited in a line and I paid for the procedure. It wasn’t until I heard a car backfire that snapped me back to reality.

I let out an audible scream and ran out the door with several people following me to see what the hell was going on.

I left my newborn child in a hot car with the windows up for 3-5 minutes because I seriously forgot she existed. I started crying like the Post Partum Poppy I was. Thankfully there was no permanent damage. She is totally my smartest kid and I know she didn’t get that from Rat Bastard!

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Thank you for sharing this Poppy…I have a few of those mommy moments I’d rather never see the light of day. We screw up, that’s part of being a mom, right? I am so glad she was okay!

There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.

Now head over to Funny or Snot and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you!

Monster Likes #42

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It’s the weekend and you know what that means…it’s time for Monster Likes! What’s Monster Likes? I list my favorite selection of posts I found throughout bloggy land over the past week. I’ll be honest and admit that between a major sinus infection and Thanksgiving, I didn’t get around to as many blogs as I usually do, but I still found some good ones!

If one of your posts is listed below and you want the badge, just shoot me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll send you the badge to put on your post!

And now on to the good stuff….

Fadra over at social dialect had some great insight to Klout in her post Why I’m NOT deleting my Klout profile. And yes, I’ll be keeping mine.

Katie at Practical Parenting is hosting a Blogger Holiday Cookie Swap and I can’t wait to get a surprise treat in the mail!

Ashley over at My Front Porch Swing has an amazing recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings that I cannot wait to try out!

What was your favorite post of the week?

Other Cool Stuff To Check Out…

Occasionally, I will receive an email about something that I’m not willing to write an entire blog post about, but that I think is worth mentioning…so I thought I could put those things here and if you want more information about them, you can click over to the links and find out more. Here are some cool things I received over the last couple of weeks…

Hope at Home

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Hope at Home. Head over and see the latest post Give the Gift of Hope This Holiday to check out their holiday gift packages and even more do-gooder gift ideas. And stay tuned…there’s going to be more about Hope at Home’s holiday gift packages featured over at Have Wine, Will Drink next week!

‘Like’ Toyota Prius 

Head over to “like” the Toyota Prius’ Facebook page and you’ll be able to help Toyota Prius V and Toys for Tots deliver toys for kids in need. It’s a simple way to give this holiday season!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Side Dishes, Leftovers, And Of Course Desserts

I love Thanksgiving…everything about it. Being with family, the feeling of being so thankful about all the good in my life, the memories from when I was a kid, and of course, the food.

There are two things that always appear on our table, and one casserole I look forward to making with the leftovers every year. I’m going to share them with you here and I guarantee you that if you try these recipes, people will ask for the recipes and you will make them over and over.

These are not recipes that are new to Mommy of a Monster, in fact, I’ve shared them all before. So I’m going to send you to the recipes just so you don’t have to read three recipes that you don’t want to read here in this post.

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

jalapeno_creamed_corn This Jalapeno Creamed Corn recipe is A-MAZ-ING and we eat it at almost every big family gathering we have. Don’t be frightened away by the jalapenos; you de-seed them all first so they just add a bit of zip, not heat. This recipe was even featured on BlogHer last year!

Mock Mashed Potatoes

They look like mashed potatoes and taste like mashed potatoes, but they aren’t potatoes! It’s a great mock mashed potatoes recipe made with cauliflower. It’s yummy. Check it out.

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

Yep, Thanksgiving is not complete without pumpkin pie…or is it? This Upside Down Pumpkin Cake recipe is my claim to fame and a recipe I don’t give out very often. Make this cake and people will be begging for the recipe, they’ll ask you to bring it again next year, and they’ll think you spent all day baking when really you just dump a bunch of stuff in a pan!

Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

turkey_casserole_recipe What to do with all of those leftovers? I’ve gotcha covered! I love making this Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole after the holiday, but also throughout the winter because it’s the ultimate comfort food!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? I’d love to check them out!