My Real Life

June 20, 2012

Wednesday…With a Few Words

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Sometimes, if you ask a man to try that picture one more time, after the thirtieth time of taking the photo, he may get fed up.

And make this face:

Or this one:

And when you switch position and say “This one will be perfect,” but it’s not, and you ask him to take “just one more,” he may make this face:

But, if the guy loves you, then he’ll make this face:

And all will be well.

June 19, 2012

Ft. Lauderdale, Baby!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

This past weekend, Real Man and I left the monkeys with their grandparents (who did an amazing job, with the rest of the extended family, tag-teaming so we could go) and headed to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to witness my brother-from-another-mother, Mark, marry the love of his life, Rob.

Here’s Mark in 1998.

So yummy.

Here’s Mark today:

Yummy still.

Doesn’t age.

The wedding was beautiful.

It was held on a rooftop, so it was a bit windy:

But, truly, no one seemed to care.

It was so evident that we were in the presence of a deep, abiding love, the wind was forgotten.

Rob’s brother is a minister and performed the ceremony and had such beautiful words about them both and about marriage, on the whole, and how they embody what it should be.

And they do.

Then, the reception:

Who could have a bad time in a room that looked like this???

Not us!

There was a touching wedding video where they were both interviewed about how they met and about their relationship and the proposal and everything in between.  It was awesome.

There was a photo booth and the photos that were being taken inside were being displayed on the big screen outside.

Hours of entertainment.

There were props and rockin’ music and just really great people and really great times.

There were also presents.

Oh, you think I mean presents for the grooms.


I meant presents for me.

Because, apparently, my brother-from-another-mother decided that the middle of his wedding reception would be a perfect time to give ME gifts.

He walked over with an armful of wrapped boxes and said, “These are for you!  Let’s go open them.”

What was inside?

Seasons 8-9 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comics and Angel and Faith Comics.

Be still my heart (but not really still, cuz then I’d actually BE a vampire).

I want to lock myself in my room and not come out until I’m done with them.

But, I won’t.

Because I’m responsible and all that.


An “Eat, Sleep, Write” mug.

Because he reads my blog every day and found a mug that meets my criteria.

And, because he loves me. 🙂

Such good stuff.

So, it was a beautiful, fun night celebrating Mark and Rob.

The next day, Mark and Rob were off on a cruise with Mark’s parents and his sister and her family, so Real Man and I slept in, went for a long walk, took a long nap, went to the beach, and went out to dinner.

Our dinner companion?

Can’t figure it out?

Let me zoom in.

It was Barack Obama.

Okay, technically, it wasn’t Obama, but let me tell you, this guy was a dead ringer for Obama!

And, he didn’t seem to appreciate my taking pictures of him, despite the fact that I tried to disguise it by pretending to show Real Man pictures from my phone.

Tip:  If you ever go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you must eat lunch at the Casablanca Cafe.  And when you do, you must order the chicken quesadilla.  And, then you must go back there for dinner (we find something we like, we stick with it) and you must have the Angus Burger with cheddar cheese, and you must put their special mango-chile aioli sauce on said burger, and then just enjoy.  Seriously.  That place rocks our socks.

I took shots of us, throughout the two days, also.

Oh, and I was totally channeling Vanilla Ice when I saw this sign, and poor Real Man had to listen to me sing “Ice, Ice Baby” for the rest of the weekend.

It was a truly wonderful weekend, but, by the end, we were both ready to fill our empty, aching arms with our monkeys, and homecoming was oh-so-sweet.

Congratulations to Mark and Rob.

We love you both!

June 17, 2012

Coming Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:11 pm

You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for my next post. Right now I’m enjoying the view and will be coming home tonight. Ft. Lauderdale, it was fun!

Real Men

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Real Men wear homemade, paper Father’s Day hats in restaurants because it makes their sons proud.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Real Men in your life.

June 16, 2012

What She’s Been Doing

Filed under: Posts with Video — Amy @ 6:00 am

I thought I’d share with you a snippet of what Monkey Girl has been doing with her new laptop.

The kid cracks me up.

And this one…love the creativity.

I. Love. My. Kids.

June 15, 2012

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 6:00 am

1. Would you grow your hair out to donate it?

Been there, done that, would be more than happy to do it again.

2. What song makes you think of summer?

California Girls by the Beach Boys

Summer in the City by the Lovin’ Spoonful

Both of these automatically bring me to the summer, no matter the actual season.

I know I’ve already led you there, but let me redirect you to my friend, Shane’s, blog, in which he outlines “Summer Lovin’ and the Songs of Summer.”

3. Are you a flip flops or sandals kind of person?


I love my flip flops, but I don’t love plastic-y, cheap flip flops.

I have Addidas flip flops that have a gel-like cushiony foot base.

I love them.

However, I love my sandals for dressier occasions.

Strappy sandals, sandals with heels.

Love them.

My favorite shoes are my trail walking sneakers, but I enjoy my flips and my sandals, as well.

4. Favorite summer treat (ie ice cream, snow cones, etc)?

Dairy Queen large chocolate cone with rainbow sprinkles.

I have actually dreamed of these cones.

5. Do you do something special for the father of your children on Fathers day?

I can’t answer this question on the grounds that Father’s Day is two days away and the father of my children reads this blog and I wouldn’t want to ruin any surprises the monkeys or I might have in store.

However, I can safely say that, in the past, we have made him breakfast, bought him lovely gifts, and tried to let him chill and relax for the day.

As for this year?

My lips are sealed.

June 14, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

I apologize, once again, for the frequent randomness of the blog, lately.  Lots going on, and my mind is scattered.

That being said, here are my thoughts for today.

1.  Someone posted this link on Facebook.

It’s meant to make you feel old.

It works.

Check it out, then come back for the rest of my randomness.

2.  School ends tomorrow.

Yes, we have to come back for graduation next Wednesday, but the day in, day out of school is over tomorrow.

I’m excited to spend the summer with my babies.

I’m so sad to say goodbye to my students.

Over 100 kids who have absolutely wormed their way into my heart.

I love them, I worry about them, I’ll miss them.

The hardest thing about being a teacher is that you fall in love with your kids year after year after year, and yet, they always leave you behind.

You are consistently saying goodbye.

You know they are destined for great things and that it’s the circle of life that you teach them what you can and then they move on, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

It’s just hard to say goodbye.

3.  Speaking of growing up, I’m finding that I’m liking this new stage we’re in, at home.

Monkey Girl is now old enough to watch Monkey in the Middle and Baby Monkey for a few minutes while I run to pick up Tiny or take Tiny with me to the bank.

It means that every trip out of the house doesn’t have to be a major production of 5 people in the car, out of the car, in the store, out of the store, in the car, out of the car.

It’s nice.

She’s not quite old enough to watch Tiny, but soon enough, soon enough.

And the boys love it when she is in charge for a few minutes.

And, apparently, they are angels for her.

All good stuff.

4.  If you blink, it all passes you by too quickly.

Two weeks ago, I was worried that Tiny wouldn’t be walking by the time we went to the beach this summer.

Today, you can’t slow the kid down.

He falls, but he walks everywhere.

One minute, he’s a baby.

The next, he’s a toddler.

The next, a little boy, going to school.

It’s June…you gotta forgive me all the “people growing up and making me weepy” talk.

It’s what June does to me.

5.  So, remember my quest for simplicity and purging?

It’s going well.

I’ve Freecycled an infant car seat, some books, have tossed some broken toys, given the kids grocery bags to fill up with trash from their rooms.

I’ve cleared off a counter that used to be a collection spot for things when they come in the door, and have set up some Rubbermaid drawers to collect the stuff, out of sight, to be gone through once a week, thus leaving the counter open and free.

I’ve donated some clothes, and plan on going through my closet next week and pruning that, too.

Also planning on moving Tiny from the highchair into a booster seat at the table, next week, so we can get the high chair out of here, also.

That one is sad, but I’m thrilled with the path through the kitchen that will be opened up with that particular piece of furniture removed.

6.  We recently bought Monkey Girl a laptop.

I know how much she will use it in middle school, next year, since I work there, and we decided we’d get it for her now so she could get familiar with it over the summer.

I guess that was silly, because she’s had it for a few days and she already works her Mac Book Pro better than I work mine.

I am consistently amazed at how easily kids pick up technology stuff.  I realize it’s because they’ve grown up in a tech world (digital natives) and it is just part of what they know, but it still amazes me.

It also makes me excited to see what they’ll all invent when they become adults.

7.  E-cards.

I kind of hate them.

They are everywhere.

Particularly Facebook.

And Pinterest.

But, some of them.


Really funny.

So, I try really hard to hate the e-card.

But I really can’t.

June 13, 2012

Not My Words Wednesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Oh, how I absolutely love all these boys in my house.

Being a mommy of boys is awesome.

June 12, 2012


Filed under: Adventuring — Amy @ 6:00 am

First hike of the year.

I could only get Monkey Girl and Monkey in the Middle to join me, but it was a great time.

We found some friends along the way.

Did some climbing.

Apparently, all the hiking and rock climbing was exhausting…even if you didn’t join us!

June 11, 2012

It’s Not Easy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Monkey in the Middle was in his class play, last week.

The theme was “Heroes” and Monkey in the Middle played Neil Armstrong.

He did great.

He was so nervous, as he is about so very many things, but he made it through, remembered his lines, and did just fine.

At the end, the kids all came out in super hero capes with their initials, and they sang the song “It’s Not Easy to Be Me,” by Five for Fighting.

Some of the words were changed, but the message was the same.

For those of you unfamiliar with the song, the last line is, “It’s not easy to be me.”

Real Man and I both teared up at the line, because it’s not easy to be Monkey in the Middle.

But he’s working on it.

And we are so very, very proud of him.

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