109 In Life

Besides Cleaning Closets…

I’ve been burning breakfast…


… so bad that the dog wouldn’t even touch it.


Video chatting with Erika and Sloane… I told Morgan earlier this week to point the remote towards the VCR. I said it about 5 times and finally Justin reminded me that it was a DVD player not a VCR andΒ  that MorganΒ  likely had NO IDEA what a VCR was. The whole time I thought she was ignoring me. Welcome to 2011! Rover comes to the computer and asks, “See ‘doane?!” I think we scare her to death. She always just looks at us like,Β  “are these people serious?”


I’ve also sent Paige to school this week with 2 RIGHT shoes on… {and let my children ride around in a filthy car}


… not noticing she wore 2 right shoes until I was informed by preschool staff after she was in the car at pick up. And I see she had a pair right below her on the floorboard with 1 right and 1 left, but thankfully she can totally rock two right feet! πŸ™‚

This morning we were rushing out the door when I remembered today was not normal, today was Paige’s bear hunt… we rushed back in and changed into our camo and grabbed our bear! Whew!


I also got a call today from Rover’s Mother’s Morning Out teacher.Β  She called and then texted to inform me that he stuck {tire} mulch up both nostrils and she thought I might want to come get him and take him to a physician. Dr. Darby to the rescue with a Maglite… clean as a whistle up his nostrils. One time when Morgan was a baby she had a stuffy nose {being a first time mom} I called the doctor to make sure it was ok if a baby had a stuffy nose and when explaining to the phone nurse her symptoms I forgot to use the word nostrils and told the nurse that my baby couldn’t breathe out of either one of her “nose holes“! πŸ™‚

This picture below shows that I resorted to Eggo waffles after I burnt our others to a crisp and that we are still dining with equines.


I took Rover to the tire store last week with me and while the nice guys patched 3 holes in my tire he cried for gumballs in his jammers and sister’s red boots.


Today my sweet friend and employee of the month at HBTs, Christy, bravely watched the rovers, made them s’mores, and took pictures while I ran to the post office with all your Happy Camper thermals! By the way, Christy has been a complete God-send to me and she’s moving in March and I’ve already started mourning. She is the reason any of you have received t-shirts in the last couple months!


Now… I’m going to back up.

When LA was here we rode around in her sweet ride and I tried not to covet it. On one little excursion we had lots of bundled up babies in the back and LA was totally blaring Christian rap and I thought I was going to lose my mind.Β  It wasn’t Tupac or Snoop from the mid ’90s so I didn’t know the words and I just straight up told her I couldn’t handle it any longer and made her turn it off! She was cool with that.


She is probably not cool with this but, I think she’s beautiful whether she’s eating or not and if she tells me to take it off, I will, just like she graciously turned off the awful music that she subjected me to…


So we also managed to grab an hour and half away from the 5 precious, young and very needy children to grab lunch and hit 2 antique stores… this is what we saw.

Loved but didn’t buy…


Loved but didn’t buy…


Loved and bought {measuring spoon holder}…


Loved but didn’t buy…


Loved but didn’t buy…


Loved and bought… {seats 8 for $25 … yes, $25}, I almost arm-wrestled LA for it but then I remembered she’d totally kick my tail and then she decided she needed chairs not a table… so no arm wrestling was necessary!


But just in case LA’s wondering, one day I will arm wrestle because I am hanging out with this girl some in the afternoon’s while Rover’s sleeping. She’s notorious for getting herself into this position… I cuss at her when she does it and try and try again , {usually laughing hysterically} but my body physically cannot do this position. She tells me it’s ok if I can’t do it and I think, damn straight it’s ok, this is not aΒ  position for humans to be in. I know she’s only smiling so she won’t cry because it hurts so bad. She also has been known to let go of her legs and put her arms straight up in the air while her legs are still in the air… even more impossible. You should see if you can do it, if you can, please don’t tell me.


back to antiques…

LA found and bought 3 glass canisters for her kitchen counter and I’m still waiting for the text to see what she mustered up to put in them. I took no photos of them.

And I loved and bought this little spoon rest that so perfectly goes with my spoon holder! It was a whopping $5 and I tried to get it for $3 but no dice! They have found their final resting spot in front of my coffee canister on the counter!


And the table has found it’s final resting place in front of our bay window… perfect for dinner, games, puzzles, or piles of mail or laundry!



I’m tired.


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  • taraf
    January 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Too funny for words. The beauty of motherhood…well, you just don’t know how many funky, but unexplainable things will happen each day! Rock on you funky momma!

  • Christy
    January 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    The look on Sloane’s face, priceless! She is such a doll! Loved Raiger’s bear hunt’in outfit, so cute! My lil’rover (JM reminds me A LOT of him) stuck a bead up his “nose hole” (lol) when he was about 2. Luckily I was able to pop it out with out the doc. πŸ™‚

    Love the measuring spoon holder! Glad it came home with you.

  • Kristen
    January 28, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Oh my gosh, Darby, this is the best post! I don’t even know where to begin, your stories were cracking me up!! The VCR, a tupac & snoop dog reference, “nose holes.” Laughing out loud over here. Thanks for that πŸ™‚

  • laurenbtrain
    January 28, 2011 at 12:54 am

    yay for video chat! i just found out last week that using iChat (on macs) you can do at least a 3 way video chat! we were using skype or gchat however with iChat my mom, sister and I can all video conference at once! i just wrote a post about it last week and if yall havent tried it yet, you should!!


  • simplyblythe
    January 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

    you are too funny.
    thanks for the giggles and being the perfect example of not taking oneself too seriously…life is far more fun that way.

  • Lauren
    January 28, 2011 at 1:10 am

    The waffles are hilarious. Love love love that table. And I also love that you let your children stay in their jammers too! Have a nice weekend – – the weather is supposed to be great!

  • Sarah's Fab Day
    January 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Ok everone is sleeping and I’m in here hooting with laughter at the word “nose holes”! I’m was dying!! Were you guys doing a Pilates dvd because I can’t tell if you were doing Teaser or Open Leg Rocker? Either way both exercises are tricky and you’ll be able to do it will a bit of practice!

    Ah “nose holes”, still laughing…

  • Julie
    January 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

    So much funny in this post. I have no idea how the human body can get into that position myself – lord knows I’ve tried in yoga but it ain’t happening!

    I LOVE your new table! Wowzers on the price!

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  • Natalie Meyer
    January 28, 2011 at 3:12 am

    This is the best post ever. Real life. Beautiful babies. Awesome mom. Keep up the good work. You are amazing and I do love reading your blog. Inspirational! xoxo.

  • From our Front Porch
    January 28, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Just love the table. So glad you don’t talk life too seriously and are able to find humour throughout your busy days.

  • Andrea
    January 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Your posts are the best. I think I’m going to have to read this one twice. My kids are only 8, 6 and 4, but it takes me back a couple of years when I was in your shoes. I was lucky my kids made it to pre-school with two shoes on, much less two right shoes. Oh, and I love your table. What a steal!

  • Amy
    January 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Oh my goodness, I am still laughing about the dog not wanting to eat the waffles and the VCR instead of DVD, I do that all the time! πŸ™‚ I love reading about the antics at the Stickler house! You have such a great sense of humor about it all! That table is rockin’. I’ve never seen one with such a cool base! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  • Kelly
    January 28, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Darby, I don’t comment often but I had to on this one. You had me laughing out loud over my coffee this morning! Love reading about other Moms living the crazy life – and being able to laugh at all the wacky stuff that goes on! I am off to get my little rovers ready for preschool…hopefully not with two right shoes πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Angel
    January 28, 2011 at 8:17 am

    “nose holes”…that is absolutely amazing, I literally just spit my coffee out I was laughing so hard. Thank you, thank you for the belly laugh on this Friday morning!

  • Julie
    January 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Your stories are too funny! We all have days like that. I’m trying to figure out where the bay window is in your house, where you put this new table. Is that the den or the family room?

  • Carrie
    January 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Love this post! One question…Why does she have 2 pairs of the same shoe? πŸ™‚ Or is one her sisters?…So funny! Don’t worry, my car is messier than your car. Thanks for blogging and sharing your talents with us all.

  • Lynn Ogburn
    January 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Wonderful post! I always check your and your sister’s posts first thing and am always excited when there is a new one! I love all your pictures and your obvious love for the Lord and for your family. Keep up the good work!

  • Melanie Marsh
    January 28, 2011 at 8:25 am

    My Goodness!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the table! Good job!
    I really enjoy your blog and seeing all the pictures of your cute kids! Rover is the same age as my son. The picture of him in the PJ’s and boots reminds me of how my boy looked this morning in his sweatpants, with rain boots, with T-shirt and “seat belt” ( belt).

  • Cat Moore
    January 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Love this. So funny. love reading your posts. My fave pic was Paige in her camo and boots. so cute! have a great weekend!

  • abby stewart
    January 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

    what a fun early morning read!

  • Janette
    January 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I love your blog! I discovered it a few months ago and have been checking in on an almost-daily basis… your stories are addicting and inspiring! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • michelle
    January 28, 2011 at 8:56 am

    That table is AMAZING!

    Your blog actually makes me want children some day….2 right shoes and all! πŸ™‚

  • kris
    January 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

    You have got to do a post about “what’s on the floor of YOUR car?!” And please have a prize cuz i’m going to be tough to beat.

    Thanks for the good humor.

  • Kate from Party Resources
    January 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love the image of the dog boycotting the the waffles! And what a hip outfit to go bear hunting – she rocks it!

  • The Mom
    January 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Love it. You are back. In spades. Find refreshment when and where you can. The Lord delights in you every day and in all situations. And He laughs, too! BTW, Paige will be a great dancer…no left feet!

  • Kristee
    January 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    That is so funny that you had to check out JM’s nose holes!?! Glad he is A-OK. I want to hit some antique shops with you! You speak my bargain, language! πŸ™‚ Happy Weekend.

  • val
    January 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Darby, thank you for my morning laugh with my coffee!!

  • HannahJ
    January 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Your whitty way of writing brings a smile to my face! Thank you for that! and you make me want to go a-thrifting right now!

  • OurSoundHome
    January 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

    This was just what I needed this morning! A good laugh and look at real life with a wonderful mom and family. Love the antiques, I might have to stop by a local spot this afternoon to see what I can find!

  • Heather
    January 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I love your blog. I love the crafty ideas, sewing inspiration, the way you share your heart for the Lord….and I super love that you do not try to come across as perfect, as having it all together all the time.

    I think too often mommy’s or maybe all women feel we have to show our shiny side all the time.

    I happen to love bows. I love doing my daughter’s hair. I recently had a mom at day care comment that I seemed to have it all together. She commented that she thought my daughter’s outfits are always cute with matching bows. I never seem overwhelmed, I had my act together all the time. My reply to her was, “please…please come take a look at my vehicle”. She peaked in the windows, got a tear in her eyes (holding back the laughter I assume), hugged me and said thank you, I needed that. Darby-if you think your vehicle is filthy, honey you haven’t seen a thing until you see mine!! hahaa! Seriously, if this was baseball your car is totally t-ball level, while mine is major league baseball!!

    It isn’t that I have everything under control, I just gave up trying to control everything and gave in to the total chaos!! LOL

  • Heather
    January 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I’ve never commented before, but you just made me smile this morning and I wanted to say thanks! I love your writing style and really enjoy reading about you and your little ones. Also, I love your new table (i would have arm wrestled for it too).

  • Taylor@WiseFamilyLiving
    January 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

    That was quite a post! An Affair With A House… My Favorite Design Book. It makes me dream of finding a run down antebellum plantation for about $50,000 and renovating it and spending perfect weekends there gardening, cooking, and letting my children run wild. Probably a tall order.

  • Lindsey
    January 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I can’t even tell you what my favorite part of this post it; the look on Sloane’s face, Rover in his boots?. Thank you for starting my morning off with a smile. You are such a wonderful mother and thank you for sharing all your up’s, down’s and everything in between.

    Have a great weekend!!

  • Stacey
    January 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

    So can relate to the filthy car. What is it with these people that can have a spotless vehicle with little kids? I don’t see how it’s possible. We vacume ours out occassionally and I feel so good and within a day or two its back to its original state.
    I can also relate to the shoes. Just this week when my five year old got home I noticed he had his shoes on the wrong feet? Thinking he had gotten them reversed at school I said, “Did you take off your shoes anytime today?” He says no. I will blame my husband on that one. Ha! He dressed him that morning.

  • Susan V
    January 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I have that same spoon rest that was passed down from a family friend after whom both me and my daughter are named. I have never thought about using it by my coffee pot … I’m moving it there tomorrow. No more wasting a paper towel each morning to rest our coffee spoon on.

  • Kelley
    January 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Nose holes – Ha Ha Ha Ha! Had tears running down my face – I can so relate. My son’s school called yesterday to tell me carpool was over and my son was in the office – I had misread the clock…it’s digital…not sure how that happened?

  • sue@laurenfaythe
    January 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Funny! My daughter stuck a bead (from a lampshade) up her nose one time. We vacuumed it out.

  • kat
    January 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

    WOW! That table was a great score!!! Love it! Antique shopping is so much fun!!!

  • Shane (girl)
    January 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Love this post, had me laughing at work…everybody was looking at me! lol. Love the table too, great find.

    ps. You have a beautiful family πŸ™‚

  • Whitney
    January 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the laugh! And thanks for the honesty!! At least I know what I’m getting myself into when I have darling children one day!

  • Leah
    January 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Ha ha ha ha ha!! This post totally cracked me up! I love your perspective on the mishaps that occur in our busy days as women…very encouraging – AND funny! Thanks for the chuckles and side cramps! πŸ™‚

    PS – I love, love, love your new table!

  • Leslie
    January 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    That table ROCKS!! Your local antique stores must be WAY better than what we have in West Texas. I would have arm wrestled about anyone for that!!

  • Katie Baba-Nielson
    January 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

    i am glad rover is okay, but i couldn’t help cracking up as i read that! i am a little scared to have kids now because i would have NO idea what to in that situation! and i have a feeling my children will do lots of things like shove mulch in their noses.

    also, very VERY good job on the table. i love a good deal and that is one of the best i’ve seen in a while!

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    January 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Darby, you are hilarious! I laughed out loud at the dog refusing the waffles, “nose holes” and you looking up Rover’s nose with a Maglite! Good thing I was not drinking coffee at the time, or I’d be mopping up my keyboard/monitor.

    The table is an awesome find, glad you did not have to arm wrestle for it! (And you are so right with “damn straight it’s ok, this is not a position for humans to be in”!)

  • Helen
    January 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Darby! You make me want to go antiquing! (sp) Sounds like you have some fabulous friends. You’re blessed! Noticed you had “An Affiar with a House” on the table. Just recently got that from the library and loved it! Now I want a gorgeous huge house. Ha!

  • Sandy tyree
    January 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I LOOOOOVE the measuring spoon holder! Could be ’cause I know have the one that I always remember sitting on the kitchen counter when I was baking with my mom. Good memories!

  • Jane
    January 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I have been reading your blog for almost a year now (wow!) and I have never commented…and now I’m wondering why it has taken me so long. In any case, I have to THANK YOU for making me laugh this morning. I have had a terrible week, and I needed a little chuckle. Love your rovers!

  • Jackie
    January 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    thank you for this mornings laughs! You’ve made my day and it’s only 8:25am!

  • Amy
    January 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Great post! For the record, I would have wrestled you for the table. πŸ™‚

  • tina
    January 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for cracking me up on days when I really need it.

  • Jessica
    January 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    you had me cracking up several times throughout this post… first off, I LOVE y’alls faces in the video chat – especially Sloane’s – she looks all calm and proper compared to her cousins! haha the other day I definitely put Soraya’s shoes on the wrong feet and wouldn’t have known it if someone hadn’t told me. πŸ™‚ how did Paige get 2 right shoes of the same shoes?! lol (and I’m glad I’m not the only one that has a car that looks like that…Sam likes to try to tell me I am)

    next time can I come with LA??? pretty please. I’ll sit in the trunk and listen to tpac, snoop, Christian rap or whatever else you want to listen to without complaining. πŸ™‚ love all of the antiques – seriously, $25 for that table!!

    LA can do that position with her arms up too I’m sure…not fair. try p90x yoga for a good laugh. wish you could come to our yoga class at WW! (I just realized this is super long. sorry!)

  • Nelle
    January 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’m exhausted just reading all of your adventures. LOVE your new table and measuring spoon flower pot. You are wonderful!!! LA is a yoga master. One of my favorite people once said to me, “I do yoga. Sometimes I fall down. It’s cool.”

  • Katie
    January 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I cannot believe you found that table for $25!!! I looooove it!

  • Rachel Z.
    January 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Darby I loved this post! It made me laugh out loud..thank you for the whitty commentary about your kids!

  • melissa stover
    January 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    i chuckled at “nose holes” because i routinely forget basic vocabulary and grope for words and just feel like a complete idiot.

  • Jen
    January 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    At least your burning breakfast. I am not attempting at anything unless its out of a box these days! My son just throws his all over the floor anyway…

  • Felicity @ Our Little Beehive
    January 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Ha! Poor pup!

  • Jana
    January 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Oh I feel so much better! Some other mom is out there driving a car around w/ a bunch of kids clothes and paraphernalia strewn around on the floor…why is it that I always feel like the only one?! Love the smores pics! The burnt waffles and your son in his jammers at the tire shop…looks like something I would do. My life has been validated at your blog LOL!

    Oh yeah…the table!! What a steal!

  • Tara
    January 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oh Darby…you’ve got me laughing this morning, my friend! Paige’s two right feet make me smile. Maybe she’ll start a new trend at preschool.

  • Abby Maddox
    January 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for the crazy real-ness that was this blog. I loved all the antiques…except for maybe the striped orange revolving cup thing. Really?! I love your table. It looks beautiful. I want to call you. I hope I soon have a quiet, free minute that coordinates with one of yours.

  • Lexie
    January 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Oh my gosh this is me on a daily basis. Thank you for being “real” and not making the rest of us feel like total life failures!

  • Emily
    January 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I L-O-V-E Bunny Williams’ *An Affair with a House*!!! Whenever I’m having a day like thus stated above (read: ALL the time), I like to thumb through the pages of her beautifully serene (and clean) house and guest house, all the while saying “Serenity now, serenity now.” But as you know, at the end of the day, isn’t the living the fun part! Anyway, Bunny would be proud, her book looks absolutely lovely offset against your table (yes, I’m having table envy – green at that) complete with fig candle and birds. Darby, have a great weekend! Thanks for the charming post!

  • Shannon
    January 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    The table looks awesome in front of the bay window. I love how the lines mimic the angles of the window.

  • kristen
    January 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    i think this is my favorite of your posts of all time! i can’t even think of which part i like best. ok yes i can – dirty car and nose holes..it’s a good one πŸ™‚

  • Michele
    January 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    This was such a great post. I don’t even know what to specifically comment about. I just loved all of the randomness and your photos. We have the same camera, but I just can’t seem to take photos like you. I wish I could blame the camera, but I think it’s the person behind the camera that makes the difference. Have a great weekend!

  • Laura
    January 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for the humorous picture of your real life! Love the table – what a score!

  • Carrie
    January 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Can I tell you I am green with envy over that table?! What a find! The spoons are precious! I love real life posts!!

    Happy Friday!!

  • mary katharine
    January 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    SUCH a fun post! My Olivia stuck a pencil eraser up her nose, but then blew it out … across the room. Lovely. I make it through 4 kids who NEVER DREAMED of doing this, but then I have number 5 and she just can’t resist. I don’t get it. I can rationalize putting something in my mouth … but my nose. Why? I don’t get it.

    Loved all the antique-ing … viewing the images almost made me feel like I had a little escape myself:).

    And lastly .. you get the most amazing natural light in your home! So refreshing.

  • elizabeth
    January 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    that table is EXACTLY what i’ve been looking for. i’m trying to be really happy for you and not jealous πŸ˜‰ you guys were very efficient with your hour and a half. good for you.

  • Brandy
    January 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Your post always brighten up my day! I just love your blog & your stories. πŸ™‚

  • Becky
    January 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Is “nose holes” NOT a word?

  • Jennifer
    January 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I am ashamed to admit that I covet your table, measuring spoons and spoon holder. How on earth can they be so inexpensive? For your sake, I am glad they are! Fun, Fun finds!

  • Abby S.
    January 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    There is sooooo much about this post that I love so I will only name a few.
    1. I love the two right feet.
    2. I love the red boots and jammies.
    3. I love that table! $25 really? Nice snag!
    4. That is one cute bear hunter!
    I’ll stop know, but I do love this post.

  • Madeline
    January 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I had a rough day, read your post(about the kiddos) and laughed until I cried. Thank you!

  • Kelly Mann
    January 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Girl, you crack me UP! I love that you share your crazy life with all of us so we can all feel normal! Also, I just wanted you to know I’ve nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award! I’ve linked to you on my blog and all the info about it is on there as well! Have a great weekend!

  • Kaela
    January 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Oh, my! I’m a little surprised, er taken aback, with this post. You always seem so together and with it (EVEN when Darby doll makes her appearances for you!). But this one has just done me in – I don’t know if it’s the Gumby-like yoga instructror, Paiges shoes or Rover in his jammies crying for gum(I have a little just like that!), but I love you to pieces and don’t even know you. I’m hoping you can start a new week without any serious injuries.

  • Nelle
    January 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I tagged you as a Stylish Blogger Award winner today at SHF. I know you are mom of the year busy but didn’t want you to miss out on the fun. xox

  • Katie
    January 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Darby! While I LOVE each and every one of your posts, this one makes me so thankful to know you really are human! My sister and I both subscribe to your blog and we were beginning to wonder if you should also be titled “Wonder Mom.” Thank you for the laughs and reminding us that, yes, you are a wonder mom, but you also have those days like the rest of us. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Cat Moore
    January 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    wait….there’s “christian” rap? just read this post in detail. earlier, just scanned. was in a hurry. πŸ™‚ nite!

  • Kristi
    January 29, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Sloanie’s face, poor dog, nose holes!!! I laughed out loud and woke my snoring hubbie up—my girls are 14 and 11–memories, cherish each exhausting and beautiful one.

  • mona evanochko
    January 29, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I love reading your posts,,, I’m 56,,, with 3 grown children… (you’ve met my Daughter’s Melise and Megan), I smile through every entry… because I’ve been there done that. And as I read your entries memories of those day’s flash through my mind like a slide show. Its a mishap of life, that becomes a blessing.

  • Mandy
    January 29, 2011 at 6:11 am

    OMG! I have laughed really hard on this 6 am morning!!! That is all too funny and yes, I have weeks and days like this too! Love the table and measuring spoon holder…so cute! I buy things like that at antique stores too and it is just SO fun! Have a great weekend!!! Mandy

  • Meghan
    January 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

    This most made me laugh so hard I cried! You are so funny! And that table! Love it!

  • Lola Rain
    January 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

    That table is to die for!!! This post has made me want to start scrounging through antique shops! And I loved your candor about raising 3 children….there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who is real.

  • cousin
    January 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

    You are absolutely hilarious. Nose hole is what mom calls Luke. Or anyone really. So funny. And are you ignoring my rice bag request I texted you?? I think you are and that’s ok. I’ll go buy one:) I love and miss you “nose hole!”

  • alli
    January 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    great post as usual darby!
    love the messy car– im right there with ya!!!

  • Brooke
    January 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for making me laugh out loud at least 3 times today! I love the table. What a deal! Now I want to run out to my local thrift store and rumage around.

  • Lauren
    January 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I haven’t been antique shopping in a while and your post inspired me to head out today. I found some great white dishes for a steal!! Love the table!!

  • Ruth Ann
    January 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Thank’s for getting my back, because I had a week like yours. Here in southern KY, we’ve had several snow days with no school. I’m notorious for not keeping up with my 4 kids school papers and schedules, etc. Our youngest daughter is 8 yrs. old and has Down syndrome so she can’t always set her mom straight when things don’t click correctly in my mind. Last week, after a stretch of 5 days off from school, I read on her spelling list (that we had studied for several days) that the next day back at school would be “pajama day”. Being the great mom that I am, I dressed her in jammies proud that I had remembered. At the last moment before leaving the house, I threw a change of clothes in my bag because I knew the oldest two had track practice and I had some time to do grocery shopping with the youngest two after we left school for the day. Before she left my classroom, I called her teacher to tell her something and just happened to mention pajama day. Boy, was I shocked to find out that it had occcured the last day we had attended school. I was thankful I had enough forethought( who am I kidding, it was pure luck) to put in an extra set of clothes. I changed her behind the desk in my classroom before I sent her to her room and thanked the Lord that we enter the buildiing by way of the back door -not the busy front doors of the school building. I also have people tellling me what a super woman I am-oh if they only knew how often I slip up.

  • Lisa @ Just the 6 of us
    January 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I love your blog and how you always put a smile on my face when I read it… but I have to say, that I love it even more now to see the non-perfect sides of your life, your messy van, the burnt waffles and sweet Rover in his jammies… because I can relate!

    I know you are tired – I mean I don’t think I know another mom who does as much as you do, but ou are an amazing and wonderful person and I appreciate you!

  • Jessica
    January 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I have been reading for a while and have never commented, but I had flash backs when I read “nose holes” and had to share!

    I have an identical twin sister too. We were adpi’s at Auburn! War Eagle! One of our pledge sisters was trying to figure out how to tell us apart and she said (in her best Goshen, AL accent) I know, you can see up your nose holes and not hers!!

    I’m sure you are all too familiar with the standing side by side so people can pick apart your differences. But never had anyone in our entire lives compared our nose holes!!! HA!

    I married a Dothan boy:)! Will have to get the antique stores you like so I can check it out when I’m in town.

  • Jennifer Morena
    January 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    HILARIOUS picture of Sloane’s expression!! I have a few friends with one child and I think Sloane’s face in that pic sums up the way they feel upon entering my house πŸ™‚ L.O.V.E. that table – delish! Thanks for being real.

  • Today's Letters
    January 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    d, i read this post a few days ago and came and re-read it again tonight. i think this one ties for 1st place next to your “i was 19…” post. job well done, lady.
    {still} so grateful for you … ps, correct usage of 4 letter words = 10 points. well played.

  • {darlene}
    January 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    you crack. me. up.
    I also do that workout video…. and wonder… how in the world is she smiling. I have the most constipated look on my face when I attempt to get halfway close to this.
    – {darlene}

  • christy
    January 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    love jm in his red boots at the tire store. perfection.

  • kathleen
    January 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

    don’t moms write L or R inside or on the bottom of the shoe thus helping the child identify the proper shoe or to assist an older sibling with younger sibling dressing detail. Did the tire with three plugs get assigned the spare tire rotation? I shudder to think of driving on a plugged tire for any length of time. I want your Tiger Paws in tip top shape. Be safe. Arrive Alive.

  • Stephanie
    January 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Ha! I loved this post.. 1st time commenter, but just felt like I could relate too much on this one to pass up. Hubby and I have tried doing Core Fusion together- man it kicks my butt, but I am so glad I am not the only who laughs during this pose. No way in heck will I EVER be able to do that! I can do about 1/8 of the 10 min. ab work out, ha!

    Ah, life with three little ones, is there anything more entertaining =, difficult, and oh so fulfilling!

  • Jen
    January 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I haven’t been here in a while because I am computer-less but stopped by today and just fell in love all over again. Darby, you crack me the heck up. I am never disappointed and reading your blog always makes me smile. I know that I will have a better day because I stopped here first. Have a great one! Know that you made at least one woman very happy today! πŸ™‚ Love ya!

  • Shar
    January 31, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I love my Happy Camper shirt. Thanks, and such speedy delivery! Great post!

  • meredith tichenor
    January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    love every post you write. secretly want to be your bffe. ha! I am so jealous (happy for you) of your kitchen table find… what a SCORE! your precious kiddos are dolls, as always! thanks for making me smile (and feel like a “normal mom” who burns breakfast and hoards things in closets)… happy monday!

  • Kerry Lee
    January 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you so much for this post…I feel so much more “normal” after reading it. I just laughed out loud and cried simultaneously while looking at the pics of your daughter’s two right feet, your son in the tire store… I’m a SAHM whose husband recently deployed to Afghanistan and most days I think the comedy show (aka complete whackiness) that occurs in my house on a daily basis would scare most faint-hearted people to death. Your sweet and “normal” home brings me solace and reassurance that whacky can be ok and normal.

  • Snekcip
    January 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Fun and hilarious post! You are too funny!!! Oh man do I love that table!!! Friend-fight worty indeed!!

  • Beverly
    January 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    LOVE it! your waffles look like my pancakes i made for breakfast yesterday πŸ™‚ love your table…looks like you all had fun at the antique store!

  • Lauri
    January 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Love your blog and I really love my new Happy Camper Honeybee Thermal. Super cute and soft. And, I’ve gotten compliments on it. Can’t wait to be a return customer with another thermal t, possibly in red? πŸ™‚

  • Sara Watson
    February 1, 2011 at 12:35 am

    OMG…that orange striped set of glasses (and is that an ice bucket in the middle?!?) is fabulous! Where did you see that?

  • Sarah
    February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Can’t stop laughing at your comments to the lady in the crazy position in the workout video. LOL over & over. So much so, I had to go back & re-read that part of the post a few times over the past several days. Totally would be my reaction too. Love your sense of humor…thanks for giving me an ab workout with the laughter!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    You make me feel so normal and right at home- wish we were neighbors!!

  • tara
    February 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    ” It wasn’t Tupac or Snoop from the mid ’90s so I didn’t know the words…”

    classic! i practically could have written those very words.