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Texan Mama
DFW, Texas
A mom to 5 kids, with a full heart and an empty wallet.
Interests: reading, writing, photography, swimming, mathematics
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Thank you so much! Texas has really grown on me and I hope I get to stay here a long time.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2010 on Deep In The Heart at Deep South Moms
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oh my gosh that is terrible. I had the same luck with my son's movie theater party and my daughter's skating rink party. I actually wrote a "rant" about this over on Deep South Moms blog. Apparently, it isn't such a geographical problem after all! I hope your son had a great birthday none the less.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2010 on Is Multiculturalism Real? at Canada Moms Blog
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Wow, many congrats on your SITS day. I'm highly intrigued about your stories... I have to read them in a few hours, though, as i have 5 of my own bitlets to put to bed now! I'll be back! And happy SITS day!!!
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2010 on Company’s Coming at Caroline's Blog
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Wow, Liza, thanks for the different perspective! Actually this party wasnt a sales pitch at all... there was nothing to buy... its more like a marketing firm, trying to get products to people in the form of a party. But, admittedly, it was more of a hurdle than Id expected! Im not sure Ill be doing it again.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2010 on Oh Manners, Where Art Thou? at Deep South Moms
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I am having a party on Thursday through HouseParty.com. It's a fun site that connects companies who want to market their products to the public with people willing to host parties and use the products sent to them. The hosts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Deep South Moms
Oh no! Now you might need a 12 step program for your phone! ha ha I have a standard phone that makes & receives calls, not even texts. Like you, half the time I leave it at home or its battery runs out. My husband refuses to have a cell phone. We learn to do without and I have to admit, it's nice to get a break from home and go out, to know that I won't be called to come home for an emergency, like a lost pacifier. LOL
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2010 on Reconnected at Deep South Moms
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Awesome post! Life is so much better when we learn to let go of all the non-essential bull. And, We used to live up in Oshkosh. Hey neighbor!
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I don't really have any tips. I have 5 kids and the mess is sometimes overwhelming (at least in my eyes.) One thing is that I do make my kids help out. Another is, I focus on ONE area and make sure it gets clean, one area at a time. If I'm cleaning the kitchen, I don't look at the whole place as one big mess, I say, Okay I'm cleaning off the counter on the left side of the stove. I try not to get distracted and I stick to it until it's done. once it's done, then I feel so much better looking at even one tiny spot that is 100% clean! Then I pick another spot in the kitchen to do, and stick to it. Then another and another until it's done. It seems silly, but it's true - that saying about how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
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We all have one of those friends... the one who we call but won't return our call back. The one who claims she's too busy with her family to make time for phone calls. The one who swears that she's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at Deep South Moms
We don't have ANY cable and I'm glad about it. We just have network tv, and rabbit-ears antenna. Even network TV can be less than appropriate for young kids' eyes. These TV shows you mention are just feeding into Americans sitting in front of the tv and getting fatter and watching other people be outrageous so that they can justify their own outrageous behavior. Oh, morals, where have they gone to?
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Silly Bandz are all the rage right now. If you don't know what they are or why you should care about them, I'm betting you don't have a school-age child. Kids all across the USA are swarming to Toys R... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at Deep South Moms
Well, it is clear that you like living in the city. That's great for you! I live in the suburbs and love it. It's great for me. I'm curious. When you say you have disdain for people with shared values, what does that mean? If I want to choose a house on a cul-de-sac, so my kids can play in the front yard with other kids on our street and through traffic will not go down our street, does that mean you have disdain for me? Because YES I would like to live around other families with small children, so my kids can make friends their own age and so *I* can make friends with people my own age. And, there's a lot to be said about proximity. Of course my kids have friends 1, 2, or 5 miles away. So do I. But it's not nearly as convenient when my child says, "Mom can I go play at my friend's house?" because then I have to drive him, plus my other 4 children, over there. But, back to shared values, I'm not sure what you meant by that. I heard you talk about people living in homogenous communities, but how does that speak to values? Just because I want to live around people who are similarly aged as me, that doesn't mean that I think people who are younger, or older, or without children, are bad! Actually, we ARE friends with lots of these people, from church and scouts and mom's groups (I am actually about 10 years older than most women in my mom's group). On our street we have many folks our age, but also a widow, a single bachelor, a single mom, and a 20-something living with her grandma. We all get along and we all know each other. I guess I still just don't understand... are you saying that people who live in the suburbs have no personal values? That we are basically Stepford Citizens of the 'Burbs? I can see the direction of your post, but I think a better angle would have been to promote all the great reasons that exist for living in the city, instead of attacking any reasons (which I still don't agree with) for living in the suburbs. Just my opinion.
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Word. I mean, it takes a village to keep the mommy sane, right? Like, even if they COULDN'T watch your kids for whatever reason, would it have been so hard for them to be sympathetic to your situation? Like, "Ma'am, I am so sorry, but our liability policy will not let us watch your kids. Can we reschedule your appointment for a few hours from now, when you can make some calls to find someone to watch your kids? I am really sorry about this." BUT NO. THEY HAD TO BE CRAPPY TO YOU. I'm so sorry that happened to you. And I hope you feel better soon.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2010 on Help a Mom Out at Deep South Moms
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Oh, Melanie, 30 is not old. I just had my 5th baby 2 months before I turned 38. Age is only a number. I read something funny by Laura Bennet recently in her book "Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?" She says that when people ask her age, she always lies but she ADDS on 10 years. When people say, "You're 50??? You look GREAT for 50!" She figures, better to look great for 50 than crappy for 30, right? ha ha. (she's actually 40).
Toggle Commented May 31, 2010 on Saying Bye to the 20's at Deep South Moms
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I can totally relate! Isn't it a shame, it's more trouble than it's worth? Sometimes I just let my kids run in the sprinkler, in their clothes no less. I'm too lazy to look for the swim suit. So, letting my kids look trashy... well... I guess I need to just get some thick skin, eh? LOL!
Toggle Commented May 31, 2010 on Pool Time at Deep South Moms
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Awesome! Can I tell you, I completely appreciate the perspective of a person who homeschooled, but did not think that public school was "evil" or an absolutely impossible choice. I think it's amazing that you are open-minded enough to try it, and make your decision after you have experience with it. I'm glad it was a good decision for your family. I would love to homeschool some day but right now I don't think I could swing it. I'm crazy enough as it is!!! We're one week into summer vacay already (last day was 5-21) and I'm about to poke myself in the eyeballs if it means I can stay in bed for a day (even if that bed is a hospital bed)! J/K!!
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Amanda, I did take some solace in seeing that, at my kids school, they were awarded for 3 things: honor roll, citizenship, and attendance. So, 2 of the 3 things had nothing to do with academics. Citizenship was for anyone who didnt have their card go to red more than 2 times, and attendace was, well, you know - attendance! My one son got no awards except A honor roll. sure the kid is smart but hes also a pistol and he gets sick! LOL
Toggle Commented May 22, 2010 on What Is Special? at Deep South Moms
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I think that people are responsible for their choices. I think she chose to dance that way and if she takes flak for it, she needs to be ready to defend herself. I also feel that she IS a role-model for young girls, especially since she markets her branded material to young girls and since she works for Disney, which is clearly a company focused on the kids age group. She may not want to be a role model, but by choosing to work for Disney, she IS. She should behave appropriately or else quit working for Disney and quit starring in a tv show for kids. And anyone who thinks her show, Hannah Montana, is really for kids the same age as Miley Cyrus, obviously hasn't been paying attention. The average age of a girl watching Hannah Montana is probably closer to 10. I just think she has to be consistent. Yeah, it sucks for her personal life. But I bet her paycheck doesn't suck.
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Hee Hee! That's a funny story. But, if it's enough to scare Pa Ingalls then it should be enough to scare you!!! That's my vote, at least.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2010 on Literary Diagnosis at Deep South Moms
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heh heh. Very good. Love the no-afterbirth-chunks visual. That one will lull me to sleep tonight.
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Wow, thanks for the info about what's going on in your area. We're all praying for you and your family and friends.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2010 on Hope Floats In Nashville at Deep South Moms
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