Dear Blog,

someecards.com - You've reached an age that has no significance at all

someecards.com - If you were Jesus, today would be Christmas.

someecards.com - I'm confident your birthday will be the least miserable day of Lent

someecards.com - I can't believe how much I'm not sick of you

someecards.com - I want to grow old and disgusting with you

Happy 3rd Blogiversary dear Blog! Here’s to many more miscellaneous memes, adorable pictures of my children and other really cool awesome stuff.

Yours Sincerely,

Mommablogsalot

Unplugging for the Holidays.

oh christmas tree

I’m trying a little experiment starting Monday morning and unplugging from my online life during the day. I want to put in more of an effort to spend quality time with the kids and maybe become a little bit less addicted to my favorite online haunts.

So you might find momma blogging a little less, though I am going to try to update in the early mornings and after supper when I’m not forcing my computer offline for the day. I literally had Dan make a little program thing to kick me offline between 9am-4pm because we all know that I’d break my plan otherwise after a couple of boring hours.

So here’s to more holiday cheer and less mindless Facebook games. I anticipate more crafting, family games, playing with kids, and maybe even some more cooking and cleaning.

Won’t you join me in Unplugging for the Holidays?

Psst… I'm over here today!

I was asked recently to write a guest post on cloth diapering at Colorless Green Ideas Blog Furiously a new blog on all things eco-friendly that you’ll want to bookmark for sure!

BB in her pretty diaper coverI approached this post from the mindset of a momma who cloth diapers without being madly in love with the whole idea. I am not always 100% thrilled to cloth diaper. You may remember, I was a hard sell. But looking back I have to say, it gets better and I’m glad I stuck with it – for environmental reasons and economical, it was just the right decision.

Please check out my guest post and take a look around Lyndsie’s blog for more green thoughts and inspiration.

Pssst… I'm over here!

I’m pretty excited because I have a guest post up at 5 Minutes for Books this weekend – one of my favorite book blogs, which I’m sure you already read and love.

I wrote about wegivebooks.org, a fantastic website I’ve mentioned before where you can read a large variety of children’s books online and donates books to children with no access to them.

It’s a website my four year old and I are quite smitten with and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you really really should! But first: Click on over to read my guest post for more about the organization and of course some incessant raving about our new favorite children’s book, Ladybug Girl!

thanking you, and you, and you, and you…

happy as a clam for the moment

I have an amazing group of readers. Seriously, you guys are the best – and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your comments on my t-ball ventathon. It means a lot to me to hear your thoughts, your suggestions, your support. I hope you guys realize that these posts get written at the height of the emotion. Sometimes I think I’m coming off like this girl who is just lost and cannot make a decision, doesn’t know how to feel, what to do. That’s not really always the case.

I am really usually just trying to write down all those thoughts and emotions, good and bad, because these moments are so fleeting and I know that next week, next month, next year – everything will be different and a lot of these moments will be lost otherwise. In three years when I debate whether or not to enroll little BB in a team sport, maybe I will look back on that post and it will help me in my decision.

And of course it’s nice to hear from you all about your own experiences with these things. What age your own child did what and how it went and how you felt. To read that some of your own kids have the same difficulties with team sports (even the ones whose pictures I see regularly and think, “Wow look how much they love sports – I hope my own kids love sports this much some day!” To hear that your kids have been there and done that, too, is so reassuring!

And I look back at those pictures from practice and I’m noticing a lot of smiles in spite of the struggle we had getting him to get on the field. Despite my frustration with him as he wandered the bleachers, begging to not have to play, he was still happy. This kid? He’s almost always happy in spite of his troubles and I love that about him.

As a follow up to that t-ball post, I figured I’d let you know that I’m not going to take him out of the class – it’s only been 3 practices after all and it only goes a few more weeks anyway since it’s really just an introduction to the idea of the sport, it only lasts about 7 or 8 weeks. And I don’t necessarily want to encourage him to give up that easily on something – I think this is a good opportunity to teach him that sometimes we continue doing things even when they are hard or not necessarily our favorite thing.

Lastly, I wanted to mention this great comment from Nancy @ Life With My Boys who said:

Maybe something like soccer would be better to start with, where there are less rules and things to know.  "Kick the ball in the goal" is a lot easier than "hit the ball, run to first base, where you might get out but you might have to run to second base...." not to mention the fielding aspect of it.  I personally do think 4 is too young for T-ball, but of course that won't stop me from enrolling Zach in the spring if he doesn't miss the cutoff.

Which I thought was really encouraging to hear because I actually (like a bit of a doofus) already enrolled MM in a beginners soccer class for the second half of the fall. I enrolled him in both at the same time, months ago, figuring I’d give him a taste of both and see how he liked them. A lot of you also mentioned that he might enjoy an art program and I couldn’t agree more! He’s really been getting SO into arts and crafts and I am loving it. I noticed the Y also offers an arts & science class for his age group that I’m considering getting him into this Spring if money allows.

On geeking out.

Yesterday was a day for geeking out. I posted a cute video of my 4 year old telling me a Phineas and Ferb bedtime story, swooning with mommy love at his creativity and may I just say, fantastic memory. It really impresses me how much of the show’s details he has absorbed and memorized – and this is a trait that carries through to many other areas. Songs we listen to a handful of times. A story from the library that he’ll memorize verbatim after two readings. This is one smart cookie I’m dealing with (some might say the nut doesn’t fall far from the family tree. I might just agree that we’re all a little nuts around here).

The video got a lot of fun feedback from family and friends on my Facebook page and a few comments here on the old bloggy-do. Perhaps most noticeable is two comments – one from yesterday and one from today – from the freaking producers of Phineas and Ferb, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and Dan Povenmire. Seriously you guys? How did my little blog even manage to register on their radar? And how cool are they to comment? Mother pride swells higher and the geeking out commences.

Comment of the week though goes out to MacKenzie who wrote:

“Ok- I’m geeking out!  I just realized who wrote the comment above me!  Ahhh!  How cool for you!”

Because dude she took the words right out of my mouth! How did she know that like minutes before I wrote on my Facebook wall, “One of the producers of Phineas and Ferb, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh just commented on my blog. Totally geeking out right now!”?

This is what I love about the internet – the community it has created is so huge, you guys. We can approach and be approached by people that you wouldn’t even imagine having the opportunity to talk to before the net. This isn’t the first time. One of my first forays into reviewing, a slightly extatic review of Leslie Sansone’s Walk At Home DVDS (after so many terrible workout DVDS I was more than a little giddy to find something that worked for me!) actually got noticed by someone on Leslie’s staff and I was sent some more great product by her to review – and this actually in some ways led to the creation of Mommas Review (little known fact).

Since then I’ve had the opportunity to review products and books by people that I just love – and to sometimes hear directly from them about the review! How freaking cool, right? Totally geek-out worthy!

You can follow your favorite celebrities on Facebook and Twitter these days or read their blogs and they are actually there telling you about their days and their thoughts and who they think is awesome. When could you do this before the internet without becoming a celebrity yourself or a groupie I guess? It’s huge, guys! We are all connected through this world wide web and anything is possible!

And I know some of this is really just a mask for further marketing, but you know what? It’s genius. The internet has managed to make these celebrities who we geek out over into humans. Into people who are touched by our love for them and maybe they geek out when they see their names on our blogs while we’re geeking out – and we all just geek out together collectively. I’m just saying. It’s awesome.