Recently Overheard, April 26, 2015

I love to laugh!
Laughing is my favorite!

My kids do a great job of cracking’ me up.
And if you’d been around our house recently you
may have overheard the following:
“Whoever invented pizza needs a hug!”

“Mom I like it when your hair has the gray showing.
It just proves that you can look young and still be old;
it lets the beauty out, and the cuteness. Because old people are cute.”

“Mom can we please please have lunch?? I’m so hungry that
I feel like my stomach is punching me from the inside!”

“Nutty Bars are just over weight Kit Kats!”

“My teacher has one of those old fashion projector
things w/the clear paper on it that shines in the wall.”

“I only want two or three kids when I grow up. Probably only 2 cuz
if they’re like I was when I was little I’ll only be able to handle two!”

“I don’t like waitresses because they are not supposed to do
that kind of work. It’s for gentleman.
They’re clearing off the tables, but Boys are supposed
to clear the table.”
(my heart melted!)

“What do you call a shoe that won’t stay tied? A shoeNanigan”

“What if Google goes off the internet like Groove Shark did?
The world would end!”

“Did you see those hot dog plants growing by our pond?”
(Cat tails)

“After watching a science Video about earth-
Earth is not home to everyone. Our home is heaven and
we’re just visiting earth.”

“Look at the announcer in this sports show-
he looks like a picnic blanket threw up on his shirt.”

“Mom, you’re nice and you’re full of hospitality!”

“I’m the Easter Chicken”

What have you heard recently at your house?

Recently Overheard – July 2, 2014

If you’d been at our house lately you would’ve heard this…

“Satan doesn’t work at McDonalds, he works at Burger King!”

While watching USA in the World Cup…
“Goalie Tim Howard deserves an award, or a hug or at least an ice cream cone!”

“If I had a dollar for every time Mom said. ‘Someone kick it’ I’d be rich!”

“Mom passed the test. The test of weirdness.”

“Mom is a kids’ jute box.”

Me, while having a science conversation-
“What do you think of when you hear the word orbit?”
Chase- “Eat. Drink. Chew Orbit!”

Kids 1- “If you had to choose just one store to do all your shopping
for your life what would it be?”
Kid 2- “Sky mall.”

Recently Overheard, Feb. 12, 2014

Years ago my friend told me it would probably be hilarious
to hear the stuff that was said at our house. I agreed.
Here’s a few of them…

(While driving two hours out of Detroit:)
“Look! There’s CORN! Mom, are we in Iowa now?”

“Mom, I’ll just come over here and sit by you.
Cuz at church they teach us to sit by the unpopular people. ha!”

“I’m so glad they invented something called LEGOS”

“Wow! Look at all that nice toilet paper!
Our bums are gunna be happy and dance!”

“Did you hear what I gave Courtney for her bday? I gave her 18 dimes in a raisin box.
Well actually it was 16 dimes and four nickels cuz I didn’t have enough dimes.”
(Where did you get the raisin box?)
“It was in one of my drawers. and who doesn’t like their money smelling like raisins.”

“If Science had a face it would be a serious one.
If Social Studies had a face it would a smirk.
If Language had a face it would be happy one.
If Math had a face it would be a mad face.
If Ed Tech had a face it would be sobbing.”

Recently Overheard, Feb. 4, 2014

If you’d been around our family in recent weeks you would’ve
heard the following statements (along with many, many others)
that my have cracked you up, amazed you or left you wondering.

“I do NOT wanna eat at that restaurant.
It’s like having someone punch you in the stomach for a hour!”

“God gave me 3-D polka dot on my shoulder.”

“Oh… I have to get up really early for work tmrrw.
Being an adult is hard! I just wanna be a dog!”

(We’ve always been a MAC computer family, but this
fall we added some PCs to our family, too.)
“These PC computers look like the old play Barbie
computers we used to have.”

“My stomach is full of those terds.”
(“Curds honey. Cheese curds.”)

ICK! There’s a spider near your shoulder!!!
OH, well, let’s just put it
on that giant zit on Mom’s face,
cuz it’s babies are probably inside!

(While listening to a Muppet Movie (but not being able to SEE it):
“Mom, these annoying voices are exactly what Middle School
boys sound like!”

“No matter how sweet takin’ or romantic a boy is, at the end of
the day he’s gunna home and make fart noices. ugh”

Recently Overheard


If you’d been at our house recently you may have overheard the following things being said.


Child: “Wanna play Egyptian Chicken?”

Me:”What’s that?”

Child:”You yell EGYPTIAN and run around like a chicken!”


“Hey mom. Wanna watch this show? It’s about the 80’s.”
“This isn’t the 80’s it’s the 50’s just for the record.”
“Oh… anything old seems like the 80’s.”


“Hey mom, who was president when you were born… John Adams?”


This isn’t a funnel, it’s a unicorn helmet.


Someone busted out singing “All Things Bright and Beautful” and then
someone else said,”Aldi is beautiful?”


“Guess what  I’m listening to on my headphones?”
“Sign language?”


While eating dinner:  “I told you to take off those dirty socks when you came in the door…”
“WAIT… not NOW!  Take your feet OFF the table!”



Menu Plan Monday, January 7, 2013


TUESDAY – Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings, Green Beans

WEDNESDAY – Homemade Mac & Cheese, Tossed Salad

THURSDAY- Pasta & Sausage, Carrot Salad

FRIDAY – Homemade Pizza 

SATURDAY- Crock Pot Chicken Gumbo over Rice

SUNDAY – Three Bean Chili over Mashed Potatoes

More ideas at OrgJunkie



Almost Wordless Wednesday, The Last 10 Days


So much more happened over the past 10 days, but this is all I have in pictures!

Costumed & ready to go to the kid’s concert series at Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra members were wearing costumes, as were the people in the audience!

Simple decor

TEN kids & a newborn (not pictured) came with us to Trick-or-Treat in our neighborhood

 Our somewhat pathetic, yet lovable, Scarecrow

 Out where the candy is

 I love time spent in the boys classrooms


The boys & I were able to visit our friends and their new baby boy!

Recently Overheard, Summertime

If you’d been around our house in recent weeks you would’ve heard the following statements (along with many, many others) that my have cracked you up, amazed you or left you wondering.


Honey, please put this and this, oh, and this in the recycle bin.
OKAY! … My Mom is a hippy!


Did you go upstairs and brush your teeth?
No because Courtney is in the freakin’ bathroom taken a shower and that takes forever!


Ick, Mom. What is that?
It’s just cold bacon fat.
Uhhh, it looks like alien poop!


Can we run through the sprinkler? Can we run through the sprinkler? Can we run through the sprinkler?


Wait? This is homemade ice cream? It seems more like a … um… milkshake or something.


Hmm, this “easy little craft idea” you had for me, Mom,  has turned into quite a project.


Do you think people think I’m funny?  i want to be funny?


Please play a game with me? Will ya? Please? Will you play a game?


Why didn’t people used to wear clothes in the olympics back then? Why did they whip people in the olympics if they messed up?


Are you ever gunna teach me anything, Mom?


Quick and easy rarely ever is!


Ick. What in the world? Where did you get this music? … Oh, wait. I hate to admit it, but I kinda like it.


Look, Mom. My stomach muscles already have a four-pack. I only need two more.





And the Winner is…

Hi Friends!

I’m so thankful for all the comments you left about parenting. Let’s talk about those subjects SOON!

By random drawing, winner of the book, MOMumental by Jennifer Grant, is… LORI
(I’ve contacted you by email so I can make arrangements to mail it to you.)

AND to ALL of us… let’s look at our kids in the eyes this weekend. Really look at them.
It softens our voice and causes us to choose our words more carefully because we’re reminded of how much we LOVE them!



MOMumental! A Book Giveaway

Passersby probably thoughts I was a total KOOK!
I was sitting on the beach, alone, reading a book & bustin’ out a ridiculously wide smile while tears puddled up in my eyes.
And the kicker in all this is that I was reading a “Mom book.”

You see, twenty years ago this summer I waddled through the 3rd trimester of my first pregnancy. A few days ago my youngest child finished kindergarten. And we have three other children in between these two, ages 7, 11 and 16. And because of these precious people I call “mine,” I’ve read a lot of “Mom books.”
and… Mom manuals.
Mom handbooks & devotionals.
Lots of books in the past 20 years!

Quite honestly, in the last 10 years or so, most of them have bored me and I’ve never quite made it to the last chapter. And come on…  when a young mom has a couple of kids that are still little she probably has a few bits of advice to share, but seriously… that Mom is still new herself!  (Maybe I’ve just had a bad attitude, of course I can learn from anyone/anywhere, but most of what I’d read was old news…. until…..)

THIS BOOK! It’s different….


-The author, Jennifer Grant, is my age, has four children, and the oldest is a teenager.
– She talks like I think.
– She doesn’t pretend to have all the answers.
– The book is organized into fun, quick read chapters.
– Even if I was interrupted by my kids about 13 times while I was reading just one paragraph, I could easily keep going.

In one chapter, her tongue-in-cheek terms for “mom-types” cracked me up but certainly rang a bell:
Green Mama, Slacker Mom, Stage Mom, Helicopter Mom, etc..

There’s so many other things that I completely related to; and concepts I’d never thought of before; and new inspiration.
I’m so grateful that I read this book… and NOW… have the opportunity to give away a copy.. maybe to YOU!

Wanna win?
I’m giving it away next Friday by random selection.  Here’s all that you have to do:
– In the comments below,just tell me one Mothering subject you think people would/should enjoy discussing
– and be sure that you fill in all the info when leaving that comment… you know… so I can contact you if you’re the winner. 🙂

(This is so fun!)


You can find more giveaways at MomAdvice