Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ladies And Gentlemen, May I Direct Your Attention To The Center Ring...

*The crowd quiets, the lights dim. A spot light follows a tiny little car to the middle of the ring. After the car stops the door slooowly opens. The suspense builds...*

Hello all you blog partiers!

I'm Missy, stay at home mommy to three gorgeous, smart, funny kids (no, I'm not bias) , wife of 14 years to my best friend, and owner of one stubborn, trouble making little furbaby. I've spent almost my entire life in the same 20 mile radius in the Midwest and am currently living in a beautiful rural community. Although I love where I live now I am a total beach bum and would love nothing more than to sit on the sandy shore of Destin, Florida. I dream of owning a pastel pink stucco house, sitting on my balcony and smelling salty sea air. I have never figured out what I want to be when I grow up, maybe that means I'm already doing it. I love to read and love animals and would probably have a small zoo if my husband allowed it. I attempt to find the funny in whatever happens. Even though I throw some of our personal life out there in cyberspace on this blog I really am quite shy, at least until we get to know each other.

My husband Dave and I are high school sweeties and he has been my best friend since I was 17. I think that is my one bit of advice to the unmarried set out there. The guy you can call you best friend and share everything with makes great husbands. He has been everything from a trash man (for two whole days) to upper-middle management of a large corporation where he can work from home. He worked hard and made lots of sacrifices to get where he is today and I am very proud of him. He is one of those people that just ends up in crazy/funny situations. He has fallen asleep on a jet and woke up landing in the wrong city, told off by a little person (is that the p.c. term for midget?), slapped strangers for touching cheese, and went on and on about most alcholi (you would have had to been there for that one) written on a sign at a local eating establishment.

As I said I have three adorable kids who never fail to entertain me.

First let me tell you a bit about my teenager Eddie. He recently turned 13 which was a bit hard for me to accept. So far, the ugly teen attitude has pretty much been non-existent. I ask you allow me to live in my denial that this is as hard as the teen years will be. He looks very much like his daddy. But to make up for not having any outside appearance of his mom he has my personality completely. Both the good and the bad. He is very laid back, is not a worrier, is extremely sensitive to those around him, and a master of sarcasm. But do not ever expect him to be in a hurry. His one liners are so funny at times that if he decides to rebel and not go to college he better go into stand up. One evening as my husband and I were trying to watch TV Eddie walks in and gets distracted by the show causing him to stand right in front of us. My husband said "Dude, you make a better door than a window." Without missing a beat Eddie looks over his shoulder and replies "Yes, but I make a pretty picture." Yeah, we could have gotten mad but it was just so funny all we could do was laugh. For the record he did move and find a better place to watch. Right now he is involved in Boy Scouts, karate, youth group, band (plays the trombone) and chess team at school.

Next is our only little girl. Erica is one of the Millenium babies born in 2000. She is my little mini-me in appearance except with blond hair. But 100 times more confident and self assure. She does have her daddy's organizing gene. That girl is always concerned about the time and being on time. She is a planner and is very good at taking charge. She hasn't decided yet what she wants to do when she grows up. She has talked about being a police officer, personally I think she'd make a great lawyer. She will argue a point until she just wears you out and you see it her way. She is also very sweet and thoughtful. She will take her award "dollars" at church and when they have their "store" she almost always buys gifts for her brothers. She was also recently awarded the student of character at her school for the month they practiced caring. As her teacher announced her winning the award she said that she not only walked in with a smile everyday and gave encouraging words to other classmates but she also volunteered to stay in from recess to help a classmate clean their desk. I had tears of joy watching her get that award. She is involved in Girl Scouts (where I am a co-leader), dance, gymnastics, and AWANAS.

Next is my baby (and last), little JonJon. He is the spitting image of neither mom or dad, but of his Aunt (my baby sister). Strawberry blond, freckles, gigantic for his age, and mischievous green eyes he went from the easiest baby ever to a walking pile of trouble. I don't know if he was just that much busier than his siblings at that age or I was just more tired and not on top of him like the others but those toddler years were a series of one crazy mess after another. We had doors colored on, a peanut butter covered living room (and dog), permanent marker on a Mercedes, shoes thrown away and Leapster cartridges flushed just to name a few. Thankfully he is past that stage now (I hope) and will start school this fall. That thought breaks my heart so I refuse to talk anymore about that. He is a very happy little guy that is always quick to smile. He is always the entertainer and is always having fun. He can melt your heart in one second and make you bust out laughing the next. Right now he is a huge momma's boy. I'll take that for now because I know not much longer it will be all about dad and then slowly it will be all about his friends. He is in swim lessons and Cubbies.

Being pregnant with Erica is what opened my eyes to online communities and friendships. I found a message board of other moms pregnant with babies due the same month she was. At first I was unsure and a little weirded out talking with strangers but 9 years later a good portion of us are still together now sharing more than just tales of morning sickness and baby kicks. And although I have still yet to meet most of the girls I still laugh with them, cry with them, share their joy, and pray for them. I consider them great friends. Eventually I found my way to the blogiverse.

So all you wanting to party join me and a whole lot of others at 5 minutes for mom and their Ultimate Blog Party.



Ultimate Blog Party 2009

PS- if I were to win one of the prizes I'd love the Kitchen Aid mixer or the mom/daughter flip flops.

24 comments:

My home of 5 said...

Hi! This sure is a fun way to meet more Christian people! Especially for us quiet girls! Nice to meet you!

SisterTipster said...

Hello! Welcome to the Party! I love AWANA! Your children are precious~Nice to meet ya!

blessings
SisterTipster

homeschoolblogger.com/SisterTipster/

Denise said...

Hi Missy!!! I LOVE you!!! I gave you credit for bringing spring on my blog on Friday. I hope you win something GREAT!!! I've got to go find the list of prizes, I don't even know what I want to win.

Sheri said...

How nice to meet ya. Like your blog and intro too. We did the GS (I was a co-leader too) for years. Have a great time at the party.

Heather of the EO said...

Helloooo, from another Midwest partier. So nice to meet you!

Reading your post made me want to be a bit more like Erica! :)

Have fun with the party!

Kristin.... said...

Blog hopping on a Saturday night! Enjoy UBP!!!!

Kirsty said...

Awww I got a bit teary a few times reading this Missy. I loved meeting you in person. You are so fun and funny (and beautiful :) Erica is a sweetheart isn't she? And clearly your son inherited your great wit. My heart breaks with you about Jon-Jon (and Jonathan :( starting school in the Fall. Unthinkable.

My 2000 firecracker (Gabe) is obsessed with punctuality too!!!
Even though I've known you for so long I really enjoyed reading this!
HAPPY SPRING!!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

I love your party introduction. I am glad to "know" you!! :)

Janne said...

Just stopping by for the party. I am another animal-loving beach bum who loves to read! -- so it's nice to meet you. :)

Munchkins and Music said...

Hello hello! Hope you are having fun partying! I wish I was on the beach right now...

Beth in NC said...

Just dropping by to meet more party guests. You have a lovely family!

Enjoy the party!
Beth

growingsage said...

Hi there! My name is Rachel and I also have a little boy...he's 4.5 months old. You're invited to visit my blog at http://growingsage.wordpress.com. I write about green living, faith, parenting, and other stuff. Hope you enjoy the rest of the party!

Kris said...

Hi! I found your blog this morning through UBP! Looks like you have a really neat family. Your children are darling and mine are the same ages! I love your "circus" take on it all. So true, isn't it? ;) Looking forward to learning more about you!

Kris
www.JesseKateDesigns.blogpsot.com

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Wendi said...

Hi, you have a beautiful family! I love the beach pics. I'm a mom of three - two boys with a girl in the middle also.

kimmcl said...

Hi Missy! I enjoyed reading your blog so much - we have tons in common! I have a 13-year old daughter and a millenium daughter too! I almost had another one, but the Lord had other plans for me. Still don't know what I wanna be when I grow up, but today I'm a wanna-be designer. Love the Lord with all my heart and stayed within only 2 miles of where I grew up (gotcha beat there - HA!). I live within 40 minutes of Atlantic City and the beach, but never go! I guess that's where the similarities stop! LOL!! I'll be following your blog! ~~Kim~~

Jenni Jiggety said...

I have a millenium baby, too! AND, the mommy friends I met on a message board while I was pregnant remain some of my best friends even now!

Baba said...

Hi! So nice to meet you and your lovely family! Party hopping and participating too so stop in for a visit.

Momma Snail said...

Party hopping and I found your super cute blog! It's not letting me follow you. I'll have to keep trying...Come visit us when you get a chance.

http://thesnailstrail.blogspot.com/

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Stopping by for the party.

Love the blog.... I'll be back!

Bumpkin Bears said...

I'm just stopping by from the party. Your kids are so sweet.

Beeb said...

Hi there! It's nice to meet you, happy UBP!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

I'm giving away Pink Champagne Shower Syrup from Jaqua Beauty...stop on over and enter! Ends April 8. Open to USA.

Ta!

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