• The Valentine Boogie Down

    02.15.15 | Permalink | | Comments Off

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    We decided to celebrate the day with our littlest Valentines at the Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dance at a local high school. It was really fun to dance with the kids and one another at an actual high school dance. Jude liked to charge me around the dance floor dipping me like mad and batting balloons around, while my daughter was quite territorial of Bradley when I tried to sneak a kiss in! She confessed that Daddy was hers, tonight, so I kept to my side of the dance floor after that.

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    We came home from the dance, donned our jammies and settled in for the night. Two separate sleepovers and movie marathons were happening in our house- one in the rumpus room that was complete with a basket of blankets and snacks and a kid theme, and one for mom and dad with a romance theme upstairs, but all who were involved watched movies, giggled, loved and ate more recess peanut butter cup than anyone ever should… I think it’s funny, we watched Moulin Rouge and Titanic, they watched YouTube videos of some guys playing Minecraft. But in the name of Valentine’s Day we do these kinds of things, and I did, we did, and it was good!

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  • Bro-wling

    02.04.15 | Permalink | | 1 Comment

    Yeah. So that’s supposed to be like the ‘bennifer’ of ‘bowling with my brother’. Pretty fly, right? Wink wink.

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    My brother asked my family to go bowling a few weeks ago. But of course , it was January, and we all got sick/busy/who knows what the heck what happened in January… But every Friday night it was me calling me or him calling me to express regrets. Finally, we landed on a night when we were all moderately healthy and we actually did it!

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    My brother used to compete when we were kids, so I’ve seen my fair share of Washington’s bowling alleys, circa the 1970’s and 1980’s. Needless to say, my hours spent at Strawberry Lanes were mostly around the bubble gum machines, the bathroom and the video game machines. While I bowled, I rarely scored anything worth mentioning, so I wasn’t too excited, as a kid, to bowl.

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    When Dan asked us I didn’t have a strong opinion about it, but was totally amazed at how we Lj’s rocked it! Granted, the kids had bumpers, but they were pretty decent in their form and effort. Bradley was awesome until his arms started causing him fits, I managed to throw a bunch of strikes, and my brother and niece rocked it pretty hard! It turned out to be a really fun night with my brother and his kids that I would never hesitate to repeat!

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  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

    02.03.15 | Permalink | | Comments Off

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    We are on book two of the Narnia series. Two nights ago, we finished book one: The Magicians Nephew. Last night we considered what we should read to our children next… It occurred to us that we have one almost teenager and one almost 7, if there is a moment to seize, this should be it. We decided to continue reading the Narnia series through until the end! You should have seen the kids as they started making connections through the two books… The wardrobe… Diggory… And a mysterious mansion with a strange man with familiar servants out in the middle of the country… This is the first time they can enjoy literature like this and it is a thrill to be a part of it. It took me until I was nearly 20 to read the series, and then I did it in two weeks! I’m so happy my own kids will have even longer to marinate in the brilliance that is C.S. Lewis.

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FRESH /POSTS

Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.