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Monday, May 11, 2009

Meandering Monday

Well, I really need to do my Memory Monday again, but I couldn't figure out how to tie it all together with Mothers Day and blog gifts, etc. So, once again, I am going to have to put off my Memory Monday for another week.

I was just too excited to share a few Mothers Day fun things and give a shout out to some amazing bloggers!

First of all, I got this great e-mail from my big sis, Janene. It was a hoot, and you have probably seen it before, but I had to share it!


Hope you have a good laugh...

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like He made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?

1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on..

Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does
your mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect... Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

So, I had a fun Mothers Day, with both my sons and my hubby making me breakfast in bed, then giving me a few fun gifts. My hubby, Bret, had commented on the blog of this amazing blogger, Suzanne, from Just Another Hangup, as she was having a Mothers Day giveaway.

She had picked someone randomly for the first prize----a great tote, but then had loved what my hubby wrote so much----which was a huge paragraph, by the by, that she sent him one for me!! Isn't she the coolest person? Bret did write so many amazing things about me----I was so touched.... Did I mention that he is my best friend and such a fantastic person?

This is the amazing tote! Isn't it beautiful?

Then, my little guy made me a great wall hanging in Cub Scouts. Don't they make the cutest things in Cub Scouts? And he got me a coupon book for doing things for me.....

....but then after he took a closer look at it, he wanted to take some of them out. What a cutie.

After church, we came home and as I relaxed, the boys and Bret made me dinner. My daughter
Brinna showed up just as we were finishing the great meal of chicken, fish, rice, and corn on the cob. We had cinnamon rolls for dessert. My daughter brought me a really cool gift basket filled with lots of fun things that I love! A mug for my hot chocolate, filled with raspberry chocolate Lindt's, a beautiful scarf, (coral colored) some perfume, a "green shopping bag" and the pi'ece de re'sistance?

An amazing hat! A cloche hat---which is my favorite style.

I LOVE IT! I had seen it in a cute, funky store in Western MA when we were out there over spring break, but didn't want to spend the extra money for it. And she got it for me!

Yes, here we are with all the cool stuff---isn't my daughter beautiful? (haven't I mentioned that?)

And this is a close-up of the hat---because I HAD to wear it today.

And of course, here is the whole outfit----which I think works well with the funkiness of the hat. Lovin' my skinny jeans!

Then, to top it all off, my daughter, Maryn called me and we talked for about an hour and a half. And my other daughter, Hailey, called to talk as she was driving her second child, Ethan, to the emergency room---had a spill and gashed his head! So, other than that----it was a perfect day!

I also got an award-----my FIRST EVER! It was given to me from Karen at A Peek At Karen's World. Apparently I am Awe-Summ! (well, in my own mind, anyway)

And here are some Awe-Summ things about me: (seven to be exact, which is really bugging me, because I hate odd numbers---and I found it hard to come up with things that I haven't already written about!)

1. I used to make answering machine messages for a business---it was called "Message Mania" and I did all types of dialects, and lots of funky messages for every holiday, etc. Go figure----crazy voice messages---who would have known?

2. People fascinate me! I am a people watcher from way back. I absolutely love to watch people, figure out what they do, or where they are going, or what is happening in the relationship with the people that they are with. I watch them in parks, airports, the mall, grocery stores,----well, you get the idea. (but this doesn't make me a peeping tom---NO!)

3. I learned how to sew and make bread from scratch when I was the ripe old age of 8. I used to go to 4-H----and thats how I learned----and when I was growing up, I used to sew my own clothes, because it was too expensive to buy any. (I had to buy my own clothes from the time that I was about 12)

4. I always wanted to be a standup comedienne----in fact, I am the choir director at my church, and I try out all my stuff on them. They are a rapt audience, as they can't really go anywhere. But its always been on my bucket list.

5. I would love to live in a different country every few years. I would adore living in the English countryside, or in London, or in Italy, or France. What an amazing thing to experience! And it would only make it better if my kids could come and live there too.

5. I did many national commercials----about 25-35, I think. I kind of lost track, as some of them were Regional commercials and they were upgraded to national by picking up more regions. And yes, I am a member of SAG and AFTRA---Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of TV and Radio Assoc.----but I am on honorary leave, until I decide to do commercials and film again. Who knows? I may be able to do old lady commercials someday.

6. Well, we all know that I love my children, but did you know that I ADORE babies? If I could have had just babies and not had to raise them----well, let me back up----I don't really like the carrying of them or the labor----but the babies-----I would have had a dozen! I love their little cries, their mews, their smell, the total dependency upon you. It is such an amazing experience to hold those sweet things---they make me cry just thinking about them.

7. I always used to sing to my little ones when they were getting ready to go to sleep. We would read and then I would sing "Hush, You By" or one of the others that they loved. Maryn had to have the same songs every night until she was about 9 years old. And they had to be in order! Last year I made a CD for my kids---with several of those songs on them----I hope that they will dust them off and listen to them once in a while....

Well. Thats all that I can think of! (I actually had to ask both my daughters and my hubby for suggestions, as I couldn't think of different things....)

I am supposed to tag seven bloggers that are fairly new to me, but I think that most of them have already been tagged, so I am going to tag:

1. Hailey at Hailey Tracks

2. Zelzee at Zelzee

3. Audrey at Audrey Eclectic

4. Jewels at Blonde Canary

5. Alyson at New England Living

6. Rhonda at Because Mom Said So

7. Michelle at Yummy Mommy

So, if you ladies already have gotten this award before----just enjoy me giving it to you again----you are all awesome! And then just ignore me for the rest.

I'm used to it.


Suzanne said...

Thanks, Shawn, for the wonderful compliments. I don't think my totes have ever looked so good as that one does sitting next to you! Your husband's comments really did touch my heart -- you must be an amazing woman to generate such love and devotion! I'm thrilled you had such a happy Mother's Day and glad I could be a little part of it. Love the hat and the coupon book too!

Karen said...

What a fun post!

I'm glad you had a great Mother's Day. Your kids and hubby seem like they are really incredible, as are you!

And that hat rocks!

Melissa said...

Love the tote and the hat, and everything! What a great Mother's day!

You are gorgeous and what a fun post to learn more about you!

Melissa B. said...

Love the bling...both from family and the bloggy bling, too. Looks like you had a splendid Mom's Day, oui? So, about the commercials...does this mean I'm blog buddies with a famous person? Which companies did you work for? Do tell...I'm intrigued!

Shawn said...

Ok, Scholastic Scribe---I did pretty much every thing you can mention.

Every airline, several hair products, Dove beauty bars, Washing detergents, different banks and savings institutions, several car companies, toothpaste, clothes, Nabisco products, and several restaurants----that is some of them---its hard to remember all of them, to be truthful! :)

But I would say that I did have of fame.

It was fun sometimes and stressful at other times!

zelzee said...

Love the hat! What a great Mother's Day! and could you find a more beautiful wall hanging? I think not.
I love your's just like sitting down and talking with you. So enjoyable!
Thanks for the you're going to make me have to think again!

Mimi said...

Sound like a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by my blog & helping to make my SITS day special!

Omgirl said...

Cute bag! I won one once...but for my sister. I want one for me!

I've also read that WhyGod Made Moms thing before and still find it totally adorable!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Awwww...thanks for the award!!

I love the quote from the book "they say she used to be nice". Hehehe!! I think one of my kids may have said that. ;)

I'm in love with the dress you are wearing in the photo with the tote. So cute! I need to just raid your closet because you are a fashionista all the way!!

LOVE the tote!

Is this meet still on for Saturday?


I love the hat!That is the kind of surprise I like, but not the kind I usually get. Where in MA did your friend buy it???

Cadance said...

You seem to always win! congrats!

That part of the children answering ?'s about their moms...cracked me up...every single one of them! ♥ it!

You are awesome! glad you had a wonderful mothers day!

carma said...

You have such a thoughtful family. They went all-out for Mother's Day. Love your new hat and tote!

Learned many new things about you in this post; you have done some incredibly interesting work!

I really enjoy your outlook on things :D

Debbie said...

That hat is great and how cute are you in it?

Shannon said...

Sounds like you did have a good Mother's Day... love the hat! It's so cute!

wenderful said...

LOVE your header and your quote. Love Rogers and Hammerstein.

Thanks for stopping by my blog to help me celebrate my sits day today! I had ginormous fun.

Brittany said...

So Shawn, what can I do to get that CD? Pleeeeeeease?

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love your hat. You have a way with taking a classic style and adding a modern twist.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Oh - and I forgot to add.

Since I can't reply to your comment directly (on my post about women dressing a little "too young") and I don't have your e-mail address...I'll have to respond here.

I think you make an excellent point about wearing what makes you feel good about yourself. I was looking at it from more of a "trying too hard to look younger" angle - but that's different from finding a style that expresses who you are and embracing it.

Plus the fact that you are a gorgeous ex-model doesn't hurt...

I also think that people who are artistic in everything they do have a little license to push the envelope of any style.

I think you're fabulous and certainly didn't have you in mind when I said women with crows feet shouldn't wear turquoise make up. Although, in your pictures you don't appear to have crows feet... But that's a whole other post about envy...

dapper kid said...

Haha those answers are so amazing!! Gotta love little kids lol, "My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot." Glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day, love the new hat! Congratulations on the award, you definitely deserved it :) Wow, the answering machine recordings must have been sooo much fun lol. And yay for babies, they can make you smile even when you're down :)

Angela said...

Shawn- You always look amazing- I lost your blog for a bit, but I am glad I just found it! Let's get together soon! We miss you!

Heather said...

aw, you and your kids are the cutest!

isk8jewel said...

Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day ~ what a beautiful family you have!

Angie Marion said...

stop by my blog - you won something! Oh and I loved your post, your hair, and your hat!

Motherboard said...

That hat is HOT--just like you! (I like the bag too!)

Hope your week has been swell!!

Amy said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Wow, it looks like you had an AMAZING Mother's day, and yes, your daughter is beautiful, as are you. I loved the thoughts on Mothers by the second graders. It really made me laugh. Thanks so much for letting me meet you!

Mom n Pop Wilson said...

I feel practically famous!:) I'm glad you had such a great mother's day. you deserve it!

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