Friday, November 16, 2007

Top 9 Things I Learned From Cleaning Carseats

I cleaned out the kid's carseats the other day. Interestingly enough, it was a definate learning experience. Presenting... The Top 9 I Learned From Cleaning the Carseats!

  1. Where Abby's gum always ends up (hint: she doesn't swallow it, after all).
  2. Where Lightning McQueen's lost car parts went.
  3. Where the baby toys (yes, ALL of them) went.
  4. Where 10 or more of Abby's hair barrettes went.
  5. Nerds turn into a solid mass of melted pink goo, eventually.
  6. Carseats do mold.
  7. What that smell is.
  8. How Avery finishes his McDonald's chocolate milk faster than anyone else in the car.
  9. Why we go through Cheerios and Banana Puffs so darn fast. (see picture)

For those of you with no kids, or only one really small kid, you might be thinking that I'm disgusting and never clean our car. I cleaned these carseats out about 2 months ago. Seriously. Just wait - really, really soon your little "angel" will be a toddler too.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

My Mama Told Me Not To Do It!

You know how parents have all those funny rules? I mean, like you have to finish all the veggies they give you before you get dessert? Well, I've found that it's really hard to get past those rules once you're the adult, and can make your own rules. There are a lot of things that my mom said I couldn't do, that I've found actually, yes I can do!

  1. For instance, I can drink a soda before 11a.m. It's true! I've tried it - but I felt really guilty and totally expected to get sick afterwards. In the end, it all turned out okay. Go figure!
  2. I've also learned that I can have more than one soda a day. It may kill me one day - but not yet!
  3. Tampons. I can use them. Turns out that's not what makes you lose your virginity!
  4. It's perfectly acceptable to shave above the knee. Many people (like me & Daniel) prefer it, and no one thinks I'm a tramp.
Despite these few rules that were made to be broken, I do find myself dishing out the same sort of advice to my kids:

  1. Always tie your shoes - you'll trip if you don't. Avery has actually tripped on his own shoelace several times, but Abby has not.
  2. Don't eat standing up. This bugs me even when Daniel does it.
  3. Don't leave cabinet doors, drawers, etc. open. Ditto for Daniel.
  4. You can't stay up even one minute past your bedtime, because you'll be cranky tomorrow. This is true. Very, very true.
I think mom-hood is just a never ending cycle. Moms make moms, and so on. How careful do you think Mary was with Jesus? After all, she knew He was God' s Son and the Saviour of the world. Imagine what that would be like! On the one hand, you wouldn't want anything to happen to Him - think how God would respond to that! On the other hand, you know God is watching over Him every second of the day - He's His Son, after all. If only I could have that kind of trust in God for my own children!

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