That's when I decided I was going to attempt to make the turkey. Key word here is ATTEMPT. I have never made a whole turkey before, and the last time I tried to make a ham, that was an epic fail. Of course that was about 6 years ago, the first year Chris and I were married. He brought home this freshly cut ham and told me to cook it. I'm pretty sure my face showed how mortified I was at the thought of even touching this thing. That was the closest I ever got to making anything even remotely close to Thanksgiving dinner; and let's just say it traumatized me enough to never want to do that again.
Well that was at least until this year. Since Marleigh was born, I have been experimenting in the kitchen quite a bit. Not anything that deserves a spot on the Food Network or anything, but enough to have LD say "Mommy, you're the best chef ever." And shocker alert... he was not being sarcastic. Even Chris has been bragging about my "crock pot rotisserie chicken"
My family doesn't have pets but between my husband's fishing hobby, the boys' bikes, strollers, bowling equipment and everything else that gets thrown in the cargo space aka the trunk, it's a hot mess to say the least.
Two of my absolute favorite things to do are:
1. Get free stuff
2. Share my experiences with others.
With Smiley360 I have hit the jackpot with both. I get to try new products for free and share my opinions about it on social media and in person. The best part is that Smiley's social sharing tools make it super easy to share with all my connections at the same time.
Check out my youtube video about my Smiley360 experience.
We have been in this apartment for 7 months and now we are moving again! 😕 my mom and I had been rearranging stuff in her room just to switch things up a bit when she discovered mold growing in her closet. As if the busted pipe in her bathroom and living with a hole in the wall for weeks while we wait for them to fix it, and the flooding in her room, then recently me waking up to my bathroom drenched in water wasn't enough. I can't help feeling like it's my fault because I was so desperate to get out of my in laws house last year that I picked this unit.
Thankfully the property manager has offered to get us into an upgraded unit on the other side of the property with no increase in rent, but the joy of moving with 3 kids is upon me. Guess I finally get to see what it's like moving and not being pregnant since I had been pregnant during every move since 2014. This should be fun! But on the plus side, my mom is excited about the upgrades so I'm hoping this means she will spend less time stressing me out.
"Mommy, I'm hungry!"
"Mommy, I need _________!"
"Mommy, can we go ____________?"
"Babe, where's my _____?"
"Daddy, where's mommy?"
...Motherhood: I've been sentenced to life.
I love being a mom, but daily I watch my identity as it drifts further and further away from me. There wasn't a manual for this job, and unfortunately there isn't a "Motherhood for Dummies" book. If there was a warning label, would I do it all again?... Short answer: In a Heartbeat. My tribe of minions are my world and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
But I'm exhausted, to say the least. Mountains of never ending laundry, ceiling high toy mazes, dishes for days and I see more asses than a strip club.
I'm the proud mom of a seven year old genius (LD), a two year old terrorist (CJ), and a 4 month old howl at the moon calming Buddha baby (Marleigh).
Did I mention I have a husband?! Oh yea! I have a husband, who after an exhausting day still expects me to give him "special attention" with the enthusiasm of a teenage boy who just discovered free internet porn.
Some days I put my hands in front of my eyes and pretend that I'm invisible, but since my two year old has super sonic bionic vision, he sees straight through me. I find a great deal of comfort in retail therapy but our single income budget is no match for my spending habits. With three kids, two in diapers and one with monster size feet who seems to need new shoes every other month, I found a way to make it work and it barely cost me anything. While I could rejoin the workforce, I sincerely enjoy being a stay at home wife and mother and I'm on a never ending quest to find ways to stay home with them.
So join me on my Wilder life of chaotic days, ways to ball on a budget, stories of my loving family and my never ending quest to maintain balance and keep a sense of self.