I saw this picture floating around on Facebook today and it made me laugh… and remember. Toddlers sure like to keep their moms busy, don’t they? Here’s a sample of what it would look like if toddlers used Facebook. Funny stuff.
Hang in there, toddler moms! You’re not alone.
I especially wish to praise and encourage young mothers. The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. The young years are often those when either husband or wife—or both—may still be in school or in those earliest and leanest stages of developing the husband’s breadwinning capacities. Finances fluctuate daily between low and nonexistent. The apartment is usually decorated in one of two smart designs—Deseret Industries provincial or early Mother Hubbard. The car, if there is one, runs on smooth tires and an empty tank. But with night feedings and night teethings, often the greatest challenge of all for a young mother is simply fatigue. Through these years, mothers go longer on less sleep and give more to others with less personal renewal for themselves than any other group I know at any other time in life. It is not surprising when the shadows under their eyes sometimes vaguely resemble the state of Rhode Island. … Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones.” –Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
When I started blogging a few years ago, I vowed to never use my blog as a platform to gripe about my marriage or my husband, until today.
Matt has a man cold.
If you are unfamiliar with the man-cold phenomenon, watch this (hilarious!) video, and I think you will find that it is familiar.
This condition arouses none of my natural sympathies. I am a very bad person.
(Okay, I admit that I do feel a tiny bit bad for him, but that’s only because he’s supposed to take 18 deacons winter camping tonight in the mountains. But I would feel bad about that regardless of his “condition.”)
Oh, p.s., today’s the last day to let me know if you want tickets to girls night out.
I made a video of myself in my pajamas with no makeup on and posted it on the World-Wide-Internets for everyone to see. Why?, you might ask. Because I want to go to the Caribbean, and I’ll sacrifice my dignity for the opportunity.
Deseret Book is beginning a comedy web-series in April called “Pretty Darn Funny” about women and motherhood. I happen to be an expert on both.
Why are you laughing already?
Anyway, they’re running a contest to collect funny stories from normal (and expert) women like you and me, and the grand prize winner gets a Caribbean cruise. Please don’t misunderstand: this is not an invitation for you to run over there and post your own video because that would be… well, selfless. This is about me. And the Caribbean.
So go right here, and watch my video and then vote for it by pushing the little orange-ish “thumbs up” icon at the bottom of the video display. (It’s less than 2 minutes long.) If you feel so inclined, watch it and vote for it every day until March 31st because that would be awesome. If I win, I promise to send each and every one of you a postcard. Totally serious. See? I can be selfless.
I’m teaching a fireside tonight about modesty. Well, actually a little more than modesty. It’s called “The Beauty Paradox.”
So, while I keep scrambling around today trying to get last-minute preparations done (get off the computer already, Stephanie!), I keep having this nagging question in the back of mind mind . . .
What exactly does someone WEAR to teach a class about beauty??! I mean, you want to have some credibility, but you don’t want to overdo it and negate your whole message. I’ve never met any of the people I’ll be teaching and they’ve never met me. I’ve kidded myself in my mind about how they’ll probably expect me to pull up in a Mary Kay pink Cadillac or something and will be sorely disappointed when I roll in in a 10-year-old van with 158K miles on it and last week’s lunch leftovers in the back seat.
Maybe I should just wear sweats and a pony tail so they’ll all feel better about themselves.
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I’ve never spent a lot of time on YouTube, and I don’t really feel like browsing around looking for great content, but in the last couple of days, I found these little treasures through friends on Facebook. My kids have been cracking up, watching them over and over again.
I’ve always LOVED this one (for me). I’ve probably watched it more than 20 times and I laugh out loud every time.:
So, do you have any favorites? Especially ones my kids would like (ages 8, 7, 5)? I thought it would be fun to watch some over Christmas break. I bet you have some great ones. Hit me.