Ramblings of a Young Mama

Wednesday, February 05, 2014


Did I need something new to get the creative juices flowing? Yes, I think so. Haha!

I've stumbled upon another interesting writing prompt blog. This one is called Three Word Wednesday, or 3WW for short. You can find this week's post here. Basically, every week there are three new words to use in any way you see fit. This week the words are as follows:

Accelerate; verb: [no object] (of a vehicle or other physical object) begin to move more quickly; increase in amount or extent; adjective (accelerating): go faster.

Passive; adjective: accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance; chemistry (of a metal) made unreactive by a thin inert surface layer of oxide; (of a circuit or device) containing no source of electromotive force;  (of radar or a satellite) receiving or reflecting radiation from a transmitter or target rather than generating its own signal; relating to or denoting heating systems that make use of incident sunlight as an energy source.

 noun: a dishonest or unprincipled man; a person whose behavior one disapproves of but who is nonetheless likable or attractive (often used as a playful term of reproof; [usually as modifier] an elephant or other large wild animal driven away or living apart from the herd and having savage or destructive tendencies; a person or thing that behaves in an aberrant, faulty, or unpredictable way; an inferior or defective specimen among many satisfactory ones, especially a seedling or plant deviating from the standard variety.

I thought maybe a poem was in order for this post. Here goes nothing.


I am usually quite passive.
You, my friend, are massive.

A rogue and deceitful man.
With a daunting master plan.

You have sealed your fate.
For I must now accelerate.

No others will be duped.
My car is being looped.

Now you may rest in peace.
Your actions, they will cease.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I hope she's worth it.

I'm back with another Trifecta post and this one has been a struggle for me. When I was done writing I had 525 words and didn't have anything I wanted to take out. Since I didn't have a choice, that's part of the challenge, I've spent the last hour removing things, and plugging it into Word Count Tool, to make it meet the 333 word limit!

Anywho, you can find this week's post here.

This week's one-word prompt was MANIPULATE. The third definition says "to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose : to doctor." With 333 words, I give you "I hope she's worth it."


She watched him manipulate himself for the skinny thing that approached the table. Smiling, he stands and pulls the chair out so she can join him. I'm disgusted. She melts. They appear to be very familiar. Is she the reason he is "too busy" for lunch dates with me? I want to move closer, but first I need to snap some pictures.

I enter the diner, and try not to be seen. I'm seated at a booth a few tables away. I can see them, but they haven't noticed me. He's looking at her as if he's in love. He used to look at me that way. Where did the love go?

They finish lunch and he pays the bill, like he's a gentleman. He stands from his chair and moves to help her. Reaching for her hand, he places his other on the small of her back.  She stands and he escorts her out. I feel physically ill watching this unravel before me. Where do I go from here?

I sit in my car, numb, pondering my next move and decide the pictures need to be handled before I go home. Starting the car, I pull into traffic and make my way to get prints. With pictures in hand, I sit in the lot deciding what to do. My cell rings. It's him. Hesitantly, I answer. He tells me he's going to be stuck at work until midnight. Rage floods my body. He's lying again. I'm no longer sick to my stomach. Now I just want to punch something, or someone.

I make it home in record time and start a fire in the pit. Room by room, I empty his items into bags and drag them out back. Two hours later I'm done, and it's time for me to put pictures where his belongings were. With a margarita in hand I sit in the backyard, waiting, watching his chapter of my life go up in flames.

I hope she's worth it.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fresh for Friday?

Apparently a good night's sleep and some snuggle time with my hunny has me feeling fresh! I don't feel like crying. I've been nothing but smiles thus far today! Yay!

Here's to hoping it stays that way! It should be a pretty good weekend. We have Gavin and we are going to a cookout for Mike's dad's birthday tomorrow. Hopefully the rain will be gone by then. It's supposed to be gone, since it's been raining for days, I sure hope it is. Maybe we will hang out in that area with our friends for the night. We shall see. There are miles of possibilities!

I'm feeling very optimistic about this weekend! :)

Thursday, January 30, 2014


The title says it all.

Why am I such a jumbled mess? I feel like my emotions are exploding in so many different ways right now. Or maybe I should say, I feel like I'm imploding....

I've started the last two days with tears. Why, you ask? I have no effing clue. I'm on edge. My body is apparently trying to tell me something. Maybe I've not had a good cry in a while and it feels like it needs to release. Does this make me crazy? I'm talking like me and my body are two separate things. I mean, really?!

What is wrong with me? I asked one of my closest friends this question and she said, "because you are a girl." Is that really an answer though? I am female, yes, but is that a reason for being emotional over nothing?

I have a pretty normal life. I use the term normal loosely, because not a lot in my life is really the everyday "normal." I have a man that I love (and that loves me), gorgeous children (yes I say children because I love Gavin as if he were my own, too) and a career that is perfect for me; so why do I feel so emotionally messy?

Speaking of children, my mini me - but in boy form (aka Keegan) got straight A's on his report card again. I'm so proud of him. He is so incredibly intelligent, even if I'm a little bias his grades - or his teacher - don't lie!

Besides the stress from money (which really will probably never go completely away), my job (and his) sometimes, and the drama that is associated with my Gabba's mother, my life is normal. Mike and I's relationship is wonderful. We both have dependable full time jobs that I am very grateful for. My family is doing fine and so is his. Yet, here I find myself an emotionally jumbled mess. Why?


YAY! I'm back to make another post in a timely manner.

This week's challenge is slightly different from last week's. It looks like it will alternate weeks between Trifecta and Trifextra! I'm excited for the challenge.

Anywho, you can find this week's post here.

The directions say:

This week we're asking for 33 of your own words inspired by the following picture.  If you use the picture on your blog, you MUST give proper attribution to the photographer by providing a link to the photo, not just to Trifecta.  Failure to comply will eliminate you from the challenge. 

Good luck and have fun with it!

Here's the picture -

Thomas Leuthard / Foter / CC BY

- and my 33 words - She was sitting at the table, completely engrossed in her studies. She appears to care less what is going on around her. I wonder if that could be me; oblivious or seemingly carefree.

I'll be back soon with a new post, I hope!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


I've been on the hunt for a new weekly blog addition and I think I have found it. First let me explain why I've chosen this one.

When I was younger, writing was always a therapy for me. Poems, journaling, short stories and eventually blogging for most of my teen years. It became sort of a way for me to get it all out without needing anyone's approval. It was a great help for me in more ways than I ever knew it would be. Anyway, enough about that.

I've chosen to add Trifecta to my blog. Here is the directions from this week's post:

Now onto this week’s Trifecta prompt. 

We’re back to one word and its third definition. And, of course, as many syllables as you please in your 333-word limit!

Happy writing!

QUAINT (adjective)
1:  obsolete:  EXPERT, SKILLED
2a:  marked by skillful design <quaint with many a device in India ink — Herman Melville>
  b:  marked by beauty or elegance
3a : unusual or different in character or appearance :  ODD  b : pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar <a quaint phrase>

• Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
• You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
• The word itself needs to be included in your response.
• You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
• Only one entry per writer.
• If your post doesn't meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
• Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us!

For my entry, I give you the beginning of Peter and Elizabeth.


There she was standing in front of the quaint little cottage that they chose for their honeymoon. Her hair was flowing in the breeze as she sipped from her glass of sweet tea.

"Good morning beautiful," Peter said as he approached her from behind wrapping his arms around her and taking in the luxurious scent of her shampoo.

"Good morning my love," said Elizabeth. She was smiling from ear to ear. This was their first morning together as husband and wife. "I can't believe we got married yesterday. How did I get so lucky to call you my husband?"

"I'm the lucky one baby. I'm the lucky one."

Peter and Elizabeth had known each other for three years now, but had only been together for one. Timing was always the issue. Well timing and other relationships. She had always had a thing for him, as he did her. Little did they know they were beginning a friendship that would develop into a lifetime of love.

One night while he was walking at the beach, he called her. She was pleasantly surprised, and a little nervous. They talked all night long about any and every single thing that came to mind. They laughed and laughed, and for Elizabeth that was so important. Laughter truly is the best medicine. It was then that she knew this was their time, and she wasn't about to let that pass.

.............to be continued.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Just another manic Monday....

....not really, but ya know!

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I had the day off. Mike is at work and I've been cleaning since he left basically. You really don't realize how much you've neglected things until you have time to get to them. Keep in mind my house is never really as much of a disaster as I usually claim it is, but still. LOL.

I really should be doing dishes right now but, as I have said in previous posts, I hate doing the dishes. They are in the sink soaking in hot water right now and I will do them when I am done, as long as I don't find something more important to do first. *just kidding*

I've been searching for a weekly meme to do. I used to do Friday Fill-Ins but they are no longer being posted. *hmph* Any suggestions?! Let me know!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Love Languages

So I was reading my best friend Jessica's blog the other day and she was talking about a book called “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. I decided after reading her post that I needed to look into it. I'm a very curious person by nature, and I thought it would be interesting to find out both of our "love languages." With that being said I did just that.

In the book there is a questionnaire for both the wife and the husband, or the girlfriend and the boyfriend. It consists of 30 pairs of statements. You have to pick one of them in each pair. There was one or two that were difficult choices for me, but I did it and I got my results.

*drumroll please*

My love language is Physical Touch. This was no surprise to me as I am always reaching for his hand, waiting for him to hug me from behind, playing with his hair, snuggling into him or really doing anything to be close. In fact, I am always saying "love me honey," when I'm feeling like I need him close; and he does just that. He wraps his arms around me, or something of that nature.

Quality Time was next, followed by Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation and then Receiving Gifts. Nothing about this order really surprised me. Quality Time is very important to me and I try to make sure that we have some sort of alone, quality time everyday. Sometimes this is difficult with our crazy kiddos (he has an almost two year old that we have half of the time named Gavin <3 ) running around but it's important to us, so we make time. Acts of Service is third, and well I hate doing the dishes so I am always grateful when he does them for me after a long day of work. Words of Affirmation are lovely to hear as I'm sure anyone would say, but they aren't the highest on my list. Important yes, just not the most important. Lastly there is Receiving Gifts. I truly do not care what you can get for me, money can't buy happiness. That is that.

After I was finished doing it, I showed the husband one to Mike without telling him what it was (or telling him my scores), so I could get his love languages order. They were so eerily similar and that made me immensely happy. One more thing that were are in sync on. <3 His were as follows: Physical Touch, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service and then Receiving Gifts. We actually got the same number for Physical Touch! Basically he needs to hear how much I love him a little more than he wants me to do things for him. LOL! Everything else is the same! YAY!

Anywho, you should definitely check it out. If you are struggling in your relationship it could help you, and if you are happy in your relationship it could make it that much better ;)

Friday, January 17, 2014

WOW. Can you say slacker?!

Has it seriously been 18 months since my last blog? That is insane! Where did the time even go?

Where do I even begin? Keegan has been in and graduated from VPK already. He's now in Kindergarten and made straight A's the first nine weeks. The second nine weeks, just ended and I'm expecting the same this time too! I'm one proud mama over here! He is doing great! He is beginning to swim like a fish! He did swimming lessons for the rest of the summer of 2012 and from April to September in 2013. He's already lost three teeth and one tooth is very loose now! Let's just say he's getting way too big, way too fast....

A bunch has happened where my job is concerned. The school that I was working at closed in June, and we merged with a sister school, since we are corporately owned there are many schools owned by the same family. I took on the same position at this school - Assistant Director, VPK Teacher and Curriculum Specialist. It has been a very difficult half of a year, trying to get settled in. I even considered leaving. I interviewed for a Director position, that I turned down because I just didn't get a good vibe. (I forgot to add that I got my Director's Credential in May of last year, YAY!) Anywho, in addition to merging I've also started doing assessments as a consultant with our Early Learning Coalition. It's been a great experience. It has definitely broadened my knowledge, and my horizons.

I lost a little bit more weight, and then gained a few pounds back by being lazy. I'm working on taking them back off! All in all, I would say that I'm definitely maintaining my weight loss! I have a very exciting event to attend in May, and I DEFINITELY have to have the pounds off by then! I will come back to this at a later date.

After dabbling with one guy and then having a little fling, again, with Justin - I'm not even sure what I was thinking then, maybe I was just lonely, I dunno - I have finally found the one for me. He is amazing in all aspects of the word. Mike calms me in a way that no one else has ever. We compliment each other well and are in sync with everything. I'm not saying we like all the same stuff, but we both have a love that is accepting and that is what is important. I'm so glad that our lives have happened in the ways that they have, so that we were lead to each other. I'm truly happy with all aspects of our relationship, and I think this is a first for me.

I suppose that's all for now. Expect me to be back soon with another post! I have more to talk, or should I say type, about but I don't want this post to be like a book! LOL