Sunday, July 31, 2011

Not just Harry Potter's birthday.

July 31st is a very big day for us.

We moved here a year ago today.

In a few short weeks I will finish my first year of law school.

We've had a lot of fun this year.

We've made good friends.

We love our church family.

We survived our first Michigan winter and even saw Spring!

We love summer here.

While fall is very pretty, it's sorely lacking on the football part. Sorry Michigan. The South does it way better than y'all do.

Part One of this chapter of our lives is officially over.Only two more to go!

And that makes me want to whip my hair.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shake Your Groove Thang.

Every person's got it.

Somewhere down deep inside of them there is a place where you make magic happen.

Mojo.

Now, before y'all think Samantha's gone dirty on her blog, pull your head out of the gutter.

I'm talking about a specific kind of mojo.

Study Mojo.

I would say that a large population of my readers are educated in some form.

Some went to college.
Some went to grad school.
Some are getting their doctorate. (Holla b.e.g.!)
Some went to beauty school.
Some went to high school.


Yes, even the mommies who read this blog were students. They had a whole life that happened before their babies came along too. In fact some of the mommy bloggers who read this very blog are among some of the most educated people that I know who are among the audience that read the blog.

The point?

The point is that at some time in each one of your lives you were a student of some sort.

And we all had certain things in order to be prepared for exams.

We had rituals.

I can tell you that my rituals in college are a joke in comparison to what I do now.

You see today is what is affectionately referred to as "Move-In" Day at the law library.

It's the point in the semester when we literally are at the library round the clock.

I mean we are in the library pretty regularly anyway, but now is when we get cranky because the library closes and we have to move and potentially ruin our mojo we've got goin' for that day.

You see the thing about law school or any doctorate program for that matter is that it is a marathon.

And people who run marathons have to be in the best shape of their lives.

We have to eat right, sleep right, exercise right, and study right.

I didn't really see the point of exercise until this summer and I only noticed the difference recently and that was because my husband told me about it. He said that he'd noticed my stress levels aren't as high because I run it out of my system when things get rough.

And I do feel better.

I'd be lying if I told you that sometimes we're a bit superstitious about the way we study.

But for me, it changes every semester. I still do some of the same things. I find a seat I like, some music that keeps me productive and a snack/drink that I can graze on all day long.

This semester my mojo is all about the $1 Unsweet Tea, Blow-Pops, the soundtracks from the Twilight series, to-do lists on legal paper, and a certain desk that allows me to see outside just enough that I don't lose track of things.

At the end of the day when I walk out of the library with a to-do list checked off save the stuff that only can be done at home, it makes me want to shake my groove thang.

So I guess my question is this: What did you do to get your study mojo on?

Happy Saturday.

P.S. Posting will be a little sporadic from me for the next two weeks, but don't worry my sister is blogging and I've got a few posts up my sleeve.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Prayer-Why We Need It.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.-1 Peter 5:7

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.-Jeremiah 29:11

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30


Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. -1 Corinthians 9:24


Just keep swimming! -Dory, Finding Nemo


Yesterday I was working on my memo that is due tomorrow. I was feeling pretty low because I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing once again. I noticed I had missed a phone call from B. He also left an urgent text message asking me to call him. 

He was terminated from his job. 

I immediately felt tears well in my eyes so I grabbed my stuff and headed home. 

We have been here before-last year in fact. 

We came up here (a year ago on Sunday!) without a job for B, but God provided for us every step of the way. So while I cried because I knew B was upset, I knew He was in control. 

But this time was different. This bump in the road came at a critical time. I was writing my final memo worth a huge portion of my grade.

This immediately made my stress level go through the roof. I wanted to puke.  But I didn’t and don’t have time for it. I had to come up with a plan and fast.

And while crying in the car, I thought of two things: my dad’s solution and my request to God a few days earlier. 

I’ve been here before too. 

My freshman year of college, I spent all weekend trying to write my first history paper. The pressure was high and it was the night before it was due. I called my dad at 2:30 in the morning crying with my problem. He told me to go to sleep and wake up and write the paper first thing in the morning and to “just remember sister, they can’t eat ya!” 

So I wrote out my plan of attack for today, worked through some more of my memo and then crashed into bed around 2:30am. I worked all day and even put off writing this blog/telling you why we need prayer until now. 

God was faithful and was with me every step of the way just like my daddy promised 8 years ago.
I’m sure you’re wondering what my request to God was. 

Our life has been great recently. Other than money being tight (welcome to life as a broke juris d*ctorate student!) we really have no complaints. In fact, we hadn’t been going to church regularly and my prayer life was waning. 

Due to some unfortunate events in one of my dearest law school friends’s life this week, I found myself seeking Him like I hadn’t in awhile. 

It felt good to intercede on her behalf to God. I’m not trying to sound pompous. I just simply like to pray. 

I enjoy seeing the end results. Sometimes the results are instant, sometimes they are almost ten years in the making, but one thing is for certain, I always get an answer even if that answer is silence. 

After I prayed thought, I thought “God I wish I had a reason to seek your face like this on our behalf.”

Well he answered faithfully. 

But I need help. 

I have finals in two weeks. 

Would you pray for us?

  • Pray for the right combination of focus, rest, exercise, and healthy food for me as I prepare for finals.
  • Pray for B as he searches for a job. Pray for his spirits.

If you say yes, don’t think that God’s going to let you forget about it. 

Trust me. I’ve done the leg work on it. 

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday is "Opinion" Day.

Opinion: a personal view, attitude or appraisal.

When I have a conversation about someone hurting my feelings because I felt their opinion was a bit too much, one of my people always tells me that "Opinions are like a**holes. Everyone's got one."

I always take that in with a hint of an eye roll on my face because I personally feel that people are entitled to that opinion with a huge BUT attached to it. So my rule on opinions goes a little something like this:

Everyone is entitled to their opinion (whether we like it or not), but that opinion better take into consideration what the person receiving that opinion has been through up to the point that they asked for your opinion.

Am I saying that opinions should be sugar coated? Absolutely not. 

I just think that when people make their opinions known about another person's life or current situation, they need to have tact and grace when doing so.

In other words, thinking before one speaks will go a long way.

I know that this idea is good in theory and on paper, but when exercised is extremely hard.

However, if I practice on the little stuff that doesn't matter then when it comes time for the big stuff, it will be a piece of cake.

This post is for myself. I'm not pointing fingers at anyone. I just needed to hear this today.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's five degrees hotter than H-E-double hockey sticks outside!

Last Wednesday I headed out to class and noticed immediately that it was hotter than it had been all summer long.  In fact, we hadn't seen the likes of 90 in a week and a half. I'd even go so far to say that the humidity was working hard that day too.

But, secretly I was glad because I love a good hot summer day. 

Every time I state this, though, my dad always sends me an ever so eloquent text telling me how it's a hot SOB or "hotter than hell".

Brandon's dad also told us one day, "It's five degrees hotter than hell outside."

And it's true. Oklahoma has set records this summer for super heat.

So on Thursday, when I woke up and found out that my current place of residence was hotter than our hometowns, I couldn't help but tweet about it!

We might actually be about to experience a heat wave!

And then...I went running in it.

I should have gone at 9 when it was a cool 80 degrees like I'd planned.

But seeing as I'm Cherokee and run on what my momma and husband affectionately refer to as "Indian Time", I didn't make outside until 10:15 when it was 87.

It was a hot one, let me tell ya.

And I totally loved it.

It reminded me of all the softball tournaments I played in growing up. I may have even wiped my sweat on the front of the neck of my t-shirt like I used to mom.

It made me think of the summer my team won our first championship. It was my first time in a college town called Norman. I, of course, loved the town. (No surprise there!)

The best part about this trip though was my dad got to come with us. Tournaments were usually on Saturdays and my dad always had to work Saturdays growing up. When I found out that he took the days off to go to the tournament I was thrilled! This tournament was Pre-Loren and Will btw.

So even though I was sweating like a pig and the humidity level was suffocating, I enjoyed my run.

It made me miss Oklahoma a little less even if it was only for the time I ran.

So what's the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it. 
  • James Vanderbeek is one of the ugliest criers known to man. Proof can be found if one watches Dawson’s Creek.
  • The soundtracks from the Twilight series are good study music for me when I’m reading. Who knew I could read and listen to music and not just white noise?????
  • My four priorities over break are
    • 1) Running, 
    • 2) Reading Harry Potter 
    • 3) Blogging and 
    • 4) Laying by the Pool.
  • A few weeks ago, we decided to no longer fold each other’s clothes. I thought this would mean that our clothes would be folded on a more regular basis. Yeah….not so much.
  • I am hoping for rain all week except Friday because I’m gonna be in the library cranking out my last memo of the semester.
  • After watching WWHL last night I wish I watched Morning Joe in the mornings. Also, Caroline Manzo is still my favorite.
  • I am really picky when it comes to what kind of notebook paper I use. I’ve always been a college-rule kinda girl, and was terrified of using the legal pads because they’re the nasty wide-rule. Well, now I don’t know what to do with myself if I am without a legal pad. This makes me a little giddy on the inside.
  • Even though I live in city limits, I still say “We need to go to town for _________.”
  • A Christmas song came on my iTunes the other day when I just pressed shuffle and I didn’t flip through it. I blame the Christmas episodes on RHONJ right now.
  • Every time I’ve started worrying about something I have no control over, I’ve been trying to pray about my worries. It seems to help. Key word: TRY.
  • We had bologna sandwiches with chips and picante twice this weekend and it was so good. My dad would be so proud.
  • Funfetti cakies are better than Red Velvet Cakies as of now. I’m gonna try another mix because it is very hard for me to fathom Red Velvet losing to anything. 
Happy Monday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

As promised, you are now about to read my thoughts on the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the DH2 since B and I saw it for a second time on his birthday last night.

So.

First, if you have not seen/read the books, STOP READING NOW. If ever, there was a blog post with spoilers in it, this is the one.

Second, these are my personal thoughts.

Now, let's dispense with the generalities...

Overall, I loved the movie. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion and what parts were not tampered with were magical.This definitely was not a children's movie. The time for childhood was definitely over in this film and the consequences were grave. If you took your children, I'll bet that you may have had to have some conversations about what they saw. (When I say children, I'm talking somewhere in the 7-9 age and under depending on maturity, exposure and knowledge of the child.)

BUT.

This series has never been about generalities. It is all about the specifics. In fact, the way that Ms. Rowling weaves the details so intricately together is one of the top reasons I love the series so dearly.

For more than a decade, scores of fans have been devoted to our beloved Harry and I for one left the theaters twice wishing for something a bit more. This movie was the VERY last in the series and the fans who made this franchise deserved to be treated with respect.

Two hours and 5 minutes for the finale?

It's down right blasphemous. This fan and several others would have been more than willing to sit for 3. So I've seven "Horcruxes," if you will, to pick with the producers.Things that should have been in there and would have rounded things out nicely to a solid three hours.

  1. The Horcruxes: I really felt like more detail should have gone into why Voldemort chose the objects that he did. It goes to his character development. The horcruxes display Voldemort's evil nature at its finest. Plus, couldn't we put Nagini up in the air like she was until the end when she was killed?
  2. The Weasley's, The Granger's and The Dumbledore's: Ron and Hermione have been Harry's closest friends from the very beginning. They at least should have been paid tribute by a longer battle scene to show Percy's return to the family and how Fred died. Further, knowing that Hermione got to restore her family's memories would have been a nice touch as well. Finally, the back story on the Dumbledore siblings would have made much more sense had Hermione told Harry what she learned about Professor Dumbledore in Rita Skeeter's book. It's actually how they figure out that the Elder Wand is part of the Hallows. Back story is nice. Clears things up and doesn't leave those who haven't read the books (yes these kinds of people do exist!) not walking away asking how Harry automatically knew who Aberforth was.
  3. The Hallows: The Elder Wand fixes Harry's wand, then Harry returns it to Dumbledore's tomb. Second,Harry is a descendant of the Peverell brothers who were thought to be the original owners of the Hallows. Harry was descended from Ignotious who had the Invisibility Cloak. This imagery is a subtle forecast into Harry's victory. In the seventh book, many things from the very beginning of the series, come to matter. The reason Albus had the Cloak of Invisibility when Harry before James Potter was killed was because Albus thought it might be the very cloak that he and Grindewald sought so many years ago. Ahem. 
  4. Snape's Death: He was killed in the Shrieking Shack. Yeah not anything major, but there are three influential men in Harry's life and Snape is definitely one of them. Sirius and Dumbledore are the other two of course.
  5. Harry's "Death": Ron and Hermione were not with Harry when he figures out after watching the memories of Snape that he must die willingly. If they had been, they would not have let him go into the Forbidden Forrest alone. Their biggest trait with regards to friendship is loyalty and for them to let him go into the woods goes completely against that.
  6. The Final Battle of Hogwarts: Before  Harry reveals he's alive, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Minerva McGonagell and Horace Slughorn face off with Lord Voldemort. This scene could have been epic. Also, this showdown was in the Great Hall.AND how about a long battle scene in general? I was most pumped for the actual battle outside of Snape revealing his true allegiances. TOTAL. LETDOWN.
  7. Victoire, Minister of Magic, and Dumbledore's portrait: Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks son, Teddy in the epilogue was seen kissing Victoire Weasley who was so named because she was born on the day the Chosen One triumphed over He Who Must Not Be Named. (It's May 2nd btw!) Is this trivial? Maybe, but Remus was one of the original Mauraders and had strong convictions about the fight. Second, Kingsley Shacklebolt was made Minister of Magic. Third, Dumbledore advised Snape on how to help Harry from the portrait which is conveyed in Snape's memories. After Voldemort's defeat, Harry, Ron and Hermione go to the Headmaster's office where the Headmasters give huge applause for defeating Voldemort and Dumbledore is seen crying in his portrait.


    AND...
  8. Voldemort's dead body: Oh please! Don't act like you didn't see this coming. When the Killing Curse comes back onto him, Tom Riddle doesn't go into a million pieces. He is mortal at this point. So the movie would have done well for him to be mortal too. The million pieces thing just opens the door for Voldemort's return. And that just isn't the case.

However, there are some things, the movie makers got right. Lest we forget, I am rooting for the Home Team here.

As Hermione would say, "For example..."

  1. Minerva McGonagall and Molly Weasley are badasses. Seriously, I LOVED LOVED LOVED watching them kick Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange's ass. As a woman, I puffed up a bit for these underdog witches. On the inside, I was thinking, "Get DOWN witcha bad self!" every time I watched Minerva and Molly throw down.
  2. Alan Rickman deserves an Academy Award. HEAR THAT ACADEMY?!? Yes, I know this film is a blockbuster type that you apparently love to hate. But, Alan Rickman as Severus Snape when his memories are on display for Harry to see will forever be one of my all-time favorite moments in motion pictures. Hands down, the love, torment, heartbreak, sorrow and devotion to Lily Potter were not lost on me. The Academy would do well to recognize that.
  3. The movie really captured the essence of the story. Good versus evil. You could definitely feel that Harry and the Order really were the underdogs. So when Voldemort finally dies, the victory was definitely that much sweeter.
  4. THE KISS. Can I get an Amen? AMEN! I cheered "YES!" when I saw it the first time. Maybe it's because I'm a little biased towards men who have a deep loathing for spiders who love girls who love to go to the library. But that's only a maybe!
  5. The Soldiers! I was pumped and ready to go find the nearest wand when they were commanded do their duty because Hogwarts had been threatened and now was the time to fight! 
  6. The Beginning of the Battle. When the professors start setting up the charms to protect the castle, tears welled up in my eyes both times. It showed that the hardest battles are worth fighting for. 
  7. Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood. Seriously, these two made me smile. I loved when Luna got her sass pants on with Harry and when Neville announced he loved Luna. Melt my heart. AND when Neville is making sure that Professor McGonagell is for sure giving him permission to bully up! Boom? BOOM! And to make sure to take Seamus Finnegan based on his proclivity to make things go BOOM too!
  8. The Epilogue. I loved watching Harry tell Albus Severus Potter that it was okay to be in Slytherin House because one of his namesake's was the bravest man Harry ever knew.
In conclusion, I am definitely going to re-read the series over break. I've fallen in love all over again.

I can't wait for this to come out on DVD so I can watch all the extras, some of which I'll bet I talked about.

Pottermore gets more exciting by the day.

I hope Jo Rowling reads this. (And if by chance she does... Ms. Rowling, my email is in the top of this blog, have your people get in touch with me. I'd be more than happy to make my maiden voyage to Scotland to chat a bit!)

Finally, it is hard for me to end this because it was hard to watch the end of the series on screen so I'll close with the only thing I know to say.

MISCHIEF MANAGED.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Husband!

Today is a special day in our house!

My husband is 28. 

Shhh. Don't say it too loud. It makes him shudder a bit....


Dear Brandon,

Last year, I talked about the things that were happening when you were born. This year, I wish I had your birth story from your momma to put on here, but I didn't think of this grand idea until I sat down to write this blog. I know lame. But I'll definitely try to get on that before next year. I think it would be neat to know considering I'm going to birth your children some day, but also because I'd like to have a place for your story. 


ANYWAY.


Sweetheart, I love you. I am so thankful that on this day some years ago, you came into this world. I am even more thankful that you came to camp six years ago. 


Even though I make you crazy sometimes, you just roll on and think nothing less of me. 


Baby you're my Ron Weasley, Pacey Witter and Jesse Katsopolis and I don't know what I'd do without you.


I hope you have a great day at work and I'll see you when you get home for dinner and maybe Harry Potter DH2.

Now press play and rock your little birthday heart out!

Love you always,
Sam
 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday is "Feelings" Day.

Feelings: physical sensations not connected with sight, hearing, taste, or smell. 

Feelings are a funny thing. I personally get tired of them sometimes. They require a lot of us.

My dad used to tell me when I was younger that I wore my heart on my sleeve. In some ways I have changed and in some ways I haven't. I still struggle with it sometimes.

Currently I'm feeling homesick.

I don't want you to feel sorry for me.

Because this is about my hilarious brother Will.

My sister Jess and I stay in constant contact and tonight she sent me the following text.

But first a little back story.

When Jessi and I were little (around 6-9 years old) we got a monthly allowance of $5. We got $10 if it was a particularly good month or if grades came out.

I always was ready to get the latest purse or baby doll I'd been eying at Wal-Mart or Dillards.

Jessi, on the other hand, was a saver. She would hold her money for months and then eventually get two or three things she'd been eying for a few months. I used to be so jealous.

But then I'd get my allowance the next month and I'd be over it as soon as I picked out my latest and greatest purse.

I often talk about how my baby sister, Loren and I are alike.

Well Jessi and Will are equally alike. They both are stubborn as all get out and always have to have the last word in edgewise.

Watching them argue is like an Olympic sport.

They also are both intensely loyal.

And they both are you guessed it...savers.

My baby brother recently got his first job working at a grocery store. He got one of his first paychecks last week. He decided to save up money for a T-Top Firebird. But he knew that because it has T-Tops it would be more than what my parents would be willing to spend. So he decided to meet them halfway.

Tonight my sister sent me the following text.

Aren't little brothers hilarious?

Clearly, he has some feelings about his moolah for his future car. 

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Whoomp chak a laka.



Y'all I ran for twenty straight minutes tonight and I am still alive.

And since I'm feeling nostalgic these days due to my avid watching of Dawson's Creek, I thought I'd celebrate this victory old school.

Whoomp. There it is, baby.

(Oh yes I did throw some lyrics in there.)

Anyway, to keep y'all interested, I thought I'd show you some pictures too.

Beginning of the whole ordeal.

Couple of weeks ago.

Tonight.
I don't really think there is that much difference, other than I'm running in pants like they do on Biggest Loser and I put up pictures of myself without a t-shirt on!!!

I am only putting these pictures up for accountability. 

Excuse me, while I blow into a brown paper bag.

Happy Tuesday!

P.S. Yes, that is a ghetto bootay you're looking at currently. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it and if you don't like it, well too bad.

  • I normally try to avoid counting down to events in life, but I can't help but count down until finals this go round. I'm tired of being in school in the summer time. I get it's just part of the process, but I am looking forward to that break. 
  • I'm in Season 4 of Dawson's Creek. 
  • Bit off my nails.
  • I am determined to check off my entire to-do list today. 
  • I'm still mulling over my feelings regarding Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. I'll definitely see it again before I blog about it. But for now, just know I have several thoughts on the matter. 
  • After mentioning football last week, I'm really starting to look forward to fall. 
  • June through December is my favorite time of the year. It is my season so to speak. The rest of the year can suck it.
  • I am over cleaning. Over. It. I cleaned yesterday and now it looks like I did nothing.
  • Last night's episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey was epic. I can't wait for next week. 
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday is "53" Day.

53: the number of days until all is right with the world

When a person asks any good Southern girl what her favorite season of the year is, her answer should undoubtedly be: Football Season.

Well friends the time is upon us because yesterday I smelled it, grass that smelled like sweat.

I am so glad that football season is less than two months away!

BOOMER SOONER!!

Happy Wednesday!

Who do you root for?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

High/Low, Rose & Thorns, Pros & Cons

If you follow me on twitter, you know that I'm having a bit of a day.

It's just one of those days where I just would feel a whole lot better if I could throw a wall-eyed hissy fit in the floor. I'm just irritated with myself and if I could crawl out of my skin, I would.

So I'm going to do some High/Lows to get myself out of this funk.

  1. Low/Thorn/Con: Michigan drivers are crazy. There is nothing you can say to change my mind about the subject.
    High/Rose/Pro: It reached 90 today. It really has been a nice summer. I definitely am loving the lack of sweltering weather here.
  2. Low/Thorn/Con: No-Fault Insurance. Google it and then come back and tell me how much a crock it is.
    High/Rose/Pro:
    ONLY two more sleeps until Harry Potter!!
  3. Low/Thorn/Con: Winter in Michigan blows.
    High/Rose/Pro:
    Living in the EST zone means that I'll be watching Harry Potter an hour before everyone else!
  4. Low/Thorn/Con: Have y'all heard about the Casey Anthony jurors that are receiving death threats? They've had to go into hiding! Pathetic. Talk about usurping the judicial system.
    High/Rose/Pro: Dawson's Creek. Amen.
  5. Low/Thorn/Con: The last time I ran was Thursday. Tonight's gonna be a BEAST as my little brother would say.
    High/Rose/Pro:
    Me and husband have been watching Harry Potter this week. It's so cool to watch the progression of things.
  6. Low/Thorn/Con: I haven't been to church/bible study in weeks. I think I found the reason for my funk.
    High/Rose/Pro:
    RHONJ and Switched at Birth are my two favorite shows currently.
  7. Low/Thorn/Con: I miss home.
    High/Rose/Pro:
    The laundry is almost done.
  8. Low/Thorn/Con: Dawson and Joey are breaking up during Season 2 right now. It blows.
    High/Rose/Pro: We have had peanut butter cookies in our house. They are amazing.
  9. Low/Thorn/Con: In a month, I have finals. 
    High/Rose/Pro:
    In a month, I have finals.
  10. Low/Thorn/Con: I really get tired of being sensitive, but at the same time I'm tired of apologizing for who I am.
    High/Rose/Pro: I am going home for Christmas.
 Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Parents need to get a hold of their children.

There are lots of great debates within the blogging world about child-rearing policies. Most of them however, have to do with what to do with the kids when they initially arrive aka when they're babies. In fact, the debates start even before the kids are born. They also happen to be very polarizing.

For example:
  • Natural childbirth v. Medicated births-Most people go one way or the other. I think that for me, I'm more interested in natural childbirth. I used to not even consider it an option. Now I don't know what will actually happen when it's time for me to be serious, but it definitely has me thinking.
  • CIO v. Co-Sleeping- I am personally intrigued by CIO. I have no interest whatsoever in co-sleeping. I'm afraid something or someone would sleep too wild. Further, I was and am deathly afraid of the dark. I attribute a lot of this fear to sleeping with my parents too long. A child sleeping in their own bed is a good thing. 
  • Breastfeeding v. Formula- I don't know what I'll wind up doing. I'll be honest. Twins are in almost every generation of my family on my dad's side which are the set of genes that are prominent in me. So there is a good shot. Maybe if I pump, I could still do it. But the way y'all talk about the pain, I doubt I can do it.
    • Breastfeeding in Public- A sub-topic of this matter is always will the person breastfeed in public. I can tell you that I won't. I am too modest for it. Plus I think some people cross the line on this sometimes. There is a time and a place. Banks, courthouses, weddings, and official occasions where people you don't know are in attendance are not those places. More on this later.
  • Vaccines v. Delayed Vaccines- My mom has been a school teacher for over 25 years and she has seen and had all types of students. My children will have the shots and it will be while we're at the hospital, but I'm not sure when it will be.
  • Circumcision v. No Circumcision-My son will be circumcised. End of discussion.
  • Daycare v. SAHM- SAHM isn't an option for me. I want to be an attorney, and that means my babies will be watched by someone. 
All of the above are choices that each mom and dad have to make for their families. Why they make these decisions are their business and should not be up for discussion other than those two people.

But what about when the babies grow up? The biggest debates there are:

  • TV v. No TV- I think that in moderation it's alright.
  • Discipline? We believe in it.
  • Food? I'm speaking more towards sweets and pop and how early is too early. I happen to think that a kid shouldn't be exposed to pop until at least 2nd grade and even then I'm talking about sprite or orange pop. 
EDITED TO ADD:
  • VIDEO GAMES:I really want to hold off on the video games until 5th grade if possible. I really plan on pushing sports and reading. In fact I'll start reading to them the day they come home. 
  • Tv in the bedroom: I think is appropriate for a teenager with certain controls in place like how much/how often, what they can watch, etc.  
  • Movies-I'll let the kids see movies when they're old enough. PG-13 so 13, R requires 17 years of age.  
  • CELL PHONES: Cell phone probably when they hit junior high. They'll be kids who have activities that may on occasion end early and won't have a car.
  • Driving: No passengers in the car until they've been driving on their own for 6 months with the exception of siblings. 
  • Sex/Drugs/Rock 'N Roll Talk: when they go through certain phases of adolescence, they'll get information. I believe that in today's society you can maintain childhood while be open with kids.
    But the one that seems to get lost in the fray is manners.

    Children can learn at very early ages what is acceptable and not acceptable for appropriate behavior in public.

    My husband's job is placed in a very historic building. When I go by to pick him up for lunch I try to always look presentable. It's just one of those places, where people conduct themselves in a manner like they used to...

    Anyway, there is a lady who came in there one of the days that I was there with four kids ranging from 7, 4, 1 1/2 and newborn.

    In short, she had her hands full.

    But it wasn't because the kids were brats.

    It was because while she decided to breastfeed in the lobby, she let her kids run amuck.

    Now I get that kids by nature don't necessarily know what quiet voices are. In fact, that part didn't bother me at all.

    What bothered me is that she proceeded to let her children run up and down the stairs, one almost escaped because he was busy slamming the handicapped door button and  had no cause for concern other than exposing her boob to the lobby. She commented how nice it was to be out of the house and to just enjoy some time with her baby.

    WELL WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THEM??

    I realize that I just wrote this whole post about child rearing preferences and how they are personal and private decisions.

    I also took into account that she had four kids.

    But you know what? She chose to have those four kids.

    And manners are not something that should be up for debate.

    They should know how to behave.

    And let's not talk about how her child was sucking her boob for the world to see. I realize there are a lot of people who are pro-public breastfeeding. But you know I seem to gather from your tweets and posts that when you're in public doing this, you seem to cover yourself. Some even find bathrooms if available.

    The point is that you maintain a level of modesty.

    You have self-awareness and respect for those who might disagree with your choice. 
     
    So I just want to know when did it become okay for manners to fly out the door and for parents to basically let other people worry about the children they chose to bring into this world?

    Anyone??

    I'm sorry for my rant, but simple manners and common sense go a long way in my book.

    So does making sure you don't have to chase your child across the store because you think it's funny they've run away from you.

    Happy Monday.

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Saturday Mumblings...

    Normally, I mumble on Mondays, but it's been a bit of a crazy week round these parts. So Saturday it is.

    • Moot Court was yesterday. It was quite the experience to be judged by your peers. If I get the opportunity, I definitely have some ideas about how I'll be approaching it. I really did have fun arguing, though. I found out at midnight tonight if my partner and I advanced.
    • We started watching Dawson's Creek this week since there is basically nothing on tv save RHONJ. I fall in love with my generation's music every time I watch this series. 
    • I'm still running with the Couch to 5k program. I can't decide if there is any change in my appearance. My husband says he can tell. I'm not so sure. I will say that once finals are over the program should be finished and I'm looking forward to just worrying about getting in a run every day save Sunday.
    • Harry Potter is less than a week away and I can't believe it's finally here. 
    • It is definitely Week 10 almost Week 11 of school because I can feel the pressure kicking in and I like it.
    • I have been drinking 3 Nalgene bottles of water each day and I have to tell you that I feel a lot fresher and ready to tackle the day. 
    • In a few short weeks, we will have officially lived in Michigan for a year. I will be a 2L this fall. I still can't believe that I am literally in the process of becoming an attorney. I just got chills writing that. 
    • I slept for a hard 9 hours last night and then I woke up bright-eyed and bushy tailed. I cranked out a resume/cover letter, blogged, and have organized my reading materials for the day. I just have a run and my reading left to do today! 
    Here's some pictures of my family at camp this week! I can't believe my baby sister and brother are going to be 15 this year!

    Momma, Loren Beth, Bubba, and Jess

    Jess and Bubba

    Jess and Loren Beth (my mini-me!)


    Also I thought the Harry Potter lovers would enjoy the video that Warner Brothers recently released.


      What's going on in your worlds??

      Happy Saturday!

      Thursday, July 7, 2011

      Puttin' on my big girl panties...

      Tomorrow is not a typical day in law school.

      So far, in my time in school I have learned:

      Law school is about two things: endurance or stamina-depending on your preference of the definition of the word- and being out of your comfort zone.

      This week has been filled with preparation steeped in both of the things mentioned above. 

      Tomorrow I am participating in a moot court competition on a Supreme Court level. (Yes as in the experience will be like I'm arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.)

      Tomorrow, I have to look as business professional as a person can get. We take our Biz-Prof seriously in the legal world. In fact, I would contend that we're probably the most serious about it.

      I'm wearing a black suit.
      It has a skirt which is more appropriate and considered more traditional for women.
      I'm wearing panty hose.
      I'm wearing heels.
      My hair will be done, but out of my face.

      There might (read a big MIGHT) be pictures.

      Prayers are DEFINITELY appreciated.

      The first throw-down starts around 5pm EST.

      I'll let ya know how it goes.

      Happy Thursday!

      Wednesday, July 6, 2011

      Wednesday is "Sucktastic" Day.

      Per the Urban Dictionary:

      Sucktastic: Description of something that has achieved a new and ultimate level of sucking, such that there is almost something fantastic about it.
      Also see: craptacular, pukeriffic

      This week has been rough. Sucktastic to be exact.

      • It was a holiday weekend without our families.
      • We accidentally overdrew on our account not because of our lack of efforts either. 
      • My study buddy's dogs were skunked.
      • Some tacky-ass moron stole our propane tank off our porch that was attached to our grill. 
      Despite all of this, I'm still trying to cling to the fact that God has something to show me through all of this.

      But in the mean time, would you mind praying for my spirits?
      Also, I could use prayer for strength as the final weeks of the semester are drawing near.
      Also, my husband is up for a possible promotion.
      Also, there's a family situation going on right now that could use prayer for open hearts and ears.

      I think that's all for now.

      Happy Wednesday y'all!

      Tuesday, July 5, 2011

      It's that time in the semester...

      Well kids, it's that time in the semester when I pretty much put myself on lockdown until finals are over.

      My two biggest mottos:

      "Just keep swimming." -Dory, Finding Nemo



      And also, "Just remember sis, they can't ya." -Dad (as in mine!)

      Finally, I have to keep my head down and remember it's just like Marshall from How I Met Your Mother sings...



      Happy Tuesday!

      Friday, July 1, 2011

      Happy July y'all!

      I cannot believe that it's July already and that I'm almost finished with another semester of law school. CRAZY!

      Anyway, I've got a serious matter to discuss with y'all.

      My hair.

      Yes, I am serious.

      (If you're new to the blog, my hair is a serious matter to me. If you're not new to the blog and think that I'm crazy, well then tough titty said the kitty.)

      My hair is now almost to my bra strap which was a goal of mine, but it is becoming very hard to blow-dry as there is so much of it.

      So I need to know from the thick long-haired girls of the world:

      1. What kind of blow-dryer do you use?
      2. How often do you blow-dry your hair?
      3. What are your favorite shampoos and conditioners? (If you're committed like I am, you have multiple favorites/choices based on what they do for your hair.)
      4. How often do you get your hair highlighted/colored? 
      5. How do you avoid the "Rachel" haircut from Friends when you get layers put into your hair?
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      In other news, I hope the Canadians are enjoying their national holiday today!

      Image found here
      I've been enjoying the many outfits of Her Royal Highness, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Girlfriend can dress!

      image found here
      I really like her outfit choice for today and especially love that she's wearing a brooch borrowed from the Queen for the special occasion. I love historical and traditional touches like that! She also uses outfits more than once, but mixes it up with different accessories and I love that! Of course, her ultimate accessory, His Royal Highness, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is one that never goes out of style!

      I can't wait to see what else she wears on this trip!



      What are everyone's plans for 4th of July weekend?!?!

      Happy Friday! Happy Canada Day! And Happy July y'all!
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