MY 40TH BIRTHDAY

I recently just turned the big 4 – 0.  My sister mailed me a package with a little collection of things we grew up with and it completely defines the 80’s for me.  No, she is not a hoarder.  She is a master garage saler.  Actually… they sound quite similar.  Hmmm, we might have to talk to her when I get home.  Anyways,  here is the picture of the items she sent minus the R2D2 figurine.  My 5-year-old swiped it and I could not find it again.

All the Judy Blume books were a staple growing up.  I mean seriously, if you were a girl growing up and said you NEVER EVER chanted “We must, we must, we must increase our bust,”  – you, my friend, are a liar!  I LOVED Footloose and yes kids, that is a cassette tape and yes, it would sometimes get all twisted in the player.  I did have a Fonzi comb in my back pocket growing up because I was cool.  I can’t quite remember what fast food place we would go to get the Porky Pig and all the other Looney Tune glasses but I remember how exciting it was to get Porky – my favorite.  St. Elmo’s Fire was such a good movie and how cute was Rob Lowe?!  The shorts really cracked me up.  Our PE teacher would ALWAYS wear these short, tight, Spaulding shorts.  He was a very no-nonsense guy yet he wore these shorts EVERY SINGLE DAY and we were in Northern Minnesota!  I did put the rabbit tail on my key chain and my kids think it is gross.

AND if you can not remember this commercial growing up – I am not sure we can be friends.

     She finished the gift with the biggest bang – 40 dimes!  My great-aunt and uncle would always tape dimes that equaled your age.  So when I was 18, I was able to take the $1.80 in dimes and buy 3 pops and 30 pieces of Pal bubble gum!  Oh my word!  When I went to find a picture of Pal Gum, it actually came up on the Candy Wrapper Museum!  YIKES!

Thanks for such fun present Kel!!!!

Hi Stac.

HOW FAST CAN YOU FIND US?

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MEETING JOSH HUTCHERSON

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Check out her smile!!

My daughter LOVES Josh Hutcherson!  Yes, this is the same daughter who modge podged Justin Bieber on her desk but that was sooo yesterday.  Ever since she read the Hunger Games books and saw the movie, she is completely obsessed with Peeta!

THIS is just one part of her bedroom wall – just so you get the idea of what we are dealing with.

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The other day I saw on Facebook that Josh Hutcherson was hosting a charity event at LA LIVE.  Apparently, my daughter liked his fb page so I also get to be informed of his whereabouts.  I saw that tickets were $25 BUT if you wanted to meet Josh, it would cost $100.  It was a lot dough but if she could actually meet Josh – OMG!  Plus, it was for a great charity that I had never heard of before.  Straight But Not Narrow  http://www.wearesbnn.com/  is a campaign that encourages everyone just to be themselves.   No matter if you are straight or gay, it does not matter.  JUST B U.

My daughter was all decked out in her Josh outfit.  She had one Hunger Game knee-high and one orange sock because it is a Hunger Game color.  She had on her Mocking Jay necklace, Josh buttons, and wrote sayings all over her shirt.  Some of the sayings included, “I LOVE JOSH,” “THE OFFICIAL #1 JOSH HUTCHERSON FAN,” I AM MRS. HUTCHERSON,” and so on and so on and so on.  She also brought a Hunger Game book and folder and sharpie marker.  She was a riot preparing for the meeting!

When we got to the event, she had a blast talking to other crazy fans while we waited to meet Josh.  There were two teens that had even flown from Kentucky to meet him.  Once we got to meet up with him, the first thing my daughter said was “Oh my gosh mom!  He has his Peeta hair on!”  She got to hug him and they took a few pictures and then he said “By the way, I like your shirt.”  Holy Cow!  You should have seen her-BEAMING!!  Then as we were heading to the basketball court, she kind of spazed out and started to cry.  She said “He smells like cologne, roses, and laundry detergent.”

Once we got to the basketball court, we were totally excited because we were courtside.  It was a celebrity basketball game and I recognized quite a few people – the older ones.  My daughter recognized the other people-the young ones.  One of the basketball player, Ben Carey-guitarist for Lifehouse, had my daughter walk on the court and shoot some baskets.  Super nice guy (with a great shot) and I thought it was cool to see him.  I love the song, Halfway Gone.  Here it is if you were wondering (:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xodmwwNV18w

Instead of saying, “Thanks for letting me shoot” or even “Who are you?” The words out of my daughter’s mouth were, “Can you please have Josh Hutcherson come and talk to me.”  Oh jeez.  He just laughed and was really cute about it.  Anyways, the basketball game was very entertaining.  The celebrities could actually really play.  Everytime Josh came by my daughter would squeal and put her hands out.  Super funny to watch.

This was an experience that my daughter and I will never ever forget.  Just watching my daughter was worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY.    Thanks Josh!

BASEBALL

My 8-year-old son just finished his baseball season today.  Can’t believe how much he and his entire team improved in 3 months.  Plus, they are not twirling around or picking at the grass as much either!  Just thought I would share  a couple of pictures of my baseball player.

AND a few good baseball quotes –

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”  Babe Ruth

“Most games are lost, not won!”   Casey Stengel

 “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”  Yogi Berra

“You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.”  Leo Durocher

“You can’t tell how much spirit a team has until it starts losing.”  Rocky Colavito

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”  Rogers Hornsby

Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you got off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump.  If you lose at the end, you’re choking. ”  Gene Mauch

CINCO DE MAYO

What exactly is Cinco de Mayo?  Not this…

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Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a battle that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862. The battle is known as the Battle of Puebla, and it celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French. It also marks a turning point in Mexican national pride. A small, poorly armed group of about 4,500 men were able to stop the French invasion of a well-equipped French army that had about 6,500 or even 8,000 soldiers. The victory made the Mexican people very happy, and helped create a feeling of national unity.

PSYCHO RESTROOM MOM

When is the right time to let your son/daughter go into the bathroom alone?  I think of this every-single-time as I drag my embarrassed 8-year-old into the restroom with me.  Occasionally, I will let him go into the men’s but ONLY if we are in a nice place that is not busy.  AND the kicker (or complete psycho mom in me) is  that I stand outside the men’s restroom waiting and waiting.  Time is pretty much still until he walks out without a care in the world.  Little does he know that his mom has been standing outside like a crazy lady looking at every single man walk out and totally sizing them up.  I am sure they look at me and immediately think,  “They let anyone in this place.”

What would you think if you were walking out of the bathroom and got welcomed by this lovely mug?

VALENTINE’S HEARTS

A 4-year-old girl's favorite things!

Just made a book for my neighbor girl.  She is 4 and knows EXACTLY what she wants!  I asked her what faces she would like included in her book (you get 6 faces).  She wanted Justin Bieber, my daughter’s guinea pig, Heat Miser, herself, Mickey and Minnie, and then a unicorn –  rainbow included.  PHEW… and we found all those pictures. My absolute favorite of hers is the Heat Miser!

This was the first book that I have made where I did not just use faces.  She wanted the entire picture of Mickey and Minnie and the whole picture with the unicorn because it had that beautiful rainbow.  It still worked great!!!

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