My Real Life

January 22, 2012

Best Day Ever

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Okay, my wedding day and the days that the monkeys were born are probably the best days ever, but today was right up there.

We woke to snow on the ground.

Tiny and I enjoyed a quiet breakfast, watching the snow fall.

Once the big monkeys were up, they suited up and headed right outside while Real Man took care of the driveway.

While they were out there, Tiny played with toys in the living room, while I sat on the couch with my book and had second breakfast.

Tiny decided to watch his siblings outside.

Which was, apparently, exhausting.

The big kids came in for some Spaghettio’s…a snow day favorite.

While Real Man and I had fried egg sandwiches.

The monkeys headed back outside after lunch.

I played a little piano, and found I had an audience from the other room (with some help from Real Man).

Then, Monkey Girl came in and decided to play.

I baked some brownies.

Monkey Girl baked her first batch of chocolate chip cookies on her own.

And learned a valuable lesson about how unevenly our oven bakes things.

Real Man and Monkey Girl went to the Girl Scout Father/Daughter Hoe Down.

The monkey big boys played on the computer.

Tiny played with his kitchen.

And Mama played some Wii Glee Karaoke.


After Tiny went to bed, Monkey in the Middle “taught” Baby Monkey how to play chess, I played some Words With Friends, and we chilled until my girl and my man came home.

It was truly a great day and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

I got none of the things I wanted to get done accomplished, but somehow, I just don’t care.

January 2, 2012

Just Dance

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Santa brought Monkey Girl “Just Dance 3” for Christmas.

She already had “Just Dance” and we have enjoyed it immensely.

But, the commercials for “Just Dance 3” looked like a lot of fun, so Santa thought she might enjoy it.  The amount of use it’s getting from her suggests that Santa was right.

I’ll admit, though, it’s not just Monkey Girl who is enjoying this gift.

The music selections are fantastic and overall, it is fun and hysterical to play.

“Party Anthem USA” is Monkey Girl’s favorite selection, and it’s a good one, while “Hit Me Baby One More Time” has me feeling like a robot with a short circuit.

In a huge shout out to fans of “How I Met Your Mother,” the game has “Let’s Go to the Mall“ by Robin Sparkles.  There are no two bigger HIMYM fans than Real Man and I, so when we saw that as one of the song choices, we laughed our patooties off.

“Forget You” by CeeLo Green is absolutely exhausting.  I must have an inhaler nearby when I rock out with that one.  I’m hopeful that once the bronchitis is out of my lungs, I won’t need the inhaler after that selection, otherwise, I’m in worse shape than I thought.  But, it’s a rocker, bronchitis or not.

“Venus” by Bananarama makes me cackle every single time the chorus comes on, as the moves are exactly like those of Joan Cusak at the school dance, in “16 Candles,” and believe me when I tell you I searched high and low for a video clip of that scene in the movie to show Monkey Girl.  We’ll just have to DVR next time it’s on tv.

Of course, there are many, many more songs that are fun to play with and a lot of dance modes for playing with others or playing alone.  Monkey Girl also enjoys the Simon Says mode, which gives you directions in the middle of the game that you have to follow.

One of these days, I’m sure we’ll find Baby Monkey secretly videoing us with the iPad, and if that happens, I’ll be sure to share the video on here, with you.

Or not.

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