May 10, 2011

Good moms let their kids lick the beaters.
Great moms turn off the mixer first.
Another Quote that made me smile.  I am not sure which one of my friends on facebook posted it, but I liked it!  This also made me think about what makes a good mom, or even a good parent.  Can anyone put a list together?  WHo makes up the requirments?

May 5, 2011

I'm I a Mother's Day Chicken?

A mother is a person who seeing there
are only 4 pieces of pie for 5 people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie.
-Tenneva Jordan

I read this quote on a twitter post of a friend.  I liked it so much I wanted to use it for mothers day, so here I am doing just that.  I also wanted to write something prolific for Mother's Day, but could not gather my thoughts beyond what I know as a mother.  Then I posted on my facebook status the other night the following. ( ....if my hubby even thinks of bringing home KFC on mothers day (as they suggested) he is doomed).  I wrote that after watching TV alone on a Tuesday night, and I really thought, man how could KFC suggest that they are a great alternative to a home cooked meal or a nice dinner out?    I got a few suggestions from friends via facebook, about places that they could take me like Taco Bell or a really nice place I would NEVER take my children in fear on major embarrassment (it's a nice place).  Then suggestions on how KFC has "bangin biscuits" or "what if it's the extra crispy?"!  I had to laugh! 

Then there was a comment from a gal from high school that hit me like a twobyfour "this may sound harsh Jenny for that I apologize. I would take the KFC from a husband and children because I don't have eiither.", she was right, why should I be soo choosy?  Why should I care where we go for Mother's Day, when I have a family to go out with? I did let that gal know that she was right and that should be grateful for what I do have!

So I moved forward and was looking up the advertisement for KFC, where they mentioned bring mom in for Mother's Day, which I could not find.  I did however stumble upon the following contest on the KFC website that ran in 2009.  My jaw dropped.
Everyone celebrates Mom on Mother's Day. This year, KFC wants to salute those showcasing their love for their mothers 365 days a year by sporting a mom-themed tattoo. If you're communicating your love for mom in a permanent and visible way, KFC wants to reward you and your mom!  Show Us Your Mom Tattoo. You Can Win Free Chicken for a Year!   
WOW - I was thinking KFC could be an option for mother's day, but sporting a mom-themed tattoo to win FREE chicken?  What the heck?  Who are they trying to grab?  What are they thinking?  I am not sure many moms would be super thrilled about a tattoo on their child, let alone ahring it for all to see for $10 in chicken coupons for a year?  I have a tattoo and I know my mother was not thrilled, nor was my husbands mom, I am sure they would be less then thrilled to hear about it being on the Internet!!
Again another Holiday ruined by commericalism.  I am thrilled with a handmade card from my boys, the same thing I did for my MOM for many years.  Silly treasures I made with her in mind, I am sure where the end all of her Mother's Day.   A simple breakfast and time with my family on Mother's Day the best gift ever.  It is not about where, but more importantly with whom.  So I reflect on the up coming day and try and remind myself, that is more about who I am to others.  And not what others give me on that one day but what they give me everyday.

But before I say HAPPY MOTHER'S Day to you all, I would like to quote one of my husbands favorite movies "Oh I hated the Colonel, with 'is wee beady eyes! And the smug look on his face, "oh, you're gonna buy my chicken!" ohhhh!...because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartarse!" Stuart MacKenzie ~ I married an Axe Murderer

So I married an Axe Murderer - Check out this clip for a good laugh!

Have a Great Mother's Day, no matter where you go to celebrate!

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May 4, 2011

Planting a Garden

As a home owner I always wanted to plant a garden and three years ago we finally did!

Ever since then I have been hooked on making it the best gardens ever, well at least the best one for our family.  The last three years we have had someone come in and rototiller the land, and last year we expanded the size of the garden to twice its original size, next year I plan of doubling it again.  However this year I did choose to keep it at the size we have, with future plans of putting in a new fence and maybe a few raised beds.              

The Roberts Rock Farm garden has had a few good years of growth with growing from seeds only in the ground, but last year I was kind of disappointed.  What to do I asked myself?  Well I decided to start the seeds in the house with the help of two little boys. I hired someone to come in the rototill the land, and then I purchased a seed packets, soil, planters and set time aside to start the garden.  I had the help of both boys, one who did the minimum asked of him, and the littlest who wanted to plant more but I ran out of containers.  With their help we started over 300+ seeds.This year we started the following veggies ~ corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, broccoli, lettuce, radishes, green beans, green peppers and carrots. We are also doing watermelon too!  Ambitious? Maybe!  But many of these we have had lots of luck with in the past, just from seed, so I am hoping this year will bring more!

Below are some photos of the process so far. In just three days we started to see growth, which is super excitig not only for the boys but myself as well.  I will continue to post photos as the seeds grow and as we plant them in the ground, which I hope will be next week. 

Would you ever grow a garden?

Has your family ever grown a garden?

If so what have your grown? 

How did you do with what your grew?

Any gardening tips you would like to share?  I could use all the help I can get! Plus I would love to hear your success stories!

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May 2, 2011

Sunday Hike