• A to Z Challenge,  Travel

    The letter Z.

    Ah, the letter Z. I thought I’d never see the day. It’s the last day of April. It’s the last day of the 26-day A to Z Writing challenge. This challenge forced me to constrain each post within a letter. I wrote each post around 9 pm at night, not knowing exactly what I would write about until my fingers hit the keyboard. There are some posts that make me cringe re-reading them, such as the letter L and the letter G. I could have written them funnier if I had more time to think. Some posts did statistically well. The letter R is the most popular. My personal favorite is the letter M. Before I get…

  • Humor

    Mary.

    I don’t know how to write about my aunt Mary passing away. The only way I can speak of her without ruining my keyboard from tears is telling the stories that make me laugh. Out of all of Mary’s qualities, one of my favorites was her ability to laugh at herself. She also always laughed at my humor. She had a contagious laugh. The kind of laugh that instantly made you laugh with her. She called me a few weeks ago to see how her “baby Kate” and “baby Emma” were doing. When I answered the phone she said, “what are you doing?” I answered, “pooping. What are you doing?”…

  • Humor

    Summer goal.

    Coming back from Disney World (more specifically Hollywood Studios – I still call it MGM) , I decided to set a goal: I need to watch more movies. At the very least, the movies most people have seen. I guess I could use the classic excuse of  “since having kids, I don’t get to go to the movies anymore”. But that’s not entirely true. I really didn’t go before having kids anyway. A list of movies I have not seen (just off the top of my head): The Princess Bride Goonies Breakfast Club 16 Candles Raiders of the Lost Ark Grease Alien Terminator Star Wars The Godfather Avatar Lord of…

  • Travel

    We're back!

    With 3 clicks of our ruby red slippers, we are back to Kansas. I had to insert the Wizard of Oz reference there. My brother was sending me tornado touchdown updates. The hot topic on Facebook was the storms and tornados. When we landed in KC, we walked out the airport to a downpour, a 30 degree temperature drop, and tornado sirens. Uh, should our pilot have landed our plane in that?! I’m glad everyone we know is safe. So Disney World…what to say…. Overall, it was fun. Emma loved it. She loved meeting characters, watching shows and mostly, riding rides. She rode them all–with the exception of a few…

  • Humor

    I have Fall Freaks.

    Uh oh. Anyone that knows me well will know my favorite time of year is fall. The reds, yellows and oranges on the trees. Pumpkin, cinnamon, hot chocolate. The smell of burning firewood. Football. Cool mornings and evenings. Crunchy leaves at your feet. Ghost stories. Halloween. Pumpkin Patch. Corn mazes. I decorate my house with fall decorations in August. So here we are in Spring. May. The furthest you can be from fall or Halloween. Fall isn’t even on my radar. I’m enjoying the warm up from the long winter. But the girls have been on a fall/halloween frenzy. It’s all they talk about. Emma sings her halloween songs she…

  • Humor

    Girls: Get EXCITED!

    Disney World!!! Ahhh!! I’m so excited for Disney World!!! I’m counting down the minutes until we get on that non-stop plane to Orlando, Florida! I’m especially excited for the WARM humid Florida weather (high 80s)! May weather in the midwest has not been kind this year. I have been watching youtube videos of other people’s kids meeting the Princesses. I’ve been watching promotional videos from DW. I gave the girls little pedicures with Mickey symbols on their big toes. I have been reading up on Disney Mom websites. Got 3 Disney World books. iPad apps downloaded. Got the Cinderella’s Castle breakfast booked. Got Emma’s Princess up-do booked. Asked everyone that has…

  • Humor

    Meanest mom of the year award.

    Right here!  I get the meanest mom award.  I was on Disney Channel’s website a few months ago with Emma, and I somehow clicked my way to the Walt Disney World website.  I found that you can sign up to get a free DVD in the mail about planning a trip to Disney World. I got to thinking about how many times I’ve been there growing up.  And it would be fun to take Emma and Kate sometime when Kate gets a little older.  I haven’t been there since 2000 so I wanted to know what is “new”. Well, the DVD comes and I ask Emma if she wants to…