“You did WHAT Boys?

That is me, Abbie, and that is what I say, a lot.

What you cannot see on the floor behind me is my constant pile of clothes I am trying to fold, at all times.

Let me help you.

 I should be happy to be folding clothes because that would mean I am not pulling a slug off of someone or cleaning milkshake off the ceiling again…

or for that matter, getting the legos out of the blender.

I can help you with that one too.

I started sharing my favorite stories in March of 2012.

I have written our stories down for years and I take pictures of everything, clearly.

Avery is really is not happy

because I am taking a picture

instead of helping him

get the bag off of his head

He is 4 in this photo

Avery is the “oldest” of the twins and likes to say since they are identicals and came from the same egg he “made” Mitchell.   Avery is now 12.

Mitchell just happy I’m taking

his picture despite not being able

to get the bag stuck on his head.

He is 4 in this photo.


Mitchell is 12 now and he says he is a “chick maggot”.

This is our Peter.

Enough said.

Peter is four in this photo.

Peter is now seven…

…and has had an entire post dedicated to things he said called,

“The $hit my kid says is funnier than the $hit your dad says.”

Jim is my husband and while he was in medical school I began emailing him stories of our kids for him to read when he had a minute or two, knowing he was missing out on these “priceless” moments.

It may have also have been to explain my future trip to the nut house that I didn’t realize was an unobtainable goal.

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I would send our favorite story in our annual Christmas letter.  People began requesting I add them to the growing mailing list to receive the “DREADED” Christmas letter I decided this may be a better idea.

She doesn’t care where she sleeps as long as its on me.

Our Mutt Lilly (if she could talk)  “My brothers have found a new way to entertain themselves… When I am outside they yell, “Lilly in the house!” The funny part to them and not me is when I barrel through the yard and leap up the stairs and…this is the part that makes them laugh…I slam face first into a SHUT door. I don’t mind. I like making them laugh but our mom made them stop.

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I have some serious stories to tell too.

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What I cannot figure out is why they have reality shows called “The Real Housewives of…” but no one has a reality show of what a REAL housewife’s life is like. We have the most crazy, fun, REAL times in a crazy, fun, real, gated community with our families.  The best part is that we know how abnormal it all is and we go with it.

Here I am with our traveling Nutcracker, In August.

He enjoys Grey Goose and brunettes.




I write down our stories because, let’s face it, I am never going to make a scrap book.

“If you would just smile she would STOP taking our picture!”  

Our Norman Rockwell moment.

I just started February 29, 2012 and so far I feel like I’m giving birth…mostly that legs apart and up in the air while naked in a well lit room with strangers…feeling.

“Look mom!”

“You keep an eye out Peter while we sneak a kiss.”

“Those aren’t real boobies mom!  They just have sponges under the shirt!”

The stories I write are to give our kids one day.  Having a forum* to share our “funnies” encourages me to write them down so that when they have children of their own…

I can show them that they will only get to the brink of insanity.

Ha, take that!  The “nut house” would be a vacation and God needs parents to stay home and take care of their kids!  I will be sitting back laughing at my grandchildren’s “funnies” while watching my own grown kids squeegee the cooking oil off the floor.

I’m pretty sure their kids will one day POUR COOKING OIL ON THE FLOOR to slide around on or POUR A GALLON OF MILK INTO THE CARPET to see if it makes its way to the pipes that we should have NEVER told them run all over under the floors.

Peter is Tom Sawyer.  I can prove it.

So I may be new to blogging but I have years worth of stories that I will try and deliver daily to make you smile, laugh, think, love and possibly occasionally cry.

* My parents were hippies and I may not have made it to school as often as I should have to learn grammar and punctuation.

That is your warning.

I write as I think and am already aware I do not know how to use a comma or most punctuation.  Up until now I made my husband proofread our Christmas letter which was the extent of anyone seeing my thoughts fall onto paper.  Jim likes to tell me my writing is like an ugly porn star and my punctuation is the ugly part.  Thank God he finds my inadequacies cute.  Oh, and thank God for spell check.

Please don’t make me regret this thing yet.

What have I gotten myself into?

People like to tell me my kids are funny. I always reply with all kids are funny. It is wrapping your mind around the moment and finding the humor.

Halloween 2011 and yes, that is Doogie Howser, MD and Vinny.

 Mitchell and Avery are IDENTICAL twins and this is how much they looked alike before the can of black hairspray.

I believe in having a grateful heart and being joyful mother of children.  I am trying my best to instill in my children that we have to find things to be grateful for in order to be happy.  I am also sarcastic and not afraid to laugh AT MY KIDS, as well as with them.

“Oh no Bat Baby, have mercy!”

I want to create a place for people to check after they have read the days news in the car pickup line at school or on the side of a practice field and now you need a smile.

“Mom, the baby is eating dirt…don’t worry he likes it!”


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61 thoughts on “Us

  1. Hi Abbie. It was great meeting you at BlogHer ’12! I love your blog. I can hear your voice in every single comment you write. So great. You kids are adorable. Anyway, it was really fun meeting you and connecting every so briefly; however, I loved your card and I’m glad you gave it to me. Thanks.

  2. Hi Abbie. I don’t know if you’re interested in this sort of thing, but I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You don’t need to do anything with it if you choose not to, but I just wanted you to know that I really enjoy reading your posts (as I’m sure many other people do too). They always make me laugh and bring a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing your stories! If you would like to read more about the award, the links can be found here Keep up the fabulous posts!

  3. Are we the same person? Haha! I already know I am going to enjoy your blog. It will give me a heads up for the things I can expect…

    • I hope, but don’t be Judgy Judy! I am kidding but when mine were little I never imagined I would be the parent I am today. You learn to roll with them and their personalities. I have to remind myself that at the end of each day I want my kids to like who they are and I have to care less about what kind of parent other people think I am. Enjoy the ride. These little people are what it is really about. 🙂

      • Oh Lord, I would be the last person who could judge any parent! LOL I am almost never able to contain the chaos! You are right though, learning how to roll with them each individually makes things a lot less stressful! They came out who they were for a reason. Boogers, messy hands, screaming, and all! Haha! ;o)

    • Three boys! Three boys! I am too tired to type it a third time. 😉 Glad to have you by as well and I hope we can give each other strength…to tell them for the thousandth time to get that bucket of toads BACK OUTSIDE!

    • Thank you and awards are just wonderful! I will check it out this week and pay it forward. So nice to know my words aren’t just floating around in outer-space and that someone is actually enjoying my stories. 😉

    • What is the fascination these kids have with each other at such young ages? I know I was like that but everyone said that little boys thing little girls are “gross.” I don’t know but mine love little girls and think about them all the time. Lord help us. 😉

  4. Hi there! I have nominated you for both the Sunshine Award and the Genuine Blogger Award. I know these things are like chain mail and require “homework”, but I just want you to know that I enjoy what you write and that you deserve to be recognized for it.

  5. I am so enjoying reading your blog and, although I’m sure you already have one of these, I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my post ‘Thank You! The Versatile Blogger Award’ for more details.

  6. I have almost the SAME picture of my daughter (taken at Epcot in Norway) as the one of your son with the sword and sheild. I wish I could post it in the comments here, lol.
    I’m enjoying your blog so much. 🙂

    • That is a riot! Yes, Epcot! We spent forever there with our three boys playing with weaponry and taking pictures. Thanks for coming by and commenting. So much to learn and manage with this blogging thing but everyone is so nice and I find myself pulling recipes to make. I really just needed encouragement to continue to write and having people comment helps so thanks again!

  7. Hi, I just received the Liebster Blog Award from Oster’s Mom who writes the family blog The Liebster Award is designed to help new and infrequently visited blogs by getting bloggers to talk about and promote one another. So I am presenting you with the award. I frequently visit your blog and believe it deserves the award.
    For more information and to get your Liebster Blog Award image for your blog go to

  8. You know, this puts me in mind of Erma Bombeck (is that too far back for you?)–she was wonderfully hilarious with her stories about family life. I am loving this, and had to subscribe! Thanks a bunch–and God bless the whole lot of you!!

  9. OMG, I am so glad I came across your blog – it’s fantastic! My only regret is that in all my laughing, I’ve totally forgotten whose blog I was reading that led me to you … was it Susie? How embarrassing … lol. I have to say I have no children, but these have got to be the funniest stories I’ve ever read! Am so looking forward to exploring more! ~ Julie 🙂 😀

    • Thank you. I have never shared these stories until a couple weeks ago and I keep saying I feel like I dumped my underwear drawer in the middle of the floor at a dinner party. Any advice would be appreciated. Your sweet comments make it so much easier. Please feel free to share as I need encouragement. 🙂

  10. Hello there! Just wanted to pop in and say “Hi!” seeing as how I just got back from a short trip out of town and saw your wonderful comment on my blog. My blog also came into being as a result of the ever-popular Christmas letters!…… Family and friends got to like the annual letters so much so that they decided that they needed their yearly fix of humor on a daily basis….. lucky me 🙂 Have a great day to you and your family! 🙂

    • Thanks for making it over. I was already saving the stories for the kids but with no concern for punctuation and possibly to be admitted into court so the jury understands WHY I tied their ankles together so I could stop chasing them.

  11. We have a common sense of humor I believe! Seeing that you have 3 boys and I only have 1, I can only imagine my world times 3. Wow. You may want to zip back over to my blog and read “when you have to go” and ‘beware of falling poo”. I guarantee you will get it probably more than most. I too started writing a much anticipated Christmas letter every year. Friends always said – you have to write more often! So here I am. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures too!

    • Exactly. The Christmas letter requests, I thought people hated Christmas letters and I was just being passive aggressive 😉 were a bit overwhelming. So I made a FB page and then I was getting messages asking me to hurry up and post something. Then my friends children started telling my kids what I was writing and well the social workers I mean teachers don’t need to know this stuff! Now I’m here and the names have been altered. My kids read it and think they are HILARIOUS! Lord grant me strength.

      • Same here. My daughter realized she gave me two post ideas in the span of one minute. She just shakes her head. I’ve embarrassed her so much over her 15 years of life, she’s mostly immune. My 11 year old too.

  12. “chick maggot”, that made me snot myself laughing…my 7-yr old is just as “charismatic????” As in, “Dad, is this [my blog] your best effort?”

    what the what???? 🙂

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