Nice to meet you…

Thank you for visiting the Outrageously Ordinary site!  I appreciate you stopping by and want to assure you that once you get past the sarcasm, I am actually a devoted mother who loves her children more than anything.

I am trying to teach my children to see the hilarious in the mundane. My two babies (who aren’t babies anymore) keep me entertained and will undoubtedly be the star of this show. But even without them, random things just seem to happen to me. I’m like a walking “I Love Lucy” re-run really, minus the hunky Cuban husband.

I love people-watching and am endlessly fascinated by the saggy pants of the young and stupid, the black socks with sandals of the old and carefree, and everyone in between. When I’m not rocking motherhood, I am doing laundry. Getting clothes from the washer to the dryer before they start to smell is a weekly goal.

I also enjoy finding mysteriously sticky stains on the kitchen floor, praying for patience while cleaning the yellow dribble in the bathroom, holding back four-letter words while surgically removing tiny Lego pieces from my feet, chauffeuring the Miss and Mr to practices, lessons, school and playdates, and who doesn’t love a good Pokemon battle?

My kids are my life, and I am grateful every day for their loving hugs and sloppy kisses. Our faith keeps us grounded, our sarcasm keeps us laughing, everything else is a bonus!

So thank you for joining me on this crazy train!  Please send me your stories of funny motherhood mishaps, fatherhood follies and people of Walmart sightings.  We’ll make this site a collection of stories to keep us laughing through the adventures of parenting and hopefully through the teen years … hopefully.

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Car Games

In an attempt to end the backseat bickering of my beloved children, I invented a game today that actually made us laugh, kept their attention for at least half an hour and could help with young readers learning their ABC’s.

We played it two ways….

License plate pronunciation – try to pronounce the random letters on any plate to make a word. Then make up a definition for that “word”.

License plate acronyms – use the (generally) three letters on a plate to come up with an acronym of a club that driver belongs to. Example: the driver of plate PTN1234 was in the Purple Toe Nail club. The driver of plate EMC1234 was in the Eat More Chicken club. But my favorite was the driver with plate FNH1234 who was in the Funky Nose Hair club. That one had the kids in stitches… you had to be there I guess 🙂

These games worked for us, I hope they will make your next roadtrip to the beach or the grocery store a little bit funnier! Let me know what your car games are!

#CarGames #RoadtripsMadeEasier #WeGotTheGiggles #ElectronicsOff #LaughterIsTheBestMedicine #OutrageouslyOrdinary

Mopping

Me: The only way I’m mopping the floors today is if there is a huge spill…

My kids: Challenge accepted. Hold my juice box.

#Mopping #MopingAboutMopping #FullGlassOfSweetTea #TheDaught #KidsInTheKitchen #MyGuy #ThreeTowelsAndAMop #TheMessIsWorthTheMemories #WhereIsTheMaidWhenYouNeedHer #OutrageouslyOrdinary

Potty Talk

Just when I think people can’t shock me anymore, I run into someone new…

I was in the car most of yesterday shuffling children between camps in downtown Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Before I made my final trek home in rush hour traffic, I thought it wise to use the restroom.

I walked into a fast food restaurant’s restroom to find all stall doors open. I aimed for the largest stall to find a woman leaning back on the toilet, legs stretched out, pajamas at her ankles, with a big smile waiting for me.

“Ooooh, honey! I’m sorry, I just like going with the door open. You know what I mean?”

WHAT?! No. No I don’t.

I excused myself and went into the next stall where I heard the conversation continuing.

“I don’t like to be in tight spaces, you see. It feels so constricting. I like to look around and take my time. Sometimes you just need to take a minute to take a deep breath, you know?”

In the bathroom?! No. No, I don’t.

I opened my stall and headed to the sink where I found my new friend still talking.

“Nobody takes their time anymore. It’s such a hot day, it’s nice to just sit and get cool again.”

Seriously?! No.

“Welp, have a great day, sugar.”

I was left standing there, washing my hands, knowing there will never be a day in my life that I am that confident.

Even though I never technically spoke during our potty talk, we waved goodbye to each other as I left the restaurant because, let’s face it, we’re bonded now.

#PottyTalk #PeopleAmazeMe #SheNeverWashedHerHands #YouGoGirl #ConfidentWoman #CloseTheDoor #ICantUnseeThat #OutrageouslyOrdinary

All the feels

I was cleaning up this morning and found this. I’m not sure when the daught wrote it, but I laughed out loud at #7! She never ceases to amaze me with her perfect blend of loving heart and dry wit.

I’m going to laminate this to pull out during the teenage years.

#AllTheFeels #TheDaught #WhatADoll #GreatSurprise #Treasure #Keepsake #MyKidsAreMyGreatestBlessings #Sarcasm #PositivityProject #OutrageouslyOrdinary

Arrested

Today has been a board game marathon. After hours of laughing with/at each other, we all needed a break from the competition. For me, that meant laundry. For the kids, that meant finding something to do in their rooms.

Mid-switch from washer to dryer, my guy walked up behind me with his plastic toy handcuffs and in his best Barry White, says “You’re arrested… for looking too good.”

The daught kindly followed that up with, “Not for real mom, it’s from Angry Birds.”

Thanks for the clarification.

#Arrested #AngryBirds #MyGuy #TheDaught #Sarcasm #FunnyFamily #FromTheMouthsOfBabes #LaughterIsTheBestMedicine #KidsSayTheDarndestThings #OutrageouslyOrdinary

Sun Wash

At home when clothes are dirty, I have to wash them.

At the beach, when we’ve sweated, swam, sunned and some have probably peed in their bathing suits all day, we throw them over the rail to dry and are fine to wear them the next day.

#392,108 why I love the beach.

#SunWash #LaundryMadeEasy #BeachLife #Happiness #EasyBreezy#OutrageouslyOrdinary

Flashback

I write down the fun things my children say in a notebook. I started it when The Daught was about three years old so over the years I have collected unintentional zingers, sweet sayings, the terrible 3’s and everything in between.

I came across this little gem and thought how ironic it was since we are currently working through the sibling frustrations that come with summer, like “He’s looking at me!”

When did my babies grow up so fast?!

Grace (then 5 years old) said to Blair (then almost 2 years old) “if you were my kid, I would take really good care of you. I would let you pick your nose whenever you wanted to. Blair said, “Really?!” Grace said, “yep! But you’re no allowed to wipe it on me, that’s straight to the stool kind of stuff.”

Classic.

#Flashback #GoodParenting #SiblingLove #WriteThingsDown #Memories #The Daught #MyGuy #KidsSayTheDarndestThings #OutrageouslyOrdinary