Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Amanda is having a party!  WOO HOO!  Since it is almost Mother's Day, this edition of Dishing It is all about moms! 

I have known my mom for thirty-nine years.  I know everyone thinks she has the best mom in the world, but I really do.  This is us:

Sorry about the blurry photo.  It's old.  It won some kind of award for the photographer though.  Got to love the 70's! 

So, my mom and I are pretty close.  She's one of my best friends even though we are pretty different.  She's very organized and neat whereas I am a complete SLOB a little unorganized.  She used to come into my house and go straight for the broom. 

Mom always has something going on.  She's very involved in community projects and her church so she's constantly busy taking food to someone who is sick, helping out at local events, Chamber banquets, Rotary Club, etc.  I consider myself pretty busy just dealing with my four little ones, especially "L" so I don't get out much. 

But, we do have a lot in common too.  She is a fabulous cook and I am an aspiring fabulous cook (she makes the best lasagna you have ever put in your mouth!!).  We used to go camping all the time, but since she and dad moved to the lake, we just "camp" at their house.  We love to just hang out, cook, eat, play games, visit, go shopping, etc.  We have the same sense of humor - sarcasm is our second language.  My Hubby often calls me by her name because our mannerisms are so similar. 

My mom, no matter how busy she was working full time, always made time for what we needed or wanted.  I remember her staying up very late into the night working on these Halloween costumes for my brother and sister and me and I don't think she even liked to sew. 

Two cats and a clown.  Cute huh?  (check out the super cool station wagon - it had woodgrain.  It was the early 80's version of the minivan)

As far as the most embarassing outfit she ever made me wear, this one is pretty bad. 

How embarassing!  Look at all those ruffles!  They were torture for a tomboy like me.  EEEEWWW!  BTW, the hair, not my idea!  I was a tomboy, but I would have never agreed to that haircut - just saying.

So, all in all, I think my mom is pretty awesome.  There was never a question in my mind that I was loved growing up.  She always wanted the best for me.  She and dad let me move back home with my little one in tow during my seperation/divorce.  I stayed there for a year and a half and loved being there with them.  This is us at my wedding - the second one. 

Another awesome thing about my mom is that she is very supportive of all her grandkids.  She does her best to come to a lot of their events, ball games, autism walks, band concerts, rectials, etc.  and when "L" was diagnosed with autism, she was very supportive - reading books we gave her, buying his special GF/CF food for her house, etc.  the list goes on and on.  My Mom rocks!

Okay, I'm gonna stop there because I'm crying like a baby and I don't want to be all puffy eyed when I pick up the kids from school. 

Happy Mother's Day Mommy!  I love you! 

Wanna dish about your mom or about being a mom?  Run on over to Amanda's and check out the party.


  1. Your Mom sounds amazing! And it sounds like you have a wonderful relationship! Happy Mother's Day!

  2. The last picture is so sweet. Three generations. Your mom sounds wonderfully supportive. Have a great mothers day.

  3. Love that last photo. Your comment about "aspiring fabulous cook" made me smile. :) She sounds like a great grandma too! Thanks so much for linking up, Tanya. :)

  4. That's so cool. And she is still so freaking beautiful. That just ain't right.

  5. Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman. It's great that you live close to her so that you can get together often. I loved seeing your photos from the past!!

  6. So sweet! I love that you moved home when things got tough... I would have done the same thing. (PS, left you an "award" on my blog today!)

  7. This is so sweet! I love the Halloween picture. Wouldn't we all love to be able to cook like Mom!

  8. I must agree. We do have the ABSOLUTE best mama around...hands down! Love you mom...Happy Mother's Day...and sorry about all of the gray hair that I caused you. Tanya was only responsible for...oh, maybe 3 of them. I take full responsiblity for the rest. :)

  9. This post brought a flood of emotions for me...the whole time I was reading I was thinking...she's describing my mom...I miss her so bad and it's hard to believe that this will be my 6th Mother's Day without her...hug your sweet mommy every day! You are very blessed to have her! ~Robyn

  10. Loved reading this about your mamma and you.....great photo of you at the 2nd're so pretty!


  11. I just want you to know that you made my cry!!! I totally agree with EVERYTHING you said about Phyllis!! I love her so much!! She has been a role model as a mom for me...She is AWESOME!!! Love you bunches!

    Jamie Jacobs

  12. That was so sweet! You are blessed.
    I totally had that same tomboy haircut...what were they thinking? Especially in your case, to cut off all those gorgeous curls!
    I laughed about your hubby calling you your mom's name...I call my hubby his dad's name when he's acting a little too much like him.