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I've Got a Shadow
I know there will be a day when Everett is a teenager and he wants nothing to do with his dorky mom.  I know I'll beg for the days that my baby boy thought I was the coolest, most amazing thing he had ever seen.  I know there will be a day that I'd give anything to have a conversation with my son like we used to.  But right now...oh right now....  Everett is 17 months old and wants to be with his mommy all the time.  I got home from the gym this morning and could see the full coffee pot and could smell the yummy coffee.  I got two steps toward that coffee pot and Everett grabbed my finger and let me away to the living room to play with his Thomas the Train toys.  When he got really involved I stood up to finally pour a cup of coffee and make a piece of toast.  Everett quickly noticed we were more than six inches apart, came into the kitchen and again, grabbed my finger.  Have you ever tried to butter a piece of toast with one hand?  It's NOT pretty.  But I'm getting pretty good at it.  To date, I've gardened with one hand, showered with one leg outside of the shower and have had dreams of the good old days when the bathroom was a place I got to enjoy alone.  Tomorrow if he decided I was no longer the most important human being in his world, I could probably be found in fetal position in the corner of my bedroom longing for the days when I couldn't do a thing without him by my side.  But I've got a shadow...and when I get home, I'll make dinner...with one hand. 
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Children's Movies
So someone got smart somewhere along the way when it comes to children's movies.  They realized that the parents will be watching this movie with their kids so they better make the movie parent-appropriate while at the same time making it kid-appropriate.  On Earth Day I thought it'd be fun to watch 'The Lorax' with my 17 month-old son, Everett.  He loved it.  He sings and dances and pays close attention to almost the entire 80 minute movie.  My husband and I love this movie as well.  From the storyline to the soundtrack neither of us get bored either.  Plus we constantly find ourselves singing along...'How ba-a-a-ad can I be?'  We have an Apple TV so we've got access to great movies.  When you watch a movie there's a section that offers, 'movies you may be interested in.'  One night, 'A Turtle's Tale' popped up as one of those suggested movies.  It's not a very well-known movie but there are some voices you'd recognize...Melanie Griffith, Kathy Griffin just to name a few and when Bruno Mars starts singing a couple of the songs throughout the movie, it's hard to not start to sway or dance.  So if this weekend doesn't turn out to be the perfect sort of Memorial Day weather we'd all like, have fun indoors.  Get in your jammies, pop some popcorn, plop on the floor and make some family memories with a good movie...I'm so happy to say that there are some good ones out there.

Good luck if you're running any races this weekend.  The Twilight 10k or the Madison Half Marathon should have nice, mild weather for your run.  Go get 'em!
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Mother's Day Has Changed
Holy cow it sure takes on a different meaning now.  Mother's Day has always meant a lot to me because my mom is THEE most amazing human being on this planet.  I've always felt safe, secure, smart and loved by my mom.  She empowered us to be what we wanted to be and to do it well.  She allowed us to choose our paths and do it with passion.  She made sure we didn't know it when she thought we made a bad decision because she knew that our first tear-filled phone call would be to her when it didn't work out and we never felt judged.  I have an older brother, Bradley and a younger sister, Karin.  Yep...I'm the middle kid.  I'm facinated by birth order and all it encompases.  I'm pretty stereotypic...agreeable, diplomatic and compromising.  Bradley is the genius and Karin is the nurturer and I'm...well...the middle kid.  My mom made each of us feel special and independent and at any given time, her favorite.  Now...16 months into parenthood, I pray so hard.  I pray that I can be even half the mom to Everett as my mom was and continues to be to us.  The only thing better than being able to call her my son being able to call her grandma.  Happy Mother's Day!
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