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My daughter cracks me up! And to keep up with the Blog Post By Numbers, presented to you by Mel and Michele, I thought I would list 5 things my daughter has said to me this week that made me giggle.

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1. Mom, can I NOT have the turkey that tastes like cat food?

2. I don’t know what cat food tastes like, but I’m sure it tastes like this turkey.

3. I’m pretty sure if I cut my hair and wore glasses, I would look like Thelma! (she’s been watching too much Scooby Doo)

4. My playhouse MUST have a toilet! You can do that, right? (Sure, let me get right on that for ya.)

5. If I stick my walkie talkie in the fish tank, do you think the fish would talk to me?

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This post was written for Mel @ According to Mags and Michele @ Old Dog New Tits, the Ketchup With Us ladies. Want to join in on the Blog By Numbers Challenge? Just put a Number in the title of your post and link it up to these lovely ladies or tweet them and let them know!


 

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This week my dad and I embarked on a BIG father/daughter project. We are building my 4 year old a playhouse!

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Look at the craftsmanship on that! This coming from a girl who has never really used a power tool correctly. I’m learning a lot from my dad and it’s actually quite a bit of fun. So if anyone wants to go buy me that well deserved tool belt now, I’d be honored!

While talking to my daughter, I asked her what she MUST have in her playhouse. This kid has some really big dreams and here are her top 5!

1. A Nice Couch

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This isn’t an unreasonable request. You need to sit down somewhere, right? Let’s just hope we can fit one in the door opening when it gets to that point.

2. A Skylight

My own house doesn’t even have a skylight, but this kid insists on getting one. Two words: Not Happening! She’ll be lucky with my first time construction if the house stands for more than a week. Asking for a skylight is just asking for complications.

3. A Toilet

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Come on, really child, a toilet in your playhouse? Although I can understand her reasoning behind it (we have a bathroom in our house), I’m not running plumbing to a playhouse. I don’t even know how I would accomplish this!

4. A Fireplace

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Well well, little miss fancy pants. Why don’t we just line the walls with gold? I told her that I have never seen a playhouse with a fireplace. Her response, “I can be the first.” Keep on dreaming kid!

5. Cable TV

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My husband and I both laughed when she told us this. Sure, I’ll just call up DirecTV and get another box, run electricity out there for ya and you’ll be all set! I guess I should ask if she wants to upgrade our service to include all the movie channels.

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This post was written for Mel @ According to Mags and Michele @ Old Dog New Tits, the Ketchup With Us ladies. Want to join in on the Blog By Numbers Challenge? Just put a Number in the title of your post and link it up to these lovely ladies or tweet them and let them know!


I may be over sentimental about certain things, and this is one of them. My mom, the ORIGINAL owner of her 1971 Buick Skylark, the one she bought brand spankin’ new in 1971, was sold tonight. I have to be honest, I did cry a little. That car was a HUGE part of my life.

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It caught on fire in 1980 when I was about 6 months old. Luckily I wasn’t in the car yet, but almost. We took so many vacations and random family weekend outings in this car. It had the leather, bench seats (the ones you fried your butt on if the car was out in the sun all day) with the lap belts in the back and only the shoulder strap seat belts in the front.

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My mom took care of this car as if it were her own child. She was constantly washing it and always kept up on the waxing. She was proud of it and everyone in the valley knew the car. My mom would get so many compliments on this car and each one made her gleam with pride. 

I’m not completely positive as to why she decided to put it up for sale. She did buy a small Toyota Scion a few years back, which completely floored me. 

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This woman didn’t like small cars or cars that were white in color. So when she showed up at my house with a vehicle that encompassed both, I didn’t know what to say. Who was this woman? What did she do with my mom? She is happy with her little car and she Disney’d it all out with Mickey Mouse seat and wheel covers, Mickey Mouse dice hanging from the rear-view mirror and Disney decals in the window. I personally can’t stand this car. If someone sneezes on the freeway you sway all over the place. One time I was driving it and a big gust of wind hit the car, I saw my life flash before my eyes, then I immediately began cussing at the car. Maybe it’s because I drive a Saturn Vue, but I like being a little taller than most cars and a little more sturdy when it comes to gusts of wind. (I am also only 5’3″ so my short person complex comes into play and having a bigger car makes me feel bigger.)

Whatever her decision, I know that she is sad. She even told me that she was having my dad take the papers out to the kid (I can say kid because he was in his 20’s) because she couldn’t watch it drive off. I hear ya mom! I don’t think I would be able to see it drive off either.

So to the person that bought this gorgeous and reliable car. Take good care of it! It holds some great memories and if you treat it nicely, it will hold some wonderful ones for you. It was well loved and cared for and it deserves nothing less than the same love from it’s new owner. 


I am a self proclaimed Disney buff. I have been since I was a child. I get this from my mom. Her house at Christmas is decorated with nothing but Disney, complete with wooden cutout scenes in her front yard. (All drawn and hand painted.) My daughter’s room, as a baby, was all the classic Winnie the Pooh characters and now it is the Disney Fairies that adorn her walls. It’s not just Disney that I enjoy. If the cartoon is funny and has some thought behind it, I’ll sit down and watch it. Now that I have a daughter, I watch my fair share of cartoon movies, ALL THE TIME! Some great, some not so great. Here are the movies that I would watch with or with out my child. 

 

1. The Reluctant Dragon

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How many of y’all remember this classic? I loved this as a kid! The dragon was adorable and oh so funny and when I found this on DVD I was ecstatic! My daughter doesn’t quite appreciate it just yet. It moves too slow for her I think, but whether she likes it or not, I’ll sit down and still watch it.

2. The Sword and the Stone

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This and Robin Hood has always been my favorite movies by Disney. The grumpy owl, the crazy witch and kooky Merlin are some of the best Disney characters. The story line had heart and imagination. Thankfully my daughter enjoys this movie as well!

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Christmas isn’t Christmas in this household until we have watched this classic (and have read it on Christmas Eve). This grumpy old Grinch who’s heart was 3 sizes too small is one of the best Christmas stories. I’d much rather watch this for 24 hours than A Christmas Story, even though I do love that movie as well, I just can’t take it for 24 hours like TBS likes to air it.

4. Shrek (the original)

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Although TV seems to out due the number of times you can watch a movie, I have to admit this one still makes me laugh. What isn’t funny about slightly off color jokes (that adults are the only ones that will get) and farts? Has anyone seen Shrek the Musical? Check it out on Netflix right now, my daughter LOVES it and it is pretty funny and creative.

5. The Emperor’s New Groove

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David Spade as a llama? Genius! It’s a pairing like peanut butter and jelly, it just works. This movie makes me laugh and I will quote it relentlessly! “Llama Face!” I also LOVE Kronk! He did teach me how to speak squirrel. Squek squekity squekin!

6. Rise of the Guardians

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I have to say, I do love this movie. If you haven’t seen it yet it is really worth watching. My daughter goes back and forth between this and Frozen. The book series is also a great read for little ones. It shows kids that the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, The Sandman and the Tooth Fairy aren’t just there to provide them with presents and pleasant dreams, they are there to watch over and protect them. The story behind Jack Frost and being able to watch him go through his journey of self discovery is sweet and heart warming. Everyone has a center, what’s yours? I love this idea and a great way for kids to look deeper within themselves.

7. Frozen

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Speaking of Frozen, you had to see this one coming seeing that I am a big Disney fan. I loved the overall story-line of this, and yes, I know it’s a slight take on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” (I am Danish), but I really liked how the act of true love was the love between sisters. It’s nice to see that a girl didn’t have to rely on a man to save her. And Olaf and Sven, completely stole the movie. These two served as a great comedic relief. Of course my daughter loved this movie and HAD to have an Elsa doll, her new favorite Disney “princess”. Word of advise, don’t plan on meeting them at Disneyland or Disneyworld unless you are prepared to wait a really really really (like 4 hours once the park OPENS) long time. 

8. The Lego Movie

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You know, the Lego movies and episodes on Netflix really do make me giggle. And all I really have to say about this is yes, “Everything is Awesome!”

9. Despicable Me and Despicable Me 

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Who doesn’t love those cute little minions. They are hilarious! The movie is really cute and funny. I’m also a big fan of Steve Carell. That man cracks me up like no other. I will watch anything with him in it.

10. Finding Nemo

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I adore this movie and no matter how many times it is on TV, I will always stop to watch it. I saw this in the movie theaters with my best friend when it first came out. The beginning always made me tear up (I’m sensitive), but now that I have a kid it still makes me sad, although in a different way. I’ll still tear up, but I can fully understand how Marlin feels and why he becomes so overbearing and protective. In some ways, I’m like that with my daughter. She is the absolute world to me and I will do everything I can to protect her. And as my daughter gets older I can relate more to Marlin’s journey and his realization that he needs to let Nemo do things on his own. Like Dory says when Marlin says he promised Nemo that nothing would ever happen to him, “Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then, nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.” Such a wise, blue fish.

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This post was written for Mel @ According to Mags and Michele @ Old Dog New Tits, the Ketchup With Us ladies. Want to join in on the Blog By Numbers Challenge? Just put a Number in the title of your post and link it up to these lovely ladies or tweet them and let them know!

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Friday the 13th is usually a pretty good day for me. It’s Saturday the 14th that usually sucks eggs. This year, however, it got me. Dang you Friday the 13th and all you bad juju that goes along with it. I am a little superstitious, so that is why I blame today on the 13th. Here is what happened to me today.

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1.  While working in my front yard today and using a hedge trimmer to trim, (which giving me a piece of equipment like that in the first place is just a really bad idea) I didn’t notice the extension cord in the way and sliced the sucker in half. So much for anymore trimming.

2. While working on my dad’s clock that my daughter crafted him for Father’s Day, I didn’t realize that the numbers I bought for the clock would not fit around the parts of the clock. When setting the numbers, that had strong adhesive on the back, back on to the paper from which it came from, I didn’t notice that I placed the numbers on the wrong side of the paper. Now I am unable to peel the numbers back off.

3. While playing with my daughter on the swing-set in our backyard, I decided to be silly and pull her by her legs to swing her. She thought this was hilarious and she kept doing her sweet and contagious giggles. Well, I went to pull her back for a fifth time, somehow lost by balance when I let her go and went flying backwards, landing on my back and spraining my wrist when I was trying to break my fall.

4. While trying to “fix” my dad’s clock by having to write my own numbers now, I decided to use glue to trace the numbers and then sprinkle glitter on the glue. Without thinking, about a half hour later, I went to put the battery in. I grabbed the clock, along with the not dry and full of glitter glue. So there I was, 10pm, redoing what I had screwed up and now looking like I had come back from a “fancy” strip club with all of the glitter on my chest and arms. That crap gets EVERYWHERE!!!

So, I shake my fist at you Friday the 13th. All of this couldn’t have happened because I am a complete klutz. Oh no, not at all. 

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This post was written for Mel @ According to Mags and Michele @ Old Dog New Tits, the Ketchup With Us ladies. Want to join in on the Blog By Numbers Challenge? Just put a Number in the title of your post and link it up to these lovely ladies or tweet them and let them know!

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Before my daughter came along, I was, and still am, a momma to 2 cats. Alice, who is 9 now and Buddy who is 8.

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I love these furry little things as if they were my own children. When Em came along, Buddy, who was the “baby”, was really sad and it took him about 3 1/2 years to get use to my daughter. He’s still not too sure of this active child, but he does sleep above her head at night. I guess if she’s not running around all crazy, then she’s okay. I have realized, however, that cats and kids share some of the same qualities, at least from a mom’s perspective.

1. They are constantly hungry

Both my kid and my cats act like I starve them. They are both constantly “yelling” at me to give them more food. And after they eat, they want MORE!

2. They wake you up in the middle of the night.

My daughter isn’t like this now, but babies wake up during the middle of the night, a lot. Buddy wakes me up starting at 2:30am EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Sometimes he just wants me to himself, like I said before he was the baby for a long time. Sometimes he’s eaten all of his food and wants more. Sometimes he wants you to turn the faucet on in the bathroom so he can drink “fresh” water. He’s a little bit of a princess.

3. No matter how many toys you buy them, they always end up playing with a box.

Ever buy your kid that expensive toy, you know, the one they have ALWAYS wanted! You bring it home, they are happy and play with it for a few hours, then you find them later using the box as a rocket ship or race car or a make-shift doll house and the “I need it now” toy is left off to the side where it will collect dust. Cats are the same way. You buy them knew little mice to play with or one of those feather things and you find them later playing in a paper bag or box. You try to get them to play with the new toy you just bought them and they look at you like you are crazy and go back to the box or bag.

4. Somehow they sense they are getting shots when they go to the doctor.

I try not to tell my kid she is getting shots when we head to the doctor’s for her check-up. Not every visit warrants a shot, but somehow she knows when she is getting one. It’s almost like an odd sixth sense. My cats are no different. I usually have to start rounding them up a half hour before I would normally head out because they are hiding under the bed.

5. If you are reading or on the computer, they will interrupt you every time.

Usually, during the day, if I’m trying to write a post or work on some writing projects I have, Em will be next to me after 5 minutes of starting saying, “Mom! Mom! Mom! I’m hungry! Are you done yet? This is taking too long! You need to come play with me! Mom! Mom! Mom!” The cats, on the other hand, if I’m reading a book, magazine or on the computer for too long they will walk on the computer or reading material, shove their butt in your face (which is I guess the universal cat saying for “Pay attention to me.”) or meow continually until I can’t take it anymore. Either way, both kid and cat usually wins.

6. When you have a moment to yourself, they want to cuddle.

This is actually my favorite. If Em sees me sitting by myself on the couch, she instantly sits next to me and wants to cuddle. I live this up because some day that cuddle time will disappear. My cats see me sitting by myself, check to see where the kid is, then jumps on the couch to get some pets and cuddles in before Em pushes them off the couch. It’s nice to feel loved. 🙂

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This post was written for Mel @ According to Mags and Michele @ Old Dog New Tits, the Ketchup With Us ladies. Want to join in on the Blog By Numbers Challenge? Just put a Number in the title of your post and link it up to these lovely ladies or tweet them and let them know!

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I talk about my daughter a lot on here, but to be completely honest, she’s the one that got me writing again. She inspires me every single day. The imagination on her is vast and she never ceases to amaze me at some of the things she says. So since it is Blog Posts By Numbers Month, presented by Mel and Michele, I thought I would take this opportunity to compile a short list of quotes from my daughter.

1. “Look! I can sound like a motor boat!” (immediately farts in the swimming pool)

2. If I get a sibling and it’s a baby” (because I guess you can have choices in this matter) “it’s probably going to whine and whine and whine and it’s going to get really annoying. So I might have to put it in the closet.” (I will be watching her closely if I ever have another child.)

3. “Joshua tried to kiss me today. I told him that he needed to go away.” (That’s my girl!)

4. “Mom, I really really NEED to meet the Movers. I just want to hug Scott, that’s all.”  
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(She did get her wish this past March. She was uncharacteristically shy when it came to “her guy”, but she got her hug. Two to be exact and she’s counting the days to when she can get another one.)
5. “I feel like I need to just ROCK OUT right now!” (You know, some days I just feel like that too.)
 
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This post was written for Mel @ According to Mags and Michele @ Old Dog New Tits, the Ketchup With Us ladies. Want to join in on the Blog By Numbers Challenge? Just put a Number in the title of your post and link it up to these lovely ladies or tweet them and let them know!

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