My Real Life

March 31, 2011

Family Dinner

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:50 am

Last night’s dinner:  Meatloaf, corn, biscuits, salad, cut up red peppers (because the monkeys don’t like salad, but they love red peppers!)

Let me preface this by saying I am neither someone who enjoys cooking, nor am I someone who excels at cooking.

I’m also not someone who has an inordinate amount of money to spend on the groceries.

For March, we spent an average of $109 a week on groceries (including diapers, paper products, toiletries, and all food).

(Pardon the plug for frugal living…yeah to living frugally!)

So, we aren’t eating gourmet meals over here, but they are from scratch and not out of a box.

However, cook a hot meal for my family every night, I do.

Channeling a little Yoda, there.

Anyway, if there is one thing that I hold strong to, it is the importance of eating together as a family.

Every night.

I realize that many families aren’t able to do this, due to the schedules of one or both parents.

When kids get to be teens, they may be in and out due to their own scheduling conflicts.

However, it is the one thing that I will always make sure we make our best effort to have.

It’s just a time where we can all check in with each other.

Talk about our days.

See what’s coming up during the next few days.

Problem solve each others issues.

Enjoy each other.

My monkeys are young, so while we do spend our dinner time doing all of the above, we also spend a majority of dinner playing “I Spy” or trying to trick each other into saying the number 5 (because, apparently, if you say “5” you are disqualified.  Disqualified from what, we have yet to determine, but it’s always a good time.)

It is, hands down, my favorite part of the day.

And, yes…there are nights when Monkey in the Middle has basketball or Monkey Girl has to get ready for Girl Scouts, and so family dinner is cut short, but I’d say that 6 out of 7 nights of the week, we sit down together and enjoy.

It’s my #1 recommendation for a happy family.

My #2 recommendation for a happy family is that after dinner, Mommy goes and puts up her feet and everyone else does the dishes.

March 24, 2011

My Boys

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:44 pm

My three sons.





March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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March 22, 2011

Public Service Announcement for the Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 12:01 pm

I received an e-mail from my friend, Carla, a few days ago.

In it, there was a link to this interactive map quiz of the Middle East.

I took it.

I was shamed.

I think it is so important that we are not only up on current events, but that we are aware of exactly where these things are happening.

I actually take the quiz every day, now, in an effort to practice what I preach.

And, when I go back to school in May, you can be sure my students will be taking the quiz.

Give it a shot.

You don’t have to tell us how you did.



March 21, 2011

Bathtime Cuteness

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 11:50 am

That’s it.

Just cute.

March 20, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:29 am

I feel like time is passing too quickly.

And I realize it is so cliche to say that, but I can’t help but hear this constant tick, tick, tick in the back of my mind.

Perhaps it’s because I have to return to work at the end of May.

Perhaps it’s because I know this is my last monkey.

I don’t really know, but things seem to be happening in fast forward these days.

How is it that my days being home are going more quickly than my days full of work?

Tiny Monkey has already outgrown his 0-3 month clothes.

I knew he wouldn’t fit in newborn stuff.

None of my kids ever did.

But 0-3 months?

I should have had a little more time with them!

He outgrew them at 3 weeks.

I feel like he’s gotten so much bigger, so fast.

But, then I look at this picture and I realize just how tiny he still is.

And I can breathe again.

March 18, 2011

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 8:27 am
1. Have you ever testified in court? For what?
Nope.  Hoping never to have to!

2. Do you still have your wedding dress?
Yep!  In a special box at my parents house.

3. Is there a special place you like to go when you’re happy, sad, stressed, etc.?

4. If you have kids, do they sleep with you? If you don’t have kids…will you let your kids sleep with you when/if you have them?
Only when they have had a bad dream, want an early morning snuggle, or if they are sick.

5. Do you watch late night TV?
Didn’t used to, but if Tiny Monkey is up and wanting to be fed, then I watch!

March 17, 2011

A St. Patrick’s Day Video Greeting and Funny Story

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:25 am
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Love that kid.

So, the nursery school where we’ve sent all the monkeys does a bang up job on St. Patrick’s Day.

Particularly the teacher that they all had for their 3-4 year old class.

We’ll call her Mrs. S.

The famed leprechaun, Seanie “O’Gravy” (who I am convinced is really Seanie O’Grady, but my children were all adamant it was “O’Gravy”) comes to the classroom every year and just wreaks havoc on the room.

Chairs upside down, leprechaun footprints on the tables, toys askew.

It’s a real mess.

The kids love it.

Every year, they (starting with Monkey Girl) would ask if the leprechaun was going to come to our house, and we would say “No, he seems to just go to school!”

And then…

A few years ago, when Monkey in the Middle was about 3, the leprechaun came to our house.

Monkey in the Middle was in two classes at nursery school.

A M, T, W class and a Th, F class.

So, St. Patrick’s Day was on a Thursday.

His M, T, W class had their party on Wednesday, so he ate all the green food his tummy could handle.

The next day, St. Patrick’s Day, the monkeys woke up and were going about their morning routine of eating breakfast and getting dressed when Real Man and I hear a shriek from the upstairs, hall bathroom.

“He came!  He came!  Seanie O’Gravy came to our house!!!”

I looked at Real Man and he shrugged.

He looked at me and I shrugged.

So, we raced up the stairs to see what all the fuss was about.

Well, suffice it to say, there was a green poop in the toilet.

No joke.

The kids were dancing around the hallway like fools, screaming and yelling that the leprechaun DID, in fact, visit their home!

They were sure it was because they had been so good, he couldn’t resist causing a little mischief in their house.

They.  Were.  So.  Happy.

Real Man and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Tears streaming down our faces.

Neither of us had the heart to explain that it was the result of Monkey in the Middle and his green food from the day before combined with his penchant for forgetting to flush.

Yes, it’s a story that only a parent could love, but it’s also a little reminder of how easy it is to make children happy.

The leprechaun visits our home every year now.

It doesn’t take long to flip bowls upside down, put out cookie and brownie mix instead of cereal or forks and knives instead of spoons.

It’s not hard to sprinkle some green glitter around and use your thumb to make leprechaun footsteps through the glitter.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that, sometimes, the simplest things bring the most joy.

So, Seanie O’Gravy has struck again at our home, this year, and the smiles on the faces of the monkeys are enough to ensure that he’ll be back every year, even when they are too old to care anymore.

March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Amy @ 10:15 am

March 13, 2011

I Think…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:59 am

I Think…

…my children are snuggle bunnies.

…my children love sleepover nights.

…my children love each other.

I think.

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