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That’s NOT A Squirrel!

That’s NOT A Squirrel!
by Gina Valley

 

Dear Family,

As you know, yesterday, while I was doing laundry in preparation for our imminent departure on our summer road trip, it was brought to my attention, by my nose, that some woodland creature had apparently chosen one of theHumor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Squirrel Road Trip Laundry Room Smell Death Rot Woodland Creatures Garage Costco Aroma Resting Place Movie Turner Hooch Hindsight Blueberries Feta Cheese Salmon Refrigerator walls of our garage as its final resting place.  This was, of course a sad revelation to all of us,

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Synchronized Complaining – The Newest Olympic Sport

Synchronized Complaining – The Newest Olympic Sport
by Gina Valley

Like most adults, and every parent, I wish I had chosen paper plates for my wedding china pattern.  Anything to avoid the post dinner rush for excuses to dodge dinner dish-duty.

The miraculous shift on the part of my off-spring from happy diners to disgruntled juveniles is nearly instantaneous at the announcement that it isHumor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Synchronized Sport Demonstration Olympic Complaining Dinner Dishes Washing Cleaning Avoiding Chores Team Cookies “time to clean up dinner.”  It’s almost like a synchronized complaining team (I’m pretty sure that Synchronized Complaining is a demonstration sport this year at the Olympics. 

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The Emergency Room – Like Disneyland, But Cheaper

The Emergency Room – Like Disneyland, But Cheaper
by Gina Valley

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Considering going to Disneyland this summer?  Save yourself some money and go to the ER instead.  It’s practically the same thing and a whole lot cheaper!

Certainly, the ER is not a well recognized vacation destination (Except to my family.  We hit it several times a year), but think about it:  the employees are all dressed in costumes,

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Mysteries of the Kid-iverse

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I’ve successfully completed courses in advanced physics and graduate level applied mathematics, but I’m still stymied by the mysteries of the Kid-iverse.

Why can every child on the planet work the most complicated video game controller with ease, but can’t work the flushing mechanism on the toilet afterHumor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Mysteries Mystery Kidiverse Universe Xbox Game Controller Laundry Cell Phone CD Sleep Vomit Lego Hug Twix Snickers PTA he’s done offloading?

Why must a child be dragged out of bed at 7:30AM to get ready for school,

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Hope

Hope
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Hope

In the rain and the rainbow

Singing and sleeping

The dew and the grass

 

In the twinkling of stars

Laughter of children

The smile of age

 

In the leaves of the trees

Sunshine

The coming dawn

 

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Getting There Is Half The Pain!

This weekend is our “Get Ready for the Trip” weekend.  Daughter#3 won’t get the “all clear” to travel due to the gash in her leg until at least next Friday, so I’m not sure when exactly we’ll be leaving for our annual mommy/kids road trip.  Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Emergency Suitcase Ski Snow Boots Underwear Shoes Bathing Suit Flip Flops Shorts T-shirts WalMart Target Socks Glue SticksBut, this is the weekend when all the heavy lifting for the trip gets done. And, by “heavy lifting” I mean locating all of the stuff that we know we already have,

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Bears Don’t Use Toilet Paper

Bears Don’t Use Toilet Paper
by Gina Valley

If I see that stupid commercial with the cartoon bear that has pieces of toilet paper stuck to his hiney one more time I think I will have just cause to fire up our van and to run over whoever the brilliant ad-exec is who came up with that campaign.Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Commercials Toilet Paper Bears Alarms Technology Hiney Confetti Sleeping Bathroom

Is that really what toilet paper executives think we worry about as we weigh our toilet paper options?  

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Quiz – Are You A WFHP?

Are you a WFHP? Are you tired of the embarrassment of being unclear about your status? As a long time WFHP myself I know how important it is to have a clear understanding of yourself and what yourHumor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Work Home Employment Quiz Scantron Distractions Interruptions Office Supplies Paper Jam Printer Pen Legos Crayons File Folders Plastic Safety Scissors Paper Clips Fax Machine Worm Car Trans Am Toy Truck Wite Out Fingerpaint Post It Notes Deadline  work life is.

Don’t you wish you had a definitive way to know your status?

I knew you did, so I put together this short quiz to help you out because I’m always looking out for you. 

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WHAT Is The Dog Sniffing Now?!?!

WHAT Is The Dog Sniffing Now?!?!
by Gina Valley

I love how kids see fun in stuff that seems like anything but fun to me.  They totally lose themselves in simple things and find hidden joy there.

I love that!

When we had a new flushing mechanism installed in the toilet in our powder room my little ones were thrilled.  It sounds like a jet. They were flushing that thing every ten Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Joy Toilet Powder Room Mechanism Flushing Attic Root Canal Mud Puddle Magic Dog Run Leaf Squirrel Shadow Lizard Tree Parkminutes just for fun.

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Every Party Needs A Pooper

Every Party Needs A Pooper
by Gina Valley

I’m watching as all of life and its Good Guys, Bad guys, and Goofballs is being displayed as a Hide & Seek game in my house and yard.  Boys as players in a competition that truly, laughingly, reflects the players they’ll likely be in life.

The Seeker – always volunteers to be Seeker first.   He does this under the guise of Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Sons Daughters Brothers Sisters Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Games Players Life Hide And Seek Fun Good Guys Bad Guys Goofballs Seeker Giggler Serious Goof-off Eternal Hider Nowhere To Go Eaterending the bickering and getting the game started,

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