Friday, June 6, 2014

My Could Have Been Great Idea, Tales of the Children, and Lots of Photos, 7QT

Am I really going to post 3 days in a row?

Yes.  Yes I am.

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"If you want your kids to go outside and play, go outside with them," They say.  So, I went out with the boys today.  I played catch (with a real baseball and mitts) with the little boys while the big boys played basketball.  At one point, Turken missed the ball I threw and was thunked (no joke.  That is exactly the sound it made.) on the chin.  There were many tears and much wailing. Moments later, the ball I threw ricocheted off of Cuckoo's mitt and hit him in the eye.  Even more tears and much louder wailing.  The eye is now swollen and black and blue.

I'm pretty sure the kids want me to stop listening to "They".

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Have you noticed that ALL motorcyclists on the road wave to each other in a specific way?  They have that I'm too cool to get excited and wave for real, so I'm just going to put my hand down in a subtle "Hey Bro."

And then I have their own wave for each other, too.  The suave hand on the steering wheel one-finger wave and head nod.  I know this not because farmers wave to my fake farmer self, but because of that video made by farmers.

THEN  I thought...Moms with 12-passenger vans should have a wave.  Something that says, "I see you!  I feel your headache!  I understand your poor gas mileage!"  But what wave could we do?  Perhaps...

The "I'd love to chat but we have a situation in the back seat" wave...

 Or the "Hi!  I am always so enthusiastic to finally find someone with a large family who won't give me odd looks or ask me rude questions about my family size!" wave.

I think this one is self-explanatory...

I was all into picking one and blasting it all over the internet in order for us to join forces until I realized one important fact.

We moms of 6+ kids aren't the only ones who drive these behemoths.

It would only be a matter of time before I did the chosen wave to someone driving the church van.  Or worse...the airport shuttle bus.

Maybe a wave isn't such a good idea.

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This is our peanut butter jar.

I'll give you one guess as to why it doesn't have a lid.
Someone licked it.

I'll give you one guess as to who that person was.

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Seems Phoenix listens to "They", too.  They say "If you've got it, flaunt it!"

Bright red shoes on the size 13 feet?  Check.

Skinny pants on the horribly skinny, super long legs?  Double check.

(Those pants are size 29x34.)

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I am well aware that I have a high standard of doing things around here that no one can seem to reach.  For example, no one in my family can correctly load a dishwasher.  Or iron a pair of pants.  Or fold a sheet.  I get it and I'm ok with it.

However (You knew a "but" was coming, didn't you?  Thought I'd throw in a "however" to keep you on your toes.) there is one thing that has pushed me over the edge.  For the love of all that is holy, how hard is it to properly wrap a loaf of banana bread?!?!?

Even in this horribly blurry photo a person can see the gaping holes allowing air in.  It's like the child who wrapped it is trying dry out this delicious loaf of bread.  Even when I'm the one who originally wraps it, you should see the disaster I am left with if a child actually cuts a piece and rewraps it.  I am convinced they have contests to see who can cut the bread and rewrap the loaf using only his teeth.  Or a hook hand.

I'm being pushed, People.  Pushed into the vat of crazy.

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Don't expect much from me this weekend.  It is our home soccer tournament in which all 4 of our kids are playing.  Plus, we have to work volunteer shifts.  12 games, 10 hours of working.  All in less than 48 hours.

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In the midst of all of these soccer shenanigans, I will be taking a break to attend the ordination of a new priest.  His mom and I were in a church group together, his sister and I were in a Moms group together, his other sister and I are in my current book club together, and his nephew and Phoenix have gone to school and played soccer together for years.   Oh, and I took his senior pictures when he graduated from high school.  I'll be taking photos during his first mass as a priest and during the reception afterwards.  I am so happy and proud of this man for choosing to listen to God's call and enter the priesthood.  He will be a great pastor.

I'm late to the party, but feel free to head over to Jen's to read some more Quick Takes!

Have a lovely day!


  1. Kids rarely get it right and we have to redo and redo and redo and then redo some more.

    I'm being pushed, People. Pushed into the vat of crazy. I feel your pain.

    I've got the farmer song stuck in my head now thankyouverymuch.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend and perhaps you can rest on Monday? ☺

    1. And redo and redo and redo. Not just what the kids do, but also the husband. :/

      I'm sure there are plenty of people being pushed into the same vat. We can all live there together, mumbling about the people who can't just do it right.

      You are most sincerely welcome. :)

      Thank you! And no, no rest until I get on that plane.

  2. Ahhh the farmer wave. my drivers ed teacher spent much of the time during behind the wheel training going over the different farmers waves. Too funny. Love your blog.

    1. Ha! That is hilarious! Was your instructor a farmer? Bryan and I had the same odd driving instructor. He liked to make students pull over to pick up hubcaps and glass bottles off the side of the road. :)

      Thank you! I'm glad you found the blog. Come back anytime!

  3. GOOD FOR PHOENIX with the red shoes. Such a clark!


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