The perfect mom myth; 4 practical skills to implement with your kids and advice for when you feel like a failure.

The “perfect mom” myth; How to parent practically

You know that perfect mom that has it all together, always looks terrific in her size 4 jeans, perfect hair and makeup?  That mom with the cute kids dressed in designer wear and the Ray Ban-clad husband with the muscular frame? Her house is always spotless, tastefully decorated, and she usually has a new picture or accent every time you …

ARE YOUR KIDS BEST FRIENDS?

You know that saying that goes “I can beat up my sister all I want, but you’d better not mess with her or I’ll beat you up too”?  Ok, loose paraphrase – maybe it’s not even a saying.  Maybe it’s just a thought.  However, it is a very loud and unspoken thought in this family. Last week Jim and I …

GRANDMA GETS A KINDLE

I gave my 75 year old mom a kindle for Christmas.  She loves to read and as she ages she finds it increasingly difficult to drive across town to the library.  For my own peace of mind, I thought the kindle might do quite nicely.  Except for the technology issue. We had our first lesson in Kindle-ology.  I repeated everything 10 …

Pro Bowl

     I am not an athletic person.  I don’t play sports, unless you count badminton or bicycling.  I don’t enjoy watching tennis, golf, or baseball.  But in my house, football rules – according to my husband and son, die-hard West Virginia Mountaineer fans.       I pay little attention to the games, except to notice the score and crack a joke about somebody’s last name.  …

VASOVAGAL EPISODES

     Have you ever fainted?  I do it on a regular basis.       The first time it happened my fifth grade teacher was reading a descriptive story of a girl on horseback who got shot during the civil war.  Blood gushing all over her clothes and the horse, excruciating pain, etc, etc.  Next thing I knew, my ears were ringing and everything turned white …

HOT FLASH AT THE FUNERAL HOME

     Mother Menopause took up early residence 6 years ago due to surgery and she doesn’t seem to be leaving the premises anytime soon.  I’m not talking mood swings so much as I am the sweats – although I will admit some mornings Jim asks with caution, “Which wife do I get today?” poor guy.      It begins in the morning …

TWEETS FOR CHUCKLES

Ruthie (@ruthiegray123) 1/13/13, 2:08 PM Murphy’s Law for moms: the stomach virus always strikes at night. #chunkybedsheets #yucketbucket #momneedsanap      I’m adding twitter as a blog feature.  Follow me at the address above for a giggle a day!  (At my expense, of course.)      I’m digging my way back to the land of the living, here’s to hoping no one else …

HOLIDAY SNAPSHOTS

     I know I am milking the holidays, but it’s always so hard for me to kiss them goodbye, I’m too sentimental about it.  It’s a problem – I wonder if there is a support group for people who hate to say goodbye to Christmas?  Ah well, to quote my eldest, “There’s always next year, mom!” I hate to tell you my …

A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas was a little different around here this year.  One less stocking was hung, we had a new little puppy (grand dog) in the mix, and we went over the river and stopped at the ER on the way to grandma’s house. I’d say we’ve done pretty well with the whole “oldest daughter is married” adjustment period.  We love our new …

More Camping Adventures

As I type this from my tiny iPhone keyboard, I’m returning home from yet another beach trip. Don’t hate. Can I help it if Hubs had business down south and I own a camper in the same general vicinity? Admit it – you would come too. Someday I’m going to write a book of all our camping adventures. Trust me …

Survival of the Powerless

As far as I can remember, I’ve never had to deal with a week long power outage in the summer. Last Friday night what has now been termed a “Dericho” hit WV with a force like none other. We don’t normally get tornadoes, but this very much resembled one. Downed trees everywhere, power and cable lines split and broken. That …

7 days to the wedding and mom’s reflections

6/2/12 8:12 Saturday morning. It’s a beautiful day – sun is bright, color in full bloom, fresh from yesterday’s rain.  Jim just left for his mom’s to get a tractor to dig my Japenese Maple tree out of the back yard and relocate it before our deck addition next week. (Yes, I said next week.  We are building a back deck …

Gun shot eggs

     Remember that new microwave?  Yeah, it has way more power than the old one.  This morning I blew up an egg with my fancy dancy microwave egg poacher.  When I say “blew up”, I do not exaggerate.  We’re talking gun shot status – hubby’s standing in the living room checking his email via iphone and jumps in the air, ready to duck as …

MICROWAVE-LESS DAYS

Recently, my kids received a small glimpse of what it would be like to live back in the dark ages – more specifically, the ‘70’s: “Pre-microwave days“.  Three weeks ago our microwave blew up. My girls and I were cooking bacon when suddenly, light saber-like sounds emitted from said source. I glanced over and, to my horror, large sparks of …

Welcome to the party!!!!

     Hello and welcome to my blog where I home school, ride bikes, work out, laugh, walk by faith, and always parent!  I’m happy to be participating for my first time in http://www.5minutesformom.com/ Ultimate Block Party!!! Have a look around, enjoy the pics and bits of humor as I muddle my way through life with my ever faithful Father!

Snap Shot Saturday

                                       This morning I got up and made these.      These are a spin-off from my blog http://ruthieskozikitchen.blogspot.com/ (it’s all about cooking).  A couple weeks ago I made Paula Deen’s Orange Breakfast Rolls and my kids decided they preferred cinnamon.  Sooooo…I made them with cinnamon mixed in.  Because I’m mom, and I aim to please.  They were very good.  I still prefer …

My Survival of “The Hunger Games” Premier

     In my last post, I mentioned that my girls and I all read the “Hunger Games” trilogy at the beginning of the year.  I made a deal with my middle daughter (Hayley) that if I finished the first book before the movie tickets for the midnight premier became available, I would not only buy all three of their tickets, but I …

My QUICK summary of the “Hunger Games” Book (movie review to follow!)

     At the beginning of the year my three girls and I joined the masses of American readers in the “Hunger Games” series.  We were not dissapointed!       The book, based on the theory of a new government order where the capital controls (and opresses) the nation, which has been totally (and topically) reconstructed into 12 districts.  Each district has its own industry – agriculture, coal mining, etc., struggling to maintain …

Food Fight

     For as long as I can remember, Jim and I have been on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to eating habits.  He comes from a long line of skinnys and I come from – well, we’ll just call it a well rounded family.  He can eat anything he wants and not ever get fat.  I can …