A Spoonful of Sugar

Making every day life as a mom just a little bit sweeter.

Happy Blessed Sunday to Ya’! Giggle of the Day April 25, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Happy Blessed Sunday To Ya'!,Laughing out Loud — Janine Chance @ 4:00 am

Gotta love this guy!


Giggle of the Day! April 23, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Homeschooling,Laughing out Loud — Janine Chance @ 4:00 am

I gave my 7 yr. old a spelling quiz today.

One of her words was ‘ahead’.

I said, “Ahead…..’The girl ran ahead of her mom at the park,’… ahead,”

as always, saying the word, using it in a sentence, then saying it again.

She looked at me, and said. “That’s not a good one.”

I said, “Oh c’mon…that’s not such a hard word! You can spell that one! Just try.”

“No,” she said, “I mean she shouldn’t run ahead of her mom when they’re out at the park! That’s not good!”

Gotta love a kid with a conscience… and, gotta love home-schooling!

This all occurred on the couch, cuddled up in our favorite blankies!

Ok… as great as that sounds?

{{{{{Only 21 more school days until we pack away the school books and plan our days at the beach and the pool!}}}}}

…but who’s counting?

Uh, that would be me!  Oh yeah, baby!

This post is linked to Feel Good Friday at thegirlnextdoorgrowsup.com


The Good, the Bad, and the Irony of it all April 22, 2010

The very first picture with all three sisters...*tear* the baby was just hours old!

Having three girls in five years can make for a very interesting home, including a bathtub full of conditioner and naked Barbies. When they were little, I did the whole ‘dress-them-in-the-same-color’ routine…that was cute. I have sweet pictures of all three of them together playing in the tub, playing store, dress-up, you know…the whole gamut. It’s great being able to buy ‘girl things’ knowing they will be easily passed down to the next. Hair bows, mini pedicures, fun with rollers, lots of tutus, you know…girl stuff! Those are just some of the benefits…there are plenty more, trust me.

Today, however, I am here to discuss the not-so-pleasant side of three out-going, talented, bright, prepubescent female personalities residing under the same roof.


{{{{“Oh, for the love of all things good and holy, why must they BICKER!!??”}}}}

Now, (pardon me while I flick my hair out of my eyes) I do realize that they are together 24-7. They sleep in each other’s rooms, they have meals together, school at the same table every day, play together, go to church together, etc…etc…etc… That would drive me insane, too. I know what you’re thinking. Hello! This is parenting 101! Just separate them!

Here’s the kicker…when I separate them, THEY GET UPSET!!! What is that!?

Ok, here’s my story:

We finished school, had a late lunch, and I started doing some work for the hubby on the computer. The girls decided to play a board game. (It’s amazing…the power of suggestion. All I did was take the board games out of the top of the closet and put them out…that tells me I need to put them on a lower shelf so they’re always accessible!) Side note, sorry.

So, I am typing away, trying to encourage the knots in my shoulder and neck to stay far, far away, and I ‘hear’ the girls finish their game (of course, my mom- bionic ears hear everything, whether I want them to or not) and they decide to play the Wii.

Then it starts.

They start to ‘whisper argue’ as I call it, as if I’m not catching the gist of their conversation. Nice try…I caught it alright, as the muscles in my neck and shoulders tighten their grip. Then, because neither one of them is relenting, it becomes an ‘I’m-trying-to-be-nice-but-she-is-not-listening’ voice. Now at this point, sometimes I can simply say, “GIRLS?” sternly, and the subject either gets changed, or they decide it’s not worth the trouble and they move on, allowing the angry neck and shoulder muscles to surrender their grip of death.

But then, there are the ‘OTHER TIMES’. The times where neither one of their sturdy spirits are willing to give in to the other. The times where each party is so sure that her point is valid, and worth standing up for that instead of the white flag of surrender, they are willing to stand back-to-back, walk ten paces, turn and fire, sending my neck and shoulders to the slaughter for sacrifice.

This was one of THOSE times.

“That’s it! I am done listening to this!” (I know, I sound like a genius.) Now for my all-time famous line…Oh, I know, you’re just bursting with anticipation! (*enter facetious tone here* ‘What could this brilliant home-schooling momma of 3 possibly say to top all of that!’) Well, I’m a pretty logical person. I like to say things to my kids that make sense, and give them words that I won’t have to eat later…too many emotional calories. They’re getting older, and they’re smart little people. I’m here to promote change in behavior, right? Well, if I’m going to change the behavior, I can’t just run with ‘that’s it, I am done listening to this’! I had to save myself! So, out came this one:

“You don’t live in a home where your parents bicker, do you?” The inevitable head shaking from all three of them is almost comical. “Well, then I refuse to live in a home where my children bicker. Since you can’t work it out, put it away. Go do your chores, then go outside and run off some of that fabulous energy.”

There…… that’s better… right? Did I recover?!

After three ‘Yes, ma’am’ ‘s, the smell of all-natural glass cleaner, the sound of rustling garbage bags, and the lifting of my keyboard so the duster could sweep off the computer desk, I had one little girl playing on the swings, one middle girl finding the best place for her ‘pet’ caterpillar and its new habitat that she made out of the largest pickle jar we had, and one big girl in her room playing her guitar and practicing the new songs her dad gave her. Yes!! It worked!!

Here they are right before 'IT' happened, playing a goofy game called 'Headbandz'. And I thought that silly game would be a good topic...

Oh wait… where are they NOW?



As for my shoulders? I made an appointment for a half-hour massage on Friday.

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Giggle of the Day! So much to do…so little time! April 19, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Laughing out Loud — Janine Chance @ 4:00 am

“God put me on earth to accompish a certain number of things.

Right now I am so far behind, I will never die.”

Quote by Bill Watteron – author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes


Packing kitty? April 10, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Kitties and Turtles — Janine Chance @ 4:00 am

I watched my 7 yr. old skip down the hallway with her favorite heart-shaped pillow

and her baby doll blanket.

I assumed she was setting it up for herself to watch a movie or something…NOT!

This is what I saw when I rounded the corner a few minutes later.

Yes, he stayed in there…for quite a while, actually! Silly kitty!

When McKenna saw me taking this picture,

she informed me that I COULD NOT pack this box with the cat in it.

“That would be bad!” she said.

Yes, it would.


Good Times…Good Times April 7, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Laughing out Loud — Janine Chance @ 6:12 am

Jump Rope with Easter Egg handles……$1.00

Barlow Girls CD………………Gift from Grandma

Watching your family do a random Jump Rope Dance Contest?


It’s on…

So dramatic…

Her older sister takes on the challenge…

Oh, and she brings it!

The oldest takes on the rope….with hesitation…

I didn’t think this would be so much fun!!!

But it doesn’t end there…

Dad comes in and takes on the rope!

He’s not too proud…even with the Easter Egg handles……

And he busts out with a double!!!! Go Dad!


This post is linked up with Wordful Wednesday by Seven Clown Circus, Wordless Wednesday by Sunny Day Today Mama, and Wordless Wednesday by 5 Minutes for Mom.


Giggle of the Day! March 30, 2010

This ‘giggle’ comes from an amazing friend I have known over 30 years. So glad to now be ‘giggling’ about her kids! Thanks, Bets! I love you!

Tyler and I were thinking of a fun, rainy day activitiy to do.

He asked me if we could make Rice Krispie Treats.

I said, “Sure I just have to measure the ingredients to make sure we have enough.”

Just 30 seconds later he comes up to me, hands me a RULER and says,”Here mom, now you can measure to see if we have enough!

So cute! I love these times as a mom that make every frustrating moment melt away!

What are your ‘giggles’ of the day? Share with us in the comment section!


Giggle of the Day… March 26, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Kitties and Turtles,Laughing out Loud — Janine Chance @ 4:00 am

While away on our last vacation, my oldest daughter’s beloved turtle passed…very sad, yes.

The other day, my daughter got this card in the mail from our dear friends in North Carolina.

It’s certainly not funny that the turtle died, but this card was HYSTERICAL! I didn’t even imagine they even had a card like this!

The inside said…”Or he could just be asleep…with turtles you can never tell!”

The next time you don’t think they have a card for your occasion…think again!


Toothleth! March 23, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Parenting 101 — Janine Chance @ 9:47 am

My theven year old lotht her other front tooth today.

Ath you have notithed, I am talking jutht like her. Tho thilly! Here’th the short thtory.


McKenna came up to me this morning and showed me her loose tooth. “Girl!” I said, “You need to LOSE that thing! Put it out of it’s misery!”

She went off into the bathroom with a promise of ‘Tooth Fairy Funds’, and went to work.


She twisted, she pulled….(I can’t believe the thing didn’t just fall out, it was so loose!)


She yanked with utmost determination…….until finally…………………….



Look, Madelyn!

She proudly showed off her new toothless grin to her sister…

Cheethe! (That's 'cheese' as McKenna says it today)

The tooth lost. McKenna won. Another victory in the war against teeth.


Giggle of the Day… March 22, 2010

Filed under: Giggle of the Day,Juicy Little Mommy Tidbits,Laughing out Loud — Janine Chance @ 6:50 am

Becky was driving with her 5 yr. old in the car passing the river.

“Mommy, is that salt water?” she asked.

“No,” Becky answered

“Well, is there ‘pepper water’?”

Very cute! Thanks for sharing, Becky!