Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mothers vs. Social Media + My Mother's Day!

Every mother's day, I try to think back on what it must have been like for my mother when I was growing up. Was it easier? Harder? The same, except better clothes and hair back then?

A friend of mine at lunch the other day brought up the whole social media thing. How she feels that every time a certain few someones post something about their kids, it's like they're competing or trying to make themselves look better than everyone else. They proudly take photos of achievements that, to some, wouldn't be called achievements at all. 
I think I sat there with the most confused look on my face, but there were others that agreed. 
And then on my side of the table, I began to think about how I feel about other moms' IG photos, and I seriously didn't get what they were saying. I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing my friends' kids achieve greatness. I LOVE seeing them creating, doing, learning. I LOVE to see involved parenting and silly faces with duck lips and parents taking pride in their child - no matter how mediocre. I think we post what makes us happy, and of course, not everyone's happy is the same.  How is this a bad thing?? I'm not on facebook, so I asked if maybe this was a facebook thing, and they assured me it was the same on all social medias. Instagram, twitter, tumblr, and so on. 
At that point I was pretty sure they hated me because pretty much all I post is my kids, and I think the other kid-posting moms felt the same way because it felt like a silent sneeches with no stars sitting across from sneeches with stars kinda moment. I post for the grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends scattered all over the world. Happy memories that they get to be a part of, even in other countries or states. We were divided, and that was kinda that. The conversation moved on, but thinking back, I wondered, why don't you unfollow or unfriend people whose photos you don't want to see? If you feel bad about yourself or about a friend, why would you continue to expose yourself to something that makes you feel sad or angry or bad?
I've unfollowed many of my friends just because they post multiple personal views on things that make me feel sad or angry. I'm glad they have their own opinion, but if it makes ME feel bad, I stay away. I unfollow the friends with daily "crap-Im-selling-to-make-you-skinny" spam. I'm not interested in it. Doesn't mean i don't like you. I don't want to feel angry at them when I see them at lunch or at the park. Call me old fashioned, ignorant, or whatever. I just don't want to hear hateful remarks from your mouth, even if it's from behind a screen. So I unfollow, and move on. 
Would you buy a magazine on computer programming when you could read the magazine you're really interested instead? 
Where do you stand on this issue? 
Ida know. Whatever. That's my rant, brought to you today by Mother's Day!


MY mother's day was AWESOME. My kids made homemade cards with the sweetest words penned ever in life. Isn't it funny how a few scribbled words in crayon can mean more to you than all the jewels in the world?
Evan also made me a coupon book. 

 "Try to jump on the trampoline without peeing"
Now THAT. is a mother's day coupon, am i right?
There was stromy weather brewing, but when I'm faced with a "If you could do anything today, what would it be?" kinda day, I choose being outside. Hiking, walking, being with the ones that make this day possible for me.  

The rain held off all day where we were. 
It was perfect.
I am so blessed to be a mother.
So thankful.
I love you two more than life itself. 
I love every second with you, whether it be holding hands along a creek bed or cleaning you up during a bout with the flu. 
I love you when you're sweet, but love you just as much when you're mean or angry or have that attitude I hate so much. 
I love you no matter what, and that will always be true. Through angry faces and arguments and yellings and groundings. 
I love you.

And you can't ever change that. 
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Monday, May 9, 2016

In the Spring...

There's just something about the spring in Oklahoma that hurries things along. 
"It's warm today! Hurry and enjoy because tomorrow will be snowy! Or 200 degrees!" 
"Hurry and plant the seeds! It's warm out and if it gets too hot you'll miss the prime time!"
"It's supposed to rain tomorrow! Hurry and fertilize before you miss it!"
The weather here isn't just bipolar. It's got about 20 personalities and you really never know which one or when a new one will come along. 
So, EMBRACE THE DAY!! happens a lot around here, and on one of those days where mother nature was like the sweet old granny personality that kisses you on the cheeks with warm sun and hugs you with little gentle breezes, the hubby & I grabbed some wood and screws and taught the kiddos how to build their own little garden beds. 
Emma's plan was to plant a rainbow of colorful flowers for bees and butterflies...and probably her photo feed on instagram. 

 Evan's plan for his bed was random. Veggies! no... flowers! no... Apples! No...
he ended up planting giant sunflower seeds in it, and that actually happened like a week ago - so that little bed sat vacant and sad for a good month!
The third bed is a monarch garden, and we will evennnnntually get milkweed planted in it for the monarchs to lay eggs and grow up on. (It's also the visiting kiddo bed for our "summer kids"!)

The garden was planted with all it's baby seedlings, who were finally ready to be outside!

Oh, hey! And wanna see the latest and greatest Lego club creation?? This month's theme was transportation. Evan built the mean green machine, and it was going up against my mini scoot in a battle for the hill.

 OBVIOUSLY, mine was killed. 

Do you ever feel like the last month of school is like the bottom of a cereal bag and you go to pour a nice bowl of cap't crunch and all of a sudden you get a bowl full of millions of dust bits?!?
Am I right?!?

Dust bits of Emma's last middle school track meet. 
(snif snif waaaaaahhhh!)

Dust bits of Muffins with Mom at school...
(plus a cinnamon roll)

Dust bits of s'mores...

Dust bits of random garden visitors...

Breakfast in the sun dust bits...

Oversized glasses and a top knot?
I'm pretty sure people will be knocking n my door wanting to turn this into a piece for a fashion blog...right?? I mean...

Acro yoga before class begins...

And  a real life red spotted mushroom!!
Have you ever seen one?!?
In real life?!?
I thought they were just the stuff of David the Gnome cartoons and fairytales!!

Another nice day took us to our old playground again. 
Something about this place beckons my kids in, just like it does me.
If we have a day off of school, you'll find us way outside of city limits, miles from the brand new top of the line city playgrounds.
We'll be here. Just playing on old metal slides that burn your butt from the sun and old shaky swings and merry go rounds that creak and groan with every sway.

And then there's always the deviant hippies that come out to spray paint stop signs. 
I want to meet them. 
I mean, it may be vandalism, but at least it's a positive message?

The mornings, for now, are quiet and cool. After the big one and the wee ones are off for the day, the furry ones and the shelled one and I go out and weed and harvest the gardens. 
Buckbeak wanders around, occasionally taking a tiny nibble of lettuce or strawberry, but more often just a nap in the sun. 

Our shitake mushroom log has enjoyed the recent rains, and started sprouting little mushrooms for us!

There's a brick-paved road in our downtown area. Is there still one where you are? 
They've started paving over it now.
It made me really, really sad.
but, how do you handcuff yourself to a brick road to protest??
So I just stood there and watched the cement truck pour our town's last historical road into the past.
(cry faced emoji x 1000)

Super kids day at Evan's school.
He LOOOOVES super kids day. 
Twenty something events, running wild and crazy, getting that sweaty boy hair that for some reason he allllllllways gets when fun is being had.
Pure happy. 

There's a cat that lives at the gardens where we do yoga. His name is Cowboy Kitty.
And last week he decided that he was going to take over John's yoga mat for class.
Cats, am I right?

And he didn't even bother to do cat pose. 

Just last week our first broccoli heads were ready to be cut. 
There were only two, but the others are close behind!

Three strawberries survived the squirrels that day as well. 

A feast fit for a supermodel!

Last weekend we went out to grandads and took the canoe out.
Judging from the photo, can you guess how great the rowing lesson went?!?
I mean, all rowing on one side...

The best part is being the captain.

Evan and I abandoned ship and the girls ventured out on their own. 
We could hear them screaming all the way at the cabin. 
They were probably still both rowing on one side...

Hubby cut down quite a few limbs off our oak tree a couple weeks ago. 
I spent a whole afternoon cutting all the branches off until we had some long, straightish sticks to make a teepee out of. Evan & I had planned it for days before we finally got it up and ready.

His sunflowers sprouted!!

Spring, you crazy old thing.
We love you!
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