Surviving in a Male Dominated Household

Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Glimpse of 10 Minutes in our House....

Your house must be busy!!! Friends, you have no idea.

Tonight we went out to eat. After we got home from Chili's, David decided he was going to go out and get some Oreo ice cream sandwiches. Sure, I'll watch the kids if you get ice cream and I can take my work clothes off...bad idea.

Liam was occupying one bathroom, Sean was in the other. Harry heard the door to the garage open and took off after Dave. I sprinted (keep in mind I was mid-clothed--pants/bra) after Harry. I grabbed him before he got too far in to the garage and carried him back in the house...only to hear B yelling that he had "to pee willy willy bad-wee" (keep in mind both bathrooms were busy).

So I did what any mom would do--grabbed him, raced him to the sink and told him he could pee in the bathroom sink. Honestly, I'd rather clean a sink than cleaning pee on the floor. I had to hold him up over the sink and B thought it was the funniest thing...so he laughed...and then he farted...right on my bare stomach.

I heard the other bathroom flush, so I told B to hold it and go pee in the other bathroom, only to look over and see Sean STANDING on the toilet seat. He wasn't done yet, he just felt like standing up. I got Sean to sit down, admit that he was done and I cleaned him up.

Once I finished that, Harry had gotten into a bag of popcorn, given it to B, who was apparently finished, and walking around wearing only his socks, eating popcorn.

Dave called to let me know he was on his way home because they didn't have the ice cream he wanted. He was gone for MAYBE 10 minutes, folks. And I still didn't get ice cream.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Back to work....

Tomorrow will be my first day working outside of the home since July 2, 2010 (my last full day at Principal before Brendan was born).

I have worked on many campaigns, for a National PAC, helped to Save a Barn, worked to save the weather beacon and Floppy, along with writing, consulting and being a mom of 4...all of that IS a full time job.

Thank you, Bill, I mean, Senator Anderson, for wanting me to be your clerk, and Jacob for thinking of me.

THANK YOU to Diana Bowman, my awesome mother-in-law, for watching the boys, we couldn't do it without you (I mean, really, 3 in daycare and after school care for Liam??) and my father-in-law, Edd, who will be picking Liam up from the bus. You guys are great.

THANK YOU to my parents, Mike and Sherry Bolton, who always, always, always believed in me and loved me. You guys are the best.

Last but not least, THANK YOU to my wonderful husband David, for supporting my dream to stay home and now to go back to work. I WILL finish the next great American Novel. We may be retired, but I will do it. :) I love you!

It's been 11 years since I worked at the Capitol. Since then, I met my husband, got married, had one child, my husband was deployed and came home, we had 3 more children...and now I'm back at the Capitol.

I kind of feel like "Billy Madison"...."Ohhh, back to school...." http://youtu.be/uMtkiS1SU_c


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cher? Really?

I hear all of the radio commercials for "Cher" coming to Des Moines.

I know we're a "gay friendly" state but the last Cher hit song, I recall, was when I was in dorm. It was Storms at Iowa State in 1998.

Her song was "Believe".

This is what happened to Storms (the far building)....6th floor (Campbell House Represent)!



It's unfortunate that Cher's career has lasted longer than Storms.

Then again, she believes in life after Storms....


Go State. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

A Mom's Version of "Royals"

You can view the original song  here




Apologies to Lorde, a parody of "Royals",  by a suburban mom.

I have a diamond on my flesh
I cut my teeth on a wedding ring in 2006.
And I'm proud of my address,
In a suburb town, no local envy.

But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
We don't care, we're drivin minivans in our dreams.
But everybody's like Crystal sleeping with who now and who's the sitter
Airplanes, meetings, Tigers in the Boy Scouts.
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.

And we name our kids after royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
That baby I'll rule, and nurse, and rule, and nurse.
Let me live that fantasy.

[Verse 2]
Mom friends and I—we've cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the carpool to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows, that we're fine with this,
We didn't come for Barney.

But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
We don't care, we're drivin minivans in our dreams.
But everybody's like Crystal sleeping with who now and who's the sitter
Airplanes, meetings, Tigers in the Boy Scouts.
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.

And we name our kids after royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
That baby I'll rule, and nurse, and rule, and nurse.
Let me live that fantasy.

Ooh ooh oh
Our van's bigger than we ever dreamed,
And I'm in love with being queen.
Ooh ooh oh
Life is great with every care
We aren't caught up in your love affair.

And we name our kids after royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
That baby I'll rule, and nurse, and rule, and nurse.
Let me live that fantasy.

You can view the original song here. 

Again, my apologies to Lorde.

Monday, October 7, 2013

So God Made A Farmer....

Last weekend we visited our family farm. My husband helped my dad put wood into the barn, my kids ran and screamed their hearts out, we all got a little sun, fired some of our firearms and enjoyed some fresh air.










As Paul Harvey said, "So God made a farmer..."I need somebody with arms strong enough to wrestle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild"





Our four year old (Sean) shouted, "I'M A FARMER!" Thinking he was helping Daddy and Papa move the wood from the trailer to the barn and fixing the hay baler.




Yes, son. You are. Because being a farmer isn't in having the same last name that is tied to the land, but having put in the work. THAT is what ties you to the land. Being a farmer is in his blood. I am a proud farmer's daughter and, if he so chooses, a proud mother of a farmer.


To quote Paul Harvey, "Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'"

So God made a farmer.

Edit...Their Great Grandmother would be proud.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bowman For Waukee



As many of you know, I am running for the Waukee School Board. If you live in the Waukee School District, I hope I can count on your vote on September 10th.

Today, I have released my list of endorsements. Endorsements you ask? Yes.

I know some may think "it's only a school board race. Why have endorsements?"

To me, it's not "only a school board race." It's the future of our children and our society.

You can read my endorsements below. 



August 27, 2013 
For Immediate Release
Contact Sarah Bowman

Bowman For School Board Announces Endorsements

Waukee, Iowa- Sarah Bowman, Candidate for Waukee School Board has been endorsed by Community Leaders and Parents in the Waukee School District. “I am overwhelmed by the encouragement and support of my neighbors, fellow parents, members of Church and community leaders in the Waukee School District,” Bowman said. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sarah Bowman for quite a few years. I’ve watched her drive, determination, work ethic and dedication to her children. Sarah would be an asset to the Waukee School Board.” –Chris Hagenow, State Representative

“Sarah Bowman would be a great addition to the Waukee School Board. She has four boys under the age of 8 and is fully invested in their education. I believe that she is the face of Waukee, a young and informed mother. I plan on voting for Sarah Bowman on September 10th.” –Chad Airhart, Dallas County Recorder

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sarah Bowman for the last 11 years and I’ve met her four children. She is a dedicated mother and citizen. She would be a great addition to the Waukee School Board.” –Becky Beach

“I want to publicly endorse Sarah Bowman for Waukee School Board. Sarah’s motives for running are in the right place. She loves her kids and cares for the future. With Sarah sitting on the Waukee School Board, I know my own children’s education will be taken seriously. The school will be held accountable for fiscal responsibility. I will vote for Sarah Bowman on September 10th.” –Shane Blanchard, Waukee City Councilman

“I’ve been impressed with the work Sarah has done for her community. I know she’ll focus on making sure the district provides high quality education and keep students’ best interests at heart. “ Charles Schneider, State Senator 

“I wholeheartedly endorse Sarah Bowman for Waukee School Board. Sarah will bring both her intellect and her common sense to every decision needing to be made. Our school systems need great leaders and great advocates for children and family. I am endorsing Sarah as a decisive leader and a committed wife and mother.” –Jeff Mullen, Pastor, Point of Grace Church in Waukee and Father of two in the Waukee School District

“Sarah Bowman understands what the Waukee School district needs. She has four boys under the age of 8, she’s a hard worker and dedicated to her commitments. The Waukee School District would benefit from her education, life experience and work ethic.” Rob Taylor, State Representative

 “I’ve known Sarah for 12 years and watched her grow from a young professional and popular blogger to an impassioned mom of 4 boys, who, like all of us, wants a top quality educational experience not only for her children, but all children in the Waukee School District! Sarah is a researcher, communicator and implementer and will bring and encourage the best of ideas and solutions to the Waukee School District. –Cathy Sorensen, Mom of 2, hopeful Grandma of many!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Am Me.

The best part about knowing me, political or not, is when I say I am going to do something, I do it.

I had a child out of wedlock (being pro-life).

I stayed true to my vows when my husband was serving in Iraq.

I saved a barn.

I teach Faith Formation because I believe that children should be exposed to the love of Jesus. 

I try to save taxpayers money by exposing fraud.

I hunt ghosts, because I believe all spirits should face their final destination.

I nurse(d) all of my kids from birth until they self wean.

What you see is what you get.

Love me or hate me, I am real.