Ketchup is a Vegetable (giveaway) - Closed

Monday, February 20, 2012

This week is going to be all about books. I've been reading a ton lately: going to bed early and snuggling down with a paperback or my Kindle. Yes, I got one for Christmas - or rather, Hubby got one and he gave it to me. He is awesome. I never thought I would enjoy "a reader" so much, but boy do I!

Anyway, I've got books on the brain and I'd love to share my recent reads with you. After all, who doesn't like a good book suggestion?

I have to thank Angie Mizzell for today's book, Ketchup Is A Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O'Bryant, because I won it on her blog. Angie's review of Ketchup caught my eye because I've been reading Robin's column in our local paper, The Moultrie News, for years. I had to comment on the book and I was so tickled that I won. Robin used to live here in Mt. Pleasant, she has a popular blog, she cracks me up, and now she has a book!


And I won it! Very exciting.

Even better - the book is HILARIOUS. I rarely laugh out loud when I read, but this book had me chuckling by page 5. At times, I was laughing so hard that I was shaking, trying not to wake up my sleeping husband after I'd stayed up way too late reading. There is one part, about a pork tenderloin . . . well . . . you just have to read it. I cried with laughter.

So yes, Robin has got the hilarious motherhood stories down, and yes, sometimes the stories are a bit crass - but I'm recommending this book because it is more than a slapstick motherhood memoir. Robin's love for her family, and for her role as mother, shines through at every turn. When she laughs at motherhood, she isn't complaining about it. I like that. I respect that.

She ends the book on an incredibly touching note, but there was one part about three quarters of the way through that really got me. Robin describes how she felt when her oldest daughter, Aubrey, went to Kindergarten:

"I was a teeny bit sad. I cried a little. But it wasn't a selfish sad. . . I was sad for Aubrey and Emma as sisters and best friends. . . The long days of Aubrey and Emma playing together in their pajamas, or more often than not just their princess panties, were over."

That gave me a lump in my throat, because I know that I'm going to feel the same way when Big Guy goes to Kindergarten in August. Our "Pajama Days" are coming to an end, and I thank Robin for pointing that out to me. I'm treasure each morning more now, when we either don't have anywhere to go or we don't have to be at preschool until 9:00 a.m. What a precious luxury.

Would you like to read Robin's laugh-out-loud/lump-in-your-throat book?

Just comment with either the funniest or the sweetest thing that has happened to you in the last week in your role as Mom. I'll randomly pick and announce a winner on Friday, and Robin will send that person a copy of her book. (Thank you, Robin!) If you want to just go ahead and buy it, here you go:


Enter away!

P.S. Happy President's Day. Did you know that it was originally celebrated to honor George Washington's birthday, but it never actually falls on his birthday, February 22nd? Then it was intended to honor Abraham Lincoln, too, but it never falls on his birthday, either (February 12th). Now, some say it simply honors all Presidents. Whatever your preference, click around to learn more (you can learn a lot from Wikipedia!) and while you're at it, say a prayer for our leaders. I'm sure they would appreciate it.


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31 Responses to “Ketchup is a Vegetable (giveaway) - Closed”

  1. The day before Valentine's day, I made some sort of glib comment, I don't remember what it was.  It wasn't mean-spirited, but I think my daughter thought I was sad.  So, she said, "Don't worry mom, you'll get a Valentine from me tomorrow."  Next day she "hid" it on my bulletin board, she made it in school.  I thought that was very sweet of her.

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  2. My oldest son (who's 6) like writing notes and I chuckled over a note he left for his dad: "Dear David [!], I am so happy you are done with the Franklin house [one of our rentals]. With my help [;)] we got it done. I want to thank you for doing that. Love, Reese"

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  3. My son is 13 and attends Jr. High *sigh* Last Thursday my son was sitting in the car upset that he wasn't able to spike the front of his hair that morning due to the mad dash the consumes us EVERY morning.  The only thing I could offer was my lotion.  So, we spiked the hair and as he was getting out; I said sorry that's all I had, and he said don't be..the smell reminds me of you. There are some moments that remind you that your kids still love you even at 13 and this was my moment..

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  4. I try to write down funny things my oldest (4) says. He was eating a piece of homemade jerky and he pointed out to me that some spots on it were, "these are the olds. Pretty soon there will be more and it will be really old." I have no idea where he even came up with that!

    This book sounds funny! I told my readers about your post because I thought it sounds so good!

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  5. I will add the book to my list!  Humor while "in the trenches" is a good thing!  She is so right about 5k. I still struggle 6 months later....

    As for our family stories, I am sure I can find a funny comment from James as he gives us plenty every day, but Betsy's peaceful moment during our "slumber party" Saturday night reminded me to enjoy the simple times.  Jimmy was out of town last weekend, so I was already frazzled with having three on my own.  My family received some troubling news Saturday morning that reminded me that life is not always fair. So after the boys were down, I invited Betsy to snuggle with me.  She brought her books and I had my kindle.  After she read her book to me, I took some time just to be quiet and pray.  Betsy must have sensed that I was sad because she took my hand, squeezed it and told me I was the best mommy in the whole wide world. We then told stories, hugged and read in peace. She made my day, and the first thing to she said to Jimmy when he came home on Sunday was that she had the best night with mama.  These are the moments we remember!

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  6.  Since I am trying to win a copy for my sister, I will steal one of her stories.  Dinner was almost ready so my sister asked my 4-year-old niece to please go and wash her hands.  My niece, who was apparently working on her piece d resistance, a pastel drawing of a castle, stood up, glared at my sister and announced, "Mommy, you are RUINING my life!" as she stormed off to the bathroom.  This left my sister stunned since she was unaware that her daughter had a life.  After all, she's FOUR!!!

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  7. My almost thirty year old son sent me a list of baby girl names they were considering for their first child due in June. They are stationed all the way over on the tropical isle of Oahu, Hawaii. (WAY too far from an Alabama  Nana who adores her grandbabies.) He actually wanted my opinion!! And of course, I said, I liked them ALL!

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  8. I've read this book--laughed and cried and laughed some more!

    Would love to win a signed copy to give as a gift to the eldest child of my eldest child; he who, at 48 years will still accept an assist from his Mom, and just this morning emailed: "Yes mom you can keep putting your 2 cents worth in."  It's nice to still be needed.  :)  

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  9. My (almost) 18 month old little boy LOVES nothing more than playing outside with Daddy.  Saturday was a typical grey February day in North Alabama and Walker was pleading with us to go outside.  We explained he had to put socks and shoes and a jacket on in order to go outside and play.  He quickly sat down in the foyer and patiently waited for his socks and shoes.  Once he was dressed, he looked up at Daddy and said "Daddy go Daddy go!" and headed for the door.  I looked at him racing to the door and said "Have fun guys!"  Suddenly he stopped in his tracks, turned and looked at me and then came charging at me with arms wide open!  "Mommy!" he shouted and ran to hug me and then the most amazing thing happened, he gave me a kiss on the cheek and then dashed off to the front door with Daddy.  Tears welled up in my eyes and I looked at my husband and said, "Did you see that?!  He gave me a kiss before leaving!"  He smiled and said, "He loves his mommy."

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  10. My nephew is 9 months old and in some ways developing slower than his older sister did. My sister finally decided to express her concerns to the doctor. The biggest concern was his failure to start crawling. The doctor sat Aidan down on the examining table, Aidan promptly crawled to the other side of the table. My sister was embarrassed and annoyed with her son. The doctor was pleased as he rarely geto see babies crawl for the first time.

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  11. I was doing some 'spring cleaning' and came across some notes my son wote at about age 5-6. He had been reading a Captain Underpants book that had you find what your name would be if you lived in the country Professor Poopypants came from. My son made up names for various family members. Uncle E's real name is poopy stinky butt read one Auntie M's real name is silly diaper head ....... Mine said Co's real name is mommy

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  12. Robin I LOVED your book, I bought it yesterday on my kindle fire and just finished it. I have posted on my facebook about it. I'm 24 with 3 kids, so it really hit the spot for me. One of my cute sweet moments actually just happened about 45 min ago. When all my kids were babies and getting bigger I had a strategy to keep them from playing with their boogers when they got older. I would get the booger out of their nose, and go 'eeewww' and pretend I'm gonna stick it on them. Worked pretty good.

    Until Lexibella, my youngest, chased me down, cornered me, stuck a booger on my cheek, said 'ew' and gave me a kiss. <3

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  13. Both our boys think it is hilarious to sometimes call Daddy by his name. For the longest time they thought my name was "Ms. Courtney" :)

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  14. Oh my gosh, as the mother of two boys, this made me tear up! I hope they say something like that to me during the junior high years . . . though I'm not ready to be there yet!

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  15. Beth - That is the sweetest thing. Somehow kids seem to know when we need an extra squeeze. Love that.

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  16. You gave the perfect opinion! Hope you get to see those grandbabies soon.

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  17. Just the first of many goodbye hugs - boys really are the sweetest!

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  18. This is hilarious. SO something that would happen to me.

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  19. Oh my goodness! We have to deal with a lot of gross stuff as moms, don't we? That is a good one.

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  20. My hubby and I went away for the weekend. When we returned my 9yr old autistic son and 6yr old typical child were so excited to see me and dad that they hardly let us get out of the car b4 they were trying to hug and kiss us. Guess they missed us. Who knew?

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  21. This week, my 29 month old son, started leading our prayers at dinner time. It's more like ' mumble mumble, Amen', but it's priceless and perfect & it melted my heart!

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  22. One of my daughters asked for my thoughts and direction on a goal she is considering, and wanted to make sure I was  going to be available to help guide her through the process once she jumped in and started. She said that she valued my opinion and knew that I had been down this same path, and wanted to be able to turn to me for guidance. There is just something so sweet about having a child you have seen through the trials on teen hood into young adulthood turn to you with such honesty and trust.

    Would love to win a copy of this book for her!

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  23.  Love this book!  My husband sent me the link to it, thinking I would like it and I had it almost finished when he came home from work.  He walked in to see me wiping the tears from my eye from laughing so hard!

    Saturday, my 6 year old son and I went to his baseball practice and then, realizing that I probably need a baseball glove to practice with him at home, we hit 6 thrift stores (Yes, I think I read that frugal is the new cool).  At the first store, I reminded him to open the door for a lady who had her hands full before we went in to the store.  He was so proud of himself, that he didn't let me open a door for myself the rest of the day, in or out.  He opened every shop door and the car door for me and even made me close the car door when I forgot that he was going to open it for me.  I love seeing the looks on women's faces when they realize what he's doing.  I am so proud to have such a sweet and sensitive little gentleman!

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  24. That is the best feeling. Of course they missed you!

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  25. Love Robin's column! The sweetest thing my 5 year old said to me this week was he thanked me for our little mini vacation. They way he said it with such sincerity brought tears to my eyes. It was not prompted at all.. straight from the heart. I would love a copy of Robin's book. IT sounds hysterical. :) 

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  26. Sara - You won!! Send me an email with your contact info and we'll get the book out to you: courtney.awip@gmail.com

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  27. Karen - You are the new winner of this book since Sara has never claimed her prize. Congratulations! Please email me with your contact info and we will get it out to you asap: courtney.awip@gmail.com  Also, let me know how you want Robin to sign it.

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