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Another book review! ¬†ūüôā


This book is a true story about a mother who works full time as a writer for Day of Our lives and has four teenagers at home.  She has two biological children (one with autism) and two adopted children.  She has one adopted son from overseas and one adopted daughter from overseas as well who has a missing leg and deformed fingers.

She does a great job at balancing work and family life until her college age daughter announces that she is pregnant and plans on keeping the baby. ¬†Also she plans on marrying the baby’s father whom, according to her mother, she barely knows.

That’s enough to throw Dena (the mother) over the edge. ¬†She lands in the hospital…that’s how the story begins.

Through the rest of the book Dena shares with us how she planned her daughter’s wedding as well as running her kids everywhere they needed to be….while trying to maintain her job and afterwards be the grandmother that she needs to be.

Although this book had some great little lessons in it…it’s not a book I would recommend to anybody. ¬†The writing was horrible and really….every mother goes through things that may throw her over the edge…but we all don’t write a book about it. ¬†The only thing different about Dena and other mothers is that she was a writer for a soap opera. ¬†I don’t know if she thinks that gives her a great opportunity to write a book but really she shouldn’t have bothered.

I learned one valuable lesson from this book and I’ll share it with you free of charge so you won’t have to go buy this book.

Here it is:

When you’re a grandmother forget about the cleaning of your house, the errands you have to do and just play with your grandchildren. ¬†Remember (in most cases) you send them home afterwards….take the time to enjoy them and love them and play with them. ¬†Spoil them…that’s what grandparents are for!

If you think you still want to read this book you can have my copy. ¬†ūüėČ

I give this book 1 sucker out of 5…just for the valuable lesson I learned above. ¬†That’s all.


Laura

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze¬ģ.com <http://BookSneeze¬ģ.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission‚Äôs 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : ‚ÄúGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.‚ÄĚ

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Today was a CRAZY day!

It started off at 6:30 when Little E woke up. ¬†I knew he wouldn’t go back to sleep as he was coughing and I couldn’t really get him to read in his room as his Aunt Kaka (yes that’s her name) was sleeping in there as well.

So hubby got up to take the dog out and spent the  morning cuddling with Little E until I rolled out of bed.

I’m telling you…men do not know how to be quiet in the mornings…so even though I was still in bed, I was awake.

Thus,  not starting my day off the best.

I got up grumpy.   UH OH!  A mother/woman should never wake up grumpy cause everybody just pays.

Then the kids started rolling in. ¬†I had to read little miss E her breakfast…which I normally don’t mind doing but Wednesdays are my crazy days as I usually have a house full of children. ¬†Feeding her breakfast takes a good twenty minutes….but having to run into the living room to watch and make sure the other children are being good makes feeding her breakfast almost a forty minute ordeal.

After I was done feeding her and all four children were nestled in the living room I looked over by the patio doors and noticed that Little E’s cup was on the floor with the cover off. ¬†Our puppy got at it. ¬†Normally this wouldn’t bother me..BUT there was orange juice in that cup…thus there was orange juice all over my freshly cleaned living room floor. ¬†UGH!

Smoke was starting to come out of my ears.

Cleaned it up…went out to the kitchen…came back and realized the puppy dog had peed on the floor. ¬†UGH!

Cleaned it up…..then some crying began. ¬†Two kids had run into each other and bumped heads. ¬†UGH!

My coffee was cold. UGGH!  (gross)

Snack time came.  Dog tried to eat some of the kids food.  Little E kept whining (remember he was up early).  The phone was ringing and I was trying my best to get coupons off the internet while the kids were having their snack.

Oh did I mention that it was raining out? ¬†Normally that doesn’t bother me cause I love the rain…just not on a Wednesday when I have many kids….and they can’t run off their energy outside.

Next cue puppy…had to go out and use the bathroom. ¬†After he did that I went to get him to come back in and he decided to run laps around the yard while I’m chasing him in the rain. ¬†He thought it was a game..I did not. ¬†However the neighbours probably had a good laugh.

Next is lunch time….lunch time starts at 11:30 for little miss E as I try to get her fed before the rest. ¬†Lunch time ended at 12:45…..clean up ended at 1:30.

Little E and his friend wanted to play moon dough. ¬†We’ve had it before and I swear I would never ever ever ever ever ever use it again or give it as a present…however Little E got it for his birthday and wanted to play it. ¬†So opened it we did.

MESS!…but he had fun.

Cue little Miss E leaving after her nap ended and enter in two after school boys.  (The most relaxing part of my day as Little E loves it when they come).

It may not sound hectic but it was and probably 110% more than normal because I was tired and grumpy.

So at the end of the night when we were putting little E down to bed he asked if daddy could snuggle with him. ¬†I told him that daddy had other stuff to do but mommy was going to. ¬†He was so excited! ¬†It’s not something I do on a regular basis, basically because usually by 7:30 I’m tired and if I lay down I’ll fall asleep.

However, this time I thought…”you know…I’ve been grumpy all day, short tempered and short with him…I’m going to take this time and just be with him.” ¬†We snuggled and he asked me to sing him to sleep so I did and he fell right to sleep after about 10 minutes.

My grumpy mood? ¬†VANISHED the instant I laid down with him. ¬†He’s not going to ask me to do that when he’s 15 (at least he better not) so I’ll take the opportunity now and I’m glad I did. ¬†ūüôā

Glad I got my LOVE in.

Laura

Blessing:  I got a TON of great stuff in my mail today.  (I was trying to think of something else than what I wrote above)

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