Monday, December 15, 2014

just horrible

So Jammie Movie Night is still a thing that's happening here in Blogmotherland and it remains as one of my favourite evenings of the month. December brings the extra special Holiday Edition of JMN and in years past that has always meant that we let our guys join us and Mike gets to pick the movie. Just for kicks this year we mixed it up with a little Cards Against Humanity in place of the movie. Are you aware of this game?

The box the game comes in describes it as a game for horrible people. It is akin to Apples to Apples, if you've played that, but the questions and the answers are inappropriate for family game night. It is completely hysterical with the right group of people and lucky for us we have hysterical and inappropriate friends!

To keep things interesting and also fun I went so far as to order a "trophy" for the player who was the most horrible among us.. aka won the most hands over the course of the evening.


A coffee mug so everyone would know what a truly horrible person you are.

Also because I am the best wife ever I bought Mike the 10 Days of Kwanzaa or Whatever from the makers of Cards Against Humanity. In exchange for my hard earned cash the funny folks at CAH promise to mail him ten gifts during the month of December. Merry Christmas Michael! And his first gift....


Cards that put him in the game. It goes without saying that everyone was looking forward to putting the Mike cards into play.


Very basically, this is how you play. The Card Czar reads out the black card, everyone plays a white card from their hand and the Card Czar picks the best/funniest card. This is what happened when Mike's card got put into play. So, so funny..... because they're all true. Especially the Justin Bieber card!

As you can imagine it was a night of endless laughs and endless inappropriateness. The kind of night that makes you forget your troubles for a few hours. The very best kind of evening with the very best kind of people and one horrible horrible person....


Thanks to everyone you came and had horrible fun with us. Can't wait to do it again!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

sunday randoms

So this was a productive weekend. I cleaned up and decluttered three trouble spots in the house. I made a shit ton of skor bars or toffee bark or whatever you want to call it. I got the laundry as caught up as any family of four can get it caught up.

Next on the list was to get Abby squared away for the end of the week when she's having 6 teeth extracted as we move towards getting her braces. Thank goodness for Grandmas willing to step in and play nursemaid. This appointment was kind of last minute-ish and I'm already committed to something that I can't in good conscience walk away from. I mean I could, they'd manage, but I'd feel lousy about it. Luckily Grandma Linda and Abby are both happy with the arrangement.

Oh and did I mention I also managed to get all of my wrapping done as well. Yep, Christmas can come tomorrow I'm good to go!

Robin introduced me to Mang-o-ritas. So good.

I am ridiculously excited about the gifts I've bought for people. Can't wait to give them!

This weekend was full of laughs... but that's a post all on it's own.... time with friends is the best thing for the soul! 

The kids have been watching the Home Alone movies like it's their job.

Abby and I dived into season one of Gilmore Girls. Why haven't I watched this before now?

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

this marriage is clearly a work in progress

For most of our married life I have done the vast majority of the cooking, but in recent months Mike has been cooking more. Nothing that would necessarily set the foodie world on fire, but it's keeping the kids and I alive so I'm not about to complain. Even if the cooking only happens when I actually say.... hey, can you cook dinner tonight?  Burgers are in the freezer.

Every once in a while though....

Mike: You're in for a treat tonight. I picked up the ingredients for a veritable feast toight!
Me: That sounds great, what are you making?
Mike: I got all the stuff for fish tacos.
Me: I don't eat fish.
Mike: What?!
Me: I don't eat fish.
Mike: Since when.
Me: Since the entire time we've been married.
Mike : ummm

 I certainly didn't want to rain on his parade so I did manage to choke down a bit over half of a fish taco before my gag reflex well and truly kicked in. Abby gave it the ole college try as well, but she wasn't a fan either. Maya was pretty much.... oh hell no! and ate toast instead. Mike totally loved it though, so there's that. I'm hoping next time he gets a hankering to make a burrito the size of my head because I could get on board with that.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

sunday randoms

Snagged Ferris Bueller's Day Off from the library and watched it with the kids and Mike this weekend, all of whom were seeing it for the first time. The kids loved it, Mike declared it a steaming pile of poo..... you know sometimes it's like he wasn't even born in the 70's.

Middle school has brought many interesting conversations to our dinner table. I'm still working out how to share some of them with you.

Dudes, my Christmas shopping is finished. Please don't hate me. It all has to do with early shopping and having real handle on the idea of having a simpler Christmas. We just decluttered a bunch of stuff out of this house, the very last thing we need is more stuff. I've tried to be mindful of that. Plus I really like the one thing they want, one thing they need, one to wear, one thing to read. Shopping was based on a loose interpretation of that.

We don't have a tree skirt so I wrapped a Christmasy fleece blanket around the tree stand. It feels very Linus-esque. I kind of love it.

Our second year with our fake tree and I cannot over state how much less stress it is on me. My anxiety levels thank me for making the switch. Should have listened to Mike years ago.... only nobody tell him I said that... he never reads my blog, so if y'all keep my secret he'll never know.

Maya almost caught me out tonight. Our Christmas Elf, Elwood, always leaves the yearly photo album for us on Christmas Eve and this weekend Maya has been flipping through the past four years of books.
Maya: Hey, Mom, who makes these books?
Me: I guess Elwood does. Why?
Maya: Well this one says *I* ran my first 5k race. You know, like you wrote it, not Elwood.
Me: I think Elwood was just trying to make it sound like I wrote it.

Oooops. She's too smart that one.

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

survivors ready?

Anything can happen Wednesday with MyPie tonight. We switched out her usual popcorn for hot chocolate and peanut butter ice cream for survivor night!


Throw in jammies, slippers, a fuzzy blanket and texting with Uncle Dave and that was a slam dunk evening in Maya's books.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

she really wants that vacuum cleaner

Once upon a time we had a very cool cordless Shark vacuum cleaner. Not a full size vacuum cleaner, just something small to pull out for a quick everyday once over the carpet. The kids loved it and that means this Mama didn't have to vacuum because y'all know vacuuming is my least favourite of all the household chores. When I say we used to have one of these magical Shark vacuums, I really mean we had two and we wore out both of them. Currently we have no Sharks in the house only the central vac, which I dislike with the heat of a thousand suns.

And that brings us too this morning..

Mike: Hey, did you see the new Shark cordless vacuum cleaner like we used to have?
Maya: I've seen it!!
Me: No.
Mike: It's really cool and it's cordless! We should get another one for doing this carpet.
Me: I've never seen it.
Maya: I have!!
Mike: It's only $150.
Me: Oh, only $150, huh?
Maya: I have twenty bucks you can have if that will help you out.

Friday, November 21, 2014

now what

Tonight Mike and I wrapped up watching Breaking Bad. I'm not going to lie, when we started watching this I was very much in the "What's the big deal?" camp, but by season two I was well and truly hooked. The last few episodes were an intense little roller coaster.  I was dying to know how the whole thing was going to wrap up, but now that I know...... well now what?

There is something pretty fantastic about watching shows on dvd (or bluray). Sure, it doesn't help with the whole getting to bed early thing I've been trying to do. You always want to watch just one more episode and the next thing you know it's one in the morning and you need all the coffee to get through the next day. Yep, binge watching shows is definitely the way to go. So again I ask..... now what?

What do we watch now?

Mike's suggested Deadwood or Boardwalk Empire. I was leaning towards Friday Night Lights. Or is there something else out there amazing that we have to see? The Abster and I are already working our way through Suits and I've got The Wire that I started watching and then abandoned for Breaking Bad. Shhhh, don't tell Uncle Dave.

What do you think?