State of the Union – #30things Day 3

The State of Our Union (Motherhood Looms)

This was a recent gift from my husband. 11 diamonds: A princess cut in the center, and on the sides are two brilliant cuts with small baguettes on each side. And they’re pressure-mounted. How’s that for symbolism? We’ve been together for ten years now…)

Day 3 of 30 Things My Kids Should know About Me challenge is “Describe your relationship with your spouse.” The best way to do that is to deliver what I affectionately call our State of the Union Address.

The State of the Union is going strong. We’ve weathered storms and had our failures of communication. There were times when I thought our Union may fail. However, we always work through them and find that each trial makes the State of the Union that much stronger.

There’s one very simple reason for that: even when we hit a rough spot, that we love each other never changes. If anything, our loves is constantly growing. He’s my soulmate. He’s the one that I’ll always be with.

Maybe the reason that the State of the Union is so strong is because we complement each other. We have a traditional marriage in a lot of ways: I’m a stay at home mom now, but I was a homemaker for a couple of years before we had Norton. I was a homemaker in the beginning of our relationship due to immigration issues, and that was what has always worked best for us.

In spite of the State of the Union being so traditional in a lot of ways, he’s very much my partner in every way. He’s my co-parent. He’s my friend. He’s the first face I see in the morning and the last face I see at night. In short, he’s all that I could ever ask for. I can only hope that our children find that kind of love for themselves.

Scary Things #30things Day 2

Everyone in the world has some scary things that just make their skin crawl. (Come on. Even if it’s not fear of something tangible, like… fear of the number thirteen, also known as triskaidekaphobia.) Day two of the “thirty things my kids should know” challenge focuses on just that: three legitimate fears and how they became fears.

How Rats Became Scary Things

Scary Things #30Things

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Like most things that seriously creep me out, I blame my mother for causing me to be afraid of rats. When I was a little girl, a swamp rat got into the bathroom. My mother saw it, closed the door screaming, and jammed towels under the door to make sure that it couldn’t get out. She screamed for my father to kill it and he went in with a shovel. While he was in there, my mother was terrified and wouldn’t let me get down off the bed.

Thanks, Mom. Now I can’t stand any form of rodent with a tail.

How Snakes Became Scary Things

Once again, I have to say “Thanks, Mom!” Again, I was a little girl. We had finches in a massive walk-in cage in one of the rooms. Finches are like snake bait. Somehow, a snake was on the freaking wall. My mother panicked, snatched me up, and screamed for my dad. Once again, she ran off with me while my father came in with a shovel.

sigh. And now snakes are just creepy. Fortunately, we don’t have snakes in British Columbia. That alone makes it a place worth living.

How Getting Separated Became a Scary Thing

When I was a little girl, maybe three or so, I got separated from my parents at the Sears store at University Mall in Tampa. My mother was looking in one area and my dad was in another. I was with my mom, wanted to join my dad in the tools section, and got lost. Obviously, I ended up back with my parents, but that was largely due to a lady who held my hand and walked with me until we found them. I was worried that they forgot me and left. To this day, I’m still not too hot on separating when shopping. I think the only reason Im okay with it now is because of the creation of cell phones. Well, that and I know my husband won’t forget me.

Do you have weird scary things that bother you?

30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me – Day 1 #30things

Kelly over at A Mother’s Design shared a link called 30 things my kids should know about me.  I thought, hey, it was cool and fun, so why not?

Day 1: List 20 random facts about yourself

Fair enough.

1.) I have naturally curly hair.

2.) Because I was teased about my hair so much as a kid, I will never leave my house without my hair being done.

3.) I am a die hard dog lover.

4.) My puppies sleep with me.

5.) I like a clean house.  A lot.

6.) I particularly enjoy watching Hoarders while I clean.

7.) Watching Hoarders and the knowledge that we’re done having children has made me particularly ruthless about getting rid of things.

8.) I’m fascinated by our ancestry.

9.) I’d much rather wake up early than stay up late.

10.) My favorite flowers are a toss up between roses and gardenias.

11.) Coincidentally enough, none of them grow well where I live now.

12.) When I stop having babies in cloth diapers, it will be a very, very sad day.

13.) At least I have cloth trainers to make the transition slightly less painful.

14.) I’m not pushing the potty training thing so much because I have a whole lot of diapers.

15.) I can happily walk two miles through the woods but will complain about walking two blocks on the sidewalk.

16.) Cats make me wheeze.

17.) So do most perfumes.

18.) And chemical propellents.

19.) And The Body Shop.

20.) Natural fragrances are nice.

21.) I like essential oils and vanilla extract for fragrance.

22.) Lush also makes wonderful bath products that I can breathe in.

23.) I have five diaper bags.

24.) But only one purse.

25.) I haven’t actually carried that purse in many years.

26.) I’m really, really sick of Elmo.

27.) I hope that Norton gets more interested in trains so that we can build awesome train track layouts together in the living room.

28.) I really hope that Eudora wants to play Barbies.

29.) I still have the handmade crocheted Barbie doll dresses that my grandmother made for me.

30.) I’m more soft-hearted than I seem.

Did any of these things surprise you?