Okay, so like, today - at school - I gave my BFFs the friendship pins and bracelets I made last night.  They were the prettiest colors, just like Punky Brewster would want.  I love that show.  I also love The Facts of Life and Silver Spoons.  Ricky Schroder is dreamy.  Growing Pains is also good because Kirk Cameron is so cute. 
     I think my new favorite cute boy though is the one from a movie I just saw with Kristie.  It was called "The Goonies".  The boy's name was Mikey and he was totally the cutest.  Goonies never say die.
     Later in school today, I heard we're going to practice for our class recital.  We get to sing the most awesome song called "We Are the World" and we're so excited.  We really wanted a Madonna song or one from Michael Jackson, but our music teacher said we should just stick with this one. 
     After that, for recess, our homeroom teacher said we could take our Cabbage Patch Kids outside to play.  My mom says that people got into fights at the store over them and that's like, crazy.  I think Tricia brought her Care Bear today too and maybe even her My Little Pony.  Nothing beats how many Strawberry Shortcake dolls she has though...or stickers.  She's awesome.
     I'm actually just glad that I get to go outside for recess today, because I thought I would totally have detention after getting caught writing a note to Sissy.  I wish I could like, invent some way to just zap messages to my friends.  That would be so cool.
     After school, my brother David and I are probably going to play some Atari.  I love Pac Man and he's good at Donkey Kong and Frogger. 
     I like to watch TV too.  My favorite show is "You Can't Do that on Television".  I love it when they get slimed. 
     My big brother and I always fight over the remote control though.  It's so cool now that we don't have to get up to change the channels.
     Anyway.  David always wants to watch Mtv because he says the music videos are so gnarly.  He thinks he's so rad in his parachute pants, but he totally needs to take a chill pill, because it's not like they're ever going to stop playing the videos. duh.
     At least today is Thursday, so no matter what, my family will get together tonight to watch "The Cosby Show" and "Family Ties".  We might even talk mom and dad into getting a pizza and trying out the new pop they call "New Coke".  I'll bet that's going to do great and last forever.
    Well, I guess I'd better get going for now.  There's a lot to do today.  I can't imagine life ever getting more hectic than this.
     
  
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Editor's Note - A special THANK YOU to my BFF for life Tricia, who (totally) helped me with memories for this post.  
I can't remember a time in life without you Trit, and I would never, ever want to.  Miss and Love You! 
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Easter

04/20/2014

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   Who could pass up a $400.00 mall picture of the Easter Bunny when everyone's forcing such a natural smile?  (Are they in pain?) 
    On a good note, we're looking into ventriloquism school for little Preston who's sitting on his lap.  He's going to be a natural.   
   We hope you have a Wonderful Easter this year.  God Bless You on this day and always.
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Dear Kind Woman who sits at the front desk at school,
    I can't imagine what you must think when I run into school with the kids, gasping for breath at their untied shoes and dragging backpacks.  You've witnessed everything from their crazy hair and unzipped pants, to me in my scrubs for work - or pajamas.  It never seems to phase you.
    I don't know all that you probably see in a day...from the most beautifully put together parents and their proper children...to well...us.  Half the time we've forgotten a lunch box or a backpack, sometimes socks or a workbook.  The kids usually look unkempt and I'm almost always frazzled. 
    What I wish I could tell you, is that mornings like these...when I wake up only to sit on a soaked toilet seat from three boys with bad aim, to then take the fastest shower possible only to get out and step into a puddle of piddle from our new puppy...these are the mornings when it takes all that we have just to get out the door.  
     When breakfast is burnt and we ran out of bread for lunches...when it takes forever to find twelve shoes, six outfits or even the keys to the car...only to fly out of the garage and ram straight into an old TV...yes...it's smashed.  This is why we look the way that we do.
     One might suggest that we wake up earlier to avoid the rush.  Today I woke up at 4 am.  Not because I wanted to, mind you...but just because I did.  It didn't matter.  We still ended up as the crazy ball of chaos that you've come to know throughout the year. 
     Between the six of us, it seems to be somewhat of a statistical improbability to hope for anything less.
     So to you dear, kind woman who sits at the front desk at school, Thank You for never giving us a judgmental glance or looking at me with annoyed glare for our wild scurry of an entrance through your doors.  
     If I ever get the chance to have enough time to get breakfast for you...or even a cup of coffee...one day I will.  Just to show my appreciation, for your understanding.  
     Until tomorrow...yours truly,
     Beatty
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    We asked our son Ethan what he wanted to do for his birthday.  Bowling?  Swimming?  Bouncy castle?
    In years past, these have been his go to responses.  This year though...he was turning nine.  Not seven, not eight...but nine.  As much as I hated to admit it, he was growing older.
    You can imagine my heart palpitations then, when our sweet little angel exploded with,  "OH!  Do you know what would be SO COOL?!  That truck that shows up with video games in it!  It ROCKS!" 
     I worked hard on keeping a straight face.  "A truck with video games?"
     "Yea Mom.  It's Totally Awesome."

     "But...what about...oh I dunno...a bouncy castle?  Those are fun too!  Remember?"
     "MoooooooOOOoooooom.  Bouncy castles are for little kids.  The truck would be so cool.  I promise."
     And there it was.  Our soon to be nine (going on nineteen) year old, was hoping for a "cool" big kid party. 
     Shooting a glance towards my husband, I whispered, "I guess balloon animals would be out of the question?" 
     I went into work that morning with mixed emotions.  Telling my friends about it, they told me about a company called, "Games to You" or GAMES2U.  The girls explained how great the company was, so I broke down and gave them a call. 
     The woman I spoke with was so wonderful, it began to make me feel a little better about the whole thing.  It sounded like it actually could turn out to be (dare I say it?) more fun than a bouncy house.
     When it was time for the party, Games2U arrived and put everything up for laser-tag and then for the game truck. 
     Holy Moly.  It was amazing.
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     The party was a blast.  The kids all seemed to have fun and Ethan had a smile as wide as the ocean. 
      When things began to wind down and everyone came in for cake, it was hard not to remember his very first one, not so long ago.  Our little man, so cute in blue...with wide eyes staring at a single candle. 
      How have eight more been added so quickly? 

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      The party came to an end and Ethan came to us, still holding onto his grin.  "Thanks mom and dad.  That was my favorite birthday ever."
      That it was little man.  That it was.  Happy Birthday to our big nine year old.  We'll Love You Always and Forever.
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     It's been a little over a week that we've had our puppy...
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    The kids named her Lilly Grace...Lilly for short.  She was properly introduced to our long time cat, Boo (who was none too happy).
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    We took Lilly to the Vet for her check-up and the Dr. watched as one, two, three then four kids walked in carrying her.  He quickly looked at us like we were crazy then laughed saying, "Were you bored?  Didn't have enough to do?"
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     Her check up went great.  It's so nice to finally have a family dog.  It's fun everyday to come home with her here waiting to play.
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        She's ridiculously addicting.  Total.  Puppy.  Love.
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     I've always wondered what it would be like to take the kids to a cooking class.  Would they love it?  Hate it?  Develop a passion for cooking or simply end up catching something on fire?
     We heard about a free local cooking class for kids and decided to give it a try. 
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      It was awesome.  A woman worked with the kids and kept their focus with the recipes.  They measured, peeled eggs, prepared sandwiches and got to sample their work. 
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      It was so nice to see the kids eat it up.  (No pun intended.)  They had fun cooking, tasting and learning.  It gave us hope that they'll grow up having fun in the kitchen, while knowing how to make more than a bowl of cereal by the time they're in middle school. 
      99.9% of that is up to us as parents in having them in the kitchen with us.  This was a neat way to add some spice to their interest though.
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     Good times were had by all...and as an added bonus...not one thing caught on fire.  : )
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    When you have three boys in a row, then finally have a little girl...your mind starts to wander.  You begin to think of all of the girl things you get to do...from dresses to bows, dolls...and even yes, birthday parties. 
    We've had dinosaur parties, football parties, soccer parties and even bug parties...but we've never been able to have a girl party with friends.  This is Lauren's first year in school so she was excited to take invitations to her class. 
     Where did she want to go for her very first party?  Where else, but "Build A Bear". 

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    The day is finally here.  We've never had a family dog and it's been so long since we've wanted one.  (We, being the kids and I.)
     My husband, Adam, has never wanted to get a dog.  He made me nervous, worrying that adding a puppy to our home would only make things crazier.  In his defense, we barely have enough energy at the end of the day to crawl into bed, let alone add more chaos.
     This puppy is the sweetest thing though.  I know it's too soon to assume anything, but so far, she's been a lovey and cuddly little one. 
     It was nice to bring her home, give her a bath and snuggle.  The kids are obsessed with her and even Adam has fallen for her.  He's wrapped around her little paw.
     We haven't figured out what to name her yet, but so far the front runners are Lilly or Gracie.  
     We'll see how the first night goes!  Sweet dreams sweet puppy.  We're so happy you're finally here.  
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     Lauren Elizabeth just turned five years old.  Our family was in Texas for her birthday so we didn't get to have her party with her friends yet.  It's coming this Friday.  Do you know the only thing she says that she wants for her party? 
    "All of my friends from school have their ears pierced and I want to get mine pierced too."
    -great.
    My mom is pretty old school and didn't let me get my ears pierced until I was like, 90.  I don't know that I feel too opposed to the idea however.
     Half of me thinks, if she's old enough to genuinely know what she's asking and wants to get them done...then she's ready.  The other half of me thinks...she's five.  She could genuinely want a unicorn that eats rainbow flavored cotton candy.
     I don't want her to hurt and I remember how it felt to get mine pierced.  I surely don't want her ears to get infected either.  On the other hand, is it really THAT big of a deal?  Babies have their ears pierced for Pete's sake. 
     I don't know.  We'll see how it goes and what we'll do about it.  Why do I feel like this is the first of many adventures when it comes to having a little girl?

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