My Real Life

April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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April 13, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:41 pm

I, by no means, claim to be a photographer.

The kids do something cute, I take a picture.

However, sometimes I get a cool, action shot.

This was my first attempt at getting Monkey in the Middle taking a shot.

Fuzzy, but still kinda cool.

This one was better.

I love action shots.

Look at his feet off the ground.

The ball that is just still in the shot.

Action shots like that are way cool.

Other action shots…

…well, they’re just cute.

And some still shots…

…melt your heart.

April 12, 2010

Grumpy Days

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Most days, we are pretty darn happy around here.

Some days, however, one or two or all of us are grumpy.

The other day, it was Monkey Girl’s turn.

I had the kids at the park.

We were playing.

We were laughing.

We were having a blast.


…almost all of us.

I’m sorry…perhaps you aren’t getting the full effect of the drama.


When she’s grouchy, this is the drama.

Some days, door slamming and foot stomping accompany this doleful expression.

But, on this day, it was just the face…the long sighs…

I love this kid.

April 10, 2010

Be Still My Heart

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:15 pm

Real Man and I have spent the past few days cleaning the house like crazy.

We are having our first open house on Sunday, and there was some work to be done.

So, while Real Man powerwashed the deck, I scrubbed the inside of the house.

The monkeys were amazing.

They found quiet things to do, and helped when they could.

At one point, I realized I hadn’t seen Baby Monkey in awhile.

I went to his room to see what he was doing, and I found him, napping on his bed.

Like this:

My Mommy heart sang and my musician heart sang.

Guitars for pillows.

Love it!

April 8, 2010

Scene from the Spring

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:27 pm

Our house is going on the market tomorrow, and although I’ve been busy purging and organizing, we’ve also been outside as much as we can.

I thought that, today, I’d share with you some scenes from our week.

(Just a reminder to go to Amazon, download my excerpt (for free!), read and review!)

April 7, 2010

Guest Vlogger – Monkey Girl!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:42 pm

Back by popular demand, Monkey Girl is here today to share with you another of her favorite things!

April 5, 2010

Trip Down Memory Lane

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:39 pm

Monkey Girl usually can be found with her nose in a book.

She’s perfectly content to read in solitude.

I get it.

However, every now and then, she asks if we can read together.

I read a page, she reads a page, etc.

The other night, she asked if I would pick a book that I really, really love and we could read together.

So, I looked at her books and picked this one.

Big Susan.

My Grandma, the librarian, gave me this book when I was a little girl.

She had an original copy.

This book was printed in the 1940’s.

It’s the story of a family of dolls who is owned by a girl named, ready…Big Susan, and they come to life every Christmas Eve.

My Grandma and I would read it together, and the other night, Monkey Girl and I read it together.

It was…


April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:01 am

If you celebrate Easter, please enjoy!

If you don’t, hope your Sunday is wonderful!

Either way, enjoy this card that Baby Monkey brought home from school last week!

April 3, 2010

What I Did Over My Spring Break

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:44 pm

What I Did Over My Spring Break.

A Report by: Amy Bozza

This spring break, while all my friends were busy playing games and taking trips, I spent the majority of my time in the bathroom.

Doing what, you may ask.

Trying to get the most stubborn four year old in the world to use the potty.

I was starting to get visions of Baby Monkey heading to college, and me having to say, “Hey sweetie, did you pack your Pull-Ups?”

We tried rewards.

He LOVES the Wiggles, so in August, after our trip to North Carolina, we said, “Okay, no more Wiggles until you go on the potty.  They are your potty reward.”

What did the child who could watch the Wiggles 24-hours a day say?

“Ah, that’s okay.  I don’t like the Wiggles anyway.”

We tried, “Twizzlers, your favorite treat, will be a reward if you go on the potty.”

What did Twizzler boy say?

“I don’t really like Twizzlers anymore.”

We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

Finally, last month, I called our doctor and begged for help.

She said, “For the next three weeks, just stop asking if he has to go.  Don’t mention the potty at all.”

So, we stopped.

Cold turkey.

It was unbelievable how aware he was that we were no longer asking.

“Mom,” he’d say.  “I wet my pants.”

I’d say, “Okay, let’s go get changed.”

He’d say, “You didn’t ask if I had to go to the potty!”

I said, “Oh, well, you didn’t ask, so I didn’t know!”

One time, he stood in the office and stared at Real Man while he went in his Pull-Up.

Real Man knew what he was doing, but wasn’t going to bite.

Finally, Baby Monkey said, “Dad, I’m stinky.”

Real Man said, “Okay, let’s go get you changed.”

Baby Monkey said, “You didn’t ask if I had to go!”

Real Man said, “You didn’t tell me!”

Baby Monkey said, “I told you in my head, Daddy.”

This is one tough cookie.

The end of three weeks coincided with my spring break, and so this past week, we continued to follow the doctors advice, which was to now say “We’re done with Pull-Ups.  Only underwear from now on.”  Then, if he had an accident, don’t be punitive, but simply make him help clean up and change himself.

At first, he wasn’t digging it.

We knew exactly when he had to go, because out of nowhere, he’d start to say, “I don’t want to wear underwear” and start wiggling around like a maniac.

But, when we’d take him to the bathroom, he’d say “I don’t have to go!”

We’d leave the bathroom and he’d promptly go.

Then, when he had to help clean it up, he almost gagged on the smell (I think he was being overly dramatic…it was pee) and for the past six days hasn’t had a single accident.

We’ve visited every bathroom in every building we’ve been in since Tuesday and he’s christened them all.

He’s so proud of himself…he’s telling total strangers “I’m a big boy and wear underwear now!”

So, although my report on what I did over my spring break may not be as exciting as yours, it is definitely ending EXACTLY how I wanted it to!

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April 2, 2010

{this moment}

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 7:55 pm

One of the blogs that I frequent, SouleMama, has a feature, each Friday called {this moment}.

What she writes is:

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Then, she invites her readers to do the same.

So, here is my moment from this week:

(Just a reminder to please download (for free!) my novel excerpt from Amazon, read and leave a review!)

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