Thought I’d start off with a happy thought. You are welcome. So it’s Friday, Friday, everyone talkin’ bout Friday! I’d be as excited about it as Katy if I didn’t have to clean the damn garage all weekend in freezing temperatures. I’m thinking the Peppermint Schnapps coffees that I’ll keep our insulated to-go mugs full […]

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  • Funny Is Family - No matter how rumpled I am from hours in the car, I always feel pretty inside a truck stop. And the junk food selection is beyond compare. Looks like you had great trip!


  • Judy Susan - packer puke.. cause poppa poop would make me packer puke..ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Newlywed Giggles - I would have went to poop! hahahaa.ReplyCancel

  • sandie - Chicago is my kind of town. I totally would live there (downtown), if I could afford it!
    The campus looks beautiful! Have a good weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Teri Biebel - Chicago is beautiful!! As are you and your gorgeous family!! And I’d probably have gone for puke as well.


  • Candi - Love, love, loves me some Chicago!!! If I could get my hubby to agree to it (which I never would), I could totally live there.ReplyCancel

  • JKT - (So I apologize if this is the 3RD time my comment is posting….dumb, blogger!) Anyway, I’m SO excited to be the winner!!! EEK! Can’t wait to get it!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    Oh, and your trip to Chicago sounds wonderful! I’ve never been there but it’s on my list of places to go, for sure.

    Have a great weekend, lady πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • cynthia - I love those notebooks! I went to their site after you had the giveaway last week and Pinned a few of them. Cute! bummer I didn’t win. haha
    Road trios can be awesome or horrible. Sounds like a bit of both. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Johlet - I swear by the time I will be finished saving to go to RPM I will be old and flaky! And RPM would not appreciate that! Darn! πŸ™

  So as you know, Thing 1 turned 17 on Tuesday. Which got me thinking about a lot of things. Like how when you have babies everyone – everyone – who is older than you tells you how fast time will fly and you smile and nod but ignore them because you know for a […]

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  • Mrs. Newlywed Giggles - oh man… that’s just horrible! But at least you have a funny memory now.ReplyCancel

  • *LO* - wow that cinderella is AWFUL.

    i can’t help but chuckle on this puking story about your disney trip. i’m sorry!! at least you can make fun of it now? ? πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Judy Susan - Nobody believes us when we tell them the years fly by. I’m stuck in MAJOR SUNSHINE is five, and in reality, LIL SUNSHINE is five. The sad thing is, it is the same thing when you become a G’ma.

    It was just yesterday that she was saying her first words and now, she’s reading.

    Please enjoy every minute with them, they do grow up way too fast. It really is important to leave that little hand print on the window, and go have a tea party with them instead. The print will still be there years from now, the child who loves tea parties, will be off to big girl parties.. Wash your windows then..ReplyCancel

  • Kelly B. - Oh my god, I’m dying. I cannot wait to accumulate ridiculous stories like this about my children.. so I can share them on my blog (or at their wedding) years later. this is magic. hahahahaReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love this so much! That Cinderella was DEFINITELY a ho. Fo sho. As for the real Disney princesses, I’ve never met them, and I’m extremely jealous now. HAHAHAHAReplyCancel

  • Teri Biebel - Damn, dat be a slammin’ ho!!

    Seriously, where did you get her? I didn’t know Disney had bargain basement princesses. Sad, really.

    And while I’m so sorry that everyone ended up sick for your Disney trip, that was some funny shit. My favorite shot: Infecting Jasmine.


  • Bunch of Something - hahaha! Wow. Just wow. Cinderella really needed her fairy Godmother to help her out that day!ReplyCancel

  • Evani Gatsby - LOLLLLL this has made my day. That Cinderella is really tore up, I mean EVERYONE knows Cinderella has her hair up, what a ho. Also that DisneyWorld story is priceless. Your family is full of troopers. That last picture cracked me up!ReplyCancel

  • Johlet - Hahahahahahahahaha! This is a rather sick story! Excuse the pun!
    Hope the birthdays after that was 100% rocking!

  • Sally - Love the part about Skank-Ho Cindy getting paid in ones!ReplyCancel

  • The curse of Disney World - You're My Favorite Today - […] 2004 the entire family spent four alternating days puking our way through the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and MGM studios. Actually at MGM I just passed out from the dehydration […]ReplyCancel

Putting on my serious face again today. Geesh, this is getting old. Β Don’t worry, I’ll be back to snarking soon. Check back tomorrow. But today is a momentous day…as well as a day that makes me realize how quickly time is flying by…a day that fills my heart with love and happiness and at the […]

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  • Judy Susan - Wait until thing becomes 33.. THIRTY FREAKING THREE.. that will make you like 102.. then you get to cry.. lol… if you can remember how. when you get to be my age,, you forget a lot.. it’s God’s way of saying “have a drink you earned it!”.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - So sweet! I totally teared up. You’re such a great mommy! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • ~Dawn~ - What a SWEET post. Happy Birthday to your daughter. I had a panic attack when my daughter turned 8 at the beginning of the month – I will be a wreck at 17.ReplyCancel

  • sandie - Awww….so sweet! Happy Birthday to Thing 1!!!!! You are so right, time goes by much too quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Micah Cain - Definitely made me tear up!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Wow, what a birth story! It’s so amazing that kids who are born so early can live healthy, normal lives. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - Happy Birthday to Thing 1! You are such a great Mom!ReplyCancel

  • Evani Gatsby - Such a sweet post. Happy Birthday Thing 1! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Teri Biebel - Awwww hope she has a wonderful birthday!!


  • Sally - Can’t realy see what I;m typig… too many tears, nice to read about her beginnings.ReplyCancel

  • kyna... - Wow! 17! Happy Birthday to her!
    ♥ KynaReplyCancel

  • Casie - Happy Birthday to Thing 1! What a great story. I too, have an incompetent cervix. I unfortunately had to find out the hard way and gave birth at 20 weeks along. (obviously that was just way too early) 2nd time around they put a stitch in my cervix. We made it to 36 weeks. Now we are on our 3rd, stitch in place, lets hope we dont get stuck in the hospital for weeks with baby #3. Anyway, I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I love it.. LOVE IT! — You are a great writer and I enjoy the stories. Again Happy 17th Birthday to Thing 1. What a wonderful young woman she has turned out to be. (at least by what you write! πŸ˜‰ )ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Oh no! I’m so, so sorry about your loss. And also so happy to hear that things turned around and see that you have an adorable little boy (yep, I looked at pictures!). And yes, I got a lot of info about the stitch – but unfortunately in my case I’d have still been on hospitalized bed rest with it with another child. So there ya go. Good Luck to you!! I’ll be thinking about you and reading to see how you’re doing. And thanks for your kind words about my blog. I appreciate it more than you know!!
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  • There she was: A birthday post for my daughter. » You're My Favorite Today - […] To read the letter I posted two years ago about her frighteningly premature birth, click here. […]ReplyCancel

…and apparently Jen thinks so, too!I won the Liebster Award!!! Wait.Hold on.I just re-read her post and apparently I’ve only been nominated for the Liebster Award, which is a blogger award recognizing super-awesome and hilarious blogs that surprisingly still have fewer than 200 followers yet are on the precipice of national publication and appearances (by the […]

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  • Teri Biebel - Thanks Michelle!!! With much appreciation for the pimp out!!! Adding you to my blog roll if it’s alright with you. πŸ™‚


  • Becky - LOL, you definitely deserve the award! Your food list is killing me right now…I’ll have what you’re having (except maybe not the alcohol…in a few more months once baby is here – bring it on!)

    Happy Monday!ReplyCancel

  • Kim at Let Me Start By Saying - Aw, thank you!!
    And you are MUCH deserving of this award. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Mommy Lisa - Wait, did I know you lived in MN? Rafferty’s rules all – but you need to add Truffle Tater Tots from Bulldog.

  • Johlet - Pick me pick me! Wait did that sound a little bit desperate now? Neh! Who cares! πŸ™‚

  • - Thanks, Michelle. I will save these ?s for an upcoming post I am working on but here they are for you now.

    1. What is something you should be embarrassed about, but you’re not? Picking my nose.

    2. What are 2 things you do every day? Drink. Poop.

    3. Favorite cocktail(s). {I realize it is absurd to presume you could just pick one} Wine and beer.

    4. What is something you are good at? (keep it clean….or don’t) Writing. Mommying.

    5. What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod? I don’t get embarrassed by music. I love it. Even the bad stuff. Hootie and the Blowfish are guilty pleasures of mine though.

    6. Fill in the blank – “This one time, at band camp, I stuck a flute up my…”

    7. Would you rather have to go 2 weeks without showering or eat nothing but canned dog food for 3 days? No showering. I am really good at it.

    8. What is the square root of 441? (keepin’ ya on your toes) I hate math.

    9. If you had a perfect day, what are 3 things it would include? My husband, my kids, wine.

    10. A 5 word sentence that describes you… I like beer and babies.ReplyCancel

Oh, you read right, kids.YMFT’s very first giveaway!It will be fun to see how badly I can screw this up. I don’t really do product reviews on this blog, unless you count my favorites lists on Fridays, but I’m not sure singing the praises of chocolate covered pomegranate seeds or Brownie Brittle really counts. But […]

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  • Kathe - I’d love to win one for my soon to be daughter-in-law! Thanks for this sweet giveaway πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Ooooh, these are right up my alley! If I don’t win I may need to buy one for sure! πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing this!ReplyCancel

  • cynthia - super cute and I love the ideas/prompts!ReplyCancel

  • JKT - So fun! Love these! I may have to make a purchase if my bad luck keeps me from winning πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Kati - Incorporating Color - YAY, pumped that you’re doing a giveaway. I’ve never done (or won) one, but there’s always a first!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Such a cute idea! I’m hoping to win a baby book for little girl due next month!ReplyCancel

  • seetastelove - Those are adorable. With prompts I might actually journal instead of it staying blank forever.ReplyCancel

  • Funny Is Family - I am in love with these journals! My five year old got a “Dude Diary” at the PTA book fair last week, and it has questions and prompts. I CAN’T WAIT to get one for myself so we can journal together. His will continue to be about slugs and superheroes, and mine will be filled with prettier, but probably not cuter things. Also, I need to win the gratitude journal. Every year, I document one thing I’m thankful for the entire month before Thanksgiving. The gratitude journal would be perfect!

    Michelle, I love your blog. It’s funny, and heartfelt, and real. I’m so glad Jen brought us together!ReplyCancel

  • Johlet - Found your blog on THIS HIVE!
    Love it! πŸ™‚

In a few days my brother-in-law is getting deployed for 9 months. This is his second trip to the hot, dusty, brown and barren lands full of tanks and giant helicopters and walls and gunfire and what I can only imagine are terrifying noises and things that go bump in the night, but last year […]

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  • Teri Biebel - My husband was deployed in 2004 when my girls were 7 and 5. It sucked and it was hard but we got through it. I wish him safe travels and for him to stay safe and return safely to your family!


    • Michelle - I cannot imagine how difficult it is with 2 small children at home. Thank you for your kind words of support! I’ll pass them along…
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  • sandie - Please tell him Thank You for his service.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Great post, thanks to your b-I-l and his family! Will be thinking and praying for a safe return!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Beautiful post, Michelle. Best wishes to your BIL and his family during this deployment. Thank them for their sacrifice!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Please pass my gratitude on to your BIL. My thoughts and prayers are with him and your family! Also–I nominated you for a Liebster Award! πŸ™‚ Here’s the post for the deets:


  • Kami - What a great post!ReplyCancel

  • kyna... - Please tell him we are praying for him and so so grateful for him!
    ♥ KynaReplyCancel

  • Christine - Hi! New reader and military wife here. This was a beautiful post. It sounds like your sister (and brother-in-law of course) has an awesome family behind her for this and that is SO important. And you can totally be there for her even if you’re far away. You can answer the phone when she calls to talk about nothing because it’s lonely and quiet without him. You can send him care packages of yummy baked goodies (it doesn’t matter if it melts, they’ll eat it anyway). And most, and it seems you’ve already got this part down, you can “get” that even though she’s putting on a brave face, this is going to be a hard time for her. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Your brother-in-law sounds like he’s on the fast track and I’m sure he’ll do a great job downrange.

    I’m glad you took the time to point out that we do what we do by choice (kinda; once you’re in, you do as you’re told, ha!) and people don’t need to pity us. Support is always great, though!ReplyCancel

Our family loves “Modern Family”. Β It’s fun to have a prime time show we can all watch together that isn’t a singing competition. Thing 2 especially loves it, I think, because it’s the only non-Disney or Nickelodeon or singing show she’s allowed to watch. There’s been a few episodes in the past 2 years that […]

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  • Kari - Nice work! Hooray for Modern Family to help you out… πŸ™‚

  • jeanne cummings - Holymoly AND OMIGOD!!!…WELL done…(from your Morher!!)ReplyCancel

  • Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous - Well played! There’s one teen pregnancy bullet dodged!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I think if my mom had done half as good a job having this discussion with me back in the day I would have had far fewer memories from my college years that I was forced to suppress…nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Jersey Housewife - I’m laughing out loud at her interjection of “hookers” as you were searching for the right word. I’m not looking forward to this discussion but I think I’ll take notes on how you handled it.ReplyCancel

  • kyna... - Oh boy…these are the conversations I am going to dread…as important as they are (and they will happen). I just hope Ellie stays 3 forever! lol!
    ♥ KynaReplyCancel

  • Kelly B. - HOOKERS! hahahaha. oh gosh. I’m bookmarking this to have the chat when I’m a parent.ReplyCancel

  • this hive. - HAHAHAHAHAHA stop it!! she did not say that! omg – that is sooooooo hilarious. so awkward yet soooo awesome. i just love you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - I love this! That’s kind of like my Mom telling my 17 year old sister that if she were to go missing the cops would probably just assume she ran away to be a prostitute instead of actually ya know get kidnapped. We busted out laughing. My mom is totally Mom of the Year material!ReplyCancel

  • Condom Suppliers - Sex education at its best. Thank you for sharing and two thumbs up for a job well done.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Mitchell - I too, had this uncomfortable conversation with my daughter=/ while driving….an hour way…too counseling. I bet she had loads to tell her counselor=)ReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu - Hilarious! You should teach a Sex Ed course, woman!ReplyCancel

  • AJ Collins - The whole sex convo makes me twitch. My son is 10 and I am aware that he knows more than he is letting on (we’ve had a “talk” already)… but is also super innocent, and I am REALLY okay with that. But as a 5th grader he had a friend that is also a girl over and I had to say no closed doors in his bedroom. To which he said (all offended), “But Adam and I close the door!”… makes me twitch. lol! This post reminds me of this scene in the movie Mean Girls… HAHAHA!

    • Michelle - Love that movie! And you’re right!
      Good luck with your 10yo. I kind of wish I had a boy so my husband could take over more of the sex ed. than he does!ReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu - Love that she contributed HOOKERS to the convo! So funny!ReplyCancel

  • Modern Family » You're My Favorite Today - […] Modern Family is pretty much it. And even though Modern Family has created a few, shall we say, teachable moments over the years, it’s our family favorite. (Click that link if you missed the “Sex, […]ReplyCancel

  • Need a condom? Just go to college. » You're My Favorite Today - […] they get “the talk” in health class. (Hopefully, what they hear is nothing new because you’ve given them the talk at home long before that, correct?? *PSA alert*Β Give them “the talk” long before 8th […]ReplyCancel

  • Talking to your kids about SEX: The Do’s and Don’ts » You're My Favorite Today - […] the time my (then) 11-year-old schooled me on the subject, click HERE. For another Do’s and Don’ts list, click HERE. Sharing is caring (most of the time)! […]ReplyCancel

Thing 1 got the keys to her freedom last week.She got a car.She’s had her license since pretty much the day she turned 16 (a year ago)… …but has had to prove herself worthy before we turned her loose with her own set of wheels(or because buying a 3rd car would mean cleaning out the […]

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  • Carly Ann - I have to say, everytime I feel a sneeze coming on when I’m driving, I pray to the sweet baby Jesus that i can control myself and keep my car on the road!ReplyCancel

  • this hive. - how sweet are you guys! LOOOOVE the car – so awesome. brian and i just stared at that pic for like 2 minutes without blinking lol LOVE the car annnnd the beautiful trees in the background haha. she must be sooo psyched! and that commercial is a total tear jerker…. gahReplyCancel

  • Jenna - I love your list! I think I will need to get a copy of it when my kids turn 16 (thank goodness I still have some time left)!

    I love her (your) car! It is so cute!


  • Allan - Loved the post.This is called perfect parenthood :).. She must be so happy

    Good job!



    ship a carReplyCancel

  • ~Dawn~ - WOW – nice ride!! πŸ™‚ You are such NICE parents to buy her a car!!

    I will be copying this list for my daughters when they get behind the wheel. I have a few years to go yet, but it will be here before I know it. YIKES.ReplyCancel

  • Mommy Lisa - Okay – I am jealous of her car. Also, Boo Boo cannot get to 16…simple. Or I won’t let her drive maybe???ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - My parents made me recite a similar list of rules when I started driving in front of my whole youth group with a giant construction paper key on my head. So my friends would yell at me for talking to them while driving. So she got off easy in my book! Though I would include the rule of don’t pretend your steering wheel is drum while driving, not from experience or anything.ReplyCancel

  I haven’t yet taken part in one of the many Instagram link-ups that make their way around the blogosphere, or likewise, one of the ‘my week in Instagram photos’ because frankly, I doubt many of you really care to see everything I do on a daily basis.   And I don’t have a link […]

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  • ~Dawn~ - hahaha I love the beer in the snow. that is sooo typical here in MN!

    And I LOVE the sisterly bond your Things have! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Millie - Great photos! Snickerdoodles are ALWAYS worth the regret πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Sally - Snickerdoodle recipe, please. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

You’re about to hate me.Or think I’m ridiculous.Or maybe even be extremely jealous of me. Because I have to tell you that I already picked out our Christmas cards.3 weeks ago.I think. There’s a back story here, though (like there so, so often is). Every year (since the beginning of time) I have placed waaay […]

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  • kyna... - I am….lol!
    ♥ KynaReplyCancel

  • Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous - I made the decision a few years back that I wouldn’t give out christmas cards anymore. Instead I give out christmas tree decorations. I’ve found they cost around the same and people seem really chuffed to get them. As for those who I’d normally post cards to, I’m afraid they have to make do with a seasonally themed email πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

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