Monday, April 30, 2012

Mellow Mondays

Every weekday morning we wake up bright and early, cheery-eyed and grinning. Whoa...who am I kidding?! All of these geese love to sleep, so on mornings when we have somewhere to be, we wake up with barely enough time to get dressed, eat breakfast and get where we need to go.  Its crazy around here in the morning.  Except Mondays...Mellow Mondays.  Mondays are our days to lounge around, re-cooperate from the weekend and plan out the week ahead.

All around me people are complaining about Monday and how its the worst day of the week.  As I sit and listen, I'm secretly excited about my plans for for the day.  Stay in jammies, cuddling with my goslings, or see friends we didn't see over the weekend.  The best Mellow Mondays are those when Daddy Goose stays home.  While they don't happen often, we take advantage of those holidays.

This Mellow Monday, I'm adding a new tradition to our day.  Cooking with my slow cooker.  What kind of cooking could be more mellow?  Plop your food in a hot pot and BAM a few hours later you've got dinner!  We are having Disney's Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos.  It "magical" how easy this dish comes together.

So join me this Monday - call in sick to your boss, tell your husband/wife or anyone else who will listen - and have a Mellow Monday!

Momma Goose

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday Silliness

Have you ever seen such a sight as a bunch of 3,4 and 5 year old kids playing sports?   Today was our first day of Sports Camp and it was sooo much fun.  A festivity with running, jumping, throwing and kicking.

While being so serious playing their sports, the kids are also having a great time just being silly.  They would laugh because they missed the ball when trying to kick it, chase after each other and even take the opportunity to run through a few puddles - a favorite activity of Brother Goose. Plus, what could be more silly than a shirt that is 4x too big!

We were all unsure how Brother Goose would do, because he is very shy and does not like anything new.  But...I am excited to report...he did great! Just look at his happy little face.

One of my favorite parts of the morning was watching Daddy Goose.  If you know him, there was plenty of silliness going on at Sports Camp!  You could tell he was thoroughly enjoying himself as his whistles were heard from a mile away.  He is such an awesome dad!  While this is such a great opportunity for Brother Goose to gain some confidence and coordination, it is also a time for the two boys to bond.

While watching these cute kiddies, it dawned on me that when you become an adult, many people forget how to be silly and maybe even that it's okay to be silly every once in a while. As a parent you get the privilege to do silly things like: tickle 'til they can't stand it, take your kids to the park and squeeze yourself into a swing, pretend to be "monster" or maybe even jump into a few puddles.  Each day should have at least a little silliness.  What's your favorite silly activity?

I can't wait to see what silliness awaits us next Saturday!

Momma Goose

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A thought...

"Life isn't fair.  Say, please and thank you.  Don't jump on the bed.  Go to sleep, please.  This is what is for dinner.   Cover your mouth when you cough.  Chew with your mouth closed. You're going and you're gonna have fun.  No, no and no!"  Sound familiar?  When I was younger I would hear them frequently and never in a million years did I think my parents knew what they were talking about.  Wow, was I wrong!

Every couple of days I find myself saying one, two or even three of those sayings.  The first time it happened, I almost fell over.  If I could have shoved the words back into my mouth, I would have.  It was as if I could almost hear my mom and dad snickering as if to say, "Ahhh, she finally gets it!"  Now, let's be honest, my parents are definitely not the "I told you so" type, so they would never snicker in real life, but I can only imagine the relief they feel knowing the sayings weren't in vain.

"I love you very much.  You are beautiful. I will always be here for you. You are such a great kid. I am so very proud of you."  How about these, sound familiar?  Even to this day, these are sayings I hear from my parents.  On more than one occasion during the day, I reassure my goslings of these things.  While life isn't fair and it can feel like all I say is "No," I am hoping that when my goslings grow up they look back at their childhood and remember all the little things Daddy Goose and I are saying and laugh because they finally get it. But, what I hope the most is that they grow up and know the same as I do - my parents love me!

Momma Goose

What are some of your favorite childhood sayings? 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Welcome to our Gaggle

After much deliberation, I've decided a hobby is in order.  Since the age of 16, I've had a job. I've done everything from babysitting to serving/bartending to working in the Human Resource field.  Until...(dun-tun-dun) KIDS!

Of course, minus the day I married Daddy Goose, the happiest two days of my life have been when I first laid eyes on Brother Goose (4) and Baby Goose (>1 year).  They are the most amazing children I've ever had the privilege of knowing.  They make me smile in my darkest of hours and make me cry  (for all sorts of reasons) when I least expect it.  I know every momma and daddy says this about their little ones, but really, they are our everything!  Which is why, Daddy Goose and I decided that the most important job for me to have is the one of a stay at home momma.  It was a no-brainer.  WE wanted to raise our goslings.  WE wanted to instill OUR values. WE did NOT want another "momma" or "daddy" teaching them something that did not reflect how WE felt.  Blah, blah, know all the other reasons why people choose to have a stay at home parent.  In this day and age, we are very blessed that we are able to make this a reality.

However, I am a worker.  There are always dishes to be done, laundry and there is always, always, always something to be picked up off the floor.  But, I deserve more than that.  I deserve something that I can look forward to after my goslings are done cuddling, something productive to do while Daddy Goose put his feet up after a long, hard day, and something I can feel proud of above and beyond my inside-the-home job.  And thus, a momma's diary of a crazy, amazing life is born!

I'm excited to share and learn through this experience.  I hope you are too!

Momma Goose