Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Once Upon a Hodgepodge

Good Wednesday, Y'all! It seems summer was moseying along and suddenly, BAM! It's going to be over before we know it and that makes me very happy because summer heat is not my BFF as some of you might have figured out. 😂 We've had a birthday this month and we have one more coming up next week, one at the end of the month, and another one near the end of August. Summer is hot in temperature and filled with birthdays in our family! 

It's Hodgepodge day around here. If you haven't tried it, today's a good day to do it! Just jump on in and have some summer fun!

From this Side of the Pond

1. I feel most energized when I throw some wheatgrass in my morning smoothie. Or have my coffee. But mostly, when the grands are around!

2. Where were you ten years ago? Right here. I'm always here.  

3. July 17th is World Emoji Day. Do you use emojis? I do. Which one's your favorite? I don't have a favorite. Your most used? 😂

4. What song would you put on a wedding DO NOT PLAY list? 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover? Already Gone? You're No Good? Love Will Tear Us Apart? Cry Me A River? 😂😂😂 In all honesty, if I like a song I'm playing it whether it's at a wedding or not. But this was fun and the list could go on and on. I'll end with this one--

5. What deserves less of your attention? Worrying. More of your attention? Housework. Organization. But it all gets ignored because the grands get nearly all my attention and why wouldn't they? 😂😂😂

6.  Insert your own random thought here. When looking for pictures to share on the post today, I saw pictures of Bug over the last two years because she's a full out two-year-old now and I realized I was feeling a bit panicked at how quickly the last two years passed by. I'm fine with her being 2 but I'm a bit dreading the next few years because once you have raised your kids, you know what comes next--they're all grown up. I really need these two to slow their roll.

I woke up last week and this one turned 2:

And then this one who will be ONE in August did this yesterday:

Where. Does. The. Time. Go?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, Y'all. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Busy Summer Hodgepodge

Hey, hey, hey, Y'all! LOTS going on around here this month, some of it so much fun (birthday parties) and some of it just necessary (probate). We've had a couple mornings reprieve from the heat to the point I thought people were going to bust out their winter jackets when one morning hit the 60s. 😂😂😂

But, the heat is back and so is the Hodgepodge so let's get on with it! 

From this Side of the Pond

1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't? Hahaha! This one cracked me up. Define can't. If you mean because I keep putting it off then TONS of things. If you mean I just can't part with it then nothing really.

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Every minute of the day. Elaborate. Apparently, this happens frequently when you recently lost your mother. When you couple that with being a sentimental fool the stuff hits several times/day.

3. You're only allowed three apps on your smartphone or tablet...which three do you keep? If you're referring to the ones I put on my phone and not the ones that come with it then I'd keep Etsy, IG, and Snapchat. Etsy because I have an Etsy shop and use my phone when the computer is not with me; IG because I use it for my Etsy shop, and Snapchat because the girls and I have a group chat and we also have one that includes the boys.  

4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? Yes. If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? It all depends on the other choices and my mood, of course. It depends on what else is being offered because I'll take a cupcake over a muffin any day of the week. What's the last thing you baked? I think it was cornbread but it's hard to recall since I do not like turning on the oven during the summer. 

5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? I've gotten older. In what way are you still the same? I'm silly, socially shy, distrusting of others, and love playing games (like real games not mind games...Ha!)

6. Insert your own random thought here. This little bit of love had a birthday on Saturday. She's 2 now. TWO. Her mommy and I took her to breakfast on Friday and then to a local specialty toy store her mommy and aunties LOVED visiting when they were growing up called, Hollipops. Joyce, there used to be one in Greenville. Have you checked it out? 

Saturday, her parents threw her a birthday party at Little Gym and what a total blast that was! I have never been around such energy in my life. LOL Here's a video of Bug with one of her school friends. 

Gosh, how I love this age, Y'all! 

Most of my pictures were blurry because you simply do not slow down a room full of two-year-olds. 

That's Bug's mommy in the background. 

Sitting beside her cousin and laughing at the little boys across from her.
Our sweet boy couldn't be there as he was battling a fever with an ear infection but they had just spent the 4th of July together so they had time with one another. 

OH! Tune in THURSDAY to see my future SIL and the boys (THE WILD FEATHERS) on the Today Show. Then tune in on SATURDAY to see them on CBS Saturday Morning. And then, come on down to CHARLESTON on SEPTEMBER 1st to see them at THE MUSIC FARM! If you can't make that, they'll be in BLUFFTON, SC on NOVEMBER 16th. 

Why am I only sharing the SC venues? Because I want y'all to come down and go with me! Just click the picture to go to their website and see if they'll be playing in your neck of the woods!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Bachelorette Parties

Aren't what they used to be. Not even close.

Last weekend, NashvilleDaughter went to one of her BFF's bachelorette party in Chicago. Yep, these gals got on planes and flew into Chicago just to have a fun-filled weekend celebrating their friend's last hurrah, so to speak. Wait. Weekend? Didn't these things use to happen in one night?

There was even an itinerary, Y'all.

How many of you have attended bachelorette weekends with workout classes and baseball games?

Even better, the bride-to-be sang the National Anthem at the Cubs game! WHAT?! Yep.

Why yes, she is the lead singer for a band. They are White Ford Bronco based in DC and if you live nearby, they do all sorts of special events including---WEDDINGS!

And then there was beach time. Wait. There's a beach in Chicago? Apparently.

With friends like these, who wouldn't feel loved and totally supported?

ANYWAY--- If I were ever to marry again, my friends better step. it. up. Just sayin'.

Soooo, tell me. Was your bachelorette anything like this one?

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Monday, July 2, 2018

I'm Going to Say it Again

Put. Down. Your. Phone.

I'm trying to come at this without judgment. I'm really thinking of the fact children grow up so fast. I want parents to know how fast it goes and how much they will miss if they have their faces in their freaking phones all the time.

What sparked it this time? The mom who paid ZERO attention to her excited 4th grader who was trying to show her what he learned in computer class because she was too busy texting the. whole. time. Nope. The 3-year-old who tried for 20 minutes to engage her mother who was to busy texting to give engagement to said 3-year-old? Nope. Those sparked THIS POST.

Today's concern comes from a Facebook post I saw where dad was filming the toddler who was trying to engage mom who was too busy on her phone to engage with the toddler.

I'm telling Y'all, I don't like this behavior. I can't help it, I do. not. like. it.

I get there are some parents who use their phones as a connection to their business. It's understandable these moms and dads have to respond to texts and emails from work. Phones are great when we have video chats with loved ones who live far away. Emergencies happen and we can connect quicker which is great. However, I still don't think we should be on our phones so long that it begins to take the place of engaging with children.

Is it becoming a cliche' to say we went out to eat and saw families sitting there on their phones instead of interacting with one another? If so, that's sad.

Yes, I am guilty of having my phone out when the grands are around but that's to take pictures and I do not keep it in their face the whole time they're with me. I will give a quick glance if I hear a text message come in but that's just to see if it was their parents if not, the text is ignored. One thing my grandkiddos do not have to do is compete with my phone for attention. But that's just me and I think I may fast becoming a minority on this issue.

So, what are some things we can do to help us put those phones down and pay attention to one another?

  1. Phone box. Get a phone box/bag and whenever the family is doing something together, all phones go into the box until the activity is over. 
  2. Keep your phone in a different room when playing with your kiddos.
  3. Make a list of family cell phone use.
  4. Check yourself. Do you really need that much time on your phone? 99% of all text messages are not that important, Y'all. 
  5. Have phone free time at least once each day.
  6. Enlist help from an app. Yep, there's an app for that. There are apps that will allow you to block yourself from other apps and websites. An app like, CHECKY will monitor how often you check your phone and could reveal some interesting information for you. 
  7. Turn your phone off for at least an hour each day. You can set up an auto-responder.
  8. Challenge yourself with a social media free weekend. This might be quite revealing. 
  9. Remember, you do not need to be available to anyone other than your family all the time. Everyone else can wait.
  10. Also remember, a phone is never a replacement for human interaction especially with those who are right in front of your face. 

Come on, Y'all. Why is this even a thing? Why do we put our phone interaction above engaging with our family and especially our children? I see it nearly every day and yes, even within my own family. Are grandparents the only ones these kids are going to believe care enough about them to give them eye-to-eye contact? Conversation? I'll say this, I'm so glad my memories of my grandparents (and parents) are not filled with trying to get their attention. I'm glad they cared enough about me to put me ahead of watching television or talking on the phone which were the big technology distractions of that time. I knew they loved me and I didn't have to plead with them to find that out.

How do people even know their kids these days if they don't talk to them and actually pay attention to the conversation? It baffles me.

I'm very sorry for today's distracted parents who will wake up one day and wonder where their little kids went and then wonder why they have to beg for their children's attention.

Ok Y'all, weigh in!

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