Sunday, December 26, 2010

Farm Fun and Corporal Punishment

So you think this is a funny title huh?  Well then you weren't raised on a farm, the two go hand in hand!  :)  Actually the first part of this blog is about farm fun, the second is about the latter.

Santa brought Cash a 4-wheeler for Christmas and today he insisted on riding it.  Never mind you could spit and it would freeze, there were snow flurries in the air and the kid did not care, so off he goes.  After hours of being outside on the 4-wheeler I went outside to see if I could hear any evidence that he was still alive.  About that time my cousin Jim comes driving up, gets out of his truck laughing so hard and telling me to "come here".  What he is pointing out to me was hysterical.  Let me add that earlier Cash also insisted that his toolbox and tools that his Papa gave him for Christmas (not toy tools either people, the kid will be my new handyman) be tied onto the 4-wheeler so he could take them everywhere with him.  Being the skilled mama that i am I went in search for a tie down and strapped that tool box on his front rack.  Whew, that tie down saved him from walking later!!  Now, what Jim was pointing to was Malaine pulling Cash's 4-wheeler back from the dairy barn because the battery finally died on him.  Jim offered to load it up in his truck and bring them home but Cash said "nah, Malaine's got it". And she did, that sweet girl, she pulled that 4-wheeler all the way back home while Cash man sat on it!!

About that corporal punishment.....this isn't a blog of debates, feel free to have your opinion about this and feel free not to argue with mine :).  I am a spanker, when necessary.  I don't spank for every little thing but I believe that sometimes a good ole spanking is in fact the right answer.  Tonight was the "sometimes".  Cash and all of his cousins were running around playing, literally running and my Lord they were so loud.  Absolutely driving me nuts, my daddy will say it is music to his ears and I will tell you that ole Pat Ard must be going deaf!  So in all the craziness Cash was super excited and he tends to get a lot of attention because he is the only boy and he tends to like this!  Tonight for some strange reason while all the kids were playing in my old room he decides to take a leak on the floor!!!!!!  WHAT??!!  REALLY!!??  I was shocked when ALL the girls came running out of the bedroom tattling and sure as I sit here, I found the evidence all over the floor.  I had no choice, this behavior, funny as it will be later, must be dealt with so that is where the corporal punishment came in.  Ah, life on the farm is never dull!!!

Gender Confusion

As you all know, I have always kept Cash's hair on the long side.  I like it and quite honestly don't really care what anyone else thinks.  What? Does that shock you? :)  His hair, up until about three months ago has always been rings of curls but now is more of a wave, the rings are quickly becoming a thing of the past.  We may see them again later in life.  My hair was straight as a board until I was a teenager then I went through puberty and BAM!! Boobs and curls!!  All at once, it was awkward and I had no idea what to do with either.  Luckily I soon figured it out. :))  So maybe his beautiful curls will come back when he starts shaving. 

In saying all that, he has been mistaken for a girl many, many times.  It doesn't bother me.  If I dressed him in questionable, smocked girly clothes I may then take a little offense to this but because he is dressed with a band t-shirt, vintage jeans and Chuck Taylor shoes most days it gives me a good laugh at the person who is referring to him as "her".  Really??!!!  I always laugh when Cash very casually says "I'm a boy", it doesn't bother him either. Yet anyway. 

When we were in Nashville something weird happened and when I tell you it happened  not once but THREE times in a half hour period I am NOT exaggerating the story.  Arden Caroline and  I took a little stroll through the resort, she as always (this is not me bragging) looked adorable in a super cute one piece brown long john.  It had pink ruffles sewn at the ankle and the cutest super size PINK hoot owl on the front of it.  Three different people called her a boy! WHAT!!  It was has if they were running around the resort telling others "there is a super cute little girl coming this way but her long john is brown so call her a boy, OK".   I was baffled.  I mean calling Cash a girl is okay because A. he has(d) long curly hair which from behind and from behind only, can be misleading and B. you are a complete moron if you call him a girl and you are looking at him from the front.  BUT to call my sweet baby girl a boy, how dare you!!!!  She has a girl face, beautiful girl lips and where do you people come from.  I guess wherever you come from, the mama's dress the boys like girls and it confuses you.  When people call Cash a girl I just casually say "she's a he" but when they called Arden a boy I very aggressively let them know "she is NOT a boy"!!!  Seriously people.   And did I mention she was wearing a bow? No joke, you can't make this stuff up.

This is what she had on! No joke!

Opryland in December....

this was a boat ride inside the hotel!

Arden, Faith Meng and Cash

Cash LOVED holding baby Faith

On the way with my date to see The Rockette's

Cash helping his Daddy accept his award. 

everything in the next few pictures is made entirely of ice

Cash was not afraid of the Winter Warlocke

Cash coming down the ICE slide


Had such a great visit with Tiffany and Charity

love this picture

breakfast with Kris Kringle

Before you get to "deep" into this blog I must note that I am not home, I am at the farm so therefore I have no pictures to download from our trip.  I actually have a few quiet moments and thought I would do a little blogging.  Mama is still sleeping off the "Christmas Day hangover" (Christmas at the farm is WILD, blog to come. and not wild as in a real hangover, ha) and Arden insisted on spending the night with Jason so it is just me and Cash right now. 

As I have blogged about before Nationwide has been very good to my family.  We have taken some really great trips to some really beautiful places that we otherwise may have never visited.  One place that we have visited often not because of Nationwide is Nashville.  We love Nashville!!  It's actually the first town that Master P and I visited together when we were dating because he was stationed in  Ft. Campbell,KY which is just a short drive from Nashville.  And as many of you know, we actually married there on December 31, 2004.  Patrick and I are not especially a romantic couple so it isn't for romantic reasons that I love Nashville, maybe it's because I love music so much, maybe it's because it really is a great, diverse town, maybe it's because one my dearest friends lives there, all I know is I do love it.  We use to go a couple of times of a year just because.  Now Master P is required to be there a lot because Nationwide hold a lot of meetings and events there and naturally me and the kids tag along! :)  I believe I went 4 or 5 times this past year and he got to go about 8 times(I don't take along ALL the time).  In all our years of traveling to the Music City I have never stayed at the Opryland Resort, I have always wanted to but we just never have.  Nationwide has always put us up downtown so when I found out that our latest trip would be at Opryland to say I was excited was an understatement!!!  Especially since I am a huge lover of all things Christmas and it is a common known fact that Opryland is the place to visit at Christmas time.  They start putting up their lights in July!! WHOA!! :)  It was everything I imagined it would be, beautiful lights and trees everywhere, it was beautiful, it was magical and we loved being there!!  Another really special thing about this visit was the fact that my two cousins Tiffany and Charity came and spent and evening with us.  Tiffany, her husband Benji and their girls Maggie and Olivia moved to Murfreesboro recently and Charity and her family live in Bowling Green so she and her daughter Megan came to.  It was so special to have them there, we had to best visit and I can't wait to see them again hopefully on our next visit in February. :)  We also went to visit my dear friend Bridgett and new sweet little baby girl Faith! Cash and Arden were pretty wild and so we cut that visit short in order for Faith to have her nap and  for Bridgett to keep from going insane with my wild crew! ha. 

The kids have always been really good travelers and for that we are thankful because we drag them everywhere but for some strange reason they have recently started NOT napping on road trips.  We drove the entire 6+ hour trip to Nashville and Arden never closed her eyes, instead she bossed me around, "my paci, my cup, my book, my blankie etc......"  Cash has always done the bossing, now  I have two kids bossing me around.  Next trip we may have to slip them something in their juice! :) ha  Pictures to come as soon as I get home!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

And these are the moments....

Being a mother is full of challenges, daily challenges.  Being a stay at home mother has even more challenges because you are basically with your children 24/7!  Now before I go any further I will add that being a stay at home mother is a blessing on so many levels to me.  I am grateful everyday that my children are my job, that God has blessed me with this opportunity, I relish in memories I make with them.  With all that being said, some days, my kids drive me nuts!  If this weren't a family friendly blog I may throw in some choice words here but I will refrain and let Cash be the one to use all the dirty words in the blog! lol.  Some days they fight, some days they are discontent with everything, some days they need something from me every 17 seconds etc.... I could go on but I want.  One great thing I can say about Cash and Arden is this, they passionately love each other.  They remind me so much of me and Jason growing up.  Alese and Cash they remind me a little of me and John.  That's another blog!  They always hug and kiss each other goodnight, they hold hands, they yearn for the other to wake up in the mornings.  Those are the moments that make my heart flutter!!  Earlier tonight I was busy cooking in and I heard Cash say from the living room, "Arden you want to come snuggle on the couch with me"? Arden, "yep".  Cash, "I love you sister", Arden, "i love you brother".  This I love you business went on for several minutes after that.  It made me really cry a little, it warmed my heart  as if God was telling me "relax, this is what it is all for"!  I am here to tell you that if I get just a little bit of that sweetness I can take the "he pushed me/she hit me" business a lot easier.  This really is what it is all about.  I have prayed and still pray that God will give them compassionate spirits for others, I love when I see little glimpses of that!  Praising God for all His goodness and thanking him for the good, the bad and the moments that take my breathe away! :)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Although I have plenty to catch up on this blog, these two funnies could not bare fall victim of my "mommy brain". 

Yesterday as told to me by my sweet friend Brandi West:  During Sunday School the 3 and 4 year olds are grouped together for a brief time to sing and hear a story.  Yesterday's story was about the birth of baby Jesus.  When the story teller asked the children if they knew why Mary wrapped Jesus in a cloth my sweet and very smart might I add, Cash answered proudly, "because the hay was a itchin him"! ha!

Now let me add that while we were in Nashville this past weekend(coming soon to a blog near you) Cash and I went to see the Rockette's.  At the end of the show they had a live nativity and told the story of Jesus' birth, it was beautiful!!!  Cash was very interested in it all and asked lots of questions and I told him that Mary would wrap baby Jesus in a cloth to keep him warm and to keep the hay from itching him!!  The boy listens!!!  :)

Another story that I must share so that Arden can look back at in years (many years) when she starts dating and realize that this started very early for her.  As we were leaving church yesterday we stopped to talk to our friends Clay and  Tracy Speights and their two children Sawyer and Charlie Kate.  Sawyer is about 6 and I was trying to get Arden to give him sweet eyes because she is so cute when she does it.  Out of no where for no apparent reason Cash slapped Arden on the top of the head.  Not a little tap but a hard slap!!  Being the tough little thing she is she just turned around and gave him the "dirty" look she does but she didn't cry.  On the way to the car I asked Cash why he hit his little sister on the head.  He very humbly replied, "because Mama I don't want Arden giving that little boy sweet eyes".  Ah I am looking forward to the teenage years! :)