Monday, December 29, 2014

I've been searching for something...

Things That Won The Internet
(for me)
In 2014

As a certified insomniac, I spend a lot of time surfing the Internets. It's a drug, and I'm addicted. The Internet is good for looking up all kind of amazing information, but sometimes, I just like to troll for the funny stuff. With just a few more days left in 2014, I thought I would share this list of some of my favorite fruits from the internet tree! 

"Fuck eagles." –This baby
"Fuck Eagles."- This baby. 
1. 39 Renaissance Babies Who Just Can't Even: A creepy compilation of Renaissance renderings of babies that will give you nightmares. I could not stop looking at it! The captions has me in hysterics- "Staaaaaaaaaahp!" Buzzfeed is one of my favorite internet stops and this one was a winner for me! I still look it over and crack up! I know it was a brilliant artistic period and all, but, really. What is the hell was wrong with the artists of the Renaissance? And why was there always so much baby penis involved? 








2. Weird Things All Couples Fight About: I am seriously afraid that Buzzfeed has bugged our apartment because, holy crap. It's frightening how similar this is to every conversation I have with my husband. 


3. First Moon Party: Hello, Flo is a company that puts together goodies boxes of feminine care products and will mail a customized kit to your home to coincide with your "ladies days". I thought this commercial was absolutely hilarious and so creative that I seriously considered applying for a job with Hello, Flo! I mean it. I want to work for them. Ahem...


4. Brian Williams Raps "Rappers Delight": Oh, Jimmy Fallon, you little minx. You took the hottest man in the news world and mixed him with classic rap. Brillz. Plus, he tossed in a duet with Lester Holt, who I also find wildly attractive (don't judge.). Honorable mention goes to any time Brian William's Slow Jams the News


5. Cheap Wine Reviewed By An Irish Brewmaster: Buzzfeed wins again with this hilarious wine review conducted by a prominent brewmaster from Minnesota. This dude is hilarious and so cute, I kind of want to meet him for coffee and chat about things. The sidebar in the video is a riot, too! 


6. The Lie and The Truth About Marriage: This is the only serious piece to make this list, but I wanted to include it because it meant so much to me.  Glennon Melton, of the blog Momastery and the NYT Best-Seller Carry on, Warrior, wrote this essay about the truth about love and marriage. With the scars of my separation from Pete still raw and healing, this was a plainly-worded eye-opener. The wedding is not the finish line we think it is but, rather, just the starting line of a hard race, and to compete at that level, you need to be willing to work. Very few things in this world just happen without any attention or nurturing or care, and being in love is one of those things.  

7. If Google Was A Guy Vol. 1, 2, and 3: This one is, by far, my favorite this year! The whole series is hysterical and worth watching. The third video is my favorite and has be often quoted in my house- generally, when we see something on Facebook that just is not true. This was funny and very clever! It kind of makes me wonder what it would be like to be the portal for so many different questions. 











Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I believe that God has a plan for all of us...

PJ lighting the menorah, Age 1, wearing a kippah
my parents brought him from Israel. 
The other night, Pete asked if we could get an Elf on the Shelf for PJ. I immediately bristled because I think those stupid things are creepy as hell, and I did't want the pressure of finding new antics for the Elf to get into every night.  I wasn't even sure that PJ would get it- would he give two craps if an Elf action figure got into his Apple Jacks or pilfered his train collection?

"C'mon, Brie," Pete implored. "I want him to have as much magic as possible. Who knows how long he will believe in this kind of thing."

The subject of the elf was never revisited (and I sure as hell am not going to bring it up! Sorry!), but it's given me pause over the last few days as I think about the things I do want PJ to believe in. Is it so important that PJ find his magic in a fat dude who breaks into people's houses? Does that particular page of the magic book really speak to what the Christmas holiday is about?

As it turns out, yes. It does. I do want PJ to believe in Santa for as long as possible. I love the idea of having faith in something completely make-believe, something so far-fetched that to believe is magic in and of itself. Santa is just one example of that kind of something. Having a heart that is open to that type of believing is, I hope, open enough to let in all kinds of hope and kindness and love. If PJ can believe in a fat dude who breaks into our house and leaves presents (and isn't completely creeped out by it), can't he also believe that he's capable of doing big, magical things himself?

Cousin Christmas Cookie Party 2012
Believing in Santa is one of those quintessential parts of childhood (if you grow up with a corresponding religion). It's always hard, it seems, for parents to meet their child at the cusp of growing up and admit that the fairy tales aren't as shinny as they seem. It's easy for me to say of course, while my son is still so young and can fully get down with all things pretend, that I won't be upset when he no longer believes. And yes- as PJ gets older, year after year, I always think bitter-sweetly of the things he has outgrown. But if PJ comes out on the other end of beliving in Santa with a heart that is still open to all of the magic of the real world, it will be okay.

Wishing everyone a beautiful and happy holiday season!!!!

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    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    You're a mean one...

    Our little apartment is finally being holiday-fied, just in time for the 1st night of Hanukkah tomorrow. With two religions to decorate for, our place is shining with Christmas balls, twinkling lights, and a variety of ornaments mixed in with my menorahs and bowls of gelt. We're not quite done yet, but my living room is already glowing with the warmth and sweetness of the holidays.

    Truth be told, it drives me a little crazy, but before you get out your holiday sticks to beat down the bitchy Grinch-Jew, hear me out.

    I love the holidays. I love giving gifts and being with family and receiving stacks of holiday cards in the mail. I adore holiday food and I freaking LOVE holiday baked goods. I love the magic of Christmas Eve and the excitement of Christmas morning, especially now that I have a son. Oh, and houses covered in lights. Swoon.

    That whole week that contains Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Years Day? Love it, along with the eight nights of Hanukkah, which always is easy-breezy. But when Christmas ads start the day after Halloween and the traffic gets insane, I get a little panicky. It seems counter-intuitive to place so much pressure on creating holiday magic when that very pressure makes it SO NOT MAGICAL.

    I know that a lot of people thrive on it. Their trees go up in early November and they start listening to the 24-hour Christmas Songs station on the radio. They have all of their holiday shit together, and I am fully jealous of that. I am far too high-strung to be able to enjoy the holidays without feeling so much pressure- it's the same reason that wedding planning didn't agree with me. My wedding day was amazing, but planning it nearly drove me to distraction. I was far too wrapped up in creating a perfect day to get any enjoyment of out of the creating.

    So how does a psycho high strung person, such as myself, get through the holidays? It's hard- I always set my expectations high. I set them too high, and they inevitably fail. I used to go nuts (and broke) trying to make every wish and want come true for everyone. I still wish that I could make all of those things happen, but it's just not possible, so I've scaled back considerably. I set limits that I can meet and try not to venture out into the stores too often (can we give a "hell, yeah!" to Amazon? It has revolutionized my life!). And while the preparation might drive me a little nuts, there is always the magic of Christmas and the electricity and wonder of New Year's Eve to ease my nerves.

    We put our little Christmas tree tonight. I will, most likely, spend the next two weeks protecting it from PJ's curious and destructive hands. Shopping will make me kind of crazy, and the disruption to our routine will make PJ a little unsettled. It will be hard for a bitch like me to control my temper and patience, but it will all be worth it for the one truly magical Christmas Day.






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      Tuesday, December 9, 2014

      Yeah, it seems like yesterday.

      The day before Thanksgiving, this guy turned 5.

      Crazy Dress-Up Day at school- Cheer practice tee and fox pajama pants. So stylish. 
      It feels like five years have gone by so slowly, and in the blink of an eye at the same time. Sometimes, when he deigns to give me a hug, I think about this big boy I have my arms around and how his entire body could nestle into my chest when he was a newborn.

      Four was quite a year for us. It often felt like PJ was living out his Terrible Twos and Even Worse Threes in the body of a great big four year old. There were a few moments that made me afraid one of us wasn't going to make it to the Five Year Road Marker. But, we've done it. My best guy has started full-day school, just received his first actual, in an envelope report card, and had a big-kid birthday party at a trampoline park. Last night, he read his bed time story to me. My baby is five years old. Next year, he will need a second hand to display his age in fingers.

      I usually am a person of many words, but it's so hard to find the right ones to properly express just how much this little wonder has changed my life. When PJ is at his best, when he's at his bravest, when he's at his worst and most fearful- it's just all good. It is not always easy, but it is always good.

      I often tell the story of how my pregnancy with PJ was a surprise. I remember standing in the bathroom with two pink lines in my hand, freaking out. I peed on a handful of sticks, trying to make sense of it all. But it was real- PJ was here to stay and I have never been more aware of anything than the feeling of him growing inside of me. Every kick, every movement (or every non-kick and non-movement, torture for a hyper-overbearing mama!) felt like something amazing was happening. And then, a moment that began five years ago; he joined us on the outside and was laid in my arms, so skinny and blonde and looking just. like. Pete.

      The kid has been on the outside for five years now. I've watched him grow and learn and surprise me every day with all he has to offer. It made me realize that even though I gave birth to this kid, even though he's on the outside, our babies are always on the inside, too. Always.

      This past year was PJ's biggest yet. He performed in front of hundreds of people with the Storm Twisters. He rode the waves of the Atlantic on a surfboard, and try soccer for the first time. He rode horses and slid down giant, inflatable water slides. He took a trip on a pirate ship, shooting water cannons at the bad guys. He tried out Parkour and had his first ride on a zip line. At night, before I tuck him into bed, we still read our bedtime story but, now, PJ can read nearly all of the words.


      There just aren't enough things to say about this little wonder, one who is so big and lives so bravely and seems to love life, even when it is hard. It is sometimes difficult to reconcile the brave boy who was the first and youngest on the water slide with the unsettled, agitated child who can have so much trouble controlling the energy and uneasiness in his little body. It's hard sometimes- hard to keep the thought "You know, if it weren't for Autism..." out of  my head.

      But, if it weren't for Autism, I would have another little boy. Not PJ. It certainly doesn't define him, but it is a part of him. One part, just like his bravery is another part and his strange propensity to replace words of songs and stories with "sandwich" is yet another. There are a million pieces that come together to make this amazing, beautiful, funny, sweet, smart, defiant, precious son of mine. They have been five years in the making, and I can't wait for so many more birthday and new pieces of his being to form.

      Happy, happy 5th birthday to you, Peter Joseph!





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      Our two runners up are:

      • Yarn Christmas Tree by Busy Bee Kate!  A super cute idea where you create a tree out of yarn with the help of your kid(s) and then have them decorate it using various odds and ends from your craft box!

      • I Spy Ornament by Krystal's Kitsch!  Have your kid(s) help you fill a clear plastic ornament with shredded gum wrappers, glitter and more to create a personalize I Spy ornament!



      • And now our grand prize winner...







        These Candy Cane gift-tags from SAHM I Am are our challenge winner!  These gift tags were created using peppermint scented shaving cream to marble the tags by her sons!  Check out the full directions on her blog!  Lauren's craft swept the votes and the Time for Mom hostesses agreed she was the clear winner of our craft challenge and the giftcard prize!  Congratulations Lauren!




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        Wednesday, December 3, 2014

        The beat goes on and on and on and on and...

        It's been radio silence here on my blog for the past two weeks.
        There were a few times that I sat down to write
          and just had nothing,
        mainly because I was tired.
        But's it's been a very busy few weeks,
         full of celebrations,
        holidays,
        long weekends,
          and a few kind-of-scary-yet-exciting things.
        PJ turned 5 years old, and we celebrated with our families.
        I can not believe that my son is 5.
        How did that happen?
        We enjoyed Thanksgiving with my parents,
          Marla and Steve,
         and my Aunt Sandi.
        Pete was even able to enjoy dinner before he headed to work.
        PJ performed songs from his newly-acquired repertoire of
         Songs About Turkeys.
        The long weekend was a busy one.
        Monday arrived.
        PJ went back to school,
         everyone went back to work,
        and my sister was admitted to the hospital
        for a double mastectomy.
        The surgery was "easy"
         in that there were no surprises,
        her body cooperated,
        and all of her pathology reports came back clean.
        A huge decision that will hopefully have a worthwhile payout.
        She is coming home tomorrow sore, but healing.
        There is so much to talk about
          and so many stories to tell.
        But being tired has taken some of my focus,
          so the stories will have to wait another day.
        For now, I am thankful for so many things;
         for my smart, brave, amazing five year old son,
         for my little family,
        and for my insanely brave sister.

        Time for bed.