Send In The Clowns & Their Car Keys!!!

Send In The Clowns & Their Car Keys!!!

by Gina Valley

As is traditional with any quality 3-ring circus, The School Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus kept its audience waiting for the main event.

This built anticipation, and allowed for the distribution of water bottles and string cheese sticks amongst the audience members (be sure to get all of the giggles from Ring #1 and Ring #2 of The Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus, too).

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Send In The Clowns & Their Car Keys!!!To completely grasp the amazingness of the Main Event in the center ring, Ring #3, one has to understand a bit about Southern California school parking lots.

Long ago, when most of the schools in SoCal were being built, we had a strict neighborhood school system. Kids attended schools they could walk to. Parking lots were built only large enough to accommodate each school’s faculty and staff, with perhaps a space or two thrown in for visitors.

Now, the neighborhood school system has become the School of Choice system. This system allows parents to send their kids to nearly any school of their choosing. As a result, many kids, mine included, attend schools miles from home. Parents have to provide transportation for their children to and from the schools they select.

So, parking lots at schools with many school of choice students (my daughters’ school for the arts is exclusively attended by school of choice students) are flooded with cars as parents attempt to deliver, and then retrieve their children.

At pick up and drop off time at my daughters’ school, the parking lot, including all 4 lanes to drive through it, becomes, well, a parking lot. Cars are lined up, bumper to bumper and door to door, as they wait to inch forward toward the tiny 2 lane exit. It’s like trying to get out of the parking lot after a hockey game, but with fewer people wearing cool jerseys, and virtually no puddles of beer to navigate around.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Send In The Clowns & Their Car Keys!!!Manhattan rush hour traffic has nothing on a SoCal school parking lot at 3:00PM. Well, there is one major difference. Our afternoon jam is without the chorus of horns so often heard bouncing off of the Manhattan skyscrapers.

Except today.

And, so opened the Main Event in Ring#3.

As we all sat in our vehicles, thoroughly packed into the parking lot, awaiting our turn to move forward a foot or two at a time, some Clown decided to turn Magician.

He, apparently, decided that he’d had enough of the traffic, and that the traffic would have to go. So, he did an amazing thing. Something I’d never heard anyone do in any of the school parking lots I’ve spent what must add up to years of my life waiting in.

He began to blast his horn.

This Clown, who’s champagne colored sedan was completely boxed in on all sides, laid on his horn with vim and vigor. I’m not talking about a couple quick toots to get the attention of his clueless teenager, who was standing 20 feet away, but somehow still failed to see him. We’ve all done that.

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At first, I and several other drivers were concerned that he was perhaps having an emergency of some kind, and seeking help. But, he was not.

Nope.

He was just attempting to use his horn to make the 117 other cars in that parking lot disappear. Apparently, he fancied himself a Magician, and didn’t realize he was just another Clown in the The School Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus. Perhaps he was the biggest clown of all, deluded as he was.

I’m not sure if he thought he had magical powers or his horn was the key to a magical TARDIS, but either way, his show, loud though it was, was great fun to watch. My daughters were giggling about it before they even reached our van.

We giggled along with his serenade all through the long wait for our turn to exit the parking lot. We giggled all of the way to their brothers’ school. Then, they told their brothers about the Main Event, and my sons joined in on the giggling all the way home.

That’s the great thing about the circus.

Everyone goes home laughing.

And, a bit afraid of the clowns.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Click these links to get all of the giggles from Ring #1 – The Circus Parade Of Idiots: Coming To A School Parking Lot Near You!!! and Ring #2 – The School Parking Lot 3-Ring Circus, so you don’t miss any laughs.

Have you been to the circus lately? How about to the school parking lot? Are you afraid of clowns? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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The School Parking Lot 3-Ring Circus

The School Parking Lot 3-Ring Circus

by Gina Valley

The Ring #2 of The School Parking Lot 3-Ring Circus was staged in the same parking lot on the same day, but the curtain rose after school.  Again, it was street performers, so to speak (be sure to get all of the giggles from Ring #1 and Ring #3 of The Parking Lot 3-Ring Circus, too).

As I sat in our van waiting for my daughters to join me on my quest to regroup with their siblings, the performance began.

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I clearly heard the clowns starting to enter the ring. Clown#1 began the show by hollering, “Hey! Hey! Hey!”

Clown#2 then responded with, “What? What? What?”

I couldn’t see the clowns, as apparently the second ring of The Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus was situated behind me, but I could see the other drivers laughing already as the show began.  

It was difficult to follow the conversation, as the clowns were less than totally careful with their enunciation and word choice. But, the general gist of the performance was that Clown#2, who according to Clown#1 was a bleeping bleep bleeper (perhaps you’ve guessed that I’ve substituted “bleep” for the somewhat, shall we say “crass” word used by Clown#1), had stopped his bleeping car in the street to wait to turn into the school parking lot. Apparently, this offended Clown#1.

Clown#2 pointed out, in a less than totally genteel manner, that Clown#1 was bleeping blind (apparently these gentlemen entertainers shared a common dialect, or perhaps just a common stunted vocabulary), and if he didn’t have his bleeping head up his bleeping bleep, he would have noticed there was a line of cars a block long waiting in the street to turn into the school parking lot that Clown#1 had bleeping cut in front of.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley The School Parking Lot 3 Ring CircusThis charming dialog bounced back and forth between our two stars for a few minutes, right there in the middle of the school parking lot. The parking lot of the school both of these Clowns apparently have children attending.

The performance in Ring #2 was brought to a close by what I can only assume was either The Ring Master or The Strong Man. I couldn’t see this third player in our drama, but I heard his very deep, booming voice call out to Clown#1 and Clown#2, “Hey! Shut the bleep up (he was apparently speaking their language to maintain cohesion throughout the performance), or I will shut your bleeping traps for you. There’s moms and kids all over this place, you dumb bleeps. Show some bleeping respect and watch you mouths or I will bleeping kick both of your bleeps.”

And, so ended the performance in Ring #2.

All I could think at that point was, “Well bleeping said, my brother.”

Laugh Out Loud! – 

-gina

Click these links to get all of the giggles from Ring #1 – The Circus Parade Of Idiots: Coming To A School Parking Lot Near You!!! and Ring #3 – Send In The Clowns & Their Car Keys!!! so you don’t miss any laughs.

Seen any interesting street performers lately?  Have you added any interesting words to your vocabulary recently? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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The Circus Parade Of Idiots

The Circus Parade Of Idiots:

Coming To A School Parking Lot Near You!!!

by Gina Valley

Nothing brings out the inner moron in people quite like driving through a school parking lot.

And, nothing causes that moronic flower to blossom quite like the stress of the first day of school.

So, when you put the two together you’ve got yourself a 3 ring circus, The School Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus.  When that happens, the best thing to do is to just sit back and watch the show (from a safe distance, preferably while wearing a sturdy helmet).

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The School Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus definitely came to our town this week. On the first day of school all three rings were up and running at my daughters’ school.

In the Ring #1 of The School Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus the driver of a huge pickup truck opened the performance. My youngest daughter and I had the privilege of front row seats. We were right behind the giant vehicle in the left exit lane, having just dropped off my two older daughters for their first day of school (be sure to get all of the giggles from Ring #2 and Ring #3 of The Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus, too).

As we waited in line for the signal to turn green, so we could continue along my child drop-off route, we saw the driver of this giant truck climb out. She was a tiny woman, who did in fact have to climb down to reach the ground safely. I immediately wondered how she was able to see out of the giant mechanical beast to drive it.

But, she must have been able to see well enough to spy the tiny car waiting in line to exit in front of hers, because she stormed up to it and started shouting at the driver. I couldn’t tell what she was saying (our windows were, thankfully, up), but her waving arms and stomping feet made it clear she wasn’t greeting a long, lost friend.

We were spared what was likely a colorful auditory presentation, but we still enjoyed a very dramatic mime show. I looked around at the rest of the audience, cued up as they were, and found most were in near hysterics at the spectacle. I was torn, trying to decide between laughing and calling 911. Clearly, this mime shouldn’t have been let out of the box.

I guess the driver of the miniature car wasn’t paying proper attention to the performer, because the tiny screaming woman mime started pounding on the window of the small car.

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Then, and I am still amazed by this, the driver of the tiny car rolled down her window.

It was a surprising twist, and truly the comedic highlight of that first ring of the circus. I wondered what that driver could possibly have been thinking.  My daughter stared open-mouth at me. All I could think to tell her was, “Just think, those two bozos are raising children.”

Their performance faded to black, as the signal turned green and the audience members maneuvered their cars around the 2 still-active performers and their vehicles to exit the parking lot.

I like to think that they knew our turn signals were really applause for their memorable performance.

I had to hurry off toward the next stop on my kid drop off route.

Didn’t want to risk missing the show there.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Click these links to get all of the giggles from Ring #2 – The School Parking Lot 3 Ring Circus and Ring #3 – Send In The Clowns!!!, so you don’t miss any laughs.

Has the circus showed up at a school near you? Have you seen any side shows in a parking lot lately? How was the first day of school for your family? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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What’s MY Name Again?…Gina’s Favorites

What’s MY Name Again?…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

My brain is extra befuddled and muddled this week. I’m hoping that’s a temporary side-effect of the extra stress generated by all the back-to-school madness, and not my new normal. Time will tell, I suppose.

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Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

What’s MY Name Again?

I feel better about myself today.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m losing my mind, if my memory’s shot, if I’m slipping into a carpool induced semi-coma state of stupor.

Sometimes I know I am.

I often wonder if it’s just me who walks into a room and forgets why.  Twenty times a day.

Could I be the only one who can’t remember what day of the week it is?

Why don’t I recall not only where I parked, but also which of our cars I parked there?

And, what is the name of that woman I see every morning when I drop my youngest off at school?

But, today, I feel better about myself.

Today, Son#2 asked if it would be ok if he went to the store to buy peanut butter.

Now, you have to understand, we already have a brand new, unopened jar of peanut butter.  It’s in our pantry, but none of my pack is willing to make the effort to find it, despite my clear directions as to its location.

I’m not willing to get it for them, not only am I buried in work today, it’s the principle of the thing.  They could find the peanut butter if they truly wanted to.  Or, if I truly didn’t want them to.

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My teen was willing to voluntarily, i.e. no whining, no eye-rolling involved, make a trip to the grocery store.  Granted, it’s to buy a jar of peanut butter we don’t need, but we’ll consume it in a matter of days.

This was a great opportunity for me because the grocery store sells other things that we actually do need.  So, his trip to buy unneeded peanut butter could save me a trip to the store for a couple of gallons of milk and the last few ingredients needed for lunch packing.

So, I gave my peanut butter addicted son a list of 6 items to get, with peanut butter at the top.

He called me from the peanut butter aisle to double check that I did, in fact, want the organic brand I always buy.  He pointed out that the brand he prefers was cheaper.  I reminded him it was worth the extra money to me to keep the hydrogenated oil out of his body.

A few minutes later he was back home handing me my change and the receipt.  I looked over the receipt, and had to suppress a giggle.  “Did you get everything on the list?”  I asked him.

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“Where’s the peanut butter?”  I asked, matter-of-factly, while continuing to type.

He got “the look.”  You know “the look.”  It’s that look that forces itself across your face when you suddenly realize you’ve had a brain glitch.

He grabbed his keys and headed for the door.

 

Son#1 helped me by picking up his brothers from their soccer practices today.  I pointed out that he had to leave our house no later than 5:45PM.

This, I reminded him, would get him to Son#3’s practice just as it ended at 6:00PM.  He would then have exactly enough time to get across town to pick up Son#4 from his practice, which ends at 6:30PM.  I sent him a text with all of that information, to make sure he did it in the right order.

About 6:25PM I received a call from Son#3, who was wondering why no one had picked him up.

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I asked my 13 year old if he’d brought home his math for me to check.  He said that he had and went upstairs to get his backpack of school stuff.   He was gone 10 minutes, came back with only his reading book, sat down next to me, and began doing his reading assignment.  I watched him for a minute, then said, “Where’s your math?”

He got “the look,” and said, “Oh yeah.  I couldn’t remember why I went up there.”

So, he took off again for his room.  This time he was back much more quickly.   Again, he had no backpack.

Math.”  I said, emphatically.

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So, today I feel better about myself.

Perhaps I shouldn’t.  It’s not like my brain has suddenly returned to the sharpness it used to have when I got to sleep through the night and to hit the gym regularly.

But, I guess what they say is true.  Misery loves company.  And, as long as I’m going to lose my mind, it’s nice to know I’ll be in good company.

What was my name again?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you got “the look”? Do you ever feel like your brain has left for the day?  Have you lost your car or forgotten to pick someone up lately?  Shot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Tuesday Tickles – odnvc

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Complied by Gina Valley

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 Back To School Super Powers

Top 10 Back To School Super Powers

by Gina Valley  

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Faster than a ringing tardy bell.

More powerful than a tub of yogurt left in a backpack last June.

Able to blurt out 7×8 is 56 (remember 5,6,7,8).

It’s a caffeine-aholic. It’s a Zombie.  No! It’s a Super Powered Parent.

If your kids have headed back to school, you’ll be one, too.  Here’s ten of the many Super Powers you’ll develop as a result of that school bell ringing.

Top 10 Back To School Super Powers

#10.  Super Speaking Utter never-before-heard curses daily while attempting to navigate the school parking lot.

#9.  Super Time Dissolving – Watch even your very hope of free time disappear, while assisting your children with classwork they didn’t finish at school, because they were too busy talking to the kid sitting next to them or sleeping on their desk because they were up all night playing Clash of Clans on their iPod.

#8.  Super Gaming – Hone your skills at Mom (or Dad), Who Took My…? every morning.  You’ll be a master of every version of the game, including Mom, Who Took My Shoes?, Mom, Who Took My Backpack?, Mom, Who Took My Lunch?, Mom, Who Took My Retainer?, and the special private parents-only version of the game Who Took My Mind? I’ve Lost It Again!

#7.  Super Creating- Materialize a Paul Revere Costume, a birthday gift for the teacher, or 6 dozen cupcakes with less than an hour’s notice.

#6.  Super Tooting – Hone your car-horn technique, so even your neighbors hear it clearly speak, “Hurry up! We’re late!” when you ever so delicately blast it from the driveway, in a futile attempt to rush a teenage daughter, who is changing her outfit.  Again.  For the 13th time.

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#5.  Super Signing – Perfect your autograph by signing 56,000 forms for each kid during the first week of school, after carefully filling them out and making corrections where necessary.  As a bonus, you’ll finally memorize your own cell phone number after writing it on every one of those forms, in the kids’ backpacks, and on your youngest son’s forehead.

#4.  Super Scaling – Conquer mountains of laundry so tall they’re thought only to be the stuff of legends. After all, when school is in session, if they have even thought about trying something on, kids think it needs to go through the laundry again.

#3.  Super Speed – Drop your mile time by running through the morning circuit training of dashing from room to room, re-waking up the kids you’ve already woke up twice.

#2.  Super Mind Reading – Practice your clairvoyance as your daughter assumes you know she wants to wear her 5 Seconds of Summer t-shirt on Wednesday to match Lindsey, your son assumes you know his pockets have snails in them, and they all assume you know what those papers the teacher sent home with them said, even though they never gave them to you.

#1.  Super Cloning – Bring snacks to a soccer game, measure kids for their drama costumes, and pick up kids from hip hop lessons at exactly the same time, in locations that are at least 20 miles apart.

I’d love to see Superman or Wonder Woman try this gig.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you breaking out your Super Hero cape as your children head back to school? Which Super Power do you use most?  Shoot me a comment! I’m looking forward to hearing all of the details.

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Friday Funnies – oqvc

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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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Every. Morning.

 

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I think of Star Trek’s communicators every time I use my cell phone.

 

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Happens way more than I want to admit.

 

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Wait, we’re supposed to clean the house?!?! Well, that explains a lot!

 

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I feel like that sometimes!

 

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True that!

 

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It seems like a very nice post.

 

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…and a flame thrower…

 

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Sometimes, I just need to indulge my inner science geekiness.

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 know, right?!?!

 

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I know I sure don’t!

 

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Sounds about right!

 

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 But, it’s such a nice sponge!

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:

I wrote about mental illness and depression in my Top 10 Lies Depression Tells post. Please share it with anyone you know who suffers from a mental illness or has a friend or family member who does.

My recent humor posts include

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

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

Make The Teacher Hate You (how to irritate any teacher),

A Day At The Beach Is No Day At The Beach!!! (are the waves whining?).

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!

A Day At The Beach Is No Day At The Beach!!!

A Day At The Beach Is No Day At The Beach!!!

by Gina Valley

Some people travel to the seashore to breathe in the salt air. Some, to watch the majestic waves crash onto the shore. Others, to relax on the warm sand.

We go to the beach so our kids will have a new place to whine.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley A Day At The Beach Is No Day At The Beach!!!These same children who have been whining about wanting to go the beach every day since we left there last week, began whining, “How long do we have to stay?” and “It’s so cold!” before we’d even finished hiking from our van to the sand today.

Granted, the wind was a bit chilly, and there were small icebergs floating around in the water, but that’s why everyone is supposed to bring a sweatshirt. Or, a parka. Whichever. Weather at the shore is a bit unpredictable.

We visit the beach weekly during the summer, but somehow my kids are not only surprised, but actually disgusted by the sand that tends to be pretty much everywhere. I’ve never understood this. I’m fairly certain it’s the sand that makes the location a beach in the first place.

My children nearly will themselves to hover in an effort to avoid touching the offending grains. Naturally, these same children are the ones who shower everyone nearby with a sandstorm as they repeatedly shake out their towels in a quest to create the perfect, lump-free sunning zone. The sand shower recipients then feel a responsibility to whine about their sandblasting to everyone within earshot.

Not to be limited to the sand medium, my kids charged into the water, where they found all sorts of additional material to add to their whining repertoire. Naturally, the water was too wet and too cold. But, they also wove complaints about slimy seaweed chunks, possible shark sightings, and arguments about who caught the largest wave on their boogie board into the mix.

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My kids, as they always do, drifted farther and farther down the coast, away from me. I like to maintain the illusion that, were they to run into trouble in the water, I could dash over, dive in, and swim to their aid.  That illusion is tough enough to sell when they’re bobbing 50 yards out in the water, straight in front of me.  It’s nearly impossible to pull off when they have drifted down the coast into the next county.

Plus, they use the 6 miles of waves and seaweed between us as a convenient excuse to pretend they can’t hear me when I’m asking them important questions, like “Are you cold?” “Did you unplug your curling iron before we left?”, and “Where is your bathing suit?”

Fortunately, we were able to find a spot right next to the life guard shack.  This provided me with a feeling of security. In the event my kids needed rescuing and I were to charge off to save them, it’s good to know someone would be available to drag me back to my towel after my legs cramped up and I fell flat on my face into the sand before even reaching the water.

My daughters watched the lifeguard with the intensity of Olympic judges. Or, giddy teenage girls. The whole curling-of-the-hair-before-going-to-the-beach thing started to make sense. I guess we all prepare for possible emergency situations in our own way. Who am I to judge? I carry a snake bite kit in my purse & we live in the middle of a major city.

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When my seafaring sons returned to our towel-based, base-camp they took great pride in including their sisters in their ocean adventure by splattering them with cold ocean water. Of course, this triggered an onslaught of whining about being cold, being wet, and having perfectly curled hair get messed up.

Not to be out whined by their sisters, my sons began their own whiny chorus to draw attention to the fact that they were “starving!”  They, then, proceeded to inhale all of the snacks and sandwiches we’d brought. In their haste, I think they also scarfed down a couple of our towels and a flip flop or 2.

My announcement that it was time to pack up to head home was greeted by the expected whining about wanting to stay longer and why did we park so blasted far away.

I managed to not only not whine about all of the whining, but to even smile about it.

After all, at least it’s something we can do together as a family.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What triggers whining in your family? How do you handle it?  Shot me comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Make The Teacher Hate You …Gina’s Favorites

Make The Teacher Hate You …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

My kids start back to school this week. If your kids’ schools haven’t started yet, I’m guessing they will soon. So, I figured my How To Make The Teacher Hate You would be perfect for this week’s Throwback Day.

Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

How To Make The Teacher Hate You

Wondering how you can make an impression on your child’s teacher this year?

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No worries – I’ve got you covered!

Encourage your child to change his name every day.

Be sure to point out repeatedly that your child has received high marks from every one of her previous teachers.  Also, be sure to mention that several knowledgeable people have suggested that your child could probably just skip this year’s grade, as she is so gifted.

Pack something leaky in your child’s lunch every day, preferably a sugary substance to maximize ant and roach attraction potential.

Make cookies or candy for your child’s teacher, and include a note mentioning how she “looks like someone who really likes dessert.”

Insist your child wear a new, expensive designer coat to school.  Make sure you don’t label it with his name.  Then, insist his teacher locate the coat when your child comes home without it and can only remember he had it on somewhere near the basketball courts. Harass the teacher daily about this expensive wardrobe loss.  Weeks later when you find the coat jammed behind your child’s headboard, don’t mention it to his teacher.  You don’t want to embarrass your child.

When you send in snacks for the entire class feel free to ignore the Classmates Allergies List. Assume the teacher is skilled at Epi-Pen usage, and would welcome the opportunity to put her skills on display.

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Send a note daily explaining how it’s the teacher’s fault that your child was unable to complete his homework assignment.  Again.

Make surprise, live animal donations to the classroom, such as snakes, tarantulas, and macaws.  The kids will love them and the jungle atmosphere it creates, along with the care and feeding of these critters, is sure to help your child’s teacher relax.

Point out every single tiny insignificant grading error that is not in your child’s favor.  Your child’s teacher will appreciate your efforts to help him raise his skill level.

Send in permanent markers with your child.  Insist that she is too talented and mature to be using those infantile, washable-type art supplies.

When your child uses the permanent markers to set up a face tattoo business at recess, her teacher will undoubtedly appreciate her initiative and will gladly explain to the other parents how vital your child’s entrepreneurship is to everyone’s growth and development.

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Don’t bother your child’s teacher with concerns about happenings or polices in his/her classroom.  Rather, take these directly to the school principal or even the district superintendent.

Send something smelly, liquid, or live for every Show & Tell time.  Bonus points to you if it’s all three!

Be sure to let your child’s teacher know right away that your child is perfect, and that, if he is acting up, it’s just because he isn’t being challenged  by her teaching methods.  It’s extra helpful if you bring in brochures for seminars your child’s teacher can attend to learn the proper way to teach a child gifted such as yours is.

Order a margarita machine for the classroom Christmas party.

Have your child panic when he loses his tooth at school and can’t locate it. Only after his teacher has searched for the AWOL bony appendage for a minimum of 45 minutes should your child check in his own mouth and realize that he hadn’t lost the tooth at all. (Credit to Abe ‏@Cheeseboy22, who is a great 1st grade teacher and a very funny guy)

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Make The Teacher Hate YouShow up at the end of the school day, as your child’s teacher is helping all of the children get ready to go home, and explain to him you’ll need all of the class lessons and homework for the following two weeks immediately, as you and your family are flying off to Aruba and have to be at the airport in less than an hour.

While you are on the trip, don’t have your child complete any of the assignments, and be sure to lose at least one of the textbooks and to get water damage on the others.

Make it a memorable year!

Remember, No Teacher Left Behind!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What else should I add to this list?  Shoot me a comment – I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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-gina

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