Funny Friday April

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Southern Belle Charm (http://www.southernbellecharm.com)   

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1.  That’s it, I give up this budgeting crap. Where does all my money go? 

2.  **sighs** I was hoping to get a few more minutes of peace before the humans woke up. 

3.  How dare she look at other pugs online. I’m the only pug that she needs. I’m updating her profile pic with my picture. That will teach her. 

4. Netflix and chill! 

5. There we go, the treats will arrive in five days. That will show her to to say “No more treats.”  Amazon Prime rocks! 

 

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Fly on the Wall April

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

 

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

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While AJ’s building with Legos… “These are bad guys and this is their hangout. They have fun and make bad decisions”.

AJ was walking with me as I walked Bonus. I told him he would be too tired after being at the playground for two hours. Of course his exhaustion hit him half way into the walk.

“Is there anywhere I can lay down?” Then proceeds to sit on the sidewalk as Bonus does her business.

I was trying to help him with his seat belt issues he was having. Tony was driving so I couldn’t lean back and across like I normally do. “Don’t worry, Mommy. I have my ways.” Apparently he does, but he fixed it all on his own.

Comes out of his room as Tony was grilling burgers and hot dogs. “Are you grilling? I love these days. It smells so good.”.

Anthony saw me watching a movie about a couple getting married.

AJ: “Eeeeew!”
Mommy: “Why ewwwww?”
AJ: “Because I don’t like that stuff.”
Mommy: “Oh that’s right. You don’t like kisses and marriage.”
AJ: “I’m only into shooting stuff.”

He stayed over his Aunt Julieann and Uncle Adam’s house when we celebrated our anniversary dinner out. In the past he refused to eat eggs, but after Uncle Adam introduced him to a frittata, he loved it. So I had to get the exact directions and made “Adam’s eggs” for him.

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Poor guy got sick with strep throat, so he only made it to one day of Karate Jedi Camp. Thankfully between my dad and the sitter, he is in good hands. According to AJ…

“The best thing about being sick is getting lots of fruit and ice pops.”

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AJ & Bonus:

AJ had off this week, but Tony and I didn’t, so AJ spent three days with my parents on his “own vacation” and Bonus was with pet sitter. Needless to say both had LOTS of fun.

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Bonus:

Such a spoiled little girl. All the extra attention has worn her out and she just fell asleep while I rubbed her belly.

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Organizing His Bedroom


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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

umbrella ~ puddles ~ washer ~ mop ~ mess ~ bath
They were submitted by: http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com 

There is a tendency for Anthony to throw his toys all over his room. He likes to make a mess, as long as he cleans it up I don’t care. We had to move some furniture around, remove a play kitchen and taller dresser, and add two tall book shelves (only $10 each) at a garage sale.

Now he has more room to play, but doesn’t like to play in his room alone. He’s going through a phase right now and is scared of being alone. He likes to have one of us in there with him, as an umbrella of safety.

I told AJ if is table is clear, I would have no problem with letting him eat and drink in his room. As long as he doesn’t spill anything. I don’t want to have a piles of food and puddles of water all over. It would be a huge pain to clean and mop it all up. At least all his clothes can all be thrown in the washer and he can be given a bath.

Someone said I should prank him for April Fool’s Day by removing turning some furniture around, but I don’t believe in mean pranks on that day. Besides it would be hard work for me to do it, then fix it all.

Eventually I’d love to get him a bunk bed with an office and storage underneath. If we need an extra bed, we can buy a blow up mattress and only take it out when needed.

Since we took out the tall dresser, I put all his clothes in the the closet. His pajamas and underagarmetns are in teh dresser with sheets and pillow cases. All pants and sweatshirts are in the sweater organizer. Jackets, coats, hoodies, and all types of shirts are hanging in order in the closet. This way he can see everything and decide what he wants to wear

In his room he has a spot for…

  • all his cars
  • hanging basket for stuffed animals
  • bookshelves for books
  • bookshelf for art supplies
  • rolling cart for Legos, which can be moved around, see this post
  • basket for imagination toys

In his closet he has space for…

  • his Star Wars toys
  • all sorts of figures
  • dinosaurs
  • guns and swords
  • sparring gear for karate
  • overnight bag

His closet seems messy, but it’s organized. I could probably use a larger rolling cart for the closet to store his figures and dinosaurs. I’ll just  had that to list “when we have extra money”.

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April Showers Bring…

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

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My subject is:

If April showers bring May flowers, what else does April bring?

It was submitted by: http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

Well, first of all April is a month filled with anniversaries.

Tony and I were married on April 7th fifteen years ago! We’ve been together for twenty-one years. Amazing, right?

I look back at our wedding and while it was wonderful, more like a party, I cringe at my color scheme-yellow and blue. The 40 year old, mature me would have chosen browns, blues, and greens. Or maybe, browns and maroons. I would not have had daisies, but gone with lilies.

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Both sets of parents were married on April 17th. Yup, imagine fidning out both oru parents had the same wedding date, same place for the reception, only five years apart!

My parents married in 1971

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Tony’s parents married in 1966

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I need to make more slow cooker meals instead of cooking in the oven or on the stove top. With our tiny, apartment kitchen it gets too hot using the stove. Slow cooked meals would be helpful. I need to plan out menus using these great recipes.

http://greatist.com/eat/summer-crock-pot-recipes

http://www.myrecipes.com/cooking-method/slow-cooker-recipes/summer-slow-cooker-recipes

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/recipes/the-12-best-summer-slow-cooker-recipes/

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=summer+slow+cooker+recipes&0=summer%7Cautocomplete%7C0&1=slow%7Cautocomplete%7C0&2=cooker%7Cautocomplete%7C0&3=recipes%7Cautocomplete%7C0

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I’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. What is that? Here is a definition from Mayo Clinic.

is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

I have been fitted with orthotics not covered by insurance, but they were necessary! Once I get them I can start exercising again and get back into shape. As I want to participate in the Run Like a Mother race again this year.

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http://runlikeamother.com/

Anthony enjoyed running in the kid race and I was so proud that I made it three miles, even if it took me a LONG time. I will participate, even if I have to crawl the entire three miles.

 

Funny Friday March

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Spatulas on Parade         http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

 

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1.  And here we have the heart of a someone truly evil. See how it is filled with hate, bitterness, and garbage. 

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2.  Honey come quick. I think that plant you bought is not really a plant. It’s looking a bit off. 

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3.  As soon as the water hit the small pocket of dirt, it began to grow and larva began to crawl out.  

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4. Just then worms began to crawl out of the cocoon. Sheila knew she was doomed. 

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5. Three words… DONALD TRUMP’S BRAIN 

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Fly on the Wall March

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

AJ didn’t win the pine derby race, but he had a blast. It was an interesting experience for us all. An older cub scout said to him. “It’s okay, now next year you make work more on your car and make an upgrade.”

I told him next year he should make a sketch of what he wants his car to look like, then him and daddy could create that.

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He got his green belt in karate!!!! I am so proud of him. It’s a tough test as it requires him to exercise before and during the test. It’s harder tests from here on out, but he did it. I think he liked being with the older kids and doing the harder test…even though it wore him out.

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Seven belts down (including the green belt). Now he has to earn his green stripe, 3 different degrees of brown belt, then he can start training for his black belt.

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AJ was taking a long time in the bathroom one morning. So I asked, “Is everything okay?”

“Yeah, I’m just daydreaming.”

“Okay, well I do that all the time. Lots of people daydream, it gives them great ideas.”

“I’m daydreaming about why I’m not a superhero and don’t have powers.”

Please don’t go in the bedroom yet, I just put the light on and Daddy is waking up. Poor guy needs a few minutes to wake up.

Laughing at me, “Mommy, poor guy means he has no money, not that he is sleeping.”

“Well, it also means when you feel bad for someone. Like poor guy broke his leg and is in a cast for three months. You have to hear how it’s used to see if it;s about money or feeling bad for someone.”

We’re reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In chapter 3, Harry Potter is sitting down for breakfast at the Weasley’s house after being rescued from his evil aunt and uncle.

Anthony: Why did Ginny run upstairs?
Me: She’s embarrassed to see Harry at the table. She likes him.
Anthony: Oh maybe she wants to marry him.
Me: Maybe, but they are only kids
Anthony: When they are older, she may want to kiss him and marry him.
Giggle snort…little does he know

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Anthony: What is that number called again, where they need to go?
Me: 9 and 3/4, they need to walk through it. Remember?
Anthony: I think someone a spell on it so Harry couldn’t go to school
Me: Who do you think did it?
Anthony: You tell me. You already know
Me: I want you to discover it for yourself
Anthony: I think Snape because he didn’t like him, even though he protected him. It could be Voldemort, because he doesn’t have a body and doesn’t want school protecting him.
Me: Those are some great guesses.

Anthony playing with Legos after being inspired by a Lego Documentary. After a while the building turned into his typical boy playing with sound effects.

Anthony saying goodnight to Bonus. Yes he’s talking about Africa and Antarctica, he’s a bit obsessed with them lately.

AJ had to create a leprechaun trap for school. It may not have been the prettiest, but once the little guy gets in there, he will have a hard time getting out.

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Since he had to leave his trap in school, we created another one for our home. The cheeky little leprechaun painted happy faces on walls and doors and painted a mustache and bear on Anthony’s school photo. At least he left him chocolates and coins.

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Bonus:

Walking Bonus has been embarrassing. She is now obsessed with marking EVERYTHING. She just can’t enjoy the walk and get exercise. Nope, she has to keep trying to pee and poop every five feet. It’s exhausting and annoying. She is like a mad woman and nothing stops her.

There goes me trying to get exercise by waling her. I mean who has heard of a rat terrier who doesn’t want to take long walks.

Small, But Spacious

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

tendency ~ maneuvre ~ rainbow ~ legitimate reason ~ apple slices ~ prank
They were submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/

I’m going to stick to talking about our small apartment, making it work, and updating and organizing our place in the Use Your Words Posts. This will make it a fun challenge.

We decided to stay in the small space, thought our lease is not up until the end of the summer. Yes, we have legitimate reasons to stay, you can read them all in the previous post, Do We Stay or Do We Go? Unless a decision is made for us, we are staying and making it work.

With a small space there is a tendency to just have everything at your reach, out all the time. When that happens, things get easily cluttered and messy. It’s a habit I have fell into time and time again, though hubby doesn’t help. While I love him dearly, he tends to want to keep everything, which is why we have too many things.

Yes, if we put everything away and everything has a spot you will have to maneuver things around to get the one thing we want. That is a small price to pay for a clean and spacious feel.

My parents, even though I protested, bought us new rugs, blinds, curtains, and a bathroom mirrored cabinet. While I can’t have a rainbow of dark colored walls and bright accents, the maroon curtains add the color that is much needed in our place. Even the one in the kitchen (which we tied to the blinds so they go us and down with the blinds) looks darn cool. The multi-colored rug blends with the couches and curtains and makes the place feel roomier.

Hubby often gets mad now because I won’t let him accumulate or hang things anywhere he wants. He says I’m being a witch and I just remind him that I worked damn hard to make this place clean and organized. He needs to show me he cares and respects me by following those rules. I know I am cruel and sort of pranking him when I take things he left out and leave them on the bed or dresser. I just refuse to see clutter in the neat kitchen.

I have a crazy routine in the morning, but when I am done I make sure I leave the kitchen clean and organized. I expect the same when I come home from working all day. I mean how would he like it if I left the apple slicer and discarded apple slices on the counter to for him to clean along with the dirty food processor, pots, and dishes?

Next few posts I’ll show you AJ’s updated room, how I am making my 333 wardrobe capsule work in my closet, and my morning routine and how I still leave a clean kitchen.

Now onto the organization. The clean and organized kitchen. yes, I need to decide how to use those hanging baskets or get rid of them. That is our whole kitchen, but everything has a place.

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With the new rugs and dining table out of the way, the small apartment looks more spacious.  A long run from the kitchen to the living room makes the place look longer. The new rug is a low pile which makes both AJ’s and Bonus’ toys roll and fly on the rug with more speed.

Yes, we have to pull out the table each time we need to get into the basement, which holds all our office and household supplies. We moved AJ’s art organizer to the basement door to cover it’s non-appealing door and give color and joy while we eat.

I have no problem moving the table near the kitchen or in the middle of the living room if we need have lots of people over. Between the table and some hidden folding tables we could entertain lots of people.

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There is even room for AJ to place his Lego board on the table. It’s a tight squeeze getting it through the door, but we can turn it sideways if all the pieces are securely on there.

Next to AJ you can see our tower of towels. We ditched our bulky wicker baskets that were falling apart. This open shelf stores all our towels and has a cleaner look. It works that it’s close to the table, since our washcloths do double duty as napkins. I rather keep washing them then buying and throwing out paper ones. 

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Don’t Be a Jerk

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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My subject is: What do you do when you are in a public place and see someone treating a waitress/cashier, etc. rudely? Do you do/say anything or just wish you did?

It was submitted by: http://batteredhope.blogspot.com

Most often I want to just scream WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH YOU???? Hell, I want to scream that a few times each day. I usually just scream it in my head and wish I could be like Nilma from Raising Helen. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do that every time someone is rude, smug, arrogant, or takes advantages of others.

I usually just make snarky comments about the situation to the person who was verbally attacked.

Both Tony and I have said, out loud, to wait staff, clerks, and cashiers how bad we feel for them or can’t believe they were treated like that. We don’t speak directly to the crazy people. You just never know these days, but passive-aggressive, snarky comments always work.

Sometimes Tony will make ask for an insane favor or just say I thought it was your job to do be treated that way, to make the person laugh and try to make them feel better.

I normally am a nice person, despite what Tony may say. I try to treat everyone respectfully. The problem is my inner thoughts and feelings show on my face. I really can’t hide I feel, because it’s written all over my face. Outraged, angered, confused, amused, curious, or surprised…you can see it all.

Or maybe I can be like Mrs. Weasley and destroy all the crazies? Love her crazy, mama bear, don’t mess with me face at the end.

If my son was in charge, he’d sing this all day.It’s pretty darn true. I should start singing this when people are rude.

 

Funny Friday February

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by The Bergham Chronicles  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

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1.  Yup, I plan on NOT sleeping through he night and waking up at 5 am. Mommy’s gonna need LOTS of coffee. 

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2.  Going to add what I want to the cart. If I don’t get what I want, I’ll just have a major temper tantrum in this store…works every time. 

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3.  Mommy thinks this coffee is for her, but I plan on spreading it all over the rug when she passes out from exhaustion. 

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4.  I’ll just switch the regular with decaf, that will show Mommy who really needs to take a nap. 

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5. Once Mommy empties these out, I can use them to bang with metal spoons. I can’t wait to see her lose her mind. 

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Fly on the Wall February

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

My dad came with me to drop AJ off at Karate for sparring and class afterwards. While all decked out in his sparring gear, my dad joked with him.

“How are you going to pick your nose with those gloves on?”

AJ gave him dirty look then looked at the other kids and whispered. “Don’t embarss me Pop Pop.”

While working on a puzzle. “Don’t just stand there, help me mommy.”

All I can do is laugh. I love his snarky comments. This is one of the things he gets from me and I have to say I’m pretty proud of that.

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All decked out in his Cub Scouts outfit. This coming week will be busy. One one night we will have his karate test for his green belt, then have to rush to get to the weigh in for his pine derby race. I hope we can make it in time as it ends at 8 pm. Though I am worried if the car needs to be fixed to meet the 5 oz I won’t know what to do…since Tony can only take for the race the next day.

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Bonus just loves AJ. It looks like he is hurting her or forcing her to stay, but in reality she loves being curled up into him. She will stay under him lavishing in his attention until she hears someone in the kitchen.

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AJ loving his look for MISMATCH DAY at school.

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Tony:

Tony has been repeating “Chicken parrm. It tastes so good.” Apparently it;s from a commercial. Now Anthony has been repeating it as well. Like father, like son…and mommy wants to cry.

Tony puts away cleaned utensils. “Look I’m putting away utensils. Do I get husband points?”

“No, You’re doing your fair share. I’m not thanking you for what you SHOULD be doing.”

I get a ‘once again I’m wrong look‘.

Tony complains after I tell him to leave the bathroom light on while I put AJ to bed. I don;’t want to come out to a dark living room.

“Man, it’s tough to live in this house with all the rules.”

“It’s tough living with a man-child.”

While getting AJ ready for bed, he said to me. “You’re suppressed to put my pajama pants on first.”

“Well someone stole them…ahem.” I look at Bonus.

Tony calls form the bedroom in a hurt voice. “What? I’m being blamed for that now too?”

“What is wrong with you? I’m obviously talking about Bonus.”

I am trying to get Bonus to stop biting feet, socks, and clothes to get attention. THen I see TOny letting Bonbus nibble on his feet. “Why are you letting her bite your feet.?”

“I’m playing with her.”

“She’s a dog, not a kid. She needs to know biting your feet is NOT okay.  You’re teaching her to bite people’s feet. Please use your brain.”

I know I sound mean, but sometimes I would like to not be the only adult in this house.

BONUS:

She loves to look out the window and feel the sun’s rays.

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I had to close the blinds and curtain one day, since it was getting cold and windy…and was leaving. She was pissed off and she let me know it. Heck she will let us know when she’s mad or insulted. She even told off Tony for getting her in trouble with me…refer to the biting his toes incident above. 

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