"Hey mom......hey.....hey dad!" I glanced around the dinner table, hoping someone - anyone - was listening. To my dismay, no one was. So I shouted at the top of my 4 year old lungs, "HEY. EVERYONE. WAIT. I've got somethin' to say..."

And that's why I'm here. Writing a blog that, let's face it, no one but my mom will read. (Shout out to Mrs. Kapke, who, after years of trial and error, eventually became my #1 listener!) But I'm used to being ignored, so it's really no big deal. Oh, the ramblings of a youngest...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How a sassy 8-year-old made my night

It's no secret that Bella, my niece, and I have our moments. Usually they are moments of unconditional love, committed friendship, and unfailing companionship.

But sometimes we have our horrendous moments. Those moments that make us question if we're aunt and niece, or sisters...or maybe even destined to be enemies? 

Before you judge us, or me, since I am "the mature one," let me just say that THESE MOMENTS ARE RARE. 

But one went down today. Why? Because Bella is emotional. I am confident that puberty starts earlier and earlier.

Anyway. This was our conversation:

me: Bells, why don't you let the dogs outside?

Bella: I am busy. [She was NOT.]

me: Just go let them out -- I'm in the middle of something.

Bella: Just go let them out -- I'm in the middle of something. [Oh no she did-int.]

me: And while you're at it, you can let yourself outside, too. So that you can play and have fun and get some energy out. It seems that you are not in your best mood since you are saying rude things! Maybe a hug would help?

Ok, jaykay. It was more like...

me: And while you're at it, you can let yourself outside, too. Go play with the dogs. Since [with a gleam in my evil eye], you're one of the dogs anyway.

NOTE: Bella has always, always wanted to be a dog. She asked to be a dog for Christmas one year. But apparently, she takes offense when I, her loving aunt, try to make her wish come true? Duh.

Bells: DO NOT CALL ME A DOG!!!! I am not one and you shouldn't say things like that to people...

And she dramatically runs out of the room.


Again, WUT?

You may be wondering how this made my night? I am, too.

But because of her little spurt of sass, I found this article, titled 35 Reasons To Have Kids [Because, let's be honest, she makes me question my aspirations at times]. PLEASE WATCH.


Peace and Blessings

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Losers aren't champions

"So, what does it feel like to lose this game FIVE TIMES? You are so dumb and bad at everything." - Payton

Actually, that is a lie. He never said that. Out loud. But I am confident he was thinking it.

We played a bunch of games this morning, because apparently "card games!" is the compromise between his suggestion of bike riding and my suggestion of nap taking. Whatever floats my lazy boat!

Anyway, I came to the conclusion this morning that games of chance are THE worst. So I thought I would rank and rate three of the most grievous offenders.

NOTE: If you are a big "game of chance" kind of person, I have two things to say: 1. I apologize if this post offends you. 2. You are dumb. Anywhooo...

3. War.
Including the ten variations that are meant to make it "more fun." Regardless of if you're slamming the card on the table, sticking it to your forehead, or playing blindfolded, IT IS A HORRID GAME.

2. Gopher It.
This one you may not have heard of. It's actually not a very popular or common game. There is a reason for that: it makes people angry. I cannot tell you how many times I "almost won" that game this morning, then the stupid little gopher threw a wrench (or, more likely, an ACORN) in my plans.

1. Candyland.
If you enjoy having no control over your fate whatsoever, this is the game for you. It used to be one of my favorites, but recently I have realized that having high blood pressure really isn't worth the 1 in 10 chance that I'll actually win the game.

I am about ready to challenge this punk to a game of Risk. Then we'll see who the winner is.

I know I lied about his quote earlier, but he actually said this: "Dan, losers aren't champions."

And to that I say, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The gumbo of Jim-bob-way

I was doing the dishes after dinner tonight, when Bella asked me if I knew what "devotions" meant. Note: She's a silly little creep. All day every day. Anyway, I told her yes, of course I know what devotions are. (I think I went so far as to say I was "the reason for devotions." In retrospect, that may have been borderline heresy. Maybe?)

At this point, mom, seeing that I was being attacked by a vicious 7 year old, came running to my defense. She said, "Bella! It's not like Dani was raised in the jungle of Zimbabwe!"

The conversation digressed, with me and Bella discussing the pros and cons of living in the jungle of Zimbabwe.

Payton tried to cut in a few times, asking what we were talking about. Jungle? Gumble? Gumball? (We didn't really respond.)

A few minutes later, Payton was feeling particularly neglected, so he made some snide little comment to me. I was feeling extra mature, so I responded, "Well, you've got FOOD all over your FACE. And that is GROSS."

His response?

"It's not my fault I was raised in the GUMBO of JIM-BOB-WAY!"

Sunday, March 11, 2012

That awkward moment when...

...you don't post on your blog for two months.

Side note: I'm not really into the whole "that awkward moment..." fad. I mean, nothing awkward EVER happens to me anyway. So why fake it?

But fer realz, I just realized it's been two months. Exactly. Let's pretend I did this on purpose, ok? Cool beans.

But something funny just happened to me and the thought occurred, "MUST BLOG THIS. SO FUNN-AY."

I'm currently texting my sister, Andi, and we're trying to figure out when/where we want to meet to hang out this week. It started out pretty normal, but eventually this happened...

Andi: "would you want to [buy used books] tomorrow morning?"
me: "Do you just go to used book stores and shop around?"
Andi: "Ya."
me: "That sounds pretty cool. When?"
Andi: "We could meet halfway or you come come up here."
me: "....What time?"
Andi: "In the morning."
me: "Time!!!"
Andi: "9."

Maybe that's not funny to anyone else, but it reminded me HOW DIFFERENT we are. Andi likes to make plans for "the morning" (which, technically, could be anywhere from 12am to 11:59am) while I prefer a specific time. Something like 9:00am SHARP. Note: I will accept a rough estimate within the minute, but to the second would be preferred.

On another hilarious note, my niece and nephew made a statue of me out of blocks. It is almost 5' tall and has a face made out of paper cut-outs. If I didn't feel ugly before, now I do. But anyway, it was cute. Picture later.

Peace out, boy scout(s).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

God & Tim Tebow

I'm a huge fan of the Broncos. I'm a huge fan of Tim Tebow. In fact, Tebow was on my fantasy team this year and he made me proud.

If you have a facebook, which I'm sure you do, you probably read almost as many statuses dedicated to Tebow as I did this past Sunday. Don't get me wrong, I was cheering for the Broncos and ecstatic that Tebow rocked as much as he did.

But I have a complaint.

My favorite status, from an anonymous facebooker, was this: "Tebow wins because God loves him!"

Huh. Ok. Really. Um. Ok. Well.

What happens when Tebow loses? Does God not love him anymore? The Broncos will most likely not win the Superbowl, which means sometime in the next month they're going to lose. If Tebow wins as a result of God's love and favor, does that mean he loses as a result of LOSING God's love and favor? 

If you nodded your head in agreement to that question, I think you're gross. 

I love that Tebow is an unashamed Christian. I love that he loves God. I love that he plays football. I love that he wins football.

But I don't love when people condition God's love.

God loves Tebow when he wins. God loves Tebow when he loses.

That being said, when the Broncos eventually lose I expect to see dozens of facebook statuses saying: "God loves Tebow when he loses."

P.S. Go Broncos!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bella & William Wilberforce

Earlier this evening I decided to watch Amazing Grace. I'd never seen the movie, even though I'm pretty sure everyone and his brother told me watch it. Not only have I heard good things about it, however, but I left all of my movies at school. So it was between Amazing Grace and Marmaduke.

(If you haven't seen Marmaduke, don't. It is, bar none, the worst movie I have ever seen. And I actually LIKE Twilight. So you know it must be bad.)

Early on in the movie, Bella came and joined me. I didn't really think about the fact that maybe, just maaaaaybe, I shouldn't let my 7 year old niece watch a fairly graphic movie about slavery. But, you know, I'm the cool, hip, fun aunt....so I don't tell her no!

By the end of the movie, I'd pretty much fallen asleep (nothing against the movie...I just sleep a lot) and Bella was humming her own rendition of the song Amazing Grace. We were both content.

But then, as the credits began to roll, I glanced at Bella and saw a dangerously dubious look on her face. I crossed my fingers that she would NOT have any questions. I mean, she totally understood the slave trade and equality of men, right?

Have I ever told you how unlucky I am? I'm unlucky.

"Dani...?" She murmured.

"Um.....yes?" I muttered back, without even looking at her.

"I don't....I don't really understand...." She stammered.


"Well," she began again, "I just don't really understand something."

She took a deep breath as I realized I'd been holding my own.

I promised her I'd do my best to answer her question. As relief washed over her face, she looked me in the eye and asked:

"Why do the men wear nightgowns?"

Sunday, January 8, 2012

How to train your dog

The title of this post is somewhat deceptive. I did that on purpose. Why? Since honesty is supposedly the best policy, I'll be honest. I was afraid that if I made the title what this post is actually about, you'd all be too busy crying and feeling miserable to read my blog.

"Hey, Dani Mustard," you say, "What IS this post about, then?"

I'm glad you asked.

This post is dedicated to my dog, Madeline Joy. It's basically a compilation of all the reasons she is better than your dog. I'm sorry if that offended Spots or Mr. Scruffy, but it's true. And honesty is my policy...

So, grab a few tissues for yourself (or maybe a stress ball?) and a bone for your dog, and get ready to learn about Mad Dog's brilliance.

1. She is adorable. Always has been, always will be. I mean, she's a chocolate lab, so that's pretty much reason enough to love her. But better than that, she is 100% deformed. We don't know why. But it's a fact. Her head is way too small for her body, and it makes you wanna pinch hur leetle cheeks!

2. She is obedient. Ok, so, you know how you put puppies in a kennel at night and when you're not at home? Right, we did that with Maddie. To this day, she will walk to her kennel and stay in it (EVEN IF YOU DON'T CLOSE THE DOOR) whenever we leave the house or go to bed. She's almost 4 years old, and she is the best listener ever. So good that she obeys commands we don't even give her.

3. She gives head massages. You don't believe me? Will the dog saliva all over my head convince you otherwise? Seriously, chickies, she gives great massages. The slobber can be a little revolting at times, but I just pretend it's lotion and everything is ok.

Those are my three favorite reasons that Maddie is the greatest dog around town. I'd take full credit for her awesomeness, but she really learned everything on her own. (Add "motivated" to her list of attributes.)

Here's a photo of her and Bella back when they were both young pups.

You won't want to miss my next post, titled, "How to train your niece."