Does My Tongue Look Big To You?…Gina’s Favorites

Does My Tongue Look Big To You?…Gina’s Favorites

Since our family is in its frantic last minute preparation stage for our upcoming road trip, I figured my Does My Tongue Look Big To You? post would be a great way to share some related giggles this week for Throwback Day.

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Laugh along as we travel with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Does My Tongue Look Big To You?

We’re visiting my parents this week.  Somehow we were able to get packed and out the door in a record short preparation time.

The road, however, was not short at all.

But, we did have some giggles and other noteworthy occurrences along the way.

We were almost all of the way out of our driveway before someone asked to stop for food.  It’s important to note that we completed a full, hot breakfast 15 minutes before the ignition was turned.

What is it about climbing into a vehicle that instantly creates an intense desire to eat?  Sometimes we feel the need to stop for burgers on the way to pick up pizza for dinner.  It must be caused by some chemical the upholstery gives off.

Everyone had shoes with them when we did stop for food, nearly a half hour into our journey. I never did check to see if everyone’s shoes fit and belonged to them.  I figured, why tempt fate? Worse comes to worse we could always dig out the snow boots we’d shoved under the backseat of our van.  That’d be stylish with our SoCal shorts.

It’s always nice when you find “the worst bathroom I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” as Son#2 put it, during the first half of the first day of a road trip.  All of the males in our party seemed to be suffering from PTDBSD, Post-Traumatic Disgusting Bathroom Stress Disorder, as they exited the mini mart that was home to the noxious space.  None of them wanted anything to eat at the next two food stops.

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Son#4 said, “There was a really big guy in there who must have had a bad burrito.”

Son#1 pointed out, “That was the work of more than just an ordinary burrito.”

Ironically, the ladies facilities were quite pristine.

Blasting and dancing in the van to “Call Me Maybe,” was found to be a great source of amusement to half of our party, and a great source of irritation to the other half.

Naturally, the amused half’s amusement was heightened by the irritated half’s irritation.  And, the irritated half’s irritation was heightened by the amused half’s amusement.

I’m not saying which half I was in, but there is a slight chance that I played the song 3 times.  Maybe 4.

We had an impromptu course in donut etiquette after Son#2 hollered, “Mom, tell her to stop biting donuts and putting them back in the box!” This was, I believe, the first time I had ever heard this complaint.  That’s quite impressive because we are very thorough with our complaining.

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I asked Daughter#3 why she was biting donuts and putting them back in the box (I had to swallow the thrill I was feeling because someone was putting something away without being told to do so, even if it did have a bite missing.  Small victories are still victories.).  Daughter#3 answered, “They taste bad.  What else was I supposed to do with them?”

I kept thinking, “People without children miss out on so much.”

My internet hotspot kept shutting down during the second day of the drive.  Each time it was flashing a message that I had to give my approval to access data because I had roamed outside of the United States.

I was in Oregon at the time.

Might be time for my internet provider to buy a map.  I think there’s an app for that.

At one of our fast food breakfast stops, Son#1 held up his breakfast sandwich and announced, “This does not look like the picture.”  Honestly, it didn’t really look like food.

I determined around 11:00PM the first night of the drive that Pink Floyd is under-appreciated by today’s kids.  Or, at least by my kids.  Come on – “… another brick in the wall…”  How do they not like that?

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After the CupCakes were inhaled by our entire traveling party, Son#1 said, “They make my mouth itch.”

I admitted, “I think they’re making my tongue swell up.”

Son#1 said, “Yeah, but, they’re so good, I’ll still eat them.”

Yes, it’s important never to let a little adverse allergic reaction keep you from eating CupCakes.

We’re committed.  Or, should be committed.  One of those.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you traveling this week?  What fun stuff has come up on your road trips?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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I love to share giggles.

Here’s some of the tweets

that made me laugh in the last week.

 

Great tweets from great tweeps:

Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss a laugh!

 

Don’t miss a giggle.  “Like” up my Facebook page, and to share it with a friend.

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

The Emergency Room – It’s Disneyland, But Cheaper…Gina’s Favorites

The Emergency Room – It’s Disneyland, But Cheaper…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

If you hear screaming, don’t panic.

It’s just me.

I’m chaperoning 200 middle school kids at Disneyland today.  I’m anticipating a possibly painful experience.

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While I’m off riding rides, well, more like waiting in line to ride rides, enjoy my The Emergency Room – It’s Disneyland, But Cheaper post.

I think it’s quite apropos (it took me FIVE tries to spell “apropos” correctly) for today. I hope you’ll laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

The Emergency Room – It’s Disneyland, But Cheaper

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, a sandwich will run you $12, they nail you for at least $100 just to walk through the door, they take your picture, and the piped in music may not be It’s A Small World but it causes the same insanity.

Plus, emergency rooms are easy to find – just follow an ambulance to the ER nearest to your home – and offer loads of free parking.

This year, why not head off to the real magic kingdom for a change?

The first order of business during your visit to the ER is to wait in line and to hand over your credit card, exactly like at  Disneyland!  And, the similarities don’t stop there!

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For a special group of visitors to the ER, Try To Hit The Basin provides a “fun” test of aiming skills, while the smaller Fill The Cup provides a test of both mettle and determination.

The ER House Of Horrors, which included live leeches, filthy hands, and frequent amputations, has been closed for 100 years, but roving characters, including Scary Lab Tech, Super Phlebotomist, and Shaky Handed Nurse, provide a throw-back to years gone by.

Show schedule and topics change daily, sometimes hourly, but often include Patient Screaming Randomly In Next BayOld Man Who Lost His PantsNurse Gossip Hour, and Addict Demanding Drugs From Receptionist.

Fun attractions and games include the shocking How Much Do You Really Weigh?, Guess When The Buzzing Flickering Florescent Light Will Go Out, and The Parade Of Gurneys.

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Not to be out done by the original Magic Kingdom, ER’s offer a variety of fine dining experiences, including The Psycho-esque Basement Cafeteria Right Next To The Morgue and Bank of Vending Machines.  Fuzzy Candy From The Bottom Of Mom’s Purse is available seasonally.

Nearby accommodations include Sticky Back-Killing Waiting Room Chairs,  Empty Bed In The Next Bay They May Need Any SecondSpare Gurney In The Hall, and They Call This A Sleeping Chair But It’s Really Vinyl Hell. No Autoclub discounts are given.

And, just like with Disneyland, although you were glad to arrive there a mere 12 hours earlier, you are nothing but thrilled and exhausted when it’s time to go home!

But, just like Disneyland, the ER likes to have the last laugh.  It enjoys a hearty one as you drag your exhausted family, trailing their pink plastic pitcher and golden rod basin souvenirs behind them, throughout the parking lot trying to remember which car you brought and where you left it.

Be sure to take lots of pictures.  It’s a vacation you’ll never forget!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you been anywhere magical lately?  How about somewhere not so magical?   I’d love to hear all about it – I’m looking forward to your comments!

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite frosty beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies –

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Have you fanned me up on Facebook? If not, here’s your chance!  Click on over and hit “like” so you don’t miss a giggle (be sure to hover and select “Show in News Feed” while you’re at it, so Facebook will show you the giggles).

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 Must be broken!

 

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Very, VERY fascinating women!

 

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I really need to try this more!

 

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And, he’s mocking me!

 

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I remember this!

 

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Very tempting!

 

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That’s gonna leave a mark.

 

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How rude!

 

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Pancakes are pretty yummy!

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

Some Of My Favorite Pins On Pinterest:

Consider this your formal invitation to check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

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I’ve got to get taller!

 

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He is good in emergency situations.

 

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Mommy porn!!!

 

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Good question!

 

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It all starts with the bulb.

All the rest of my pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

If you’re trying to put off making dinner, you can check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

 

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

Friday Funnies – cvtvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

Stop Stepping On Their Heads!!! (fun with kids at a Memorial Day service),

Tuesday Tickles – cvsvc (a week’s worth of funny quips),

Sometimes Juice Spills…Gina’s Favorites (what’s on my neck),

Top 10 Things I Did NOT Know About Parenting (stuff no on tells you before you have kids).

I hope they gave you some giggles, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina             

What made you smile this week? Did you have a good week?  Any big plans this weekend?  Have you scheduled time to relax?  I’m looking forward to hearing about it!  Shoot me a comment with all the details!

Top 10 Things I Did NOT Know About Parenting

Top 10 Things I Did NOT Know About Parenting

by Gina Valley

They don’t tell you a lot about parenting before you join the cult.

People joke a bit about losing most of your sleep while your child is an infant, and all of it when your child becomes a teen.

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They point out the baby fat they’re still carrying from their now 264 month old child.

But, no one mentions the truly mind boggling aspects of parenthood.

Here’s some of the things I did not realize would happen when I became a parent that keep my head shaking and my eyes rolling more often than I care to admit.

Top 10 Things I Did NOT Know About Parenting

#10.  How often I would step in something wet – from the benign puddles of melted ice cubes and dribbled milk to the nefarious spectrum of bodily productions, which mysteriously appear where they never should (this job really should come with galoshes).

#9.  How often someone would scream at me that he or she was not tired or grumpy and did not need a nap (funny how I always need one).

#8.  How every semblance of sophistication would be quickly and completely stripped out of my life. Leaving the house in unstained clothes, arriving on time, a clean car, an uninterrupted thought, all gone.

#7.  How often I would utter the phrase “I’m not missing any of this movie to take anyone to the bathroom, so you better go now.”

#6.  How I would cave in every time & take every kid to the bathroom during the movie (I get more steps in during a movie than at the gym in an hour on the treadmill).

#5.  How often I would offer bribes to small people to poop or sleep. Or, to let me poop or sleep. Alone.

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#4.  How much time and effort other people’s shoes would suck out of my life. Explaining why shoes must be worn. Again. Asking where the shoes were last seen. Again. Hiking halfway back to the waterfall in the dark by the light of my cell phone to retrieve a shoe. Again.

#3.  How much time I would spend admiring captive insects, and negotiating for their release back into the wild.

#2.  How many times I would give up my jacket, my water, my snack, my sanity to the child I reminded not less than ten times to bring his or her own, who, nonetheless, forgot to bring it.

#1.  How great I would get at silently opening crinkly candy wrappers so as not to tip off my children to my clandestine date with junk food.

I don’t share chocolate.

It’s really for their own protection.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What aspect of parenting surprised you once you were actually in the trenches? What’s harder than you imagined it would be?  What’s easier?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission.

Sometimes Juice Spills…Gina’s Favorites

Sometimes Juice Spills…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

This week for Throwback Day I picked my Sometimes Juice Spills post, because it makes me giggle.

Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Sometimes Juice Spills

You know it’s going to be a good day when you start it off by finding a pimple the size of a can of soup sprouting out of the side of your neck.

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Where does it fall on the irony scale that I found the pimple while putting on my anti-wrinkle cream?

At first I thought it was a bug bite.  I was hoping it was a bug bite.  But it wasn’t a bug bite.

All doubt was removed when I found his mini-me brother sprouting up from the middle of the scar on my forehead.

If there was another one on the other side of my neck and it was Halloween I could have passed it off for a neck bolt.  But, just the one at this time of year leaves little option for disguise.

There is cover up.  I coated it with that.  Twice.  It went from looking like a flare guiding aircraft landing on a carrier in the fog to more like a stubby thumb trying to hitch a ride.

A turtle neck would have covered it.  Of course the 80 degree F weather around here this week would have made that less than comfortable.  Plus, there’s my obsessive need to not let anything touch my neck.  I hate that feeling, so I don’t even own a turtle neck.

I guess my body didn’t hear about the “nothing touches my neck” rule before it started growing my third arm there.

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But, I realized that I was probably making too big a deal out of this.  We all focus on our own bodily imperfections, even though most people never notice them, much less give them a second glance.  So, I decided not to worry about it and headed down to breakfast.

The Professor did a double take as I sat down across from him at the breakfast table.  “What the bloody ‘ell is that?” he asked, staring at my neck growth.

“I’m not sure,” I answered. “Might be a bug bite,” I suggested, hopefully.

“I don’t think so,” he said, looking intently at it.

“Does it look like a pimple?” I asked.

He shook his head.  “Not exactly,” he said.  “It looks more like the beginning of an alien emerging.”

Somehow his orange juice got dumped on his eggs about then.

I have no idea how that happened.

Sometimes juice spills.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Ever been double “blessed” with the troubles of youth and the pains of aging at the same time?  Is your significant other super helpful when you’re feeling self-conscious?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Click over to my posts below for more fun with The Professor:

WHAT Is The Dog Sniffing Now?!?!

Early Morning Ambush

A Zen-Like Departure

Where’s My Sparkly?

 As always, the extra clicks count as cardio.

Thank you for reading and sharing.

Tuesday Tickles – cvsvc

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I love to share giggles. Here’s some of the tweets that made me laugh in the last week.

Great tweets from great tweeps:

Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss a laugh!

Don’t miss a giggle.  “Like” up my Facebook page, and to share it with a friend.

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Stop Stepping On Their Heads!!!

Stop Stepping On Their Heads!!!

by Gina Valley

One year we decided, because we are stupid, stupid people, that it would be fun, educational, and inspiring to take our 7 children, 6 of whom were 6 years old and under at the time, to the Veteran’s cemetery for the Memorial Day service.

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Each Memorial Day Boy Scouts place a flag on each and every grave there.  You have to see it in person to grasp the grandeur of the gesture.  It gives you pause.

But, let’s be honest, nothing gives a preschooler pause. Preschoolers don’t pause.

I don’t know why we were thinking our littles would somehow undergo a miraculous, if temporary, transformation, into people with the desire to sit still and do as they’re told.  We must’ve had concussions from being kicked in the head by our two year old each night, after he’d wander into our room to sleep with us “’cause Matthew’s snowin’ again.”

We should have remembered our kids have always prided themselves on taking all instructions under advisement.  Of course, they define “taking under advisement” as “ignoring.”

Standing in the center of the vast, green acres with my pack, surrounded by headstones and people there to honor what those headstones stand for, reminded me there are people, many of them in fact, who put their lives on the line for what they believe in.

It reminded me, as my 94 year old WWII veteran Great Uncle says, freedom isn’t free.

And, it reminded me to leave our kids at home the next time.

I could see our six year old eyeing the neat rows of head stones, and I knew what he was thinking before the little human monkey even said it.  There is no good answer when your 6 year old asks you, “How many [headstones] do you think I can jump to in a row without falling?”

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I wanted to say, “Well, I’m not sure, but please don’t try it until I have one, OK?” But, that seemed inappropriate.

As the speaker mentioned soldiers “making the ultimate sacrifice” my 5 year old asked if Ultimate Sacrifice was one of the X-Men.  Before I could answer, my 6 year old blurted out, “No, Stupid. It means they’re dead people.”

“Are the dead people here?” my 5 year old daughter asked, excitement rising in her voice.  I knew she was thinking about silly zombies, like on Scooby Doo.

I noticed my 4 year old daughter, who was not at that point a fan of zombies, Scooby Doo type or otherwise, immediately pulled her dangling feet up onto her chair, and surveyed the surrounding grass for disturbances.  We were the only disturbances

I smelled a strong, repugnant odor, and immediately suspected my one year old.  Despite his loud protests and claims of innocence, I lifted him and performed the traditional fanny sniff check.  I found that he was not the offender, and slid him back into his stroller.

But, I didn’t have to wonder who was responsible for very long. My adorable 3 year old daughter, Charlotte, announced loudly enough for everyone in attendance and in residence to hear, as she pointed to the man standing next to me, “Mommy, that man farted!”

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Charlotte showed her appreciation for her sister’s guidance by knocking Gemma down.  Gemma then, the more agile of the 2, wriggled out from under her bigger, younger sister and socked her right in the left eye.

As The Professor and I pulled apart our delicate, feminine, brawling flowers, we realized it was time to surrender.  We each slung a screaming sister over one of our shoulders, and each grabbed a stroller to push on the long walk back to our van.

Our 5, 6, and 11 year olds all followed along.  Our 2 year old turned and ran in the opposite direction.

I called after him to come get into his stroller. He ran faster. In the opposite direction.  He didn’t seem the slightest bit concerned that we’d started the long march back toward our van without him.

But, when I waved the bag I’d filled with Fruit Roll Ups, he came running.  He had his priorities. He might not have had them straight, but he definitely had them.

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Our one year old, a big fan of Fruit Roll Ups, who spoke only in sign language at the time, immediately, threw his head back, opened his mouth like a hungry baby bird, and repeatedly made the sign for food.

And, the sign for ceiling fan. He really loved ceiling fans.

I noticed that our 11 year old was slowly, but ever so purposely, moving himself further away from the rest of us.  I was glad he didn’t have keys to the van, fearing he would take off and leave our embarrassing family circus behind. Our 3 year old noticed his progress across turf, also, but she wasn’t happy with his course.

She screamed to her big brother, “Stop it!  You’re stepping on their heads!”

Every person and most of the squirrels in the entire cemetery turn in our direction.

I scanned the surrounding area, hoping to spy an open grave I could climb into.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you ever caused pandemonium in a cemetery?  How do you observe Memorial Day? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Friday Funnies – cvtvc

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite frosty beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies –

Smiles From Around The World Wide Web

Complied by Gina Valley

Have you fanned me up on Facebook? If not, here’s your chance!  Click on over and hit “like” so you don’t miss a giggle (be sure to hover and select “Show in News Feed” while you’re at it, so Facebook will show you the giggles).

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FaceBook is hard for some people.

 

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You just can’t trust that cat!

 

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True that!!!

 

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You’re probably gonna need a few extra laps to get a good workout at this one.

 

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The internet has really set some people’s immaturity free!

 

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Yeah!!!

 

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I don’t think my kids even know what an ironing board looks like!

 

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Nailed it!!!

 

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Maybe 10 more minutes.

 

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I am the worst limbo-er ever!!!

 

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I think mine are way over 30% on the complaining!

 

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Pie? Did someone say pie?!?!

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

Some Of My Favorite Pins On Pinterest:

Consider this your formal invitation to check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

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Another reason we have giant dogs! Fewer mix-ups!

 

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This is so cool!

 

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Especially in the middle of the night!

 

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We have a raccoon family that keeps invading our attic. Smart little things!

 

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But first, let me take a selfie!

 

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 I’m just hoping that’s the dog!

All the rest of my pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

If you’re trying to put off making dinner, you can check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

 

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

Friday Funnies – cdsvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

It Has A Pulse! (the horrors of friendship bread starter),

Tuesday Tickles – cvvc (a week’s worth of funny quips),

It Was Kind Of A Quest…Gina’s Favorites (trying to throw out a trash machine),

Top 10 Vital Preps Before My Kids Start Summer Break (I must prepare for the invasion).

I hope they gave you some giggles, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina             

What made you smile this week? Did you have a good week?  Any big plans this weekend?  Have you scheduled time to relax?  I’m looking forward to hearing about it!  Shoot me a comment with all the details!

Top 10 Vital Preps Before My Kids Start Summer Break

Top 10 Vital Preps Before My Kids Start Summer Break

by Gina Valley

In a couple weeks, I’ll be under full time siege.

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That’s right.

My kids will be on summer break.

I love having them home. I love getting to hang out with them. I love not having to mess with homework.

But.

A few issues have come up in the past during the summer occupation, so I know I need to be proactive and take vital steps before my garrison of gigglers ends its daily constitution in the halls of education.

Top 10 Vital Preps Before My Kids Start Summer Break

#10.  Round up a dairy cow – On a hot summer day 6 gallons of milk is easily inhaled by my kids. When their friends have joined our circus we need a keg of the white stuff daily. I figure having our own cow has got to be cheaper than buying jugs by the pallet full at Costco.

#9.  Get a HazMat suit – And, it needs to include asbestos gloves and a breathing apparatus. I don’t know how bathing suits and towels used in a chlorinated pool turn into alien life forms so quickly, but they do.  It’s like my off spring drop their bathing suits and towels off into a pile, and the fabric springs into an instant mildewy mess.

#8.  Remove the doors from the refrigerator & freezer – They aren’t shut once the entire summer any way. At least this way there’ll be fewer heads and fingers slammed in them. It’s worth the perpetually melted ice cream if it saves me even one trip to the emergency room.

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#7.Hook the power car washer onto the hose to shower the kids – When it’s light until well past a decent bedtime, no one wants to come inside, much less do so to bathe.   This way I can do a quick turbo wash as they run by in the midst of a game of tag. I might get the wax cylinder to, so they’ll be extra shiny and water repellant.

#6.  Stock up on swim goggles – I’ll start with about 50 pairs. That should almost last us through the first week. Where do all the goggles disappear to? If we ever move I think we’re going to find a hidden room full of swim goggles. And, how come my kids consider diving into mud puddles totally hygienic, but need protection from the clean, bacteria-free water in a pool?

#5.  Purchase 3 identical pairs of flip flops for each member of my pack – That way they should be able to come up with at least one pair of shoes when required to.  It’s ok to wear flip flops to a cousin’s black tie wedding as long as they’re sparkly, right?

#4.  Hide the snow parkas – Why does someone always think it’d be cool to play Arctic Explorer in the mid-July heat?  And, why do they think rolling around in a giant mud puddle in their dry clean only parkas simulates the arctic? I think the school district is should be held responsible for that dry cleaning bill.

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#2.  Procure a case of MRE’s – Or, maybe several cases. Those nasty nutrition packs from the military surplus store are “Meals Ready To Eat” (also known as “”Meals Refusing To Exit,” according to some of my favorite soldiers). Hopefully, they’ll be better than the nothing I’ve prepared on those many nights when I forget to make dinner because it’s light until nearly 9:30pm. Who thinks about dinner while it’s still light?

#1.  Buy snow boots for everyone – This is the only time of year stores in SoCal have them in stock. Gotta get ’em while it’s hot.

Now that I think about it, I should probably stop by Costco for a barrel of sunscreen, even though I know my kids will refuse to use it all summer.

I wonder if they make a sunscreen cartridge for the power car washer.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How do you prep for the summer? Did you miss school during the summer when you were a kid?  Shoot me a comment. You’re here anyway, and I’d love to hear what you have to say.