Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Today is the HalloweenParty and PARADE for Mini #1. This is such a big deal to him and he is so very excited.
I stayed up until almost 2 am last night making treat bags full of little goodies, getting the craft ready for all the little minis this morning, and other household chores. Bats will be made (say a little prayer using black paint with three year olds in costume), pumpkins will be decorated, and fun will be had. We will have lunch and then the big Halloween parade with the entire school.
The thing that I kept thinking about last night: It is almost one o'clock in the morning and I am making treat bags for my son's class and folding clothes.
MY HOW MY LIFE HAS CHANGED!!! :)
Have a great day.
PS-Since it is Haphazard Thursday, I must share this tidbit. My hair is horrible. Totally not cooperating and I can feel it mocking me each morning as I try to do SOMETHING to it. I must do something and fast before the hair wins.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Another staple gift for graduations, engagements, or housewarming is the Clairty Ensemble. You get 100 cards embossed in two sizes with your name or any one line of personalization. These are less and .50 a card and adding the return address is another savings of $32.00. You get to choose your paper color: white, pink, ivory, or blue.
November starts our month full of giveaways and weekly specials. Have a great day!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It is always he and I and sometimes if the characters allow, he will let Mini #2 on the action as well. The same goes for Mr. Molly Lou.
Our resumes include:
Little Einsteins-I am June, Mini #1 is Leo, Mini #2 is Annie (brother and sister in the show), and Mr. ML is Quincy
Guess How Much I Love You: Mini #1 is Little Nutbrown Hare and I am Big Nutbrown Hare
Dora: I am Dora, he is Boots; Diego-he is Diego, I am Alecia
Olivia: I am Olivia, he is Ian, and Mini #2 is William
Sesame Street: He is Elmo, I am Zoe, Mini #2 is Abby, and Mr. ML is Grover. (He does a FANTASTIC Grover voice.)
Thomas: We alternate being different trains depending on the scene that Mini #1 wants to play out. I have experience being James, Percy, Gordon, Sir Topham Hatt, Daisy, Lady, Stanley, just to name a few.
Max and Ruby:He is Max and I am Ruby.
The Berentstein Bears: You Guessed it...I am Mama Bear, Mr. is Papa Bear, he is Brother Bear, and Mini #2 is Sister Bear.
This is just to name a few...I am really building quite the resume with my cartoon and literary starring roles and also have a slight personality disorder as I can't remember who the hay I am supposed to be. Mini #1 is VERY particular that these scenes or play moments go exactly as the writers wrote them. I giggle at how particular he is and how stressed he gets if we don't say the script as written. He corrects me and says "Mom, that's not right. You're supposed to say _________." OOPS! We usually go through a handful of characters a day.
Just last night, we portrayed Curious George and I was the Man with the Yellow Hat from the book Curious George Goes to the Zoo. What a riot it was to watch George feed those animals at the zoo, get in trouble from the zookeepers, and then George and the Man with the Yellow Hat save the day and get to go to the exhibit for free.
This morning he asks me if I want to play Mini #1* and Mom.
Should I be worried that my child wants to know if I want to play real life?
Come to think of it, there are plenty of times when it would be nice to play real life and then move on to playing something else.
*He uses his real name. It would add even more humor to the situation if he referred to himself as Mini #1. Have a great day.
Monday, October 26, 2009
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Saturday, October 24, 2009
I love this picture of Mini #1 running down this path of live oaks...I wonder where his path will lead?
Have a great weekend!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Hello there! Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am the neighbor that has the charming Cape Cod and those precious little minis running around everyday. I just feel terrible that we haven't yet gotten to officially meet, but I do so hope that we get to soon. I just know we will be the best of friends.
I hate to bring this up on our first interaction, but I really must address the fact that your dog poops in my yard frequently. You see, we don't have any dogs, only children, and I know that my children aren't using the restroom at the top of the yard all along the street.
Unfortunately, I have stepped in this "present" before and do understand that accidents happen, but this has happened on multiple occassions. Walks are lovely and I enjoy them almost daily with my children, but I don't allow them to use the potty on your lawn and then just walk away.
I will be happy to provide bags and paper towels to assist in clean up if that is the issue. I feel that as common courtesy, it is more than appropriate for me to ask that you clean up any gifts that your dog might drop while walking by my yard.
I do so appreciate your attention to this matter and I can't wait to mingle at the next block party.
Mrs. Molly Lou
PS-I love, love, loved Grey's Anatomy last night. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2009:
*about 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women
*about 62,280 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is *the earliest form of breast cancer).
*about 40,170 women will die from breast cancer
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
You know this weekend we went down to visit Mr. Molly Lou in his new worktown. (In case you were wondering, one hotel room, two children, one of those minis sick, rain, COLD=AWESOME.)We went down Thursday afternoon and Friday was a cold and rainy day. Mr. was working so I decided to venture over to the "mall." Not a lot of offerings, but they did have a very nice Books-A-Million. We love us some book stores. Books, toys, trains, drinks, oh my.
We approach the children's area and hear voices of children and a mother. When I turn the corner, Mini #1 is already playing trains with a little boy, let's call him Sam Alexander. (I will forever remember this child's real name after the amount of times I heard it.)
Setting the scene, Mini #1 and Sam Alexander are playing nicely at the train table, Mini #2 is crawling around attempting to eat various books and pull things off shelves. Little Sam has a sister that is running around, the other mother is in an attractive sweatpant outfit playing with some cards while sitting in an armchair, Sam's dad is lost in a computer sitting opposite her, and I am sitting on the floor trying to read Mini #2 a book and browsing the shelves myself.
"SAM ALEXANDER IF YOU DON'T STOP DOING THAT I AM GOING TO WHIP YOUR BUTT."
"DID YOU HEAR ME? I SAID STOP DOING THAT, PUT IT DOWN. I MEAN IT, I AM GOING TO COME OVER THERE AND GET YOU."
What??? I look up, sure that little Sam Alexander has found a bottle of rubbing alcohol and is about to down it. That is why she is screaming...she is worry about the safety of her child. I check Mini, he is just playing and I see no harm being down on the Island of Sodor.
"SAM ALEXANDER, YOU BETTER STOP. IF I HAVE TO TELL YOU AGAIN TO SHARE, I AM GOING TO WHIP YOUR BUTT. BE NICE WITH THOSE TRAINS."
What??? Am I going to blind? I didn't see any of that and am just about positive that both boys have their respective trains and are playing parallel on opposite ends of the table.
Sam Alexander just grunts something and goes back to playing. Dad is still lost and not offering anything...
"PUT THAT DOWN. DO YOU NEVER WANT TO HAVE ANY FRIENDS BECAUSE YOU ARE SO MEAN? I WILL COME OVER THERE."
Again, what???? Mini #1 is looking at me and I have nothing to offer. Sam Alexander is being very well behaved and pretty much tunes her out. She is also making empty threats and doesn't ever pretend to move from her chair.
This goes on for a few more minutes, she is also yelling at the sister, but I couldn't see her. They eventually leave with both children kicking and screaming. It was very enjoyable after they left.
I told Mr. Molly Lou all about this scene that night. Fast forward to Sunday, we are at the playground. Mr. Molly Lou are on opposite sides of the play ground and are each playing with a mini. All of the sudden, "STOP THAT. DO YOU HEAR ME? DON'T MAKE ME WHIP YOUR BUTT. STOP IT." (Yes, the dad was there and was mute throughout the playground experience too.)
Ahh...she has followed us. Sure enough, I spot Sam Alexander playing on another play set. I make eyes with Mr. Molly Lou as he KNOWS that is the woman from my accurate portrayal a few days earlier.
Here is what gets me, children will be children. Screaming at them doesn't work. Do you like it when people scream at you? Children and adults for that matter react based on the tones and interactions with others. I feel so bad for this child...if this is how the mother talks to him in public, I am pretty sure it isn't any different at home.
I hate when I see parents yelling and screaming at their children. Children are people too and deserve respect. You wouldn't want anyone talking to you that way, so why degrade your children ESPECIALLY when they have done nothing to deserve it.
Trust me, I could go on about this, but I will leave you with Molly Lou Tuesday Tidbit:
Remember the Golden Rule...it's golden for a reason.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Something I KNOW wasn't there before.
It was like there was a big spotlight on it. I rubbed my eyes to be sure I was seeing correctly and wasn't having a bad dream. Indeed, I was seeing correctly and talking back to me was a long...
It wasn't calmly laying down with the rest of my hair, it was sticking straight up, just looking to cause a scene.
I understand that this might not be life shattering and there are 591325 worse things that could have happened, but this was my FIRST gray hair.
This is the end of an era...no more pretending that I am young, cool, and hip (perhaps the minis attached to me were the first clue) because I am now on my way to middle age and gray hairs galore.
I am not necessarily against going gray...there are people that look lovely in their beautifully done silver style, but this was my first plunge in to it and that hair wasn't cooperating and making a calm entrance.
When I pulled it, it was battling me come out. It was just toying with me, showing me who was boss. I did conquer and I will continue to.
(I know all about the pick one, two more grow in its place bit and I don't care...I am pulling all day long.)
Hope you had a swell weekend. Can't wait to hear about them. Have a great day.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This is Sam, our Apple Friend. For school, Mini #1 was studying the letter A and brought home an apple to decorate however he wanted. They were going to share with the class the following day. Mini #1 decided to make him a new friend. He painted Sam, then we added the eyes, nose, mouth, and it was his idea to tear the paper to make some funky looking blue hair.
Voila~Sam, the rocking Apple Friend. The second picture Mini #1 took of Sam. He is becoming quite the budding photographer and does photo shoots with many things around our house. This is yet another reason why I love digital cameras. I want to support this new love for photography, but I really don't need 7532 pictures of his stuffed toys or trains some of which are fuzzy or include his finger.
Have a great weekend!
PS~Yes, the boy has received a haircut to remove that mop from the top of his head.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
All of these stationery products come wrapped in an elegant box with coordinating grosgain ribbon. We are also happy to send a personalized handwritten gift note if you would like to send a gift directly to your recipient.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Yesterday it poured all day. ALL. DAY. Mini #1 asked yesterday morning if he could go and spash in a big puddle on our front sidewalk. He still had his pajamas on, but quickly rocked the Lightning McQueen rainboots.
He went outside and had a ball. It was so fun!I was such a Negative Nancy yesterday and this little bit of heaven with the boy made me realize ALL that I have to be thankful for and sometimes all you need is a little puddle splashing!
(sorry for the picture quality...holding mini #2 and it was raining even though you can't tell from the picture.)______________________________________
Goodwill Grace will be back tomorrow with all new posts and will continue daily as before. Be sure to check it out.
Head over to visit Holly at Pink is My Signature Color. She is celebrating her 100th post (yay!) and is having a giveaway. The prize??? It's a Molly Lou Gifts $50 gift certificate which I know makes you excited. So get skipping and enter!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Start with one sick mini.
Add being awake since 3:30 am to get husband ready to leave for his new away from home during the week job.
Add in-laws that have been here for 10 days, but leaving today.
Add one home that is dirty. Between being away from home for a wedding all weekend and having minis stay home and rule the roost.
Throw in a splash of pool problems. There have only been 35762 since we moved in and this one needs the finish touches to hopefully fix this issue today. in. the. rain.
Mix in the computer issues that appear to be happening. Email doesn't feel the need to work and the website is down. Or at least parts of it-which I'm sure will make it easier to fix.
Don't forget the heaping spoonful of laundry. (I swear it is multiplying-it doesn't help that my father-in-law uses about 3 towels a day. )
Leave out the dose of milk since we are out of both kinds of milk and practically anything healthy and unprocessed.
Add one exhausted woman.
Stir all those together, pop in the oven, and you get my life today.
Have a great day.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Here are a few Halloween themed jokes I stumbled upon to get your Thursday going...
What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
What does a vampire never order at a restaurant?
A stake sandwich
What do you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its radius?
What is a Mummy's favorite type of music?
What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?
Why didn't the skeleton dance at the party?
He had no body to dance with.
What happens when a ghost gets lost in the fog?
He is mist.
Why did the Vampire read the Wall Street Journal?
He heard it had great circulation.
What is a vampires favorite holiday?
What kind of makeup do ghosts wear?
What do you call two spiders that just got married?
Where do most goblins live?
in North and South Scarolina.
What do the skeletons say be for eating?
Silly I know, but I know you laughed at a few of these and I bet you might even tell one to someone today! Have any good jokes to share? Happy Thursday...have a great day!
PS-Don't forget to enter our new ribbon topiary giveaway! Haven't seen them yet? Go now...
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
What? What are these fabulous creations you ask?
We are excited to welcome a new line of products and fabulous designer to the Molly Lou Gifts family. These are unique, custom, handmade ribbon topiaries created by Southern Living: Preppy Style Designs. Let me tell you, the designer behind these topiaries is truly one of a kind. Jennifer is fun, funny, smart, creative, a great mommy, and a wonderful friend. I am so glad that I have met her in Blogland and look forward to working with her.
These topiaries come in three themes: Fall, Christmas/Holiday, and Preppy. They are completely handmade and no two are exactly alike. The one featured to the left is the Low Ball topiary and is a little different than the others.
These festive themed topiaries measure about 18" tall (Low Ball 12") just the right amount of style and preppy. These would look perfect on buffets, table centerpieces, mantles, side/console tables, or end tables and would make a fabulous and unique gift for anyone.
Love them, but prefer a smaller size? Try our Mini topiaries. These are darling and would make great teacher gifts or hostess gifts for the parties of the seasons.
These topiaries would also make unique and fun shower gifts for the bride-to-be or engaged couple.
Buy a pair of topiaries and save 10%!
To welcome this new designer to our shop, we are giving away a pair of mini topiaries. Keep them for yourself or give as a gift. Giveaway ends on October 13, 2009 and the winner will be announed on Wednesday. You will win your choice of themes: fall, Christmas, or preppy topiaries. To enter:
1-Check out the five new topiary designs in our shop and let us know which is your favorite and where you would put your new custom piece.
2-Become a follower of this blog or let us know you are.
3-Twitter and/or blog about this giveaway and our new addition of products. (Receive an entry for each)
4-Order a topiary or two from our shop and receive 10 entries.
Because it was rated RRRRRRRRRR!
Why do elephants paint their toe nails red?
To hide in cherry trees.
Ever seen an elephant in a cherry tree?
See how good they hide! :)
Thanks to all who entered our 200th Post Giveaway fun! I loved reading some of your funny little things that have happened, stories, videos or other funnies you felt like sharing.
After compiling all the entries, multiple entries, extra entries, referral entries, random.org chose our winner of the Molly Lou Gifts gift set! The winner is
Congratulations! KLaw ate vaseline as a child...interesting. :) She found us from the adorable Katie from The Perks. Katie, a little treat will find its way to your mailbox too! Thanks for helping spread the word. KLaw, email us and we will get your prize on its way to you.
Have a great day! Be sure to make your way over tomorrow...we might just have another giveaway and some new things to show off.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
But this week, we have put a crazy spin on things! Some people don't love television or movies, some actually enjoy using their brain and figuring out little riddles or brainteasers. We want to appeal to EVERYONE over here at Molly Lou Gifts, so this week we bring you "Riddle Me This."
Take a "stab" at the three riddles and Email me your answers. The QUEEN is randomly chosen from the ones that answer all three correctly.
Don't know all the answers? The PRINCESS is randomly chosen from all participants. Leave us a witty comment or answer what you do know and you might just win!
There will be a QUEEN and PRINCESS crowned this week. You have until TOMORROW night at 11:59 pm to send in your submissions to be a part of the royal court. Winners will be chosen on Sunday. Good luck! Ready, Set, GO!!!
Riddle A: What is represented by this "BrainBat"?
Riddle B: During a recent police investigation, Chief Inspector Stone was interviewing five local villains to try and identify who stole Mrs Archer's cake from the mid-summers fayre. Below is a summary of their statements:
Arnold: it wasn't Edward
it was Brian
Brian: it wasn't Charlie
it wasn't Edward
Charlie: it was Edward
it wasn't Arnold
Derek: it was Charlie
it was Brian
Edward: it was Derek
it wasn't Arnold
It was well known that each suspect told exactly one lie. Can you determine who stole the cake?
Riddle C: At the local games evening, four lads were competing in the Scrabble and chess competitions. Liam beat Mark in chess, James came third and the 16 year old won. Liam came second in Scrabble, the 15 year old won, James beat the 18 year old and the 19 year old came third. Kevin is 3 years younger than Mark. The person who came last in chess, came third in Scrabble and only one lad got the same position in both games.
Can you determine the ages of the lads and the positions in the two games?
Have a great weekend! Mini #2's big first birthday bash is tomorrow~sure to be a wild time!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
1-We have OFFICIALLY entered the "joke stage" with Mini #1. You know that stage that all children go through, sometimes for YEARS where they tell you ridiculously silly (we don't use the word stupid in the ML house) jokes, you laugh, and the cycles goes on and on. The same joke is told, but they change the "punch line" every 4.7 seconds.
Yes, Mini #1 is there. He did have one good one* and that got the ball rolling. He tells jokes constantly and always pulls out all the stops when it comes to bed time, cleaning up, eating, etc.
Please say a little prayer for me that I make it out of this stage and I would like to apologize to all of my family for putting up with me during this lovely childhood stage.
2-I have also OFFICIALLY lost my mind. Over the past few days, I have spent more time arguing with a three year old over the silliest things. I am the parent, but by golly I have found myself arguing and acting just like a three year old. There appears to be more than one incident, but I will just share one that happened last night:
(Before scene starts, it is storytime before bed. Mini #1 is taking his sweet time picking out a book, so Mini #2 and I begin reading something that I picked for her.)
Mini #1: "Hey, that's my book. Don't read that to Mini #2."
Me: "It's our book. Would you like to read too?"
Mini #1: "Give it back. DON'T YOU READ IT!!" (cue whining voice)
Me: "This book belongs to our family. Come read with us."
Mini #1: " I said it is MY BOOK. STOP THAT. GIVE IT BACK." (cue Mini#1 "mad" voice and add a slight foot stomp)
Me: " Actually, this is my book. It came from when Mommy was a teacher and was in my classroom. I guess it is my book and Mini #2 and I are reading it together. Go away. You can't hear."
Mini #1: "It is my book. She doesn't like it."
Me: "She does like it. We ar enjoying it. Look Mini #2, a boat."
Mini #1: "No boat. She doesn't want to read it. Put it down."
Me: (Lightbulb moment-"What in the hay are you doing arguing with him?" Get it together.) "This book belongs to our family. We all can read it. Please come and listen with us. You like this story. Come on."
Mini #1: "Ok. Please start over."
(Sits down and breask to a whisper) "It's my book."
We also may or may not have had an argument about this morning being Halloween.
*Mini #1's GOOD joke that he must have heard at school:
"Why did the duck cross the playground?"
"To get to the other SLIDE!"
Come on, funny for a three year old! (Not so funny when he told it 291835 times with a different ending.