Middle School, B.L.A.A.R., and Lessons from Bug

I'd like to thank Click Communications for sending us Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life so that I could share with you my feelings on standardized testing, my Bug's journey as a square peg, and our feelings in general on this movie. "Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to a rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his best friend Leo hatch a plan to expose the principal by breaking every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. As the principal strikes back, Rafe’s world, at home and at school, explodes into hilarious chaos (both real and imagined) in this laugh-filled family comedy based on James Patterson’s best-selling book series."  Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life When I was first presented with the opportunity to watch Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, I really had no interest. I mean, for real, I still have kids in elementary school, I've watched others of mine go … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Fix a Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (Week)

We've had a really bad week and a half. Special thanks to Click Communications for sending us an early release copy of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (available on Blu-Ray on 2/10/15) and other fun products to help us get out of our funk and have a great time! I'm not going to complain about this to you (much), but with cold, flu, and virus season, we pretty much had a terrible, horrible, no good, VERY BAD WEEK last week. As in craptastic. The kids were on again, off again, sick all week long and luckily for me...they took turns! One would be fine in the morning (no fever, no cough, no signs of *shudder* vomit) and they'd head to school. I'd get a call around the end of the day that one of them was sick. Again. So much back and forth to school. So many days keeping them home all together. So much not fun stuff happening. But Friday, they were both feeling great and I wanted to kick this terrible, horrible, no good, VERY BAD WEEK and cheer them up. Oh … [Read more...]

One Night…At SoFabCon…We Got Awkward!

I've gotten behind in my posts as of late. I've been sick. You've heard me whining on Facebook but seriously, I've been really sick. I still have so much to share from SoFabCon, including sessions, events, epiphanies, etc. but this just couldn't wait. Awkward Stretching is a Collective Bias "thang". As members of the Social Fabric community, we do this all of the time through Instagram and Facebook posts jokingly and we make each other laugh (or snort if you're me). Once we all got together in real life, awkward stretching became a "normal" event during every photo opp. This just so happens to be one of my favorites. We were dressed for 80's night bowling and who doesn't need a good awkward stretch before bowling? I promise, I'll be back with all of the other stuff, but in the meantime, I hope this gave you a little giggle (snort). And for the record, I love my friends!Happy Thursday!  … [Read more...]

Dress Up for the Holidays? You Bet We Do!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®. All ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own! #cbias #SocialFabric We Gossetts are not your typical family. You say dress up for holidays and you probably mean suits and ties, dresses and sandals. We, on the other hand, mean Super Heroes and Hello Kitty! This Easter, we played "dress up". I love that the babies love to dress up and I love that they don't like to do it in the traditional manner. My babies play dress up all year long. There's no reason to wait for Halloween. My Bug is usually a beautiful princess or something equally girly, and my Bubby will always be my Superman (or any other super hero if given the opportunity). Imagination in children is a beautiful thing that should be fostered by whatever means possible. Each of the babies actually have a costume drawer in their dresser that we add to … [Read more...]

Hello Unfamiliar Wall…Meet Face!

First let me apologize for the craptastic cell phone self-portrait. Also, I should apologize for making you look up my rather large nostril. I wish I'd taken a better photo. I wish I had better lighting. I wish...well you know...wish in one hand and poop in the other. Anyway, you're missing the point. What's that you say? You have no idea what my point is? I'm OK with that...happens to me often. Last Saturday, I had an "incident". I wasn't going to share it, but every time it's brought up in my house or within my inner circles, I laugh...they laugh. It's all at my expense mind you, but it's all good since we're all laughing. That face up there is bruised and beaten. It's hard to tell from the photo. My lip was scuffed up as if I'd been thrown from a car and hit the pavement. And the bruise inside was hideous. That knot on my cheek was also scuffed and very bruised. My eye was pretty much black. I guess I shouldn't have hidden under makeup for the photo so that you could get the full … [Read more...]

STYD: Our Lives Are Forever Changed…and It’s Funny!

I told y'all it was chaotic while the girls were here and I told you it got crazy. My "big" girls are grown and with grown children comes crazy adventures. Bry is 23 and although Paetyn is only 18, her boyfriend, CJ, is 21. They brought the wild with them and here's where our story begins. Night 2 of our visit got a little out of control. CJ is a hot mess. He's probably one of the funniest people I've ever met in my life, one of the ones I can count on one hand kind of funny. He had us all in stitches the whole trip but night 2 might win the prize. He wanted us to drink together after the babies went to sleep. He wanted to "party" with his future in-laws (oh my stars!). And so this young man headed to the store. No one could have ever imagined what he would come back with. King Cobra. No lie! Who does that? CJ does and he thought he was oh-so-funny and no one could disagree. But, heaven help me, they actually popped those tops. They started drinking this nightmare of a beer. And it hit … [Read more...]