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(Soap crayons…don’t leave home without ’em… This is an old photo of my son enjoying the wonders of bath time)

My children took a bubble bath last night. That’s a pretty common statement for most parents but one that has been all too rare in my household in recent years.

The good people at Suave sent me some of their products to try out in celebration of their Wash Them Grow with Suave Kids sweepstakes. They are giving away a Family e-Keepsake Kit (video camera, laptop and digital camera!) each week and one Grand Prize of a family vacation to Orlando. Go here to enter daily until February 22.

My daughter’s sensitive skin was always irritated by most commercial bubble baths. Breakouts and irritation always followed not far behind the fun and the bubbles. I eventually stopped letting her take bubble baths, and told her she was “allergic to bubbles.” I am happy to report that there has not been one complaint in our house about the Suave Kids Free and Gentle body wash. It’s dye free and won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Not long before our package arrived, my daughter sat beside the tub, reading to me from Diary of a Wimpy Kid while I soaked in my own soothing bubble bath. (Perhaps this is another blog post…) “When can I take a bubble bath?,” she asked.

Right now, sweetie. Right now. Thanks, Suave.

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Shannon’s having a fun contest today. Why not sharpen your number 2’s and fire off a few back-to-school haiku? You must enter today before 8pm CST. Here are mine:
Pencils with sharp points,
four black dry erase markers,
One large box of Puffs.

On the night before,
walking sounds like such a good
idea. Not now.

“Mom, my tummy hurts.”
(I will miss you when I’m gone).
What’s a mom to do?

Fluffer nutter sand-
wich, pretzels, and a pudding.
Better than hot lunch.

No long socks at gym.
Teacher demands perfect jump-
ing jacks. I’m tired, Mom.

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It’s Haiku Buckaroo time again at My Mommy’s Place. Why don’t you submit your haiku? Deadline is this Friday. Here are mine:

Yellow bird sees me
singing at the end of day
perched on a high wire.

Head unpacks the day
four feet shuffle slowly
fingers intertwine.

Feet hit warm water
bright colored day dreams begin
fish nibble dead skin.

Sun shines on water
kids skip rocks across the lake
minnows swarm slowly.

Shaded woodland path
air grows cooler instantly
the day melts away.

Garlic basil cheese
linguine with olive oil
Last, toasted pine nuts.

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Yea! I won a prize, people. Ok, it was random, but it’s still a really great prize (a matted photo of Allison’s). And I got an honorable mention. And my honey is the haiku buckaroo! Go congratulate him and go check out the other winners. I thought everyone did a great job on this contest.

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Haiku Buckaroo voting

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Go enjoy the great haiku, and cast your vote for your faves.

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You are a great daughter, a good big sister, and a wonderful friend. You are beautiful. You are a joy. You are kind and thoughtful. I am so glad that God sent you to our family.

You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God. ~Isaiah 62:3

Love forever,
Mom

Short and sweet for my (no longer so little) sweetie. Emily’s having a contest which served as the impetus for this humble offering to my daughter this Valentine’s Day.

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So…there’s an “erotic haiku” category in the Haiku Buckaroo contest. If this makes you close your eyes, cover your ears, and start screaming “lalalalagoawaybadman,” click away now.

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Lips part, breath quickens
tongue searches for another
my love, kiss me now.

Legs jostle and rub
hurrying to the climax
savoring each step.

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