I’m a child of the 80′s, and I have a soft spot for vintage 80′s toys. For example, I have been checking eBay for several years now waiting for someone to list a Pillow Person just like the “Window Rattler” pillow I had as a child. (Search on YouTube for the commercial if you can’t remember them. The last time I saw it sold on eBay, it went for more than $300!) I have also been known to snatch a few treasures up at a local thrift shop and keep them for myself my future children. Remember the My Buddy and Kid Sister dolls? We had one of each in our house growing up, and for a while they certainly lived up to everything the song promised:
“My Buddy, My Buddy,
Wherever I go, he goes.
My Buddy, My Buddy,
I’ll teach him everything that I know…
My Buddy and me
Like to climb up a tree.
My buddy and me
We’re the best friends that could be.
My Buddy, My Buddy
My Buddy and Meeeee!”
Now I find myself hauling around my new, real life ”buddy” everywhere I go, and singing him this song. Funny how words like this can stick with us through the years, and suddenly we find them useful again!
For this edition of Fun Friday, I want to take a break from the weight and seriousness of this last week’s posts and share with you something you might not know about me yet:
I have a sense of humor!
If you know me outside of this blog, I am certain this does not surprise you. It is always a priority of mine to be as “real” as possible in my relationships, and that includes the relationships I form through blogging. In some ways, this is easy for me because I am not good at pretending to think and feel differently than I actually do.
I realized this week, as I was publishing yet another “serious” blog topic, that I have been hiding a bit of my personality in the midst of some heavier topics. So here is today’s confession, and I swear to you it is true even in the midst of my serious moments: I am ridiculous.
What do I mean by ridiculous? I have no shame in making a fool of myself for the enjoyment of others. As long as it is God honoring in an appropriate setting, my silliness has no limits.
For the record, my best teacher in the art of ridiculous is indeed my husband. If you were to peek into the privacy of my home (or better yet a long family car ride), you would not always find a deep conversation about Christ, sin, or the Bible. You are quite likely to find two grown adults putting aside all maturity to do things like newly invented dance moves and crazy faces or pointless rhyming games followed by silly song writing.
We are insanely happy people, and we love to laugh. God has blessed me with a husband that loves to laugh with me. I have always loved to make others laugh, and I can become such a jokester that at times my sense of humor will even rear its head at inappropriate times. Sometimes it gets the best of me, and I need a solid reminder to join in on “grown up time.”
So there you have it. The girl you’ve been trusting to speak serious truth to you is in fact a clown in hiding. Praise the Lord for laughter, and thank you in advance for not using this secret against me in the future!
Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend!
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Happy Friday everyone! It’s HOT. Let’s strip down to our skivvies and eat popsickles out on the concrete!
Okay, maybe not a good idea for all of you. Those of you under the age of two, full speed ahead on this one!
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How about a lighthearted, slightly inspiring yet silly post for all you tired moms out there. Have you ever watched Minute to Win It? It’s a game show that uses everyday household objects to create challenges that must be completed in 60 seconds or less. Here’s my best summary of the show:
- Challenges range in difficulty, from basic to seemingly impossible, but all are winnable and have been tested and retested by professional Minute to Win It employees.
- Contestants “train” for months, and even attend Minute to Win It Boot Camp, where they spend entire weeks perfecting their skills at the potential challenges they may face on the show.
Sound intimidating? I’m convinced that if you are a mom, you may be fully equipped to dominate this game show with…
- No Practice
- No Minute to Win It boot camp.
BECAUSE – You DO have something better than boot camp, something that will give you a competitive edge in any minute to win it challenge – Something I like to call –Mom-vantages! So as you enter into yet another busy mom weekend, I thought I would encourage you with a list of strengths, or mom-vantages, that you have to fall back on for all of your crazy time crunch moments! I used this list to introduce a ladies Minute to Win It game night at our church. Here’s my top ten:
Top 10 Minute to Win It Mom-Vantages
1) You might have a Biological Edge – The MOM hormone
- Research suggests that the same hormone that fuels childbirth, breastfeeding, and maternal protection increases the general scope of aggression in the mother. In fact, breastfeeding mothers have been found to be twice as aggressive as other women in general.
2) With Repeat Exposure to the Unexpected Challenge – You are ALWAYS prepared!
- Minute to win it contestants do not know what tasks will be put before them until moments before the clock starts. This is nothing for moms like you.
- Whether it’s the need to mask the surprise spill on your daughter’s first-day-of-school attire that she just HAS to wear, or snacks to feed your three children and two neighbor kids without warning – you are ready to conquer a crisis at a moment’s notice and have everything you need to do it in your purse, glove compartment, trunk, or mom-bag.
3) You’ve Conquered Stage Fright
- Minute to Win It contestants may do moderately difficult tasks in front of an audience of 2-300, but there is no limit to the number of “private” moments you can now do WITH AN AUDIENCE- ranging from birthing a baby, to bathing, using the restroom, shaving your legs and underarms, and other unsightly mom to-dos.
4) You are Practiced in the Art of Stoicism
- Minute to Win It competitions often require a steady hand, controlled breathing, and the ability to maintain composure in challenging/awkward/and sometimes hilarious positions.
- As a mom, you’ve learned to maintain composure in the most ridiculous of circumstances. Even if your potty training toddler did just report to you that he “poo-pooed in the back of his tonka dump truck,” and he needs a place to “dump the load” you can stand strong, enforce structure, and hold the laughs for later. It’s all about controlled breathing, right?
5) You laugh in the face of the 60 second time limit
- Let’s be honest, what CAN’T a mom get done in 60 seconds or less?
- You can secure heads back on 5 barbies before bobby’s big sister discovers what her brother has done, turn a transformer from a robot to a truck (repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat), or chew and swallow three cookies before Junior rounds the corner to ask the dreaded “Whatchya eatin’ mom?”
6) With task-mastering tunnel vision, you have no regard for distractions.
- On Minute to Win It, contestants must keep their eye on the prize.
- Distractions have nothing on you – after all you can get in the store, find everything on your list, and get out all while explaining the “why’s, what’s, and how’s” to your inquisitive 4 year old, steering clear of free sample tables and slow-moving shopping carts, and spelling out possible dinner plans over the phone to your husband: “P-i-z-z-a TONIGHT?”.
7) You are an expert at one-handed or no-handed maneuvers
- Many Minute to Win It Tasks deny you the use of your hands. As a mom, having both hands is a luxury, but not a necessity. You are well aware that your mouth and feet are perfectly able to grab, hold, open, or move most anything.
8) You have an unmatched ability to multitask
- Minute to Win It challenges may require your mind to be strategizing, while your hands and feet are needed elsewhere. No problem! How else would your house get cleaned AND laundry get done during a mega game of hide and go seek?
9) You are able to organize chaos at a moment’s notice
- Whether you learn your in-laws will be pulling in the drive-way in five minutes and there are toys EVERYWHERE, or the birthday party you’ve planned has gone haywire and you’ve got to rally the troops – You’re the master of disaster and as a mom, you will create order in the nick of time!
10) You are realistic – You know when to throw in the towel!
- Let’s face it, some Minute to Win It challenges are beyond your skill level, and there comes a point where contestants must take their winnings and go or risk losing it all.
- As a mom, you’ve learned when you’ve reached your limit and it’s time to declare BEDTIME, or you’ve been debating the household rules with your 10 year old and they have finally cornered you into seeing that “because I said so” really isn’t enough on this one. There’s no shame in knowing when your beat!