Monday, March 26, 2012

in {her} shoes...gina

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today's in {her} shoes guest poster is another one of my first bloggie buddies.  Gina from Random Thoughts from an Incoherent Mind is an extremely talented woman.  She does some of the most AH-MAZE-ING tablescapes.  Check out her latest Chicks and Bunnies Breakfast tablescape and my personal favorite, the Christmas Sentiments Tablescape.  well, enough of my rambling, here's Gina.

When AndieJaye asked me to participate in her blog's In {her} Shoes series, I was extremely hesitant...honored...yet hesitant. I thought I was much too old for this kind of thing. After all, I'm not a new mom, I've been one for over a decade. Somehow, she managed to convince me (probably because she's so sweet ) and here I am with you today.

My name is Gina and I have a blog called Random Thoughts from an Incoherent Mind. Yeah, that looooong blog name. What was I thinking?

Anyway, I have been married for 19 years to my high school sweetheart and we have two children, ages 13 and 10. I was a stay at home Mom for about 9 years. Now I work part time as a teacher's assistant. This is the perfect job for me as it allows me to be home when my children are home.

The most challenging part of being the kind of Mom I am is keeping it all in balance. I tend to walk a fine line between being a loose mom -vs- an authoritative mom. I don't want my children to view me as a pushover, yet I don't want them to see me as a tyrant either. I try to balance somewhere in the middle. My parents raised my siblings & I this way and it worked like a charm. Now if I could just figure out how they did it!

The most rewarding part of being a Mom for me is my children, themselves. I hope I don't get any rolled eyes over this, but neither of my children have ever experienced one second of time out when they were younger. My daughter had one temper tantrum as a toddler, I put a quick stop to it, and never saw another after that. My son never had one ever. They never fought then and rarely do even now. I have received many compliments about them over the years. So you see, they are the actual reward.

Let me add something though. My children, by no means, are perfect. I apologize if I've made it sound that way. I'm not one of those people who think their children do no wrong. I just believe there is no such thing as a perfect child, or adult for that matter. I try to set the right example and hope for the best. Remember my daughter is 13 years old, I'm sure there's lots of drama ahead!

The most important values I try to instill in my children are: respect, honesty, generosity, communication, the importance of family, and a sense of humor. Ok, maybe they're not the "traditional" set of values but I think a sense of humor is important to get through life, don't you?

Imagining how my children would describe me in 3 words, is a tough question. Since my children are old enough, I thought I'd just go ahead and ask them. They came up with a list of 11 words and said they simply could not narrow it down to 3. Do I dare share the whole 11 words? Bare in mind, my 13 year old has been known to use words that a normal 13 year old wouldn't.

Here goes: charismatic, creative, loving, expressive, excitable, energetic, entertaining, hearty, flamboyant, attentative and intuitive. Wow, I look like one heck of a person! I'm not so sure I'm deserving of all that, as flattering as it may be. Actually I'm really thinking, who is this person? I'd like to meet her! lol

I'm glad I've got to spend some time with you today. I love being a Mom and I can't imagine my life without my two children in it. May I leave you with one of my favorite quotes?
I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me Mommy. ~unknown
Thanks for reading,
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