Monthly Archives: October 2013

still obsessed

i must admit, i’m very, VERY surprised.

sweet Alex has been OBSESSED…

we’re talking


with Yo Gabba Gabba and Blues Clues


a year now.

at her tender age, i thought


i’m here to tell you i was WRONG. very seriously wrong.




she asks to watch Yo Gabba Gabba or Blues Clues.

and the other night, when my sweet darling went to bed,

THIS was my view:

Yo gabba gabba

she’s hugging TWO foofa (pink), brobee (green) and muno (red).

sadly, we do NOT own todee and plex (she asks for them regularly).

are there any characters or shows your kids surprised you by STICKING to their obsession for longer than a few weeks or months?!

run over

i started this blog post several weeks ago. and i no longer remember what my intention was with sharing this story with you. so instead of attempting to finish it and send it in another direction, i’ll just post it as is. can you handle that?

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yesterday was a strange day. i was LOOKING FORWARD to running.

but before i start with yesterday, i should back up a number of years. it was the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college and i went to live with my aunt & uncle in michigan. my aunt worked for a small, Christian-based counseling center and since that was my job-goal at the time, we thought some free volunteering by me would be a good idea – so i could see what the job was really like.

it was NOT what i had expected. i didn’t get to sit in on any sessions (confidentiality) and i didn’t get to even see the clients or meet with the donors. instead, i filled my days with helping with all the office work. (did i ever tell you that office work is how i earned extra spending cash and even how i earned a living for a few years? yeah. i was no stranger to office work, so i learned nothing new).

so because i had no car, was in another state with no friends, was only going to be there for 6 weeks, had a job that bored me to tears (it does – office work can be fun but most of the time it just bores me b/c there’s no challenge), i did what any person needing an OUTLET would do….. i ran.

michigan is pretty flat, especially where my aunt lived. so it didn’t take long for me to run 2-3 miles a day, 5 days a week. i read and i ran. for 6 (or was it 8?) long weeks. and when i returned home, i kept running. and THEN i went back to school.

did you go to college? did you have to take a basic health & fitness class? ours was called Life Fitness and i’d been putting it off for ages because i didn’t want to run. see, you had to log ALL of your exercise for the class and the only way to get an “A” was to exercise a lot. i didn’t want to bother with that. ugh. but now that i was running, i thought it would be perfect.

did you know that you can get burned out on running when you are FORCED to do it? during our class time (one hour a day, 3 days a week) we had to RUN inside on the upstairs track. around and around and around and around and around…. well, you get the idea. i did that twice and couldn’t take it anymore. but did you know that our upstairs track looked down on the swimming pool? and did you know that DURING class, we could opt to SWIM instead of run?

it happened…. i knew it would… but so soon…

she did it.

samantha is now FIVE YEARS OLD!

and she’s in kindergarten.

and she’s smart. and fun. and funny, loving, kind, caring, sweet, tender-hearted and more.

she ADORES being a surrogate mommy to her “baby” sister.

she LOVES to play TEACHER…


(watch out, Mrs. Flanagan…. I’m learning a LOT about your teaching style!)

and she loves many, MANY different things right now: princesses, my little ponies, hello kitty, barbie, playing school, pretending to read, playing with legos, riding her bike, being outside, dressing up… and i’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

so this year, we went SMALL for Samantha’s birthday party but we went ALL OUT related to the theme: Hello Kitty!

Samantha decided she wanted DUNKIN DONUTS for her class birthday treat. So we picked up two boxes of Munchkins (conveniently, this is what I call my three children when they’re grouped together – the Dunkin Munchkins!) and I decorated them with HK toothpicks (not pictured) and had them delivered to her class in time for an afternoon/end of the day treat:


Her party was from 4-6 ON her ACTUAL birthday, after school. it was crazy. but fun!

We started with 8 (purchased) HK invitations, an HK banner, streamers, balloons (barely pictured in the banner photo below),


cups and napkins (not pictured), and a special HK balloon


(the LAST one available at the store!).

We added to it a hand-made game:


and a home-decorated (box mix) GF cake:


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and we ended the party with some VERY HELLO KITTY filled HK goody bags:

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(I did make those HK felt hair clips but my dear friend from church made the HK cookies for us!).

In the middle of all of that, the girls played outside and in samantha’s room and there were presents and we ate pizza and so much more.

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Samantha had EIGHT invitations. She invited her dear friends Lacey and Grace. The rest went to people in her class at school – Mrs. Flanagan (yes, she invited her teacher! She wasn’t able to stay for the party but she DID stop by beforehand), Kelsey, Alyssa, Camila, Jenna and Romy. A few girls were unable to attend, but I think the party was lovely. And I think the girls had a lot of fun, too:

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soccer time

Are you ready to see too many photos of my sweet Munchkins playing soccer?

Are you sure? Because if you’re not, you might as well skip the rest of this post!

Davey started the game as GOALIE:

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and he did a pretty good job. I think there were 2 goals scored on him. But he had a lot of saves!

Then there was LOTS and LOTS of running up and down the field:


(Davey is #20 and Samantha is #7).

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To start the 2nd half of the game, Samantha got to play goalie:

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I think she also allowed 2 goals to happen on her watch, but she did stop a few. One score on her was humorous – she was too busy being a 4-year old playing with the grass in front of the goal when she was startled by the ball hitting the net!

Alex enjoyed the games, too. Along with cheering for her siblings, she snuggled with Nana:

alex snuggles

and she found several dogs/puppies nearby to watch and pet:

a puppy petting a puppy love

In the end, the GREEN DRAGONFLIES were bested by the YELLOW JACKETS, but they gave it their best AND they played better than last week.

Only 6 more games……