My Real Life

September 30, 2011

The Dentist

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 4:46 pm

The monkeys had their dentist appointments yesterday.

I dread the dentist.

Not for myself.  I actually find it to be quite a relaxing experience.

But, for the monkeys.

Monkey Girl does just fine at the dentist, but Monkey in the Middle suffers from an overproduction of saliva, (inherited from me…sorry, buddy) and the result is that plaque and tartar build up on the back of his bottom front teeth faster than he can possibly brush it away.

No one can see it, but it’s there, and at the dentist, you know what that means…

The Scraper.

So, you’ll have to forgive me for keeping visits to the dentist a secret until we are pulling into the parking lot.

Otherwise, the anxiety is through the roof leading up to the appointment and he cannot control his behavior.

Baby Monkey also has a fear of the dentist.

He’s only been once.

They weren’t able to pry his mouth open to even count his teeth.


He’s afraid of loud noises, and despite the fact that I told them NOT to turn on the tooth polisher to polish their finger before putting it in his mouth, they did it anyway.

He heard the noise and lost his mind.

And, please know that the phrase “lost his mind” is in no way, shape or form an exaggeration.

So, as you can imagine, my anxiety starts to rise when I know we have to head to the dentist.

However, you gotta take your kids to the dentist.

It’s, like, a rule or something.

So, I made their latest appointment for Thursday at 3:30.

I had forgotten we didn’t have school due to Rosh Hashana, and if I had remembered, I would have done it first thing in the morning.

But, I didn’t.

Monkey in the Middle has been a bit less anxious these days, about life in general, so I decided that I would give it a try, letting him know ahead of time that we were headed to the dentist.

Appointment at 3:30, I told him at 12.

There were no tears, but there were a lot of questions and I tried to keep it low key by whispering, “Please don’t scare your brother,” which was instantly thwarted with a loud, “But it’s gonna hurt!!!”

I was able to distract with a trip to the library and we came home with a bag laden with 13 books and 7 movies.

We spent an hour watching the Arthur DVD’s, cuddling together, and I was feeling pretty good about the fact that the anxiety seemed to be dying down.

However, as soon as I sent them up to brush their teeth (I know, I know…dentists aren’t fooled by that pre-visit brush, but we do it anyway) the frowns began to appear, once again.

Now, the plan was that Baby Monkey would go first.  That way, he wouldn’t hear the polisher and Mr. Thirsty being used on his siblings and we could, hopefully, use the element of surprise to get, at least, a few teeth clean.

So, I leave the other two big kids in the waiting room and head back with Baby Monkey.

When I’m wrong, I admit it, and let me tell you, I was wrong about this trip to the dentist.

One after the other, they all went back and had their teeth cleaned and treated with fluoride.

They smiled, they chatted, they talked about school.

Monkey in the Middle was anxious…

…but even the scraper didn’t scare him and by the time Mr. Thirsty came out, he was all smiles.

Monkey Girl got the news that we need to head over to the orthodontist and get some braces, and she handled it beautifully.

I can’t tell you how proud I was of those kids and so very glad to have been wrong.  There were lots of smushy hugs and kisses and I’ve never been so happy to be wrong in my life.  Should have given those babies more credit.

They are pretty darn awesome.

September 28, 2011

Life on a Train

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:20 am





My friend, Tara, shared this with me and I thought it was definitely something I wanted to share with all of you.

Glad to share my train ride with you all.


September 26, 2011

Why I Love Him

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:17 am

It’s important to be married to someone who gets you.

Someone who not only knows your strange, little quirks, but embraces them.

When we moved into this house, the downstairs bathroom was broken.  Not the whole bathroom…just the toilet.

We tried to fix it, but it turned out the problem was bigger than we originally thought, and so it’s taken some time.

On Sunday, Real Man went to Sears Hardware to pick up the last (hopefully) part to make it right.

Now, over the summer, I started picking up a few items here and there to decorate said bathroom in a beach theme.

Real Man thought I was a little silly with the beach theme and registered his…concerns…however, he let me run with it.

So, imagine my surprise when, on Sunday, Real Man came home and called out, “Aim?  Can you come here for a minute?”

I followed him out to the garage where he was standing behind his Jeep, opening the trunk.

“I made an impulse buy today, and I can return it if you don’t like it, but I think you will.”

It’s the most godawful, cheesiest thing I have ever seen in my entire life and I love it more than I can say.

Does that guy know me, or what?

September 20, 2011

Five Question Friday on a Tuesday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 6:05 am


1. If you had a weekly newspaper column, what would you name it?

I think I’d probably go with “…and THAT’S How I Roll.”

2. Who is your mentor/inspiration?

It would depend on of what aspect of my life you are speaking.

In general, though, I am inspired by those who don’t take themselves too seriously and enjoy their lives.  Who embrace their inner awesome at all times.

3. What is your wake up beverage of choice?

Decaf tea.
Doesn’t help you “wake up” but there’s nothing like it in the morning!
4. Would you wear your mom’s clothes?


Sorry, Mom.

She knows we don’t share style sense.

It’s all good.

5. When you were a kid, did you put posters on your wall? If so, what were they of?

My posters were all out of Tiger Beat or Teen Beat or Young Miss, etc.  I devoured those magazines, and seemed to have passed that on to Monkey Girl.

My earliest poster was Shaun Cassidy.  I covered it in kiss marks.  Then the 80’s rolled around…

Jon Bon Jovi

Kirk Cameron

Michael J. Fox

Scott Baio…cuz Chachi really loved me.

A big, huge one of Dolph Lundgren…you know, the Russian who fought Rocky and said “I will break you.”  I thought he was SO hot.  Now I see him and I’m like “Really, Amy?  Really?”

Hindsight.  20/20 and all that.

Ricky Schroeder…sorry, the Ricker…sorry, Rick Schroeder, sorry…the has been.

Rob Lowe…St. Elmo’s Fire, that saxophone…Lord, have mercy!

Corey Haim…RIP…Lost Boys, Goonies…loved him.

Christopher Atkins…the dude from the Blue Lagoon which I was way too young to see, but we had HBO and I was a latchkey kid for awhile and HBO wasn’t always thinking when they put their “R” movies on.

Donnie Wahlberg.  Loved those New Kids…if you know my friend, Kim, ask her to do the New Kids dance for you.  She used to totally rock it in her basement. With regards to Donnie, though, I would soon trade him for his bro, “Marky” Mark Wahlberg, and never look back.

Oh, and the guy from 16 Candles…Jake Ryan…who never really did anything else, but that was fine with me because I was left with the image of him leaning against his car saying “Yeah you.”

Because, he was talking to me…you know that, right?  He was talking directly to me.

September 18, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:24 am

We are puzzle people.

We love crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, mystery puzzles, logic puzzles.

Basically, if it’s a puzzle, we are in.

We particularly love jigsaw puzzles.

We all will work on them, but Monkey in the Middle is really the puzzler, out of the kids. He can focus on a puzzle for hours if an adult is working with him. Not sure if it’s the puzzle he loves or the adult one-to-one interaction that keeps him there, but the puzzle stamina is impressive.

When we are on vacation at the beach, we usually have a puzzle going on. we arrive with about five for the week and buy more while we are there.

This past summer, toward the end of our last beach week, I went to the Ben Franklin and picked up n awesome looking, 750 piece puzzle.

However, time got away from us and we only got to start it. So, we broke it down and brought or home.

We were still moving in and unpacking, so we didn’t open it ip again for about a week.

It’s been almost a month now and yesterday morning, we finished it. The two of us were so happy, we were jumping up and giving each other hugs and high fives.

It was tricky, but we stuck with it and were successful and learned some lessons along the way.

1. You cannot work a jigsaw puzzle while holding a baby.

2. It is impossible to not lose pieces to a 750 piece jigsaw puzzle when you have four children. it’s complete, but there are three holes where the missing pieces belong.

3. Completing a project with one of your children is a great, great feeling.

4. Monkey in the Middle is a freaking spacial relations phenom. He can pick up any random piece and see exactly where it goes.

5. I need a jigsaw puzzle table.

6. I need a new prescription for my glasses.

September 17, 2011

Deep Peace

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 7:27 am

Jeff, a friend of mine, signs off many of his posts on Facebook with the words “Deep Peace.”

I think about that phrase, often, and try to associate it with certain moments in my life.

Two nights ago, I went looking for the monkeys.

It was close to bedtime and I couldn’t hear them, so I wondered what they were “right in the middle of, Mom!” so that bedtime would have to be postponed by 15 minutes.

I walked into Monkey Girl’s room and found this scene.

Deep Peace.

September 13, 2011

Waking up Full of Awesome

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:26 am

I love this post.

I love it.

I love it.

I love it.

September 12, 2011

Threats and Promises

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:18 am
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My cardinal rule of parenting (other than love the heck outta your babies) is “Never make a threat or a promise you don’t intend to keep.”

This means that I work very hard at holding my tongue when I’m angry before I ground someone for a week or take away the xBox for 5 months.

Because once I say it, I hold to it, no matter how hard it is.

So, there’s a lotta tongue biting around here.

However, I believe it is just as important to keep your promises to your kids.

They need to know that they can count on you to do what you say you will do.

So, imagine my moment of panic when Monkey in the Middle reminded me two days before school started that, back in late June when school first got out, I promised to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese before school started again in the fall.

As soon as he said it, I remembered saying it, and in this house, a promise is a promise.

So, on Labor Day, Real Man and I loaded those monkeys up in the car and headed out to Chuck E. Cheese.

And. We. Had. Fun.

Like, serious fun.

I say it twice because CEC is not known for being fun for parents.

For kids, yes.

For parents, it’s more like a nuclear stress test.

This time, not so bad.

Not everyone was totally into it…

But most of us were.

This was one promise I was happy to keep.

September 9, 2011

Rise Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:30 pm

Spending my weekend holding family and friends close to my heart.

Never forget.

September 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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