My Real Life

August 18, 2010

Mowing the Lawn

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:35 am

Ah, I’m so glad the boys are finally of an age where they can mow the lawn.

Real Man is glad, too, because it means that he doesn’t have to spend his weekends doing lawn care.

The boys have already taken care of it during the week.

I know, I know…

…some of you may think they are a little young to handle a lawnmower, but I say, start ’em young!

And, they love it.

They spend hours in the yard, mowing away, calling me out to check their progress.

It really warms a mother’s heart.

Sure, sure…

…their lawnmowers aren’t really traditional.

And yes, not a blade of grass actually gets any shorter.

But, c’mon…

…you gotta admire their work ethic.

August 17, 2010

Catching Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:46 am

We’ve been busy.

And while our general business could have been fodder for several blog posts, I’ve been too busy to write them.

For example, I could have written an entire post about the frustration of Back to School shopping when all of the clothes that are out there for 9 year old girls are skinny jeans and short, short skirts.

Disgusting and heartbreaking, particularly if you are the Mom of a beautiful, sweet little girl who doesn’t quite fit that body mold.

Or, I could have written a blog post about the game of t-ball the boys and I attempted in the backyard, only to have to call it due to being pelted with acorns from the trees.

We couldn’t see them, but we are sure that the squirrels were actually throwing them at us.

They were coming down that hard.

There’s also the blog post I could have written about taco night, when I decided to make tacos (for the first time) and the kids were thrilled, and so I made two pounds of taco meat.

The boys decided to just have cheese tacos.

What’s that?

Oh, just the shredded cheese in their shells.

The photo of the 1.5 pounds of taco seasoned meat still in my fridge would have made a good image.

Perhaps you’d have enjoyed yesterdays blog post about Monkey Girl’s first day of Girl Scout camp.

She’s in love with camp.

She’s in love with life.

I’m in love with her.

Finally, I could have written about my impromptu trip into NYC with Erin where we did nothing really…shopped at Bloomingdale’s and saw Eat, Pray, Love at the beautiful, old Ziegfeld Theater, and then met Kim and Michaela for dinner at HK…a fantastic restaurant with a fantastic waiter.

But, I’m not sure I could have captured the laughter and joy that comes from spending the day with an old friend and the evening with two more old friends, all of whom you love more than life itself.

So,  now you’re caught up, and I’m back and this week is looking less busy.

And, if I know the way things go around here, there will be plenty to share!

August 13, 2010

Ode to the Cardboard Box

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:22 am

Oh, cardboard box.

How much you thrill my children.

Your possibilities are endless.

In a house full of toys, you eclipse them all.

You are a clubhouse,

A nap room,

A reading nook,

A hiding place.

Good job, little friend.

Good job.

August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Amy @ 8:06 am

Well, unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera when my Wordless Wednesday moment occurred.

So, I’m going to have to go anti-wordless Wednesday and tell you about the moment with words and no picture.

That’s how I roll.

So, yesterday was spent at the ER.

We WERE going to see Ramona and Beezus and we were going to bring one of Monkey Girl’s friends with us.

Suffice it to say, she was excited.

So, she was running out the front door, went to slam the door, but slammed her middle finger instead.

Our front door is some steel or metal.

Not wood.

Not that it would have mattered with the force that she used to slam that door.

Big hunka skin flappin’ around.

Much blood.

Many tears.

I washed it out, wrapped it up, called her friend’s Mom to say we would NOT be by in 5 minutes, and to the ER we went.

The moment occurred when we were back in a room, and the doctor came in.

Monkey Girl was laying on the bed, and the boys were sitting on my lap next to the bed.

As the doctor started poking at her finger, Monkey in the Middle just quietly reached out and gently grabbed her other hand.

She looked over at him and smiled gratefully.

He smiled back.

I cried.

Excellent moment.

August 10, 2010

Truthful Tuesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:05 am

I read a lot of blogs.

That’s not the confession.

Just leading up to it.

Most of the blogs I read are Mommy blogs.

Blogs where the Moms share their daily routines and tell funny stories about their kids and talk about crafts and activities they’ve done with their kids.

When I grow up, I want to be a Mom like these ladies.

They grow spices and herbs in their gardens.

They make lavender cupcakes.

Homemade bread.

They have scented paper in their linen closets.

They have things that they call “linens.”

They make seashell necklaces and ridiculously amazing crafts with their kids.


I’m lucky if my kids get a bath most days, and when they do, I dry them with towels and they sleep on sheets…not linens…that smell of ShopRite dryer sheets…not scented linen paper.

We make funfetti cupcakes from a box mix, and the boys make butt jokes while we wait for them to bake.

Crafts end up with at least one child completely covered in marker and the other two upset that their glue sticks had dried out.

I know I’m not alone.

I read other Mommy blogs, as well.

Moms who have stories that more closely echo mine.

But, still…

…Somedays, I dream of being a Martha Stewart/Crunchy Granola Mom who does amazing things and then smiles and winks with a little sparkle.

And that’s my truth for today.

August 9, 2010

You’d Think…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:39 pm

…with all the time my monkeys have spent doing this, this summer…

…you’d think I’d have the greenest grass in town.

And before you say, “Hey, that grass looks pretty green,” let me inform you that they are spraying at the neighbor’s lawn, who needs no help in the green lawn department.


As long as we keep getting smiles like the one Monkey Girl is shining, who cares a flying fig about the grass?

August 8, 2010

Great Dad

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:39 am

There are good dads.

Then, there are great dads.

Real Man falls into the latter category.

He is a great dad.

Throughout the day, the monkeys continually ask when Daddy is coming home.

They know the answer, but they ask anyway.

On Friday, they were particularly missing Real Man, and so they decided to leave messages for him in the driveway.

Included in the general “I love you” messages, they also left a trail for him to follow as he drove up the driveway, and a path for him to walk from his truck to the front door.

He didn’t just follow it.

As he pulled up to the driveway, he knew the monkeys would be watching out the front window.

So, he leaned out the truck window and got this incredulous look on his face, like he absolutely couldn’t believe the unbelievable artwork that decorated the driveway.

He followed the curvy path with his truck.

He parked where it said to park.

He got out and walked the entire length of the driveway again, looking at the artwork…really looking at it.

Then, followed the walking path, as twisty and turn-y as it was.

He came in the house and raved about it all.

Those kids felt so incredibly special.

Took no effort.

Made 3 kids SO happy.

That’s a great Dad.

August 7, 2010

And the Winner Is…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:27 am
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…Comment #5, which was left by Abishek Duggal, a new commenter to the blog!

Abishek, I will contact you by e-mail to get your mailing address to send your gift card ASAP!

Congrats to Abishek, and here’s a little something for the rest of you…

I like to call it,

“How to truly enjoy an ice cream cone.”

August 6, 2010

Grandma’s House

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:53 am

Whenever people are coming to look at the house, the monkeys and I head out of Dodge and go to Grandma’s house.

Grandma’s house is always full of stuff to play with that, if kept at our house, wouldn’t be looked at twice.

However, the mere fact that they are “Grandma’s toys” makes them utterly fun and cool to play with.

For example, we have a piano.

The kids love to play the piano.

But, Grandma has a Clavinova.

Way cooler.

Grandma also has this wooden Noah’s Ark toy that is full of wooden animals.

When I tell you that no one would even look at this toy at our house, I’m not exaggerating.

Of course, at Grandma’s house, you also have Grandpa who will hold up the elephant and say things like, “Oh, I’m just going to put this panda bear right over here,” to which the kids will reply in outrage “Grandpa!!!  It’s an elephant.”

This game can continue for hours.

Grandma’s house also has Grandpa’s ancient Lego set, which is so ancient that they weren’t even called Lego’s but “Block City.”

They are so cool.

I used to spend the majority of my summers at my Grandma’s house in Ohio, and while I was there, hours and hours of my time were spent playing with these building blocks.

Now, they are so old, they barely snap together anymore, but it doesn’t dissuade the kids.

Grandma also has this life-sized black labrador stuffed dog.

Creeps me out a little, but Baby Monkey absolutely thinks it is the coolest.

He also seems to think it’s a horse to be ridden, but what can you do?

Finally, Grandma has awesome games.

Particularly, she has Skunk.

Skunk is a game from my Dad’s childhood that I grew up playing with at my Grandma’s in Ohio.

My Grandma and I would play this dice-rolling game for hours and hours on their screened in porch.

I loved that game so much.

I swore my parents had it.

They swore they didn’t.

They did.

And yes, this is the ORIGINAL game that I played with my Grandma.

The address of that company is so old, it still has the mailing district listed for where exactly in Minneapolis it was located.

Love old stuff.

Needless to say, although we’d love to bring the game home, we’re leaving it at Grandma’s.

I doubt it would remain in such pristine condition at our house.

It’s a great game.

I still maintain, however, that if you brought any one of these toys or games to our house, they would immediately cease to be interesting.

The magic of Grandma’s house.

August 3, 2010

Toothless Wonder

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:39 am

The kid was cute to begin with.

I mean, let’s be honest.

He’s a cute boy.

But, over the weekend, the tooth came out, the tooth fairy came, and I swear…

…he got cuter.

How can losing a body part actually make someone adorable?

I don’t know, but there it is.

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