So with each day we as a country become more and more politically correct.  We are at a point where most now resist an opportunity to express an opinion for fear of offending someone or worse retribution.  One of our most important freedoms, that of free speech, teeters on the brink of annihilation.  Our media has stopped reporting news and instead pushes one agenda or another.  Our government lies to us and spies on us but we “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” for the most part sit back and allow it all to happen.  We stand more divided than ever.  

SO why this post today?

My girls are straight “A” students, strong athletes and brown belts in karate.  They are tough, strong and are being raised to know that they can achieve anything if they work hard and YES I will admit openly that they play with PINK legos.  I know, an outrage.  What you say?  Well let me explain. So, I sign on to Facebook the other day, the forum of our generation for pure silliness, to see an article posted by someone from the Huffington post.  I will openly say I would not typically spend a second reading anything from such a clearly biased outlet but this one caught my eye because it was targeting the LEGO company and it’s over feminization of it’s products and their outrage over the Friends line of feminine “girly” legos.  The article basically relays the message that I am a terrible parent for allowing my girls to play with such a toy and as a society we should condemn the toy makers for pushing gender stereotypes.

Not two days later I see an article about a  panel on MSNBC discussing the Oscar awards.  One of the participants on that panel made the argument that the awards show was sexist because it still separated the male and female categories. Really??

So I am sure that some have jumped to conclusions about me so I feel the need to clarify.  I love the freedoms afforded to “We the people”.  I believe in the freedom of speech, assembly, religion and yes the right to bear arms.  I believe we are free to love who we love, marry who we love and express ourselves openly.  I love a good debate and will often take a side at times just for the sake of an open and interesting debate.  What I can not stand are those who make statements about how everyone should be included while attacking those who do not seem to fit the “included” mold.

I will not apologize for allowing my girls to play with feminine marketed toys. Nor will I apologize for when they play in the mud or beat the boys at hockey. I do not want to live in a world of grey pretending that we are all the same, we are not.  What many forget is that it is those differences that make us great, different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs put into the pot to make us even stronger.  Trying to pretend we are all the same, attempting to eliminate individualism, pretending there are no differences between the sexes…….crazy.

I do not claim to be some type of expert.  I am just a woman, mother, wife, person who is tired of some trying to fit us all into a box,  telling me I should be outraged over this or that.  My favorite color happens to be pink, deal with it!

The sleepover

Sleeping bags that were never used since they all squeezed in Megan's bed like kittens.
Sleeping bags that were never used since they all squeezed in Megan’s bed like kittens.

I am starting this post before the girls arrive but am sure that I will not complete it until much later.   The girls were due to arrive at 6pm but I received a text earlier from one of the Mom’s asking if she could drop her daughter an hour early.  What am I to say right?  Of course.  SO the festivities are due to begin in about 20 minutes.  The morning was spent finishing up some cleaning and hanging a few decorations,  cupcakes were made yesterday.  My excited beyond words daughter has spent the afternoon in her room watching TV and trying to stay calm.

A birthday swim under a rainbow
A birthday swim under a rainbow

By 6:00 pm the volume level in my house was WAY up!  Both girls were here by 5:15 and the festivities were off with a screaming, screeching bang.  I sent them to the Wii to dance a bit, try to calm the excitement just a little lol. They danced, went for a swim, ate both pizza and cupcakes, read magazines and finally settled in with a movie.  The girls all seemed to have a great time.  I am not posting pics of the girls since two are not my own, but we did get many great ones that Meg will be able to look back on with good memories.IMG_4679

Sunday morning started early since one of the girls had to leave first thing.  For the others it was chocolate chip pancakes and bacon followed by a nice morning swim under bright blue skies.  That is where we are right now.  I am sitting at the kitchen table watching the three of them play in the pool amazed that they can still maintain the volume of last night.  Meg’s friend who is still here is due to leave in about 2 hours after which I expect my own girls to crash.

I will get the real feedback from Megan later but it does seem that the party was a huge success!  On the smile scale it was a 10!

Seeing smiles on my daughter’s faces makes my world complete!

Three short days from today

literally-like-this-it-wasWell the big countdown is on!  The first sleepover!  We are so very excited, and by “we” I mean my soon to be 9-year-old and her BFF who called this morning so they could giggle about the coming party.

During the day there were moments of spontaneous happiness as I was reminded of the actual amount of days left in the countdown. The joys of youth, if we could all get so excited the world would be a much better place. We are now in preparation mode.  Cleaning the entire house is at the top of the list since we will also have a family party next weekend.  Meg has actually been very helpful with the cleaning.  Amazing what you can achieve with a well motivated child.

All I hope is that the actual event comes close to the expectations my child has for the night.