Rumor Has It

It was brought to my attention a while ago when it came to rumors about my blog (so weird) and what I post. I thought now would be a good time to clear some things up for those people.

What is up with “Elle”?

When I started this blog, I was absolutely, positively going to remain anonymous. Ha! The biggest issue was because my husband is in the military and was teaching at the time. He had concerns that his students would come across my writing. That’s why I started writing under “Elle”. But then I was getting more writing opportunities, which I honestly wasn’t expecting, and ended up sticking with writing under a pseudonym.

To be honest, after being sent some of these rumors and reading them, I’m very glad I keep it that way.

I “came out” to friends and family I know in real life and that’s why I’m more open about it on my private Facebook.

I also see the same posts on other sites.

Yes, yes you do. And? If you look on posts written at the bottom of one of those sites, it even states that I originally posted the content on This Is Mommyhood.

You try way too hard to be funny and you’re just not. You end up looking like an idiot.

Awww, thanks.

But you lost a child back in March and you just don’t seem to be grieving about it on your blog like I think you should. What’s up with that?

Oh my god, I am so, so sorry about that! How could I do such a thing to you?

I had many reasons to start this blog 4 years ago. What I love so much about it is that in reality I am so painfully shy and very quiet to those I don’t really know. But when I write, my real personality comes out. I can be way too open and I know that. When I lost Ben, I was certain I would write plenty about the horrible pain and heartbreak I have over losing my son.

And I have written about him. I just haven’t published it. It’s very hard for me to talk about it, even to my own mother. Writing about ANYTHING else is what I’ve needed. I couldn’t even tell you how emotionally and physically upset I get every single day. Well I could, but who really wants to hear that day after day.

A classmate of the little hummingbird has a brother that is close to what Ben’s age would be. Whenever I see him, my stomach drops. I’ll get a lump in my throat and my heart feels like it’s going to pound out of my chest. Then the tears start and I have to keep it together until I get my daughter and myself into the car.

As much as I share (and I share a lot), there are plenty of things I don’t. There are moments I just want to keep for myself. Especially when it comes to my daughter and baby boy.

If you’re a parent, you already know how many times your child turns you into a puddle of emotions each day and the love you feel is beyond anything else.

I could write about all of that sugary stuff, but I rather write about the every day things that can drive me crazy or make me laugh when it comes to being a wife and mother. It’s my release.

I don’t think you were really pregnant.

Ummm, okay.

I’m FB friends with you and I’m contributing to these rumors.

You’re so kind. Looks like I need to filter out some people.

You’re still not funny and what it the deal with you talking about your vagina?

Well, you’re in luck. My vagina is doing pretty dandy these days but if you aren’t happy with what I write, there are countless other sites that you can read instead.

xoxo

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Keeping Up With The Hummingbird… In Videos

I can’t believe my little girl, my sweet baby, the fruit of my loins… okay, okay, you get it… will be starting kindergarten next month. Here are a few things she’s done this summer.

5 year-old: Look what dad and I found in the cemetary! I’m gonna go wash it off.

-About a toy car she started playing with. Eeeek!

And we finally got that toy car back to the cemetery.. with a lot of bribing from me.

Chasing birds in the park. I don’t call her a hummingbird on crack for nothing. She just keeps going, and going, and going…

Lobster claw play.

Hearing neverending Frozen songs.

Sometimes you’ve just got to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

A dancing fairy.

A fast climber.

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Despite 3 bathrooms, my kid ALWAYS wants to use the one I’m using. For clarification purposes, I’m not in the bathroom right now. No, really, I’m not.

It never fails. No matter when I need to make a quick trip to the bathroom, my daughter decides all of a sudden that she has to go to. Then it’s a mad dash to get there. We have a guest bathroom but I just don’t like using it.

Mostly because my husband uses that one a lot and so does my 5 year-old. And our 2 cats eat in there so you have to dodge whatever cat food they knocked out of their bowl and onto the floor without it sticking to your bare feet. I guess cat food tastes better off the floor than from a bowl. What animals!

My husband has his own bathroom and the little hummingbird and I share one.

I don’t use the hubby’s bathroom because to be honest, ewww… boys. Walking into his bathroom is like walking on the set of Nightmare On Elm Street, where at any time Freddy Krueger could jump out of nowhere. His bathroom is clean-ish but scary at the same time. When I must walk in for emergency purposes, I swear the music from Psycho starts playing in my mind.

No, you can't make me! I will not go into my man's bathroom!

No, you can’t make me! I will not go into my man’s bathroom!

I’ll slowly open the door. His shower will be dripping. The smell of man pee starts to hit me. There will be an empty roll of toilet paper, just waiting to be changed. His sink will have hair all over from when he shaved that morning. And there will be a big ass ball of clumpy dried soap on the dispenser.

Am I the only one that actually cleans my soap dispenser just so that ball of goop doesn’t form?

But anyway, back to the hummingbird.

She’s not afraid to use his bathroom.  So, I usually ask her to use his so I can use mine. But nope, the battle of the butts is what we usually resort to. Whoever gets their butt on the toilet first wins of course. I’m sure that’s quite a sight. We’ll run up the stairs side by side, giggling all the way up, and we drop trou as soon as we hit the bathroom door.

If she does win, and let’s face it, she is younger and faster, I’ll just wait until she’s done. The hummingbird always asks me why I don’t just go into the hubby’s bathroom and that’s when the Psycho music starts going around in my mind.

SCREECH, SCREECH, SCREECH, SCREECH.

What I imagine happening ever time I take a shower.

What I imagine happening ever time I take a shower.

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Fast and Easy Korean Beef Over Rice

Photo Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Photo Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything

After years of throwing holy water on cooking like it was some vampire coming to kill me, a couple of years ago, I finally got into a cooking groove. I even *GASP* looked forward to it while also starting a food blog, which I’ve since abandoned.

I discovered two things about cooking. You’ve got to LOVE what your cooking to really love cooking. For me, I loved the challenge of cooking food I thought would be difficult.

My definition of “difficult” at the time was something beyond microwave nachos, frozen lasagna, and if I really went wild, making the exotic and way out there French toast. Adding bacon on the side made me feel like a goddamn gourmet. Pouring a glass of orange juice to go along with it and… BOOM, I’m a culinary genius.

So yeah, I had a lot to learn. But since we moved to Maine last summer, I haven’t cooked much and my old ways are back.

The little hummingbird is still a very picky eater and only likes a small list of foods so I’ve been on the lookout to try recipes I hope my hubby and I will like.

I really want to get back into cooking again. Maybe even start my food blog back up.

I came across this recipe a few days ago and we tried it. Fast and Easy Korean Beef. This was really very good… and truly fast and easy. From start to finish; getting everyone to the table and sitting down to eat, it took about 25 minutes. Hmmm, fast and easy. Just like I was in my late teens. Bada bing!

I tried many times to get a photo of this but all of my pictures turned out pretty bad. I blame the two beers I had while cooking this.

I hope you enjoy!

Korean Beef Over Rice

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced (I was actually going to leave this out but so glad I got it)

1 tsp red pepper flakes (or to desired taste)

1 bunch green onions, diced (adding this is what knocks it out of the park)

salt

pepper

cooked rice

Directions:

Start cooking rice according to directions.

In a large pan, add sesame oil and garlic over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes and give it a stir. Brown the hamburger meat and drain when done.

Add brown sugar, soy sauce, salt and pepper, ginger, and red pepper flakes to the cooked hamburger. Simmer for a few minutes and stir.

Serve the Korean beef over rice. Add a generous amount of green onions and a few splashes of soy sauce, if desired.

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10 signs that you have a little girl.

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When I was pregnant with my now 5 year-old daughter, I told myself there was no way she would be a girly girl, seeing that I was somewhat of a tomboy when I was younger. I thought she would be the same way. Oh, how wrong I was. Here are just some of the signs that you have a little girl. Of course a few of these apply to little boys as well.

10. She has more shoes than you do.

9. You have no less than 5 Barbie dolls throughout your house.

8. All of your clean towels are on the floor, being used to jump in pretend puddles.

7. You don’t even realize you’ve been watching Nickelodeon Jr. alone until 30 minutes later.

6. There are at least 10 stuffed animals and toys piled in your child’s bed.

5. If you ask her what her favorite color is, she’ll say pink, purple, polka dots, and Hello Kitty.

4. You have an overabundunce of laundry from all of the clothing changes she has every day.

3. You can braid hair and make a ballet bun in record time, using a pink or purple hair band of course.

2. Everything she owns is called Princess, Twilight, Rainbow, or Sparkle.

1. It looks like Disney, Peppa Pig, and Hello Kitty threw up in your house.

What are some of the signs that show you have a son or daughter?

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Blog Love: Rubber Shoes In Hell, Stay At Home Pundit, My Life Suckers, and Temerity Jane.

bloglove1Check out these great blogs and pass on the love!

Rubber Shoes In Hell: Emergency Bags And Leaky Data, Do NOT Touch My Boobs, and Unpleasant Sayings That Apply. Twitter: @RageMichelle

Stay At Home Pundit: A Manifesto On Fucking, Why I Think Transphobia Is Stupid, and Kirk Cameron Is A Bigot. Yeah, I Said It. Twitter: @AtHomePundit

My Life Suckers: Love her blog and Deva is also a contributor for What The Flicka?.: Real Mom Makeup Tutorial (freaking hilarious and relatable), Bedtime (“Timber” Mom Parody), Boob Torture Device AKA The Breast Pump, and The Big Poop Plane Delay. Twitter: @mylifesuckers

Temerity Jane: Love her tagline… It Is Way Better To Be Me Than To Be Someone Who Has To Deal With MeI’m Sorry I Blamed You, Purple Laces, CRAPMAGNET, and Please Don’t Sic Your Flight Attendants On Me And Parenty Rectangles. Twitter: @TemerityJane

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A life taken way too soon.

*Please know that what follows is extremely upsetting and disturbing so if needed, click off now. Thank you. xo

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Over the weekend, a close friend from high school had an unimaginable loss. His niece and his twin brother’s 22 year-old daughter was killed. She was 7 months pregnant with her son and has a precious 2 year-old daughter.

The man that killed her was her boyfriend and the father of her unborn child. Briana left behind many loved ones who are understandably in so much pain.

A Go Fund Me account has been started in her honor.

I would never usually ask this (honestly, I feel very uncomfortable doing so because I don’t want anyone to feel pressured) and haven’t done anything at all like this on my blog in the 4 years that I’ve had it, but if you can help, please do. Any amount would help her family.

Even if you are unable to donate, I ask you from the bottom of my heart to pass this on in any way that you can. Any way at all. Whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, through a link in an email, anything.

Her young daughter, Bonnie, is now without her mother and this family would be so appreciative. Here is Briana’s Go Fund Me page where you can get more information.

This is such a huge reminder to hug your loved ones extra tight.

Thank you all so much. xoxo

Updated:

Updated: Please keep spreading the word for Briana’s family. Thank you!

From Uncle MikeThank you dear friend for your help spreading the word. Your friendship has been a great medicine thru all of this. And on behalf of the entire Seyer family, I would like to thank those who took a moment to share, forward, pin, or even just took a moment to hold a kind thought for my niece and her son. This afternoon we layed them both to rest. It was the hardest day I believe I have ever known. But, now comes the long road to bringing her killer to justice. But not today; today I remember her and I give thanks for those who cared. Thank you, sincerely.

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