Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chuck Norris Bonding Time

My boys are struggling to get along lately.  They seem really impatient with one another.  The constant bickering is WEARING ON MY LAST NERVE!!  So it was kind of nice to hear laughter coming from the bedroom area last night.  I stood quietly outside the door to my youngest son's room so I could eavesdrop.  They were singing this:

Baby, you are Chuck Norris
Show us all your awesome fists
Make the bad guys fly fly fly
Roundhouse kick them to the sky sky sky

Bam Bam Bam
Chuck can swim right through dry land land land
He can shoot down any plane
by pointing and just saying bang

Cause baby he is Chuck Norris
Behind his beard there is a fist
Makes a cyclops cry cry cry
By punching him between the eye

Then the laughter took over.  They were laughing so hard they couldn't sing anymore.  And my heart was instantly lifted.  My sons were bonding. Over Chuck Norris jokes.  Which I find hilarious.  Because I am actually kind of fascinated by the man and the myth that is Chuck Norris (I think it comes from the fact that my Grandma used to make me watch Walker Texas Ranger with her all the time).  

I'm not obsessed with the guy, mind you.  I just think he's one interesting and bad ass dude.  I have on occasion talked about my affinity for Chuck when the boys wondered why I was watching Lone Wolf McQuaid on TV one Saturday afternoon.  My fondness for the Chuckster must have rubbed off on my children.  Glad to know my influence is being felt in this house.  Otherwise I might have had to break out some roundhouse kicks.  For a fat girl, I am very flexible.  

By the way...feel free to use my boys awesome song lyrics next time you sing karaoke to Katy Perry's Fireworks.  It'll be like a musical roundhouse kick to the face of your audience.  You're welcome. 

P.S. - Little known Chuck Norris fact:  Chuck Norris can roundhouse kick you in the head so hard that 30 years from now your descendant will suddenly sustain a concussion while walking down the street. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Firebird Raceway FINAL EVENT SPECTACULAR Giveaway!!


Here is the random winner of the giveaway for a family 4 pack, as chosen by

Congrats Sports Mama!!  Check your email for details on your tickets!  

I have some good news and bad news to share today.  Don't worry, it's not tragic, crying kind of news.  But let's do the bad news first so we can get to the good stuff (trust me, it's really good stuff!). 

I am sad to report that after 30 years of hosting all kinds of car racing events and monster truck shows, Firebird Raceway is going out of business! Raceway officials have chosen not to renew their lease.  There was no word on whether it's an issue with the economy or whether the parties involved could not agree during negotiations. Either way, another source of entertainment in the Valley of the Sun is disappearing.  

So what's the good news?  Firebird Raceway wants to go out with a bang, so they are focusing on making their last events really amazing and affordable!  They have generously offered a $10 discount per ticket to the FINAL (Final, final, final) EVENT (Event, event, event) SPECTACULAR (Spectacular, spectacular, spectacular)!  Did you get that awesome, booming announcer voice echo thing I just did right there?  I know...I'm pretty creative. 

The Final Event Spectacular is an auto enthusiast extravaganza filled with legendary monster trucks like Bigfoot and a 30-ton fire-breathing, transforming T-Rex that eats cars and airplanes - ROBOSAURUS!  The event will also showcase Funny Cars and Jet Dragsters speeding down the raceway at 300 miles per hour.  Kids will love the Kids Zone, which will be full of interactive games and inflatables to keep them busy. This event has something for the entire family!  My husband took the boys a few years ago to one of these show and they had the BEST.TIME. EVER!  Robosaurus was a huge hit, the funny cars and dragsters made a big impression as well.  They talked about the show for days!  

Just follow these instructions to get the discount: 
  • Step 1: Select your tickets through this link, you may choose either pit side or spectator side, general admission or reserved. 
  •  Step 2: Click "Apply Discount" to your tickets in your shopping cart and enter "MOMMYSAURUS" in the discount box Step 3: Select "$10 off Ticket" from the drop down menu and click "change discount". 
Remember to apply the discount for EACH of your Adult tickets!

Want more good news? Win a Family 4 Pack to the Final Event Spectacular at Firebird Raceway!!  Since the show is just a few weeks away, this will be a fast contest, so I have time to get the winner's info to the event coordinator so you can get your tickets!

Here are the contest details:

Leave a comment below telling me what you think your favorite part of the show will be: Monster Trucks, Robosaurus or Race Cars.  Winner will be chosen at random.  Contest is open to Phoenix Metro Valley residents only (and surrounding cities) and will end on Saturday March 23rd at 12 midnight MST. 

For extra entries you can:
  • Follow I Am Boymom on this BlogTwitter and Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway
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Be sure to leave a separate comment for each item you do so I can give you an entry credit for each effort you make!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family - 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life by Renee Trudeau (Book Review)

There have been occasions here on my blog where I have probably shared too much about my emotional issues and how they affect me and my family.  I'm an over sharer.  I know that about myself and have tried to reign it in, but sometimes the need to offer "too much information" overwhelms me and I find myself spewing emotional baggage again.  This is a book review.  But it's about a book that has tapped into some pretty raw emotions for me.  So I'm warning you now.  I might spew.  Just so ya know.

Recently I was offered the opportunity to review a new book by Renee Trudeau called Nurturing the Soul of Your Family – 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life.  The last few years have been incredibly trying for my family for many reasons, which some of you know about, but I won't go into any of that here.  The stress has taken it's toll.  The atmosphere in our home was not a happy one and I felt an immense amount of guilt every single day for not being able to overcome the trials and for not being able to change the way we function as a family.  I could not bring the peace and feelings of love and security to our home that we all wanted and needed.  I felt broken and stupid for not knowing how to create a different experience for my family.  

Well, this is my year of change.  My year to be "fearless" in my pursuit of peace, happiness and family unity.   The fact that helpful tools like Renee's book keep finding their way into my life tells me that I am on the path I am supposed to be on.

I should admit that I was all "Here we go...another parenting book" when I first cracked it open (or rather when I first brought it up on the computer screen. I opted for the digital copy cuz one less thing to clutter the coffee table). The first thing I noticed and appreciated when I started reading Nurturing the Soul of Your Family is that Renee shares some of her own life experiences as she offers advice to her readers.  Sometimes it's easier to follow "expert" advice when you know that the advice comes from a person who has actually lived through some of the same trials  with which you are dealing.

The book starts off with an introduction that calls for a "new way of being." Renee invites us to live an awakened life by slowing down so we can nurture our hearts and souls, as wells as those of our family. She invites us to 

"think of our loved ones as a carefully chosen collective of souls who have joined — not by accident, but intentionally — for an important reason: to support one another’s collective growth."  

Now, my religion teaches that we chose to come to the families into which we were born, so this concept is not at all new to me.  Sometimes I question why I would choose the family I chose or why my boys would choose me as their mother, but I always believed the concept to be true. But I guess since my mind and heart have been much more open to change this year, that statement really slapped me in the face!  All of the sudden I realized that these people that I share my house with are NOT THE ENEMY!  We were not conjoined as a family for the sole purpose of inflicting pain and grief on each other.  We came together to love and support one another.  

I know there are people who are reading what I just wrote and going, "Duh. How screwed up are you that you think of your family as the enemy?" (Pretty screwed up.  But that's beside the point.  Plus I'm fixing the screwed up part, which is why I'm reading the book.)  I don't think of them as the enemy, but sometimes when I have to fight the kids tooth and nail over chores and homework or my husband can't handle life events and retreats and does nothing to help fix the event, it FEELS like I am at war with them. And I hate fighting and contention.  I grew up with lots of fighting and contention and I despise it.  It makes my soul hurt. But enough about that...back to the book review.

Toward the end of the introduction, Trudeau poses this question and then follows it with ten chapters to help us find the answer:

"Each family has its own beautiful, unique essence or sacred connection. Just as we need to tend to the emotional well-being of any relationship in order for it to thrive, we have to consciously nourish and nurture our family’s sweet,tender soul. What type of daily care, feeding, and love does your family’s essence need in order to grow strong and soar?"

The chapters cover a wide range of topics that include: 
  • self-care
  • healing
  • dealing with life in a digital world
  • nature as an anti-depressant
  • spiritual renewal
  • spending more time together
  • celebrating family culture
  • making choices
  • asking for help   

I found the three workbook type sections at the end of each chapter to be particularly helpful:
  • "Pat on the Back" gives readers the chance to reflect on what they are doing right.
  • "Putting It In Practice" asks questions that help the reader create a plan of action
  • "Imagine a New Way of Being"  - a journaling exercise designed to help you envision what’s possible for you and your family.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family – 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life is a great book for anyone looking to bring more peace and balance into family life.  It's not preachy or negative. Renee doesn't spend all kinds of time telling you what you are doing wrong.  Instead she offers realistic and achievable steps to help readers facilitate the change. I hope other readers get as much out of the book as I have.  And major thanks to Renee Trudeau for giving me some of the tools I've been looking for to create the family I want!


Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally-recognized life balance coach, consultant, speaker and author. She is the founder of Renée Trudeau & Associates and Career Strategists and the author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal.  Renée speaks and leads life balance workshops and retreats for Fortune 500 companies and writes for numerous publications.
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**Disclosure:  I received a copy of Nurturing the Soul of Your Family to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own honest opinions.**