Thinking Out Loud – Motherhood Moments

lisa frank coloring book


I throw all sorts of running and dessert stuff at you on a regular basis with only a few motherhood moments mixed in lately so here’s a quick glimpse of what it’s like for me these days as the mother of a 12-year-old witty boy.

Never a dull moment, I swear!

thinking out loud

I have told you this before but I shall tell you again. By 8:00 pm most nights of the week, I am tired and done with the world. Whatever you need or think you need from me, spare us both and save it for the morning.

My son is a night owl (I don’t understand) and at the age of 12, he is starting to respect my nighttime wishes…sort of.

He now sends me texts rather than coming into my room to talk to me all about what he feels is of utter importance while I am sleeping.

This text was sent to me Sunday night, the night before returning to school after missing a week while he was sick.


No, I did not wake him up at 6:00 am, I have enough trouble waking him up at 7:00 am so I am not sure who he was fooling.

I was also greeted with a text Wednesday morning asking me to do his French homework real quick when I woke up. Page 27 in the textbook to be exact.

Perhaps if he typed the text in French, I would have been persuaded enough to actually do the assignment for him.

Let’s see….what else went on this week.

Oh yes, his soccer game. Now that my son plays on the school soccer team, no longer do I have to shuffle around to bring him to and from his games and practices as everything occurs directly after school and I just meet the team at the field for games.

This sounds like a lovely concept in theory but, um, the other day? I found myself at the wrong field watching the wrong team.

And I didn’t realize it right away at all. It took me quite some time.


But look! It’s such a big field and everyone starts to look the same to me in those uniforms! I figured my son was on the bench since he had been out sick all last week but after a while, I decided I really couldn’t see him on the bench and then after a few more minutes, realized I was watching the wrong game.

His game was an away game at a different school field and the team I was watching in error was the 8th grade team instead.

Honest mistake, really it was. Okay fine – Clearly I am not soccer mom and I don’t come with a chair but I always have dinner prepared in advance and ready for when we get home so that counts for something doesn’t it?

New York state law said it was okay for my son to sit in the front passenger seat of my car once he turned 12. I had no intentions of telling him about this because if it were up to me, he would sit in the backseat forever.

I need to be in control of the radio and now I have him touching my stations…and turning the volume up.

I always considered myself a cool mom because I listen to cool music at what I thought was a loud volume yet every single time he gets in the car with me, he turns the volume up even higher and I find myself telling him I cannot drive with such loud music because I need to pay attention to the road and the possibility of emergency vehicles.

I am getting old, aren’t I.

And then there was the drop off at a party recently where I witnessed one of his little girl friends wearing the exact same outfit I have hanging in my closet.

I am trying to decide who is out of place on this one, me the 37-year-old or her, the 12-year-old.

And in coloring book news, which I am throwing in to this post since coloring is technically a childish activity, I keep seeing commercials for adult coloring books.

Is it wrong that I prefer my Lisa Frank coloring book? Do I need to color in an adult coloring book because I am technically an adult?

lisa frank coloring book

I don’t know, the adult coloring books don’t attract me. I prefer the child like patterns of my youth which may explain why I am shopping in the same clothing stores as the kids.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today 🙂

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What time at night is your cut off time for speaking with people?

Do you have an adult coloring book or still like a kid coloring books?

What was for dinner last night?



Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

31 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud – Motherhood Moments”

  1. I think its great that he texts you like that! And too funny that you were at the wrong game.My cutoff time for speaking to people is 8, and even thats a little later than I would like. I really don’t like talking to people that I don’t know well at night- family is a different story because they know its getting close to my bedtime!

  2. Oh thank you for reassuring me – we will pretend you explicitely did – that I’m perfectly fine using my Dora colouring book. Let’s face it: I’m cheap [food being the exception] and those adult colouring books are not only expensive but apparently take ages to be shipped.
    Wrong football game, early bed times: I still think you’re a great mum because it often sounds like you were more of a friend to your son and who wouldn’t want that? The one expection being that a friend might do your homework but that’s where you should definitely keep the parental no ;).

  3. I don’t think I ever would have tried any of those texts with my mom. Though one time I did text her from bathroom one on side of our house because I was out of toilet paper…

  4. That text is so funny! He sounds so polite 🙂 I don’t think I knew what lox was until I was about 20 so he is much more sophisticated than me! I would have to see what outfit you’re talking about to see who is the weird one but you always dress really cute so it’s probably her! Plus, you look about half your age so you should dress young too 😉

  5. I picked up an adult colouring book, but I’m honestly having a hard time getting into it. Too many tiny little details to pay attention to — I honestly think I prefer the children’s colouring books. And I never really thought about that, so thanks 😛

    1. I definitely do not like those adult coloring books. Those little details are my issue along with the fact that pretty fun and happy pictures are missing! It’s all patterns. I like the happy ice creams and bears and butterflies and rainbows!

  6. I adored Lisa Frank and I really hope it’s still around when (if I’m lucky enough!) I have kids. I think the outfit thing is different now since we all run around in “active wear” all the time (seriously I now have either work clothes or workout clothes, I don’t do jeans anymore)!

    1. Ha, I am so glad I am not the only one to watch the wrong thing without realizing at first! BTW – I am still having trouble leaving a comment on your site through bloglovin, I don’t know what it is, it sometimes sounds like an ad is trying to play and when it’s trying to play, my comment pauses. Not sure if my comment today posted.

      1. That’s so weird! I didn’t see your comment today, I’m sorry! 😦 I’ve been having trouble loading my own site on mobile because of the ads – I have no idea why they’re being so weird and the technology is so confusing, but hopefully I can fix it!

  7. My evening CUT OFF time used to be like 6pm! ha ha ha aha ha ha aha! But with man-friend, that’s hard, cause we are always together, talking and just having a good time. That being said, I wind down/sleep around 11pm or so… And unless I talk in my sleep, that’s when it’s NO MORE TALKING time!

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