Where Are All The Words?

That cloud you see over Texas? That’s what’s left of my three-week word storm. I chatted up friends, family, and strangers until my thoughts swirled around the place like a good ‘ol Texas dust devil. So, as you can imagine, I ran out of words to spew here.

Our visit was fast and only a little bit furious the first few days after my steroid shot. The dermatologist promised relief and then disappeared with a medical emergency. It seems even doctors in Texas have been unable to cure my dry, painful skin condition.

The boys had so much fun seeing friends, and I was really pleased with how quickly they jumped into the fray and made themselves at home. When we got to their godparents’ house the second time, they left me at the door and ran upstairs. They played with all of their toys and then learned how to shoot Nerf guns. There was swimming and bounce houses and fireworks, oh my!

I too enjoyed ‘playing’ with my friends as did my husband. We share a lot of the same buddies so that worked out well.

My parents were, as always, fabulous hosts. They got up with the boys in the mornings and always had food at the ready. I won’t even tell you how much ice cream we went through, though I can tell you it was less than it could have been due to my amazing self-control.

My dad and I revived a tradition of watching bad TV together that began when I was 12, and we enjoyed Friday nights filled with WWF (Wrestling, not pandas) and American Gladiators. This time we found Cajun Justice and Swamp People. My mom and I fought over the crossword puzzle in the paper even though they were rightfully hers. She graciously gave it to me on our last day as a parting gift. We also dreamed of a shopping and massage day which will have to happen later.

Our flight home was easy but not something we’d like to do again in the next month or two.

I’ll be back on the blog this week with all the words. I’m also making a guest appearance at Aiming Low in the coming weeks. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you a million times when it is published.

Stay tuned……

Texas Multi Mamas Episode 2: “Weekend in Paris”

Howdy!

Get it? A review about a show from Texas?

Anyway…..

I finally got to see the second episode of Texas Multi Mamas.  If you missed my review of episode one or just don’t know what I’m talking about, you could check out my first review. There are also links to the episodes online in case you’d like to watch.

I am on a cattiness and ‘all-dolled-up mommies who go out too much’ watch.  I enjoy reading the feedback about my blog and the show, but anyone who was turned off by it seemed to complain about those two things.  Two things I really didn’t see much of on the first episode.  I also read some complaints about the commercials  making the show look like it was trying to compete with trashy shows (which I love) like the Real Housewives.  While that may be true, I think that’s just what they thought they had to do to get viewers.  Duh.

The second episode began with the ladies having some spa time.  It was the first gathering after Stephanie attempted to quell any drama created by her Candace feud.  It was a bit tense but not at all like those crazy Beverly Hills mommas do it.  As happens with moms, the ladies began talking about leaving the kids with the husbands.  I’m so glad none of them said the fathers of their children were ‘babysitting’ them.  Just no.  Let’s add that kind of talk to our list of no-no’s, shall we?

Not all dad's would do this. By the way, I'd be fine with this if I got out of one grocery shopping trip. Photo courtesy failblog.org

Stephanie noted that during this husband talk Tonia, currently divorced, was quiet and withdrawn.  That must be so very hard.  The married friends have a right and like to talk about married life, but it is also important to know the crowd you are with and be kind to them.  Tonia broke my heart when she said, “I never wanted to be divorced.”  However, after Stephanie tried to include her, she said in an interview, “Stephanie doesn’t know me or know how I feel.” Nice.  Stephanie has been divorced too.  Also?  If you want her to know how you feel?  Tell her.  She’s opened the door to that conversation.

I’m just going to casually mention the discussion at spa day about Stephanie getting new boobs.  Listen, this happens a lot in Texas and for Mothers of Multiples.  I could have done without her giving the, “Everything’s Bigger in Texas!” line.  That’s true; even our politicians are bigger a**es than any other state’s.  (I’m looking at you Rick Perry.)

In more Candace and Stephanie news, they arranged the show made them have a play date at Candace’s house.  Steph went in with a semi-open mind, which is all I think we can ask of her.  Of note during this scene was the women’s apparel, pants and t-shirts.  Normal, non-fancy-pants stuff.  Steph gets annoyed by Candace being a topper.  (That friend who tells a story about the topic you just told but bigger and better.)  Steph also was annoyed that Candace cared when Stephanie’s kid got hit in the face by a foot.  How dare she?!?!

Little Miss Sunshine Stephanie got to tell the ladies about her upcoming in-laws visit over drinks.  She also got to poo poo Candace’s advice to just kill her mother-in-law with kindness.  Not bad advice for a woman who has kindness in her…..you know like…well, not Stephanie I guess.  Stephanie on the other hand said, “That was a really pretty answer honey.”  Methinks she is treating Candace like her mother-in-law is treating her.  No matter what she does, it’s wrong.

Thankfully, we were treated to a World Wildlife Fund commercial about how we’re slaughtering tigers left and right to move away from anything uncomfortable……(Another commercial break at some point was the one with the family trying to mail away the creepy clown.  Makes me jump every time.  Stupid clown.)

Photo courtesy Satan.

Teryn, you are a brave girl!  Not just for doing what it takes to feel good about yourself but for letting the world see your consultation and your well-earned mommy pouch.  Let me just tell you that mine looks like that, and I only have twins.

Teryn’s tummy tuck procedure brought us her first story and a closer look at her husband, Ryan.  They were both worried about each other.  I laughed when Ryan asked if her ‘knockers’ were going to be pulled down too far.  A very legitimate husband concern.  Teryn cried to think of the worry an elective surgery was putting on her parents.  Her dad’s face looked just like my dad’s when I was last in the hospital.  Tough for a daddy’s girl to see.  Ryan was very choked up as they wheeled her in for surgery, and he told us how he couldn’t live without her.  Good stuff and very sincere.  Teryn makes it through and begins her recovery.  Ryan heads up the household and cleans her drain tubes.  It is a sweaty position he is now in, and he’s ready to be done.

Meanwhile, we see Stephanie and husband Jerald packing and then heading to Paris, Texas.  (Hence the episode’s title.)  Again, please know that not all Texans pack six guns for a family visit, though it’s something some of us should probably consider.  I thought it was cute when Jerald told Steph that he loved her under the fake Eiffel Tower (complete with red cowboy hat of ridiculousness).  It was also sweet later in the show when they took some time together to shoot those guns, and it turned into a date with each person saying the other was hot while armed.  However, Stephanie being Stephanie, she got pretty pissed off later when everyone ordered dinner while she was in the restroom and took it out on Jerald by calling him fat for shoving a school of fried fish in his face.

We had two chances to see how the couples get alone time while still being good parents.  Candace and Steve got a date night thanks to Candace’s mother being able to watch the kids, while Casey and Robbie begged the children to go to sleep and ate dinner  and hit the hot tub after.  Steve gave Candace a framed poem and pretty necklace, while Robbie sprayed whipped cream on Casey in a funny way.  I loved how they turned strawberries and whipped cream silly.  Both couples seemed happy and in sync.  I’m sure they have to work at it, but it seems important to stay a good couple to survive multiples.

Casey, Robbie, and quads of cuteness. Congrats mom and Dad, you did not embarrass your kids in the hot tub scene. Photo courtesy WEtv.com

Casey seems like me.  She’s a bit anxious and thinks controlling things will calm her.  Her husband keeps her looking at the lighter side as mine does.  Her monitor addiction is hilarious.  Casey, momma, you are not alone.

We get a short glimpse of Tonia lamenting that the guy from the first episode tried to ask her out again via text.  Sorry dude, Steve already warned Tonia about you.  You’re done.  Also, Tonia can’t stop saying the ‘r’ word.  Please, get her some help.

We also got to see Suz break it to her little Savi that she was about to have the 6th surgery of her short life.  Gut-wrenching.  Suz explains how this is the hardest part of being a parent, and I feel for her.  Savi says, “Surgery agian? But I don’t wanna have surgery!”  I am so proud of Suz for not losing it at that.  Too much.  This story will complete on the next episode, and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to see them wheel that little girl in for surgery.

And with that we wait until next Tuesday for more episodes.  What did you think?  Are these moms going out too much?  Too dressed up?  I don’t think so, but I’m a Texan; maybe I’m biased.  Did I leave anything out? (Ha! That’s funny.  I’m never telling stories that are too short.)  I’d love comments, especially from Moms of Multiples.  A special thanks to all who shared my link to the last review.  I loved getting so many readers!