“A Day” for a hard-working Mom

In the beginning of the movie “Shrek 4-ever”, Shrek was in a rut.  He needed “a day” for himself, away from his normal routine and everyday cares and chores.  He cut a deal with Rumplestiltskin where he could have a day all to himself to do whatever he wanted and be the old ogre he was, without any other cares in the world.

We all need that sometimes.  Even SuperMoms.

Last week Robyn got one of those days as a Christmas gift, which was nice since she could schedule it ahead of time and we all could prepare for it.  She ‘disappeared’ for a day, taking her Bible and her laptop with her, and we managed as if she were away on a business trip.

The kids did remarkably well.  Realizing Dad was at the helm, and it was ‘crunch time’, they buckled down and we did splendidly.  We started out waking up–check.  After that it went sort of like so:

  • Get your body out of bed and get down stairs
  • Eat breakfast
  • Get dressed
  • Brush your teeth if you’ve got em.
  • Four teams were made with one ‘big one’ and one ‘little one’ on each (and little Nick was a bonus helper for a team).  Each team had to clean one easy room (warm up), one challenging room, and one bathroom.  I am not sure how many bathrooms actually were touched but that was the plan.  The teams were carefully crafted by Dad based on personality mixes, and the rooms were in ship shape in no time.
  • Go down to the basement with school books.  We cleaned a little, did a little schoolwork.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  About a hundred times until all the Barbie stuff, LEGOs and various random implements of destruction were picked up and put away.  All homework was completed and Dad checked it over (which is an amazing feat in itself).  It helped that no one was able to go upstairs until it was all done.  And mercifully, we have a bathroom in the basement.

We had a break at about 12:30 – 2 PM for lunch.  Leftovers and pizza rolls are a blessing for Dads.

Afternoon was broken up for different groups:

  • big kids got computer time from 2-4:30PM,
  • medium and little guys got to play board games with Daddy,
  • help fold laundry (we were Mommy’s Laundry Fairies and blasted through 5 or 6 loads throughout the day***see my blog regarding “Thoughts on Laundry” coming up soon),
  • watched TV a while
  • Daddy had a 15 minute nap to recharge his batteries, accompanied by his littlest daughter.
Christmas Kids_a Moms Day away

Christmas Kids_a Moms Day away

Then it was up for dinner, then kitchen chores, and “1-2-3”, which means “jammies on, brush teeth, and use the potty”.  Finally Daddy read some stories to the little ones, we said prayers and they went to bed.

Mommy came home to a spotless house, sleeping children, and one tired but appreciative husband.



Off Label Use: Bandette or Bandle Child ID Bracelet

Bandette Child ID BraceletWhen we first introduced Bandette sippy cup labels we were very specific that it was NOT a wristband.  Due to familiarity with silicone wristbands, the first thing children and adults alike would do was to put it on their wrists.  We wanted them to understand the primary function was for labeling drink cups.

Now that there is getting to be a broader exposure and understanding of our product, we have received comments that it would work well as a child ID bracelet.  Well, they are absolutely correct.  We have used them in the past when traveling as an easy way to put the name of a child and our contact information somewhere visible in case they were separated from us.  We also use a backup by putting all pertinent information on a small index card or business card and putting it in their pocket.

Bandette band size generally runs a little big for the wrists of small children, so we found it works also to put it over a sleeve or on a child’s ankle where it is less likely to come off.  As long as it is not so snug as to be uncomfortable or restricting we found it to be no hinderance.

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Robyn Pellei and ViveVita at 14th Annual Moms@Work Luncheon, Charlotte, NC Sept. 9, 2011

Robyn Pellei and ViveVita will be supporting exhibitors at the 14th Annual Moms@Work Luncheon put on by CharlotteParent Magazine.

Moms@Work-2011The event will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 S. College Street, Uptown) in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 9, 2011.

The Coffee and Contacts Sponsor are Charlotte Radiology and Childcare Network-Charlotte.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

14th Annual Moms@Work Luncheon.
Date: Friday, September 09, 2011
Times: 11am-1:30pm.
Location: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College St.
Cost: $44.
Phone: 704-344-1980.
Website: www.charlotteparent.com.
Summary: Join hundreds of working moms (and dads) for networking, lunch and a few laughs with radio personality and keynote speaker, Sharon Decker.


Robyn Pellei speaks at McColl Business School

Robyn is lecturing at the McColl School of Business, BUSN 303 class, An Introduction to Entrepreneurship,  today, Monday 11/15/2010, 6:00 – 8:30PM for Louis Foreman (Everyday Edisons, CEO of Enventys).

She will be telling ‘her story’ about how she got started on the road to entrepreneurship, and how she arrived where she is today.

Robyn is flying solo on this presentation, her first solo graduate-level lecture. Good luck, Professor!.

Travel with Children: Day 4 of 27 in a green tin can with 9 kids-Easter Sunday

Day 4: Easter Sunday – Celebrating the Resurrection of our KING!!!

Early this morning, Dave got up and took the oldest 3 kids to a sunrise Easter Mass – beautiful!  I love sunrise services and wish that I could have gone too, but these are the days for us to be practical and keep life easy, so I stayed home with the little ones and got them all ready for the day.  We then left for Gloucester, my home town, and went to church at my old church (Lighthouse Worship Center).  It is so neat to go back and see old settings and long time friends.  I can only imagine what it is like for some of them to see me and my family, many of them knew me when I was a young teen!  I guess they feel the same way I do when I see the young adults that I remember being babies!  Ouch!

After church, my family all gathered at a local restaurant and shared a nice meal together.  We then went to Gloucester Point beach and had a fun Easter egg hunt.Hunting for Easter Eggs at Gloucester Point  The kids had a great time, it is probably the first year ever that all the kids (except the baby) knew what to do.  In years past I have had to take at least one little one aside and do a “pre-hunt” practice.Hunting for Easter Eggs at Gloucester PointHunting for Easter Eggs at Gloucester PointHunting for Easter Eggs at Gloucester Point

The pictures aren’t great here, but I wanted to say a quick verbage about my little girl’s dresses.  My good friend Sharon made their dress and they are sooo cute.  Her website is www.kossieoriginals.com.  I normally like to match the girls, but with these dresses I chose (yes, you get to choose the fabrics!) colors and designs that matched my girls personalities.  I did make sure that they did not clash and Sharon pampered me by using the same colored ribbon for each girl’s dress.Blowing bubbles on the beach at Gloucester Point

We haven’t really established a strong Easter basket tradition in our home.  I do try to do a little something, but I don’t typically make a big deal out of it.  Not for any strong reason really, but we do try to focus more on the Resurrection of Jesus and less on the treats of the day.   When I was little, I remember the Easter dress and shoes being so special.  I am not sure that we got new dresses every year, but I remember the search and the joy of the new Easter dress.  Maybe, maybe…I will start that with my girls – next year!Easter candy at Nana and Poppy's house

Easter dinner at Nana and Poppy's houseEaster candy at Nana and Poppy's house

Easter dinner at Nana and Poppy's house

Easter candy at Nana and Poppy's houseAfter the egg hunt, we jumped back in the van and headed back to Richmond for a little play time at Nana’s, followed by an Easter meal with Dave’s family.  Delicious!  Dave’s mom and dad make a great cooking pair – he does the meat and she does the sides.  I remember my grandparents doing the same thing every Sunday for our family meals together. 


Easter play at Nana and Poppy's house

Easter play at Nana and Poppy's houseEaster play at Nana and Poppy's houseEaster play at Nana and Poppy's houseThe kids decided to put on an impromptu play, a court scene depicting an infraction by one poor little cousin.  It was fun to watch all the natural characteristics of each child play out – some negotiators, some judgers, some supporting, some facilitating and some bystanding.  Because it was impromptu it was neat to see them each drift to the role that suited their personality best.  And because it was a “play” they were free to act out characteristics without hurting feelings or getting reprimanded for not being patient or understanding.  Picture an active and loud court scene where everyone gets to accuse, cry, defend, or proclaim without parental guidance!

Fortunately, it was Easter Sunday, and the little cousin on trial was set free by the Blood of the Lamb!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!.