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It's a common phrase I hear from my kids. Every time they tell me what they want to be when they grow up, I have to giggle inside. The reason I giggle is because they are SERIOUS about doing some of these crazy things when they grow up. You are probably wondering what in the world sparked this post?
Meet the newest, "Mama, When I grow up…"
Brandon the Musician!
Yesterday we went to the music store to rent his violin for school. He was really excited to play strings this year and give it a whirl. When we walked into the music store Brandon was overwhelmed at all the instruments and came to the grand conclusion he wanted to be a musician. Mind you the only thing he has played is spoons on pots and pans! I patted his shoulder and told him, "Absolutely!" Inside I was jumping for joy and excited that we were making progress over the previous ideas he had come up with. For instance, he loves seeing the Wal-mart Greeters and HE felt like this would be the perfect job for him. He says to me, "Mama, they don't move very often and they just smile a lot. It has to be the best job ever!" I just nodded my head. The last job he was SUPER excited about was being a grocery store bagger. When you go to the commissary on base you have baggers that work for tips. You always get a bagger and you better pray you have a few single dollar bills on hand. Well this particular day I didn't have any single dollar bills so I tipped the man a $5 bill. We got inside the car and Brandon says to me, "Mama, this is exactly what I'm going to do when I grow up! He just made a fast $5 for just putting a few groceries in our car!" I nodded my head but also explained to him I was STUPID to give him that much. He was exactly right, they barely do anything. Sigh…
I hope you can tell me your children have these same aspirations or at least similar? I'm waiting for him to say he wants to be a Vet or Pilot? Maybe a Dr.? Nope, just a grocery store bagger.
Meanwhile as Brandon becomes a musician I'm on the lookout for ear plugs. The noise that the Violin makes right now is pretty retched. It's a very squeaky sound and he moves the bow in a fast motion making the hair stand up on your neck. I'm usually pretty good about giving him positive feedback but I'm afraid my facial expressions may be telling another story.
Hope your day is filled with good things. There is always something good here.
It's time to add another chapter to my overloaded book. This chapter could be the most embarrassing one to date. You won't believe it and I hope you are sitting down when you are reading this. It's okay to laugh… no worries.
Sunday was another beautiful day here for me and the little gems. Kids were busy playing outside. I was busy cleaning my house. Normally I would not categorize cleaning as fun but I was cleaning and decorating my house with fall accents. That is kinda fun. My domestic goddess activities did not just end here. I had a roasting chicken in the oven, other fun additions to our dinner and dessert. WOW. I was on top of all the laundry… Really? Does a day get any better? UGH!
We sat down at the table to eat dinner and Brandon spilled his tea on his lap on accident. No biggie at all. This kinda stuff does not bother me. I just told him to strip down to his skivvies and put his shorts on top of the washer so he can finish dinner. He did exactly that. Once dinner was complete I cleaned the kitchen so it sparkled. I needed to finish laundry too. I only had one load left and needed to transfer my load to the dryer. I did JUST that.
About an hour later is when I almost fainted for the second time in a three week period. I needed to transfer the clothes from the washer to the drier again. Do you know where this is going? Much to my surprise when I opened the washer door I was eye to eye with Brandon's iPod again. Yes, the one that was just washed two weeks ago and works perfectly. How does this happen twice? I let out the scream that the kids remembered from last time and they ran down the stairs to see what was wrong. When Brandon had taken off his shorts during the spilled tea incident he never took the iPod out of his POCKET! Mind you I had a pile of his treasures on the washer from all day of CHECKING pockets and did NOT check this ONE pair of shorts. How can I be so STUPID????
It's sitting in rice! I'll update you in a week. If it works, I am buying stock in Apple.
We all cried and then had a good laugh over this. Again, I had to break the news to Russ. I was shaking in my boots. How in the world was I going to explain this AGAIN??? He laughed so hard he was crying, literally crying. He thinks blonde is a good color for my hair and I'm sure his buddies at work think this military wife can barely take care of herself.
As you can see this just adds more details to our ever growing deployment book of antics that have occurred. Never mind that I'm scared of the washer and I will never EAT white rice again!
Don't laugh too hard!
Okay, forgive the picture quality. It comes from my iPhone at a very early hour. (Note: anything before 10am is very early to me). Remember I told you my kids pulled a little prank on me? This would be the second time. They are quite funny and have great humor. Sunday Morning I was super excited to sleep in. After a week of school and non stop business I just wanted to sleep. Alexis comes to my bedside at 930am and says: "Mama, someone is at the door for you and they say it's important!" Me: "WHAT? Who in the world comes this early on a Sunday morning! Tell them no thank you, please!" Alexis:"Mama, they say it's really important!" Me: "Okay, I'll be there in a minute." I get dressed into decent clothes and throw a hat on my head. I take a quick glance at myself and thought I looked pretty scary and quite possible this could scare the person at the door. When I get to the door I see this little gem of a "girl" outside with a clipboard. She says to me, "Hi Ma'am, would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies? I look down at the box and my eyes are still blurry. I notice the box is taped up with White paper but in the corner of my eye I see the letters "Stampin' Up!" I look at the little "girl" again and it finally hit me! That was NOT a little girl. That was my BRANDON!! At that point I started to laugh so hard I couldn't control myself and the kids did too. They couldn't believe I fell for it at first. Once we stopped laughing I started looking at the precious little details these two kids went through to pull this prank off.
Here is what she did to him…
*He is wearing Lexi's clothing
*Her Hannah Montana purse
*Mole on his cheek
When you start to factor all this "stuff" this was a lot to pull together. They were having the time of their lives while I was sleeping. Oh Jeez.
These are the things that I hold so dear to my heart. They are so funny and their sense of humor makes me laugh out loud even when they are not around. I only worry that this is the second prank and they are only a ripe age of 8 & 10. I can't imagine what's in store for me as they get older.
Do your kids do these things?
Just so you know, Brandon was frantically taking off finger nail polish on Monday morning. He almost forgot about it. *giggle*
Have a fantastic weekend and do something fun for yourself and your family.
You are simply WONDERFUL for all the advice that you gave Brandon and I about his iPod. I was pretty horrified with what I had done and I'm pleased to announce today that the iPod WORKS! There is no trace of a problem either. I love White Rice. It's my new friend and Brandon's too. We were doing high fives in the kitchen as we started it up. Brandon was doing some type of dance around the kitchen and I sat there sweating bullets prayerfully thanking God that I had not ruined it. The three of us couldn't believe it and we couldn't wait to tell Russ. Can you believe it? Again, thank you for all your advice. You are so kind. This card is for YOU!
It's no secret that the Gently Falling (#123804) stamp set and matching DSP is one of my favorite Fall sets and paper this year. I love how the color Pool Party compliments all the colors in the paper. It's truly a beautiful color that I think we would typically only use as a Summer color. Maybe that's just my opinion but I never would have thought to use it in a Fall project. I love how Two Step stamping looks and the beauty of clear stamps make this fun technique even better. To make this card I used a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock as the base. Then I cut a piece of Very Vanilla at 4 x 10 1/2 and folded it in half. I then mounted this onto the Crumb Cake card base. Super simple and a fun way to make a card.
I hope you are having a FABULOUS Monday. I know this is going to be a GREAT week!!
I don't have many words today. It's a day to reflect on what happened to our country 10 years ago today. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years. I remember it like it was yesterday. We had friends visiting us from Iowa. We were living in Pensacola, Florida at the time and Russ was a flight instructor. He had gone to work that beautiful morning and I was entertaining our friends at home. Brandon was just 9 months old and it was time to feed him. We were all sitting in our living room watching Good Morning America just as I still do today. We watched the horrific events unravel on the TV from the start. I remember sitting there in disbelief. I tried to call Russ and I couldn't get through to him. Once I did he wasn't sure if he would be able to leave the base. It was in lock down. We were glued to the TV the rest of the day. I'm finding myself glued to the TV again today.
My heart aches for all the innocent people that we lost that day and for those that continue to make sacrifices to protect our freedom. I'm so proud of my Prince and all of our service men as they make huge sacrifices everyday and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice protecting us.
This card is for my Prince. I think it's pretty patriotic.