Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stay-at-Home Mom's Manifesto

I am a stay at home mom, wife, active participant in my church, student, and work about 8 to 12 hours a month as a RN.  I often hear how being a "Stay-at-Home" mom is a privilege.  I want to officially disagree with this.  I could potentially double our household income by going back to full-time work.  But I choose, instead, to stay home.  I could work and have some extra money and take my family out to eat.  Instead I use an hour or more searching on-line and in cook books for easy and inexpensive meals to cook at home.  If I had that extra money I would just go to the grocery store and buy what I needed right off the shelf.  However, I spend an undetermined amount of time cutting coupons (given to me by my wonderful neighbors) and shopping for the coupon items when they are put on sale.  Not to mention preparing fresh parsley for drying and freezing or buying my pecans whole and on sale, bringing them home, chopping, and storing for freshness.  These things are done and NO ONE notices.  As Halloween magazines show up in the mail, my kids L-O-V-E telling me what they want me to buy for their costumes this year.  If I were to buy them what they wanted, I might get a "Thank you, mom!"  but I made their costumes this year to pinch those pennies and after spending hours on my little girl's cape of feathers for her, cute as ever, owl costume, she puts it on and breaks into immediate tears saying "I don't like it." And my youngest son (who tries very hard to please me) just keeps wanting to see the progress I am making with his costume but brings me one of those dreaded magazines and says "Mom, next year, if we start saving money now, do you think we can buy this costume for me?".  While my oldest son, who would be having his last Halloween anyway, has already thrown in the towel with disgust saying that he would rather not go trick-or-treating, for the very last time, than to wear a "lame costume".  What about when a large household appliance breaks and I call around to see if it can be repaired because we really cannot afford anything new.  When I am told by three different professionals that it would be best to just buy a new one instead, we call around to all the stores to see if they have anything similar to what I want in their "scratch and dent" section and consider how many loads I might take at one time to the laundry mat in the mean time.  And then, there are those times when my husband comes home and innocently asks "So, what did you do today?" and I roll my eyes and walk the other way.  Sure, I know that so many of the things I do will go unnoticed.  That's just part of the job description.  I am not whining.  There are the wonderful aspects to it as well.  I just want to make my point........this choice of mine, to stay at home for my family, is not a privilege.  It is a sacrifice worth making!   

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Eden Rose turns 5!!

Ede turns 5 today!  She got her new birthday outfit from Grandmother and Grandfather.  She loves it, and loved posing for the camera too!  She is such a ham.  Ede's birthday tradition is having a water gun fight.  We are having a party for her in Gaffney next week and will have a big family water fight.  Tonight we are going to have birthday cake, open one gift, and go roller skating.  She is excited and keeps asking when daddy is coming home so we can get on with the festivities.
Happy Birthday Ede Bird!  We love you!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!!

Thank you Easter Bunny!!  Bak!  Bak!
Levi, Ben and Ede posed for a picture outside before getting in the car.
We love traditions here at our house.  A new Easter tradition...... Easter Egg Eclairs.  Yummy!
The whole family.  All dressed and ready for church.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Benjamin is 6 years old!

Happy Birthday Ben!
Ben turns 6 years old today.  He is the only one of the three that has a birthday during the school year.  So last night I let him choose what he wanted for breakfast.  He kept it simple and chose eggs and bacon, which is what they have on a regular basis.  Haha!  Then we all came into the living room and he opened one present.  He is on a Ninja Turtle kick and picked the present from his Grandmother and Grandfather that was in the shape of something he had asked for.  He was right!  He got the Shellraiser that he wanted.  Thanks Grandmother and Grandfather!!  I am taking cupcakes to his classroom this afternoon.  He should have a good day, even if he had to go to school.  We will have a family party this weekend and we will go on the 18th to the circus, which is Ben's birthday tradition.  Sounds like he gets a birthmonth instead of a birthday.  Haha!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ava Kaye Blanton

January 7, 2006
To my first baby girl:
  I have accepted that some questions will not be answered for me in my life, here on earth.  I have accepted that my family appears smaller to everyone than it really is.  I have accepted that I will have to wait to hold you again.  I have accepted that there will be constant reminders of you not here with me.  I have accepted that my life did not end with yours.  And until my time here on earth is done, you should know that I think of you always, I speak of you often, and I will love you forever.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year and Happy 14th Anniversary!

From our family to yours.......
Happy New Year!!!
Est. January 2, 1999 

And from me to Jeff..........
Happy 14th Anniversary!!
You accept me with all my flaws.  You make me strong when I feel weak.  You are my best friend.
I love you!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Blanton Family!
We have had an interesting couple of months.  We have been able to overcome some personal struggles.  Nothing so huge that anyone should worry.  But I am able to see how important my family is to me and how blessed I am with the love and patience we are able to share with each other.  And the balance each person brings to our family is wonderful!
We had a house full for Thanksgiving!  It was so much fun to see Jeremy, Ranee and their girls.  Mom and Manfred were here too and are such a huge help while they are here.
We are more than ready for Christmas.  Bobby the elf has been here since December 1st.  The house is all decorated.....inside and OUT (Thanks Jeff!).  The kids are counting their presents under the tree.  We keep it pretty modest with the gifts.  The kids are always very happy with what they receive.  We went to Myrtle Beach State Park and got the picture made.  They had games to play for the kids and we bought one ticket each for the cake walk and with the odds on our side......WE WON!!  We won fresh baked pastries from Tofino's and decided to go there for lunch afterwords.  It was a fun day!
We wish Everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!