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The Mile High Mamas Dream Doctor Wants to Know: What Are You Dreaming About?

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One of the “worse” aspects of the “better or worse” marriage covenant for my husband Jamie is having to hear about my dreams. Not the visions of someday living in a house with a white-picket fence but rather, the ones about how I dreamed I rode to a desert island in a shark’s mouth.

Those kind of dreams.

I have very vivid dreams every night. A few times they have translated into gripping nightmares or deeply spiritual experiences. One night, I dreamed about my friend’s ailing mother whom I had never met. The dream was so lucid that I woke up in the middle of the night to drop him an email, letting him know I was thinking about them. I found out the next morning his mom had passed away around the same time as my dream.

Before you think I am some kind of soothsayer, let me assure you that most of the time my dreams follow the same pattern: psychosis.

Case in point, I recently dreamed I was racing my leprechaun teammates from Lucky Charms and I was freaking out because I was the only Big Person.

Could happen.

Jamie has endured such absurdities many times before, only this time he chose to indulge me and came home with a box of this:


One morning I returned home from working out to find my daughter Hadley on the verge of tears.

“What’s wrong?”

“Daddy won’t give me apple juice for breakfast!”

“Jamie, why didn’t you give her apple juice for breakfast? You know it is the only time of day she is allowed to have it.”

“Amber, I know that. But I am sick of her only drinking her apple juice and never eating her cereal.”

I looked down at her bowl of the cereal he was trying to push to better her health.

“You gave her LUCKY CHARMS.”

“And she’d better eat every last bite.”

What’re you dreaming about these days? And more importantly, are you trying to stuff your kids with sugary goodness every morning?

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar Allie April 19, 2009

    Snort … sorry, but that is too funny. At least your husband chooses to torture you at home with those dreams rather than have you committed. 🙂

    I think dreams allows your mind to expand and wander at free will. And, despite no matter how bizarre they may get, it is healthy for your mind to soar. I have some pretty bizarre, vivid dreams almost on a daily basis that are waaayyyy out of touch with reality. Yet, I have also had some very uplifting ones too about visiting/talking with ones that I have lost in my life. Those are the dreams that put the extra hop in my step come morning time as they always leave me feeling so refreshed.

    You do know that despite them being cranky pranksters, that leprechauns are symbols of good luck no? Keep those eyes open for that pot of gold my dear …….

  • comment avatar Tonya April 19, 2009

    My dreams are pretty whacky most of the time too. I love Lucky Charms, it’s my all time favorite cereal. Nothing like a good shot of sugar to start your day.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson April 19, 2009

    Nice to receive validation that maybe I’m not so out there. 🙂

  • comment avatar Jennifer April 19, 2009

    That is too funny! I can never remember my dreams. Safer that way I suppose.

  • comment avatar Scatteredmom April 19, 2009

    Usually I don’t remember my dreams, but sometimes they are pretty vivid. Last night I dreamed that I moved into a new house, and my room had an INCREDIBLE closet and ensuite, and I was so thrilled.

    Lolol about the cereal-Jake won’t eat Lucky Charms. He likes Maple Frosted mini wheats, Vector, or Raisin Bran.

  • comment avatar Loralee April 19, 2009

    I have a recurring nightmare where I am a guest on the Dr. Phil show.

    I don’t even known WHY I’m on, I’m just sitting there is a big chair with a glaring spotlight on me and all he does is shake his head over and over yelling, “Are you KIDDING ME?!!!!”


    For reals.

  • comment avatar Terra April 19, 2009

    I have me some crazy dreams too, the kind that would make great books. if only I kept a dream journal.

  • comment avatar jen April 19, 2009

    Yes, eat that entire bowl of sugar-frosted marshmallow cereal! Or you’ll get no dessert! LOL! On a side note, my sons want to move in… 😉

  • comment avatar JoAnn, The Casual Perfectionist April 19, 2009

    That’s hilarious! We don’t do the sugary cereals here, and my little girl doesn’t know any differently…yet. 🙂

    She loves Grapenuts, of all things. I do write a “letter” in it for her with the maple syrup, so she *does* get *some* sugar to start the day.

  • comment avatar Noelle April 19, 2009

    Haha … I have really weird and vivid dreams too. Plus the creepy “I’m back in high school” dream. I’m 37 – why do I still dream about this??

    Lucky Charms before juice – I love it! I’m going to withhold the kid’s OJ tomorrow morning until they finish all their Booberry! Just kidding – but I see his point. It drives me crazy when the kiddos fill up on juice and then won’t eat their food.

  • comment avatar diana/sunshine April 19, 2009

    i think i know how jamie feels. my daughter has bizarre and intense dreams nightly. she wants to share most of them with me so i hear a lot of them. i wish i was able to decipher them for her, but most of them are just plain strange.

    and what’s wrong with lucky charms? =)

  • comment avatar MommyTime April 19, 2009

    This is unbelievably funny for a whole bunch of reasons. First, the dreams themselves are hilarious. Second, this is EXACTLY the “worse” my husband would cite too! I wake up all pumped to tell him my dreams about remodeling our house to turn it into one giant aquarium and then teaching the children to snorkel through all the rooms (or whatever), and he is all: patiently-annoyed face and deep sighs indicative of “how long was this dream, exactly?” Yet again, it seems we may be the same person. 🙂 I’ll listen to your dreams any time.

  • comment avatar superpaige April 19, 2009

    I, too, am a vivid dreamer. I remember being in college at BYU and each morning I would tell my roommates what weird thing I dreamed. None of them could remember their dreams. It was then I realized that not everyone remembers their dreams. I don’t always tell my husband about my dreams. I think he’s tired of it.

  • comment avatar Awesome Mom April 19, 2009

    Shoot I have been having bizarre dreams just about every night thanks to my pregnancy. Just last night it was a random dream where I go to meet some of the people in my online knitters that play World of Warcraft group and it turns out there it was some conspiracy to get us to join a cult only the cult leader could actually do all the miraculous stuff that he claimed he could. I thought it was very odd that I had that dream right before going to church.

  • comment avatar Fiona April 19, 2009

    My kids would love the sugary cereals – i love lucky charms but will never have them in my house because I’d eat them! I don’t usually remember my dreams… what does that mean?

  • comment avatar chellie April 19, 2009

    My dreams are crazy when I’m pregnant, but other than that they are few and far in between… or that’s all I know about anyway. I don’t remember having dreams, if I do.

    mmmmm, sugar cereal. My kids are Cheerios kids. So that is what they get! 🙂

  • comment avatar Laura Moffitt April 20, 2009

    Lately I have been dreaming about Ex boyfriends, I was always single in those dreams until saturday night. I am still upset over it even though I know it was a dream but I was diliberatley cheating on my husband. Worst dream I have ever had.

  • comment avatar bibby April 20, 2009

    I used to have Very Vivid dreams! Turned out they were a side effect of the B12 pills I was taking for carpal tunnel!

  • comment avatar Beth Partin April 20, 2009

    I wish I had great dreams like that! My dreams are always about running through a strange place searching for something or about something searching for me!

    The funniest pursuit dream I ever had was when I was in the bathroom and the toilet was spitting water at me (clean water, but still). In the dream I was amused and terrified at the same time.

  • comment avatar Lauren in GA April 20, 2009

    You and I are a bit alike with the dream thing. Sometimes I have really spiritual things come to me in my dreams but most of the time I am….I don’t know…locked out of my house in my underwear…or being bitten by a swarm of goldfish and nearly dying. My husband has to hear ALL about it. I am sure he is overjoyed.

    I wasn’t making fun of you…I know you got locked out of your room when you were hot tubbin’…my dream was totally different, though…

  • comment avatar Kagey April 20, 2009

    I have crazy vivid dreams, and have since I was a kid. And I remember the kind of detail you’re talking about. TO the point that it takes me 20 minutes to explain the whole dream. Drives Mr. Adventure a little nuts, but mostly he’s dumbfounded that I remember so much detail, when he’s lucky to remember what his dreams were vaguely about.
    Is this a girl thing?

  • comment avatar FFG April 20, 2009

    I have freaky dreams too. They were especially interesting in college when I would go to sleep right after reading my psychology book. One time, I was on Mars running for my life in a maze where rats lived. My roommates use to look forward to hearing about my dreams.

  • comment avatar Head Nurse April 20, 2009

    Oh boy are we dream twins! My favorite wacky dream of the not nightmare variety- was that to have a baby, you mail had to mailorder babies- like dolls- and then somehow you get them inside and they come out alive, but I couldn’t remember how that was accomplished the second time- turned out to be a little foreshadowing as we were unable to have another child for 10 years :), Guess that showed my male tendancies to not asking directions- my husband rolls his eyes when I start in on describing my dreams- but they can be very entertaining-

  • comment avatar Jenna Hallock April 20, 2009

    I remember my dreams for only minutes after I wake up… maybe a few hours tops. I used to have recurring dreams, but feel certain those are a thing of the past. At least I hope. I’m not a fan of dreaming… unless it’s of the day-dreaming variety where I look great in a bikini again! LOL!

    I’m so curious about the dreaming side effect of vitamin B12 – I’ll have to look in to that one.

    As for cereal, this is exactly why A) I never take my children to the grocery store and B) I never let my husband feed them breakfast. They inevitably dupe me into purchasing some sugary monstrosity that someone calls breakfast or my hubby decides that if he’s on duty every is getting (gasp) donuts!!

  • comment avatar calibosmom April 20, 2009

    Every once in a while I will have a very prophetic and spiritual dream. You’re not crazy-or maybe you are and I am too. I just bought Cocoa Pebbles this morning…eat up!

  • comment avatar Eve April 20, 2009

    About once a year I buy crap cereal and give it to the kids in baggies as forbidden “candy” when they do chores. It’s so crazy that I’d rather give them m ‘n’ m’s and other candies than sugared cereal, I guess it’s just like I don’t want them to equate it with the other cereal we have in the house (even though there’s more nutrition in it than in candybars!). BUT….on the dream issue, last night I dreamed that one by one my top teeth started to fall out and I could barely hold them in my gums and Mike was next to me quizzically staring at me and saying, “but YOU’RE not supposed to be my patient” and I was telling him that he needed to do root canals on every single one of them because it was the only way to keep them in their gums. It was a surreal nightmare, one which I hope I never have again. Like, I was watching my body fall apart and I kept saying, “But this isn’t me!” and I was exasperated with an inability to answer why this was happening. Yikes!

  • comment avatar Eve April 20, 2009

    BTW, Emma has a top-front tooth which has been hanging on my almost a thread for two weeks, and I’m sure that’s why I dreamed that I was losing mine (because I’ve been daydreaming of pulling her tooth out once and for all so she’ll stop looking so Halloween-y). All my top teeth looked, in my dream, like hers does, except that they were coming out and hers won’t!!! And I dream in bright colors, too, and also have a husband who has to listen to the 20-min. descriptions of my dreams!!!

  • comment avatar Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts April 21, 2009

    I remember some of my dreams. Many of the ones I remember seem to come true.

    How weird is that?

  • comment avatar Catherine @ April 23, 2009

    I have crazy dreams, too. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?! The recurring ones are the worst. I’m like, PLEASE SUBCONSCIOUS, help me solve this problem so someone can FINALLY pick me up from this airport!!

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