My Real Life

July 31, 2012

Vacationing – Part Deux

Filed under: Adventuring — Amy @ 7:34 am

Another great day, more fun to share.

Early mornings with Monkey in the Middle and Tiny equal hanging out,


filling empty water bottles with rocks,

and checking out spider webs in trees.

Fun of the beach,

We love watching these guys burrow their way back into the sand.

There was also a paddle ball marathon with Monkey in the Middle and I, who are trying to up our record of volleys each day.  This day, we got up to 21.  Shooting for 30 tomorrow.

Quick trip to the A&P.  Much more manageable on a Monday than a Saturday.

Longer trip to the library.

Grandpa treating the kids to the ice cream man.

The kids re-paying Grandpa for the ice-cream by beating Grandpa and I in Beat the Parents.

Another banner day with the monkeys.

Life is good.

July 30, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

This weekend we headed to the beach for a vacation with my parents.

Real Man has to work, so he was only able to spend the weekend, and then headed back after dinner on Sunday.

The monkeys and I are here for the long haul.

Sunday was a good day.

There was an early morning walk.

Scooter rides.

Fun on the beach.

Baby Monkey’s “butt-trail” from the boardwalk to where we were sitting on the beach.

The mass exodus when the rain started.

Solitaire with Grandma.

An impromptu walk with Real Man and our two littlest guys when the rain stopped.

Dinner at the counter because the table is consistently covered by one jigsaw puzzle or another.

The day was capped off by a trip to Dairy Queen, but with Monkey Girl’s first lick of her cone, the ice cream fell to the ground and was covered in gravel.  There were tears and it just wasn’t a Kodak moment.

More tears when we said goodbye to Real Man, then inside to have some quiet time before we went to bed.

A good day and a great start to our vacation.

July 28, 2012

Stomp Rockets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

My kids love stomp rockets.

Like, seriously love them.

In the old house, we had to put the kibosh on them because there was nowhere to stomp where the rockets wouldn’t get caught in the trees.

In the new house, we’ve got the great backyard.

And so, there is much stomp rocket fun to be had.

It’s funny how such a simple toy can be so much fun.

Great reminder of the fact that it doesn’t have to be high tech or gadgety to engage the brain.

July 27, 2012

Five Question Friday…The Monkeys Tell All

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

First take, unrehearsed, uncut.


July 26, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

We bought these sneakers at the end of June to “get us through the summer.”

We bought them at Walmart, because we knew they were just supposed to last two months, through summer recreation.

Then, in the fall, we’d buy good, solid, sturdy sneakers.

Unfortunately, we still have about a month and a half to go and this is what they look like.

True, they aren’t great quality shoes, but seriously?

Monkey in the Middle grows fast, he plays hard.

There will never be hand-me-down shoes for his brothers.

Here’s our comparison, and I’m between and 8 and an 8.5 in women’s.

No petite feet for me, either.

But, my 8 year old?


July 25, 2012

Challenge Accepted

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:22 pm

I was recently challenged, on Facebook, to do 5 crunches while Tiny sat on my chest.

Not one to back down from a challenge, I did it.

And had Monkey Girl record it.

I didn’t do it well.

But, I did it.

So, here it is.

Don’t judge.

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Amy @ 6:00 am

We are still accepting questions for the monkeys for this week’s “Five Question Friday!”  Please leave your questions in the comments below!

July 24, 2012

A Twist

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

So, I was thinking…

Wouldn’t it be fun if for this week’s Five Question Friday, the monkeys got to answer some questions?

It would definitely be a change, and even I’m curious what their responses to different questions might be.

So, what I’d love to have happen is for you, my loyal readers, to leave a question or two in the comments below, that you’d like one or all of the monkeys to answer.  If the question is for a specific monkey, just write “This question is for Monkey Girl: (or Monkey in the Middle, or Baby Monkey…you can ask Tiny, but I don’t think he’s gonna answer)

Depending on how many questions we get, the monkeys will answer your questions, this Friday, in lieu of our regular Five Question Friday post.

I hope you participate, because I think it will be a lot of fun!

July 23, 2012

The Land of Make-Believe

Filed under: Adventuring — Amy @ 6:00 am

We took another day trip on Saturday.

This time, to the Land of Make Believe, in Hope, New Jersey.

It was such a great day.

We headed in right at opening, and were surprised to see a huge sign saying that they only accepted cash or the Discover card, due to the fraudulent charges policies of Amex, Visa, and Master Card.

And, then they had a huge ATM.


Wasn’t an issue for us, as I had been saving some cash, from piano lessons, for such an event, so we were set.

In we went.

I went to the Land of Make-Believe when I was a kid and it was nothing.

I mean nothing.

Since then, it’s quite a bit different.

There are two parts to the park…a water park and an amusement park.

We told the monkeys, before we even left the house, that we wouldn’t be doing the water park today.  Just the rides.

They were fine with it.

So, here’s our adventure, in pictures (except where words are needed):

(Monkey Girl and I playing Miss Mary Mack)

(Lovely turkeys in Old MacDonald’s Barn)

(This was on the bridge on the path to the rock where Jenny Jump fell to her death, trying to escape the Native Americans)

We finished up with ice cream and a nap.

On the way home, we decided to pull into a scenic overlook to remind the monkeys just how beautiful New Jersey is.

Living in the burbs, you sometimes forget about the sheer beauty that is the Garden State.

The End.

July 22, 2012

Grandma’s House

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

Grandma’s House has toys…


…and plain, old family time.

Unless you are 11, that is.

And completely oblivious to what is going on around you.

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