July 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Sweet 16 Part II or Oy, Why do I Have to be Related to These People

As I was going through pictures for Maddie's official birthday post I found all of these other pictures that are much more indicative of what our family and home is like. I know as bloggers we tend to put our best face forward but I thought I would take this opportunity to show you our reality. It's not always pretty.

You know that kid in the movie Parenthood that put a bucket on his head and liked to headbutt things? Well Emma reminds me a lot of that kid. Later in the day I found her laying on the floor with a basket on her head. Sometimes it doesn't pay to ask why.

This would be my sweet, crazy husband. I'd like to tell you that we are still trying to find the right balance for his medication but the truth is that he just acts like this naturally. And he doesn't care what other people think. This can make for an interesting combination. We are getting ready to go on vacation with Cammy of Freckled Farm fame and her family and I consider this fair warning for them. There is still time to cancel that reservation Cammy!

Maddie is a biter. Still. I really tried to break the habit when she was a toddler. I even specifically remember biting her back once after a particularly ferocious attack but clearly it had no effect on her. Everything is all sweet and lovey one moment and then wham...

she turns on you. You never know when this will happen which is why I often flinch when Maddie tries to show me affection. I'm sure a licensed clinical therapist might be able to give us some insight into this situation.

As for me and the dog? We're the only normal ones around here. She and I often share the same expression on our faces. What's that look you see there? Why, I believe that's fear mixed with disgust.

20 comments:

  1. These are hilarious! We all are a little quirky.

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  2. Happy birthday to Maddie. This post had me rolling. Absolutely hilarious. It is nice to see that all families are much the same despite all the "best" pictures we choose to post. Love your dog's expression too. When my daughter was about 10 she asked for a laundry basket for Christmas. When asked why she said, "To put on my head."... OK. Santa placed one under the tree and she proceeded to walk around the house for the next few weeks with a laundry basket on her head. BTW, she is 18 and fairly normal now. Hugs, Pam

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  3. I read your last two posts with much curiosity as my first born turns 16 on Sept. 16th, and I am feeling like a deer in headlights. We have had pie for his birthday for the last couple of years too - his favorite, pumpkin!

    Loved seeing the "out takes" of the family! And your dog really did have a funny expression!LOL

    :)Heidi

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  4. Happy Birthday to Maddie!

    Great photos, I especially like the first one :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to Maddie! There's always one in the bunch isn't there! What a fun sense of humor!

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  6. Awww...reality.

    Do you think we blog the good stuff to remind us that maybe we are sort of normal?

    haha...loved this post. Kept thinkng about the movie title "Reality Bites"..

    Tell Cammy hello!

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  7. Ha! Your family is no different than mine...except we don't have any biters in our family..anymore..therapy helps. Have fun being the mom of a 16 year old girl. I'm on my 3rd one..you'll be in therapy next. :)

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  8. Such a crack up! I want to meet Maddie...and that guy of yours. Ya'll look like a barrel of fun to me. :)

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  9. Happy Birthday to Maddie! My "baby" turned 20 yesterday :-)
    What fun photos of your family & lucky you to be going on vacation with Cammy! Have a great time.

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  10. This is the funniest, sweetest post. If we were all "normal" and "perfect", how boring would life be? Your little girl who puts things over her head...?... now that cracks me up! "Quirky" is definitely a good quality in my book.

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  11. You aint seen nothin yet, babe!! I think we'll all be getting along just fine!
    xo

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  12. Pack your bags now and RUN!

    (LOL!) These are hilarious and fun fun fun! Isn't that what it is all about? I hope all of us bloggers are crazy!

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  13. Pack your bags now and RUN!

    (LOL!) These are hilarious and fun fun fun! Isn't that what it is all about? I hope all of us bloggers are crazy!

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  14. super funny!!! Have fun with Cammy and her family, how exciting for you two!!!

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  15. They grow so fast! I don't have a 16 year old yet....he will be in 4 years! Love that she wanted pie too! I love Cammy at Freckled Farm! Have a great Vacation with her!!!!

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  16. Oh I have a husband just like and a golden with that look as well~
    Have a great vacay!
    Bristol

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  17. Too cute! You crack me up! I'm glad your daughter had a fun Birthday, 16 is a big one. It's neat you celebrated, starting at breakfast. Family traditions are so important. And, I bet she is excited about that car!

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  18. I totally understand...I live with 2 teens of my own and I believe they make us kooky too! keep smiling! karen....

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