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,


Debbiedoos said...

I loved this Gina!~ I wish I could say my boys never had temper tantrums. Alex had more tantrums, which is so funny, because he is such a quite humble young man now. Jack was constantly in the naughty corner {Thank God for super nanny and that advise} for being mischievous! Now Jack is the sweetest, most considerate kid I know. I teach my boys as well to have a sense of humor, don't take your self so serious. In fact I just bought something for their TV room I will be sharing and they cracked me up when they read it. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Gina thanks for sharing a much personal side of your family.
My children have grown to be very responsible, caring, and loving adults with children of their own. I'm a very proud Mother and Grandmother.

Donna@anangloinqu├ębec said...

It sounds to me like you have a very good set of values Gina! No surprise there! I cherish all the wonderful memories of my children as young babies, toddlers and now full force teenagers. Time just seems to go by at a rapid fire pace that sometimes I wish I could hit the delay button but....too many good times ahead! Your children look absolutely adorable Gina and I am sure they have provided a lot of wonderful mothering along the way.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, kids that don't fight....Amazing, my brother and I all but killed each other, Gina is doing something right!


Melonie said...

Love Gina and love this post!!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Gina,

You are truly blessed with great kids. How sweet that they don't fight. In our house we ended up with three of everything just so they don't fight. Don't judge me it's my husband fault. I would rather have them fight it out. ;-P


NanaDiana said...

I love the words your son's word to describe you- especially HEARTY! How funny for a kid to say that. I KNOW that you are just an excellent Mom because I know that you are a good person. Blessings to you- I love this post- xo Diana

Gina said...

Thanks to all of you for your sweet comments!

AndieJaye, thank you so much for featuring me today. It was a pleasure to be here!

Crystal Underwood said...

Love this series! I don't know Gina, but really enjoyed this post, and LOVE her shoes ;)

Unknown said...

Lol I love your shoes too! My boys are constantly bickering...when the bickering stops I worry, cause it means they are pairing up, planning some devilment on another brother!

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