Top 10 Ways I Knew Today Was Gonna Be Rough

Top 10 Ways I Knew Today Was Going To Be Rough

by Gina Valley

It’s been a rough day.

But, I knew it was going to be a rough day.

I had plenty of early warnings.

Here’s 10 of them.

Top 10 Ways I Knew Today Was Gonna Be Rough:

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#10.  Because my sister gave us 2 puppies.  At 2:00AM, I woke up because our 95 pound boy puppy, Bear, decided he missed his 75 pound sister, Ziva, and decided to wake our whole household.

Greatly concerned that his house-shaking, deep barks would wake my littles, I dashed down the stairs to comfort lonely Bear.  Bear always sleeps downstairs.  He doesn’t like to go up the stairs.  Ziva likes to sleep upstairs.

I explained too Bear that he would have to climb the accursed stairs, if he wanted to go where his sister was.  He’s about 80 pounds past me carrying him up.  He explained that he wanted Ziva to come down instead by barking even louder and more intensely.

Ziva woke up, and came to the top of the stairs.  I explained to Ziva that she would need to come down the stairs to hang out with Bear.  Ziva explained that she didn’t want to come down by barking loudly at Bear.

Their doggy discussion woke Son#1, who came stomping down the stairs, grabbed still barking Bear by the collar, and put all that muscle-building gym time to work by hauling Bear up the stairs to sleep in his room next to Ziva.

At2:30AM, I woke up because Bear realized that he’d forgotten to use the bathroom before going upstairs.  I knew this because he started barking his “I am going to explode” bark from behind the door to Son#1’s room.

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I heard Son#1 grumble as he stomped down the stairs to let our 2 young canines out into the backyard.  I heard him holler at them when they were less than interested in completing their quest.  Then, I heard the three of them all tromp back up the stairs to his room again.

Quiet again settled over the Valley house hold.

#9. Because I had a weird dream and a weirder bed partner.  At 4:00AM, I woke up from a strange dream (wherein my sister was deep-fat frying a turkey in our family room right next to the sofa) because I felt like something was in my hair.  As my gears caught and I became fully conscious, I remembered the overnight hair conditioner I’d put in my hair before going to bed.  I realized a glob of it had probably accumulated and was shifting around.

With one hand I searched through my hair for the rouge conditioner glop, while smacking The Professor with my other hand, in an effort to rouse him enough to turn on the light.

At the very moment The Professor finally processed my request and turned on the light, I caught hold of the renegade in my hair.  I firmly grasped what felt like a blob of the gooey conditioner and a tangle of hair, and slid it out of my hair between 2 of my fingers and my thumb.

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When I saw what I’d pulled out of my hair, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest.

Turns out it was not a blob of conditioner.

It was a big spider!

I had not only squished a giant, black spider, complete with ¾ inch long legs & a goo filled abdomen in my hair, I had dragged it through my hair, and was holding it in my hand.

Screaming, throwing, and thrashing about ensued, unimpeded, for several minutes, most of which came from me.

#8.  Because I don’t recover quickly from spider invasions. From about 4:15AM until around 4:30AM, The Professor searched through my hair for any arachnids, parts thereof, or signs welcoming such in my hair.   My conditioner soaked, very curly, dark hair, coupled with my frequent whimpering and sudden spasms at imagined spiders made this a tough, but necessary pre-sleep job.

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#7.  Because sometimes husbands are wrong.  At 4:30, The Professor gave my hair the all clear, and I told him that we’d need to change all of our bedding and thoroughly vacuum our room before I could sleep.  He told me that he was sure there was no more wild life in our room, and if we did all that we’d have no time left to sleep.  To demonstrate the uselessness of such a predawn undertaking, The Professor grabbed our 4 pillows and shook them.

A giant cricket sprang forth from the shaking pillows and launched itself toward my face.

So, it took us until 5:00AM to change all our bedding and thoroughly vacuum our room.  Normally, I get up by 5:00AM, but my lack of sleep made me decide to try to squeeze in some shut eye before waking my kids at 6:30AM.

#6.  Because football is big business.  At 5:15AM, my eyes flew open as The Professor’s iPad sprang to life, producing a squeal we’d never heard before and were unable to turn off.   Apparently, ESPN had some vital, life-saving information to pass on to The Professor.  I guess they were afraid that perhaps he’d been living on another planet and was unaware of a little football game planned for this Sunday.

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#4.  Because we taught the kids how to talk.  At 6:00AM, I woke up to the sound of Daughter#1 asking me if I was awake.  Why do children do that?  I haven’t truly slept since before they were born.  Ironically, I don’t think I’ve been totally awake since then, either.  She wanted to know if she could have a Tums, because her tummy hurt.  She had to ask me 6 times before my brain was clear enough to understand what she wanted.

At 6:15AM, just as I had entered into the first of my last 15 minutes of possible slumber time, I heard Daughter#1 hollering to me from downstairs (who needs an intercom?), “Moooom!  I don’t need the Tums anymore. I’m throwing up.”

#3.  Because I act without thinking in emergency situations.  At 6:16, I was halfway down our stairs, still believing I could somehow contain the damage from the explosion I was hearing springing forth from my daughter.  But, I realized, as stood on the stairs’ landing, that I was too late for containment.  I was standing in a puddle.  Barefoot.

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#2.  Because we have a large community of woodland creatures living in the many trees in our yard.  After using disinfecting wipes on my feet, I headed to our garage to get a bucket to mop the floors.  I’m not a big fan of the whole “puddles of barf” thing.  Naturally, no bucket or bucket like container was present in our garage.  But, I must confess that I didn’t spend a lot of time looking, because I was nearly overcome by the fumes coming from one of the walls.

Apparently, one of our woodland friends had chosen our garage wall as his final resting place.  I have to admit that I was feeling more nauseous than honored by his choice.  The unseasonably warm weather had clearly worked to kick the odor up a notch, and I had to abandon my search, lest I start producing my own pucky puddles.

#1.  Because I need an exorcist to visit my bathroom.  I switched on the light in my bathroom, and a swarm of fruit flies suddenly appeared and surrounded my head.  Maybe they were celebrating my victory over the wicked spider in the night.  I might have heard them singing.

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In an effort to continue my leaisurely morning of decadence, tried to brush my teeth.  I discovered that the cold water in my bathroom would not work.  Apparently, it had died during the night.  I’m betting that spider had something to do with that.

Brushing my teeth with hot water was a special treat.  Kind of like a tepid, watery mint latte with no latte.

Bonus:  Because Son#3 fell sound asleep during the drive to school, so his carpool brought him back home.  I hope he’s just suffering from “No sleep at sleep over camp this weekend”-itis, and not about to be the second in what history has taught will be a long series of participants in The Stomach Flu Games.   It is an Olympic year, after all.

This is the kind of day that you usually just want to go back to bed and forget.  But, I couldn’t.  Just thinking about getting another spider in my hair gave me heart palpitations.

That counts as cardio, right?

Laugh Out Loud,

-gina

How’d your week start out?  Was it smooth sailing or rough water?  Do you find that when it rains, it pours?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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It’s Friday.

End of the week.

Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair, and grab the beverage of your choice.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

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True story!

 

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Farming is a lot more racy than I thought.

 

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Nothing quite as distinctive or frightening as a canine pre-barf noise.

 

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Or chocolate. What we really need is chocolate seeds.

 

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My kids ask about that every time we watch that!

 

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It’s so complicated sometimes.

 

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Lets all us math geeks unite…over dessert!

 

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I just found a hidden Christmas gift today. From 2012!!!

 

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A direct flight!

 

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I NEVER get avocados right!

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These count as fish, so they’re healthy, right?

 

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I NEED these! They’re so pretty!

 

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I want to make this for the Super Bowl. Of course, no one can eat it, or it will mess it up! ;o)

 

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They sure don’t!!!

 

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And I thought I was having a bad hair day!

 

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Another less than satisfied medical care recipient.

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

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This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

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

My Flab Is Snickering Again (trying to be healthy),

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

Top 10 Signs My Kids’ Schools Are Closed Today (humor due to kid invasion),

No Sleep For The Parenty…Gina’s Favorites (Why won’t they let me sleep?!?!).

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!

No Sleep For The Parenty…Gina’s Favorites

No Sleep For The Parenty…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

My first thought when I woke up this morning was “Oh please let there be time for me to take a nap.”

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I knew that was not a good way to start the day.  I also knew there was no way I’d be able to take a nap, which made it even worse.

In light of my futile parental quest for shut eye, I figured my No Sleep For The Parenty post would be perfect for Throwback Day today.  After all, if we can’t get any sleep, at least we can get some laughs.

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No Sleep For The Parenty

I awoke this morning, as I often do, to one of my children breathing on my face and asking if I was awake.  It’s a particularly odd sensation that only parents truly understand.

It’s not scary, like the time Daughter#2 was at the foot of our bed about to wake me up to get some bad dream intervention when she sneezed.  Her sneeze woke me quickly and frighteningly, causing me to let out a shriek.  This, naturally, scared Daughter#2 who then burst into tears.

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Somehow The Professor managed to sleep through that whole circus, as he often does, right up until the point where I could not hold my laughter in as I attempted to comfort Daughter#2, who then yelled, “Don’t laugh at me!”  This caused me to shake as I attempted to keep my giggles internal, which in turn shook our bed and woke The Professor.

But, this morning it wasn’t startling.  It was just my youngest son, standing next to me with his face so close to mine that I could feel his breath.  I was thankful he’d taken time to use the new blue mouth wash I’d put in the kids’ bathroom.

He wanted to know if I was going to stay asleep, because of my mouth hurting, or should he wake me up, so I can wakeup Son#3, so they can be early to school, so they can get a better handball court.

I got up because I knew, that in the long run, that was the most restful option.  My kids take their handball seriously.  There was no way that issue was going to resolve itself peacefully without a mommy intervention.

This served to remind me of another morning when I’d failed to wake before my children, a rare, but serious tactical error in my parenting.  I’d overslept until 6:30AM, when I was awoken by my youngest, to find that I was surrounded by six of my young pack members. They, then, proceeded to hurl the following questions at me in the following order in rapid fire fashion:

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What would happen if you were surrounded by a metal shield and lightening hit it?

Will lava melt a diamond?


Can I eat the taquitos or are those for dinner?

Mom, will you smell this?

I know I’ve been rude and snotty all week, and I’m grounded, but is it ok if I go to McDonald’s with my friends before school?

I’m in a bad mood, will you stop being funny?

The speed, subject matter, and seriousness caused me to giggle a bit as the queries were quickly put forth, a reaction a couple of my kids did not appreciate, as they apparently had a rather foul disposition at that early hour.

The Professor, who had semi-awoken in the midst of this onslaught and was staring at the progeny surrounding our bed in what, I can only assume, was an attempt to determine whether he was awake or in the midst of a parenting nightmare, crashed back onto his pillow, pulled the covers over his head, and mumbled something about, “Why the bloody ‘ell did we teach them to talk?”

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I got my giggling under control and woke up my brain. I answered the questions as listed below.  It was a good reminder that you never know when that college education is going to come in handy.

It was also a good reminder that we need to get the lock on our bedroom door fixed. Soon.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

[Answer key (answers listed in the order of the questions above):

What would happen if you were surrounded by a metal shield and lightening hit it?  It depends on the size of the shield, the conductivity of the metal, and your proximity to it.  Effects would be somewhere from hearing loss to death. Please do not stand in the next thunderstorm with a metal shield to test this out.

Will lava melt a diamond?  Lava near the service of the earth does not have enough pressure to melt a diamond, but a diamond will burn at the temperature surface lava produces, provided there is oxygen present. But, that seems like a waste of a perfectly good diamond.

Can I eat the taquitos or are those for dinner?  Yes, eat the taquitos, as long as you don’t mind having Cheerios for dinner.

Mom, will you smell this?   No, I will not.  If you have to ask, it’s dirty.

I know I’ve been rude and snotty all week, and I’m grounded, but is it ok if I go to McDonald’s with my friends before school?   Are you just trying to make me laugh?  Not a chance, darlin’.  Not even if you smell that thing for your brother.

I’m in a bad mood, will you stop being funny?  Hahahahaha! Now you’re being funny!]

How have you been woken up before you were ready to get up recently?  Any littles or furry family members breathing on you?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Top 10 Signs My Kids’ Schools Are Closed Today

Top 10 Signs My Kids’ Schools Are Closed Today

by Gina Valley

My kids don’t have school today.  I have no idea why.

One of my kids told me that it’s National Squirrel Day, but I don’t think that’s it.  After all, I can clearly see the squirrels in our backyard, and they don’t seem to be taking the day off.

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But, my kids definitely are.

Here’s how I know.

Top 10 Signs My Kids’ Schools Are Closed Today

#10.  The decibel level in my home is twice that of an airliner’s jet engines during takeoff.

#9.  A pack of 15 neighborhood kids just ran through my living room chasing our girl puppy, who has an Xbox controller in her mouth.

#8.  The refrigerator door has been opened and closed so many times today that the light bulb exploded.

#7.  There were 2 arguments about who’d get to play Rope n Fly on my computer before 7:00AM (I ended the arguments by ever so politely screaming “Don’t touch my computer!”).

#6.  My kids’ teachers keep calling, asking “How’s it going?” and then laughing hysterically.

#5.  My eldest daughter, who was too sick to even get out of bed this morning, was miraculously healed just after her brother reminded her there’s no school today.

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#3.  I checked when the next flight to Hawaii departs 3 times before 10:00AM (there’s a flight with an empty seat departing in 3 hours).

#2.  The barrel of Goldfish Crackers I bought at Costco yesterday was inhaled in under an hour

#1.  All of my kids were up and dressed by 6:00AM.

I wonder if school’s open tomorrow.

It’s not National Moose Day or something is it?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How can you tell school is closed around your place?  What do you do/did you do when your kids were home all day unexpectedly?  Shoot me a comment.  I look forward to hearing all about it.

Tuesday Tickles – uvvc

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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.  Be sure to “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.

My Flab Is Snickering Again

My Flab Is Snickering Again

by Gina Valley

See all those sad people around you?  They’re the ones trying to adopt healthy habits.

These days nearly everyone is trying to get healthy.  That’s why there’s so much road rage on the freeways, at the grocery store, and in the Jelly Belly Factory parking Lot.

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In the name of Good Health, I parked in the farthest space from the door when we went to the ice cream parlor.

When we returned, our van was boxed in by two 18-wheelers, a Prius, and a minivan. I almost threw my triple cone at them.  Almost.

I’m pretty sure I heard my flab snickering.

Again in the name of Good Health, I decided to take the stairs instead of the escalator to get to my gym.

It took the combined power of me and 2 trainers to shove the door to the stairway open.  One of the trainers remarked that he didn’t think anyone had opened that door since the building was constructed.  Since the stairs inside were covered with enough cobwebs to be a set for the next Indiana Jones movie, I was inclined to believe him.

The other trainer said, “I’m not sure those stairs even work.”  I think he may have dropped a barbell on his head earlier.

I’m pretty sure I heard my flab snickering.

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The soup wasn’t bad. I admit that, before you heat it up, it’s a little bland, kind of reminiscent of tepid water. But, after you heat it up, it takes on a whole new attitude. It tastes just like chunky hot water. Did I really buy a pack of 10 cans of this? Stupid CostCo.

All it really needs is a big handful of cheese, 6 or 8 crackers, and a spoonful of salt.

I definitely heard my flab snickering that time.

Laugh Out loud!

-gina

What’s you strategy for fighting the battle of the bulge?  Are you winning?  Do you take the stairs or the escalator?  And, why does the hand rail move faster than the steps on those things?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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It’s Friday.

End of the week.

Start of the weekend.

 

Pull up a chair, and grab the beverage and snack of your choice.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

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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).

SoCal winters are brutal.
SoCal winters are brutal.

 

That's gotta smart!
That’s gotta smart!

 

I should have done this!
I should have done this!

 

He's always been amazing.
He’s always been amazing.

 

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I should have kept one!

 

My spam is never this cute!
My spam is never this cute!

 

I hate when that happens!
I hate when that happens!

 

Husbands are people, too.
Husbands are people, too.

 

Freaky!
Freaky!

 

Never fails!
Never fails!

 

Excellent parenting - NOT!
Excellent parenting – NOT!

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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Lol!

 

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#Everythingthatswrongwiththeworld

 

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Yeah, knock that off!

 

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Too bad Star Trek didn’t an Insta-weight Loss Machine! Could use one of those!

 

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How rude!!!

 

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Might even be time to call Ghost Busters!

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 – Frosty Edition (a weeks worth of winter funnies),

Is Brown The New Black?  (joy of home repair),

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

Sound Of Silence…Not! …Gina’s Favorites (my kids are never silent),

Top 10 Great Things About My Kids Helping Make Dinner (some of life’s unanswerable questions).

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 Great Things About My Kids Helping Make Dinner

Top 10 Great Things About My Kids Helping Make Dinner

by Gina Valley

My kids are helping make dinner tonight.

Right now 12 and 13 are browning meat for tacos.

Yes, I made sure the fire extinguishers are ready to go.  No, I haven’t had a nervous breakdown.  Yet.

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 10 Great Things About My Kids Helping Make DinnerI’m trying to smile and to remain positive.  I think I’m actually grimacing and developing an aneurysm.

When I decided to insist that my children start helping more with the day to day needs of our family, I forgot that meant that I’d need to face the results of my children helping with the day to day needs of our family.

They’re still learning.  Having them more deeply involved in the processes that keep our home running has lots of far reaching effects.  It teaches them responsibility.  It reminds them about the efforts made on their behalf.  It’s raising my blood pressure.

Plus, there are some clear benefits to having my progeny help make our evening meal.

10 Great Things About My Kids Helping Make Dinner

#10.  Mystery ingredients keep your mind sharp.

#9.  No stress about washing the pots and pans.  You have to wash the whole kitchen anyway.  A couple metal vessels pale in comparison to that.  Might have to wash the whole downstairs.  One time, they even trashed our van while browning meat for tacos.  I’m still trying to figure out how that happened.

#8.  No serving dish necessary.  The food is already “artfully” presented all over the stove, counter, floor, and ceiling.

#7.  The dog has been fed.  Repeatedly.

#6.  You have no trouble limiting your serving size, as you wonder how many body parts were scratched during the dinner creation process.

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 10 Great Things About My Kids Helping Make Dinner#5.  It will qualify you to be an excellent candidate to appear on Kitchen Impossible or Dr. Phil.

#4.  It’s a great time to inventory your kitchen, as every cupboard and drawer, as well as the refrigerator and freezer, will be left open for easy analysis.

#3.  Dinner conversation will be effortless.  Between the I made this!’s and the What is this?’s all conversational opportunities will be filled.

#2.  Your kitchen floor will have a new, decorative design, and permanent non-slip surface. 

#1.  The following day your spouse will be much more likely to utter those three little words you so long to hear: Let’s eat out.

Maybe I’ll just have a cup of tea.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are the helpers around your place helping?  What do you wish you had more help with?  Is there a chore you like to do?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Sound Of Silence…Not! …Gina’s Favorites

Sound Of Silence…Not! …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’ve been very distracted today, so I figured my Sound Of Silence…Not! post would be perfect for Throwback Day today.  Granted, our puppies are doing most of the distracting for me today, but this post about my boys’ antics still hits home.
Enjoy the laughs in this Gina’s Favorites.

Sound Of Silence…Not!

It’s really just the words that interfere with a read through.

Some noise is ok, but I can’t have any talking around me while I’m doing a final read through on a piece.

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We had great plans for fun.

But, first I had to finish a little work.

Which meant they couldn’t talk.

But just for 2 minutes.  Ok, probably 5 minutes.  15 minutes, at the outside, really.

Just long enough for me to do the final edit on a piece I had to send out before the fun could begin.

I knew better than to disappear into the silent confines of my office to quickly perform the needed operation.  My sons roaming unsupervised while I edited meant one of them would likely need an operation, or at least a ride to the ER when I emerged.  So, I carried my laptop into our family room.

I told my boys they had to be quiet so I could do a final read through.  Then, I amended that and told them they just needed not to talk for 2 minutes, maybe 5 while I read through the piece.

It’s really just the words that interfere with a read through.

As they weren’t to talk, they readily understood that I would not be talking either.  Not their first time running this drill.

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 Sound Of Silence…Not! …Gina’s Favorites Kids' Point of View, Working At HomeMy laptop and I took up residence on the family room sofa, affording me the most complete view of the lower level of our house possible.  My sons set about amusing themselves and attempting to break through the boundary that would cause mom to stop working and holler, sort of a progeny quest on their part, as it were.

After a couple of minutes with the three youngest engaged in an exercise in pantomimed “I’m Not Touching You!” Son#4, my youngest son, went into the loo to …uh… take care of some personal needs.

Son#2 Immediately grabbed a balloon from the junk drawer in our kitchen (ok, from one of many, many junk drawers in our kitchen because they’re all junk drawers, but that’s really a subject for a different column!), and proceeded to quietly blow it up while he hid outside the door to the loo to, I assumed (not my first time running this drill either), be prepared to ambush Son#4 upon his egress from the loo.

Noting this development, Son#3, stifling giggles, hid around the corner from the end of the short corridor leading to the loo to prepare to ambush Sons #2 and #4 when they came out.

Right then, Son#1 walked through our family room en route to our kitchen, saw the developing ambush chain, and proclaimed to his younger brothers, “You’re stupid!” Obviously not a nice thing to say, but I have to admit the emotionless, analytical tone Son#1, my eldest off-spring, used made me involuntarily giggle.

At the sound of Son#1’s voice, the son in the loo, Son#4, opened the door to ask what was said.  The instant Son#4 opened the door Son#2 yelled and popped the balloon, causing Son#4 to yell in surprise.  Then, both laughed so hard they fell down.  They were literally rolling on the floor laughing!

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 Sound Of Silence…Not! …Gina’s Favorites Kids' Point of View, Working At HomeWhen they’d regained their composure, well, at least had quelled their laughter enough so they’d regained the ability to walk, Sons #4 & #2 made the short trek down the corridor.  When they reached the end of it, Son#3 was waiting to ambush them.  Son#3 yelled, startling them.  All 3 then fell into fits of laughter, whooping and hollering with tears streaming from the silliness.

I have to admit I joined them.  Even often somber Son#1 had a smile.  It was like watching my very own 3 Stooges, but without the eye poking.  I was sure that would come later in the evening.

Through it all, neither Moe, Larry, nor Curly uttered a word, so as not to disturb the read through I was supposed to be doing.

Son#3’s tear streaked, smiling face turned to me.  “Are you done, mom?” he asked, still giggling.

“Uh…almost,” I fibbed.  I hadn’t even started!  I was too distracted by the show.

Maybe it’s not just the words that interfere with a read through!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What fun is distracting you lately?  I look forward to hearing all about it!  Please shoot me a comment with all the details!

Tuesday Tickles – utvc

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I love to share giggles.

Here’s some of the tweets that made me laugh in the last week or so.

 

Great tweets from great tweeps:

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Momspeak

(stuff I can hardly believe I said out loud to my pack this week):

If you break your leg, you’re grounded.

I don’t think you’re supposed to wash paper plates.

Unwrap the candy for the dog.

 

Kidspeak

(stuff I can hardly believe one of my pack said to me this week):

It wasn’t a kick. He ran into my foot.

The dog won’t blow bubbles.

If you work more can we get a maid?

Don’t miss a giggle.  Be sure to “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.