According to Mags

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I aspire to be a professional napper because I am TIRED. I plan to investigate the thoughts of my five-year-old in a fun and light way. If you are up for the adventure, I hope you'll join me!

Mel is a winner of Top 25 Funny Moms - 2013

What's the funniest thing your child has ever done or said?

Well, I begin each post on my blog with a quote about the funny things my daughter and son say. Sometimes I even include my husband, Chris, in these quotes that tickle my funny bone. Here is one from each of them.

We were decorating for Halloween when this exchange occurred:
Me: "It looks like Halloween puked in here."
Chris: "Mission accomplished."

As we were preparing for Hurricane Sandy, Tuck came out with this one:
"So we're getting a snowstorm from one side and a hurricane from the other? We should call it a 'Snurricane'. 'Snurricane Sandy.'

A conversation with Mags:
Mags: "Can I wear your ring, Mama?"
Me: "No, Mags, this is my wedding ring. It's very special to me and I don't want it to get lost by accident."
Mags: "That's the ring that means you're married to Daddy?"
Me: "Yep. Sure does. It means that we'll be together for our whole lives."
Mags: "And he can never, ever escape from you. EVER?!?"
Chris: (looks at me, smirks) "Yep. That's about right, Mags."
Me: (sigh)

What always makes you laugh?

A friend or family's unexpected, clever response to something I've said always will make me laugh. When my kids or husband belly laugh, I cannot help but laugh along. However, what gets me rolling on the floor with laughter is when my son does his "eyebrow dance." He will raise one eyebrow and then the other in a rhythm. He likes to pull this trick out of his hat when he is being repremanded. Once he starts it, I can't keep a straight face and he knows it.

And I cannot forget about my fellow bloggers. They always have a way of providing some serious laughter. Especially when they all come together, bring snacks and "Ketchup" with my friend Michele (http://olddognewtits.com) and me every other week. Who doesn't love a virtual gathering? http://www.accordingtomags.blogspot.com/2012/08/ketchup-with-us-1.html

What's the funniest gift you've ever received?

The funniest gift I've ever received was an "Easter basket" from my husband while we were dating. He didn't realize that I was going to get him some things for Easter. When I was on my way over to his apartment to bring him the goodies, he obviously raced around his house throwing anything he could find into a basket for me. When I arrived, he presented me with a basket that he was given to him by one of his students for Valentine's Day (I worked in the same school with him so I recognized it). Inside I found a small OPEN bottle of blush wine, a bag of microwave popcorn, some Lifesaver mints from the bottom of his work bag and three VERY old Hershey Kisses. It's the thought that counts...right? RIGHT?

What's the single most precious memento you have from your children's infancy that's not a photo? Please incude a link to a picture if you're willing to share!

Mel

Precious mementoes from my daughter and son's infancies are their comfort items. I know I will keep them close to me when they grow out of them...although we swear my son will be bringing his to college. They have been a huge part of their childhood growing up WITH them. Both of their stories are here: http://www.accordingtomags.blogspot.com/2011/12/its-christmas-miraclewell-sorta.html AND http://www.accordingtomags.blogspot.com/2012/12/santas-special-gift.html
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Can you suggest a fun craft to do with kids that uses things found in nature like pine cones, leaves, flowers, or sticks?

Mel

My kids and I collect different flowers and leaves around the yard. Then we place the flower and leaves flat on a piece of watercolor paper. We place a few layers of paper towels over it and hammer the top of the paper towels (the kids LOVE this part). Then lift the paper towels up and peel the flattened flowers and leaves off of the paper. The natural pigments from the flowers/leaves will transfer to the paper. You can find some great directions on-line. It's fun to collect, print and label what you've found! :)
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