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Friday, November 18, 2011

Things They Can't Say: Holly's House

I think I stumped this week's featured blogger at first, because there's not much she can't say. She's snarky and hilarious... and has a big heart under it all. Please welcome Holly of Holly's House: Not a Perfect Mom's Blog.

I'm not ashamed of anything I've ever done in my life...

I honestly think all of life's experiences happen for a reason, whether it's to learn, to grow, or just to have a good time...

That being said, there are a few things in my past I'd prefer my kids to never find out about...you know, because I'm the mommy...and mommies make good choices...

And so this is a list perfect for the Always So Lovely Shell, the things I can't say on my blog...the things I never want my kids to know I did...

1. I was suspended my senior year of high school for a week after passing out drunk at a football game and being taken away in an ambulance. As a result my principal nicknamed me Chugs for the rest of year*...

2. After my mother gave me the okay to pierce my ears 18 times, my tongue, my nose, my bellybutton, and allowed me to get a Marilyn**, she put her foot down at the thought of her 15 year old daughter walking around with nipple rings...so I went to my piercers house and had him do it on the sly without her knowing...

3. I had a fake ID I used to get into clubs and drink before I was legally allowed to even be in there...

4. I vowed to never have children...

5. I lost my virginity on my 14th birthday, something I never ever want my daughters to know...

6. When I was 19 I started dancing at a gentlemen's establishment under the name Mackenzie simply because I had perky breasts and no one to tell me it wasn't a good idea...

7. I never tried in school, A's and B's came naturally with little to no effort...I want my kids to push themselves to do the best can...

8. I dabbled with bulimia all throughout middle school...

9. I hit a pregnant coworker's car when I was 17 and totally scraped up the side, but drove away and parked across the lot...I was scared I would get grounded and my cool 1987 Astro van would be taken away...

10. I have a favorite child***...

So there you have it...the things I can't say on my page...but all things that have made me the fabulously awesome person I am today...

*my mother actually got a kick out of that, especially since I was a straight A-never even had a lunch detention kind of student...

**a diamond stud where Marilyn Monroe had her mole

***please! what kind of person do you think I am!? Of course I don't have a favorite child...I just like a well rounded out list so I made up the last one...



Please leave Holly some comment love here and then go follow her blog Holly's House. You can also find her on facebook and twitter @notaperfectmama.

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54 Comments:

Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Holly, it sure sounds like you lived it up!!!

I do believe your experiences make you who you are, and you're pretty fabulous ;)

Good to see you here!

November 18, 2011 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

great posts. Sounds like you learned a lot of lessons in life. But you are right, life is about the lessons, and what you take from every experience makes you who you are today.

November 18, 2011 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger vinobaby said...

WhooHoo--you were a wild child! Ah, we have to live it up (and learn our lessons) before kids and family.

Cheers!

November 18, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I loved her asterisk comment about
a favorite child. Even though we aren't supposed to have favorites, I do...but it varies minute by minute. ;-)

November 18, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I don't regret things I've done, but there are certain things I don't want my kids to know either.

November 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Robbie K said...

I definitely have a list of things I don't want my kids to know about. However when the time is right and they need to hear from the voice of experience i might just share. Probably not gonna tell them about getting my boob autographed by a 1 hit wonder country star though.

November 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

What a great list!! Love how real you were. You got me with "I have a favorite child" comment...laughed when I read your comment further down. Whew! lol
Thanks for sharing!

November 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Oh the list I have of things I don't want my kids to know!

November 18, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Loved this post! I think we all have a list like this!

November 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger mCat said...

Love the "getting it all out there" - I thought I was wild....clearly - I was a choir child.

November 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I think most of us have wild stories from our youth that we would rather our kids NEVER know! You sound like you were a riot!!!

November 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger XLMIC said...

Ooooo…did we know each other? I'm thinking our youthful paths could have crossed ;-) And I don't want my kids to know much about it either!

November 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Emmy said...

I think a lot of people didn't read all of your asterisks :)
Off to check out your blog

November 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Jaclyn said...

I love this. Your honesty is beautiful. And "Chugs" made me laugh aloud. Maybe when your daughters are ooooooooolder they might benefit from a heart-to-heart. Maybe not. But this stuff is prolly all good stuff for a mom to have -- when mama is innocent, it makes it much harder to deal with any blips from the daughter.

Also, if you're a reader, I suggest picking up "American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld. Not only is it awesome, but there's a spot toward the end where the protagonist has to face the possibility of having to talk to her adult daughter about something she swore not to tell her.

November 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

We all have our favorite child, we just dont admit it. lol. They are the favorite by just a hair, though. I KNOW I am not the only one that thinks that, I just may be the only one to say it.

November 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Helene said...

What a great list...sounds like she definitely enjoyed a wild life before kids!!!

There are definitely some things I don't want my children to ever know, as well.

November 18, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

Love that list. Shows how real you are because everyone has something in their past that isn't necessarily what you want your kids to find out and it is hard to share those things

November 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

Love that the Principal called you "Chugs". Not the alcohol poisoning part, but the nickname part. Great list: mine wouldn't be nearly as exciting and rock and roll. I mean, pierced nipples?! ;)

November 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I don't know Holly at all, but I'm guessing this is one of the juiciest features you've had?

You've had one hell of an exciting life, Holly! And like you said, each experience makes you the fabulously awesome person you are now. :-)

November 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Christine Siracusa said...

Nice to meet you, Holly. This post kind of made me love you. Can't wait to visit your blog.

November 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hey Holly! I am cracking up at #1 and your principal calling you "Chugs." My principal was never that cool! Haha!

November 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

She sounds like a blast!

November 18, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger John said...

I love this post . . .

As someone who was friends with many-a-stripper (long story), how does one convince someone not to become a stripper? Because those friends of mine made good money - and a few of them even didn't spend it all on drugs.

November 18, 2011 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I think we could've been friends in high school. :-)

November 18, 2011 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Definitely a list of things I would never want my daughters to read or do.

November 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger RoryBore said...

Holly....I think you and I could have gotten into some pretty good fun together ;)

I like having enough secrets that I can smile smugly in my old age...but not so much that I am ashamed.

November 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Hines-Sight said...

Love the candidness of your list.

Great post.

November 18, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

oh Holly - so many more reasons I love you.

November 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Kir said...

Hi Holly!!!! It's so nice to meet you. I like how you lived it up! It makes my checkered past look less umm checkered LOL.

I'm glad you "gave up" those tibits to all of us!

November 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Nezzy said...

It was never a dull life 'round you, Huh. I wish I could say I never regret anything but I do.

In high school my BFF and I were not very nice to a girl. We'd invite her to slumber parties just to play pranks on her. I know....my bad!!!

God bless and have a delightful weekend sweetie!!! :o)

November 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

Holly, I think you lived a lot and I think sometimes that is a very good thing in helping raise your children.
Great list, it kept getting better as it went on!

November 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

OMG, Holly! Your list sound way too similar to mine....I love it!! Say hello to a new reader! :)

November 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Maternity Clothes said...

Wow, sounds like you had a lot of fun. I do agree that there are things that you shouldn't share with kids, at least at certain ages. When they are older and possibly going through something themselves you could possibly use your experiences to help teach your children. Thanks for sharing.

November 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Venassa said...

It sounds like you've had some good times. I'm kind of ashamed that I DONT have a whole lot that I want to hide from my daughter. It means I've led a somewhat boring life so far.

November 18, 2011 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I also think my experiences made me who I am, though sometimes I would like to go back and shake my former self, "What are you thinking?!!"

And I actually do have a favorite child, though it changes week to week. :)

November 19, 2011 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Our experiences make us who we are. Though I sure do have a list I don't want my kids to ever know about!

November 19, 2011 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

This list is a movie waiting to happen!!! LOL! I love it!

November 19, 2011 at 3:57 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Love, love, love Holly... she is the only one that told me honestly how bad my prom dress looked on Thursday! :)


I lost my virginity to my children's father... I'm so using that because I already know my Girl is going to give me a run for my money and at least I can say, "Well you father was my first and look how THAT turned out!"

November 19, 2011 at 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Arsenic (Jen) said...

I'm so excited to see so many real people on this blog. It's about time we stop living the lies and get real with ourselves first and everyone else after!

November 19, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Ali - My Suitcase Full of Tricks said...

Well, that certainly is one heck of a list. I think "wild" is not diluting my own lemonade with water.

November 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Me said...

LMAO. Awesome. Sounds like that football game was memorable!

November 19, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Teresa (Embracing the Spectrum) said...

Nice!

November 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Oh I think there are tons of things we all have that we hope our kids never find out! My list has alot of the same as your. #2 except mine was my belly button and my dad didn't know, #3 yep, #5 wasn't on my birthday but I was way younger than I hope my daughter is,#7 but the A's & B's didn't come naturally more like B's & C's and many more. Funnier thing is a lot of them include their daddy since he and I have been together since I was 16

November 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

When I saw the triple stars after #10 I wondered what they would mean. You made me smile.

November 19, 2011 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Is it wrong that the whole "dancing in an establishment because you had perky breast" thing makes me want to click over to your blog?
Great choice Shell, I love what she said that she couldn't say at her blog! Clearly I'm just a rebel without a cause.

November 19, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
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November 20, 2011 at 2:34 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I think Holly and I would have a good time together swapping stories ;)

November 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Oh, boy, I relate to a whole lot of that list, Holly, you are not alone. :) And, I am so glad I don't have daughters.

November 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger SassyModernMom said...

You are going to be so ready for what ever your kids throw at you Chugs:)


PS Imagins if a principal tried that now??

November 20, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Katie Hurley, LCSW said...

I wish my kids didn't know about my tattoo...alas, the damage is done. Now I just need a good lie to prevent them from ever getting one.

November 21, 2011 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Wow, so many piercings! My sixteen year old got her nose pierced when she was 15, and then on her 16th birthday got a belly ring. But that's IT. We've drawn the line right there. No more. Oh wait, I'm not counting her ears, which only have three in each ear. But other than that, NO MORE! LOL

November 21, 2011 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I'm actually very impressed with this list (though I have to admit I had no idea what a Marilyn was. Thanks for the clarification!).

Totally sounds as though you lived it up--good for you, girl :)

November 21, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Mommy2¢ said...

Oh we definitely would have been friends growing up! I also did a fair amount of drinking back in high school... although, I never got busted that bad! Haha - great list!

November 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Sandy @ Journey To Our Home said...

What an awesome list. I've got a few similar ones, but I don't think I'd mind my kids knowing when they are older.

November 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM  

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