Hanging Out With The Boys

Hanging Out With The Boys

By Gina Valley

Today I’m hanging out with all the cool peeps over at Dads Round Table.

Join me at Dads Round Table to read my The Spirit Of Giving Just Stabbed Me With A Fork post. It’s my sweet, tender tale of holiday togetherness, and, of course, by “sweet, tender tale of holiday togetherness” I mean the recounting of an attempt at Martha Stewart meets Donna Reed on my part, which left me with an eye twitch, a throbbing headache, and a diminished will to live.

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Here’s a peek:

I don’t know what I was thinking.

Call it temporary insanity or an over-inhalation of holiday spirit, but I thought it would be fun to not only make  cookies for our neighbors, but to make the cookies with my littles.

Clearly, I was out of my mind…

…When the 11 year old ate his entire ¼ of the batch of dough while I was looking for the rolling pin, I reminded myself that we didn’t have to give cookies to all of the neighbors, and I used visions of sugarplums to push fears of salmonella from the raw eggs in the dough out of my mind. I held on to my festive hopes. After all, we have a low medical insurance co-pay…

Now click on over to Dads’ Round Table to read the rest of my The Spirit Of Giving Just Stabbed Me With A Fork post.

As always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio.

Laugh Out Loud!


What’s your favorite holiday bonding disaster?  Did you try it again the next year?  Shoot me a comment (and be sure to read The Spirit Of Giving Just Stabbed Me With A Fork).  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

14 Great Things About Being Stuck In the Car All Day

14 Great Things About Being Stuck In the Car All Day

by Gina Valley

We’ll be on the road all day today.


Some people complain about being stuck in the car all day, but I say, “Let’s focus on the ‘positives!'”

14 Great Things About Being Stuck In the Car All Day

No dishes!

No need to nag children to do their chores.

Playing “Guess Which Side The Next Nose-Picker Will Drive By On.”  (Why are nose pickers always in such a hurry? Is there some sort of Nose Pickers Anonymous meeting they’re all late for?  I hope they don’t greet each other with a handshake!)

The radio changes stations, and thus types of music, format, and even language, all by itself to broaden your auditory horizons for your listening pleasure.

Cows!  You get to see lots and lots of cows!

Snapping tons of great “Look How Funny You Looked Sleeping Sitting Up” pictures.  Very useful for blackmailing teens at a later date!

Listening to 3 of your children play Name That Mountain! (“Is that Mt Hood?”  “I don’t know.”  “Shut up. I’m trying to sleep.”  “I think that’s Mt. Hood.”  “Is that Mt. Hood?”  “Shut. Up. I’m trying to sleep!”  “No, dummy, Mt. Hood is in Oregon.”  “We are in Oregon, dummy!”  “SHUT UP!”)

Playing Clean Bathroom Russian Roulette.

Pulling up to Fast Food Row, asking what everyone wants to eat, and hearing one kid holler “Spaghetti!”

Doing isometrics while you drive (or is that just me?).

Fielding a team for the How Long Can You Hold It? marathon.

Trying to eat a salad without a fork (Why do they always forget to give us a fork?  Why do I always forget to check before we drive away?).

Having your kids bond over a game of I’m Not Touching You! or Where Did That Go When I Dropped It?

Trying to walk at rest stops while your legs are asleep.

Pulling into your driveway and being tempted to let everyone keep sleeping in the car for the rest of the night.

You know, now that I look at it, I think that’s 15.  Have I mentioned that I have an advanced math degree?

Laugh Out Loud!


Was your road smooth today?  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!  Please shoot me a comment with all the details.