Ramblings of a Fed Up Mama

Good Morning, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed an immensely relaxing weekend with lots of sleep and shopping time.Oh, and lets not forget a trip to the spa!

SLAP!

Did you feel that? That was a reality check. Hitting you right in the face.

We’re mamas. That doesn’t happen. Like, ever.

Just an FYI Disclaimer: This post will be extra peppered with sarcasm, because I’m feeling quite sarcastic today. And I have a lot of irritation to vent. Carry on, as you were…

My weekend was pretty great. I got to spend time with the hubby on Sunday, but he worked Saturday as usual. The only Saturday he’s had off lately was on Valentines Day – which, of course, was incredibly sweet. He didn’t have to take the day off; in fact, he had lots of work to do – but he did. For me. I feel special! And I got spoiled absolutely rotten. New computer, new phone, new jackets, shopping, new comforter for the bed – list goes on. And some gorgeous flowers. Best. Husband. Ever.

This week, I don’t have all that much going on. I have been focusing on unpacking the remaining boxes from our move….last November. Yep. I have had boxes sitting around in limbo for three months now. Untouched. As you all know, with no free time, it can be hard to get things done. My sister in law felt the need to make the comment, “Sarah, you still have boxes to unpack?! I would have had that done months ago!” Well, missy, you also don’t have kids, or commitments, or appointments, or a job, so I’m quite sure you would…you little brat. Well, guess what? This chick finally got her boxes unpacked. Anything else to gripe about?

I saw some news stories over the past week that really hit a nerve with me. Is it my place to judge somebody else’s parenting or stupidity? No. Do I have an opinion? Yes. Therefore, I plan on voicing that opinion. This is my blog – whoever doesn’t like it can leave. ‘Nuff said.

Story #1: Pregnant Woman in Third Trimester Swallows Swords

The headline says it all. This woman, a burlesque performer in a circus of some sort, has the audacity to continue the practice of sword swallowing while she is eight months pregnant. It is beyond me what must be going through her brain to even fathom causing any type of bodily harm to her baby. Am I alone on this? Have you ladies ever seen the, ‘Stop These People’ Twitter page? Well, she needs to be front and center as a pinned post to their Twitter. Unreal! My advice to this woman: STOP!

Story #2: Parents in Indiana Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

Here, we have another two parents who should have never pro-created. These people heinously abused their children, starved them, and let them live in filth, and were finally (thank the Good Lord) arrested for their behavior. All I can say is, thank God. Why do people have children, only to hurt, scare, and ruin them for life? Do they not care? Why bother at all? If you aren’t ready to commit yourself to being a good parent, don’t have unsafe sex. Simple as that! Use your brain, people!

Story #3: Father Tosses 5 Year Old Daughter from Skyway Bridge in Tampa, Florida

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a new story – a couple of weeks old – but I have been thinking about it a lot and following all of the updates. This father, who clearly had mental instability, drug problems, and psychosis – decided he wanted to toss his beautiful daughter off of the extremely high Tampa Skyway Bridge, directly in front of a police officer, and take off full speed ahead in his car. When I heard this, I felt a rage I can’t even explain. I cried, hard, for hours. How…why…would somebody feel the need to do something like this? Mental illness isn’t a joke, I understand that. I myself suffer from panic and anxiety attacks. I’m not going to knock him for his mental illness. But to take the life of your own child in any way…the fear she must have felt falling from this bridge, the pain she must have felt as she hit the water – it’s too much to even bear to think about for me. I believe the death penalty is in order. Open and closed case. I’m sorry. He has no place among the rest of us any longer.

And another bit of idiocy to gripe about for the week, which brings me back to my opening statement about sleeping in and shopping.

My sister in law…

She told me I need to take a Mommy Day. A day of, ‘Shopping till I drop, and relaxing at a spa, and sleeping in, and pampering myself’. All day long. A whole day to myself. That is probably the funniest thing I’ve heard in a very long time. What planet is she living on??

It also made me unbelievably angry.

Women who have no responsibility in life, no understanding of what it’s like to be a mother, or how hard it can be financially at times, have no understandable comprehension as to what living the life of a mom is like. It’s so easy for them to say, “Go spend $500 on yourself, and just do it and enjoy it.” Really? REALLY?

Maybe it shouldn’t make me mad. Maybe I shouldn’t get angered by ignorance. But I do. And I don’t know how not to.

Those who have no comprehension of what $1 is even worth, or even how to manage their own bank account, shouldn’t talk to me about spending money. I like to think I am one heck of a great budgeter, and I don’t need to take a spa-shopping-sleeping day to feel fulfilled. I am happy being a mother, and a wife. I’m happy putting my family before myself.

Is that a crime?

I still do my best to look good every day. I still take the time out to put on makeup and dress up. I don’t walk around in sweatpants when I go to the store, and I would never wear my pajamas out of the house. I’m not trying to not try. I do try. In fact, I try harder than some women I know who don’t have children to look good. But – in the end – that’s not what matters. What matters is being a good mom. A good wife. Knowing how to budget and what to spend money on – and not to spend money on – is something I pride myself on. I’m proud of how far I’ve come; how responsible I have become.

I suppose that’s it for my rant today. I plan to post more this week, and it will certainly be on some much livelier topics. I just had to get all of this off my chest before I screamed.

Here’s to a fabulous week!

Sarah

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Movie To See: Mom’s Night Out

‘Mom’s Night Out’ is a wonderfully written, beautifully scripted, and hilarious yet emotional movie about the life of four mothers who try to plan the ‘best night out ever’, only to find themselves in a whirlwind of chaos. If you haven’t seen it, I highly, highly recommend it! It made me cry, laugh, and smile the whole way through. I could totally relate to the main character, who my kids agree was me, portrayed through a movie format. Seriously, she has almost every trait of my personality all rolled up into one. Also, there’s some really great Christian undertones which I love! Some of my favorite lines from the movie are:

“Life is about finding the meaning and the joy and the purpose in all the chaos.” –Ranker.com

“Allyson: “Ladies, tonight is our night and we look good.”
Restaurant Hostess: “I cannot find your reservation.”
Allyson: “I just want to sit down with my friends without three little people clawing all over me.”
Restaurant Hostess: “You’re getting a little angry and it’s doing something ugly to your face.” -Ranker.com

” I should be happy that they made me breakfast, but instead, all I see is Salmonella everywhere!”

Here is a preview of the movie, for those who have been living under a rock and haven’t yet heard about it or seen the preview:

P.S. Rent it from Redbox for like $1.59 – money well spent! Wear your favorite comfy PJ’s, snuggle up on the couch with your favorite couch throw, add some chocolate, popcorn, and maybe a glass of wine, and you’ve got yourself a mom party! Enjoy!

Broken Bones, Spelling Bees, and Illness – Oh My!

When life throws you lemons…catch those lemons, hold them high into the sky, and summon your inner He-Man with a loud, “I’ve got the power of Greyskull!” Okay, maybe not that last bit… but you get the point.

This past week has been a chaotic ensemble of craziness – as are most weeks in the McCormick household. One thing I absolutely adore about my life is the fact that nothing is ever boring. Things don’t have a chance to get boring around here, because around every corner, there is a new adventure. There’s always something new and exciting -whether bad or good -waiting for me at the start and finish of every day. I embrace all of it, because it’s all a part of the plan for my life.

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Beauty for Moms: How to Look Great in 10 Minutes or Less

Here is an article I wrote on my beauty blog, which pertains to moms and beauty. I thought I’d share it here, as it felt appropriate. Enjoy!

All Things Beauty

DSC01181 A typical morning look for me

If you’re anything like me, when you get up in the morning, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind: coffee. And kids. And school. And waking the husband. And taking the garbage out because your son decided he didn’t feel like doing his chores last night. And your daughter’s spelling bee practice after school. And finding your son’s school uniform. And that appointment you made a week ago that you forgot to write on the calendar. And taking the dog outside to pee. And all of the 5,847,756,736 things you have to do today. Okay, so you’ve probably got a ton of things on your mind if you’re anything like I am – which, if you are, I feel for you, truly – and don’t ever have time to focus on self.

I don’t know about you, but I get up and…

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Welcome: My Life as a Mom and Wife

Hey there, you!  The one reading this. I’m talking to you, mama!

I am so glad to finally get my fingers going on these keys, and very really super excited to have started this blog so that I can connect with all of you amazing mama’s in the world, share my experience as a mother, and have a laugh or two in the process. I’m sure this place will be filled with words that will provoke laughter, thoughts, happy moments, and even stir up warm memories within you. I plan on implementing plenty of content, from typical blogs, to picture posts, craft ideas, DIY tips (I’m a huge lover of all things DIY), and even some things that just might surprise you. Expect the unexpected with my blog, and prepare for lots of fun! I hope you will feel the need to click the ‘Follow’ button and hang around for a long time to come.

Who I am:

I want to tell you all about me so that you will know who I am, and what I stand for. My calling in this world is to be a mother, and a wife. Not only that, but a Christian. I am a strong believer in doing what I can to help others, and putting a smile on the faces of those around me. I want to live my life as an example of the love Jesus has for all of us, and if you don’t like that – you can stop reading where you are, and click the little ‘x’ in the top right corner of the page. Or, you could opt to back out of the page. Either way…I am who I am. Nothing and nobody can change that.

I’m a mom to four amazing, crazy, rambunctious, hard-to-handle, awesome, awe inspiring, loving, emotional, wild children. I have two teenage girls, one 15 and one 13, and two pre-teen boys, one 10 and one 11. If I’m being honest, which I will always be on this blog, I can tell you it is never easy. It’s never too hard, though. No matter what crazy things life throws my way, I know ‘I’ve got this’, because Jesus is the one writing the book to my life. Without Him, I’d have fallen apart long before now. I have lived my life without Him. Never again.

I love my family more than life itself. I know it’s an incredibly cliche’ thing to say, but it’s true. I feel like…they really are my everything. They are what make my whole world spin ’round.

I have the world’s greatest husband – and no, I’m not just saying that because he will most likely be reading this, but because it’s the honest truth. He and I have been through hell and high water together. Some of the things I’ve put that man through…but you know, we live, and we learn. We grow from our mistakes. There are only a select few men in the world who could ever be as loyal, honest, loving, caring, genuine, and downright amazing as he is to me. I will forever respect him – anyone who can put up with me, all my flaws, and all the things I’ve done, deserves the respect and adoration. It can’t be easy to love a girl like me. I don’t make it easy. I’m just difficult by nature…guess I get it from my mama.

I’m not a perfect mom, nor am I a perfect wife. I take each day as it comes. I deal with each situation that arises as it comes. It’s not always easy – but it’s always worth it.

With that, I leave you with one final thought for today:

“There are far better things ahead, than any which we have left behind.” – C.S. Lewis

I look forward to my first official blog post. This was an introduction of sorts. I’m sure I’ve left a million things in which I wanted to say out – and that’s okay. I’m human, remember?

Take care, everyone. Remember: Follow and Like if you would be so kind! Looking forward to next time.