While the Disneyland picture represents a huge part of my week, it also made me think of my Disney-lovin’ in-laws who are celebrating 40 years of marriage today. Sending love to San Diego—may you two have many more years of ups, downs, rounds and abouts together! Now, back to me, the mother of (a few of) your precious grandkids. Read on for proof.
Lesson #1: While we all have our problem spots on our body (or as Lenny calls them, “opportunities”), I would never have put my right calf into that category before skinny jeans. Now I can’t help but be reminded of this apparent lopsided flaw every time I slip into something a little less comfortable (but crazy fashionable).
Lesson #2: This one definitely won’t trim down my calf, but I’m going to release a new workout video for moms anyway. It’s called, “Hop on a Plane, Hop Disneyland Parks then Hop Right Back Home”. I tested it out this week and I’m still sore days later. (More to come on this adventure, of course.)
Lesson #3: I have some very long years ahead of me. The other day at the grocery store (yes, I still take my kids), every time I would tell Pink to stop sucking on the cart (which is beyond gross, I realize), she’d look at me, smile, nod yes, then do it again laughing. So this is what it’s like to have a girl, huh?
Lesson #4: If I attached a Swiffer to Pink’s ever-scooting butt, our floors—and her clothes—would be a lot cleaner at the end of the day.
Lesson #5: When your son the contrarian (who has masterfully talked his way out of going to soccer class the last two weeks) wants you to sign up for something, you do your best to make it happen. But sometimes you just can’t find “Bad Guy and Superhero and Prince (not Princess) Summer Camp” for three-year olds in your area.
Lesson #6: There are times I actually don’t appreciate my kids sticking to their guns. Like when a woman told me how cute my kids were and, as we walked away, Little kept looking back at her saying (oh-so-loudly, of course), “Mommy, she looks old. She looks old, Mommy. Mommy, I said she looks old.”
Lesson #7: If the pacie fairy and leprechauns who so rudely disrupted our house this weekend happen to be reading this, you owe me. Please send some of your more popular relatives my way. You know, the laundry fairy, the book deal fairy or the sleep-right-this-very-minute fairy.
Lesson #8: Like fairies, there are still a lot of apps I can imagine needing as a mom, but (thanks to tech-savvy friends who have called this one to my attention) I did discover a cool one this week. Recalls Plus alerts you to general recalls—or specific ones if you quickly create a personal watch list (mine includes car seats, cribs, bottles, formula, etc)—so you can be sure the products your kids are using are safe. It also has an allergens section (which I found particularly cool), so if you have a kid with allergies, you can be alerted to any mis-marked packaging that manufacturers discover.
Lesson #9: Apparently only suckers spend any money on their kids’ baseball photos. Which is why I plan to ask for a “#1 Sucker” license plate frame for Mother’s Day. (Then again, maybe that was included in the “value package” I bought).
Here’s to a week of adventure, discovery, self-improvement and a few humbling moments along the way to keep it real.