Funny First Days and the Proof is in the Photos

Today my three boys all went off to school.  

It was the easiest first day of school for everyone.

It made me smile the whole drive home.  

I also now have time to write more and share it with you.  I am sorting some of my old stories from the journal I have kept since we began our family and I came across a funny from Mitchell when he and his twin brother Avery were in kindergarten.

My husband Jim came home from work and…

Jim, said very enthusiastically, “How was kindergarten boys?”

Mitchell, said with a very grown up matter-of-fact manner …“Dadda, I think there is more yelling than learning going on in Kindergarten.

First day of school – Kindergarten

Avery and Mitchell’s First Day of School – 7th Grade

(note our dog always wiggles her way into photos)

Peter’s First Day – Kindergarten

First Day – This Morning

I may not go back to pick them up.

I’m joking!

If I am not, I am sure it will make the news.

Abbie Gale

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Watching Old Sitcoms With Our Kids

Watching “old” sitcoms with our kids.

Do you remember Doogie Howser, MD doing things like an “emergency” pelvic exam…ON HIS GIRLFRIEND?  Well, he does.

Our three boys love watching Doogie Howser, MD with all its nerdy, dated glory and friend Vinny makes them belly laugh.  We didn’t remember the show dealing with such “racy” topics that have required some previewing by us before letting our little guys watch.   If you could have seen my husband and I running for the remote when Vinny was showing off the condom in his wallet he was planning on using that night.

Doogie and Vinny, as played by our 12 year-old IDENTICAL twins, were last Halloween’s hit, (only with adults over 35 who knew who they were.)  It took an entire can of black hairspray to turn Avery into Vinny.

This picture shows how much they look like normally…

“Who wants to watch Little House on the Prairie with me tonight?”

Peter, “Why would anyone NOT want to watch Little House on the Prairie!”

I’m thinking Peter would make an awesome Laura Ingalls next Halloween. You have no idea how happy it makes me to watch Little House

Peter wearing my scarf and offering me a poison apple.  Wrong show but you see what I mean with thinking he could rock Laura Ingalls this fall. 

I always find it hilarious when the kids don’t connect that the actors are not REALLY the characters they portray.

We rented Smurfs to watch with our boys.  Peter, then seven, announced when he saw Neil Patrick Harris, “DOOGIE IS IN THIS MOVIE!  THERE IS DOOGIE HOWSER!”

Avery, who is twelve, looked at his younger brother with a very annoyed and sophisticated look said to Peter, “That is NOT Doogie.  I read this book and Doogie is not in the story at all.”

I don’t know if I should be worried about them all but I did what came natural.

I laughed at them all and told them they are all a bunch of DING-A-LINGS!  

I explained, for the thousandth time that these are all actors and that was indeed Doogie but playing the part of another person in a different movie because he is an ACTOR!

Good Lord.  I know one day they will be adults and watch “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle” and I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall when they see all the things “Doogie” does in that movie.

It may wreck my boys forever.

Do your kids watch any “old” TV shows?  You have to love the DVR.  It may turn my kids into super geeks, but I am ok with that.

Thanks for letting me share,

-Abbie, All that makes you smile, laugh, think, love, cry or cry laughing.

P.S.  ALF terrified them!  Bahahaha!

Child Is Missing. The Store is Eating Kids Again.

I have never “lost” a child when we are out and about.  I know it can happen easily and I also know we have been fortunate with three boys and twins to boot that it hasn’t, yet.  it is common knowledge, to parents of twins, that they only run in opposite directions.  If you ever see a set of toddler twins with their ankles tied together, don’t judge.  I knew our youngest wasn’t really, “MISSING!” 

I had taken all three boys to one of those club membership stores.   While my twin eight year-old boys, (at the time) always stay close to me and the cart our mischievous little brother, Peter, needed to sit in the child seat in the cart.  As always, Peter pleaded to “walk like a big boy”   At the end of the trip I decided we needed paper towels AND toilet paper.  Now if you know the size they are at the club stores you know there is now no room for Peter in the cart, and so his wish was granted.  

As the three boys were walking in front of the very erect cart towards the front of the store I looked over to see that Peter had taken off down the furniture aisle.  I kept walking as I saw him turning to the next aisle where I planned foiling his test on freedom.  When the older boys and I reached the next isle we realized Peter wasn’t there!

Avery and Mitchell became completely frantic and I went back again and began calling his name, LOUDLY.  No response from Peter.

I walked straight up to the front of the store, abandoning everything and the cart, and has the manager close off the exits.  All of the store employees are looking for him or at least made aware there was a missing child.  

Now, in our defense, we have never lost a child anywhere.  We have never even lost a twin when they were small.  Never.  I knew he wasn’t lost or kidnapped.  This is Peter after all.  The kid that walks around with his older brothers holding him by the back of his collar.  The kid that has two older brothers not letting him do anything because they don’t want him to get hurt or go missing or have any kind of fun.  

Within three minutes of being “lost” I heard an employee say, “I think I see him!” while looking way up at a couch on the second shelf of the furniture isle.  That little booger had a front row seat high on a shelf, (see picture to the left of him rock climbing) on a micro suede $599 sofa watching all of us run around looking for him…silent and smiling, (see picture above that sums up his personality.)

It took a long time to get Avery and Mitchell calmed down.  They were absolutely beside themselves.  Their sweet little hands were shaking, they were crying and they genuinely thought their baby brother was lost forever.  After paying for the cart of groceries and trying to make eye contact with all of the people who helped us get our happy (beaming with a million-watt grin was more like it) Peter back we finally pulled out of the parking lot. 

Mitchell, says in a completely exasperated tone,  says “That is exactly why we should not go there.” 

Avery answers back and says, “We told you we don’t like to go to that store Mom!” 

Mitchell replies, “It is sooo dangerous!” 

I respond with, “What are you guys talking about?  It is just a store!” 

Avery says, “You know!  All those kids that have gone missing in there!” 

Mitchell, “Yeah, you see them every time we leave.  All those kid’s pictures by the exits.  The sign says “MISSING!” 

And so it was every time we went there they held onto one another.  They were terrified.  They thought all of those children had gone missing in that VERY store.  Gone forever.  A child’s mind is a scary place. 😉