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Our tooth fairy is a thief? FAB Friday, join in!

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Ah, young’uns!

So grown up and yet still so innocent.

I love it!

Captain Obvious lost another tooth recently. He thinks he is so sly now because he knows the tooth fairy is me. Of course I tease him and insist its not me. So when he lost the tooth he came and said “Mom, don’t forget to put money under my pillow.”

Right. Thought I. If he was gonna be like that there would be no money from me!

Well, Daddy came to the rescue and had a brilliant idea to give him a roll of pennies. He slipped them under Captain’s pillow bright and early then hustled off to work.

When Captain Obvious woke up he yelled, “Mom, the tooth fairy is a thief!”

“What? What are you talking about, just calm down.”

Apparently the very same roll of pennies that hubby took from the window sill in the kitchen had just been rolled by my toothless son. “That was my roll of pennies mom!”

“I’m sure there must be some explination.”

Scarfunkle joined in, “Maybe she ran out of money.”

Now, here was my chance, “Wait just a minute, how do you know the tooth fairy is a she?”

The boys looked thoughful for some time but soon came to the conclusion that it must be Dad then.

Shoot, caught.“Well,”  I had to think fast, “I think you must not have looked well.

 

“I looked good but this was under my pillow. I’m telling you Mom, the tooth fairy is Dad and he just took my money to pay me.”

 

“You’d better go look more. Look on your desk, in your bathroom. EVERYWHERE!”

 

Stalling!

 

While he was looking EVERYWHERE I quickly penned this note…

 

 

 

 

…and miraculously was able to sneak it (along with some original money) into his room while the kids were looking in the school room.

When Captain Obvious found the note there was silence in his room for a good three minutes before he stole down to the main area with the most rediculous look on his face.

I managed not to die laughing and asked him what was up.

He read me the note.

His brothers though it was the coolest thing ever and for now, I’m off the radar.

Dad might still be the “alternate” but Mom is certainly NOT Tooth M. Ferrie

WHEW!

Thanks for visiting, now link up with your FAB Friday post. Don’t forget a link back here. Like this…

Join others for the FAB Friday carnival at Blog Schmog or go visit my goofy friend at Blog Schmog so she quits bugging us about linking back, or some other such nonsense with a link to my blog and/or this post.

Enjoy! I’m looking forward to your stories. Click on Mister Linky to add your post.

For more info on how to participate click the FAB Friday page above.

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Link up NEXT week for FAB Friday

I wanted to remind you that it’s almost THAT time again. Time to share your bloopers and find the silver lining. Time for standing in the rain. Time that we share our struggles and look on the bright side. Time for LEMONAIDE!

Have you had any days like that this month? Days where you would cry if you didn’t have someone to laugh with?

Write a post, including pictures if you like and come back next Friday to share with other bloggers how they’ve turned trials into joy’s. Read these great examples.

Whatever your style, the rules are simple. Write a post. Include a link to Blog Schmog so readers can find other FAB Friday posts. Visit the others and laugh together!

For more muddy details 🙂 click the FAB Friday page above.

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FAB Friday: Peewee’s hand-me-down overalls

FAB Friday is here again! Join in at the bottom of my post.

If you are new you can read the page above for the rules schmules. This meme is meant to encourage and promote conversation between bloggers so the rules are “for your own good”. HA HA! Meant to make it as fun as possible in other words.

 

PeeWee is lovin’ her new camo overalls and the freedom she has when not wearing pink. Mamma doesn’t rush over and try to dust the mud off of her new flamingo colored yoga pants (thanks for those btw Aunt Missy!).

Yay mom I love my brother’s clothes!

Look at me! Pee Wee took herself into the upper pasture, traversing rocks and hills and weeds. Lots and lots of weeds! To this vantage point overlooking the property. When I realized she wasn’t in the front yard I scolded the boys for loosing her (ha) and started yelling. She wasn’t concerned she hollered back “Huh?” without a hint of worry.

Then came the pictures…Pee Wee decided that she could no longer handle the hills and the rocks and the weeds. “The hills are alive with the sound of crying. La la la laaah!”

“Can’t anyone see me?”

Click, click, click. “Nope Peewee, Mom can’t see you. Must be those darn overalls!” Click, click, click. Makes for some good pictures though!

Time for you to link and share a family moment from your week!

Don’t forget to put a link here to Blog Schmog in your post so everyone can join in the fun. 🙂

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FAB Friday – Baby Week

 It’s FAB Friday Folks!

Join the fun. Check out the FAB FRIDAY page above for instructions and add your link to Mr Linky at the bottom of this post.

Don’t forget to include a link back here in your post.

I was reminded this week on a blog how important it is to remind ourselves of the things we can always do, without regret…

Pray

Spend time with my kids

Spend time with my hubby

I’m sorely in need of a little perspective lately. 🙂 Sometimes I wonder why God made me so intense.

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Speaking of intense…

I’ve got a new baby in the house so I didn’t have much time this week. Can anyone guess why I’ve got five kids this week, only had four last week and I was not (and am not) pregnant?

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Captain Obvious strikes again.

 It’s FAB Friday Folks!

Join the fun. Check out the FAB FRIDAY page above for instructions and add your link to Mr Linky at the bottom of this post.

Don’t forget to include a link back here in your post.

This week I will also be participating in Tiny Talk Tuesday at Not Before 7   Feel free to join the fun there too!

My oldest is getting a lecture as we speak write.

Dad is trying to impart his wisdom as a fellow word smith.

Eight year old Captain Obvious piped up during breakfast to say, “Grammy knows what bananas are.”

Dad determined he needed a discussion on “value added”.

“Son,” he began, “you need a lesson in appropriate things to say. If it isn’t purposeful, it likely doesn’t need to be said.”

“But Dad, Grammy does know what banana’s are.”

You can see, the lesson was well received.

Meanwhile…

Loud Kiddington overheard me say “I need to pee.” I guess I could have chosen something more ladylike but then I am in a houseful of boys.

He pipes up in full volume. “You can’t Mom!” and plants his chubby little hands sqarely on his diapered hips.

I raise my eyebrows and inquire, “Oh yeah, why not?”

“You can’t pee if you don’t have a pee-nut!”

Boy am I glad I asked.

Here’s where you link up! I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to.

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Counting my Blessings

Sometimes it’s an automatic response for me to dwell on the things I can’t have, my kids can’t eat, those aspects of my life that aren’t working… and then came Fab Friday and as I thought about what to post I realized that perspective is like hanging from my toes. All it accomplishes is clouding my vision.

God wants our worship. He requires our adoration. Not as a chore but as a response to the wonderful things he does. This world is not our home. He has a plan to restore a far greater dwelling that does not decay, disappoint or cause grief. Why worship? Because everything good comes from the Father of Lights.

All that bad junk? A consequence of our fallen world. Not God’s idea. Our idea. OUR idea, to do it on our own to make our own way, to pursue our dreams.

Look around you today. What can you praise Him for?

Of all the things Loud Kiddington can’t eat I’m praising God there are thing he can! Check out Gluten Free 4 Goofs to see what yummy breakfast treat is all over his face.

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FAB Friday – A couple small changes

First the changes:

1. I’ve decided from now on (or until I change my mind again) that I will be posting my FAB Friday post seperately so that I do not have to be tied to a post only for Friday. I hate rules! Especially the self imposed kind.

2. Also I’d like to know if anyone would be interested in hosting. There is absolutely no reason I need to hog this carnival. Plus if someone else hosts everyone once in a while I have a little more freedom from those very same self imposed regulations. You will need a Mister Linky free account.

3. We need to add a real rule. At the bottom of the post that you link please add a comment like “Read how others have made lemonade out of lemons HERE at …(whoever is the host that week). Or read other FAB Friday posts HERE…

Other than that the carnival is the same. Share a story or pictures of a time when you had to make lemonade out of lemons. So lets get to it!

FAB as in Fu-get ABout it!

FAB in the “Fabulous I’m getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon” kind of Friday.  Is there anyone out there that can relate? 

I sure can, HERE is my post this week.

The FAB Friday carnival started as a way for moms, grandmas or dad bloggers to share the triumphs and trials of parenting.  Write a funny, inspirational or encouraging post with or without pictures and add your name to Mister Linkey at the bottom of my post on Friday’s.

 Lets make lemonade out of lemons!

Here is where YOU link up.  You can use any post you like, it does not have to be written on Friday.  That is why it is important to put the post link not your blog link. If you need help with this just ask.  Once you have linked up leave a comment here so I don’t miss your addition and visit the others leaving comments and encouragement.

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The doctor served me lemonade.

The doctor, my neighbor and friend who’se been trapped inside his own body over a year now, spoke volumes to me yesterday when I visited. Reading to him weekly has been my custom since the day of God’s harebrained plan about reading. If you’ve missed the two posts explaining what has happened so far be sure to read up.  The link takes you to the first post and from there you can read the second.

I showed up a little late after wolfing down my dinner. Every day I’ve visited before I have relied on my chatty nature to get us through the evening. Jane takes her daughter to youth group while the Doctor watches me talk and eventually read. Many times he tires, whether from my droning 🙂 or the mental taxation of keeping active when everything you once knew is so unattainable.

The extent of his movement has been one uncooperative arm and occasionally fidgeting of his feet. He rarely has moved his head though he can when being deliberate. I’ve received one goulish smile and during the first ever visit he attempted to whisper “Hi”.

Setting down my bag I walked over to the 60yr old Doctor’s wheelchair to say hello. It shocked me when he began to talk. Labored and extremely quiet, but talking none the less!  I shook my head and laughed. “You’re talking! Just a minute let me get my jacket off.”

I had to lean in close to hear what he was saying but the short conversation that ensued left me baffled, feeling blessed and encouraged.  “How are you?” He smiled broad and beconed me closer.

“I’m great. You don’t know how excited I am to hear you talk! I’ve been praying for you.”

He shook his head yes and smiled again. I couldn’t help myself, my heart bubbled over, elated and a little scared. I leaned in and gave him a huge hug! He wrapped both arms around me and hugged me back!

I pulled back and looked into his eyes now sparkling with new life. “You look great. Is this hard for you to talk. What I mean is, is it physically taxing?”

Shaking his head vigorously yes he scrunched up his face as if to protest the work! He made a FACE! Do you know how huge this is? The man had a massive stroke over a ago. Doctors say that after a year a person’s progress is pretty much stunted and yet each time I visit, he gets better and better.

I never read to him last night instead we visited. Sometimes pointing, sometimes with whispered words from him and a waterfall of words from me. Sometimes he made faces that explained his meaning. At one point while talking about the difficulties of breaking through the barrier that the mind imposes on him he mouthed to me, “We all need to slow down.”

In other words, life it so short. This is a man who had everything the world could ask for… success, financial stability, a beautiful family. One moment in the middle of the night took it all away and he was forced to slow down. Yet, he says “We all need to slow down.”

Forced into his situation I have a hard time believing I would have that perspective. I fear I would beg God to let me die and become bitter with time. Please Lord, let it not be so!

My Bible Study this morning reiterated that message with this passage…

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough touble of its own” Matt. 6:33-34

I am witnessing a miracle!

God, change my perspective as I seek to let go of my tomorrow’s.

How will you slow down?

This post is featured at Blog Schmog’s Fuget ABout it Carnival. Read how others make lemonade out of lemons HERE!

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FAB Friday – not so wise men

FAB as in Fu-get ABout it!

FAB in the “Fabulous I’m getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon” kind of Friday.  Is there anyone out there that can relate? 

The FAB Friday carnival started as a way for moms, grandmas or dad bloggers to share the triumphs and trials of parenting.  Write a funny, inspirational or encouraging post with or without pictures and add your name to Mister Linkey at the bottom of my post on Friday’s.

 Lets make lemonade out of lemons!

I’m proud to say this week has been fairly uneventful.  Unless you count a couple of minor mom freak out’s.  Once when a whole bag of chips got crushed into the rug and another freak out when the couch got torn apart for the third time in a day.  Even Pee Wee has figured out how to pull off the cushions.  I decided I’d rather have the cushions off if they have to jump on the couch.  I’m picking my battles!

 Bubba got creative with the nativity set.  This is how I found the wise men the other day.

I guess our wise men are NOT so wise men.

Here is where YOU link up.  You can use any post you like, it does not have to be written on Friday.  That is why it is important to put the post link not your blog link. If you need help with this just ask.  Once you have linked up leave a comment here so I don’t miss your addition and visit the others leaving comments and encouragement.

Introducing Mister Linky: 

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FAB Friday – How mom got slimed and a smoothie to plump up baby

FAB as in Fu-get ABout it!

FAB in the “Fabulous I’m getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon” kind of Friday.  Is there anyone out there that can relate? 

The FAB Friday carnival started as a way for moms, grandmas or dad bloggers to share the triumphs and trials of parenting.  Write a funny, inspirational or encouraging post with or without pictures and add your name to Mister Linkey at the bottom of my post on Friday’s.

 Lets make lemonade out of lemons!

This is an older post from my Gluten Free blog but it is such a popular search that I decided to move it over for FAB Friday.  Maybe it’s the potato soup recipe to feed an army that originally went with it that gets people to click or maybe it is my rave sense of humor.   If you just want the recipe click here.

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Well, as always I had a bit of fun this week and my darling Thinglets never disappoint. 

Little Pee Wee has been chowing down her twice daily “bulk up” baby smoothie.  It’s a mixture of avocado and banana with goat milk or water and looks exactly like Nickelodeon SLIME.  

[ Addition…BABY BULK UP SMOOTHIE:  If you need your infant to gain weight by eating healthy fats this is an excellent balanced option.  In Hawaii, avocado is the first food given to babies- they will usually eat it if smashed smooth, the banana increases the “sweet” factor you can leave it out if wanted.  Formula, breast milk, goat milk or small amounts of water (for older babies) provide added nutrition and the necessary liquid to blend and get a good consistency.  If you add baby rice cereal or cooked rice (again for older babies) it adds essential iron to the nutrition content of this meal.  The “bulk up” smoothie was a life saver for me after having PPD and both PeeWee and I got Candida (an internal yeast imbalance- that can cause raised rashes on the skin among other symptoms).  My milk production dropped drastically and PeeWee began to loose weight.  Maintaining some weight gain in the early months of life is so critical but I didn’t want to switch to formula and sacrifice her getting the healthy antibodies in moms milk.  Supplementing didn’t do the trick anyways she needed more nutrition so this smoothie was a daily staple for a solid 10 mo.  She ate it daily from about month 4- months old until almost a year.  Back to the story…]     

She gets a bit frantic about me shoveling it in her mouth and flaps her arms while smacking- mouth wide open, “WAHHH!” too slow mom- then smack, open again like a little bird. 

Meantime the Bubba had just emerged from an early morning (and yes, premature) bath time, thanks to potty training, so he was standing in the buff next to me insisting I “Wap Bubba, Mom!”

He wanted his “Nigh-night” wrapped like a cape around him.

“Wap!”

Smack!

WAHHH!

“Wap!”

Crash!

You guess it, the Bubba got wrapped, Pee Wee got smacked and Mamma got SLIMED! ICK!

The awesome thing is I didn’t even cry or yell.

With company coming over for a Bible Study and no time for anything fancy we made our simplest meal ever.  Another winner suggested by my wonderful MIL who is forever surprising me with easy, feed an army solutions for my crazy hand to hand combat of a life!  I think she must giggle when I try to plan ahead by calling her in the morning “Do you have any ideas?”  then when she does I have to call her three more times before I can get it all written down.  I have to giggle at myself when I finally sit down to read what I wrote and it goes something like this…

Boil

Drain

Smash

Add sour cream or ?

Stir

Serve

Nearly as simple as getting SLIMED!

My kids even ate thirds!

Here is where YOU link up.  You can use any post you like, it does not have to be written on Friday.  That is why it is important to put the post link not your blog link. If you need help with this just ask.  Once you have linked up leave a comment here so I don’t miss your link and visit the others leaving comments and encouragement.

Introducing Mister Linky: 

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O Christmas Tree – FAB Friday

FAB as in Fu-get ABout it!

FAB in the “Fabulous I’m getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon” kind of Friday.  Is there anyone out there that can relate? 

The FAB Friday carnival started as a way for moms, grandmas or dad bloggers to share the triumphs and trials of parenting.  Write a funny, inspirational or encouraging post with or without pictures and add your name to Mister Linkey at the bottom of my post on Friday’s.

 Lets make lemonade out of lemons!

 O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;

  

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can’st give me;


 How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!

 O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!

 From base to summit, gay and bright,
There’s only splendor for the sight.

“Does the bottom of my tree look familiar to you moms of toddlers?”

 

 O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!

As if having the bottom two feet of my tree not decorated isn’t bad enough.

 I bet you don’t know anyone with one of these on their tree.

 Or one of these…

Or this…

 Life’s fun with the knee high variety!

Here is where YOU link up.  You can use any post you like, it does not have to be written on Friday.  That is why it is important to put the post link not your blog link. If you need help with this just ask.  Once you have linked up leave a comment here so I don’t miss your link and visit the others leaving comments and encouragment.

Introducing Mister Linky:

Go hog wild!

Read the first F.A.B. Friday post here

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Happy FAB Friday

It’s time to Fu-get About it!  Time for FAB Friday.

I’ve been busy playing Imaginiff and eating turkey.  My mom came through and rescued us from having a  hillbilly thanksgiving (see Tuesday’s post).  

Instead of writing a fancy post for this FAB Friday I decided to recap.  Visit each other, look around and say howdy (that’s leave a comment)! It’s been fun popping in on other mom blogs, now lets stay awhile and get to know each other.

These are some previous posts by participants in FAB Friday. ENJOY

Henny –  A heartwarming perspective on motherhood.  Hang in there friend!

Jaime Kubik – Laugh your way through another day!  Keep it up!

Jessie (that’s me) – Just another day in the life!

Momma Mindy – To do or not to do…bird poo in the vacuum, disappearing muffin pans, what’s a mom to do?

Taylor – Tricks of the trade.  Train up a child, or two or four and while mothering toddlers hang on for the ride!

If you’ve written a Fab Friday post for today feel free to link up below by clicking on Mister Linky “You’re Next”

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FAB Friday

She sucked in a haggard breath and cautiously tiptoed over the lifeless form.  Crack!  Her heart pumped into her throat as she wheeled around. What was that?  Still clutching a laundry basket full of shirts and socks she inhaled, smelling spring rain and something not at all pleasant.  This can’t be happening!  Backing her shoulders to the wall she stole quietly down the hallway.

How can this be happening?  I’ve only just begun.

She tip toed past the first door then inch by inch set the basket down.  The stench grew stronger.  She closed her eyes and prayed.  Lord help me!  Then as if her body was its own machine separated from her rational mind it propelled her through the door. Ah ha!

This is what she saw…

Guess what’s on her knee? But who could be mad at this face…

Do I need to tell you what the stench was or can you see for yourself at the far right corner of the mattress?

Oh and the lifeless form? A stuffed bunny on the floor of the laundry room. The crack? A baby gate falling down as I attempted to relocate a stack of clean laundry. Brandilyn, you’ve opened a whole new world to me. My imagination is only the beginning thanks to The Fly.

 This has been another Fab Friday Post at Blog Schmog

Fab as in Fu-get ABout it!

Fab in the “Fabulous I’m getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon” kind of Friday.  Is there anyone out there that can relate? 

Read the first F.A.B. Friday post here.

Link up my clicking on the Mr. Linky icon below and adding a link to your post.  Not your blog address but your post, we’d like to see what you are going to “Fuget About” this week!

 

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FAB Friday – Hog Haulin’

Fab as in Fu-get ABout it!

Fab in the “Fabulous I’m getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon” kind of Friday.  Is there anyone out there that can relate? 

Read the first F.A.B. Friday post here.

big pig

All I’ve got to say today is it’s hog haulin’ day! 

big pig ramp

Poor little guys are off to meet their doom. 

big pig daddy 

Bacon and Steak – the Thinglets named them – you’ve eaten your last apple. 

big pigs

You’ve sung your lase soo-eee! 

big pig in

Poor Hubby, he said this is the “Hillbilliest” thing I’ve gotten him into yet.  You may remember the pig debate that started this whole thing.

Enjoy your Friday and we may as well just agree to forget where our breakfast comes from.

BUT DON’T FORGET TO LINK UP!

 

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Can I Get a Witness?

F.A.B Friday- Fuget ABout it!

Click here for the 1st Fab Friday post.

I hold an opinion that the dynamics in an all boy house are completely different than that of all girls.  Furthermore, a household who’se firstborn is a girl is dictated by her authority and vise versa.

Can you see triple trouble?

Thing Two, Bubba and Thing One “helping” with my livery stables sign. all boys

Here is an example of the types of “adventures” had in my three boy household.  Little Pee Wee is only beginning to add her own type of fun!

This is from one of my earlier posts but it illustrates this point beautifully:

THINGS THAT DON’T MIX

 Thanks to Thing 1 and Thing 2, with a little help from The Bubba, I have just learned that burn out contests with a remote control monster trucks and a pot full of dirt in the basement, DO NOT MIX!
 I was happily baking a yummy loaf of gluten free bread and trying to think of something to go with it for dinner when it hit me; those boys have been much too giddy in the school room downstairs so I snuck a little peek.  Squinting my eyes and peering through a cloud of dust, I could see that the three had nearly covered the entire basement in a film of dirt.
  Oh NO!?
  Oh YES!
  Apparently “The Bubba” had unearthed a tree I was hoping to transplant in the spring.  “Thing 1″ and “Thing 2″ then took the opportunity to use the new dirt track for their monster truck and in no time flat the whole floor  was coated as well as the hands, feet and clothes of the three hombres.
  “Clean this up, you boys!” I exclaimed.
  “Thing 1″ and “Thing 2″ raced, each one scrambling to be the first to grab the vacuum (what fun for young boys). “2″ won the sprint and started the clean up crew. I grumbled back upstairs to check on my loaves.  The vacuum started and I heard screaming and laughing . Screaming and laughing is never a good sign with boys. I reeled back on my heels and hurried down again through an even thicker cloud of dirt which now covered our school desks, papers, books, chairs, every item of clothing in the snow clothes bin and settled happily on the heads and shoulders of my two oldest. “The Bubba” had retreated since vacuuming is not yet his favorite pastime. I had to dig black clots of dirt out of the corners of my eyes just to see and un-happily discover that “Thing 2″ (my mini mechanic) had removed the vacuum tube on the shop vac and replaced it on the blow side before turning it on, using the powerful machine to blast the “dirt track” throughout the rest of the basement!

Mothers nightmare but quite creative so I couldn’t be too mad.

THE END (for now)

Sooo, what are the order of your children and how does that seem to affect the dynamics? Have you noticed a gender difference between your own household and that of a friend.  Link up with fun and positive posts only  please or leave comments below! 🙂

Here is the finished shed with a brand new sign and the last vestiges of fall at the right. Come spring I’ll hopefully have a hitching post on the long side under the sign.

livery (shed) finished

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