I’m joining in the Paper Mama Photo Challenge this week, just to share a couple fun pictures of my girls at the fair. They’re not home this weekend (out of town for a fun wedding!). It’s easier to enjoy looking at fun pictures of them when they’re not here driving me crazy! Plus, the green topic jumped out at me since I have a couple favorite pictures of them with a very green background.
Both my girls in the Dizzy Dragons at the fair last October. I can’t believe it’s getting close to time for back to school & the fair shortly after! Don’t they look happy? And like they like each other?
Reagan in the same Dizzy Dragon (well, maybe not the exact same one…) three years earlier. I’ve just always loved this picture for some reason, even though it’s blurry.
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I didn’t get around to writing a post during the latter part of the week, so I thought I’d take the lazy way out and write a random list post today.
1. I was going to write a Magazine Day post for the first time in a few weeks, but I can’t. Why? Because my US Weekly from this week has gone missing. Before I even finished reading it. Now I’ll never know why Katie left Tom.
2. I broke our baby. He stays on such a good schedule and sleeps so well during the week normally. Suddenly he’s regressed to only being willing to sleep on me. Even during the day. I hope he returns to his regularly scheduled programming on Monday for Lee.
3. Jenny’s starting to get a little obsessed about her upcoming birthday and making very specific plans for it. She has a wishlist on Amazon full of Hunger Games and PLL stuff. (Everyone’s just supposed to know that PLL stands for Pretty Little Liars, according to Jenny).
4. Um, can you believe she’s going to be 11 in 11 days? (Reagan pointed out that little fact this morning.)
5. Apparently both girls are into fun fake internet shopping these days, so I’ve spent time with both of them adding thousands of dollars of clothing from Justice, Children’s Place and Old Navy into fake shopping carts this week. Back to school shopping’s going to be awesome. And they may be disappointed.
6. It’s too hot. It’s not even the hottest day we’ve had so far. It’s only a mild 96 degrees today, but it feels like the hottest day ever. Maybe because my 30 pound baby won’t get off of me.
7. Also, my 8-year-old won’t get off me. No matter how many times I say, “No, it’s too hot. It’s too hot. Get off of me.”
8. We’re trying this chicken for dinner. I hope it’s good. I love you, Pinterest, even if it doesn’t turn out well.
9. Brinky’s making lots of weird noises all the time lately. But none of them are words.
10. There are children all around me right now playing hide and seek. I’m trying hard to ignore them.
I honestly can’t say the specific event that led us to a decision to have a “Battle of the Songs” as Jenny called it on Saturday night. For some reason, I challenged Lee to an oldies song recognition battle because I felt certain I could win. I know I know so many more oldies songs than he does. I listened to so many growing up. I can sing along as soon as a song comes on. But I think he knew what his advantage would be all along. He knows I never know song titles, even now for songs I love. Can I tell you the title of most Liz Phair, Indigo Girls or Rilo Kiley songs? No. Do I know all the words to sing along? Yes.
I think you can tell where this is heading, but I’ll share more details anyway. We settled on a format and scoring plan. Jenny was in charge of playing the songs. We would use the iTunes Essentials for each year, playing 30 seconds of the clip from each of the first 10 songs. First person to give the song title would get a point. Then that person has the option of naming the artist for a bonus point. If that person can’t name the artist, the other person has the option of naming the artist for a point. We planned to start with 1955 and go up to the year before either of us was born (1976). Reagan was in charge of scoring.
I realized I was in trouble right away when we started with 1955. Lee won that first year 7 to 3. But I wasn’t discouraged, and I was having so much fun. Lee then won 1956 11 to 4 and 1957 7 to 6. At this point we had to take a break because we were yelling so loudly with our answers and taunting that we had woken the baby. He had to come down and lay on me, and we had to try to play a little more quietly. We were able to put him back into his crib after a little nap on me and keep going.
Here’s the breakdown:
1955: 7 to 3 Lee
1956: 11 to 4 Lee
1957: 7 to 6 Lee
1958: 10 to 7 Lee
1959: 6 to 5 Katie (starting my comeback!)
1960: 5 to 5 tie
1961: 10 to 6 Katie
1962: 6 to 5 Katie
1963: 9 to 5 Katie
1964: 11 to 8 Lee
1965: 12 to 9 Lee
1966: 14 to 6 Lee
1967: 12 to 4 Lee
1968: 12 to 7 Lee
1969: 12 to 5 Lee
1970: 12 to 8 Lee
1971: 11 to 5 Lee
1972: 10 to 5 Katie (yay me!)
1973: 11 to 6 Lee
1974: 7 to 3 Lee
1975: 9 to 8 Lee
1976: 10 to 4 Lee (then we decided to go through our birth years because it was so much fun)
1977: 12 to 2 Lee
1978: 7 to 7 tie (then we decided to finish the ’70s)
1979: 7 to 5 Katie
Final tally: Lee won 222 to 155.
I was very disappointed in myself, except that I didn’t care that much because it was so much fun that it didn’t even matter who won. Even though it was almost midnight, I swear I wanted to keep going through all the rest of the years. And I might have claimed I could have won if we’d gone deeper each year beyond the first 10 songs because I still think I know more songs than Lee does. And maybe Reagan didn’t score accurately. And I would have won if we hadn’t include the artist because Lee got so many extra points for knowing the artist. But I’m not a bad loser.
Other favorite moments: Jenny. She was amazing. Sometimes she would read a song or artist name in a hilariously wrong way, like Smokey Mountains and the Robinsons for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. And when we came across a Stevie Wonder song, she said, “Did you guys know he’s black? I couldn’t believe it when I saw a picture of him. Did you know?” Yes, we knew.
Even though I lost, I would do this again any time. I don’t think it convinced Lee to change his belief that oldies songs should not be passed on to the next generation. Even though they’re so good.
My dad would have killed us in this game because he knows every old song and artist. Maybe we should quiz him next time he’s here, just for fun.Read More
I don’t know what you like to do with your Saturday afternoons, but I do know what Brinkley wants to do with his. He wants to eat paper. A good catalog should do the trick. Perhaps his sisters left a Justice catalog laying around on the family room floor. Why, yes they did! Perfect.Read More
Jenny’s soccer season started up this weekend. She had her first game Friday evening, and her second game Saturday morning. “Two games in less than 24 hours? That’s crazy,” she said. I agree. I wouldn’t say her team’s off to a great start, but she gave a good effort. Lee told her we could have the dinner of her choice Friday night if she scored a goal, so she was motivated to try, but she didn’t score. No one else on her team scored either, so she wasn’t alone. She did have her sister cheering her on, simply because she wanted to go out to dinner.
We headed straight from the 8:45 soccer game to Reagan’s gymnastics class. She’s loving gymnastics so much this year. She really pushes herself, and she’s so proud if she finally gets a particular skill. She’s especially into bars right now because she finally got her back hip circle. I took a couplepictures of her, too, since I had the camera.Read More