Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mommy's sooooo grateful for her break . . .

. . . from Spring Break!

Could anyone hear my sigh of relief when I woke up yesterday and realized I would NOT have to entertain these muppets for 16 hours???

Spring Break was last week.  You know that time when we all get a sneak peek at what summer vacation will look like.  Well, this mommy is exhausted from her weeklong sneak peek and there are at least two empty Skinny Girl bottles to prove it!

We had Runamuk Shenanigans that lasted all week long and ended with the second Annual Fools Egg-Cinco Hunt (which I’ll cover in another post)!

But first, here is what I learned about summer sneak peeks!  And just for grins, this post will be in Spring Break riddles:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fool me once . . . part deux!

Ok, I had to post a P.S. to yesterday's post because this was just too good to pass up.  Here are a couple other shenanigans that even made daddy laugh out loud:

1) You know your blonde roots run deep when you are drying your hair in the morning and that huge puff of white smoke that comes out of the dryer you mistake for "must just be some dust in the hair dryer" (that I used YESTERDAY)!  It wasn't until HfH asked me as we were going to bed "did you shower today . . . notice anything?", that I realized the Superego had pulled a fast one and put cornstarch in my hair dryer!  Momma is so proud her baby is learning such good techniques!

2) You know your "stranger danger" lessons are working when you show up to carpool pick up like this:

We call her Juanita Margarita!!  It was either go like this or with a hot pink wig and call myself "Candy the Stripper".
I think I made the right choice (and HfH just revoked my blogging privileges again)

a) your 2nd grader waits to get in the car until she can see your license plate to make sure it's actually you (despite your gestures encouraging her to get in the car)


b) your 6th grader takes one look at you, turns around and tries to see if she can go home with someone else!!

And finally,

3) I STILL haven't learned my Pinterest lesson!  Last night I tried making cookie taco shells at the last minute and following a recipe that required me to "wrap the dough around a rolling pin".  What those f*&#ers left out of the recipe was "unless you work in Martha Stewart's test kitchen and have 10 rolling pins laying around, this project will take you either 4 hours to make (so you can wait for each batch of two shells to cool for 25 minutes), or you'll just have to improvise and use every plastic cup in your cupboards!  I opted for the latter.

But, those tacos were quite tasty!  Although, I always forget that Jelly Beans get hard when put on ice cream!  Yuck!! (yet another thing they leave off the Pinterest version)

Now it's back to reality and real food (something the girls were not happy about this morning when I threw out the rest of the Trix cereal - I know, mean mommy strikes again)!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fool me once . . .

Shame on you, fool me over and over and over again, and you must be living in the Dugdale house!!

(And by the way, for all those who subscribe to the blog via e-mail - I played an April Fool's joke on myself.  I was trying to write the post and somehow "published" before I intended so all of you got a "Happy Birthday" blog with nothing in it!  While I'd love to say "April Fools, meant to do that" - I gotta come clean and say I'm just a blogging moron and still don't know what I hit to make that happen!)  

The Id actually thought it was someone's birthday today!  Mommy rolled out the red carpet and everything.

Yep, it's that day that mommy looks forward to all year so that she can mess with the kids and not have to apologize.  But here's what I've come to learn about holiday traditions - once you start, you can never, ever, ever, ever, ever stop.  I still remember when I was traumatized that I was too old to get an Easter basket anymore (I was in grad school when the Nana finally pulled the plug)!

And Karma's a b*tch because now I've backed myself into such a mommy holiday corner that I actually had to cancel going to a dinner this evening because the Ego thought it was an April Fools joke when I told her that I had a Girl Scout dinner to attend tonight.  Which, now that I think about it, what WERE they thinking when they decided to host a "thank you so much for sacrificing your garage and hours of your time to sell cookies" dinner on a day who's only purpose is to f*&# with people???!!  Gonna need to tackle that one another time . . .

. . . because tonight, I have to continue the mommy's messing with our food April Fool's holiday tradition of dessert for dinner (i.e. fauxberry pie and mashed potato sundaes) and dinner for dessert (ice cream tacos).

But first, I must share the lessons from my latest shenanigans so there is no question who put the "Runamuk" in Runamuk Manor!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fake it til you make it . . .

Left the Id at Cheer practice the other day!  In my defense, I thought daddy had her and he thought I had her . . . but, the sad part, we were sitting inches away from each other at the Ego's softball game and neither of us realized that the other hadn’t gone and picked up the Id. 

Nana just put this in her custody file, but in my defense, I would like to remind her of the time circa 1987 when she put Sir in charge of picking up me and my sister and brother from school.  Lets just say that was my first experience in walking home!

At the moment I realized we were late for picking up the Id, I was reading an e-mail from a friend who said “I don’t know how you keep it all straight, I only have two kids and I can’t keep track.”  After I caught my breath from racing to pick up the Id, I e-mailed back and said “I actually don’t keep track, I just fake it really well!”

And so, I decided to share a few confessions about some recent incidents and how you know you’re distracted and overcommitted:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Party Heart-y . . . . Runamuk Style

It's now 3 days after Valentines Day, and mommy, of course, intended to post this on Valentine's Day, but her crazy Runamuk life (and Girl Scout Cookies) got in the way.  So, bear with my tardiness!!

Mommy and the girls decided to have a Runamuk "party with a heart" for Valentine's day.  So, in addition to partying with our friends, we made valentines for abused and neglected children who are staying at the Polinsky Children’s Center in San Diego.  I cannot tell you the amazing messages of love and kindness from all the kids to support and embrace children they don’t even know.  It was awesome!
The girls with all the valentines that were made (and yes, the Id is in a Devil costume, the Ego is in pajama pants, and the Superego is in shorts that mommy only just now noticed are WAAAAAAAAAY too short!!!).  CRAAAAP!

Just a portion of the valentines that were made that day.  The kids made over 60 cards!
 Of course, it wouldn't be a Runamuk party if there weren't some mommy lessons along the way.  Such as:

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Super Fun Sunday . . . that wasn't . . .

. . . as fun as it could have been because the Broncos apparently sent in their high school back up squad!

Gonna warn HfH that he shouldn’t read this post if he’s still a bit raw from yesterday.  I love you honey, but this was too good not to post!

For the first time in the Runamuk Manor, we hosted a Super Bowl party.  

We had a great time with our family and friends, and we had such high hopes for our Broncos.  But, here’s what we learned when you host a Super Bowl party in the City of the team that you beat to get to that Super Bowl:

     1)   If you order a cake from your friend who has a Charger bolt on her car and who wears her keys around her neck on a Chargers lanyard, THIS is how she will hex your cake:   
Marianne, as always, made a fabulous cake, but as you can see, SHE HEXED OUR ENDZONE with a Charger Bolt!!!
     2)   If you invite your aunt whose daughter lives in Seattle, THIS is how she will hex your dinner:

You can't really tell because the pasta also looks like phallic symbols, but that is a HUGE bowl of SEATTLE SPACE NEEDLES, on our counter, for our guests!!!
     3)   If you invite your neighbor who you thought was a Broncos fan, you will find out that she is a Broncos fan . . . UNLESS it is Seattle in the Super Bowl (because she is a huge USC fan and therefore needed to root for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks), and then she will hex you by bringing over a plate of chocolate chip cookies on SEAHAWKS PLATES.  Forgot to take pictures of this one!
     And finally:
     4)   If before the ink dries on your Squares game, you hear “who’s got Seahawks 2, Broncos 0”, you really should call the cops and have the place cleared out so your husband can watch the game in the sanctity of his bedroom where he can mourn alone!!  (You need to call the cops so as to make it look like the neighbors did it to you and you wanted people to stay, but the cops made them leave).  J

Husband from Heaven was such a great sport last night and he threw one hell of a great party (amazing food and fun atmosphere in our backyard).  While we and our guests enjoyed ourselves, the guests of honor blew it!!  L 

There's always next season . . . .

Monday, January 27, 2014

Move over Clark W. Griswald . . .

 . . . the Dugdales stepped it up a notch with Christmas AND European Vacation all rolled into one. 

Yes, that isn't an illusion created by Disney Magic, that's the real Matterhorn.  In our infinite Runamuk wisdom we decided it would be a good idea to take our three psychoanalytic theories to Switzerland, Germany and Austria over the holiday break, and just because we like to make our lives extra difficult, we did it with an injured Superego!

Thankfully the Id doesn’t yet have a boyfriend, so we didn’t have any $1,000 phone calls to home!

And those Europeans sure know how to make life much easier for Mommy and Daddy with free flowing Bier and Kirschwasser (Cherry Vodka).  We had a magical holiday with few hiccups, but of course, there is no way to go halfway across the world with the trifecta and not learn a few things. 

So, here’s The Swiss Family Dugdale Top 10: