Chapter From My Daughter’s New Book

This is going to be the cutest story when it’s done, #1 Best Seller…

Paige Wings

        “Janey’s Escape” By Paige Fritz

My 14-year-old daughter Paige is writing a book. This is a small tidbit of what she’s written. I think this is going to turn out awesome once it’s done.

Janey would tell me she has wings and that one day she would fly far far away. She told me this so many times that I believed she did have wings. I wanted Janey to show me her wings so I begged and cried because she would say,
“Do you want my wings to break?”
“No but, I want to see them.”
“Do you want your own wings?”
“Yes” I hiccuped.
“Close your eyes” she sounded so distant and full of sorrow
“But, I want my wings” I looked at her. Her eyes were closed she looked so peaceful and happy and like she was drifting away from me. So I closed my eyes.
“Think about flying. Imagine you’re above the world staring down at the ocean with the waves slapping the shore with the seagulls flying above the beach screaming at each other.”
So I did.
I was above the beach breathing in the salt water. I felt like I was there with the seagulls watching them scream at each other and fly down to the water and scoop up a catch that was 50% efficient.

That’s an impossible feeling. Feeling so close but, being so far away. I opened my eyes and Janey was watching me with the hint of a smile playing on her lips.
“That’s where you go when you close your eyes. Isn’t it?”
“Yes and now I share that place with you.”
This was the birth of a new sisterly relationship and we both knew it and a shadow of worry ghosted its way onto Janey’s face but, was quickly shoved in a box and replaced with joy that wasn’t all the way there. Janey got up and walked to her room. She came back a bit later in a new outfit and put a blood-red finger to her lips, walked to my double doors blew me a kiss and shimmied down my tree. When she came back it felt like years had passed. She laid down with me she smelt faintly like sour apple cider.

“Where’d you go?”
“To hang out with friends”
“What did you guys do?”
She leaned in close to my ear and whispered
“I’ll show you when you’re older”
“Pinky Promise?  I put up my pinky and she giggled and put hers up too and said in a very serious tone with a very un-serious smile placed on her lips
“Alice I pinky promise” and laid down with me her flaming brown hair fanning around her head. She looked like the most beautiful girl in the world and I knew one day I would be just like her. I had to be. I covered us both up and drifted away to a place that dragons mermaids fairies lived among each other along with talking cats and bunnies and you never grew old and nothing is impossible. Never land and Wonderland combined into one magical place where dreams come true. Where the impossible is possible, Dreamland.

No, this picture below is not of my daughter, Lol…

Wings Tatoo

“Janey’s Escape” By Paige Fritz

Tell us what you think so far! I think she’s done a great job at only 14 years old…

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Did I Even Sleep Last Night??

In response to the WordPress Post a Day question…  Write down the first thought you had this morning!

Did I even sleep last night?


That’s what was running through my head as I removed myself from underneath my 2 year old (almost 3) Grandson Brayden. He personally called me last night to ask if he could come over and spend the night with me. How could I say no? It’s not very often you get a call from a almost 3 year old, let alone hearing them articulate a sentence asking that question.

I am going to assume my daughter jumped at the first word of “I want to call grandma”. She likely prompted him to ask if he could come over but he still asked so what’s a girl to do. I know that it’s a bad idea to let him stay on school nights because my kids have to go to bed at 9:00 pm and I get up at 5:20 am which makes for a VERY LONG day after zero sleep with the little guy.

You see I ruined the sleeping at Grandma’s thing for us a long time ago. Like I mentioned in this post 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge I sleep on the couch. Brayden has always slept on the couch with me when he spends the night. When he was smaller it was no problem. Now that he is a big boy our space is limited. He also thinks that me saying, “lay down and go to sleep” really means get up and play with everything you can find and eat everything you can see in the refrigerator. This is after we have already indulged in our Peanut Butter fix for the night that I wrote about here in My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge.

Our night looked like this-

10:00 pm I am exhausted and want to lay down and watch some TV before going to sleep – Brayden wants to watch cartoons to go to sleep, we compromise with me on my phone and him watching Cartoons. I have to mention that Aunt Paige gave him a stack of Ritz crackers before she went to bed. This is round 1 of getting him to bed!

10:30 pm We (he) decide now is a good time to have our Peanut Butter fix. In the chaos of getting him ready to lay down I forgot to grab him a spoon too. I now have to get up from my comfy couch and grab him a spoon. Of course he has to get up and come with me too. Now it’s round 2 of getting him laid down. We eat some Peanut Butter and everything is going good.



11:00 pm My eyes are barely staying open. Brayden’s eyes are wide open and he’s roaming around the living room playing with all of his toys. He has at least 10 different toys out at this point. He proceeded to go to the refrigerator and get out a Clementine and brings it for me to peel for him. I realize that I have crushed up Ritz Crackers stuck to my face and all over the couch (thank you Aunt Paige). I get up to clean up the crackers and make sure he shut the fridge door. Now it’s round 3 of getting him to lay down. I asked him why he crushed up the crackers and he just said, “because I needed to” Good enough for me!  We are again laying down watching TV again.

11:30 pm We are still awake, he has gotten up again this time because he HAD to go potty. I forgot to mention the cup of orange juice I had given him at 9:00 to go with his crackers. I was to lazy to dig for the rubber gasket to make his sippy cup not leak. Big mistake, we now have orange juice mixed in with the cracker crumbs I missed when wiping them off the couch (yes I wiped them onto the floor to deal with in the morning, don’t judge me). Round 4 of getting him laid down. We are all snuggled up again, I give him a 10 minute warning that I am going to turn the Cartoons off, he whines for a minute at me saying that, then stops. We are good to go. Let’s sleep.

Sippy Cup

12:00 am I fell asleep! Yup bad grandma! The TV is still on because I fell asleep before I could turn it off. I know your wondering if Brayden is sleeping. The answer is NOPE, he has now emptied one of my cupboards where I keep all of the paper, coloring books and crayons. He is standing at the coffee table with paper, pens, crayons and coloring books spread out everywhere coloring a scribble on every page of every sheet of paper (something I don’t allow him to do when he colors or writes). At this point in time I am soo frustrated and tired I just want to cry. The messes he has made in the last 2 hours is astounding. It is going to take forever to clean up (in the morning, of course).

I resort to yelling at him and threatening to have him picked up if he doesn’t lay down and stay laying down. Round 5 of getting him laid down. I am serious this time about it, so I turn off the TV. We then spend the next 20 minutes with him whining and crying because he wants to watch Peppa Pig. Running through my head at this point in time is someone shoot me now!!

12:20 am I give in and turn the TV back on and find Peppa Pig on Demand for him to watch. Shush up, if I didn’t turn it back on he would have woke up Paige and Gabe. Remember, we all still have to get up at 5:20 am. He’s laying down and enjoying Peppa Pig and I am trying my hardest to stay awake this time so another hurricane doesn’t hit my house. Round 6 of getting him laid down. I’m not sure what time we finally fell asleep, I don’t even know if he fell asleep first.

I spent the rest of the night waking up periodically to make sure he was still sleeping, the other million times I woke up was to gently scooch him over or flip him back around on the couch so I didn’t kick him in the head accidentally and god forbid wake him up.

5:20 am My alarm clock goes off and the TV was still on. I jump up out of bed and run across the living room to turn it off! (tripping over all the junk from the previous nights chaos). There is no way in hell I want him to wake up this early. I need a little peace and quiet this morning before he wakes up and the madness starts all over again. This is when the question runs through my head, did I even sleep last night?

Don’t forget to please leave your comments about my night below:

Brayden This Morning

Brayden This Morning emptying his toy bins

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Flashback Friday- Gabe Riding Dirt Bike In The Snow At 4 Years Old

This is a true Flashback from 8 years ago. Gabe was 4 years old riding the dirt bike in the snow.It’s hard for some kids to ride that good in the summer. He makes me proud..

It’s a bummer that he hasn’t been able to ride in the last few years because he doesn’t have a motorcycle anymore. Watch the video to see how cute and cool he is as a little punk.