The day after Jake created a mural of submarines (penises) on the front door, we took off on an 11 day beach vacation. I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that because my parents have a place in Lewes, Delaware about 7 minutes from the actual beach.
The kids had a blast, and I’m more certain than ever that I belong at the beach year round (even though I only live an hour away right now). While I was away, I was so surprised to be listed as one of the 10 Funny (Mom) Blogs You Should Read Today posted on Babble.com by one of my own favorite funny bloggers, Jen from People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Check out her full list of funny (Mom) bloggers, and if you happen to be one of the few people who doesn’t read her blog, get.on.it.
Once we came back from vacation I had a garden full of vegetables which was awesome because then we had a heat wave and I’m pretty sure half of my plants are dead after a week of 100 degree weather. I managed to yield about 50 cucumbers and made some pickles:
Then last week we kicked off birthday month with Cecilia turning three and Joey turning seven. With their birthdays three days apart the kids ate cake for a week, which unfortunately also coincided with the heat wave keeping the over sugared children indoors more than normal. There’s been extra mind-melting activities like TV and DVD’s along with extended playtime on the Wii (do your kids have Skylanders? Oh my God these boys are obsessed!). Joey has also recently taken to talking on the phone and I’m pretty sure he started a lovely rumor when he told one of his friends that “My Mom makes videos for the internet!” (By the way those movies are all here)
Oh, and I never thought anything would top the time I won free pork for a year, and then I won a case of Mad Housewife Wine with my photo on the label! Cross that one off my bucket list! How awesome is that?? I’ll post more when I receive it! If you haven’t tried Mad Housewife Wine yet, you’re missing out!
This week has been a little out of the ordinary too with a photo shoot for a magazine on Monday. If all goes according to plan I’ll have the details to share with you in a month or so, but there were a couple things I learned:
1. On a day when I need to be photographed the humidity will be at 100% (think rain forest).
2. I will be bloated and have my period…it will also include a nice pimple for good measure.
3. Even in a pretty red dress, I felt ridiculous. I am good at pictures that are supposed to be silly or funny, but serious or normal, is much harder than I thought.
Thankfully, the team that was there was wonderful and made me feel at ease, and I also had my hair and make up done which will hopefully help me pass as a normal suburban housewife. Shhhhhhh!
And lastly, I received a question a couple days ago about my red dress…you know, this one:
I got this dress on a cold, dismal January day and wearing it around the house totally uplifted me. I was still doing my ordinary things like laundry, making PB & J, and cleaning but I felt beautiful.
At the end of April I wore the dress to the Real Charitable Housewives of Delaware’s Mom Prom, and although I had a really fun night, wearing the dress around the house was something that I’ll carry with me for a long time. It transformed my mood, it gave me a spark again just when I needed it most…
Anyway, I’m finished with the dress now. And thanks to Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, and her brilliant idea, I’m posting it on her Traveling Red Dress Facebook page. It’s time to give this dress to someone else so they can feel as good as I did, and hopefully they will do the same when they’re done…so check out her Traveling Red Dress page where you can look for a dress, donate a dress to someone else, and just be part of an empowering, magical, movement that is sure to leave you feeling amazing.
Red dresses should be worn and shown off. They don’t belong tucked away in a closet….share the fabulousness & then pass it on!
My last spin in the dress before sending it to the cleaners so I can pass it on (minus the wine from Prom and the grass clippings):
Sorry this post is so long, I promise I’ll be better about posting more often. What have you all been up to? What have I missed? Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you!