No, You Won’t Steal My Joy!

Into the mud rolled the big fat truck, and his big important wheels got STUCK! His heavy-duty dump-truck tires were sunk down deep in muck and mire.

MUCK AND MIRE?!!!!!

Without fail, my 4 yo will always, always pause and place extra emphasis on this part of the Little Blue Truck. She thinks it’s hilarious! I typically burst into uproarious laughter with her, but after reading it this last time it hit me in a different way.

Sunk down deep in muck and mire.

Leave it to a children’s book, granted an excellent one, to give me pause as I stopped to reflect upon the current condition of my heart and mind.

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When the World Fails You

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I wish I was a bird so I could fly far, far, far away….

Tears are streaming down my face.

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Life With a Toddler: Keeping Up With Our Little Movers!

To say my 21 month old is non-stop is quite the understatement. She’s been walking for 8 months now, but as she gets closer to turning 2, I’m acutely aware that she is a toddler through and through! Not only have the number of tantrums been on the rise, but so has her propensity to get into everything! With all her new activity and discoveries, I’m glad we have Huggies® Little Movers to keep her comfortable and dry with  her toddler shenanigans!

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Will My Heart Be Big Enough?

Can I handle 2 children? 

How will my toddler react to the baby?

What will become our new norm?

Will my first trip to the grocery store with both girls be a disaster?

Will I ever get out of the house on time?

Will I ever want to leave the house again?!

How do I get my little darlings up those stinkin’ stairs??

Am I ready for this?

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Daily Prompt: Resolved (To Let This One Thing Go…)

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

Over the years I’ve set many goals for myself.  Some have been fulfilled, others fell by the wayside, and some are still works in progress.  I’d like to take you back to a resolution I made many moons ago, that has led to me being ostracized and called crazy.  A decision that I’ve almost 100% stuck to in spite of the sideways looks I recieve, and the mouths that drop when I share.  Today, ladies and gentleman, I’d like to tell you a story about the night I gave up chocolate! 🙂

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photocredit: fanpop.com

I was a junior in high school, and our hang-out group consisted of those who pretty much walked the path of the straight and narrow.  We didn’t really have drama, but the actions of one of our friends continued to be a source of ridicule and scandal.  You see, there was a young lady we knew who didn’t eat chocolate, and it wasn’t because she was allergicShe simply didn’t like it!  Gasp. Sigh. The horror of it all! 😉  Oh how she was teased, but she stood her ground and a part of me admired that she stuck to her anti-chocolate antics.

To be honest I didn’t think it was that big a deal.  I liked chocolate a lot, but I figured the temptation wouldn’t be too great if I lived without it for a while.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed brownies, chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, candy bars, and especially chewy chocolate chips cookies (the hardest thing to let go), but I wanted to see if it was really all that challenging to just stop eating it. In addition, this classmate of mine would no longer be alone in her disdain for this sweet treat, and I saw myself becoming an ally of sorts.  So there it was.  A decision was made and my New Year’s resolution would be to give up all things chocolate.

The night came and I was at a gathering with many food and dessert options.  Just before midnight I noticed a piece of delectable-looking fudge that seemed to be calling my name.

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photocredit: leigh-platesplaces.blogspot.com

I had to go for it.  I figured that if this was truly going to be it, I should go out with a bang.  I took a bite, mulled it over in my mind as I tasted it’s rich flavor, then threw the rest of it away.  Maybe I’d built myself up for this challenge so much, or maybe I was never as huge of a chocolate fan as I’d once thought (strawberry, caramel, and lemon are really where it’s at ;)) but it didn’t taste as great as I’d hoped.  The countdown came and went, 1998 was here, and chocolate was no longer in my life!

I hadn’t actually determined how long I would go without it, but in a matter of time I no longer had a taste for it.  It was easy to turn down, and with the exception of an ex-boyfriend of mine thoughtfully bringing me cookies ‘n cream ice cream when I was sick in college (I didn’t want to hurt his feelings!), and the cocoa found in mouth-watering and delicious red velvet cupcakes (I’m not entirely looney),

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photocredit: allrecipes.com

I haven’t indulged since that fateful night.  And no I don’t “cheat” with white chocolate either. Lol.

There it is, my little chocolate tale.  What started as a mini challenge to myself, has become a decision I’ve stuck to ever since.  Judge me if you must, but I don’t intend to waiver.  🙂  Don’t worry, I get my sweet tooth fix in many other ways!

Welcome to 2013 everyone!  Blessing to you all in the New Year!!!

Are you a lover of chocolate?  Could you give it up?