My Real Life

October 29, 2010

‘Tis the Season

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 5:34 pm

..for magic and make-believe!


We hit the Halloween parades today.

First was the parade for Baby Monkey.

We weren’t sure they were going to let him wear his mask, but for the parade, I guess it was okay.

He gave us big smiles and waves when he saw us.

He was so happy to be Batman.

I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to get the costume off.

Then, we raced over to Monkey Girl’s school for her parade.

Be still my heart with my little Hermione.

She’s read every Harry Potter book and wanted to be Hermione last year, but we could only find Kindergarten-sized costumes at that time.  This year, we ordered online and she was thrilled.

Just to watch her doing the dances and parading with her friends.

She’s the best medicine for anything that ails you.

The afternoon brought the parade for Monkey in the Middle.

Mr. Serious.

Mr. My Mom Came To Read To My Class During Her Prep Period On Monday And I Couldn’t Even Smile At Her, Nor Do I Smile When I Score A Touchdown In Football, A Goal In Soccer, A Basket In Basketball, You Get The Picture…

It’s hard to tell, but there is a smile lurking behind that mustache.

I think we actually got two smiles.

Public smiles are hard to come by with this one.

We felt honored.

The parades were a success, and now we have a day until the big town parade and the trick-or-treating.

We’ve been DVRing Halloween episodes of television shows and Halloween kids movies and are ready to spend our weekend snuggling and being scared.

You can have your Christmas and your Thanksgiving and your New Year’s.

THIS is the time of year that makes me smile.

October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 7:36 am

Just wanted to dedicate the blog, today, to my sweetie, Real Man.

Today is his birthday, and although he is STILL younger than his wife, I wanted to wish him a very happy birthday and let him know how very much I love and appreciate him!

October 24, 2010

Holding Children

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:38 am

I’m very hands-on with my babies.

Hugs, kisses, lap-sitting, snuggling.

It’s 24-7 in our home.

I know not everyone is completely comfortable with all the touchy-feely stuff, and truth be told, with adults, I’m not either.

However, I can’t hold a baby, any baby, without planting a kiss on the top of their head.

I can’t see my neices and nephews without wanting to give them big squeezy hugs.

Sometimes I refrain, because I know they aren’t all comfortable with it, but with my monkeys, it’s squeezy time.

The reason is two-fold.

I think children should always know they are loved, and words aren’t enough when a kid is little.

Children need physical affection.

A hug can go a long way to soothe a bad day, a hurt knee, or a hurt feeling.

Kids are tactile by nature.

They touch everything.  It’s how they explore.

And so, holding them helps them know that they are important and special and loved.

Think about why they have volunteers in the NICU to rock the babies.

It helps them heal and grow.

But, the other side is that I find it very soothing, for myself, to snuggle with my monkeys.

If I’ve had a bad day, or a hurt knee, or a hurt feeling, a minute of snuggling up Baby Monkey does wonders.

A hug from Monkey in the Middle can soothe a raging headache.

A little squeeze from Monkey Girl can make the longest day worthwhile.

So, I’m going to go now, because there is a little monkey next to me just dying for a cuddle.

I suggest you do the same.

It’ll do wonders for you and them!

October 21, 2010

Math Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:23 pm

So, Monkey Girl’s school held a “Math is Fun Night” the other night.

The flyer came home a few weeks ago and it’s all she could talk about.

So, I got a sub for my handbell choir for that night and sent in the RSVP.

We were going.

It was a really fun night.

I’m a bit of a math nerd, myself, so this was right up my alley.

There were a bunch of different activities and we rotated through, 15 minutes at a time, for 2 hours.

Math puzzles, math games, math physical activities, total math awesomeness.

She was in heaven, and I was so happy to be there with her.

October 19, 2010

The Ends

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:59 pm

Now, if my father-in-law was the author of this blog, this title would suggest that this were my last post.

The end of the blog, as it were.

See, he has a habit of adding an “-s” to many commonplace words and store names.

Imagine a Jersey City accent saying, “Hey, I picked up a book at Barnes and Nobles.”


“I got a great deal on those dishtowels at the Walmarts.”

It’s quite endearing and gives us much, much fodder for teasing.

However, I am the author of this blog, and I do NOT add an “-s” to anything where an “-s” does not belong.

So, to what does our title refer?


Loaves of bread.

More specifically, the ends of a loaf of bread.

Do you have a “ends of the loaf” battle in your house?

As you can imagine, we do.

I tend to avoid the battle by making lunches at night, when the kids go to bed.

I rotate who gets the end pieces every day.

There are four of us who have sandwiches each day, which makes 8 pieces of bread a day which means that every day, someone gets an end.

I get it.

I do.

I hate the ends of bread loaves.

It’s just so…dry.

However, I take my turn, right along with the rest of them.

Baby Monkey doesn’t eat sandwiches.

I think it’s because he doesn’t want to risk an end.

I have had lunch boxes come home from school with half a sandwich left inside.

Can you guess which half?

Thought so.

Anyway, today I was just wondering if anyone else had “end of the loaf” issues, or if it was particular to our household.

My guess is that this is definitely one area where we are NOT alone.

October 17, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:36 am

So, I was busy folding some laundry in my room and I heard some giggling coming from the living room.

Giggles could mean so many things.

Could mean, “Tee-hee!  Hope Mommy doesn’t find out what we’re doing!”

Could mean, “Tee-hee!  Hope Daddy doesn’t find out what we’re doing!”

Could mean, “Tee-hee!”  Hope my brother/sister doesn’t find out what I’m doing!”

Or, in this case, it could mean, “Tee-hee!  I love hanging with my sister/brother and just having fun!”

The two of them.

Up there giggling away for about 15 minutes.

Playing “Got Your Nose,” “Got Your Finger,” “Got Your Ear,” etc.

Just enjoying each other.

It’s a good day.

A Look Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:01 am

As I wake up early on this beautiful (chilly) fall morning and fight the urge to turn on the heat, because I just will NOT turn on the heat until November, I’m curled under a blanket looking at photos with my boy monkeys.

As we near Halloween, we love looking at photos of Halloween past.

Here is last year’s photo.

Superman.  A Witch.  A Storm Trooper.

So fitting for all of their personalities.

The little guy who wants to always save the day.

The girl who believes in the possibilities of magic, despite what she already knows to be true.

A serious, serious boy…ready to defend.

Can’t wait for this year!

October 16, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:31 am

Bear with me for another non-family related post today.

I am always so completely blown away by the subconscious mind.

I absolutely loved my psychology classes in college.

Probably should have taken more of them, but I think I might have been scared to really know what goes on in this head of mine.

My Dad was a psychotherapist, as well as being a minister, so I am well-versed in what many call “psycho-babble” and can analyze people with the best of them.

But, the subconscious mind?

Seriously fascinating.

What started this little post this morning is the fact that I think it is so cool that your dreams wind up incorporating things into them that you don’t even realize are wandering around in your head.

Or, that, without you actively asking it to, your brain can protect you while you sleep.

I woke up a few hours ago from a dream.

In the dream, I was sleeping over at a friends house and I couldn’t breathe.

I was searching all over the room for something, but I couldn’t find it.

I found my friend’s inhaler (my friend doesn’t have asthma, in real life) but it was different than mine.

So, in my dream, my friend said to me, “I don’t want you to leave yet, but you better wake up and get your inhaler.”

I said, “Yeah, you are probably right,” and then next second, I’m up, I’m awake, I’m sitting in my bed in the midst of an asthma attack.

No problem.

I reached over, got the inahler out of my nightstand, took two hits and I was fine.

It’s awesome.

There are other ways that dreams are cool with what they weave in.

I could probably just have an entire blog based on my dreams.

They are usually pretty intense.

Growing up, I used to actually roll credits at the end of my dreams.

I haven’t done that in awhile, but very often still wake up and say “What the heck was THAT about?”

Ah, the subconscious mind.

October 15, 2010

Reality Check

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:08 am

Again, perhaps counterproductive, but I’m sending you to my friend, Gretchen’s, blog today.

I think today’s post can help the rest of us keep it all in perspective and to remember that no matter how tough some of our days might be, and how we might feel like life is conspiring against us, how very, VERY lucky we are.

I hope you’ll join me in thinking about Gretchen, her family, and the other families she mentions today.

October 14, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 4:43 pm

Yes, yes.

It’s only the 14th of October.

But, it’s October.

And to me, that means Halloween.

The monkeys and I have started reading our Halloween stories and taping the Halloween shows.

We’ve gotten the costumes, and have put out the decorations.

I have rented scary movies from Netflix for Real Man and I to watch, and am dying to get a babysitter so we can see some of the new release scary movies.

I love Halloween.

I love being scared.

I love the thrill of the supernatural and paranormal.

Halloween is just such a time of…possibility, I think.

I get more excited for Halloween than for any other holiday.

Even Christmas.

Just thought I’d share.

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