Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Most Amazing Present Ever!

This year, Christmas was good. Not 'first cup of coffee in the morning' good (which you all know is REALLY good), but 'came home from work to a spotless house, dinner already made, the kids already bathed, with cheesecake and moscato' good. Seriously...

In my last post, I covered how my kids' dad was able to come home for Christmas. Complete surprise to the kids, they haven't seen him in 10 months, and I've been contemplating sharing the video with the world (but I'm one of those crazy overprotective mothers who doesn't want her kids exposed to the masses- I'll think some more on it because the video is just too amazing). He was only able to stay for 2 weeks, and is gone now (hence my 2 week hiatus from blogging), but his visit made this Christmas the best ever, for a few reasons.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Kids' Christmas Surprise

I'm T-minus 24 hours from the biggest Christmas surprise ever for my kids. Their dad is flying in from Arizona to spend Christmas with us, and they have no idea.

Slight background needed, huh?

For those that have followed me from the beginning, you'll know this year has a been a year from hell. This time last year the kids and I were in Arizona, living with their dad, my husband of (then) 11 years, though we had been separated prior to that for 2 1/2 years. Things didn't work out there, and in February, the kids and I moved back cross country to South Carolina where I still owned a home. From there things fell apart even more, and the kids and I now live in Virginia near my family.

Yes, I moved 4 times in one calendar year. Moving sucks.

So, the kids have not seen their dad since February. Please don't go thinking I'm a mean, horrible bitch for taking our kids 2000 miles away from their father. Don't judge unless you know the whole story, and seeing as I'm not going to throw extreme details about my life out there on the internet, you'll just have to trust me that it was a mutual decision and what was needed to be done at the time.

Where was I? Kids. Dad. February... there's my train again, lost it for a second.

Friday, December 9, 2011

10 Best Gifts for Single Moms (Tatted Mom Style)

Good gracious how life throws you curve balls. Around this time last year I posted Tatted Mom's List of 10 Best Gifts for a Stay at Home Mom. This year I want to carry on the tradition, but as I'm no longer a stay at home mom (damn curve balls), the list is altered somewhat. So, this year we have...

10 Best Gifts for Single Moms (Tatted Mom Style)
  1. An Alarm Clock. And a loud one. One with a huge snooze button, too, so we can hit something first thing in the morning and not get in trouble for it. Something with pleasant music to wake you up, not that annoying 'Wah wah wah wah' over and over again that makes you want to slap an elderly person just hearing it. Wake me up with ocean waves that gradually get louder... no, wait. That will make me run to the bathroom quickly. Okay, maybe sweet chirping birds... damn, will want a B.B gun then. Okay, not a morning person at all here, so just an alarm clock that works. One that gets me up so I can shower, get ready for work, get my coffee, get the kids up, get them ready, fix breakfast, head to the bus stop, then get myself to work, don't forget the conference call... ahh, gotta love mornings.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Me? Recommended Parenting Resource?

I have the day off from work, and in the back of my mind I've had this voice saying, "Blog... now... blog... now." I have all these ideas rolling around, and then my phone goes off; I have an email from the email address I only use for my blog. What's this? The Inklings of Life has been selected as a winner of the ecollegefinder.org's Top 115 Parenting Blogs Award???? WOOOOO HOOOO!

The excitement, the honor, the.... oh crap, really? I won?

I read my congratulations email from them, and one sentence seemed to stick out in my head. "Your blog stood out amongst stiff competition and is now featured on our site as a recommended parenting resource for our readers."

Whoa... The Inklings of Life is now a recommended parenting resource???

I have to say I almost peed my pants with giggling and excitement... and horror.

I'm a single mom who says whatever I want; my give a crap filter broke many years ago. I have made so many amazingly bad decisions in my life it's not funny (short of drugs, prostitution, printing counterfeit money and smuggling illegals across the border- crap, I did consider that as a means of making money for a half a second when I lived in Arizona, damnit), and I have this constant worry that years down the road I will be bailing my kids out of jail because now, in the present, I took my son's video game privileges away for a weekend and it created this black hole deep down inside of him that festered for 10 years into this monster kleptomaniac that wants to steal video games from the store. Or that by making my daughter dress like the 9 year old that she is instead of the 16 year old hooker all of the clothing lines seem to want to turn her into nowadays, it is going to cause her to rebel and run away from home because 'Mommy's too strict.'

And my crazy antics, worrying, and warped, truthful philosophy on parenting is now deemed as an acceptable resource for parents???

May the gods have mercy on everyone's souls...

No, all joking aside, it's an amazing honor to have won this award. It means I must be doing something right with my blog, and people appreciate the craziness and straightforwardness they get there at The Inklings. I promise you all I won't change a thing- you'll still get the truth, the good, the bad and the ugly of parenting, and twisted advice on topics only I would cover. Hell, this award just may have added fuel to my ever-growing crazy fire.

So, considering I'm now deemed as a socially acceptable parenting resource, here's a few helpful parenting tips- Tatted Mom style, of course: