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the ultimate moms club

un urling issue 1 | August 2011


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Ultimate Moms Club Sugar and Spice and all Things… Summer Reading List Life Revival Dear Mom(aha) Mother’s Wisdom Takes Families beyond Conventional Choices

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To School or Not to School Pleasure in Treasure Hunting DYI - bath and body In The Trenches – Stories of Parenting

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Contributers editor

Katie Carrillo

writers

Anna Miller Erin Johnston Helena Marriott Jen Gluff Stephana Johnson

graphic designer Stacie Cary

photographer Cindy Chapter Katie Carrillo

Thank you to all the UMC members who helped with this issue we could not have done it without you! Cover image by Katie Carrillo

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etter from the editor Welcome to our very first issue of Unfurling, a magazine written to chronicle the unfolding of a new way to share motherhood. The mothers at The Ultimate Moms Club (UMC) are excited to share our stories with you. Unfurling Magazine serves as a space for our thoughts and dreams to unfurl publicly. We hope that you feel inspired, or at least have a little laugh at our expense, as you follow our journey. Webster’s defines unfurl as to make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state. Just as a fern frond opens so do people. Babies unfurl into toddlers, then into children, and then into adolescents and so on through adulthood and the senior years. Taking care of children often comes at the expense of the mother’s personal unfurling, leaving feelings of discontentment. At the UMC we come together to not only keep unfurling, but to expand the breadth that we are capable of spreading. We have many exciting things to share with you for Unfurling’s first issue. UMC moms have shared passions, challenges, and visions with us all. Jennifer describes her passion of thrift store shopping and Caroline finds her fashion style after many life changes. Anna and Erin tackle parenting issues and Helena shares a portion of her unfurling that lead to the creation of The Ultimate Moms Club. Yifat and Betty share a video that through passion and dedication took less than three weeks from the conception of the idea to create. Thank you for joining us on our journey. Enjoy, Katie Carrillo

YOUR JOURNEY has molded you for the greater good. It was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is

RIGHT ON TIME

Asha Tyson

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ltimate Moms Club The first issue of Unfurling coincides with the one year anniversary of The Ultimate Moms Club so Katie, our Editor-in-Chief asked me, as the founder, to write about the journey this past year. So much has happened! It was quite difficult deciding what angle to take...A timeline of events? Lessons learned? The personal experience? I had deep analysis paralysis until my friend Alison nudged me with a key question: What is the theme of Unfurling Magazine and how can I relate my essay to that theme? So here I sit pondering the fact that nearly everything in my life has led me where I am today, to a time and place where I am unfolding and flourishing and putting together all the best of me. I have a goal and I am going to make it happen. As UMC is unfurling, so am I unfurling. One of the beauties of getting older is perspective. I can now see how experiences I neither sought nor appreciated in my youth have shaped who I am today. I see how the dots connected to define what is important to me, what makes me happy, what I need in my life, and how I can best put my talents to use for my family and my community. Here are some of the dots of my life that led me to The Ultimate Moms Club: Every summer my mom pulled my brother and me out of school and we headed to visit our family in Greece for 3 months. Then, I resented being away from my friends. But what I experienced in Greece all those summers has stayed with me. I long for it...the way a tightknit community works; working to live instead of living to work; the celebration of life and family; really good real food; good wine; sharing, and love. Today I want to recreate that kind of community here. The rest of the year, my family was the constant on Ft.Clayton Army Base in the Panama Canal Zone where neighbors and friends moved away every three years. During the fourteen years I lived there, many friends came and went. After a while I thought of myself as the neighborhood hostess. It never got easy to lose old friends, yet there remained the eager anticipation of new adventures with new people. Today I love meeting new people and discovering the best of everyone. It feels natural to me to be offering a home base to fellow moms, old and new. I attended college to major in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. I chose to study that based on my impression of hotels and restaurants being beautiful and glamorous environments, where I wanted to spend my time. Deep thinking. After some trial and error I gravitated towards Anthropology. Even though I didn’t know what in the world I would do with that degree, I couldn’t imaging spending time studying anything else. Twenty years later, I am fully re-immersing myself in studies of tribal life. Now I can apply this knowledge in a practical way by creating this beautiful, glamorous ‘village’. After a nine-year detour at American Airlines, I felt it was time to leave behind the corporate world and do something that felt more like me. My love of houses, architecture, and all things decor led me to getting a real estate license, which led me to buying houses with my husband to fix up and rent out, which led us to buying the clubhouse for The Ultimate Moms Club. • In the future I will write about the nuts and bolts of the operation. For now I will tell you that the fundamental process for taking it from idea to reality was to keep asking myself “What is the next step?” And then I would worry only about that one thing, whether it was a teeny step like searching real estate listings for a location, or a big step, like convincing my husband to take the plunge. That is still the fundamental process as I and the UMC continue to unfurl. As stay-at-home mothers we have the unique opportunity to re-evaluate who we are and who we will be from now on. The UMC is here to support your vision in a low-pressure, low-risk, high support environment. So think about it… What are your dots? What is your next step? How will your unfurling look? Helena, Founder of The Ultimate Moms Club

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When the music changes, so does the dance. ~African Proverb

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Suger Spice and

and All Things‌ by Anna Miller

My two year old daughter is smart, beautiful, confident, fearless and very independent.


I had the most challenging mom week so far. My two year old daughter is smart, beautiful, confident, fearless and very independent. She is the love of my life and the answer to my hearts longing. However, when it comes to what lies beyond butterfly kisses, singing, dancing, and cutting the crust off sandwiches I often feel lost. I am writing this article after a week of trouble and strife with my daughter that left me heartbroken and deeply questioning my own mothering. I am the mom that predetermined I would never spank my daughter, I would never shout, and I would always use love as my guiding light. Well, let’s just say I have broken every tenant in my perfect parenting handbook! Buttons I didn’t know existed have been pushed. Anger, rage, grief and uncontrollable sobbing have all come up for me in the last week! Time out, spanking, sending her to her room, taking belongings away…you name it and I’ve been imposing it this last week. More discipline has been administered in the last seven days than in the rest of her young life and all of it has left me feeling less than competent and simply ill-equipped for this job of motherhood. I don’t want to read another guidebook on how to do it right or hear another piece of advice on what I should do next. What I want is the opportunity to speak freely about my feelings and my reactions without judgment and without fear of being ostracized. I am feeling enough shame in myself about how I’ve shouted and lost my cool without hearing about how bad it is to respond this way (trust me, I already know).

spanking because they leave me feeling so sad and disconnected from myself that it must be the wrong approach for me. I shared with a close friend a few days ago how I shouted and raged by beating my fists on a door and felt so helpless without a clue what to do next. And how I revealed my tears and sadness to my daughter and spoke with her about being sad and not sure what to do for her or for me; I shared how I knew everything I’d done was wrong and that I couldn’t do any better at the time as my reptilian brain was engaged and running the show. I shared how ashamed I felt and how heartbroken I was to not have the fairytale mothering experience I was expecting. With great perfection and absolute honesty she responded with what I believe is the best response any of us can share. “I’ve been there” she said. “I call it my Rumpelstiltskin moments when I jump up and down on the spot infuriated by my child’s behavior!” We laughed and I began to relax and realize that it happens, even to moms we think are perfect. I am renewing my commitment to myself today to rid myself of the shame of poor mothering and to be the best mom I can be. I will accept that I am work in progress and let go of the past assured that each new day is a chance to begin again!

Happy Mothering!

How-to techniques can only take you so far because each child is different and each mom is different. I don’t know how I will discipline my child in the future. I know I’d like to find ways that don’t involve yelling or

Image by Cindy Chapter, Weasel Bee Studio The Ultimate Moms Club Unfurling, Issue 1


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuse


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Summer READING list by Stacie a mother of a 2.5 year old

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Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor.

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Broke My Trunk! Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own?

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

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Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

S. J. Watson makes his powerful debut with this compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller, reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—and who she can trust.

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Left page Image by Cindy Chapter, Katie Carrillo and Doug Miller The Ultimate Moms Club Unfurling, Issue 1


Life

Caroline is truly beautiful, insid couple of years, her personal sen

Revival by Stephana Johnson

As any mom knows, even with supportive husbands, motherhood can be bewildering, isolating and just plain tough. You give up so much of yourself in an attempt to give your child everything you can. Our Life Revival candidate, Caroline Long, is a single mom recently returned to Austin, having traveled half way across the country to protect her beloved son and start a new life. In leaving behind an abusive relationship she also had to leave behind her friends, a community and nearly all of her belongings. When she found the Ultimate Moms Club she found not only friendships, unconditional understanding and support, but a renewed sense of life. Caroline is truly beautiful, inside and out but after a rough couple of years, her personal sense of self has worn thin. When Caroline brought in her wardrobe it became clear her self esteem had taken a huge hit. Having lost all her baby weight and then some, the abundant over sized T-Shirts and frumpy, shapeless, 80’s type clothes were nothing a twenty-something, lovely, single mom with a great body should be wearing. As Caroline and I talked, I saw fragments of her true essence buried in the rubble of a past she was clearly ready to leave behind. The proof was there when she eliminated 95% of her wardrobe without hesitation. She was ready to shed that past like a bad date. Taking a quiz out of the book by “Staging Your Comeback” by Christopher Hopkins, we went over a series of questions to help her find those things she loved about herself and made her feel her best. The six basic image profiles Hopkins describes in

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Hair: Amanda Harp, Hair Divine at Salon Republic 512.470.1033 Make-up: Pink Papaya, Caroline website Inspiration: “Staging Your Comeback A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45” by Christopher Hopkins, The Makeover Guy


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his book are: CLASSIC, CASUAL, ROMANTIC, DRAMATIC, INNOVATIVE and ALLURING. Caroline blossomed before my eyes as she embraced her authentic self and gave up more than just clothes no longer working in her life. Rejoicing with a resounding YES to her new attitude and wardrobe, Caroline rediscovered her true down-to-earth, comfortable, unpretentious, unique free spirit. Caroline is a distributor for Pink Papaya, a natural cosmetics and skin care line. Using that makeup line, and a light touch, we applied mineral foundation, blended color for eyes and cheeks and finished off with a subtle color to the lips, effortlessly enhancing Caroline’s natural beauty. Later that day we visited Hair Divine at Salon Republic where we met with Amanda Harp. Amanda is a volunteer prayer Chaplain, mom of two teenagers and has her own salon where she performs miracles and magic with hair. Amanda spent time listening to Caroline’s ideas. Supporting her wish to grow her hair long again, Amanda updated the shape and style while leaving her length. Amanda also taught Caroline a few simple tricks to make her hair look consistently great, from the morning to night, like this one using a zig zag part and a comb. Caroline has come to see that taking time for herself allows her to give more fully to her son. Caroline hopes to have a little girl one day and would love to help create a sustainable farm community. She feels the Mother’s Garden is an answered prayer and says “it’s a place where the women don’t look down at you, but share equally in dialogue, free of judgment or blame and they support you as an equal.”

Welcome Home Beautiful Earth Mama! Image by Stephana Johnson The Ultimate Moms Club Unfurling, Issue 1


Dear mom(aha!) After 12 years of marriage - between the kiddos, pets and life duties - marital bliss has turned into marital blahs. I feel like we have really let ourselves go, not just in appearance but in our taking care of our own needs. Although we love each other, deep down under all the stress, resentment, and lack of communication, I’m seeing real strain on our marriage, HELP! Marital Blahs

Dear Marital Blahs, You are NOT alone. Here’s the really good news – your answers are in your questions. Set a date night and then DO IT. Recreate it like a first date with the excitement and anticipation. Ask each other those “first date” questions like you really want to know about them. Questions like, What are your dreams? What’s your ideal vacation look like? Keep it unrelated to household or kids. Remember who you were before the kids. Rekindle that spark by recognizing in yourself and in each other the things you adore and cherish. Express that in gratitude by taking the time to actually stop, look in their eyes, and listen.

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Schedule in regular weekly rituals for yourself, for your marriage (i.e. after the kids have gone to bed, share a glass of wine, some intimate touches and conversation) then everything else in your life. Fill your cup first; put your oxygen mask on first! You honor yourself and each other when you do so and it’s easier to build on that foundation. The kids, pets, household are a part of your life, the idea is not to lose yourself in your parts. Bliss is just around the corner.


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Mother’s Wisdom Takes Families beyond Conventional Choices by Anna Miller | video by Yifat Cohen, Betty Dixson and David Ashley Mothers everywhere face the impossible choices about how to balance career and motherhood, family finances and family time. With no easy answer and many moms feeling heartbroken as they drop their children at day care or feeling isolated being home alone caring for a new baby somehow the expectations of being mom have fallen short of the reality; that is until now! The Ultimate Moms Club, in Cedar Park, Texas is taking a new approach to raising children and pursuing personal passions. This thirty family cooperative shares a clubhouse on five acres and addresses the need for community, self care, shared resources and the best in education for our children. This Work, Learn and Play cooperative goes way beyond the occasional play group. It’s a community that operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week providing the space for moms and children to learn, grow and realize their full potential. Diversity is celebrated and inclusion is valued. Ultimate Moms Club founder, Helena Marriott, believes this unique community approach is destined for neighborhoods across the globe.

Moms and kids alike use the land to explore growing their own food, raising chickens, bee keeping and sustainable living projects like solar power and rain water capture plans. Addressing livelihood without comprising quality of life is top of mind for these moms. Entrepreneurial pursuits and creative endeavors are encouraged and every mom and child is supported to be, do and have a life defined by their own ideals, no compromise. From concept to manifestation when an idea is voiced the team goes to work to get it done. Building projects, interior design, a new magazine, you name it, these moms get things done. After one year of operation UMC is taking their message to the streets to inspire mom’s everywhere to follow suit and build communities like this in their own neighborhood. Watch this Ultimate Moms Club Movie and said yes to the next evolution in motherhood.

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To School or not to school by Erin Johnston

I love kids, and it has been my dream to teach for about as long as I can remember. I decided at the ripe old age of 12 to dedicate myself to becoming a teacher. I loved learning and I loved going to school. That said, it still somehow took me 14 years to get a Bachelors Degree and start teaching. As the oldest of four children, I began babysitting early on, worked in daycare settings and preschools for years, and even gravitated to kids when I worked in retail. I taught in a public elementary school for four years before deciding to stay home with my daughter.

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Contrary to the myth, being a teacher is very hard on teachers’ families. For me, 60 hour work weeks were the norm. I often went to the classroom on weekends to prepare for the coming week, and there were many times I came home just in time for dinner. After putting Molly to bed I would go back to work grading papers. I felt I was missing my daughter’s entire first year of life, and to top it off I didn’t feel I was doing the best for my students anymore either. It felt like a lose-lose situation, and I will be forever grateful to my husband for supporting my decision to stay home with Molly. My plan? Stay home with Molly until she was school age, then go back to work. As a teacher, I would be able to take her to the same school with me. I’d have the career I always wanted and my child close by. Seemed like the perfect blend of everything I’ve always wanted. I’ve just finished up my second year of staying at home. Molly is now three, and other than some financial bumps in the road, I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything is going according to plan. However, something has changed.

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I’ve changed. My perspective has changed. I’m thinking about homeschooling. I know it sounds crazy. At least it does to me. I’ve spent most of my life committed to being a part of the educational system. I have never considered myself a “home-school type.” I don’t necessarily want to buck the system. Why I am thinking about homeschooling my daughter? I could give you rhetoric about a flawed school system and tell you my daughter deserves better. I could tell you traditional schooling is outdated, a big waste of time, and I can do a better


myth, being a ard on teachers’ , 60 hour work norm.

I am not 100% sold on any current educational options for Molly. As far as I can tell, all available choices have both great potential and great failure. My brain is playing a serious game of see-saw. After all, this is a much bigger decision than whether or not to give her organic milk. Education is what helps shape who we are. Her potential is so great and I don’t want to mess this one up. I want to refrain from using the downsides of public education as my personal reasons for contemplating homeschooling. Instead, I want to see what I can find that matches the high-expectations I have for my daughter. This isn’t an easy undertaking. There are public schools, charter schools, and private schools of all kinds. Homeschooling has just as many choices – traditional curriculum, online programs, unschooling, project-based learning, and a mishmash of everything you can think of. If you are faced with similar thoughts and views, I invite you to take a look at what options we have as parents to educate our children. And yes, we do have options. I’d like to share my investigative journey with you. I hope you come along for the ride.

job of preparing my daughter for the world we live in. While these are all viable arguments to some degree, I only believe them part-time. And they are only a small piece of my internal conversation. I don’t want to wage war on public education. There are many wonderful, fantastic teachers who work their fingers to the bone for their students. For every negative story you hear, I can find at least two teachers who can share an exciting and inspirational story of success. I know the system can be successful; I’ve seen it firsthand.

This is an ongoing series that will be examining different educational approaches. If you have questions and comments, feel free to contact Erin at erin@theultimatemomsclub.com. She would love to hear from you.

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Pleasure in Treasure Hunting by Jennifer Gluff

Someone once asked me if I won the lottery, would I still go to thrift stores, estate and garage sales to find treasures to decorate my house and yard, to accessorize my outfits and to basically encompass my life. Now I love a beautiful, well-made dress or piece of furniture that is new (but always on sale) as much as the next girl but nothing gives me a bigger thrill than finding a vintage, one of a kind necklace. It makes me happy to imagine the woman who wore it, and to what event it was worn, and what she was feeling that night. Or finding a unique piece of art that fits perfectly on the wall you have been trying to fill for months, browsing the same old stores and never finding anything that speaks to you until you stop at a garage sale and find something you adore and score!!…it’s less than five dollars. page 16

This isn’t to say that my home and closet are filled with amazing, classic collectibles that blend perfectly with new items to make a coveted home and wardrobe. In fact, my husband recently told me that I have borderline hoarding tendencies. I have trouble finishing what I start. I have no problem finding treasure; I just can’t seem to see the big picture, edit my finds or up-cycle the uniques and antiques that are growing into a huge pile in my laundry room. Visions of “what could be” roll around in my mind while I scour the aisles of the local thrift shop. Here is what I do know. Although there is some excitement from finding lovely things for much cheaper than you would pay new at a retail store, it


Above: jewlery, a few of my favorite find! Left: antique buggy, $7 garage sale find - made a picture perfect setting for our annual photo of the kids!

isn’t solely about the money. Yes, it’s nice to get a deal, but the larger thrill comes from finding something original. Something that was rescued from the discard pile and lovingly handpicked by you. Something with character, something that you can make beautiful. Something that you may never come across again, something that captivates you. And there is the added bonus of being green. Recycled items mean less for the landfill, and more creativity to add to your life. This is what I am proposing to those of you who don’t love to shop, those who feel they don’t have a knack for decorating or an eye for “just the right thing”. Maybe for the girls out there who wouldn’t even think of buying something “used”. Next weekend, wake up early, find an activity for the kids to do with Grandma, get a twenty from the ATM and hit a couple of garage sales. Keep an open mind

and an inquisitive spirit and just imagine what you could do with that beat-up side table. Visualize the fun your kids could have with that old school wagon. Fantasize about trying out a new style… those peep toe vintage heels that are just your size might be the perfect excuse for a date night with your guy later. You never know….you just might find that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that you like it that way. So, with a resounding YES, whether I am broke as a spoke, rolling in the dough, or somewhere in between, you can always find me seeking out my next pièce de résistance!

Happy hunting!

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DIY

Bath and body

sea salt olive oil lemon

coffee oatmeal water

baking soda


foaming hand soap Mix 1 part soap to 9 parts water Foaming soap dispenser For testing urposes we used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap which is vegan, fair trade, organic, and friendly to the water supply. Foaming soap dispenser can be purchased from Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, online, or you can reuse your empty disposable foaming soap dispensers.

Pore Strips makeup brush 1 teaspoon gelatin 1 teaspoon milk small microwaveable dish Mix the milk and gelatin in your dish. Place the dish in the microwave for about 10 seconds, or until its a thick liquid Get your brush, check and see if the mix is hot, once its warm, not too burning hot, brush it on your nose. Wait ten minute and peel it off.

optional: scent each batch of soap using essential oils (start with 10 drops, but you may need even double or triple that you get the level of scent you want),

oatmeal face scrub 1/4 cup oatmeal 1 teaspoon ground coffee Warm water

Lemon salt scrub 5 tablespoons sea salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 lemon First mix the olive oil and sea salt together. Once the salt gets coated by the oil, the lemon won’t dissolve it!

Place oatmeal in a food processor and grind into a course powder. Mix the ground oatmeal with the coffee and store in a air tight container.

Next cut the lemon in half and squeeze over the salt and oil. Then scrub away!

To use - place some of the mixture in your hand or a small container and mix with enough warm water to make a paste

Facial

Gently rub and exfoliate in circular motions on your face, be careful around the eye area. Then rinse dry with a towel; tone and moisturize.

baking soda water Mix baking soda with water to make a paste. Gently rub on face then rinse off after a minute. Do not use more then once a week.

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In The Trenches – Stories of Parenting A Delightful Eating Experience, a la Mommy by Erin Johnston

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very parent has their fair share of restaurant horror stories. They usually include the following cast members: loud children, unforgiving (and sometimes rude) patrons, and embarrassed parents. I would like to submit for your approval – the most embarrassing restaurant story to date. Ever. (Names have been changed to protect the embarrassed.) I recently went out to lunch with Margaret, a friend of mine, and our two daughters. We went to a lovely little eatery that has such a small sitting area that there is only one aisle. They sat the four of us in the very back, tucked into a nice little corner. I think we had two minutes of delightful conversation before the crazy started. Margaret’s two year old broke into nothing less than a complete tantrum about wanting to leave. I’ll spare the details, but I’m sure you can use your imagination. I was proud of how well my friend handled herself, and within a few very excruciatingly long minutes she finished scarfing down her food and took her daughter outside to wait for us to finish our food. I was quite proud of myself as well. I didn’t feel too embarrassed or freaked out (my back to the restaurant helped a lot), and I stayed pretty calm. Lilly was well-behaved through it all too, and we were talking about what had happened (the teacher/ mommy in me couldn’t help but use it as a teachable moment). Lilly wanted to sit on my lap, which I let her do. After all, it was just the two of us left at the table; she was finished eating her food, and I knew she was tired. I was actually kind of feeling like a pretty accomplished mommy – after all, MY daughter had never put me through anything like that. And then it happened. Pee happened.

It started on my leg. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, and I’m not even sure what I said. I picked Lilly up off my leg and set her down next to me. And she proceeded to pee on the floor in the middle of the two closest tables to us. I could do nothing but watch as it puddled on the ground under her feet and soak into the carpet. Yup. Carpet. I waited to get the attention of a passing employee, and I quickly explained the situation to the nice gentleman (“Um...so my daughter just had a bit of an accident right here on the floor....Um...I’m not quite sure what to do to clean this up”) who quickly ran to get someone else. So I continue to sit there and hold Lilly’s hands and asking her as quietly as I can why she didn’t tell me she had to go. I am working really hard at not getting mad, and desperately working at not making eye contact with anyone sitting near us. Finally, a girl comes out with two bar towels. I thank her, spread them out on the puddle and stomp on them. She asked if there are any other places and I confirmed that, no, it’s just right there. Then we leave. You might be asking “What does one do when put in this situation?” If you are me, you add a few more dollars to the tip, gather your bags, and walk your daughter out of the restaurant with pee dripping down your leg, desperately hoping no one is snapping pictures of you to paste on Facebook. My name is Erin, and I am the mommy of a three year old.

I could do nothing but watch as it puddled on the ground under her feet and soak into the carpet. The Ultimate Moms Club Unfurling, Issue 1


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