Showing posts from October, 2016

Bunco Halloween Party 2016

This year I hosted both of my Bunco groups in the same month. I thought it would be fun to combine them and have one big party! I opted not to cook for 24 people so I had a local Mexican restaurant cater it and we used their banquet room. Talk about easy! No cooking or cleaning! Score! We always have  a costume contest and I always win. This year I couldn't win since I was hosting so I thought it would be fun to do a group costume! Say hello to the Sanderson sisters! Seriously, who doesn't love Hocus Pocus!? While I was getting ready, Raigen asked me which witch from  Hocus Pocus  I was going to be and I responded, "the fat one." "Oh... how are you going to make yourself look fat?" she asked. "Raigen did you know you are my favorite kid?" I asked her. "Yeah, I know." she chirped. Five minutes later.... "Ta-da!" I was done, "how do I look?" I asked her. "Momma... would it be rude if I said you already looked fa…


This year both CJ and Rilyn were invited to try out for UIL teams.

We are in week two of practice and its safe to say both kids have strong potential.

Yesterday when I picked up CJ from Story Telling Practice I was informed by his coach that he is "too good."

I believe her exact words were, "Hi, Mrs. Long. CJ is doing great! Actually, he is too good," she said laughing, nervously.

"Here is a copy of the story we practiced," she added.

"When he practiced reciting it back to the class, CJ added  a little too much enthusiasm, he added that the little boy ran out of his house naked.... and ran around the block. And as you can see that clearly was not apart of the story." she said.

"So, we are working with him to tone it down a bit..." she added, "but like I said, he is doing GREAT!"

And just as my van door closed, I shoot CJ "the look".

"Dude, Mom, I so knew that was gonna get a reaction out of them. My story was…

Easy Halloween Costumes for Babies and Toddlers

Last year I took advantage of getting to dress up my last baby for his first Halloween. I took items we already had and enjoyed remixing them and dressing him up in (sometimes silly) Halloween costumes.


Wanted: Full Time Feral Toddler (Permanent Contract)

We are currently looking for a full time ferocious toddler to join our team.

 Job Description:
Job Specification The ideal candidate will be required to permanently  ride on mama's hip and any movement from this would result in immediate melt-downs. Such candidate should also be proficient in whining, with previous experience in planning and executing public tantrums. Candidate should also be fluent in the art of food refusal. Candidate should also be strong willed and posses a fiery temper.
Nap takers need not apply.

Primary Duties: -Must be willing to delay all trips from the house by a minimum  of 30 minutes. -Follow mom to the toilet. -Demand Bubble Guppies, on repeat. -Manage the sleep cycle for the whole family.

Hours: Full time. (Distinction between night and day not necessary.)

Contract Permanent. They cant fire you.

***UPDATE*** Luckily this position was filled about 16 months ago and we are happy to say he is fulfilling the job wonderfully.

A trip to the movies. Part 2.

This past Sunday my husband got the joy of attending a soccer game with one of his friends.

I had the luck, pleasure, torture of taking all four kids to a birthday party, all by myself.

And because I had so much fun wrestling four kids on my own, especially the one year old who, I swear doesn't even know his name, and for the life of me, cant grasp the concept of what the word "no" means. I decided to treat the little goblins to a movie instead of going home and relaxing.

They have been dying to see Middle School, Worst Years of my Life.

What was I thinking?

Twenty minutes into the car ride, I began to question why I thought this would be a fun idea. And I learned very quickly, that fun, is a relative term.

While the events that followed was far more fun than getting jabbed by a hot poker, it was considerably less fun than just about anything else.

We arrived at the movies just in time to grab popcorn, nachos, and drinks. Everything surprisingly started off well when Ry…

First Grade Problems

I always thought I wanted to raise my kids to know that they can come to me and talk to me about anything.

Until Raigen...

The problem is Raigen is too honest!

Yes, I said too honest.

She tells me eveeeerything.

It. Drives. Me. Nutts.

Lately when her sentences start with, "Momma I need to talk to you...."

My respose is, "Raigen, this better be legit."

With this kid I've learned that sometimes Moms just don't need to know everything.

Like, I don't need her to come to me crying and  tell me that she is sorry she thought about hitting her brother when he was picking on her.


That she's sorry that she said "hello" kind of slowly and she thinks it may have sounded like she said a bad word, but she didn't.


That she is sorry she didn't actually go right to sleep, that she just laid there with her eyes closed when I got on to she and her sister last night for talking and not going to bed.

Sometimes I just want to tell her that she …

My Short Lived Rap Career

Recently we've discovered our oldest son, CJ (age 8) loves rap.

And I'm ecstatic because we now actually have something (other than our love for Chinese buffets) in common.

The first week of school he was pumped to show us the rap he made up on the playground when he battled a fellow 3rd grader in a "rap-off". 

We had so much fun listening to his six-word battle-winning rap, that I decided to help him, cause clearly the kids going places, I mean, his rap included the words: Rap, Clap, and Tap. Genius, I know.

So it was then I decided that we (CJ and I) would have daily "rap-offs" in the car on the way home.

CJ was thrilled.

Rilyn.... not so much. 

"That's the dumbest thing, ever!" exclaimed Rilyn, angrily. 

She immediately folded her arms and pouted, "I dont want to listen to yalls stupid raps on the way home everyday!" It was clearly the end of the world. 

I explained that if she didn't quit throwing a fit, that she would be t…

The Secret Life of a Sixteen Month Old

It is Monday, Columbus day.

My mom finally gets a day off.  My mom thought she wanted to sleep till 8. She can't remember the last time she has slept past 7AM. 

She's weird, its 5am, I think I will go ahead and wake her up.

5AM: Time to start shouting, full throttle. I gotta let everyone know its time to rise n' shine! Dozed for a bit. Resumed shouting. Its hard to tell, but I think my mom is telling my Dad to go make me a bottle, but my Dad isn't moving. I think something is wrong with my Dads ears.

5:30AM: Mom carries me down stairs. My mom always smiles and kisses me. She keeps calling me Stinky-butt. And guess what? I have a stinky-butt!! My mom likes to change my diaper before breakfast, WTH? So I get mad. Oh- I forgot, when she makes me mad I like to kick, a lot. And this time I just so happened to have poop on my foot.  I should call my mom Stinky-shirt now! Ha!

6AM: I'm just chillin' like a villain watching Bubble Guppies while my Mom holds me.  Ah.…

My Last Meal

Ah... Raigen, Raigen, Raigen...

Our sweet Raigen is a 6 year old goodie-goodie two shoes. The thought of breaking a rule or getting in trouble will make this girl break out in hysterics.

Recently she was super excited when Josh gave her his old iPhone.

He upgraded and although his old phone no longer had service, she was excited to just have it for the games.

A few hours on her new toy and she came to me and excitedly whispered, "Mom, you said my phone can't make calls, but it can!"

"Huh? What are you talking about?"

"Well...." she said hesitantly, "I pushed 9-1-1 and it called them and they answered!"

"You WHAT?!" I exclaimed, sort of freaking out.

"Am I in trouble?" she said, now freaking out, the water works began!

"Am I in trouble? I didn't know! Are they going to come take me to jail?" she wailed in full blown freak-out mode.

"Calm down, Raigen. It's okay...." I reassured her.

(Insert: H…

Fall-Ball, The end.

What's cuter than a 15 month old who takes his sister's Softball games too seriously?


We just finished this little beauties second season of Softball. She had a blast!

And I enjoyed getting extra time to hang out with this cool dude and watch her!

Raigen: Hey Mom, bet you can't even make a home run...

Me: What!

Raigen: Just kidding!.... well, not really, but I just don't want to hurt your feelings.

Kids can be so.... truthful sometimes.

The Secret Life of Pets- CJ's Edition (UPDATE)

In case you were wondering ... I finally met CJ's pet leopard spotted gecko that he's been keeping under his bed.

While cleaning, I came face-to-face with this delicious little skeleton.

Lately, I've really been trying to clean up my potty mouth. This incident did not help.