I’ve seen a few blog links where the topic is “awesome and awkward”…as in “What happened to you this week that was awesome and what happened that was awkward? When I drive to the cabin every week I like to sing as if I’m on stage performing at the Grammy’s (the Things wear headphones and watch […]

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  • Kathe - Omg! The Carpenters is the best! Love it! Not sure if it’s awkward or awesome but when any Journey song comes on I sing loud & proud!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy McCracken - Sexy Back is such an awesome song. Justin is awesome too. he he I loved reading all of your awesome and awkward things. Great idea and great posts :)ReplyCancel

  • Funnygirl2004 - OMG! I have the Carpenters on my iPhone! Love them! And I know that song by Benny Mardones and it is good too!

    Do you have any John Denver on your iPod?ReplyCancel

  • Fash Boulevard - haha. Sexyback always brings out the best dance moves. Obsessed. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec I’d love to hear your thoughts on my interview for College Lifestyles magazine. xo

    http://www.fashboulevard.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Thanks for reading! Just checked out your interview (fantastic!)….and then have spent the past hour pouring over your unbelievably gorgeous wedding photos/pages (and got misty-eyed reading about your engagement. No lie.). Congratulations on all your successes!! Love it and will follow along!ReplyCancel

So I got back from vacation 3 days ago and I’m still exhausted.  NYC is NOT the place to go for a relaxing vacation. Did you know there are muscles in your shins?  Neither did I until I walked about 15 miles in flip-flops for 3 days straight (and I know Husband is shaking his head […]

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  • Jackie - Oh my god, I love all of these!!!!!!!

    Several points:
    1. I will take very good care of Thing 1 if she wants to go to NYU. Promise. She can come over to my house for dinners when she’s feeling really homesick and cuddle my cats. I will order doughnuts for her if she needs them.

    We should meet before then so I can be the cool aunt while she’s in college. 😉

    2. BARBIE CAR!!! :)

    3. I am so freaking sad that there’s not a picture of us together. Damn you, Colin Powell.

    4. Come back soooooon!!!!! Preferably for Thing 1’s NYU audition. Let me know if she needs music. I have plenty.

    xoxo
    jackieReplyCancel

    • Michelle - You are too sweet! And I almost took a photo of that cute note you left me! I’m so sad our paths JUST missed each other….and so was Thing 1. She wanted to talk ‘thea-ta’ with you !!ReplyCancel

  • this hive. - oh how i adore NYC! sheesh you guys did a TON! no wonder youre exhausted! LOL i love your girls on the subway. so unimpressed haha
    happy fri!ReplyCancel

  • Meagan - Ahh! Your trip looked fabulous! So fun :)

    I also just nominated you for an award! :) Go check it out here: http://willhiteswords.blogspot.com/2012/06/blog-addiction-problems-yes.htmlReplyCancel

  • tiff@thecoffeehouse - oh my gosh. looove the pictures. I want to go on a vaca with you guys!
    and I must ride in that barbie car. too fun!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor Grace - This is the exact scene going on outside my house right now! Although I wish it was SJP rather than Joe Biden! I’m guilty of being a huge SJP fan. I think I walk by her house every time I’m in NYC…ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. K - These are fun photos! I’ve never made it to NYC- hopefully I’ll do that before I keel over.ReplyCancel

I’m playing along with a lot of other bloggers today in a game called “It’s OK…”You’re smart – you’ll catch on. It’s OK…that it’s 10:30 a.m. and I just woke up after sleeping over 10 hours. Even though I adore sleep, this is out of control.  I feel headachy and stiff and my throat feels […]

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  • Lucy McCracken - I love your fun list of it’s ok lol :) I think it’s so great to sleep in. I know what you mean about skipping breakfast he he I love Glee as well. I hope you have a wonderful amazing day!ReplyCancel

  • tiff@thecoffeehouse - I win. I think I slept 11.5 … yikes. Usually I get about 6 hrs of sleep. I guess my body needed to play catch up. wowza. oh and eating on vacation … what else are vacations for?ReplyCancel

  • Lyzz - I like how you call your kids thing 1and 2ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - I have been dying to read My Reality! I love Melissa!ReplyCancel

  • Nicholl Vincent - Love this!

    visit nichollvincent.blogspot.com

    Have a fabulous day! xoReplyCancel

  • Allison Coomes - quality sleep…does that happen when your babies become teenagers? Lucky you!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Love it! I wish I could sleep late! 5:00 rolls around, my eyes pop open and I feel like I should be up. I am going to try one day next week! Was the book really good? I just finished a book called “The Night Counter” it was really good! I am with you, its hard to just wake up and start cooking!!ReplyCancel

Today Husband and I are celebrating our Golden Anniversary (with a morning spent on a plane and afternoon spent with me blogging and him napping on the couch. He promises take-out P.F. Chang’s later while we catch up on “The Bachelorette”.  See what you have to look forward to, kids?).Oh, we’re not celebrating the ’50 […]

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  • Jackie - You look just the same as you did in your (truly adorable) wedding pictures. Seriously. So not blowing smoke up your ass. You’re very lucky, not just because you look far too young to be married 19 years, but because you’ve got a golden husband and two beautiful things to show for it. Happy Anniversary Michelle!! <3
    xoxo
    jackieReplyCancel

  • this hive. - omg! i love this! how cute are you guys!? frat row sure brings alot of people together <3
    xox
    ellenReplyCancel

  • Tiffany @ Blabbering Thoughts - WOW – I love this post. You freaking look fabulous in these pics. I was expecting something crazy, okay the veil MAYBE a little crazy hahaha, but dang those are awesome!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY YESTERDAY!!!! Next year will be 20 & my son will be 2 – perfect. Let’s celebrate. Your basement or my kitchen?ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Tyler - aww! I love this!ReplyCancel

After a crazy, busy, tiring past week, it’s finally time to get the suitcases out and throw in all the clothes I’ve been putting in piles in our bedrooms for the past few days (and threatening the Things NOT to wear again before Tuesday).Yep, for the 5th time in 8 weeks I will be boarding […]

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  • Meagan - Have so much fun! I went to NYC last year and loved it. My brother actually lives up there now…he’s way more ballsy than me. I start to get claustrophobic there by day 3…ReplyCancel

  • Kari - Jealous!!! It sounds like a win-win trip all around! Good luck spotting the celebrity!
    XoxoReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Michelle!!! You’re here!!!!
    I hope you’re enjoying the city – the rain is pretty bogus today… sorry about that.

    Hope you get a sec to stop by and seeeee meeeeee!!
    xoxo
    jReplyCancel

  • sophistifunk - i am sooo so jealous! i hope you are having the best time :) everytime i go to LA i always celebrity hunt, lolReplyCancel

♫ School’s…OUT…for – SUMMER! ♫  Every year I sing that Alice Cooper song in my head for like 3 days after the last day of school.  But that’s the only line of the song I know so it gets pretty old, pretty fast. It’s officially DAY 1 of summer vacation…..and the Things and I are spending the […]

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  • this hive. - iiiiii neeeeeed a smash journal. where does one find such a thing?!?! its perfect & looks SOOOO fun.

    xoxoReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Target (of course) or Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. Usually a whole display with all the trimmings! Happy SMASHing!
      :)ReplyCancel

Summer Vacation.2 words every kid longs to hear, right?Not my kids. They’ve always been those freaky super-students who love school and cry on the last day. It’s only since Thing 1 has been in high school (and the homework load has gotten intense) that she’s finally come over to the dark side and joined the […]

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  • this hive. - omg.. i am overwhelmed with emotions… you’re kids are HOOTS and the way you described them is absolutely hillllarious. holy crap i literally LOL’d at the zoo conversation… too funny!ReplyCancel

  • bonbon - Just found your blog and love this post. I teach school so I understand the whole “end of the year blues” things. I think school more than anything shows us the passage of time, and so it’s scary when another year has already come to an end. It sounds like you’re a very supportive and understanding mom, though, so they definitely are lucky for that!

    new follower :)
    bonnie
    bonnielouisa.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Thank you for that! I’m also a new fan (and follower) of your terrific posts. I wish you’d have been MY teacher! The post is up about the SMASH journals I mentioned, btw (if you don’t know about them).
      :)ReplyCancel

As I’ve been navigating the surprisingly deep waters of the blogging world, I’ve discovered many trends and tricks to lure readers over to your blog.  Link parties, sponsoring and (my favorite), guest posting. I’ve become a follower and a fan of many blogs that I only discovered by reading their guest post on one of […]

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Friday afternoon I lost my right hand.Our Internet went out.For the past 2 and a half days it’s like I’ve been living in Little House on the Prairie but without the benefit of a Pa playing jaunty tunes on the fiddle and singing me to sleep. I’ve also come to the realization that I’d never […]

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  • Meagan - I am laughing out loud because I would TOTALLY be reacting the same way if this happened to me. Hang in there, sister!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } - I would be the same way! When our power goes out I freak! But yet sometimes it’s nice to be free of everythingReplyCancel

  • Millie - I’m a new follower and from what I can tell, you named your iPad, which makes me love you already. I have a MacBook, which I named “MacKenzie.” I name all of my electronics and love that you do, too. That is all :)ReplyCancel

I’d like to start out this week’s favorites by saying that 4 day weeks are my favorite. The End. Nah, but it’s true that as I sit here with a nice chilled glass of chardonnay by my side I can’t believe it’s time for another favorites list already because I actually had 2 – yes, […]

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  • this hive. - hii!! thanks for the comment on my blog :) i am your newest follower! love your blog.. sooo cute. you are hilarious! cant wait to read more!
    xoxReplyCancel

  • Tiffany @ Blabbering Thoughts - Aw yeah – you’re welcome!!ReplyCancel

  • Recently Roached - Haha. I love this post. Anything is better with some Chardonnay in our hand, right?

    I love that you named your IPad. I’ve been dying to get one! And I love that app. Instagram is good, too!

    I’ve been meaning to try that show. I recently discovered New Girl and am totally obsessed with it. You should sef give that one a try if you haven’t. Hubs and I are with ya, we watch basically anything. Sad but true. :)ReplyCancel

  • sophistifunk - i totally love picmonkey, it’s my favorite! :) also do you live in az? because that first photo is totally arizona!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - No, but you are correct!! That was taken last month at the Phoenician. We are originally from AZ (Go Devils!!) and were visiting family. Good eye! Are you from AZ?ReplyCancel

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