Just call me Mom of the Year.

Last night we were coming home late and it was getting too late to cook something for dinner from scratch, so I pulled into the local super market parking lot.

My daughter and I hopped out of the van and walked around to the other side to let the wee dude out.

I had noticed an older woman across from us getting into her car and another guy riding a shopping cart to his.

All of a sudden I hear the guy start laughing out loud and I look up to see what was so funny.

The woman that had gotten into her car and now had pulled along side our van. She wound down her window and started talking to me. I couldn’t quite hear her, so I leaned towards her passenger window and asked her to repeat herself. 

“Your sweet little daughter just gave me the middle finger!”


SAY WHAT NOW!?

I have NEVER given ANYONE the middle finger (in front of my kids), so as to where she picked that up, completely baffles me!

I turned around and my daughter apologized to me, but I had her immediately apologize to the lady. I was so embarrassed!

She wouldn’t tell me why she did it and stuck to me like glue while we grabbed our groceries.

Eventually, on the way home, she confessed and said that the lady made a mean face at her. Perhaps she did…she did look pretty scowly. An example of BRF (bitchy resting face).

Another lesson learned…don’t try to sneak something behind Mum’s back ’cause you’ll ALWAYS get busted.

Oh, and be kind to others. Sometimes it pisses them off more.

The Tooth Fairy cometh! #YMCCommunity

For the past several months, our daughter has watched as her friends started losing their baby teeth.

She has been pining and I think secretly wiggling her teeth in the hopes of one becoming loose enough.

Yesterday it happened. One of her bottom front chompers became loose!

She freaked out! “Mom! I taste blood!” And the tears began.

By the end of school, the tooth was super wiggly and bleeding more. She was panicking!

Within 5 minutes, one of her afterschool playmates came running over yelling at me, “Her tooth fell out!” And our little lady, tears streaming down her face and blood coming from her mouth, arrived at my side.

Losing her first tooth!

I wanted to do something different than just a Tooth Fairy pillow, like I had when I was a kid. It may have been more along the lines of…the failure of having the ability to channel my inner ninja after a glass or two of “the kids are finally asleep” wine, and not wanting to have to try to sneak into her room, get under her pillow and do the ol’ swapperoo without waking her.

Months ago, I bought all the pieces to create our own Tooth Fairy Door, but I thought that I had more time before we needed it. Apparently, time waits for no one, so last night I stayed up late painting and assembling it.

Taaa daaa!

Taaa daaa!

We’re ready for you Tooth Fairy!

So what’s the going rate for the Tooth Fairy these days? I’d love to see what you when your kiddos lose their teeth!

That’s my boy! #YMCCommunity

As parents, we try our best to protect our precious little ones from violence and swearing…

but on occasion, there is no avoiding exposing them to the ugliness around us.

We spell out swear words when their little ears are nearby, and fumble to change the channel when adult content, whether violent or sexual, shows up on the TV screen.

Recently, we were privileged to be witness to an argument in public where swear words were being thrown around. Ugh! No avoiding that one.

Our 5-1/2yo daughter has always been very good at not repeating “grown up” words, even when she’s angry. But our 2-1/2 yo son, OY VEY! He is the BIGGEST parrot and has the most impeccable timing when he chooses to share his new found vocabulary.

I was picking our daughter up from school the other day and I brought along the wee dude. We always stay for a little while to play with friends and chit chat with the others parents.

When it was time to go, I hollered for my munchkins to head to the van and Tyrannosaurus Toddler yelled back, “Shut the F*€% up!”

Face Palm

I nearly died!

The playground got quiet and I felt all eyes on me. I wanted to disappear. How do you react to THAT!?

I quickly went to him, advised him that these words were grown up words and not appropriate for kids to use, but the more I did this, the more he thought it was funny and shared this with the onlookers.

I scooped him up and we made tracks to the van. I’m sure a great discussion was had in my absence, but whatever.

No, I don’t teach my kids these words. Yes, I have occasionally let a few slip out. Yes, I try to correct them when they are used. No, I’m not worried that others think I’m a terrible parent.

Life happens…roll with the punches. Kids will be kids and parents will always learn as we go along.

PS- I’m sorry my kid taught yours to swear. Next up…arm pit farts!

What’s for Breakfast? Chunky Monkey Pancakes

It’s Spring Break and thankfully, at least one of our kiddos is sleeping in!

I usually save the big breakfasts for the weekend, but it’s a rainy day today…so why not?

Here’s what I made:

Chunky Monkey Pancakes

Chunky Monkey Pancakes

Courtesy of One Sweet Appetite

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

3/4 cup buttermilk (of course I had no buttermilk, so I stirred 1tbsp of vinegar into 3/4 cup of 2% milk to make my own)

3 tbsp melted butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large bananas, diced

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat a skillet to medium heat.

Whisk together the flour, powder, soda, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold in the bananas, chocolate chips, and pecans.

Pour the batter onto the griddle. (I use a 1/4 C. measuring cup per each cake). Cook until the sides are slightly browned and the pancake starts to form little bubbles on the top. Flip and cook until browned.

Serve warm with butter and syrup, or for a little extra kick add chocolate syrup.

I really liked this recipe because there were chunks of banana and they were quite fluffy 😃 The kidlets gobbled these goodies up pretty quickly!