Night of the Living Dead

So I am pretty sure that I become a zombie every night when I fall asleep. Seriously, I become totally delirious and unable to cope if awakened. I am just SO tired that my body must completely shut down.

I try to think back when this all started because I have not always been this way. I was never a super crazy night owl but I used to be quite the morning person (I was the baker at Einsteins Bagels in Logan -- 4 a.m. starting time means serious morning person commitment). I think I can narrow my fall from the graces of the morning gods to my mission. Seriously, I was just WAY too tired. You hear about those people who after their missions cannot sleep in past 6:30 or 7 a.m. Well, I think that's a big fat lie.

So, the point is, I'm a total zombie at night. My mother-in-law said it would change as soon as I had kids. Well, it didn't. I'm still a wreck. Sometimes when my kids cry in the night and on the rare occasion that it breaks through my drug-like state, it turns my dreams into nightmares because I tense up and know that the sound is something bad and needs to be attended to but I'm not quite sure what it is. So much for waking up and rushing to their aid -- I can't even process the sounds of their cries! I'm pathetic.

For instance, early the other morning, I was just sleeping away (probably with my mouth wide open -- poor Scott) and turned to roll over and I head-butted Ruby as Scott was handing her to me to feed her. It was almost 6 a.m., she had been crying in her bed, I failed to hear it (even though the monitor was on MY side of the bed), AND I didn't even wake up when Scott left to go get her.

Oh well, maybe it's a blessing in disguise. At least I don't have to walk up our 27,000 stairs to get Ruby out of her bed in the morning. Sorry Scott.


Reason #87 -- Why Henry is The Wackiest Kid I Know ("The Human Babygate")

Today I asked Henry to watch Ruby while I ran downstairs to get something (Ruby never goes near the stairs and Henry's pretty vigilant when it comes to her whereabouts so I wasn't actually worried about her even getting close to the stairs) so as I'm running back up the stairs, this is what I stumble across:

Henry is so responsible, isn't he? Of course, I'm sure he thought the only logical thing to do to keep Ruby from tragically catapulting herself down the stairs was to attempt this make-shift babygate maneuver.

Ruby, on the other hand, was probably thinking, "What in the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is he doing?!?"

Reason #163 -- Why Henry Is the Wackiest Kid I Know ("Keeping One Eye On")

Sometimes Henry does this while we're saying our family prayer at night and after we're done he says, "Hey Mama...

"...I'm Keepin' One Eye On."

What? Yeah, we don't know either.



Some Sweet Swag

So I'll admit it, I'm a blog stalker -- loitering and nosing around through random strangers' blogs (are you proud of what you've done to me Adrienne?). I don't know what happens ... I click on Adrienne's blog, then on one of her friends, and then one of her friends, then on one of her friend's favorite blogs and suddenly I'm reading about some "Pioneer Woman in Texas" (which actually is a very good blog, if you have time. Thanks Ali!).

Anyhoo, I did benefit from my blog stalking this past week though and I'm forwarding the benefit on to you (perhaps you've already heard of these sweet deals).

First, have you heard of
Dale & Thomas Popcorn? Apparently they were one of Oprah's favorite things and now they're all huge but the COOL part is, they're giving away free* popcorn.

(*=you have to pay for shipping, which is something like $6 which seemed like a rip-off because it took over a week to get here but it turned out to be well worth it because .... well, read on....)

So we got the popcorn tonight and it was delish! It seriously tasted like a super-fattening dessert crammed into a little puff of popped corn -- very tasty. So check it out if you feel like a little free* popcorn.

And the next item of business is e.l.f.

I don't know that I'd really even heard of it but apparently it's been in a bunch of magazines (including "O" -- pssh, like Oprah wears $1 lipstick) but I guess it's actually pretty good. Maybe you've all been wearing it for years and I'm just catching on or maybe the $15 I just spent ordering this stuff is going to go down the tubes when I realize it's only pretend makeup, or excuse me, the more "PC" term, "cosmetics."

Point is, most of their stuff is only $1 and they're having a 50% off sale right now which means that you can get most of their stuff for 50 cents! The one catch is, the sale is good for orders totaling $15 or less but it's still worth checking out in my opinion. So go shop your brains out.

I almost forgot, the coupon code is: CAROLINA.

Happy shopping.


Sorry boys. I couldn't help myself.

Just a little video of my dad and brothers at their absolute finest.