My 3 Monsters: Top Ten for July 2008

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Top Ten for July 2008

The times, they are a'changing. I must admit that I have just been putting my best stories on the blog directly instead of keeping them in my back pocket until the end of the month as I used to do. As a result the Top Ten, as most things in life do, has evolved. For those who only come around for the Top Ten, it will be a fun, sweet, creamy recap of our month with a few sprinkles on top. Much as it has always been. For those of you who read regularly it will be the whip cream topping on the delicious sundae we've been building all month long. Enjoy.

JULY 2008

10. Wiener Beaners. How is it possible that my kids are aged 6, 8 and 10 and just tasted beans and franks for the first time?! We came home from vacation this month and I was too lazy to go grocery shopping . . . for about a week. Things started out fine -- mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. Then we got down to a couple cans of Ranch style beans and a pack of hot dogs. No buns, but a corn muffin mix. I made dinner miracle lemonade out of those empty pantry lemons. I think, if I recall correctly, my kids called it "delectable".

9. "How can I earn some money?" is a commonly asked question in our home. We got our hands on some free river rocks this month and we offered to pay the kids a nominal fee to help with the landscaping work. Dylan, ever the negotiator, said, "OK. I'll work for you. For twelve bucks a day".

8. Riley's 8th birthday! We celebrated with lunch at BJ's (mmmmm, Oreo pizookie) and a pool party with his two best friends. Peanut Butter and Jelly cake (on the actual day) and chocolate "Ben 10" cupcake cake for the party. (I'm all about the food.) He's my favorite 8 year old boy in the whole wide world.

7. Note to self: When you stay at Applebees until 1:00 a.m. one night, DO NOT go back to the same Applebees for dinner the following night. Even if you get a gift card at work and you don't feel like cooking because you were, ahem, out until 1:00 a.m. the night before. The manager WILL indeed recognize you. So embarrassing.

6. Dylan has his future all mapped out. At least as far as the lady situation is concerned.

5. Family reunion greetings. Here is what I found in my e-mail inbox every day thanks to my brothers. We had a good laugh.

"I missed my Buddy at the romantic dinner at Casa Bonita."

"We missed you while we were playing with our balls."

"New Buddy?"

4. Brent, literally a kid in a candy factory. He enjoyed our tour of the Sweet's candy factory in Utah more than most people usually do. I'm sure. They showed us these enormous 2500 (or some ridiculous number) pound bags of sugar, powdered and granulated. Brent, bouncing up and down, claps his hands and says, "Both good. Both good." As Sydney and I slink to the back of the crowd in shame.

3. Dove ice cream. Have you tried it? I got some just the other day for a mere 50 cents with my coupons and it was tasty. Rich and creamy and topped with a layer of smooth Dove chocolate ganache. Try it. Seriously.

2. Kids say the darnedest things. At work one day I helped a little girl wipe her nose. She looked at me and said, "I usually just eat that." File that under too much information. Thanks.

1. Sydney is old enough to shave her legs. What?! Crazy!!!

There you have it! Come back early and often to see what new flavors we're offering. Don't be stuck with just a scoop when you could be enjoying the whole darn sundae!

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