April 1st, 2010

I love this day simply because it makes me laugh. Every year I get my daughter with the same trick first thing in the morning with startling her awake with some big surprise (last year it was “wake up your late for school!”, this year it was “Come look what’s in the livingroom! You have to see this!”). Seems a tad unfair since she’s barely awake enough to realize what exactly is going on, let alone remember what day it is. Never the less, we have a good laugh together over it. The boy, on the other hand, never seems to be fooled with this one. I have to hit him up later in the day. Instead of reposting what we’ve done in the past, you can see our list of harmless pranks from last year. What have you done today to prank friends and family?  Read More →

March 26th, 2010

Don’t get me wrong, of course I love my family. It’s an internal law in my head that says I must, and I know should I lose them, they would be missed. However, we all have those days where we’re just climbing the walls and need OUT, if only for an hour or two without someone demanding something or feeling like we’re trapped in a mad house. This is a topic I think a lot about, especially now since they boy is currently being homeschooled and the girl has nothing but me for a parent (a very long, sad, twisted story that I’d rather not make public). For years I couldn’t leave her even with relatives else she’s completely freak out, so for 7 years it’s been just me and her on the weekends. And now it’s just me and the boy every day until the girl comes home from school. Yes I have made the... 

January 18th, 2010

I have become addicted to Food Networks “Worst Cooks in America“. I adore this show, and find it entertaining watching these people who can’t barely boil water attempting to make over the top “fancy” foods. However, I have to question WHY they are being “trained” to cook in such a fashion. Sure it’s entertaining and all, but do any of us “real” moms actually cook the things they’re featuring?  What “real” skills are these poor people actually taking home? Granted I am no chef, but I like to think I know my way around a kitchen. We make pizza, tacos, roast, and other “family” meals. On this show I’m seeing about half of them are moms or parents-in-training, and I can tell you right now the things they’re learning to cook no kid would come... 

January 12th, 2010

I never thought 15 degrees would feel this warm, but after spending this much time with below zero temperatures, it really does. And how excited am I to see the temperatures climbing to above 30 this week! Time to get out and about, that’s for sure. I feel thankful we escaped the cold snap with just a frozen pipe or two. There was at least 2 or 3 days last week we couldn’t take showers, run the dish washer, or wash clothes, but we survived. Thankfully the main pipe didn’t freeze, so we could still use the bathroom and had hot water for minor stuff. Of course we’re not in the clear yet. It’s still only January and still Iowa. Snow, ice, and cold still lurks around the corner. As does a house that may NEVER be clean, and more “I’m bored” cries. Since we got a boat-load of toys and entertaining... 

March 31st, 2009

April Fool’s Day is my favorite holiday next to Halloween, mostly because I get to torment my kids freely without any backlash. I’ve had several fun pranks on this day, but I’m always looking for more. Here’s a few successful pranks of the past: - Tape down the sink sprayer If you have a sprayer on your sink that only turns on when you turn on the water, then put a piece of clear tape around the handle. Last year I asked my son to water the plants for me after school, and he fell for it! The look on his face was classic, and one I’ll never forget. - I’m moving This one was played on a friend one year, who knew I’d never leave the area. Play this one on family members near by to freak them out a bit. This works especially well on family members. -SOLD! While this is more business related, you can still... 

April 1st, 2008

Here it is, April Fool’s day, and I thought it would be fun to share your past pranks. It slipped up on me this year and I really didn’t have time to think up any good ones. Besides, I’m just not a good liar. People usually see right through me. Hehe. In the past there’s been some good ones. When I was a kid, I helped my aunt turn all my dad’s pants inside out. That was loads of fun at 5 years old! I’ve also put tape around the water sprayer on the kitchen sink, then asked for a glass of water (that way when they turned it on, it sprayed them). Then of course there’s the classic ones of “I’m pregnant” that no one seems to find funny. Ha! What have you pulled in the past? How did they react?  Read More →

March 26th, 2008

No matter how crazy they make us sometimes, kids say some pretty darn cute things. Mispronounced words, taking a figure of speech as literal, or just really cute remarks can make our day. Here’s a two things my 5yr old has said recently that made me giggle (at least when they weren’t looking anyway!) “My friend is toast intolerant, she can’t have real ice cream” “Mom! He called me a sofa pig!” (A what? Oh selfish pig…..still trying to figure out where her brother learned that one) When told that my hands were tied, her response…. “REALLY? Let me see!” What have your kids said recently that made you laugh? I’d love to hear some more!  Read More →