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Back to Normal

Snowpocalypse has come and gone and everything in the “A” is back to normal…thank goodness. My son has not seen the classroom for basically a month. He had three weeks off for Christmas, went to school for two days and was out all of last week. He is ready and so am I.  

Weekend was low key, a few weeks ago I decided to trade in my frequent flier miles for magazine subscriptions. I had to be honest with myself, I wasn’t going anywhere any time soon so seeing that I LOVE magazines this was a deal. I was very surprised to open my mailbox on Friday and find THREE shiny magazines staring at me. Did I mention I love magazines in all of their shiny, colorful, flashy glory. I stare at the photos, and I have been known to read an article or two. I stayed up way too late that night poring over their pages forgetting Saturday I would be running a daycare around here.


A friend of mine needed me to watch her children on Saturday, so I signed up to take on two 8 month olds, a 3 year old and a 5 year old…solo, all by myself..for 8 long hours. I survived, they tag teamed me at times, but I came out victorious, frazzled but nonetheless victorious. Shortly after she came to pick up her babies, the Mr. came home and as tired as I was I needed a moment to myself. I ventured out to Walmart and did the grocery shopping and picked up a few items for myself..you know nail polish, mascara, a book..the usual. Sunday, I whipped up a pretty decent dinner, put the kids to bed and enjoyed my Sunday chock full of trashy reality television.

Look at Lil Mama...she hasn't had those teeth for a week yet

Monday, I spent the day discussing with my son the great works of Dr. King and we watched a documentary. We had plans to venture down to Dr. King’s childhood home and visit the King Center but I woke up with a splitting headache so we will make that trek this weekend. As I was watching the documentary, it hit me that 40 years has not passed since this country has seen such large strides in the advancement of equality for all people. Viewing the program made me very thankful for Dr. King and his dream that has allowed me the ability to provide an experience for my children that their great grandparents didn’t have the opportunity to see. That realization has humbled me to appreciate every opportunity that I have and especially the influence I have on my children to reach for the sky and dream big, its my duty as their mother. Being a parent is such a daunting task…

Speaking of parenting, my dad rocks. He is a photographer and worked for National Geographic his entire career before he retired. He recently upgraded his camera and sent me his old one which just happens to be a Canon Rebel. I am just recently getting interested in photography and was surprised to find out that this camera is the “bee’s knees” in the blogging world. Please be prepared to be inundated with photos as a hone my craft…bwahahaha or should I say just figure out how to turn this thing on.

I am looking forward to this week, I have a meeting on Wednesday with a mentor/mentee group that I work with and on Thursday I am really excited about attending a vision board party that I have been invited to. Enough of my ramblings.

How was your weekend/MLK day?

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    January 18, 2011 at 2:52 am

    You had me at vision board party – that sounds amazing!! The only problem is I won’t allow my precious magazines to be cut up even to be used for a vision board (I share your love of magazines, I might even call mine an obsession)

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      January 18, 2011 at 3:08 am

      I’m so with you. There will be no tearing up of my magazines. I have a few very old ones that Lil Mama has already gotten to. If what I need is not in those, my vision board will be boring! I am secretly hoping someone else will have a large stash.

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    January 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Oh that was to cute they love when they see babies for some reason. I am glad they are back in school but honestly I would rather keep my son home than the baby she is so clingy I got nothing done this entire week. I am glad you have your magazines reading takes you to another world. I miss reading like I use to I think you have inspired me to get some magazines myself.

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    January 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    You’re such a brave soul to take on such a task and babysit that many kids. I would have gone insane. I honestly believe 4 is my limit.

    I couldn’t agree with your beliefs on MLK more. He was/is a remarkable being and has made life easier. A lot of people take what he has done for granted, especially my generation. I am forever thankful and like you, I want to make sure my children know who MLK was and the sacrifices that he made along with the accomplishments that benefit us all.

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    K. Rock
    January 19, 2011 at 7:53 am

    All those kids sounds like a nightmare!! Glad you were able to make it through.

    I love that you got a new camera! I want a new one too, but I want to get mine free like you did. I love pictures so fire away!!

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    January 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I love getting magazines in the mail! They make my day!
    This has been a long slow week for me. Hubs is out of town for a business meeting, so it is just me here. I watch my friends little boy every Wed and Thurs and sometimes he tries to pull a “fast” one on me. I couldnt imagine having 5 at my house at the same time! You deserve an award mama!!

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    January 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I wish I would have known you were creating vision boards. I am such a hoarder with my magazines, I broke down and allowed my mentees to use my 2008 mags for their vision board. I could have given you some of mine. I was crying on the inside as they were tearing apart my beloved Elle, Vogue and Ebony Magazines!!!

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    January 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    One of my sisters had 8 kids and I’ve kept them all at once before lol.

    My weekend was actually nice. We got into the 80s here in cali so jasmine and I got to wear summer dresses lol.

    MLK day I had to work. I was mad about it too.

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    Candace (NYStateofMoM)
    January 20, 2011 at 3:53 am

    GO SUPERMOM!! Wow I don’t know if I’m built to watch that many children at those ages!! Great job! I love magazines too that’s why I’m so hesitant to cancel my Essence subscription even though they’re late EVERY month! I’m making a mini vision board on the inside cover of my planner!

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    L. Eleana
    January 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Sounds like you had a great weekend! If only I could keep magazines, books and anything else that tears away from the baby, sigh. Looking forward to the pics.

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    January 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Kudos to you for taking on all those kids. I taught Moo about giving back to others for MLK Day. I want her to very humble and appreciative.

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    Laila @OnlyLaila
    January 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    WOW *tipping hat to you*

    I got tired just reading the ages of those kids,lol. But seems like you had a good weekend. I feel like the weekends are just flying by.

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