SECRET SUBJECT SWAP – SEPTEMBER

Secret Subject SwapWelcome to Take One of September’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

 Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com/ The Momisodes

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/ Just A Little Nutty

http://followmehome.shellybean.com Follow me home . . .

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/ Moore Organized Mayhem

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com Searching For Sanity

http://crazyasnormal.com Crazy As Normal

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com Menopausal Mother

Http://momsdontsaythat.com Moms Don’t Say That

My subject is “When I look in the mirror, I don’t see what everyone else sees. What I see is…” It was submitted by http://www.justalittlenutty.com/ . Here goes:

In grammar school….my bullies and tormentors saw a week little girl with a big nose and an aphro. They called me names and either ostracized me or made a spectacle of me…that stayed with me for a LONG TIME.  Mind you this was in a Catholic grammar school. The teachers knew and they just coddled the popular ones. Great teachers right? Wonderful parents raising bullies, right?

 In my teens my first boyfriend (NOT my hubby) saw me as something to be emotionally manipulated and brainwashed because he couldn’t face who he really was. He made me feel stupid, ugly, weird, unacceptable. Then I found out that his previous girlfriends were all treated the same way. I hope my son never has to pretend to be something he is not because he is afraid to be who he is. I tell my son everyday we love and accept him and there is NEVER anything he can tell us that will make us stop loving or respecting him.

 

In my twenties people saw an insecure, weird, afraid, timid, geeky girl who was didn’t know who she was, but sure as hell thought she did.  I sure did take my hubby on one hell of a crazy ride…but he survived and likes me, the real me…most of the time, LOL.

 

I believed what they all saw. I let them define me…When I turned 30…I slowly started loving me…appreciated who I am…and now that I am a mom, my determination to love myself is even stronger. I have to show my son what a confident woman is…so he knows what to look for in his mate. I don’t want him to find a person who needs his approval to feel good, I don’t want him to find a person who he has to put down to feel good about himself. Being a mom, my job is not just in my words, but in my actions and modeling.

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 So what do I see? I see someone who is…

mother
wife
educator
fabulous
powerful
intelligent
friend
sister
daughter
happy

loyal
healer
baker
respectful

fighter
protector
doctor
blessed

cleaner
exhausted
joyful

organized
crazy
snazzy
snarky
rock star
beautiful
geek
kind
confident
patient
blogger

(forgot blogger…thanks Carla @ Real Into)


SECRET SUBJECT SWAP AUG

Welcome to Take One of August’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

 Secret Subject SwapHere are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://BakingInATornado.com                              Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com/                                  The Momisodes

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                           Just A Little Nutty

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                    Follow me home . . .

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/        Moore Organized Mayhem

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/           Stacy Sews and Schools

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                           The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/                 Menopausal Mother

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/                         The Insomniac’s Dream

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                  Searching For Sanity

www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com                         Evil Joy Speaks

My subject is If you could magically have a skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be and why?  It was submitted by http://Bakinginatornado.com    I LOVE getting the email prompts from Karen…but when I saw it was HER prompt…OMG I was in my glory…It was like getting a visit from Jackson Rathbone.

sss collageWhen I first got this prompt I immediately thought of two VERY naughty skills I would like…but knew I had to keep this clean…but the fun I would have had making a naughty post, LOL 

If only I could carry a tune…be able to break out into a full on songstress anywhere and anytime. YUP! Right now I can’t carry a tune…when Dino was an infant and toddler…he thought I had the best voice…now not so much. He has told me to stop singing and I can’t sing…*hmphs*

If only I could play an instrument….break out a drum set and go to town pounding and tapping away, pop out a guitar and start strumming, or even get out a cello and make fine music…but sadly I would probably not only destroy the instruments, I would thoroughly embarrass myself.

If only I could have mad ninja skills….whenever I wanted. Yes I said it and I am not taking it back. I want to race in and out of traffic, get to the store, fly through the isles, purchase my products, load them in the car, sneak in the house, put them away and sneak back out to Starbucks without anybody knowing what I just did. Normally I hate Starbucks by my DIVA in crime Kit introduced to me to peppermint mocha with soy milk and I am done for. Or better yet walk around our apartment without waking up or alerting Balboa or Anthony. Imagine being able to drink coffee on the couch while listening to a book on CD and crocheting. I’d be so quiet…you wouldn’t even know I was there.

If only I could speak fluent Italian…WHY? BECAUSE I WANT TO THAT’S WHY! I’m Italian and I want to speak it…Well I know a curse or two…but that’s not too helpful, is it? NOPE.

If only I could cook Italian Cuisine…Pasta Carbonara, Panzella Salad with Olive and Artichokes, Spaghetti with Clams and MusclesGrilled Sicilian Swordfish, Grilled OctopusStrawberry Tiramisu, Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes with Chocolate Crust.  Of course I would need a kick a** kitchen…but that is on my bucket list…which you can read here.   

Starting next Thursday I’ll be hosting an organization blog hop. No worries about being super organized to join…if that was the case, my blog would implode. Beginning, current, achieved, or failed organizations all invited. Both current or old posts encouraged…so come on  by.

NEVER GOING TO STOP

  Welcome to Take One of July’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 
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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://BakingInATornado.com                                   Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com/                                       The Momisodes

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just A Little Nutty

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/             Moore Organized Mayhem

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/                Stacy Sews and Schools

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                                The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/                     Menopausal Mother

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                     Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/                             The Insomniac’s Dream

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                       Searching For Sanity

www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com                              Evil Joy Speaks     

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My subject is If you had to stop blogging tomorrow, what would your last post say? It was submitted by http://followmehome.shellybean.com 

I can honestly say I was freaking out about this topic. I mean stop blogging…then I thought about Balboa’s blog years before we could have children and I stopped soon after Dino was born. I thought about the first blog I started as a mother….and that stopped shortly after it was started, but now I have invested so many memories, stories, and pictures about raising a wild dinosaur….I CAN NEVER STOP….EVER.

I tried to think of some funny posts….

  • me writing a letter to Dino on his wedding day, but that just made me cry hysterically.

  • being invaded by zombies and writing a farewell post before my brains are eaten, but I just cried worrying about Dino.

  • the super conservative, repressed, and book burners of the world finally got their way and shut down the internet, I started to cry knowing I would never be able to blog again….after I upload the dirtiest photos and wildest curses.

  • me celebrating my 100th birthday and still blogging about Dinosaur’s grand kids…but then I just cried harder.

Do you notice a pattern here?

What the frig was I going to write about? What would my last post be about? Then I started to think…irrational and crazy thoughts. If something happens and I can never blog again, there has to be a way for my hubby to get on all the social medias and let everyone know.

So instead of properly writing this post, I started making a super secret sheet of all my social media, usernames, and passwords. This way hubby can let everyone know what has happened. I would freak out if one of the bloggers I have come to know, appreciate, and/or love suddenly stopped all forms of blogging and communicating. I think we would all be worried.

Now I know asking my technology-inept hubby to even write a post is crazy…but I think I gave him pretty good directions and will share with someone else as well.

Do you have a person to share/inform other bloggers if something were to happen to you? Do you worry about this? Or am I just beyond loony?

So after all this crying and irrational thinking, I never really did answer the prompt…so I guess I would NEVER, EVER stop blogging if I was still able to do so.

June Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to Take One of June’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://BakingInATornado.com                                 Baking In A Tornado

http://chewylicious.wordpress.com/                        Chewylicious

http://themomisodes.com/                                    The Momisodes

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                              Just A Little Nutty

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                       Follow me home . . .

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/           Moore Organized Mayhem

http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/                           The Insomniac’s Dream

http://sadderbutwiser.wordpress.com/                     The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/             Stacy Sews and Schools

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/                  Menopausal Mother

http://www.noteveryonecanbeamermaid.com           Not Everyone Can Be A Mermaid

My subject is “How did you become a fan of _____?”.  It was submitted by http:// www.NotEveryoneCanBeAMermaid.com .  Here goes:

I am going to tell you how I became a fan of a few things.

chocolate

I love chocolate…how could I not? It’s sweet, melts in your mouth, and takes away all the world’s troubles even if just for a few seconds. The best chocolate, in my opinion, is Cadbury. Sure we visited Hershey, PA and while they have rockin’ chocolate, it will NEVER compare to Cadbury. I don’t have it too often as dairy makes me sick, but when I do it’s worth the pain.

sushi

While teaching at a former school, I went out for sushi with fellow reading specialists and became hooked. Oh man…so darn tasty and perfect. We practically ate it every month for a year…each time I increased my wasabi amount. Now I LOVE wasabi and need TONS of it on my sushi to really taste it. Heck, I can even lick it off my fingers…it’s so good.

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wardrobe based on brown

I like to be different, like to stand out a bit and don’t let current fashions dictate what I wear. Besides I LOVE the color brown and the way it mixes and interacts with blue, pinks green, orange, maroon, purple, white, yellow, and red. I decided to base my entire wardrobe on browns. It would be easier to buy shoes and clothes, and mix and match them if they are all related to and go with the varying shades of brown, oh so many options. It’s become my thing now!

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courtesy of KOHLS http://www.kohls.com/upgrade/webstore/home.jsp

What about you? What are you a fan of and why?

May Secret Subject Swap Take 2

Welcome to Take Two of May’s Secret Subject Swap. This week, 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                        Baking In A Tornado

http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/                          The Insomniac’s Dream

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com                    The Pursuit of Normal

http://themomisodes.com/                                     The Momisodes

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                    Searching for Sanity

www.theblacksheepmom.blogspot.com                    Black Sheep Mom

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/          Moore Organized Mayhem

www.dailydoseofdamn.blogspot.com                       Daily Dose of Damn

http://www.tinystepsmommy.com                           Tiny Steps Mommy

http://momrantsandcomfypants.wordpress.com        Mom Rants and Comfy Pants

My subject is “You have created your own tv network. What shows and commercials will be aired on your network?  What shows/commercials will be banned?  It was submitted by www.theblacksheepmom.blogspot.com .  Here goes:

So, this was so exciting to me and then I got scared…Would I be able to pull this off and make it interesting to read? Would I be able to write this without sounding like a crazy woman? Would I be able to write this without going on a anti-society rant?

Well, I hope I did a good job. I couldn’t think of a network name, so I leave that up to my readers. What name do you think would be fitting for this lineup of shows?

NO MORE

Caillou, or other kid shows that feature spoiled and whiny kids with parents who are idiots and let hem get away with EVERYTHING. I was going to add a video, but I didn’t want anyone to suffer.

Reality or TV shows featuring ONLY woman who emphasize that being rich, thin, and sexy is the best.

Reality or TV Shows that portray beauty coming from designer labels, lots of makeup, barely-there clothes, and starving themselves.

Reality or TV shows that portray people acting dumb but pretty/handsome is popular and cool.

I didn’t find this funny at all…I found it rather weird and sad.

WE NEED MORE TV SHOWS AND REALITY SHOWS 

featuring mothers and fathers who have a positive body image and show their sons and daughters how to do the same. Kids look to their parents for acceptance, if a mother or father hates the way they look, kids will learn that and then look to a partner to make them feel better about themselves. I know I refuse to be negative about my body and when I put on eye makeup, I simply say I am making my eyes stand out even more. I don’t wear cover up, I don’t have anything I don’t like about my face. I am happy with who I am and I want my son to look for that in his future partner.  

featuring mothers of all faiths who are passing their beliefs down to their children

featuring families of all races, sizes, beliefs who are just like you

featuring kids who act out, have special needs, get in trouble, get into fights, make bad decisions. Their parents aren’t perfect and they fight with the kids. The episode doesn’t always end happy, but they are a family and love each other.

featuring families teaching their kids to be responsible for their actions and think about others.

featuring families that instead of teaching our daughters “don’t get raped” teaching our  sons “don’t rape”.

featuring families that show their kids how to respect themselves and stand up for what is right and not to get pressured into doing what is wrong. Being who you are is tough, but in the end the joy and power form it is intoxicating.

ONLY COMMERCIALS

featuring women and men of all shapes and sizes using products that moms and dads actually use and love…and really work.

featuring brands of clothes that appeal to EVERYONE and not discriminate against a certain size or race.

that DON’T use sex to sell a product…more often than not sex has NOTHING to do with the product.

What shows or commercials would you cut? Which ones would you add or create?

April Secret Subject Swap

Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to Take One of April’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My subject is If you could anything what would you want to accomplish?”.  It was submitted by   http://chewylicious.wordpress.com/

Of all the things I could accomplish…I am sure there are many wonderful, altruistic, world-changing things I could do. Since the past three nights my son has kept me up, my answer is SLEEP. Yes, I want to sleep, but not just ordinary sleep. I want to sleep straight through the night.  I don’t want to wake up thinking I hear my son talking in his sleep or woken up from a nightmare. I don’t want to wake up to my son calling my name. I don’t want to toss and turn as I think about all the things I need to do the next day. I don’t want to worry or stress over things I can’t control.

I just want to SLEEP. I want to sleep deeply and peacefully. I want to sleep soundly and securely. I want to sleep and wake refreshed and energized.

sleep

In high school, college, and at work before I was a mom I would complain about how tired I was. Now, I realize all that tiredness was just a JOKE. I knew nothing about being tired. I knew nothing about working all day with little or no sleep and then trying to get another human being through the day only thinking about, hoping you can just fall into bed and sleep. I knew nothing about trying to make it through the day being so tired you just wanted to cry.

Yes, if I could accomplish a sleep, pure and fulfilling sleep, I would set for life. I NEED TO SLEEP

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.
Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com

http://chewylicious.wordpress.com/

http://smn0409.blogspot.com/

http://dinoheromommy.com/

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/

http://followmehome.shellybean.com

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/

www.amotherlife.com        

confessionsofafailingdomesticgoddess.blogspot.com

http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/

http://suburbiainterrupted.com/

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/

 

Secret Subject Swap – March

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Welcome to Take One of March’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My Secret Subject is: Who was your favorite teacher in school and why? It was submitted by: http://followmehome.shellybean.com

Normally I write funny posts, but this prompt required a more serious tone.  So off we go down memory lane.

Luckily I only had one teacher that truly made a difference, the Spanish teacher at my high school. She once came into the card store I was working in while to college. I was so happy and awestruck to see her. She was now working as a Spanish teacher at the school in the very town I was working. I felt like I was watching a celebrity.

I wanted to major in Spanish, I wanted to be a bilingual teacher. That plan was thwarted though when the college I transferred to for my Bachelor’s Degree no longer offered it as a major. So my plans changed, but my memory of her did not.

She clothes were never wrinkled, her curly hair so perfect around her face, her stories were not only funny but connected to the lessons. She bleached her upper lip and even though you could see the difference in color on her already pale face, it still looked so perfect. She made Spanish fun, she made me want to learn more. She made learning fun, she made feeling successful cool. She was classy and funny. She was what I wanted to be.

Now, while she was a model of great teaching, I must also share the worst teacher at that high school too. I shall call her the troll. It’s not so much that she looked like one, but what she did made her a troll. For one of our history assignments we had to write an essay, I am not great at writing. I need to draft, plan, write, edit, plan again, rewrite, edit and write again. I was in ninth grade and she read “the worst piece of writing I ever have see” aloud. Sure she didn’t read my name, but I’m sure everyone could tell it was mien from my blush. I was mortified and wanted to die as she criticized the entire essay. Let me rephrase, she humiliated me and broke me into tiny pieces and stomped on me. She was a BULLY. That is NOT what a teacher should do. She should be ashamed of herself and I truly hope she never did that to anyone else.

Okay now that I shared a little bit of myself, go off and read the other Secret Subject Swaps.

http://www.BakingInATornado.com

http://chewylicious.wordpress.com/

http://smn0409.blogspot.com/

http://dinoheromommy.com/

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/

http://followmehome.shellybean.com

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/

http://lifeonthesonnyside.blogspot.com/

dates2diapers2.blogspot.com

http://www.tinystepsmommy.com

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/

www.amotherlife.com

http://sadderbutwiser.wordpress.com/

http://mybrainonkids.net/

http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/

Super Secret Swap

Welcome to Take One of February’s Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

www.BakingInATornado.com                           http://dinoheromommy.com/

http://smn0409.blogspot.com/                       http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/

http://www.quirkychrissy.com                        http://www.momaical.com

http://www.chewylicious.com                         http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/

http://lifeonthesonnyside.blogspot.com/     www.amotherlife.com

http://followmehome.shellybean.com          http://mybrainonkids.net/

http://www.100lbCountdown.com                http://www.somethingclever2point0.com/

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/

My subject is “What was your first valentine like?”  It was submitted by http://www.chewylicious.com  Here goes:

OMG. I started to freak out when I read the prompt…hubby and I really haven’t celebrated Valentines Day in years. Sure we’ve gone out…but it’s always to a place that we have a gift card to and that;s the end of the celebration.  Besides, why be nice to me on just special days…you should be nice to me all year round and vice verse. Though, I do cute crafts with my son…it’s always fun to have holiday fun with my little man.

Okay, now back to my hubby, well I had to dig in some old photos on Picasa Web. Low and behold, I found some good ones. We met at in April 1995, but sadly the earliest Valentine’s Day pics I could find were from 2006. Still you are in for a treat… (Sorry about the date on the pictures…that was way way way back in time when I had a camera for pictures and not a phone…giggle snort)

The couple in these photos….

have been together for 11 years
have been married for 5 years
in three years and four months they would be parents to a true miracle and gift
in six years she would be posting about these pictures that represented a lifetime ago

yes. we had the waitress take our photo….ahhh to be young and in love.

first we’ll have serious photos

hubby tying to act tough while still smiling

I had to put a heart over the ladies face behind me, she was looking right into the camera…probably wondering who these weird people taking these pictures are, LOL

this picture still cracks me up

Now we only appear in photos if Dino is in them with us…how times change.  

Secret Subject Swap

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Welcome to Take One of January’s Secret Subject Swap. This week, 16 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking in a Tornado                                       Chewyliscious

It’s a Dome Life                                               My Life as Lucille

The Mommy Chronicles                                Momical

The Imsomniac’s Dream                              Life On Peanut Layne

Raising Reagan                                               DeBie Hive

My Brain on Kids                                          Follow Me Home

The Family Pants                                          Dinosaur Superhero Mommy          

Just a Little Nutty                                        

My subject is “How do you plan to stick to any resolutions you’ve made for the new year?”.  It was submitted by The Mommy Chronicles  Here goes:

Resolution? You mean when I say I am going to do something and never follow through. Oh those…LOL  Well I have made some resolutions in the past

lose weight

exercise more

eating less

eat less chocolate

Well those all belly-flopped big time.

Instead I am going to make POSITIVE resolutions I KNOW I can follow.

Going to drink more red wine with dinner

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When I eat dessert, I will enjoy EVERY delicious bite of it.

Eat healthier foods

Play more with my son

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Spend even more time showing my son how much I love him.

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Listen to more audio books in my car

Enjoy every minute of life and teach my son to do the same.

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Be thankful for all that I have in my life.

YUP! These are resolutions I KNOW I can keep.

What do you think of my New Years Resolutions? Do you think I’ll be able to follow them? How will you follow your resolutions?

Secret Subject Swap – Santa Claus

My subject is Santa Claus  It was submitted by  http://macdonaldsplayland.blogspot.com/  Here goes:

Well, what could I possibly write about Santa Claus…hmmm. Well, first I found out Santa did NOT exist when I was nine years old, I believe. A misguided friend told me and look back on it now and know she did it to have someone else just as sad as she was. She didn’t have parents that were as dedicated to her as mine were, and I hope her life has turned around for her. Now as a parent, it breaks my  heart that she had to do that to feel better about herself.

I think my parents showed me “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” to help me believe in the Christmas spirit. I understood the message and moved on with my life as I grew. 

Now…as a parent I totally get it. Before my son was just too young to really understand the whole “Santa Claus”, but now he gets it and is so thrilled. He helped me decorate and loves looking at the Christmas cards we get in the mail. 

The best part is…I AM SANTA now. YES…it’s not just about believe in Santa, I AM SANTA. I felt so thankful and happy that I could put little gifts in his stocking and wrap up his gifts before hiding them away. I can’t wait to see his face when he see that Santa has eaten all the cookies and drank the milk. I can’t wait to hear his joy as he looks at the present Santa left for him.

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stockings for hubby, son, and dog all filled up and ready for Christmas morning.

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Except for a few items arriving in the mail…the gifts are all wrapped and organized into bags ready for hauling to everyone’s homes. I can’t wait to see their reactions.

 His belief in Santa, his joy and innocence is what makes me want to teach him that Santa isn’t just pretend or really your parents. I want him to know that Santa exists in every person. When we give and enjoy giving Santa lives. When we see the perfect gift for someone and get joy out of buying it and wrapping it up, Santa lives. When we get giddy and excited as they open their gift, Santa lives. When you give money to a charity, Santa lives. When you buy a toy for a child who may not get a present, Santa lives. When you donate food to those in need, Santa lives. 

I hope that he holds onto that belief of Santa in everyone no matter how old he gets.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

www.BakingInATornado.com

http://www.cassandrazcorner.blogspot.com       

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/

http://sadderbutwiser.wordpress.com      

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com

 http://www.momaical.com   

http://macdonaldsplayland.blogspot.com/    

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/  

 http://dinoheromommy.com/          

 http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com   

http://rushingforbagels.blogspot.com/    

http://www.mommyunmuted.com

www.3monkeysandamartini.com   

http://www.theadventuresofthefamilypants.com

http://www.loveartbaby.com/