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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Promotion

I've really tried to focus on definition here lately. Macy promoted. 
Gulp.

Promotion is an activity that supports or provides active encouragement for the furtherance of a cause, venture, or aim.

Graduation is the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma.

Macy did not have a graduation, she had a promotion. For some reason focusing on the definition makes this event seem less "growing up-ish"...

But let's cut the crap.
Macy's growing up.
She's getting older.
And come on mama, promotion is just another step closer to graduation. 

Denial.

It's a defense mechanism those of us use when the reality and heaviness of an event or emotion feels like too much to accept.

Deflection.

A purposeful choice to focus on the little defining languages that separate promotion from graduation and making sure everyone understands the differences in the word so you don't actually have to talk about your kid growing up.

Direction.

It's a realization that hits your heart when you realize you have such a bigger repsonsibilty now as a parent to make sure this transition goes in the right direction instead of wallowing in your self-pity.

Determination.

The moment you put on your big girl panties and hold fast to the promise that this milestone will be met with enthusiasm, excitement, and encouragement. That moment as a mom that you envelop the grief you are experiencing of a fleeting childhood and the joy of honoring "growing up." 

Delivery.

Making the determination actually happen. Putting one foot in front of the other. Having the conversations that go with growing up. Stepping up, and not stepping down.

We're getting the hang of this growing up thing. It seems to be harder on me than anyone else. 








Reasons for Purchase

At a recent trip to Bev Mo I was distracted in the soda section 
(yes, at Bev Mo) by these gorgeous bottles.  
Obviously my mind went straight to repurposing them 
into a spray painted beautiful milk glass looking flower vase.
Obviously.

I was also really interested in trying them out, 
but they carried a pretty hefty price tag.
I quickly decided that it would be a decorating/taste testing 
win-win if I committed to the purchase.

And in true Lloyd Mountain taste-testing form, we made it a family event.

Here is a suggestion of what you should pay attention to as a mom when you are deciding what to try out for taste testing:

WHAT DOES HIGH CAFFEINE REALLY MEAN?

Oh, I'll tell you.
Like if I ever had a Monster or a Red Bull (which I haven't)
and I fed it to my kids for dinner only

So, when your kids are running around the house like the Lost Boys from Peter Pan and you can't figure out 
why you can't sleep (that's what high caffeine means)

So, CHEERS to our taste-testing adventure.



THE CAST:
ROOTBEER     CHERRY    MYSTERY. (Kinda like a SQUIRT)






ZACHARY'S OPINION;



MACY'S OPINION:

MY OPINION:

AND, HOTTIE MCHOTPANTS WHO IS VYING FOR A SPOT ON THE FOOD NETWORK OPINION: