these boys

are goof balls.  Any guesses where this song comes from?

Here’s a hint:

Anytime anyone says “garden of your  mind” in this house, we all collapse into giggles.

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We’re Baaaaack!

Kind of sort of.  Along with a blogging break I also took an unexpected picture taking break and everything else break.  There’s been a lot of good, bad and ugly in these parts. Oh boy, has there been a lot of ugly, but we are back.  I think.

Let’s just start off slow why don’t we.  I thought we’d start off with a little “what we are listening to now” post, to help get you out of your Christmas music rut, and into a random music rut.  We are always here to help.

FIRST
Before you click play on this particular piece, you must turn the volume up to 11.  Preferably on a really good set of speakers.

The husband brought this home and we first listened to it in the car with the speakers blaring.  It was great.  The kids will listen to the rest of it, begrudgingly, only after we listen to this part three times.  OK, maybe four.  Or five.  Mikey calls it the fighting waves song.

SECOND
After Great Grandpa Livovich died, his son (Mike’s Dad), (are you confused yet?) gave us some of his CD’s.  Great Grandma is deaf and has no use for the music.  The husband has recent memories of sitting in a hospital room, holding great grandpa’s hand, listening to Glen Miller, so he started playing it for the rest of us.

I know every single word of this song.  We may have listened to it a couple of times.

We also borrowed “The Glenn Miller Story” from Mike’s parents, and it was great.  Starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson, it is full of 1950’s gems, wholly unexplainable to the kids.  Our other favorite?

I could listen to the Glenn Miller Band all day.  And some days I have!  Per the kid’s request, of course. I’m nothing if not an indulgent mother.

THIRD
While I could listen to Glenn Miller all day, The Andrews Sisters not so much.  Too syrupy.  When we mix them in with other, less sweet tunes, they’re quite enjoyable.

Beware:  This song does bring up some uncomfortable topics.  Things like, “Mom?  What’s ‘pet’?  Why are they mad about a girl who likes to pet?”  Of course I answer their questions with a very honest and straightforward, “Let’s ask your Papi when we get home.”  Works for me!

FOURTH
With thanks to Jalapeño Peppers, we’ve been enjoying the up to date Puppini Sisters quite a bit.  Still lots of boogie, but a bit less syrup than the Andrew Sisters.

FIFTH
The Elia received an iPod for Christmas and she has been greatly enjoying having her own music on it. She’s been listening to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Natalie Merchant and Cat Stevens.  Oh, what will we do when she starts developing her own tastes?

This is one of her faves right now – and of course it has become ours, too.

SIXTH
Then we play these two really loud, so I don’t go into diabetic shock from all the sweet music.

Both lots of fun.

What about you?  What have you been listening too?

SEVENTH
Are you still with us?  Did you shlog through the music?  Did you skip the music entirely?  It’s ok.  One last gem just in case I was becoming vain:

Papi (singing): I’ve got a love-ly pair of coconuts…  (you know, from Gnomeo and Juliet)

Mikey:  Mama’s got a HUUUGE pair of coconuts!

Elia: Mikey, you don’t know what a coconut is.

Deli:  Yes, they are big, and mama has them thiiiis big, and they drop down low….

Elia (with a sigh and an eye roll):  No, Del.  Coconuts are big, brown, hairy balls!

Oh man, the Papi and I were laughing so hard by the end of this conversation.  Time to close the door while I dress, methinks.

We’re Baaaaack!

Kind of sort of.  Along with a blogging break I also took an unexpected picture taking break and everything else break.  There’s been a lot of good, bad and ugly in these parts. Oh boy, has there been a lot of ugly, but we are back.  I think.

Let’s just start off slow why don’t we.  I thought we’d start off with a little “what we are listening to now” post, to help get you out of your Christmas music rut, and into a random music rut.  We are always here to help.

FIRST
Before you click play on this particular piece, you must turn the volume up to 11.  Preferably on a really good set of speakers.

The husband brought this home and we first listened to it in the car with the speakers blaring.  It was great.  The kids will listen to the rest of it, begrudgingly, only after we listen to this part three times.  OK, maybe four.  Or five.  Mikey calls it the fighting waves song.

SECOND
After Great Grandpa Livovich died, his son (Mike’s Dad), (are you confused yet?) gave us some of his CD’s.  Great Grandma is deaf and has no use for the music.  The husband has recent memories of sitting in a hospital room, holding great grandpa’s hand, listening to Glen Miller, so he started playing it for the rest of us.

I know every single word of this song.  We may have listened to it a couple of times.

We also borrowed “The Glenn Miller Story” from Mike’s parents, and it was great.  Starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson, it is full of 1950’s gems, wholly unexplainable to the kids.  Our other favorite?

I could listen to the Glenn Miller Band all day.  And some days I have!  Per the kid’s request, of course. I’m nothing if not an indulgent mother.

THIRD
While I could listen to Glenn Miller all day, The Andrews Sisters not so much.  Too syrupy.  When we mix them in with other, less sweet tunes, they’re quite enjoyable.

Beware:  This song does bring up some uncomfortable topics.  Things like, “Mom?  What’s ‘pet’?  Why are they mad about a girl who likes to pet?”  Of course I answer their questions with a very honest and straightforward, “Let’s ask your Papi when we get home.”  Works for me!

FOURTH
With thanks to Jalapeño Peppers, we’ve been enjoying the up to date Puppini Sisters quite a bit.  Still lots of boogie, but a bit less syrup than the Andrew Sisters.

FIFTH
The Elia received an iPod for Christmas and she has been greatly enjoying having her own music on it. She’s been listening to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Natalie Merchant and Cat Stevens.  Oh, what will we do when she starts developing her own tastes?

This is one of her faves right now – and of course it has become ours, too.

SIXTH
Then we play these two really loud, so I don’t go into diabetic shock from all the sweet music.

Both lots of fun.

What about you?  What have you been listening too?

SEVENTH
Are you still with us?  Did you shlog through the music?  Did you skip the music entirely?  It’s ok.  One last gem just in case I was becoming vain:

Papi (singing): I’ve got a love-ly pair of coconuts…  (you know, from Gnomeo and Juliet)

Mikey:  Mama’s got a HUUUGE pair of coconuts!

Elia: Mikey, you don’t know what a coconut is.

Deli:  Yes, they are big, and mama has them thiiiis big, and they drop down low….

Elia (with a sigh and an eye roll):  No, Del.  Coconuts are big, brown, hairy balls!

Oh man, the Papi and I were laughing so hard by the end of this conversation.  Time to close the door while I dress, methinks.

And then there were haircuts

We started with a fairly decent Blago.

Stopped for a moment at toupee with lollipop.

Took a breather for some naked mirror gazing.

I can assure you the Papi was not also naked.
It just so happened I cut his hair as well, and he took his shirt off.
Or so we want you to think.

And we ended up with a young and spastic Dr. Spock.

I think I want my money back.

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And then there were haircuts

We started with a fairly decent Blago.

Stopped for a moment at toupee with lollipop.

Took a breather for some naked mirror gazing.

I can assure you the Papi was not also naked.
It just so happened I cut his hair as well, and he took his shirt off.
Or so we want you to think.

And we ended up with a young and spastic Dr. Spock.

I think I want my money back.

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More!

It’s no secret around here that we have been loving The Sisters Grimm series. We are currently reading book seven – how many books are there? the husband asks – lots and lots. My sister told me about them and we can’t get enough. We love fairy tales already, and these books are just plain fun.

The girls put on a play for us, you can see below Henry, Veronica, Sabrina, Daphne and Jake Grimm, preparing for something.
The something was difficult for the girls to agree on, there was some giggling, maybe a little whispering and a whole lot of eye rolling. We never did figure out what that “something” was.

At one point Josie laid her head on the footstool/stage and said, “This isn’t a play, THIS is a disaster!

The audience didn’t seem to mind.

And last but not least,
we have discovered the perfect way to deal with the Deli boy when he is naughty.
We send him to the corner and tell him to think about his actions
and all of the implications they may have.

“how do you affect the world around you Del?”

It seems to be working.
Or maybe he’s just scared out of his head.
Either way.

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More!

It’s no secret around here that we have been loving The Sisters Grimm series. We are currently reading book seven – how many books are there? the husband asks – lots and lots. My sister told me about them and we can’t get enough. We love fairy tales already, and these books are just plain fun.

The girls put on a play for us, you can see below Henry, Veronica, Sabrina, Daphne and Jake Grimm, preparing for something.
The something was difficult for the girls to agree on, there was some giggling, maybe a little whispering and a whole lot of eye rolling. We never did figure out what that “something” was.

At one point Josie laid her head on the footstool/stage and said, “This isn’t a play, THIS is a disaster!

The audience didn’t seem to mind.

And last but not least,
we have discovered the perfect way to deal with the Deli boy when he is naughty.
We send him to the corner and tell him to think about his actions
and all of the implications they may have.

“how do you affect the world around you Del?”

It seems to be working.
Or maybe he’s just scared out of his head.
Either way.

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Poetry Wednesday, Vol. 91

The kids and I really enjoy Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky. We recently rediscovered our torn and tattered copy, reading at odd times of the day. Last night we read it for a bed time story. I have to admit, when we first opened the book a couple years ago, I was less than excited about it. The poems and the ideas just didn’t grab me. But the kids loved it. Every new animal was endlessly fascinating. They spent entire minutes drawing new variations of animal/fruit/vegetable hybrids. So we kept reading the book. And as it so often happens with Stockholm Syndrome I grew to love the book. Now I don’t just read it, I actually enjoy it!

And next time we are at your house and you serve us radishes, you will understand why our pronunciation of the name is just a little off.

Jack Prelutsky

In the middle of the ocean
In the deep deep dark,
Dwells a monstrous apparition,
The detested RADISHARK.
It’s an underwater nightmare
That you hope you never meet,
For it eats what it wants,
And it always wants to eat.

Its appalling, bulbous body
Is astonishingly red,
And its fangs are sharp and gleaming
In its huge and horrid head,
And the only thought it harbors
In its small but frightful mind,
Is to catch you and to bite you
On your belly and behind.

It is ruthless, it is brutal,
It swims swiftly, it swims far,
So it’s guaranteed to find you
Almost anywhere you are.
If the RADISHARK is near you,
Pray the beast is fast asleep
In the middle of the ocean
In the dark dark deep.

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