My Real Life

December 18, 2010

Five Question Friday…On Saturday…Again

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 9:05 am

I’m not even making excuses.

I had to post the picture of Monkey Girl yesterday.

So, here’s Five Question Friday on Saturday, yet again!

1. Do you regift…and if so, do you have a regifting horror story?
I do regift, but nothing major, and only for the little things.  No horror stories.  I’m sure I’ve been regifted to over the years.  In fact, I’m positive I have been, and I survived.

2. Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year?
Probably.  I’m a pretty safe bet when it comes to Christmas giving.  All I’ve wanted for Christmas since I learned how to read was books.  So, books are always a major portion of what I get for Christmas, and that is PERFECT!  Since the advent of the gift card, that has morphed into Barnes and Noble gift cards, which I am thrilled to see when I open them.  These make it even easier now that I have my Nook.  I just upload the gift card and download the magic!

3. Who brings the most gifts in your family, you or Santa?
Santa.  We don’t need the credit.  This holiday is about magic, wonder and miracles.  My kids are ridiculously good kids.  I want them to know that Santa knows how good they are.  Santa brings not only the big stuff, but most of the little stuff, too.  We bring the boring stuff, like socks and underwear.

4. What store do you love to by jeans from?
Any store that sells Levi’s.  I actually like to wear Levi’s men’s button up jeans.  I think they are 501’s or 551’s or something like that.  So comfortable.  Ahhhh…hoping to get back into a pair by the end of March.  We’ll see.  Right now, I have one pair of maternity jeans that I bought at Target that I wear almost every day.  I miss my Levi’s.

5. Christmas meal: Big, All Out Meal or Snacks and Apps?
Personally, I prefer snacks and apps on Christmas, but it’s not up to me.  We’re going to my father-in-laws for a delicious, enormous Christmas dinner.  And, although I could definitely survive on snacks and apps, you can be sure there won’t be a morsel of food left on my dinner plate when I get through with it.

December 17, 2010

My Christmas Spirit

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:15 am

When I get to feeling grinchy, I simply think of this girl.

She is, quite frankly, the kindest, sweetest, most generous soul I have ever known.

She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.

She loves everyone and wants nothing more than for everyone else to be happy.

If anyone has Christmas spirit, it is this girl.

And she has it every single day of the year.

She is my heart and I absolutely cannot imagine my life without her.

December 16, 2010

Concert Boy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 1:53 pm

Monkey in the Middle is a concert God.

At least, in our family, he is.

Last night, he had his Winter Concert at school.

Due to lack of seating, we were relegated to the balcony, where I knew he’d never find us.

I wasn’t sure how that would go.

Would he look out and not find us and keep singing, or would he look out, not find us and freak out?

That boy looked for us the entire time he sang.

He never found us.

He continued to sing his little heart out.

He even smiled several times.

Unheard of.

He was awesome.

He was handsome.

We were so very proud of him.

I have no pictures because none came out from that distance.

But, trust me.

A concert God.

December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Amy @ 10:02 am

December 14, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:17 pm

Now, please know that I do NOT use the term “miracle” lightly.

In fact, I take issue with the term in most cases.

For example, the movie “Miracle” about the 1980 US Olympic ice hockey team who beat the odds and beat the Russians in the Olympics?

I think it takes away from their hard work to call that a miracle.

Yes, they were the underdogs and for many reasons, shouldn’t have won.

However, they worked hard and calling it a miracle takes away from their hard work.

So, underdog story?


Big surprise?

You betcha.



However, I have to say, although I know how scientific it truly is and how it all works, physically, this baby growing in my belly?


I mean…seriously.

I am growing a human in my body.

It started out as a little nothing and is going to come out as a person.

How does that happen?

So very many things can go wrong, and for many people, unfortunately, it does.

And, we’re not done with this one yet, so I don’t want to speak prematurely that everything will be fine.

But if it is?


Right now, he/she is doing somersaults and you can see his/her little butt knocking against my skin.

It looks completely like the movie “Alien” but it’s awesome!


Yes, this is my fourth, and so by now, the whole miracle-ness of it all should have worn off.

But, it hasn’t.

And it won’t.

It’s crazy.

It’s insane.

It’s amazing.

It’s wonderful.


December 12, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 11:56 am

We spent yesterday afternoon decorating for Christmas.

The kids absolutely love to decorate, and this year, they actually did the tree without too much help from Real Man and I.

The decorations are a little clumpy, in spots, but I think it looks pretty good.

We got a kick out of this ornament.

It was given to us by my “Aunt” Linda when I was pregnant with Monkey Girl, 10 years ago.

Who knew how many times it would be appropriate???

And, once all was said and done, I went outside to take a picture from the driveway.

I think there is nothing like a house at the holidays, even without the outdoor lights.  It just looks SO much homier and festive, especially with the tree in the window.

December 11, 2010

Five Question Friday…On Saturday…Again!

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 9:37 am
One of these days, I’ll actually post Five Question Friday on a Friday.
Not this week, though. 🙂
1. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
We open presents on Christmas Day.  Growing up, we used to open one present on Christmas Eve, but we don’t do that in my little (enormous) family.  We wait until Christmas morning. 

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie (or candy)?
I don’t know if it is a Christmas cookie, per se, but this time of year, I love Snickerdoodles.  Snickerdoodles and a nice, hot cup of tea.  Divine!

3. What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
I don’t know that I can answer this question.  Any gift I’ve ever gotten, I’ve gotten because the buyer thought of me and picked it out.  So, how can I say any of them were bad?  I could go into bad grab bag gifts, but I’ve got a time limit here, this morning.

4. Christmas song that you love?
“O Holy Night” is my favorite Christmas song, and the version that I love the most is by Billy Porter, and it can be found on the Rosie O’Donnell Christmas CD that I bought in 1999.  He gets to those high notes and the end and my breath catches and I get all teary…pregnant or not.

5. How many trees do you put up?
Just one, and yes, it’s fake.  A few years ago we decided we were done with the real trees.  We can never find one that we truly like, we both hate the needles that fall everywhere, and I have enough trouble keeping small plants alive.  A tree is something that conquers me every year.  So, we went to our local Agway, in January, and got a fake tree for about 70% off.  It’s pre-lit, and sometimes we have some problems with the lights, but overall, it is SO much easier than the real ones.  The kids still love to decorate and it’s awesome.
Well, hope you enjoyed this episode of Five Question Friday on Saturday.  Next up, the Sunday Funnies on Monday!

December 10, 2010

Blast From the Past

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 12:57 pm

Me and my girl.

A long, long, time ago.

December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Amy @ 4:39 pm

Kinda captures the excitement of the season, don’tcha think?

December 7, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:09 am

So, Baby Monkey had his Celebration (Christmas Concert) at Pre-K last night.

He was so excited to sing.

And sing he did.

Of course, he did so with his own, personal style.

Adding some sound effects here and there.

Goofing around on stage with his friend, who was sitting next to him. (Never understand why they let friends sit together at a concert)

Yet, he’s a character, and his fooling around was actually kinda funny.

Real Man and I tried to be stern but we couldn’t help ourselves.

And we laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

Afterward, I said, “Why were you fooling around?”

He said, “Because my friends were fooling around.”

I said, “Nice deflection.”

Then, he turns to me with the big, innocent eyes and says “Mama…do you love me even when I’m fooling around?”

Aye caramba.

That one is going to be the death of me.

But, at least I’ll die smiling!


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