Made-up language, little lies and better 'propossites'
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Made-up language, little lies and better 'propossites'

One of the twins is thrashing, causing me to cover my face and hope for the best. She proclaims, "We need better 'propossites.'" I chuckle because I understand what she's trying to say - positions. When you've been a mom this long you can understand an entirely made up language.

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Moms don't want advice
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Moms don't want advice

When I was pregnant with my first, a good friend gave me some advice. It was the best advice: "People are going to give you a lot of advice. Smile and nod and then do what's best for you and yours. They are not you."

Yeah, I'm a mean mom
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Yeah, I'm a mean mom

I get a little note this morning when I open my desk, informing me that I'm mean. I ask my oldest what that was for and she tells me it's for the other night when I disciplined her and the others for acting like yahoos in public. Yeah, I am a mean mom. I'm not here to make friends, I've got a job to do.

'The Shack': A mom review
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'The Shack': A mom review

Just like in a horror movie, there are points in "The Shack" in which the mom in you will want to look away. I like to think of my grocery list as a distraction ... Milk. I know I need milk ... and maybe cereal.

I feel like doing nothing today, 'but that is not God's will'
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I feel like doing nothing today, 'but that is not God's will'

My dad once said, "It is always my will to do nothing, but that is not God's will." As I sit here on this overcast day sipping tea at work, I'm thinking about how badly I want a nap and who I would be willing to kill to get one.

Math in the morning
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Math in the morning

"What's 5+5+5+5+5? What's 24+19?" As I come to, I recognize that it's one of the twins talking. I then try to wrap my brain around the context.

No, kids, you can't take a bath with me and here's why
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No, kids, you can't take a bath with me and here's why

I run the water, throw in some lavender epsom salt or essential oil. I disrobe and slip into the hot water nice and slow. I take a deep breath and close my eyes. Then I hear: "MOM!!! You're taking a bath? ... Can I get in with you?"

Orphanage Mode: What to do when it's sick season
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Orphanage Mode: What to do when it's sick season

You've been up all night, your kids just thew up up last night's dinner, your stomach starts to turn and you can't tell if it's because of what you just witnessed or if it's the real deal. Either way, you're not getting sick.

It's a doggy-dog world
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It's a doggy-dog world

OMG! I just read that there's a miniature poodle that lived to be 27 years old. I can't decide if that's a good or bad thing as I watch one of the twins chase our dog, who has escaped out the back door.

Ideas for Valentine's Day
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Ideas for Valentine's Day

As I prep for Valentine's Day festivities, aka having the boxes and treats ready for all four kids, I realize why St. Valentine was stoned to death and beheaded. This holiday is the worst!

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