Off The Grid

I’m pretty sure my children are sick of me. 

They see me more than most kids do, unless their mom is one of those stay-at-home moms which I could never be because I would go totally insane.  (Or spend lots and lots of money.  Me at home + bored = me spending money.  Ah yes, my husband adores my summer vacations.)

You see, my most excellent and awesome job brings in the moo-la and still only requires me to work from 8:15-2:15 Monday through Friday.  Plus I get summer off and two and a half weeks at Christmas and Easter and long weekends.  Let’s just put it this way:  Did I go into education for the vacations?  No.  Do they make my job any harder?  Also no.

So anyways. 

Despite spending some seriously large amounts of time with my children, I still have that irritating mom-guilt-voice in my head that whispers things like: 

But you don’t play with them all the time.  Remember that time they were quietly playing with play dough and you sat there and read a book?  Bad momma!  Remember when it was really pretty out and there aren’t many nice days left and you let them stay in and watch a movie instead of playing outside because you were “tired?”  Bad momma!  Or when they played in their room without killing each other for a solid fifteen minutes and you did the dishes?  Bad momma!

My mom-guilt-voice is kind of a bitch.

So I decided the other day that I would go off the grid and not look at my email or Facebook or read a book or play on my Iphone from the time I got home from work until the girls went to bed.  We’d just play.  And, actually, it was pretty awesome. 

Do I think I could do that everyday?  Probably not.  I like technology too much.  And there were definitely points where the girls just kind of ignored me and played on their own.  (And gave me odd looks for just sitting in their room.)

But I’d be willing to try to do it a few times a week, at least.  Also?  It totally shut my mom-guilt-voice up for a while.  Which is pretty darn rare for my perfectionist self.

Newsflash—> You cannot be perfect at being a mom.  I’m still working that out.

Look at my rambling-ness.  Geez.  I will reward you for listening to my craziness by giving you tons of pictures.  Kid pictures!  Off-the-grid day pictures!  Cute pictures!  Ad nauseum!

What's that you say? Children are not for menial labor? Oh.


Baby ghetto booty!! Corinne stuffed leaves down her pants.


Sister revenge!!


Possibly my new favorite picture

I think God reserves a special blue just for autumn skies.


We headed inside and played Build A Bear boutique.


And did something involving a paper tube and about 50 ponytail holders. And a pink head band.



I love that she can do this now. It amazes me everytime.


To finish off the night, we all worked on Corinne's family turkey project for school. Ta-dah!


September Fan-dom

What I adored in September:

1. My Nook Simple Touch Reader

I sound like a total hypocrite when I say that I’m really sad Borders went out of business…but I love my Nook.  Guess I’m a hypocrite.  It’s true that I love the smell of books, adore libraries, and get a little high from cracking open a new (or much-loved) book.  But I also love the ease and convenience of being able to download an 800 page book in 20 seconds and then throw it into my purse and have it only weigh an extra 10 ounces. 

When my old friend the Sony eReader Touch went to the big electronic depot in the sky, I was lost.  Nook?  Sony?  Kindle?  Ipad?  Technology flummoxes me.  I wanted something that could download library books and use all the books I’d bought for my previous ereader.  Nook was the answer!!  I LOVE this thing and would recommend it to anyone!  Here’s my justification for my choice:

Sony Ereaders: are being phased out and got rid of their touch edition. (boo)

Kindle: Could not handle EPUB editions at the time I was buying, so I would have missed out on library books (this problem has since been fixed)

Ipad: Tempting.  But expensive.  And if I have an Ipad full of games in front of me, the odds of reading a book get significantly lower.  Plus my kids would take it.  And I have an Iphone.  Which is just an Ipad Mini.

Nook Color: Books are black and white.  Children’s books are in color.  And my Nook is MOMMY’S Nook.  So I skipped the color and the extra price tag.

2. Ramseyer Farms

I’ve been to multiple pumpkin patches in Northeast Ohio, and after going to Ramseyer 3 years ago, I’ll never go to any other.  This place is amazing!!  There are so many crazy fun things to do for kids AND adults, and their pick-your-own pumpkins are only 25 cents a pound!

Corn slide! Woohoo!

Now, given we went on a rainy, chilly day because my hubby had specially requested the day off and the weather gods were angry, we still had a fantastic time!  More so because there was hardly anyone else there, so we had free reign of the place with no waiting!

Rainy, cold duck races are SO much better than warm, sunny ones. Mostly because there aren't rude big kids shoving my kids out of the way!

 That’s how you know a place is awesome-it’s cold and rainy and you STILL love it!

Ashlynn, the pumpkin princess and Daddy the coachman

3. Karin Slaughter

If that’s not the world’s silliest pseudonym, I don’t know what is.  But I also don’t care, because this woman writes some awesome crime/thriller fiction.  Her characters are really believable and the plots are full of constant action so you never get bored.  The best part is she wrote two separate series and then a third series that combines the two.  And I love a good crossover!!

If you’re interested in her books, the first one you want to start with is “Blindsighted.”  Highly recommend!

4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

nom nom nom

I make these every fall and my hubby adores them.  The smell of pumpkin and chocolate chips in our kitchen means that fall, trick or treat, and Halloween decorations are definitely here!

5. My Friend Kristin

She’s been through some tough times lately, but she’s still an awesome person and I wanted to let her know we’re behind her 100%!  Love ya, woman! 🙂

6. Students and Family

Because we are revamping our intervention system in my school district, I just got to actually start working with kiddos this past Monday.  Love it!  I know that bureaucracy and paperwork have their place, but I’m in this job to work with students!  So happy that’s finally started happening, and now I know this school year will fly by in an absolute blur 🙂

And, as for every month, my kids and family.  My husband is amazing at keeping this family trucking along any way he can, and my kids are simultaneously crazy/hilarious/enervating/annoying/silly/surprising all the time, at one time!  Wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world…

Picture courtesy of Corinne. Because my four-year-old is an awesome photographer, that's why!