Nifty Nine Months

First, I’m sorry that I didn’t do an 8 month blog. To be completely honest, I try to note little things throughout the month to build my blog, but month 8 was rather chill on the Jaxx scale of coolness, and I had no notes to reflect on! I did start it… I just never got past the opening – which went something like this:

Earsplitting Eight Months

Yes, earsplitting… because that’s exactly how it goes down when Jaxx is in his carseat. Jaxx is very vocal, and loud is not a proper adjective to describe the volume at which he demands your attention. This entire month has been a LOOK AT ME month!

See, with an opening like that, you’d think Jaxx started a rock band or something, but no… so, on to the 9 month blog we go.

Speaking of car seats, it is most definitely time for a new one!





Growing like a weed. 

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The Stone

My little brother says he wants to go to the cemetery for Father’s Day.

He says he “just wants to.”

I say, “Why? He isn’t there, Garrett.”

I know,” he says. “I just want to go there. I want to see his headstone. I want to talk to him. I want to cry. I just want to.”

Neither of us have seen our dad’s headstone.

The difference between us is that… I have no desire.

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Cookie Date

Written September 6, 2013

Today, something happened that I never really thought I’d be so tickled about. My first born daughter, my teen drama queen, my mini me, Miss Beanie – went on her “first date”. She’s in 7th grade and has had the same “little boyfriend” (as I call him) for the last 3 years. They may text some and buy each other a gift for Valentine’s Day, but just this year, they’ve really begun to act like more than buddies. They flirt and giggle and find general interest in each other. It’s kind of funny how we encourage that as our children are little, but then when they hit the dreaded years, we start trying to back-track and say, “You are not dating until you’re 35 young lady, and that is FINAL!” *door slam*

Without going into too much hearsay, sometimes the kids walk to Braum’s after school, but I have decided that is not something Brennen is going to be allowed to do… yet. It’s right by the junior high, but the things I’ve heard that go on there… I’m just not interested in having my kiddo be a part of or witness to… yet. Last night, E invited Brennen to go with him after school to the bakery instead. His mother and I had already discussed it and we thought it’d be fine. They are getting older. I think allowing them a little grace to prove their responsibility is fair. So, after school today, Brennen and Ethan walked across the street from their school (not holding hands… calm down folks) and went to the little bakery for some snacks.

It is really a neat feeling to hear my daughter GUSH about her first date. Although it was only a cookie, a Coke, and some homework, it was a really huge deal to her and it is all she’s talked about. She is giddy! It’s the cutest thing! She has talked non-stop about every tiny little detail! She is just floating around here on cloud 9! It’s a bittersweet feeling to see hearts in her eyes as she says “He made me laugh so hard that Coke went up in my nose, Mom!” Will I be allowing them to go to dinner and a movie together anytime soon? Absolutely not, but today was a milestone that I hope I can remember the details to, to share with her one day. Some days I may want to knock her attitude into next week, but today I am enjoying this moment for/with her. I pray that she always stays true to her morals and that she will always want to tell me about important things in her life. Life just moves so fast that even though I try to take it all in, I know I am not perfect and will miss things… All in all, I’d say today was a time-stopping moment for me as a mom.

Private Photo (Calculator%)

Okay, look… If your husband child owns a smart phone, then you already KNOW things like this exist. Let’s just work together to be “in the know” and stay one step ahead of these sneaky little angels we call our children. #ittakesavillage

Private Photo (Calculator%) hides private photos and videos behind a calculator application. If you put in a passcode, it will open up a private area. All files are securely stored in the app and remain completely private and confidential.

Sadly, there are currently 25 of these calculator photo hiders in the app store! There’s no telling what other hider apps are out there. This one is relevant to children for obvious reasons… and the calculator actually functions!

Pamela L. Casey, District Attorney of the 41st Judicial Circuit – Blount County, posted this video on her Facebook on September 1, 2015. Within 24 hours it has almost 630K views.

Hopefully your immediate thought is that your child would never, but believe me… they would! Don’t be the naïve parent! Stay involved. Keep a watchful eye on your children! I can personally attest to 14-15 year old cheerleaders at my daughter’s school blocking me on Twitter (you know who you are) because I brought light to the filth they were tweeting. Just remember, young ladies, I’m smarter than you. When we tell you that we’ve been there and done that, we aren’t bluffing. I can also attest to 13-14 year olds at my daughter’s school being suspended for oral sex in the bathroom, mass texting nude photos, and the list goes on and on. It’s disturbing, really.

All I’m saying is that your kids KNOW more than you think. They’re DOING more than you think. They’re SEEING more than you think. They’re SHARING more than you think. THEY’RE POSTING MORE THAN YOU THINK! And if you’re reading this and you STILL think it’s not your child, but you haven’t looked at their social media accounts, I’M TALKING TO YOU.