Friday, May 30, 2008

Intense Gratitude and Profound Thinkage

So, yesterday I wrote a post about my mean mothering. I hadn't planned on writing it. In fact, the original post started like this:

"What should I write today...? Ho-hum, doopidy, dum..."

Literally. That was how I was starting my post meant to be filled with all kinds of random cruddiness. But then I thought, "Nah, I'll just write about how I suck as a mom." I had no idea it would be so well received!

I think this may be due to one of two things: 1. I need a lot of help and advice because I'm just a failure as a mother, or 2. You are all cruddy mothers, too, and the guilty like to associate with the guilty. Any takers on which one it was...? Yeah, okay. I get it. You're done admitting your vast weaknesses. It's okay, I have my confession limits, too.

But, anyway, I just want to thank you. All of you! Thank you to my regular comment-people, and to the new people that somehow found their way to me (y'all come back now, y' hear? Ooh! Bonus points for the show and who said it...). I just want to let you know that you are at least 51% of the reason I write! Sorry, I can't give you more than that. I need the other 49% for my own personal reasons. I mean it is my blog, my thoughts, my heritage, my escape from this crazy world.

Just sayin'.

But thanks for all the kind words and wonderful advice. I would thank you each personally and individually (redundant much?), but how do I respond to 22 (or more?) comments?! What the?! You people sure make me feel good. Holy cow, I'm watering in the eye regions now...

Anyway (now that I have paused to use a tissue or two), I had some profound thoughts on my mind, so stick with me as I peruse through the not-so-quiet corners of my brain:

1. Lizzie had her baby! Last night! Hooray! That is all I know at the moment, but I'm sure they will blog about it, so go and give them your congratulations...
2. I'm thinking of making a list of all of my friends that did the 10 picture Meme/tag/oh-my-heck-did-you-actually-make-me-take-pictures-of-my-house-just-now?! What do you think? Should I make a link on my side-bar for those? To go along with my brand-spankin' new Spotlight Sunday Series and How I Lost The Weight Series? What say you?
3. I'm loving this community thing we've got going. Has anyone noticed that many of us comment on many of the same personal blogs? Have you loved it as much as I have? I love seeing familiar names here and there and everywhere. Keep it up, people! Expand your commenting into other places. Not that I'm encouraging blog addiction. I mean, my family is already thinking of an intervention, so...you know...
4. Last night was #2's preschool graduation. Here are some pictures and videos for your entertainment. [And advanced apologies to Cristy (who is not blogging lately because of intense pregnancy sickness she sadly must endure for the entire 9 months) because her beautiful son is in these videos and I didn't even ask permission. Seriously, Cristy, I'll take them down if you want me too!]
By the way, if you are wondering if #2 will be on Broadway when she gets older, the answer is "Duh!"
(Here's her teacher, Mrs. P. Love her! So much, in fact, that #3 is going to be in her preschool next year! Best part? Her home is within walking distance.)
5. Father's and Son's camp out is tonight. #4 will not be going due to age, but #3 cannot wait for camping with dad! He's so excited! I'll be more excited when #4 is old enough to go...
6. Today is #1's last day of school. #1 is now officially finished with the First Grade! Holy-freakin'-cow, when did I get a Second Grader as a daughter?? Honestly, these things creep up on me so slowly and then SLAP! It's right there in my face. Now I feel kind of old...not quite unlike how Leslie is feeling lately...
7. This weekend is my last chance to see U2 on the IMAX theater. If I don't end up seeing it, I might seriously gouge my eyeballs with a fork. Or throw a tantrum, on the floor, legs kicking, arms flailing, etc. etc. Wish me luck! Bythelbs is counting on me. I have to see it! I have to!
Have a Fabulous Weekend!

17 comments:

Kelly A. said...

Get that girl an agent! Those videos were priceless!

Jamie J said...

Cute videos! And yes I am up commenting before 7am...yawn... Rachel was up at 6:20 this morning.

I was noticing the community we had the other day. I love it too!

Dan and Michelle said...

Aww...cute little #2! I think she takes after me. :) Just kidding. I know the acting talent never made it into my genes. I even heard you laugh in that video. I was doing the same thing. Let me know about U2. We are still planning on coming down.

Susan M said...

Next week is my birthday. You have to see the U2 movie as a gift to me. (This is what I do when my birthday is looming--justify everything with it.)

Cheryl said...

Susan-
I love birthday justification. :)

Kelly-
I know! We've thought about it seriously before...not sure I'm ready to be a stage mom, though...

Jamie-
It's fun, isn't it? Unlike having to get up early with children. Ha! :)

Michelle-
I'll talk with Brandon and call you today.

Amanda said...

Please, please, please don't gouge your eyes out with a fork. And if you could take that image out of my mind that would be great.

Your daughter is beautiful. Congrats on pre-K grad. My daughter finished ysterday too. The summer stretches out long before me. My first grader has a couple weeks of school yet, so I don't have a second grader quite yet.

Cheryl, you have been great at connecting us all. It has been so much fun! So, Thanks for it!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

I love the links idea...and #2 is soo cute! I love how in the 2nd video all the other kids were slightly swaying, but she was totally rockin' out!

Thanks for connecting us all Cheryl, this community is fun. :)

bythelbs said...

You promised you would go, Cheryl. You promised! I have yet to find someone I can talk about this movie with yet--yeah, my husband's seen it and loved it, but I'm pretty sure not for all the exact same reasons that I did. :)

Your kiddo is super adorable. I believe she takes after her mama.

Cristy said...

Haha! I'm glad you posted video of the kids! I will link people over since I'm too lazy to post video, however, I did decide to delve back into blogging today, I had to catch up on 18 posts alone on your site! It hurts when your Google Reader says you have over 200 blog posts to read, and that doesn't include the private blogs! Ugh! As for the mean Mom post, your not mean, you're a Mom, a normal, doing 4 kids, doing your best, love them so much you actually discipline, Mom! Way to go for sending them to bed hungry instead of full of marshmallows and bananas... I've seen people do it! Love you!

Leslie said...

Loved the number rumba...my 5 year old was watching over my shoulder and was groovin' right along. Yes...I did say 5 year old...yes I am feeling old...actually...I am old...much older than you are...

And...thanks for the shout out :)

Cheryl said...

Okay, pretend I didn't say "gouge with a fork" --pretend I said "gouge with a spoon". Is that better imagery? Probably not. Sorry, Amanda!

Ooh! Ooh! I just found out (because the website obviously likes to taunt it's guests) that the U2 thing will show through the second week in June!! HOORAY!! Now I really can see it without too much trouble (not that U2 is trouble).

Leslie-
You are not old. How could you possibly be old? If you are 75 years old with a five year old daughter, then yes. You are old. :)

Cristy-
Advice: Don't catch up. Just start over. I had to do that when I moved, and honestly? It was so much easier to just "mark as read" and move along. ;)

mowb-
That is my job. To connect. :)

Richelle said...

My hubby and son are on their Father/son outing tonight, too. I love the song, your daughter is adorable.
I have just seen you comment a lot on Leslie's blog, I thought I would come check you out.:)

Julie said...

So, I found a widget you need! Go here:
http://tipjunkie.blogspot.com/2008/05/top-commenter-widget.html

You'll thank me, I promise!

FluffyChicky said...

I hear ya on #1 finishing the first grade...my son just finished too and there is no freaking way that I am old enough to have a 2nd grader on my hands now. :)

Susan M said...

Geeze, you guys don't even know. My oldest is going to graduate from high school in a few days! Talk about unbelievable.

Amber said...

Love. The Videos. Laughing so hard! It makes me wish my daughter's preschool had done something like it!

Cheryl said...

richelle-
Welcome! I've seen you over at Leslie's, too. I'm glad you came by. Come again!

Julie-
I seriously need to do that widget! Thank you for the link...

Amber-
I'm glad you liked the videos. If you listen carefully to the second one, I'm repressing my laughter...

Fluffy-
Ooh! Our kids are the same age --I had forgotten...

Susan-
You are right! I forget about perspective and I will never complain about being old again. :)