1. So You Think You Can Dance. I record this show purely for entertainment. I took ballet, tap and jazz for a year or two when I was in middle school, but other than your basic positions and the type of shoes you wear for each, I don't remember much about dance. And maybe that's the problem here. Is it just me or do these judges act like some of these dances have opened their eyes to the secrets of the universe?? Seriously. I am not saying this to discredit any of the performers, because WOW they are amazing and their bodies can move in ways I never thought was possible... but these judges are like BAWLING their eyes out at some of these contemporary routines... they act like they've just seen a Nicholas Sparks film in a short 90 seconds... and I just don't find myself getting that emotional over this stuff. Is there something wrong with me?
2. The Bachelorette. I watch it. So shoot me. And for the record, I have NOT read Reality Steve's blog this year so I don't know how the show ends up or any of the drama until it actually happens on Monday nights, so I'd appreciate it if you didn't spoil it for me. But I just want to say that I didn't like Ali when she was on The Bachelor, but now I like her more; I guess because she seems to be giving it to the guys straight up and not beating around the bush. And she doesn't seem to be as whiny as she was last time. And I loved how she handled the Justin situation. BOOYAH! I was yelling at him on the TV. Yes I was. And Roberto... ohhh Roberto. There. That's all.
3. I went to Target the other day for diapers and I came home with brownie mix, 2 packages of Chips Ahoy, GooGoo Cluster ice cream and some Weight Watchers yogurts. Which of these things doesn't belong?? (For the record, I will say that the Weight Watchers yogurt is reallly good. I bought the key lime and white chocolate raspberry flavors. Both refreshing and yummy. A great summer snack.) And also for the record, I ate all the ice cream in 2 days.
4. I also bought frosted Pop Tarts. Yay for sugar that I don't need.
5. How do you keep a toddler from dragging her toys from her room into the living room? Do I just need to give up and realize that it's never gonna happen? Do I need to turn her room into a "sleeping only" area and move all her toys to the playroom? Wait! I know what I need to do; I need to realize that a messy house and toys on the floor is not the end of the world and that she will only be little once and that one day I'll wish there were toys on the floor. Ok, problem solved. Thank you, Haley's Voice of Reason. Next thought, please... (But I do feel like I clean the living room every day and sometimes, in all honesty, I get really frustrated with it... but I know I need to get over it. So I will. But thanks for letting me complain for a second.)
6. My husband just got a job offer from a different company. This is a huge blessing and a big answer to prayer. He interviewed for almost 4 weeks, in the midst of having a new baby at home and trying to work his current job. He is such a hard worker and I'm really proud of him.
7. Because of #6 we will be moving to Huntsville at some point. I'm both sad and excited. Mostly excited, but it'll be hard to leave our church and our friends. :( At least it's not too far away. And at least Huntsville has a P.F. Changs. Otherwise I'd have to say NO. Straight up.
8. Why do non-Moms always feel the need to tell real moms how to parent their children? I haven't had too much experience with this, thank the Lord, because I feel like I would've lost my cool already. But seriously, when it does happen, I just want to shake the other person and be like, "Seriously!?! You don't have KIDS!!! STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO!!!" All the non-Moms need to realize that we were ALL perfect mothers... BEFORE we had children. We read ALL the parenting books, knew exactly what we were going to do, how we were going to do it, and at what time... and we were going to record every second of it in a picture perfect baby book with perfect handwriting. THEN we actually HAD KIDS. And we realized that things don't necessarily happen like we had pictured in our minds. We swear we'll never co-sleep with our babies... and then we wake up in the middle of the night cuddled up next to a sleeping infant, not knowing whether we fed them or not and how they even got to our beds. Some of us swear we'll breast feed because it's the best thing for the baby and because all the books make the word "formula" seem like a curse word... and then our babies are allergic to milk or need extra formula to grow or maybe we just can't do it because of our work schedules. Those of us that could breast feed swore we'd never drink caffeine... and then we find ourselves willing to CRAWL to the nearest service station for a Diet Coke in the middle of the night. We all swear we'll never let our kids watch TV until they're in school... and then before we know it our toddlers are singing the Dora and Elmo songs and we're singing along too. I think parenting is a learning process, and while it's healthy to set goals for yourself and to do your best to care for your child, I think you have to be open to the fact that it may not go as perfectly as you planned - and that THAT'S OKAY. And you also need to remember these things when you are giving your opinions to people that actually have kids. (Again, this hasn't happened to me personally, but I know several people who have dealt with parenting criticism from non-parents and that just isn't right.)
9. I love my iPhone. Because I can record hilarious videos like this:
10. I tag all of you to do a random post with 10 random things that are or have been on your mind.