Common Mom Rotating Header Image

September, 2007:

What’s In A Name – Conclusion

There were a few guesses on the what’s in a name post from last week. Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . .

Drum roll please . . . . .

SAM . . . Sam is the boy in the group :-) I sure would have bet Sam was a Samantha; Taylor was, well, Taylor but with girl parts; and Alex was an Alexandria. Rylie I knew was a girl because Keira talks about her all . . . the . . . time. Lane – that would have been my guess for a boy given the list.

But, alas, good ol’ Sam came through.

I Wonder What The Mailman Will Think

We walked out of the house today to take the kids to the bus stop and saw this . . . it made me giggle.

Scarecrow Mailbox

What’s In A Name

I remember when I was a kid and my parents had no trouble knowing the sex of my friends. The only ambiguous name I recall was Chris . . . and then in the 80s along came a couple girls named Jamie . . . OMG! That was really out there for small town midwest 😉

This knowing the sex of a child by their name is not so anymore. Yesterday when I picked Keira up from school, we went through the regular list of questions . . . how was school, what was for lunch, what work did you choose, who did you play with, and who did you sit by at lunch. She LOVES the who did you sit by at lunch question. She’s been sitting at “The 6 Table” – meaning the large table that 6 kids can sit at. This is the list of people who sat at that table yesterday . . .


Now Keira is mine, so I know she’s a girl. I had to ask Keira what the sex of every other child at the table was. There is ONE boy in that group . . . any guesses?

Wordless Wednesday – Half Boy, Half Monkey, Always Adventurous

Jason Climbing Ponderosa Pine

What’s Your Mothering Style?

My friend, Ami, at Cup Runneth Over introduced me to this short quiz. My results, I think, were dead on . . . however, since self-perception is not always reality, I’ll be interested to see what those who know me best think about my results 😉

ENTJ – The Executive Mother

Competent and confident in a management role, the ENTJ mother organizes the needs and schedules of family members into a workable family system. Within the system, she provides her children with care-taking, direction, and limits, but she also gives them space to develop their own self-sufficiency and judgment.
Analytical and adept at problem-solving, the ENTJ mother listens to her children’s concerns empathetically and then strategizes with them how to improve the situation—either by intervening on their behalf or backing off to let them solve problems on their own. She particularly enjoys watching them take responsibility and accomplish something they find important on their own.
Intense and insightful, the ENTJ mother is cued in to her children’s intellectual and emotional development. She uses her quickness and communication skills to talk things through and help her children connect with people and better understand life.

Dyson Has Gone Pink

Oh how I would love to have a Dyson vacuum cleaner . . . 2 kids, a yard in the trees but without grass, and a yellow lab on the way . . . I need one of these!

To help raise awareness of and moolah for the fight against breast cancer, Dyson has gone pink – they’ve created a pink version of their awesome vacuum and will donate $40 from the purchase of each of these limited edition vacuums to breast cancer research. I must admit that I’m not a huge fan of pink, but I certainly wouldn’t push the vacuum out the door if one showed up at my house :-) Nor would I push the Audi TT out of my garage if it didn’t have a convertible roof. Aaaahhh . . . but that’s another post for another day.

Anyway, as luck would have it, the ladies over at 5 minutes for mom are giving a pink Dyson away! Go on over and check it out! I don’t know any woman out there who hasn’t been touched in some way by breast cancer . . . whether personally or through a friend, mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, blogging friend. And if you don’t win it, head on over to Target and pick one of these pink ladies up! But hurry – they are over 50% sold out already.

You Make Me Smile

Thanks to Pam, Melanie, and Leeann for giving me this award! I’m glad somebody out there gets a kick out of me and my kids 😉

You Make Me Smile

I’m passing this award on to Ami at Cup Runneth Over. I love reading about you and your fam and seeing photos of your three little men makes me smile. They are SOOO adorable!  

Kids’ Birthday Parties

Apparently I’m still on the topic of birthday parties 😉 Of course, now that school has started, the birthday party invitations have been pouring in. I will never forget the October of 2005 . . . my son was invited to 9 birthday parties in that single month! We went to 4 of them. So far this year, my son has only gotten one, which he declined. He didn’t want to go. I was surprised, but I certainly wasn’t going to force him to go (he’s a partier and has never turned down an invitation before!). My daughter got two last week. The first one was for Girl A, and the typical parental interrogation ensued…

Me: Hey, who is Girl A? Do you play with her?
K: No. She’s a not very nice girl. She hits and pulls hair and pushes. I don’t play with her or sit by her at lunch. But Teacher makes me lay by her for resting time.
Me: I think we’ll decline the invitation to her birthday party, then.
K: Noooo – I really want to go to the party!

I went on to explain that there would be other parties, and besides, she has a soccer game at 12:30 that day – right in the middle of the 11:00-1:30 party. We of course had the “you wanted to play soccer and  you made a commitment to the team and you can’t just not show up – and besides, I’m coaching and I certainly can’t just not decide to show up” talk. She was actually OK with it and said she really did not want to miss soccer for Girl A’s party anyway since she’s not very nice. So, I tried to respond for Girl A’s party, but the e-mail address provided was invalid (I tried 3 different days) and the phone number was “inconclusive” – meaning, I was not sure of the numbers that were written, and the message on the answering machine gave no indication that I had actually reached the correct house. I ended up writing a note of decline on the back of the invitation and putting it back in Girl A’s folder at school. Hopefully she got it.

The next day arrives and yet another invitation is in Keira’s folder. She hands it to me and says, without prompting . . . “I like Girl B. We play all the time. She is very nice. I sit by her at lunch. I want to go to her party.”

HA! Fast learner that one is 😉 I have actually heard about Girl B before and knew that Keira actually did like her and play with her. So, we are going to Girl B’s birthday party.

But, I have many questions about kids’ birthday parties . . .

When your children have parties, do you typically invite the whole class, or let your children choose who to invite? I’ve always been against the whole class thing for many reasons. First, my kids don’t play with everyone, and not every other kid plays with everyone. Kids at any age have friends and they know who those friends are. Second, no kid needs 20 kids at a party – and no kid needs that many gifts – and no kids’ parent needs to pay that much for a party.  My kids are typically allowed to invite their age . . . and they are not allowed to talk about their party at school since they do not invite the whole class.

Do you have your kids’ parties at home or at a birthday party factory? We’ve done both, and they seem to end up costing about the same amount of money depending on what you choose. Main difference is that when you go somewhere, less clean up 😉

Do you invite your child’s friends’ siblings to the party? We always invite the siblings. We’ve got two kids and it really is tough to take one and not the other when one parent is gone. I have no problem with telling my kids the party is not for them, it’s for their sibling to attend, but I refuse to pay a sitter to watch child #2 while I take child #1 to a birthday party if hubby is gone. And besides, it just so happens that our kids are friends with the “main” friend and the siblings as well, so they usually end up inviting the siblings as part of their list anyway.

Do you let your child go to every party they’re invited to?

Finally, how much do you typically spend on gifts for kids’ birthday parties?

I’ve talked to lots of parents who believe kids’ birthday parties have gotten out of hand (one girl in the 1st grade last year actually had a limo pick up the guests and take them to the bead store for the party! sheesh!). I totally agree. What happened to inviting a few of your child’s closest friends over to play for a few hours and eat cake? I must admit that I love birthdays and parties and do throw birthday parties for my kids, but I do have a limit, both in money and energy spent 😉 I really am looking forward to the day when my kids get to choose 3 friends for a sleepover for their birthday . . . and thankfully those days are close!

Simplicity/Graco Cribs Recalled

Many models of cribs sold from 1998-2007 have been recalled.

Click here for the link to the Graco site that talks about the recall.

Please make sure your babies are safe!

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yes, it’s my birthday today. I LOVE birthdays . . . mine, yours, anybody’s . . . everyone should have the best day on their birthday. And everyone else should know it’s your birthday and be extra specially nice to you. I guarantee you that nobody ever forgets my birthday – well, once my mom did – she forgot my 18th birthday – but that’s because my brother had been in a motorcycle the evening before and was laying in bed with a concussion – so I’ve forgiven her 😉

I ran across this post a couple weeks ago . . . it’s a post from a 30 year old to her “younger” self. While I’m not turning 30 today- I’m a bit past that – this was fun to read :-)

Now I’m off to enjoy my birthday – enjoy the cake – enjoy the birthday lunch – leave work early – and head off for a birthday weekend of camping with my family. Yes, I chose to go camping for my birthday! And the birthday person always gets to do what they want in my house :-)