When I was still at home I would likely have gotten up early, corralled my youngest brothers into waking up, and raided the kitchen to make my Mom breakfast in bed. (Which, I can now understand why she hates it. Seriously. Crumbs EVERYWHERE.) Or I would have just cleaned the house late at night because, let's be honest. I am an 18 year old. When I sleep, I sleep during the wee hours of the morning and then take naps all day.
Now I am at college (Best. University. EVER.) Unfortunately, being in college comes with the side effect of also not having any money (unless you count my credit card...which I don't because I am convinced those things will "drag [their unwary users] speedily down to hell") So this is the best I can do. (Sorry Mom, but you know how much I love lists.)
- Her favorite color has always been yellow. She says she thought about changing it at one point, but realized she didn't want to.
- Much to the relief of any family members, my mother and I share our birthday. (No, I will NOT tell you when. Figure it out.)
- At 5' 9", Mom is the shortest one in the family.
- She writes and illustrates children's books. And they are fantastic. Seriously. READ THEM!!!
- She loves being outside (hiking, swimming, whatever) as long as she is kept fed and watered.
Things Mom taught me
- Not just how to work hard but to work well (There is a difference between working like a slave and working like a steward)
- How to be a missionary. Seriously, at one point we went to EVERY. SINGLE. BAPTISM. That happened in our ward. It got to the point where she had to bribe my brothers and I with Baskin Robins to get us to stop whining. I hated it then, but it definitely taught me the value of this transcendent work and made me even more determined to serve a mission of my own.
- How to stand up for myself and my family (I am better at the latter than the former.)
- How to eat properly (whether I actually DO is a whole 'nother story. But she did teach me.)
- Avoid Mom at all costs when it is hot. She gets loopy and weird.
- (this will not be put to much use for a few years yet) To EXPECT my husband not only to care for me, but to respect me and treat me well. "You are NOT a china doll, so by golly he had better not TREAT you like one!"
- If you want to go camping, claim that it's so you can test out the 72 hour kits. The emergency you are avoiding? Oh, a Triceratops got into our kitchen through a time rift. It was being chased by a T Rex. The T Rex got through and killed and ate part of it in our kitchen. Then got confused and went back to it's own time. Why isn't Dad coming with us? (Real reason: he hates camping) He's cleaning up dead triceratops and fixing the house. Seems legit.
- Dancing is REALLY fun. (granted, we do different types and hers tends to be FAR more awesome, but I try.)
She teaches little girls Ballet
She was on a BYU Folk Dance team (this is not her, but it's the right idea)
...and then there's me. The one that does ballroom. (I am not this good yet. Working on it.)
- Packing tape is your friend
- How to sew
- How to react when MY child gets in her/his first car accident: "Oh you think THAT'S bad?! Listen, in MY first car accident, my car ROLLED. I think we can deal with a fender bender."
- How to be stubborn ("We are not leaving this DMV until you have your drivers license !" "But Mom, I don't WANT a drivers licence!" "TOO BAD!")
- How to do well in school. (Do your homework, ask stupid questions)
- Dr Suess is awesome
- Dressing like a Dr Suess character is also really fun
- If you are painting a house, make sure your ponytail stays out of the paint or it will turn into a shirt paintbrush
- Never. EVER. own a pool. They are a PAIN to keep up.
- ALWAYS own a dog
- Let your kids have a pet at some point or another. If they can afford to keep them, they can have them.
- It's okay to cry sometimes. (I....am working on this one.)
- The Church is true.
- Share your testimony in the car with your children. They will be immensely annoyed, but it will only help them in the long run
- Target and Toddlers do not mix.
- You DO NOT EVER talk back to your mother!
- Practicing your talents (especially piano) comes BEFORE computer.
Thanks Mom. I am proud to have people inform me that I am turning into you (especially when they hear of some of my more eccentric antics).
Happy Mother's Day, I love you!