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October, 2008:

Happy Halloween!

A bald man with a wooden leg is invited to a Halloween party. He doesn’t know what costume to wear to hide his head and his leg so he writes to a costume company to explain his problem. A few days later, he received a parcel with the following note:

Dear Sir,
Please find enclosed a pirate’s outfit. The spotted handkerchief will cover your bald head and, with your wooden leg, you will be just right as a pirate. 
Very truly yours, 
Acme Costume Co.

The man thinks this is terrible because they have emphasized his wooden leg and so he writes a letter of complaint. A week goes by and he receives another parcel and a note, which says: 

Dear Sir,
Please find enclosed a monk’s habit. The long robe will cover your wooden leg and, with your bald head, you will really look the part.
Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

Now the man is really upset since they have gone from emphasizing his wooden leg to emphasizing his bald head so again he writes the company another nasty letter of complaint. A few day’s later he gets a small parcel and a note, which reads:

Dear Sir,
Please find enclosed a bottle of molasses and a bag of crushed nuts. Pour the molasses over your bald head, pat on crushed nuts, stick your wooden leg up your ass and go 
as a caramel apple.
Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co


Oh, and don’t forget to Fall Back on Saturday!

He Needed His Puppy

Dude has been talking all big about how we never let him stay home alone for any amount of time yada yada yada . . . especially to Grandma. Well, yesterday morning he had his chance. Hubby was gone flying, and I had a 7:30 a.m. meeting I couldn’t get out of. Typically, I would have just called into the meeting from home and come in after that, but yesterday, I had meetings from 7:30 – 12:00 noon so that wasn’t an option. Ya – I know, you’re all extremely jealous 😉

Sooooo, Dude had his chance. He leaves for the bus at 7:20, so he had exactly 30 minutes from the time Princess and I left until he had to walk out the door to the bus. He was all good with it. He was bragging about how it would be so cool. He was excited that I was giving him this chance. He told me to quit worrying about it because he gets himself ready and to the bus every morning, even when I’m there.

Then 6:50 rolled around, and Princess and I were walking out the door. He kept saying “I wish Duma was here.” (she was at doggie daycare because of our hectic day)

We gave hugs and kisses and all that jazz. He stood by the window and yelled at us and waved at us as we drove down the street.

At 7:10, I called him on my cell after dropping Princess off. He talked all tough and I could HEAR his eyes rolling at me when he said “You don’t NEED to call me. I can do this myself. I’m fine. I’m not a baby.” I explained that yes I did NEED to call him – cuz I’m the mom and that’s what we do. Then I said “I love you buddy” and I heard a slight quiver in the tough man voice as he said “I love you, too.”

All was well . . . he got on the bus, went to school, and I had my marathon meeting day. I got home before he did. There was one message on the machine from the neighbor, checking to make sure he made it on the bus before she took her kids to school. I’d asked her to just check in to make sure, but I didn’t tell Dude that. So yay, thank you neighbor!

Then about 15 minutes later, Hubby called. He called to tell Dude that he was sorry he didn’t answer his cell phone when Dude called that morning, but he was in a meeting and didn’t have it on. Apparently, 10 minutes after we walked out the door, Dude called Hubby to chat :-) Mr. Tough Guy was a little spooked.

When Dude got home, I told him how much I appreciated that I could trust him to be home for a little while alone when weird days like this happen and I have to leave early. Told him how proud I was that he did it. Then I asked him how it was being home alone for a few minutes. He said “It was OK. I didn’t really like it.” He said he was bored – there was nothing to do. He confirmed that he wouldn’t be bugging me to leave him home alone again anytime soon 😉 I asked him if he was a little scared, and he said No.

Then when I was kissing him good night he said “Ya know, I was a little scared. This car pulled in the driveway to turn around and I didn’t know who it was. Then I kept hearing all these noises – it’s really quiet without other people here, and weird sounds happen. It would have been better with Duma here. I just wish Duma had been here with me.”

Whew! I don’t know if I could have handled BOTH of my kids discovering that they DON’T NEED ME in one week 😉

Back Pretties

Princess: Hey Mom. I can do my very own back pretty!
Me: What? I never got around to helping you learn how to do that.
Princess: I figured it out from watching you do yours. Wanna see?
Me: Sure. (Thinking there is no way she’ll do it.)

Princess walks into the bedroom, throws her hair back, and wraps it in a nice neat knot with a ponytail holder. It’s actually good! Flawless, really. She twisted the pretty and pulled the hair through like she’d been doing it for years. She’s very proud of herself. I’m commending her on how awesome it is and how great of a job she did! Princess bounces out of her bedroom, smiling from ear to ear, heading to the bathroom to check out her handy work. From the bathroom, I hear those crushing words . . .

Princess: Hey guess what? Now I don’t need you in here anymore!

WHAT?! I wanted to scream “You do TOOOOOOOO NEED ME!!! Your ponytail sucks! You do too still need my help. I. Am. Your. MOTHER! You will always NEED ME.” Instead, while holding back tears . . .

Me: You’re right. You did an excellent job and don’t need me to do your back pretties anymore. That’s awesome, Princess!

Then she saved me . . .

Princess: But I’m still not very good at combing my own hair, so can you still help me do that? And can you teach me how to do pigtails, because I can’t do those yet. And reading books. Even though I can read, I still want you to read me stories before bed. And I’m not real good at tying my shoes tight, so sometimes, can you still do that for me? I also like to cuddle on your lap when we watch movies. And . . . and . . . and . . .
Me: Of course I will, Princess. I’d love to do those things for you. Now go brush your teeth.
Princess: Can you help me brush my teeth? I’m so TIIIIRRRREEDDD!


I Choose . . .

. . . to post fluff today :-)

  • Tom Hanks over Tom Cruise
  • Avoidance over Confrontation (depends on the day and the issue, though)
  • Mexican food over Chinese food
  • Early Mornings over Late Nights
  • Beer over Wine at the baseball game . . . Wine over Beer in a hot bath (Whiskey over anything!)
  • NBC over CBS
  • Sweet over Salty (although Sweet AND Salty is yummola!)
  • Mountain over Beach
  • Chocolate over Vanilla
  • Dogs over Cats
  • Mistakes Made over Missed Chances
  • Lip Gloss over Lipstick
  • JK Rowling over JRR Tolkien
  • Milk Chocolate over Dark Chocolate
  • Football AND Hockey :-)
  • Cake over Pie
  • Half Full over Half Empty
  • Sense of Humor over Sense of Style
  • Wheel of Fortune over Jeopardy
  • Pro-choice over Pro-life
  • Pop over Iced Tea
  • The Breakfast Club over Dirty Dancing
  • French Toast over French Fries
  • Cinderella over Belle
  • Small Town over Big City
  • The Olypmics over The Oscars
  • Too Cold over Too Hot
  • Ketchup over Mustard
  • Caesar Salad over House Salad
  • Books over Movies
  • Manicures over Pedicures
  • White Wine over Red Wine
  • John Cusack over John Malkovich
  • Apples over Oranges
  • Fast Cars over Big Trucks
  • Elliptical over Treadmill
  • Summer over Winter
  • Time with Girlfriends over Time Alone
  • Vacuuming Floors over Mopping Floors
  • Snowboarding over Skiing (I had to add this one of my own at the end)

How about you? What do you choose? Lemme know if you play!

Bloggy Goodness

Mamarazzi over at Dandelion Wishes has been kind enough to pass along her Bloggy Goodness award – to ME!

A big thank you!!! If you haven’t checked out her  blog, go ahead, head on over there. She’s got the cutest daughter you’ve ever seen! And, Mamarazzi has some of the best easy recipe and craft ideas. Oh, and she’s just a super fun person that I really wish I could meet in person.

A Couple Extra Eyes

Not only did she need glasses, but she has astigmatism. We’re not surprised . . . my mom has terrible eyesight and astigmatism, as does my brother. Hubby’s family has even worse eyesight – Hubby was legally blind without glasses before lasik. I had bad eyesight, too . . . man I love lasik!!!

I wasn’t there for Keira’s exam. I did not get to help pick out her glasses. Hubby and Dude helped her. When they told me they were purple, I was not surprised, but was slightly worried 😉

They did good :-) Isn’t she the cutest thing in glasses that you’ve ever seen?!

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We had parentt/teacher conferences with Dude’s teachers last week. I brought up the spelling issues. They said to keep working with him, but it really was not a big deal because there are so many tools available to help with spelling now. They also said that the thing that matters on the tests is if his incorrect spelling gets in the way of what he is trying to say. If it doesn’t, then it is not a big deal.



It’s Here! It’s Here!

Look what came last night!!!

It’s only an inch or so and will melt by tomorrow, but have I ever mentioned how much I love love LOVE snow and winter and cool crisp mornings and snow and cold weather and SNOW?!

Winter and the snow that come with it are two of the many things I miss about living in Minnesota.

But YAY – it’s here! Bring it on!

The Post Where I Get Judgemental

As you’ve been reading, we had a BLAST on vacation. A lot of the reason for that is that our kids travel so well . . . we live far from family, so they’ve been travelling since they day they were born. A lot of it is also because for the most part we’re laid back . . . OK, maybe not me so much, I like things to happen how I want them to, but I also had realistic expectations. I think that’s the key to a good day at an amusement park . . . expectation. NEVER expect to get anywhere fast, pee anywhere clean, or buy anything cheap. So here I go with the not-so-cools of the trip . . .

To the mother at the entrance to Mickey’s Toon Town Fair – I promise you that it was NOT necessary to drag your daughter, kicking and screaming, across the pavement to see the Princesses just because YOU wanted her picture with them. She kept screaming she didn’t want to see them . . . why make her? It’s supposed to be the Happiest Place on Earth!!!

To the other mother at the entrance to Mickey’s Toon Town Fair – I guarantee you that it was completely unnecessary to knock down that 2 year old as you ran, towing your 5 year old daughter behind you, so you could be first in line to see the Princesses. The least you could have done was stop and help the little boy up instead of continuing on like you had no clue what you’d just done. We got there 30 minutes later and only had to wait 30 minutes – and we didn’t even knock down any toddlers on the way! AND, the Princesses looked the same and were just as cordial as they were when you got there.

To the father at the entrance to the Dumbo ride – Yes, the line sucked. But hey, newsflash – it’s DISNEY! There are a lot of people. There are lines everywhere. You’re gonna spend all day walking around looking for a short line. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and stand in line for the ride your kids wants to go on – it is, afterall, all about the kids at Disney, isn’t it?

To the mother at Sea World – No 8 year old boy should wear a bright orange Speedo. Especially an overweight 8 year old boy. Actually, NO male should ever wear a Speedo!

To the lady at the Disney ticket counter in the hotel – Smile. Use some inflection in your voice. It won’t kill ya – I promise! I mean, it may be 7:00 a.m. and you may not want to be up, but hey – we’re here, too. And we’re happy and smilin’! You work at Disney – SMILE I said! It’s The Happiest Place On Earth :-)

To the father on the airplane who let his kid kick the seat in front of him for an entire 3 1/2 hour flight – STOP IT! It’s not cool – it’s not comfortable for the other person – and it’s not all about your kid! None of the other kids on the plane needed to do that. Neither did yours. I felt bad for that lady in front of you.

To the airline people – How ANNOYING that you charge for checked luggage. Really – I’d rather just pay more in airfare and not have to do that. All you’ve done is make people carry even more crap on the plane when it’s already a crowded nightmare. (Oh, but thank you for not charging for car seats . . . I REALLY appreciate that!)

To the mother in the seat in front of us – Pack a friggin’ snack! Don’t bitch and complain at the airline staff for not having a teeny tiny bag of pretzels for your kid. The plane left right before lunch – it’s a 3 hour flight. Bring some food along! A tiny bag of pretzels wouldn’t have held your kid over that long anyway.


Thank you for listening :-)

Disney – Day 3

After spending about $300 on park admission each of the first two days, we decided to save our admission money to put toward the therapy Dude will need for his ride on Atlantis. So we hung out at the pool! It was a good choice . . . the weather was perfect, the pool was open, and the price was right! We had a great time in the hot tubs, on the water slide, and swimming in the massive number of pools. There weren’t many people out poolside, so we could let the kids run around and do their thing without really worrying. We grabbed some lunch poolside, along with some strawberry daiquiries, and had a nice relaxing day. We figured we could spend a day at the pool, then head to Downtown Disney and let the kids pick out something and it would still be way cheaper.


There was a really cool waterfall at the pool. You could walk behind it, swim around it, swim under it, sit in the chairs behind it all day. Pretty cool!


There were also a couple of fun bridges to get from one side of the pool to the other. There were a ton of different areas to the pool of different depths, so we could all touch somewhere. Dude had a lot of fun just swimming around. He’s gotten so good at swimming the past year . . . we’re way proud of how far he’s come with it!


Dude and Princess by one of the many waterfalls at the pool. There was a waterfall by each of the 3 hot tubs. They had a blast sitting in the hot tubs and jumping into them. There weren’t people in them, so it worked out well.


Hubby, Princess, and Dude hang out behind the waterfall. They wanted to sit back there, but it was just too loud to be back there all day.


There was a nice sandy beach by the pool, too. You could play beach volleyball, hang out in a hammock, or just sit on the beach. The kids discovered this fun seal that spit water out of its mouth. They had so much fun running around it and splashing each other and digging a mote around it. They played here for a loooonnggg time while Hubby and I just sat and relaxed and watched them.


There was also a life-sized checkerboard on the beach! We never did get around to playing it, but it was pretty neat.


After a full day at the pool, we got cleaned up and headed to Downtown Disney. We saw all kinds of fun stuff! We always have to go into a Harley store when we see one. Princess thought it was cool to sit on the flag motorcycle.


There is a new restaurant about to open, called T-Rex Cafe. Bummer that it wasn’t open yet :-( Dude still had fun messing around with the big T-Rex skeleton.


The Legos were really cool! There were a ton of Lego sculptures around the area. I’m always amazed at how they can make those huge sculptures out of a ton of teeny tiny Legos. Ya – princess looks real impressed in this photo. I think she needed food 😉


This big water serpent Lego sculpture was one of my favorites. We spent quite a bit of time in the Lego store . . . the wall of individual Legos is cool! If you’ve ever been to an M&M store, you know what I’m talking about – there’s an entire wall of Lego tubes . . . each tube has one color and shape of Lego in it. You can take a cup and fill it with whatever specialty shapes and colors that you want.

Princess ended up choosing her “thing” from the Disney Store. Much to my surprise, she did NOT choose any Princess-related item! Instead, she chose a really cute Baby Minnie Mouse :-) I was pleasantly surprised . . . and it was only $20, so we got off cheap! Dude didn’t find anything he wanted, so he took the cash option 😉 We went to The House of Blues for dinner and it was YUMMO! Again, we didn’t have to wait at all, even though it was 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. But right after we got in and sat down, there was a huge line and about a 45 minute wait. I guess we just had good line karma the whole trip – maybe because we were willing to wait in lines and weren’t bothered by them . . . I guess those people who were annoyed by them had to wait longer 😉 After dinner we headed to the House of Blues Store . . . BIG mistake! There’s always fun stuff to buy there. With everything we did this day, we ended up spending about the same as we would have on admission to Universal Studios . . . except we didn’t have to drive, fight crowds, or eat park food for another day. It was a great day – we got to relax and enjoy the pool and each other and not be in a hurry to be anywhere.

Back to the hotel to pack and get read for an early Sunday morning departure. We had to leave the hotel at 5:45 a.m.! And with the two-hour time change to get back to mountain time – well, you could say we were a little tired by the time dinner rolled around at home :-)

All in all a wonderful vacation! We could have stayed one more day, but any more than that would have been too much – too much money, too many people, and too much vacation. It all worked out perfectly for us! We can’t wait to go back again in a few years and take in some more of the sights.