TraDISHions

Do you have any food traditions (other than the normal turkey on Thanksgiving)? We did growing up. We had chili every Halloween. Potato soup and cheeseburgers every Christmas Eve, Monkey bread every Christmas Morning, and of course black eyed peas on New Year’s Day.

I’ve tried coming up with some for our family, like meatball tortellini soup on Christmas Eve, and Nacho’s on Halloween (ok, so that’s what we are having this year, lol) but I can NEVER remember from year to year what we had. Personally, I blame the Monkey, because my mom only had two kids, and she’s my third, so that must be why I can’t remember and Mom did, lol. Actually, I’d have to say it’s probably because we don’t always do the exact same thing for every holiday. We don’t have family close by so we switch which family we are with for Christmas and Thanksgiving every year and we don’t celebrate our own Christmas on Christmas day….ever. The kids don’t seem to mind because some years they wind up celebrating 5 different Christmas’s. But it does make some traditions hard to keep up with. Oh- and Meatball tortellini soup, while absolutely delicious, is way to hard to make on Christmas Eve (whenever we may have it) when you have 3 kids to round up and try to get settled in. That and once the kids discovered spinach is in the meatballs, that weren’t so keen on it, lol.

On that note- go out tonight be safe, have fun, ingest lots of candy and

Sweet Dreams and Pleasant Nightmares,

Cecily

Sounds

I’m sitting here at my computer just listening. Do you ever do that? With 3 kids, multiple animals, and a busy hubby, I never know what I’m going to hear. Currently- my Monkey is singing in the shower (must mean she’s having fun). K-man is making noises in his room- I think his bionicles (or something) must be having a battle. Princess is being quiet, but I’m guessing she’s looking at a book or pouting b/c she’s supposed to be cleaning her room. Every now and then I hear the ding ding ding of my phone updating from facebook or email. Then there’s the occasional door shut, or thump from outside where Hubby is doing who knows what…At the moment, Spike, our resident rooster is keeping to himself, but every now and then I hear him announcing his presence. The dog must have just walked into the bathroom b/c Monkey was singing “who is in here, who is in here?” Oh–man, that didn’t last long, I hear it now :”Mommmm, Mommm, MOOOMMMMM.” Coming from 3 different directions. 5 minutes, that just might be a record.

 

Sweet Dreams and Pleasant Nightmares,

Cecily

Sleeping arrangements.

You know I don’t care how long you’ve been married, and how many kids you have…sleeping in your spouse’s childhood room, is weird. It’s weird when they sleep in your old room too.

However, I must admit that normally I still sleep pretty well when I go home. That might have something to do with the fact that I know if my kids wake up at dawn, Grandma is right there to take over, lol. Normally I sleep pretty decent at my in laws too, but the room is in the basement and there are no windows.

Getting older is catching up with me though. Every time I move at night it sounds like a bowl of rice krispies. That and lately I don’t seem to be able to sleep thru the night at all. Oh, forget about sleeping in. I somehow have developed an internal alarm that never existed before. 5:30 comes along and bam, I’m awake. Now, I’m not silly enough to get up that early, but I wish I could sleep longer. But on the bright side, I’m still waking up surrounded by the love of my family.

Sweet Dreams & Pleasant Nightmares,
Cecily

Road trips

How in the world did our parents and grandparents survive road trips…..we’ve got one kid on a ds, two watching a movie, me playing on my phone…Still we get the dreaded “Are we there yet???”

My kids don’t know there was a time before portable entertainment, a time when you actually had to entertain yourself. I must be honest though, I’m glad we have it. It makes it much easier for me to take a nap, lol.

I remember as a kid (before seatbelt laws) laying in the floorboard of our car and pretending the lights on the radio was the tv and I was watching M*A*S*H or something. We even had a cot that went in the back of the car into a bed. Ahh, those were the days…

The funny thing is my kids think the 3-6 hours to grandparents house (depending on which one we are going to) is forever. The older two don’t remember the 12-15 hour trips we took when we lived in MI. But at least they have plenty to do…

Oh and just a heads up, if you are traveling in MO or KS this weekend the highway patrol are out, ski drive safe.

Sweet Dreams & Pleasant Nightmares,
Cecily

Cursing and Kids…

I recently read a post somewhere and a person asked, “When is ok to let your kids curse around you?” Well….I don’t know the person and I don’t follow their blog or page, so I chose not to respond. But I read some of the responses and I was very surprised. Maybe my Nightmare keeps me out of the loop and in my own little world….but my response would have been NEVER. Of course I don’t personally feel it is appropriate to curse, use cuss words or whatever you want to call it. I’m not overly offended when someone does, but for as for me- I don’t. Well, at least most of the time. I understand things happen, words slip out. But when it comes down to it, I ask myself, if I say these words am I improving myself, do I sound more intelligent? You have to answer that question for yourself, but I can tell you for me the answer is a resounding NO. The thing of it is, for me personally it isn’t even as much a matter of the above questions be answered NO, but of this– If I claim to be a Christian and God’s child, is that language appropriate for me to use? Is God glorified by it? Would I talk to Jesus using those words? Based on Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. I can’t talk that way. I realize the the verse doesn’t specifically say don’t cuss, but if we aren’t to take the Lord’s name in vain do you think He wants us to use other language like that. I have lots of friends who chose to use language I don’t, and like I said I am NOT offended by it. What struck me was the post I mentioned above. If I don’t think it’s ok for me to talk that way then I’m certainly not going to let my children.

 

Sweet Dreams and Pleasant Nightmares,

Cecily

My Pleasant Nightmares!!

Hi! I’m trying my hand at blogging again. This time it’s all me and all about me, lol. That and my life of Pleasant Nightmares. I feel it’s an appropriate title for my life right now. You know it’s like one of those dreams that isn’t really bad, but boy are you glad when you wake up and you are in your own bed. I’m am a mostly stay at home mom to 3 kids and one great really cute hubby. We have a small piece of God’s creation on which we raise them, plus a crew of animals which include dogs, cats, turtle and chicken for the time being. Life is really pretty great, but I know it will only get better when I wake up in Heaven and see my Lord face to face. Therefore—I’m living in a Pleasant Nightmare!

Sweet Dreams!

Cecily