Top 10 Things That Surprise Every Kid Every Time…Gina’s Favorites

Top 10 Things That Surprise Every Kid Every Time…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

We’re reaching the dreaded end of summer, and the bastion of togetherness it’s given our family. All this time together has reminded me how some things never change. So, I knew my Top 10 Things That Surprise Every Kid Every Time post would be perfect for Throwback Day this week.

Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Top 10 Things That Surprise Every Kid Every Time

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Parenting is all about surprises.

Surprise!  You’ll never sleep again!

Surprise!  Everything you own will be sticky forever!

Surprise!  One tight hug from your grubby little monster makes it all worthwhile.

I am constantly surprised by my kids.  I guess on some level I expected that.

But, what really amazes me is how often I surprise my kids.  It’s shocking, really.  Some might even say eye-rolling, mind-numbingly frustrating, but I’ll just stick with surprising.

Here’s 10 of the things that surprise my kids, and probably shock yours, too.

Top 10 Things That Surprise Every Kid Every Time

#10. Shoes:  There’s not a kid on the planet who isn’t surprised that they need shoes to go places.  And, what’s more, there’s not a kid on the planet that has any idea where they put their shoes when they took them off.  The greater the urgency of departure, the greater the difficulty in locating the suddenly mobile and invisible foot coverings.

#9.  Bedtime:  Every child is shocked and amazed every night that they have to go to bed.  They are not tired.  They have no reason to sleep.  And, they can’t figure out why you, their frazzled parent, are making such a big fricking deal about it.

#8.  Flushing:  No child has any knowledge of the need to flush.  They are completely unaware of others lack of desire to happen upon their happy bowl of output.  They have no recollection of ever having been told of the need, nor the process used, to flush.  This part of the loo’ing procedure is always a mystery to them.

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#6.  Sharing:  All children are in favor of sharing.  They expect you to share your cookies.  They expect the kids at the park to share the swings.  They expect their brother to share his Legos.  What surprises them is that they must share.  It doesn’t matter if they have 5023 green plastic Army guys or 11018 Polly Pockets or a 5 gallon tub filled with 3 different kinds of popcorn, those are theirs, and theirs alone.  Sharing them with others is a tremendous imposition, and will be met with a DefCon Level Red defense mechanism.

#5.  Coats on a cold day:  If there’s snow on the ground and frost on the window, there will never be a coat on the kid.  Nothing triggers a child’s anti-coat-itis like a really cold morning.  Being required to wear outer wear to the store is an insult.  Insisting your child don anti-frostbite gear to wear to school is akin to insisting said child rub broken glass in his or her eyes.  They are shocked you can be so unreasonable.

#4.  No coat on a hot day:   All children are shocked by their parent’s lack of praise when they do finally relent and agree to wear their parka.  The fact that they chose the hottest day in July to parade about in their snow coat and boots doesn’t seem odd to them, in the least.  They can’t understand why the very same parents that wanted them to wear the very same coat only 6 months earlier are insisting they take it off and leave it at home before taking them to the park.

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#2.  (pun unintended, but nonetheless giggle worthy) Poop smells bad:  The olfactory qualities of doody surprise a child every time they are exposed to poop-esque fumes, to such an extent that they have an uncontrollable need to announce the presence of the aforementioned fumes to everyone in both the immediate and not so immediate area.

My kids have even requested permission to text their dad, siblings, and friends on multiple occasions when a yell wouldn’t carry far enough to spread the good news about the bad odor.  If we’re in a public place and a stranger created the impressive nasal exhibit, the need to herald its arrival becomes even more urgent and boisterous.

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Kids could spend the afternoon de-worming the cat, digging in the yard, and helping spread manure over the lawn, and still land directly at the table to eat a sandwich after flying through the back door.  They don’t find the black prints their dirty hands leave on the white bread the least bit unappealing, rather they brag about their smudges and proudly compare with the grungy minions next to them.

One of my kids even said to me once, “You know, mom, if you didn’t keep your hands so clean all the time, your body would probably get used to it and you wouldn’t get so sick when you eat bad stuff.”

Why doesn’t it surprise me that my kid is working out ways to successfully eat bad stuff?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What surprises you about parenting?  What repeatedly surprises your children?  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.

Top 10 Signs It’s Humid

Top 10 Signs It’s Humid

by Gina Valley

People whine about our traffic and sky-high real estate prices, but most everyone loves our weather in Los Angeles.

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And, during the summer, although the mercury does often rise, it’s a dry heat.

Most of the time.

This week is not most of the time.

It took me a couple days to realize what the problem was.  As I began to analyze all of the data our disturbed SoCal universe was sending out, there was no denying it.

Humidity had hit LA.

Here’s some of what clued me in:

Top 10 Signs It’s Humid 

#10.  I have to chew the air when I take a deep breath.

#9.  When I ask Siri what the weather is she just laughs and laughs.

#8.  Our fish are swimming around outside of their aquarium

#7.  I washed my hair yesterday, and it still hasn’t dried

#6.  There’s a splashing sound when the wind blows.

#5.  Our dogs have learned how to turn on the ceiling fan.

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#3.  Laundry starts to mildew before the wash cycle is even finished.

#2.  The desert tortoise that lives in our backyard keeps coming in the house, and lying on the air conditioning vent.

#1.  It’s taking all of my self-control (and a lot of lowfat ice cream) to keep me from stabbing people who comment “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity,” with a fork.

It’s ok to serve popsicles for dinner 3 nights in a row, as long as they’re different colors each night, right?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Is it hot where you are? How do you stay cool when the heat and humidity hit? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

The ER – Like Disneyland, But Cheaper

The ER – Like Disneyland, But Cheaper

by Gina Valley

We spent the evening in the emergency room, because my 13 year old son lost a battle with gravity while climbing up the side of a building. He fell 10 feet, but luckily the concrete floor cushioned his fall.  He has 7 stitches in his lip, 5 loose teeth, and a fractured wrist to help him remember the importance of having a spotter before his next flight.  But, we are tremendously blessed that he was not seriously, permanently injured.

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Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

The Emergency Room – Like 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 they 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!

A variety of rides are available.  The Wheel Chair Round Up is the ride most visitors choose to go on first.  Depending on the operator, this can be a relaxing jaunt or a thrilling free-for-all.   The “Doctors Only” Stool Spin becomes more and more irresistible as the evening wears on, but it’s not recommended for those who’ve had a meal before arriving or whose visit was spurned on due to a head wound.

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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.

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.

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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, also 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?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Tuesday Tickles – svdvc

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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.

Is That A Hole?

Is That A Hole?

by Gina Valley

“There’s a hole in our kitchen door.”

I announced this to The Professor.

Without looking up from his iPad, he responded, “There’s supposed to be a hole. That’s how doors work.”

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“No, not the doorway. There’s a hole in the actual door.”

Hub looked toward the door with a suspicious, but clearly willed-to-be-blind-eye. “I don’t see a hole.”

Now, lest you think I’m making a mountain out of a door hole, you need to know that I would not usually even mention a hole like this to him. Normally, I would just fix it. But, this was his hole. Sort of.

A couple weeks ago, The Professor decided that in order to tighten the hinges on the door between our kitchen and dining room, he needed to take it out to the yard. I expressed doubt at not only the necessity of the door going on this road trip for such an adjustment, but also that said door would be returned promptly to its proper home.

That door is the only thing that prevents children and dogs from flying through our kitchen every time I open our oven.

I don’t know what it is about me opening our oven door, but it draws crowds more quickly than yelling “Fried chicken!” at the church potluck.

Some sort of bat signal must be sent off when I start to reach for the handle, which tells every child and pet in the region to immediately make a run through our kitchen.  Maybe the Boy Scouts are offering some sort of merit badge for anyone who can make The Valley Kitchen Run With Open Oven Door in under 12 parsecs (yes, I know a parsec is really a distance, but I was going for a Star Wars tie-in there).

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So, I need that door in its assigned position, as kitchen security sentry.

The Professor assured me as he carried the door out to the yard that he would have it back and re-hung within the hour.  I was sure he truly believed that. I was also sure it would not happen.

After 2 days of the door still in our yard, I made it clear to my dear hub that I would be doing no cooking of any kind anywhere in our house until that door was back where it belonged. Then, for emphasis, I took our kids out to dinner (in retrospect that was kind of punishing me).

When we returned, lo and behold, the door was back where it belongs.  But, it had a hole in it.

That’s the hole we both stood staring at.

“There is a hole.  It’s right there.”  I pointed out. “You took it outside, you left it there, and now it’s got a hole in it. I can’t believe you are not seeing that.”

“All I see is a dent,” he noted.

“A dent?  You call that a dent? Well, if it’s a dent, it’s a well -drained dent, because you can look through it and see inside the door,” I retorted in my most dramatic, martyr-like voice.

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“No one is ever going to even notice…” he began.

I decided to stop him before his safety became an issue.  “You do not want to finish that sentence.”

“OK. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it,” he said reassuringly. I was not reassured.

Today, after I got home from spending the afternoon shuttling our kids all over the SoCal area, I went straight to our kitchen door.  I wasn’t really checking to see if he’d fixed his divot. I was really checking to make sure the door was still there.

It was.

And, surprisingly, the hole/dent was gone.

Still, I stared at the door.

Not because the hole is gone.

But, because,

There’s a lump on our kitchen door.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you a do-it-yourself-er or a write-a-check-for-someone-else-to-do-it-er?  Is there a yard-pile-er in your family?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.  And, please, pass me the sand paper. I’ve got a lump to level.

Friday Funnies – sdovc

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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

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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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I hate when that happens!

 

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Might need to replace the swear jar, too.

 

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I’m tempted to lock my family out for a couple days whenever our kitchen is finally clean!

 

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I think I need a 12-step program to help me stop doing this!

 

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If it was, I know who’d be winning!

 

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Please don’t give our dogs any ideas!

 

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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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Always good advice!

 

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I should put this up in place of the mirror in our kids’ bathroom. It would really speed up the turn around time.

 

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Yeah! Let’s try that!

 

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I’m going to try this when it’s time to call everyone down to dinner.

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 – suvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

How To TOTALLY Over Do It!!!…Gina’s Favorites (if one is good, seven is better),

Top 10 Things That Make A Grumpy Teen Grumpier (they tend to be a bit easy to bother, even when you’re trying not to bother them),

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

How To Choose Your Relatives (yes, you can pick them),

Marriage Changes Us…Gina’s Favorites (changes after the walk down the aisle).

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!

Marriage Changes Us…Gina’s Favorites

Marriage Changes Us…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

Two of my sons are away at church camp this week, affording my hub and me a bit of unexpected privacy. I found myself laughing last night as we discussed how amazing it is to get to have a conversation uninterrupted for 20 minutes. Funny how that’s not what we would have been doing with that uninterrupted 20 minutes before we were married!

So, I thought it fitting to have my Marriage Changes Us post be our source for Throwback Day giggles this week.

Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Marriage Changes Us

Jason Clark of @JasonTheDad shot out a tweet that made me literally laugh out loud.  Thank you for that, by the way, Jason.  Still giggling!

Here it is:

Here’s my reply:

 

His tweet didn’t just make me laugh.  It made me think about how marriage changes us.  I’m not saying that’s bad.  Not saying it’s good.   Just saying it’s different.

It’s really different.

And, it’s funny.

Pre VS Post

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  • Pre – night to see who’s the most adventurous
  • Post – night to see who is snoring and hogging the bed (credit to Jason on this one!)

She says “I’m hot!’

  • Pre – he tears off his clothes and jumps into bed
  • Post – he jumps out of bed and turns on the fan

Friday night

  • Pre – standing date – dinner at a hip new restaurant and then seeing the latest hot movie
  • Post -standing date – samples at Costco for dinner and then seeing if you can get the hot roast chicken home without it leaking all over the car

Nail polish

  • Pre – trying to impress him before each date with perfectly polished toe and fingernails
  • Post – pressing him into painting her toenails for her so she’ll look nice for her night out with the girls.

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  • Pre – sucking it in every time she so much as glances his way for the duration of the date
  • Post – asking her to watch as he tries to push it out far enough to use it to operate the TV remote control

Dinner

  • Pre – she cooks her special spaghetti and meatballs dinner for him
  • Post – she over-cooks water until it burns, then calls to ask him to pick-up pizza on the way home.

Children

  • Pre – dreaming about the exquisite, perfect geniuses your progeny would be
  • Post – never dreaming because your progeny never let you sleep

Sub-wardrobing

  • Pre – Her skivvies are beautiful and matching
  • Post – if her skivvies are both clean she calls that a match

Underneath it all

  • Pre – he slips into silk boxers he bought because they’re her favorite color
  • Post – he slips into a pair of his Walmart cheapos that he found on the bedroom floor

Movies

  • Pre – He asks her what her favorite part of their shared favorite movie is
  • Post – He asks her if he has seen the movie they’re currently watching, and, when she says that he has, he asks her if he liked it.

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  • Pre – everywhere everyday just in case
  • Post – only the basics without a two day advanced warning.

Candles

  • Pre – candles burning in the bedroom to set the mood for romance
  • Post – candles burning in the kitchen to cover up the stench created when someone didn’t take their turn at doing the dishes.

Which reminds me – it’s my turn today for dishes.

I wonder if we have any candles.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

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How To Choose Your Relatives

How To Choose Your Relatives

by Gina Valley

You can’t choose your relatives.

Or…can you?!?!

I’ve been a fan of Eli Pacheco’s Coach Daddy Blog, and the wonderful community he has there, for ages, so I was honored and excited when he gave me the opportunity to do a guest post for Coach Daddy.

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Here’s a snippet of what you’ll find there:

They say, “You can’t choose your relatives.”

I don’t know who “they” are, but I say “Bologna!”

Sure, most relatives are inherited, but in-laws, those you chose. I have to admit my in-law selection didn’t turn out exactly like I thought it would.

So, in typical OCD fashion, I’m leaving nothing to chance in regard to my future children-in-law. I’ve made a list. I’ve checked it twice. All concerned parties have been notified as to the requirements, so they’ll easily be able to consider my wise recommendations as they chose their mate.

Naturally, I wouldn’t complain if they were amazingly wealthy. After all, I’d like to live out my golden years in the manner that I have not yet had the opportunity to grow accustom to. And, they have to like board games. I don’t know why, but that seems to be necessary for family harmony.

Of course, I want my future children-in-law to be good people, honest people, people of our faith, people who will cherish the perfect imperfections of my children (and me, should I ever develop any), educated, have a great sense of humor, yada, yada, yada.

But, what about the truly important stuff? What about the nitty-gritty, day-to-day, how-did-we-ever-live-before-this-person-joined-our-family stuff?

I want my 7 children to find partners who will provide mastery over the Seven Makes-Me-Wonders of The Modern World….

Click on over to Choosing Your Relatives on Coach Daddy Blog to get the rest of the giggles. And, be sure to drop me a comment to let me know what you think (and to say hi to Coach Eli!).

As always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio. So, click on over, ‘cause let’s face it, we can all use some extra cardio.

Laugh out Loud!

-gina

Did you click on over to read the rest of my post? If not, go ahead & I’ll wait right here (most of us have or will have in-laws, so it’s always a good idea to pick up some tips about them). Then, let me know what you think, ok? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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