Archives for November 2010

All He Wants for Christmas is a Skateboard & 2 Bombshells

Here’s what you need to know about Tater before viewing the picture…

1. Daddy took him to the drag races a couple of weeks back

2. Tater likes motorcycles

3. Tater also likes pretty girls, which he refers to as “bombshells” (no, he didn’t get that from me, but I’m pretty sure I know who he got it from…daddy!)

Here’s what you need to know after seeing this picture:
1. Tater LOVES this picture

2. Tater is a chick magnet, and for the rest of the day whenever these girls saw him, they’d go over and say “Hi Ethan” and make a big production over him and his cuteness

3. Tater told me that the bombshells are prettier than I am

4. Tater told me that he wants a red skateboard from Santa. He also told Jason and I that he wants Santa to bring him two bombshells.

The bombshells can sleep in bed with him and snuggle him. He will also let them eat cheese hot dogs with him. When Jason asked him how they would take a bath, Tater thought about it for a few seconds and then replied “They can take turns taking a shower with me”.

All of this was said innocently; out of the mouth of a babe, as they say.

But he wants Santa to bring him not one, but TWO bombshells?!?!

I’m in trouble, people…I see a girl-crazy boy in my future.

Like father, like son. Sigh.

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This is for Wordless/Wordful Wednesday…Check out some other fantastic posts below, or visit any of these blogs to link up!

And so it goes…

PS – as I wrote this Tater walked in, looks at the picture and announces “There’s the bombshells!”

Project Smile – November

My wonderful friend Alicia over at A Beautiful Mess had the most fantastic idea…do something to help us find and appreciate our smiles. What are the things that happen everyday that make you smile? It could be something as simple as watching a hummingbird dance around a flower. Want to know more about her wonderful idea? Read her Launching Project Smile post.

There’s no right or wrong way to do this…simply jot down things that make you happy. I chose to do one a day for the entire month. It was a way to remind me that it’s the little things that are the most important, and to find something to smile about each day (especially on the bad ones!).

Now, start jotting down your smiles and link up the last day of every month!

During the month of November, I smiled everyday. Here are some of the things that made me happy…

1st – Played outside with the kids, and even let them have a picnic dinner which they loved

2nd – Made oatmeal raisin cookies with Tater for daddy

3rd – The heat and nice weather have the girls wanting to be outside all day long. I love watching them explore the backyard

4th – Play date at Auntie A’s house. The kids love my sister’s big backyard

5th – Tater spent the day with Gramma, which gave me some alone time with the girls

6th – Happy birthday to my oldest friend (the one I’ve known the longest!) Sandy…we’ve been friends since the 6th grade

7th – The kids and I watched ants, which doesn’t sound like much fun, but watching through a child’s eyes was kind of exciting

8th – There’s something about cleaning the house from top to bottom that is so satisfying

9th – Made cookies with Tater

10th – Beautiful fall day, even chilly and windy! A welcome change to the 100+ weather last week

11th – Grocery shopping all by myself…sometimes it’s the little things that make us happiest

12th – Had a Celebrating Home party and got lots of free products

13th – Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house with friends and family

14th – Daddy took Tater to the drag races, the girls took a 3 hour nap, and I got to take a nap too!

Tater getting ready for the drags

Tater and Auntie S

Tater – Future Race Car Driver

Loves the motorcycles

Tater and Daddy

With his Harley Davidson bandana

With his “tattoos”

But this is a sticker, not a tattoo

Daddy and Tater on his first Harley
Tater also met a couple of hot chicks at the races. He actually told me he wanted Santa to bring him 2 hot chicks for Christmas…more on that here

15th – 19th – Me and the kids were sick. I’m sure there wasn’t much smiling going on

20th – Got to meet some of my favorite bloggers in real life! If you missed my post, you can check it out here

21st – Grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. Oh, how I love Trader Joe’s!

22nd – Watched old Scooby Doo cartoons with Tater. He really liked them as much as I used to

23rd – One of my favorite posts I’ve ever posted “Daddy“…Ms. L saying Daddy…the cutest thing EVER

24th – Tater’s cousin K spent the night with him. I love listening to their conversations.

Notice Ms. M’s face in the background…she’s such a ham!

25th – Turkey Day! Need I say more?

26th – Got the Christmas tree up and decorated. It’s the first year that Tater wanted to help

27th – Went to visit Jason’s grandma. The girls slept the 2 hour drive, and Tater watched a movie. As Momma Kiss told me, silence is bliss.

28th – Watched really strong wind blow through the trees with the girls – they thought it was the coolest thing EVER

29th – Sat in bed and ate popcorn while Tater watched Cat in the Hat…it makes him so happy!

30th – One of my best blogging buddies wrote a fantastic guest post for me! Lori (from In Pursuit of Martha Points) wrote about her too-smart young son…it’s a must read!

And so it goes…


I’m sure you all want to know how my NaNoWriMo experience went, right? What? You forgot that I was participating? Well, that’s okay, because I got writer’s block…or performance anxiety or something…and was unable to write more than about 10,000 words. I am SO not used to underachieving; I’m usually very much an overachiever so it’s weird for me to tell you that (a) I suck because I didn’t finish and (b) I have no good excuse for doing so.

That being said, I have an exciting guest poster for you to meet (if you don’t already know her) and welcome! She is A-MAZ-ING! She is one of my best blogging buddies, and if you tweet, you know how much we adore each other. She is Lori, and her hilarious, funny, and often times crazy blog is called In Pursuit of Martha Points. Yes, she’s one of my favorite bloggers. I can’t tell you enough about her wittiness and charm. But she’s also the fearless leader of Project: Purse and Boots, where many of us bloggers have helped her raise money for the American Stroke Association.

Without further ado, I give you Lori…

When I Knew I Was Doomed

My son, Child A, has always been good at math and had an unusual understanding of the almighty dollar at an unusually young age. When he was six, he suggested that one way to make money would be to take out a cash advance on our credit cards and then loan it to people at interest.

My answer to that: “Well honey, that’s called loan-sharking and it’s illegal, but I like your thinking!”

But the capper was this little event.

The following year he made a Christmas list. Our tradition has always been: one major gift plus a few smaller gifts. Santa brings one gift of modest cost. Our reason to the child: we can’t bankrupt Santa. Our real reason: we want the gratitude going to the right entity.

The list he made that year had a number of larger ticket items. The two biggies were a gaming system and a construction set called “Sky Trails.” The gaming system was going to be $100-$300 depending on the system, and the Sky Trails set was $100 on its own.

Little boy was told he had to pick one of them. He picked the gaming system.

After some research we decided on the Game Cube – it was reasonably priced and had the most age-appropriate games.

Then one day while driving to Target (I don’t remember that for sure, but it seemed we were ALWAYS driving to Target), from the back seat I hear, “Mommy, am I interrupting?”

Uh oh…this is not going to be good.

“No, honey. What’s up?”

“I was thinking. Since I’m getting the Game Cube instead of the X-Box, and the Game Cube is a hundred dollars cheaper than the X-Box, and since the Game Cube already comes with two games that cost twenty-five dollars each, I’ve really saved you and Daddy a hundred and fifty dollars. So since I’ve saved you a hundred and fifty dollars, can’t I have the Sky Trails too?”

The child was seven years old.

On the one hand, I’m pleased with both his logical thinking and his math skills. On the other hand, I’m realizing that I’m in for another twelve or thirteen years of these sorts of arguments and thinking that I’m going to need more iron in my diet in order to have the fortitude for them.

This was my answer: “Sweetheart, a gaming system is a very generous Christmas present, no matter how much it costs. And when it’s your money, and your decision, you may do whatever with it you like. But as long as it’s my and Daddy’s money, we need to make good decisions with it. You will not be getting both, you will be getting one. Which one do you want?”

I hear a heavy sigh from the back seat.

“The gaming system.”

“All right then,” I say out loud.

In my head I say, “Nice try though.”


Now do you see why I say she’s A-MAZ-ING?! Now go…go now and visit In Pursuit of Martha Points at her pad. I know you want more. Thank you Lori, for hanging out here! I owe you one!

And so it goes…

How To Get A Letter From Santa Postmarked From The North Pole!

How To Get A Letter From Santa Postmarked From The North Pole: It's simple to do, you can customize as much as you want, and it will only cost you a stamp!

Do you remember being a kid and getting a letter from Santa? My mom got those send-in-your-kid’s-name-and-what-they-want-and-we’ll-send-him/her-a-“personalized”-form-letter-from-Santa. Not that it mattered to us; we waited for those letters for weeks after we sent a letter to Santa. Wanted to make sure that Santa knew that we were being good and what loot we expected him to bring us. Now you can get a real letter from Santa with a North Pole postmark!

This year, Ethan asked if he could write a letter to Santa. He wants a red skateboard. He also wants two bombshells (aka two hot chicks), but you’ll have to come back on Wednesday to get that story. Anyways, I’m pretty sure he won’t include the bombshells request in his letter, but I’m positive he will include the skateboard. And he said he better get back a letter from Santa. Talk about pressure.

I’m not sure if you know this or not, but you can get a letter postmarked from the North Pole for your child! It’s really a cool thing to do, and you’re kids will be floored when they see “North Pole” on the envelope. The best part about it? The letter from Santa will be written by you…that means you can get as creative and personalized as you want!

How To Get A Letter From Santa

Postmarked By The North Pole

1. Have your child (or help your child) write a letter to Santa. Make sure to include not only what your child wants, but also encourage him to ask questions and include thoughts to Santa.

2. Write a letter from Santa for return to your child. You can check out this free Santa’s Stationary download and use that. Include answers to the questions that your child addressed in his letter. Also make sure to write about something important in your child’s life that was not mentioned in the letter…something that Santa would only know if he was watching.

3. Put your letter from Santa (the one to be sent back to your child) in a a stamped envelope with your child’s name and address on it. Write “North Pole” as the return address. Place that envelope in a larger envelope with the child’s letter to Santa in it.

4. Send the large envelope (with the envelope that will be delivered back to your child inside of it) to this address:

letter-from-santa North Pole Christmas Cancellation
ATTN: Postmaster
5400 Mail Trail

Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-9999

5. As long as your letter is mailed and received in Alaska by December 15th, your child will get the letter from Santa with a real North Pole postmark on it!

Looking for easy holiday cookie/treat ideas, check out these other recipes:

Amaretto Truffles

White Trash Popcorn (Candy Popcorn)

Candy Cane Infused Vodka

Death by Chocolate Cookies

For more fun Christmas ideas, decor, food, and crafts, head over to my Christmas Pinterest board and if you’ve got an Elf on The Shelf, check out my Elf on the Shelf Ideas Pinterest board, too.

Word Up, YO! Week 25

Thanksgiving…over way too quickly every year. I mean, how many other days during the year do you just get to sit around and eat while making a pig of yourself, and it’s okay? Not many, Mafiosas, not many.

We hope that you enjoyed the short break we gave to and that you are fired up and ready to get back in to the word challenge game.

This week, it’s an easy and fun one in honor of the upcoming winter holidays. You can use it multiple times in multiple posts, and you’ll never get sick of the word. It’s just fun to say.

Please follow the link for the rules of Word Up, YO!

The newest, easiest, and quite possibly most fun word of the week yet…

–noun Informal
an elaborate or large dance, party, or other celebration.

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You can also play at my partners-in-crimes’ sites, the other two members of the Nerd Mafia:

Liz from a belle, a bean and a chicago dog
Kristin from Taming Insanity

And so it goes…