Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mother's Day

With Mother's Day just right around the corner, I thought this was fitting to post.

It Will Be Worth It All

You will hear all through your life of being a parent, "It will be worth it all." When will that day get here? We all struggle at every stage of being a Mother.

Being a mother is being pregnant and reading every book, so you'll know "everything" as soon as your baby gets here. It's eating good and giving up stuff you really don't want to, but know you have to for nine months. It's fixing the nursery just right. It's the only time that you won't care about all the weight gain, because it's worth it all.

It's making a birth plan, and it not going as planned. It's giving birth in any way that makes your baby healthy. Because when it was over, it was worth it all to see that beautiful face.

It's staying up late, and FINALLY falling asleep only to wake up because you didn't hear the baby breathe. It's waking up every two hours to feed him. It's being pooped and peed on and changing 15 outfits a day. It's hunting down a pacifier that you swore you would never use, because you can't soothe her.
It's breastfeeding when you said you never would.
It's bottlefeeding when you said you never would.
Because at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. It's worth it all.

It's clapping when he learns to sit. It's jumping up and down when she learns to walk. It's bandaging and kissing his legs, arms and head when he falls, because they can walk. It's letting go and watching her do it all on her own. Because in the end, it's worth it all.

It's watching the same movie 200 times and being excited about it. It's reading the same book and singing the same song over and over again, until you know it by heart. It's playing doctor by sewing up their favorite stuffed animal because he's played and slept with it so much that it's ear is falling off. It's having her hold your hand because she wants to "show you something" that she's showed you a hundred times. It's acting like you know what his picture is about. It's crying when you have to tell her that the dog or cat got ran over. It's hard, but in the end, it's really worth it all.

It's being quiet and letting her learn the hard way- about friends and boyfriends or his girlfriends. It's crying with her when she has her first heartbreak. It's crying silently when he's hurt your feelings. It's crying because sometimes you just have to, to be able to keep going. It doesn't matter, because you tell yourself in the end it's going to be worth it all.

It's watching with pride as he is baptized and give his life to the Lord. It's standing your ground and telling her that she's grounded. It's being proud when he still hugs you in front of his friends.

It's thinking of when she will graduate high school and college and leave home for the first time. It's thinking of when he will get married and wonder if he will still need you.

It's praying for her over and over and over again. It's praying that hopefully, somehow, someway, you have gotten all of this right.

It's then realizing that it has been worth it all. All the heartaches and worrying, sleepless nights and endless days have been worth it all. It's thanking God for every moment you have had, and praying for more.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

25 Thought Provoking Questions

So these questions that someone wrote are floating around FB. So, I decided to ask Emery these "Thought Provoking" questions, and get her take on them. (Taken from 25 Thought Provoking Questions).

 1.) How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
Since I don't know how old I am, then it doesn't matter how old I am. Not sure that matters- on when I get my naps and sippy cups.

2.)  If you had an opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
I would tell them that it's really true that the world DOES revolve around me. Try taking your eyes off me for five seconds and see what I do to YOUR world.

3.)  Is it possible to lie without saying a word?

Is this a trick question? Seriously? I do this all the time. This is crazy. You call this Thought Provoking?

4.)  If not now, then when?
Yesterday, probably. I've already done it.

5.)  What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I would take my diaper off after every diaper change and run through the house nekkid and pee on the floor. WAIT! I do that already.

6.)  Are up holding on to something you need to let go of?
See question above. I just had a diaper change. That or the cat's tail.  Both are holding me back.

7.)  Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
No, but I bet my momma remembers everything.

8.)  Who do you love? What are you doing about it?

I love those freaks I live with, and I'm showing them who's boss.

9.)  When is it time to stop calculating risks and rewards and just do what you know is right?
Hello? Do you people not listen? I live risks. My rewards for them are few and far between. Somehow, my mommy doesn't think that table dancing is a good risk to take.  I laugh in the face of danger...ha ha ha ha.

10.)  Do think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
Everyone knows the answer is strength. Because it gives you power to get anything you want. Insert evil laugh here.

11.)  Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Rules are made to be broken. I'm living proof.

12.)  When you're old , what will matter to you the most?
That they will still have Mickey Mouse on diapers.

13.)  Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

I don't have to ask questions. But, for some reason I get asked the same questions "Seriously? You did this?"

14.)  Do you celebrate the things you do have?
I celebrate my brother everyday by going in to his room, climbing on his bed, hitting him in the head and calling his name. Works for me!

15.)  When it's all said and done, will you have said more than you've done?
Ha ha. I doubt it. That's a lot of words.

16.)  When was the last time you tried something new?
Today. Probably about five minutes ago. Oh, I did ride on the garbage can today after I knocked it over. It was pretty cool.

17.)  Which activities make you lose track of time?
Oh, the list goes on and on. Writing on the walls, climbing on the table, climbing on the back of the couch, sticking my hand in the toilet, sticking my hand in the cat litter box, eating the cat litter, sticking my hand in the dog food, eating the dog food, eating the cat food, dumping out the sugar, dumping out the garbage can, eating the dishwasher gelpacs (which was funny, because momma had to call the Poison Control Center), cleaning out the dishwasher for momma, drinking from a mud puddle in the yard, hiding momma's eye glasses (this is my favorite morning routine!) and before you know it, it's time to go to bed and start all over again.

18.)  If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
Do what all over again? I do it everyday. Please refer to question 16.

19.)  What is the difference between living and existing?
I live to make my momma busy. I exist so she can love me.

20.)  If you had a friend that spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?
Not long, because I wouldn't understand it.

21.)  If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
I am thinking about starting a class on  "How To Get Away with Murder With a Pretty Smile."

22.)  Time or Money?
Money. Duh.

23.)  Are you aware that someone has it WORSE than you?
Oh my goodness. You mean that someone somewhere isn't getting their diaper changed and running around nekkid?

24.)  What makes you smile?
My family, because they actually think I'm listening to them.

25.) What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
Honestly, I love the freaks I live with. They take good care of me and give me lots of love.

The end.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Things to do with Mason/Ball/Kerr Jars

One definition you'll find of  a Southern woman is :she decorates with Mason and/or Ball Jars.

I don't know what it is, but it seems that it's a requirement here in the South to have these lying around so you can do a million and one things with that. I have compiled a list of useful things you can do with Mason jars. If you're not in the South, that's ok. You can do it anyway. :)

1. Flower vase/centerpiece- Who needs real vases when you have jars around. To make it even prettier, you can tie a ribbon around it.

2.  Lotion holder/soap dispenser- Much prettier than those ugly plastic containers. I got this from  Country Living

3.  Organization & Storage-OH MY GOODNESS! I didn't know that there were so many things you could organize and store with Mason Jars. Pencils, craft supplies, ribbons, etc. Here is the idea that I found on Weeping Cherries

4.  Drinking- I don't mean liquor either! These jars make the most absolute cutest glasses to drink out of. It screams Southern summer when you drink lemonade out of a Mason Jar. And add one of these cute little straws, and you might as well live in the South.

5.  Outside//Inside Lights-  TOO TOO Cute! Not sure I could pull this off, or DH for that matter, because we might get electrocuted. But, still a cute idea! This comes from  Inspire Please

And of course, the hanging lanterns that make any dinner outside classy. (From Tumblr)

6.  Meals- This was too cool. Perfect for taking on a picnic. Very convenient. :) (Taken from The Decorate Cookie )

7.  Planters-( Taken from ) You could also spray paint to add a nice touch. Nice to do with your children.

8. Glow Stick Lanterns- COOL! A definitely must do. Even if you don't have kids, it's just cool. You take your Glow Sticks and break them apart and put the liquid in the jar. Then you put the top on and shake it. 

9. Sewing Kits-  Put a pin cushion at the top, and put your sewing needles and thread in the bottom and VIOLA! a small, organized sewing kit!

(Taken from Martha Stewart)

10.  Decoration- You can just use these with nothing in them and set them around the house. 

So, that's it. If you have a Mason/Ball/Kerr jar just sitting around. Do something with it!

Friday, December 10, 2010

'Tis the Season

In light of the Christmas Holidays, we here at the Metcalf house like to write our own Christmas Carols. What could be more fun than writing your own Christmas Carols?  I'll tell you- actually living them out. Through the next week or so, I am going to share with some of our favorites.  I am going to start out with a simple one. It's to the tune of Jingle Bells. Ya'll all sing along now.

Riding in the truck, along the highway.
All the kids are crying "I can't have my way!"
If they don't quit fighting, I'm gonna blow my top.
Then someone's going to yell, "Someone call the cops!"

"Oh, going to jail, going to jail. Momma's going to jail.
Oh what fun it will be to see her in her cell."

Merry Christmas!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thanks, Em!

If anyone knows me, they know that I don't have a good track record with my cell phones. I go through them about as much as I go through underwear. Ok, not really, but pretty close.

Now, I try to be a good mother. Teething baby + Cell phone = not a good combination. She LOVES my phone. She always wants to chew on it. I didn't see a problem with that. I mean, I was on a roll. I have had this phone for 5 months. It's probably a record!  So, being the nice mother that I am, I let her chew on it.
Stupid mistake if you ask me. Which I didn't ask me, because I let her chew on it! But, the whole screen had condensation in it, and the screen went out! Really. Ugh. I am so upset.  So, now I am stuck with a phone that doesn't work, with no insurance, and I can't renew.

So, if you text me and I don't text back. It's because I can't read it!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nothing much going on around here!

Geez, I haven't blogged in a long time, it seems. What in the world has been going on with you, Jackie?
Nothing. Absolutely positively nothing. Face it, I am boring. For all of you that thought I had an exciting life, I hate to have to break it to you. It just ain't there!

Now, on to the real stuff!

The Friday before last, I took the girls to (gasp) WalMart. I hate that store. It is about the most irritating place to go. Why do people shop there? Seriously. Why?
Anyway, to make a long story short. I went out to leave, and locked my keys in the truck. Second time in about four months. Actually, C. was nice enough to crank the truck and left the keys in them, and locked the truck when he got out. Luckily we were at church that night, because it was about 35 degrees outside.
So, forty bucks later, I have a truck unlocked and Ted's Lock and Key are richer. I must say, I won't use anyone else. Those are THE fastest locksmiths I have ever dealt with.

I do want to thank M, and S.B. for giving me their nasty stomach virus. I spent all day yesterday either throwing up, or running the bathroom. They didn't have it that bad. They threw up once. Then David got it, and he had the other problem. But, me? No. I got both. How sweet that they loved me so much to give me both! I really don't know how to thank them!

Well, tonight is the last night of voting for Emery in the Gerber Baby Contest! Will she win? Oh, I doubt it. But, do I think she's the most sweetest, cutest, precious, should-be-Gerber Baby?? Of course. I <3 you, Em!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

95% Sure, I think

Gosh, I can't believe I forgot to tell the story of the week last week. It was like THE most exciting thing that has happened in like two weeks.

So, last Wednesday night, (wasn't that the night we killed the snake?) actually early Thursday morning, I heard my dog and the next door neighbors dogs tearing it up outside. Which in turn, woke up S.B. because it was right next to her window. As I am getting out of the bed at 4:05 a.m. I told myself that I needed to  put my glasses on. No, I argued, I could make it to their room with my eyes closed, in the dark. So, I didn't put my glasses on. Now, I am very blind without my glasses. I am near sighted, but I can't read anything that is a foot away from me without my glasses. I make it back there to get S.B. and on my way back, I decide to look out the window in the front of the house, to see if  see something. (yeah, right!) When I peek out my front window (it's a big window) I SWEAR I see someone standing at the truck,-medium build, hat on, white male, it looked like- and the back passenger side door was open. They were standing in front of the door that was open. Between the door that was open, and the side view mirror.  So, of course I go to my room, and get my glasses and look out my window, which is right in front the truck. The only thing I see is the door still open. So, I cautiously nudge David and say "Hey David, I think someone has been in the truck. The door is open." Of course, he jumps up and runs over to the window.  All the while, I am saying "Meet me in the hall.  Just meet me in the hall." And he thinks I am saying "They are in the hall. They are in the hall". So, he comes running out to the hall, and knocks his leg on the cedar chest at the end of our bed. After he realizes that there is no one in the hall, he is calm.
He goes and looks out the window, and looks and looks and looks. I finally ask him if he wants to call the law. Sure, he says. Look up the number. OKAY-since I can't turn any lights on, that should be easy. So, I say why don't you call 911. Looking back, I realize that was a stupid thing to suggest. But, hey, at least I had some sort of valid reason. He called. They came, and looked all around the house. All the while, we were standing outside propped up on his car talking. The conversation is like this:

David: "Are you sure you seen someone?"
Me: "Of course, I am sure. I mean, as sure as someone who didn't have their glasses on. But, pretty sure."
Me: " Well, C. came that was before you got home, so you would have seen the door open, right?"
David: "Well, L. did come out to get his wife (which is a big stuffed unicorn, and that's another story) out of the truck.  Do you think he left it open?"
Me: "Ok. Let me try to explain this to the Officer when he comes back. Officer, we were sorry to bother you. But, my nine year old son came out here to get his wife out of the truck and left the door open. We hope you understand.  You really think that's gonna work? Anyway, I think I seen somebody. Really, I do."
David: "OK"

The two officers came back from searching all around our barn and asked us if anything was missing out of the truck. No, we responded, and if there is anything, we probably wouldn't know for at least another week. He went over to look at the truck. "So, does it look like someone went through your truck?" "Ummmm, no, that's what it looks like all the time."

Those officers were happy to have something to do. They made their plans to ride here and up there and all over looking for the person that might or might not have been in our driveway.
Later, after they left and we got back into bed. David asked me, "Ok. On a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being not sure at all and 10 being 100%, how sure were you that you seen someone?"
Me: "About a 6. Goodnight."