Thursday, April 21, 2011

The conversations I live for...

Brand and I have a battle of wits on a daily basis.  We throw jabs at one another constantly, each with the goal of having the funniest last words so that we both start cracking up.  It's a never-ending "who's going to say the funniest thing" competition.

The conversation in this video isn't really that funny, but it's my reaction at the end that I love....and the fact that so many of our conversations end like this.

(The quality is awful and I appear to be upside down...don't know how to flip it.)

A rough transcript of our conversation this morning:

"B:  I'm tired of you hogging the bed all night.  Every time I turn around, your butt is right there in my space.

J:  Well, maybe you shouldn't hog the blanket.  Then I wouldn't have to be so close.

B:  Go get the blanket from downstairs, and this wouldn't be a problem.

J:  You know, it's pretty ridiculous we can't share a king-size blanket.

B:  It's not a king-size.  It's a full or a queen.

J:  No, it's definitely a king.

B:  If it was a king-size it would be touching the floor.  It's not that big.

J:  Whatever.  I should know.  I'm the one who bought it.

* Five-second pause

B:  Well, it's a blanket made for one king...not the king and queen."

Zinger.  He won.

Laughter surely is the best medicine.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lucy Lettuce

I find my kids very entertaining.  If they're not making me stark raving mad, they're cracking me up.

I try to document the amusing things they do on either Facebook or my blog so that I can remember it for all eternity....and perhaps torture them with it at a later date.

This falls under the category of things that made me chuckle.

Today Jayden showed me this picture she colored in school:

She's been learning about the food pyramid and nutrition in school for the past few weeks, and apparently her assignment was to color this picture so that it was true to life.  In other words, no purple peas or orange asparagus.

She told me that she refused to color Lucy Lettuce because lettuce doesn't have a face or arms in real life.

Seems pretty logical to me. 

Girlfriend takes her assignments seriously.  :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Who knew?

I've known this guy for 7 years and just this morning he gave me this look.

I seriously had no idea he could do "The Rock" eyebrow raise.

Cracked me up...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Seven Years

On April 18, 2004, Brand and I had a 17-month-old daughter and a 4-day-old newborn son.

So you know what we did?

We got married.

Ryan was supposed to attend the wedding in utero, but my body had other plans.

We had a lovely little ceremony in my parents' living room.  I wore a maternity dress, and my feet were still so swollen from being pregnant that I couldn't even jam a pair of flip-flops on my feet.  So my maid of honor and I went barefoot.


Brand and I have been together since 1999.  We started dating in high school.  He was a senior and I was a junior.  Even at the ripe old age of 16, I knew I'd found "the one."  I know it sounds silly and downright crazy, but I was right.

We have literally been best friends ever since.

We both saved every single note that we ever wrote to one another in high school, and I laughed my butt off this morning reading the one where he asks me if I wanted to make our relationship "official" on March 1, 1999.  He even drew me pictures.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?

Senior Prom 1999
Graduation 1999

June of 2000; Wildwood, NJ


Like all couples, we have our disagreements.  We don't always see eye to eye, but the one thing that keeps our relationship strong is absolute trust and the fact that we are truly best friends.

There has never been drama in our relationship, even from the very beginning.  If something is bothering one of us, we talk it out (or yell it out) and we don't hold grudges.

We give one another space.  If he wants to go out with his friends without me, I have no issue with that...and vice versa.  And we make each other laugh on a daily basis.


I love you, B-Nobes.

Happy Anniversary.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday in Pictures

Piles of folded laundry:

A kid covered in dirt:

Freshly picked flowers from the yard on display:

Dirty kid becoming clean again:

The BEST birthday present ever (at least I think so), the original Super Mario Brothers:

 A game that's fun for all ages:

An afternoon snack with Doritos fingers:

And a little jam fest:

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


He will be just as good as Tony least that's what he told me.

I don't even know how he knows who Tony Hawk is.

The tongue to the side is definitely a sign of extreme concentration.

And check out the sweet new hair cut.

What a stud.

We're off to celebrate his birthday and my mom's birthday tonight with family...

Friday, April 15, 2011


Sometimes he truly makes me crazy, but this face makes it all worth while.

He had a great day yesterday!  I caught his true happy face with my camera last night.

He was shocked to get a skateboard and Call of Duty for his DS, two things I told him he couldn't have.

I love to surprise him.  :)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Birthday Boy

As of 3:44 p.m. this afternoon, my little man is 7 years old.  I feel like it was just yesterday that he was walking around with his pluggy (pacifier) in his mouth and saying things like, "Mama, I yuv you."

Now he grows out of pants at the rate of one size up every six months.  He wakes up in the middle of the night with growing pains constantly.  He tells me, "My bones are growing."  I have a feeling I'll be looking up at him before I know it.

Bubba (as he's been known practically since birth) has quite the mix of a personality.  He is an emotional, shy, dare-devil, ants-in-his-pants kind of guy. 

He is one of the most well-behaved children in his class, and he is always a star student in first grade.  He loves to climb trees and ride his bike.  One of his favorite pastimes is playing with his Nintendo DS or sneaking off somewhere to play with my iPhone.  He's not really a fan of reading at this point.  I'm working on it.  :)

 I love that he tells me he's never getting married and he's going to live with me forever.  I know better.  Have you seen this kid's face?

Today we celebrated with Angry Birds cupcakes for his classroom.  As you can see, the baking project was a success!  Big thanks to The Crafting Chicks for the inspiration!

We're heading to one of his favorite places for dinner:  Chuck E. Cheese!

Happy Birthday, my Bubba Schmubba!

I love you a million times a minute.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


After dinner last night, we had a little tic tac toe competition.

If you look at the picture below, you will notice that somebody changed that yellow O to a green X for the win.  Could the cheater be the one with those big manly hands there?  Hmmm....

When Ryan is concentrating, he sticks his tongue out ever so slightly to the side like this.  Love it.

Tomorrow is a special day around here.  Somebody will be celebrating a birthday.  So tonight I am going to be involved in a serious baking project.

I'm hoping for cupcake success, not cupcake disaster.

Check back tomorrow for the results... 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday, Monday

Over the weekend I did 7,980,789,079 loads of laundry...approximately.

I still have more to go.

However, you can finally see my bathroom floor.  Looky there.  Pretty amazing.

A bunch of stuff had fallen behind the dryer from stacking clean unfolded clothes on top of it for weeks, but I couldn't get back there myself, so I called in some reinforcements.

Doesn't he look so delighted to help his mama?

Um, yeah, there was an empty Snapple bottle back there.  That addiction is still going strong.

When he was finished, we had a little photo shoot with my iPhone.  Trying to get this guy to stay still and smile is not easy.

I know how to make him laugh, though, and put a genuine smile on his face.  Mama knows all the funny jokes...

Aside from laundry, I did a little of this:

Speaking of Words With Friends, did you know I'm a master?  Here's some proof:

Oh, and I refilled the candy bowl.  This time with Sweet Tart gummies.  They didn't even last as long as the jelly beans.

Remember the rock I found under Jayden's pillow?  Well, she colored it to look like an Easter egg.  And all weekend long I'd find it and put it outside and she'd bring it back inside.  I'm about to take it for a little drive....

Happy Monday!!!