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Freeze Framed - Jersey Style!

Created with the most BESTEST, AWESOMEST, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER not to mention, ABSOLUTELY FRIGALICIOUS Christmas gift...EVUH (thank you, Garth - not your real name - you TOTALLY rock my socks!) deep freeze courtesy of Snowmaggedon 2010.

Edited with Picasa 3.0 to Bruce Springsteen's 10th Avenue Freeze Out (DITTO!)

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See you next year, everyone!!!

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Spittin' on Sunshine (Wooah!)

Happy 15th Birthday, Heather!

Happy 15th Birthday, Heather!

By now, you've been marked on the measuring wall, had your birthday hunt and opened your gift (you're welcome!) and I really do hope that you're not too disappointed.

Don't worry.  I understand.  Even if you swore a thousand and one times on your beloved great-grandmother's grave (who loved you very much, too and is probably watching, right now, so I better be REAL careful about what I say next) birthdays SHOULD be coveted and a time when selflessness is, more often than not, overlooked.

Unless, you live in our house...your birthday falls SMACK in the middle of cold and flu snowed about two-gazillion feet and you're STILL digging out (DAMMIT!) or, in this case, ALL of the above (see previous parenthesis!) aaaand, your birthday sleepover (a.k.a. slumberless) party has been postponed (again) until maybe, um, next year?

"How about if I pencil you in for this Thursday?"

It's times like these when I begin to believe that wishing on sunshine and rainbows is highly overrated.

"That's okay, Momma, I understand."

As I watch you, right now, whille we take advantage of a delayed opening at dad's office (YAY!) and enjoy an impromptu breakfast celebration (i.e. just happened to have eggs, milk AND enough flour) chowing down on his scrumpdeliumptious crepes and finding contentment with where you are, right now.

"For some reason, these taste really, really good today, dad!"

It's only then do I realize the warm streams of light that begin to float through our dining room window and find absolute joy in being able to see our spit in the sunshine.

"Wait, let me try!"

Still, I can't help but agree with your father and his gosh-darned New England sensibility (sort of!)

"You guys are really just too much!"

Because, these are the times, when I truly believe, with all my heart, there is NO such thing as too much gift.

"Ready, together now!"

Happy Birthday, BeeBop!!!

"We're spittin' on sunshine, WHOOAH!"

Once again, you've proved yourself WAY too much gift, for me -- but, I love, LOve, LOVe, oh my gosh, I absolutely freakin' LOVE you -- I'm keeping you, anyway.

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You Know You're a Parent When:
All You Want for Christmas
Is a Puke-free New Year

Facebook Update on Puke Beeeeecause, all the baking, cleaning, cooking, planning and preparing in the world will NOT stop the creeping crud from putting a damper on your holiday.

Unless, you live at our house...

"Sweetie, you awake?"'re turning 15, this week...

"Any special requests?"

...but, have lost ALL concept of time...

"Can I please have some water, now, pretty please?"

...because, the kid's been puking since Christmas Day.

"Um, not yet, Sweetie, maybe tomorrow."

At our house, birthdays and holidays sometimes arrive late and can last an entire week, even.

"What day is it, again, today?"

[one beat, two beats]

"Uh, well, um, Christmas, yeah, that's right, it's Christmas!"

On OPPOSITE day, so what?

"Oh, look...AAAAAND it's snowing!"

Besides, this way, it looks like we'll be having a White Christmas, after all!

"Oh good, just in time for my sleepover!!!"

Um, yeah...about that...considering Snowmageddon has indeed arrived, uh, no.

"Right, Momma?"

Shhhh, but don't remind Heather, that Glen has a wrestling tournament (on Heather's birthday) but, he's also coughing up a lung, like Holly and Hope's been hitting the bathroom (on and off) since early, this morning.

"Riiiiiight, I hope it snows until New Years."

What?  Okay, I don't know about your house. 

"YAY...let's have pajama day, everyday!"

I would MUCH rather admit defeat once, than have to succumb to the creeping crud, one celebration at a time, you know?

Happy, um, Everything!!!

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Random Acts of Zhu for the Holidays: New Jersey & Zhu, Happy Together!

It's been a crazy, busy year -- even Santa doubts my being able to finish EVERYTHING on  MY to do list in time for eggnog o'clock -- then, my youngest daughter (she's 9) asked if she could practice her writing skills and wrote a wonderful post about Christmas.

It made me realize just how GROWN UP she's getting and, sadly, Kris Kringle won't be needing my services, for much longer, after all.


Good thing Hope and I got the chance to play Santa, this week!

I am very proud to be one of bloggers chosen to participate in Cepia LLC's Random Acts of Zhu holiday giving program.

Each of us were given 104 Zhu Zhu Pets to donate to the charity of our choice, with no compensation OR strings attached.


104 Zhu Zhu Pets in the House

Hope and I were THRILLED with the prospect of being able to help families in need and perhaps make another child's holiday a little brighter, too!

Hope Donates Zhu Zhu to Toy Drive
Our first stop was the Herb Young Annual Toy Drive held at Hope's elementary school where we donated 7 boxes (56 Zhu Zhu pets) to the children at Spring House in Eatontown, NJ:

"We provide services to break the barriers of homelessness and reinforce self-dignity, independence and self-awareness for women with children."

The toys will be distributed to the families staying at Spring House, tomorrow, Christmas Eve!

Hope at K Hovnonian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore Medical Center
Next stop, Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ -- they took GREAT care of my middle girl two Christmases ago (okay, me, too!) -- we made an appointment to deliver the remaining 6 boxes of Zhu Zhu pets, after school on Tuesday.

Jara Ferrante, Elizabeth and Hope behind the Zhu Zhu Pets

We were greeted by Jara Ferrante, a Child Life Specialist and her Assistant, Elizabeth (nice name, btw, heh!) two SUPER friendly ladies with an AWESOME sense of humor (see picture above) who make it their business to help even their littlest visitors at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital feel warm and welcome.

Jara and Hope

Hope was THRILLED to learn that the Zhu Zhu pets will be put into the "magic closet," so, whenever there's a birthday, or a child is having a particularly difficult time adjusting to their journey, they will be gift wrapped and, hopefully, help the children left in their care feel right at home.

I know, Hope did!

Thank you SO MUCH, Jara, for allowing us to bring some of that warm and fuzzy feeling home with us, along with Hope's new bff, Hopscotch (she's Dr. Bernard's bouncy buddy) too!!!

Special thanks to Cepia LLC for allowing my family to help spread a little holiday cheer, this year!


Because, nice matters and being able to give a little back to our community, via This Full House of sticky floors and crunchy socks, feels REAL GOSH-DARNED GOOD, too!


Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Website

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital Social Media Center

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital on Facebook

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital on Twitter

Happy Holidays, everyone!!!

(Cross-posted to my review blog)

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Disclosure: No payment, or product was received for this post or for my participation in this program.

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Congratulations It's ....

Congratulations, It's a Nikon!!!

Just the BESTEST, AWESOMEST, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER, not to mention, ABSOLUTELY FRIGALICIOUS camera...EVUH!!!...looky what WE can do:

Is That Thing Even Loaded
Is that thing even loaded?

Doofus-Dawg Zoomed

Yep, Mama's packing and ready to zoom!

Almost There!

Christmas has arrived early at This Full House of sticky floors and crunchy socks...

Shiny and Bright

...bearing 10.3 megapixels and 26x zoom!!!

Thank you, Garth (not his real name) for suggesting that we wait, continue couch diving for loose change and then gift each other with the most BESTEST, AWESOMEST, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER not to mention, ABSOLUTELY FRIGALICIOUS camera...EVUH!!!

[takes deep breath]

Although, you'll have to pry it from my stupid manfingers with a 33 1/2 inch crowbar, first.

[hides arms, ever so gently, behind back and puckers up BIG]

Merry Christmas, baby!!!

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Guest Post: About Christmas
by Hope Thompson

Mommy is busy cooking and cleaning our bedroom so I asked if I could write on her blog and she said YES.

Okay, about Christmas. All the television commercials and sale coupons and Sunday flyers and everything else that piles up on our kitchen table. Christmas isn't about the presents. 

Its about coming together with family and friends and having fun. 

I think the best Christmas I ever had was making ginger bread houses with my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and of course my parents. 

Then we had some ginger bread men with homemade icing.  Also, between you and me I don't like getting presents because I don't need them.  But, its always nice to find a present or 2 under my tree for me.

I wanted to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

I LOVE you mommy.

Hope's Bio Hope is 9 years-old and attends the 4th grade.  She likes playing sports, cooking and baking with her mom and doing homework.  When she grows up, Hope would like to become an archaeologist and will take her elf on the shelf with her everywhere, forever and ever.

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#Reverb10: Lesson Learned


Reverb 10 is an online initiative created by Gwen Bell to reflect on 2010, consider, you know, what's next and, through daily writing prompts, help folks (like me) share their story.

Since I am ALL about sharing (shuddup Garth, not your real name!) my friend Shannon is doing it and now Diana's joining in (although, the non-conformist in me can't promise to, you know, write daily) I've decided to give it a whirl.

Todays' Prompt:  Lesson Learned -- What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

My first thought?  Which one?  Seeing as I've made it my business to share stuff I've learned about myself, either through raising my kids, reading your blogs (yes, I REALLY DO READ BLOGS!) or through the bazillion mistakes I've made, over the years.

Too many to recount, really (you're welcome!)

There is, however, one lesson that I find myself revisting on a daily basis (almost) but, I've resisted blogging about, lest I offend anyone, or risk opening an old wound that, for some reason, just refuses to, you know, scab over.

Until now.

Entering into my 8th year of blogging and helping our community of moms (and dads) grow exponentially, I made the mistake of allowing myself to believe my integrity was unquestionable!

Well, it wasn't...isn't...ugh...what I mean to say is this...having lived through that experience (a.k.a. I Survived Twittergate) and then, rethinking my entire blogging platform (for the better, I hope) I've learned that my integrity can indeed remain, intact.

And, so, I continue to share my words (here) find ways to engage and give back to my community (here) read your stories (here) and, hopefully, one of us will feel better, knowing that, even though comments aren't what they used to be (stupid facebook, dumbass twitter) doesn't necessarily mean no one is, you know, listening.

PHEW!  I feel better now, thanks!!

Aaand, if you're STILL reading along, know that there is a special place in heaven (or, a facsimile thereof) reserved for prettiful people, like you.

Even if it means humoring a professional dork, like me.



My OTHER Reverb 10 stories.

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