My Real Life

September 16, 2012

Tornado Dreams

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:31 am

I’ve been having a lot of dreams about tornadoes lately.

Last night, the dream was that I was in Wooster, Ohio (where I went to college).

My friend, Sharon, asked if I wanted to go to church with her, so I said okay.

She drove Monkey in the Middle and I to church and we found the last spot in the parking lot.

We walked to the door together and MiM and I walked in.

Some woman waved me over and said, “He can come with me,” and he went off to the children’s activity and I turned around to ask Sharon where she wanted to sit, but she wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

However, suddenly Real Man’s sister was waving to me from the back of the church, so I went over to her.

We sat together for, what felt like, and interminable service and when it was over, I said, “I’m going to get MiM.”

We went to the kids room where he was involved in some activity with paints and glue.  He was very happy to see me.

We walked out into the parking lot and Sharon was standing there, tapping her foot.

“$475,” she said.

I was like, “Huh?”

She told us that she had, apparently, parked illegally and the cops had come and she now had a ticket for $475.

She was furious, as you can imagine, and as she’s talking, MiM starts tugging on my sleeve.  I look down at him and he’s staring into the sky.

I follow his gaze and see an enormous, black tornado swirling toward us.

Sharon, me, MiM, Real Man (who suddenly appears), and my sister-in-law hop into Sharon’s BMW (not really sure what kind of car she drives in real life) and she starts backing up to get away, however, it’s too close.

The car starts spinning and spinning, but staying on the ground.  Real Man is holding on to MiM and I for dear life (once we got in the car, his sister disappeared) and the car just spins and spins and then the funnel just disappears up into the sky.

Real Man, Mim and I hop out of the car and just start racing toward campus because all we can think about is finding Monkey Girl, Baby and Tiny, and then I woke up.

That’s how most of my natural disaster dreams are.  I’m in the midst of it, either alone or with one of the kids, and after the tide recedes, the funnel goes back into the clouds, the winds die down, I am running like the devil is at my heels to get to the rest of the family.

One website I checked said that tornado dreams mean you are feeling overwhelmed or life is chaotic.  I can definitely get on board with that explanation, these days.

I wrote about that very thing the other day, however, I don’t feel like life is out of control.

Or, maybe I do and I just don’t realize it.

My dreams are always quite colorful and intricate and I usually remember them upon waking, so they offer me a lot of fodder for self-reflection.

Hopefully tonight, instead of dreaming about almost being swept away by a tornado I could dream about winning the lottery.

That would be a much nicer way to wake up.

September 15, 2012

Right Now

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:47 am

Right now…

Monkey Girl is lying on her bed, reading, as she’s been doing for the past hour and a half.  Almost done with one book, ready to pick up the next.

Monkey in the Middle is playing basketball on the deck with Real Man, after having a football catch in the backyard, after taking a walk around the neighborhood.

…Baby and Tiny are taking a break from playing together, having a snack in the kitchen, one heading toward a nap when he’s done, the other heading to the basement to continue his play.

I am finishing up some schoolwork that I worked on until 9:30 last night when I finally called it a day.  Hoping to head out to shoot a few hoops with the big boys, unless they wear out before I get there.

September 14, 2012

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:34 am

1. How long did it take for you to find your wedding dress? (Wedding dress pics anyone?)

1 day.

I hit a store in town, tried on 5 dresses, said no.

I hit one store in another town, saw my dress hanging, fell in love, tried it on and that was that.

I’m pretty decisive about things.

2. Someone in your general vicinity releases a NASTY smelling fart. Do you say anything or blow it off?

Depends who it is that is in my general vicinity.

Real Man/my parents/the kids…I say something.

Anyone else…I blow it off.

They’ve gotta be embarrassed as heck.  Why add to it?

3. What is the scariest thing that happened to you or scared you recently?

I looked at myself in the mirror.

Okay, okay…I kid.


I caught an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

Trust me.  It qualifies as scary.

4. Favorite brand and flavor of ice cream.

It’s a tie.

Baskin Robbins Peanut Butter Chocolate or Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip.

However, since they both have to be distant memories for me, Edy’s No Sugar Added Triple Chocolate satisfies my sweet tooth in small amount.

5. Are you able to sleep well in hotels?

Like a baby.

But, that may have to do with the fact that I’ve never stayed in a hotel with the monkeys.

Just maybe.

September 13, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

School has started and we are all adjusting to the new routine.

Some days, Monkey Girl and I are up and out of here before the boys are even blinking their eyes.

(Not including Real Man who is up at the crack of dawn to exercise)

We drop off Tiny on our way to school, and hit the ground running once we get there.

After school there is field hockey, football, ice hockey, voice lessons, youth group at one church, CCD at another, dinner, baths, showers, books and finally (blissfully) bed.

I don’t say this to complain.  We are no more busy than any other family I know, and everyone seems to be fully enjoying school and the activities with which they are involved.

Nighttime routines have changed, as well.

Monkey in the Middle is allowed to stay up half an hour later than he used to, and Baby Monkey has adjusted well to going to bed alone.

Monkey in the Middle has also decided he doesn’t want to sit with Baby while he is read to before bed.

Instead, he brings his own chapter book into Monkey Girl’s room and reads on her bed, next to her.

(Of course, he wanted me to know that, every now and then, he wouldn’t mind hearing some of those books we pick out of the library…particularly the Halloween ones.)

So, Baby gets Real Man and/or I all to himself during books, which makes going to bed alone more palatable.

By the time Monkey in the Middle is done with his reading time, Baby Monkey is fast asleep, and Monkey in the Middle is soon to follow.

And then there is Monkey Girl who would stay up reading all night if we let her.

However, she too has a bedtime and when it comes, we go in and tuck in that long body of hers, kiss her and tell her how very much we love her.

And then go collapse in our bed.

For ten minutes until Monkey Girl comes in to tell us something she forgot to tell us before bedtime.

And then wants to be re-tucked in.

Some things never change.


Another thing that never changes is dinner.

It remains one of the highlights of my day as we sit around and share stories from our days, adults and children talking to each other and over each other, but still listening to each other, Tiny shrieking his own little sentences from his chair, desperate to be part of the conversation.

It’s a new routine…very different from the laid back ease of the summer.

It’s chaotic on the best of days, and yet…

Life is good.

September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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

September 10, 2012

Monday Musings and Our Winner!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Well, let’s start with the winner of our caption contest.

Baby Monkey got a good chuckle out of all the entries and was delighted to be the focus of the blog.

Yet, who was most in tune with the 6 year old mind?

It was Heather, with this entry:

{sung to the tune of spiderman theme}
“SpiderCorn, SpiderCorn, does whatever a SpiderCorn does”.

Congrats, Heather…apparently, you are a 6 year old at heart!


I must say that Tracy’s entry set his little giggly self into near convulsions, as well.

Tracy’s entry was:

Holy Smokes, Batman! Spidey’s been eaten by a pony! – Robin

Therefore, although he picked Heather for first prize, Tracy, we are going to award you a special, second place prize.

Ladies, I’ll be contacting both of you for your mailing information and CONGRATULATIONS!

Now, on to the musings…

1.  So, my fall scary movie quest as begun again for this Halloween season.

I know, it’s not exactly the Halloween season, but the scary movies are starting to come out.

I’m in heaven.

Real Man and I saw “The Possession” on Saturday night.

Good premise with a bit of a twist.

This time, instead of a Catholic demon possession, it was a Jewish demon who had been captured in a box.

The commercials will show you that a little girl gets the box and gets possessed.

Story is good, some good solid scary stuff, and great acting.

The little girl who plays the lead is one cute, and alternatively, scary as hell little kid.

Kyra Sedgewick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are some of my favorites anyway, so I knew I’d be good with the adult acting.

I’d recommend it.

Scariest I’ve seen?

No, but I was happy.

I keep seeing previews for “The House at the End of the Street” with Jennifer Lawrence from “The Hunger Games.”

Looks good.

Plan on seeing it.


I’d love to hear what you think is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen.  Always on the look out!

Aside from scary movies, Real Man and I also recently saw two older movies that I really enjoyed.

The first was “In Time” with Justin Timberlake.

Excellent premise.

Everyone ages until they are 25, then they don’t age for a year, and then they die at 26.

Except, your year is marked on your arm, digitally, and you can get and spend time like most people do money.

There are many, many metaphors about time and living day by day in the film, but I found it to be a smart movie that I really enjoyed.

It does get a little predictable in parts, but it was much, much better than I expected it would be.

We also finally saw “Contagion.”

Sheesh…scared the bejeebers outta me.

Not in a nightmarish kind of way, but in an “OMG, I have to get to the store right now and begin my stockpile for when the biological warfare begins.”

Really, really good.

When I saw the commercials, I turned to Real Man and said, “Hey, I think we saw this movie when it was called “Outbreak.”

Similar, but different enough that you could forget the other one.

2.  I have a new favorite snack.

Well, it’s not new, but I haven’t told you about it yet, so it’s new to you.

I have to be careful, obviously, about what carbs and sugars I eat, but because I’ve been exercising I need to make sure I’m eating lots of protein.

I’m a cheese-a-holic, which is full of protein, but is also full of fat, so I always need to be careful there.

So, my new favorite snack?

A nice (thick) slice of fresh mozzarella cheese and some slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni.

The mozzarella is fattening, no doubt, but as far as things I could be eating, it’s one of the healthier fats.

Plus, it’s got a lot of nutrients that I do need in my diet, and so it’s a good pick.

The “turkey” part of the “turkey” pepperoni takes away most of the fat and it’s so spicy, it satisfies my palate.

Good snack.

3.  Speaking of my health, I am walking in this years Step Out: Walk to End Diabetes event.

The event takes place on October 27th and I am looking to raise $500.

If you are so inclined, please visit my page.

Feel free to just visit to read my story, or make a small donation.

No pressure…but definitely wanted to share!

4.  I think if I had been a rock star in my early twenties (which I was clearly meant to be…someone must have just missed the memo) I would have been like Taylor Swift.

Not as pretty or as talented, but I think I would have written music a lot like she does.

Her songs are not incredibly deep, but they are so catchy and tell you exactly what she is thinking and feeling at the time.

I kinda dig that.

Sometimes we don’t need to get deep.

Sometimes we just gotta get it out.

My favorite, favorite of her songs is “Ours.”

Not entirely sure the video does the song justice (kinda like the crazy karaoke videos), but it’s always nice to have something to look at while you listen.

5.  Busy boy this fall.

Someone has been sleeping really well.

6.  I’d love to re-institute Truthful Tuesdays around here.

So, if you have any burning questions for me, Real Man or the monkeys, please leave them in the comments below!

September 7, 2012

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 7:25 am

1. What is your favorite fall family tradition?

Football, baby!

On Saturdays, we go watch Monkey in the Middle play, come home and watch Rutgers.

On Sundays, it’s football snacks and the Giants!

2. If money weren’t an issue, how many kids would you have?

I’d love a gajillion, but even if money weren’t an issue, I think four is enough.

It’s important to me to spend quality time with each and every one of my kids and to make sure no one gets lost in the shuffle.

It’s hard to do with four, but if you work at it, you can do it.

Beyond four, someone is getting left out.

3. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and where would you put it?

Next weekend, I’m getting an enormous heart tattoo across my back that says “Honey Boo Boo.”

I kid, I kid.

Don’t know that I’d get a tattoo.

I’ve always thought about it, but I’m not sure it’s me.

If I did, probably do it on my shoulder-blade and it would probably get a music note or on my wrist and get a fountain pen.

4. What condiment is a must in your house?


Is it a condiment?

Don’t know.

But, it’s a must.

5. How did your spouse/fiance propose?

I think I’ve told this story before.

It was a completely and utter surprise.

I had absolutely no idea it was coming, which made it that much more amazing.

It involved a Rangers key chain and beautiful words.

Love that man.

September 6, 2012

Caption Contest!

Filed under: Contest — Amy @ 6:00 am

It’s time for another caption contest!

This time, we are going to let the subject of the photo pick the winner, so entries should appeal to a 6-year old sense of humor.

Just to up the ante a little. 🙂

I will read the entries to him, anonymously, and let him make the selection.

Winner gets their choice of a $25 iTunes or Barnes and Noble Gift card.

Please put your entries in the comments below!  Contest will run until Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.

Good luck!

September 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Love

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

September 4, 2012

Here We Go!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Clothes and shoes have been purchased.

Supplies have been bought, notebooks have been organized.

Hair has been cut.

Bedtimes have been returned to their normal state.

Bathing suits and towels have been retired for the season.

Calendars have been updated with practices and appointments and meetings and Back to School Nights.

We spent a weekend together, doing the things we have been enjoying all summer, grasping those last few moments of togetherness before the hustle and bustle of homework and schedules interfere?

And now…it is time.

I return today, the kids return on Thursday.

New school year, new possibilities, new opportunities, new challenges, new joys.

Here we go!

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