The Loves of my Life

Today I’m sharing some possibly odd, but heartfelt things I am passionate about.  Hopefully, we can still be friends.
10 Things I Absolutely Love
I LOVE Hamburger Helper.  Sometimes I get this unreal craving for the salty goodness.  Though I still only make it once or twice a year because my husband refuses to eat all versions!  He’s definitely missing out.
I LOVE the number 11.  A few years ago I started noticing 11s–everywhere!  For some reason they bring me a little peace throughout my day.  Crazy, huh?  Now you’re going to start seeing them too.

I LOVE large headed children because that’s what I’ve been given 3 out of 4 times.  I still love my normal headed one too.

I LOVE to watch people wrap presents, the gifted ones.   It fascinates me.   How do they do it!?!  I actually despise wrapping.  Beautiful wrapping takes such precision and detail.   I could watch for hours or at least minutes.
I LOVE kiddo snuggles!  Occasionally, I don’t even mind when my kids are a little sick, so I get more cuddles.

I LOVE snow skiing.  I became addicted in college and even worked at a ski resort.  Only I haven’t gone since I became pregnant with my first, 8.5 years ago!  This could be my big year, if I even remember how.

I LOVE our remote control bed.  I didn’t want it!  My old squishy bed was heaven and this bed is not so cozy.  But I love that I can sit up in bed.  And!  It has significantly cut down on my husband’s snoring.  Woo-hoo!

I LOVE that Mase sings to me.  We found out he was in the bottom 2nd percentile for speaking just a little over a year ago.  So, it thrills me that he is mostly caught up and is taking such joy in using his voice.

I LOVE paper plates.  I just treated myself to a glorious stack of them yesterday.  I’ve seen some debate on whether or not they can be recycled.  If I find out for certain that they can be, I may toss my dishes and go entirely with paper.

I LOVE that I live in the United States in 2011 and not in days long ago.  I love epidurals, contacts, grocery stores, wet wipes, my clunky van, and indoor plumbing.  I’ll stop there.  I know I take things for granted too much, but what a relatively easy and great life I have.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Extra cuddles for my sweet large heads. 


  1. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    Ok, please don't hate me but I *honestly* thought, when you wrote that you liked the number 11, that you were saying you liked the number II (as in number 2, y'know the bathroom kind?) … I was seriously SOOO confused!

    And I haven't been skiing since I was a mom either … actually since I moved to Boston 11 years ago. I wonder if I would remember how either?

  2. Help! Mama Remote... says:

    Epidurials!!!!!!!!you rock!!!!!the best thing since sliced bread. My husand turns his nose up at hamburger helper and any other meal considered easy to me. I have one big head kid. My husband says he gets it from me. LOL love your list.

  3. Optimistic Mom says:

    I still get weak in the knees every time I see the doctor who did my epidural. I loved it!! =)
    My son had a large head and has grown into it nicely.
    I like hamburger helper too!
    The comment Laura made about II is hilarious! lol

  4. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says:

    I love your last comment and think of this often…. How did Laura Ingalls Wilder survive without toilet paper, hand sanitizer, snow blowers, and the Internet???

  5. I had to laugh about the Hamburger Helper thing…I used to refuse to eat it, and my husband NEVER understood why. It was just something about it that grossed me out (I wouldn't eat it as a child either), but then one day I made it just for him and the kiddos and decided to be brave and try a bite, and I LOVED it! πŸ™‚ We don't eat it often, but throw in some ground turkey, and yum, yum, yum, quick and easy! πŸ™‚

    I also love large headed children! πŸ˜‰ (assuming you mean literally the size of their heads! :)) Mia is (and always has been) off the charts in head size! As her ped says, it's to fit her smart, large brain! πŸ˜‰ And of course I love Manuel equally as much, as a normal headed child! πŸ™‚

  6. I am getting married on 11-11-11 :))

  7. Oh how I miss Hamburger Helper. I had the biggest crush on the doctor who did my epidural, although my husband seems to think that I would have loved anyone at that given moment. He might be right.

  8. I'm Jennifer. says:

    I love your list! I grew up skiing and love to ski, but I haven't been since my oldest was born 7 years ago. I'm definitely taking him skiing this winter and I can't wait.
    Also, I am comforted to know that I'm not the only mom of big-head-kids. My kids wear adult-sized baseball hats and they are 5 and 7 years old. And I can't buy them hoodies that don't zip up the front, or else we can't stretch the head hole wide enough for their gigantic craniums. Crazy.

  9. I, too, have the occasional craving for hamburger helper. But since I made my family eat it at least once (usually twice) a week for about 10 years, I usually ignore it.

    Paper plates are wonderful. I keep them well stocked in my pantry so I can have a break when I'm having "one of those days."

    I have to thank God for living in a time when we have dishwashers and washing machines at least once a day. Oh yeah, modern medicine is nice, too.

  10. I had to laugh at Laura's comment… I thought the same thing, but finally figured it out! I love the number 11 too. In fact, I got married on 11/11/92 (9+2=11)… cool, huh?

  11. Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys says:

    I don't know if we can still be friends if you like Hamburger Helper. Ok, Ok we are still friends πŸ™‚

  12. Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy says:

    I often think I could never have lived a long long time ago. It's hard to believe how much changes over time.

  13. LOVE MELISSA:) says:

    Such a cute post! Love epidurals,wet ones- this made me laugh! Actually, the whole post did! We also love large head children in this family too:)

  14. Paper plates are my favorite! I would love to be able to afford to use them every day. Unfortunately right now I'm stuck with just using them on holidays and birthdays. I swear you and I are twins. I grew up on Hamburger Helper but my sweetie won't eat it either.

  15. I guess you love those epidurals because you also love those large headed children. πŸ™‚ I love Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper. That stuff is so good!

  16. They make bamboo plates now – that are akin to paper, except you can wash them a few times and reuse because they are sturdier….or TOSS: garbage or compost bin. they will breakdown either way.

    and they present Hamburger Helper just lovely!

  17. Those are nice things to love. Who wouldn't like snuggling??? I love all those things… except hamburger helper. I must say I agree with your husband. I *hate* boxed food. ;)But I am sure that one day if I am married and have 4 little kids running around, I will become more open to the boxed stuff. πŸ˜€


  18. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    LOL on your loves! Do you know my almost 5 year old's favorite number is 11 too? And he loves to count to 111.

  19. We are having a sick day today so I imagine we will be doing a lot of cuddling. And movie watching.

    I also am envious of people that wrap presents so beautifully! πŸ™‚

  20. You seriously crack me up!!! πŸ™‚

    I am so excited that Mase is talking as well! πŸ™‚ That is awesome!

    As for the little things in life, well, it's easy to forget to be grateful for them, so how nice you put them in there! πŸ™‚

  21. Hamburger helper has occasionally been my saving grace when I was jut tired and worn out and really didn't want to make dinner.
    I cannot wrap presents! I always seem to get way too much paper and it is just a mess. My husband does a better job than I do.
    Yea for Mose talking and singing!!

  22. Am I Really Grown Up? says:

    I'm not a fan of Hamburger Helper. The first time I made it both Mark and I gave it a thumbs down. My Annabelle is the opposite of a big head kid. She was 9 months old and could wear a 3 month hat. And her child size Mickey ears are huge on her but fit me fine. Maybe I have a small head too:)

  23. LaVonne @ Long Wait says:

    I love Top Ramen noodles. Love them! They are salty and fattening but they taste so good πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your fun yet zany list.


  24. You probably see a lot of 11's because it's that year. I love your loves too!

  25. My children like hamburger helper, hubby does not.
    I LOVE how cute the post was to read. Really put a smile on my face.

  26. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    I'm sure the rest of your post was amazing but I kinda got stuck on the big headed kids part… Which ones have big heads and who doesn't…. I have never noticed before…. Oh and I did capture something about being glad we live in these times… I thought we were going to become pioneers hehe

  27. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    Oh and in case you care… my hubby loves hamburger helper… It's me that despises it in our house πŸ˜‰

  28. The Desert Rocks says:

    Being grateful is a huge blessing. Mentally, I don't think I fit into 2011 very well, but that's only because I've been listening to my husband complain about computers, technology and cell phones lately. We're here for a reason. πŸ™‚

  29. I'm not a huge fan of Hamburger Helper. Probably because I had it too often as a child. But Tuna Helper….now that I can get behind!

  30. I love that we live in 2011 too, but I have to disagree with the Hamburger Helper! πŸ˜‰

  31. Yeah we wished we signed up for a million paper plates instead of china when we were engaged. It would have been so much more useful. Maybe I will make that wedding presents from now on. The bride and groom will be confused until they have their first argument about who does the dishes.

    I loved this post. I am thankful for my modern conveniences too. I think if you would rather live in another time period you should just go help out in Haiti for a month.

  32. My Inner Chick says:

    —I love the things you love.
    I too, adore babies with big heads. Weird! I like to feel their baby fuzz hair. x

  33. Oh Hamburger Helper is a mom's bestest friend! I want one of those sleep number beds. I love that I can read blogs from my iPhone!

  34. Hahaha! I love your list!! Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper is my favorite…with extra frito's and cheese πŸ™‚

  35. And I love your blog! How great is this list. Big heads….laughed out loud because I frequently tell my husband that I adore little kids that wear glasses. I know it sounds mean, but just one of those things that makes me smile….think the little boy from Jerry McGuire. Happily following!

    Sadie via vB

  36. So long, long ago, we used to eat Hamburger Helper all the time. Even while pregnant with the first kid. We ate it too much. We OD. Now, the thought of it makes me gag. πŸ™

    When I was growing up, we used paper plates all the time. In fact, I'm pretty sure that my mom still uses them.

  37. My husband LOVES cheesy italian shells hamburger helper and I always tell him the house smell like farts when I get home (he knows to eat it when I work late). It is very easy and convenient though. Great post!

  38. snipsofsnailsandpuppydogtails says:

    My husband and I lived off hamburger helper when we first married. I married so very young and didn't really know how to cook. Plus, we were broke and it was cheap. πŸ™‚

    Epidurals. Ah. We need to do a post soley in their honor. I gave birth to 3 ten pound boys. The anesthesiologist was my best friend.

  39. I love your loves! My hubby is a HUGE Hamburger Helper fan. I love slightly-sick-kid snuggles and large heads. I married a guy with a large head and got a kid with a large head. πŸ˜€ This is the life.

  40. Beth @ Sand To Pearl says:

    I love big headed kids too! My son's head is SO disproportionate, seriously, he was in the 4% for height and weight and above the 90% for head. My daughter's always had a large head too.
    And I also love epidurals (I can't wait to get my next one!!)
    And snuggles! Yummy! And sometimes I like when the kids get sick and they want to be all snuggly.

  41. thank heaven for epidurals! I'm with you on that one for sure πŸ™‚

  42. I never had an epidural πŸ™ And I love Hamburger Helper too…secretly…yummm! This was super funny πŸ™‚

  43. I love living in America too. We have many things to be grateful here. I don't know what I would do without my contacts.

  44. I could not love this post more! I agree on every single one of these. I think we are kindred spirits or siblings separated at birth! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!

  45. Kiddothings says:

    I would love to know what Hamburger Helpers taste like. I might love it too.
    No question about it – epidural.
    You have lots to love and I can see why life is good for you. πŸ™‚

  46. Hamburger Helper and Tuna Helper are the only thing I can cook lol!

    I'm jealous that the epidural worked well for all you guys… It was terrible for me, it barely worked. =(

  47. When I saw this post in my reader I was all ready for a post about your children, and then you had me in stiches with your first love, Hamburger Helper!!! You are one of my loves, you always make me laugh!! Thank you!! Great list!!!

  48. Cam - Bibs and Baubles says:

    I'm so jealous. I want a remote control bed. That sounds like heaven!

  49. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I love big head kids too. I wish it had been easier to deliver him.

  50. 11 is my favorite number. It's my birthday, the day I got engaged and my anniversay. It definitely has a special place in my heart.

  51. Sandy -- As Told By Mommy says:

    Ditto on that last one especially! i could never have handled the olden days…know what freaks me out…thinking about the pioneer women on their period! Dang that would suck! No pain killers no modern pads…yuck! not to be gross but I kind og had to share! Haha also, come by this winter and you can watch me wrap presents…I learned from the best and it is one of my favorite things to do!

  52. And how was that for you pushing out 3 out of 4 large headed babies lol
    You make me laugh!!
    Oh and you should see me wrap gifts, I'm the best there is lol, you can't even open them they're stuck down to perfection πŸ™‚

  53. Amen on that last one, lady!

  54. A remote control bed? You are way cool! I, too, truly admire people who wrap well. 'Cause I definitely *don't* wrap well! And ALL of my kids have big heads (they get it from me), so I have to agree with you that big heads are stinkin' cute!

  55. I randomly crave hamburger helper too!! And yes… Paper plates are the bomb diggity… I hate doing dishes more than any other chore!

  56. I love watching people wrap too, though I hate other people watching me wrap. All of my family are good wrappers, except me. If I hear one more time that my corners aren't right… πŸ˜‰

  57. Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust says:

    And I love your writing. This was so fun to read.

    Warmly, Michelle

  58. Your paragraph about Mase was so touching. What a wonderful blessing! Sing it, Mase!!!!!

  59. I love Hamburger Helper too…my hubby and I lived off it when we were first starting out and we don't have it very often. We DID actually have it tonight…double cheeseburger…oh mama cheesy goodness!! AND I have big headed children too. What is the deal?!?


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