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I’m Getting a New Sister-In-Law

The title says it all:  I’m getting a new sister-in-law!  My little brother proposed to his girlfriend, Madison, a week ago.  Michael and I have only spent time with her twice, but they seem to be absolutely perfect for each other.  I’m SO happy for them!  God is so good, and their story is so sweet.

They’re planning on getting married early–mid March.  It’s so crazy.  I feel like my brother should still be in 4th grade…but he’s all grown up and getting married!

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I love you, Buddy, and I’m proud of you!

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–Staci

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My Childhood per YouTube: Part 1

Last night I asked Michael to look up one of the videos that my family always jokes about on YouTube.  He found it, and it’s even more ridiculous than I remembered.

This led to me looking up other videos and TV shows…which led to me staying awake half of the night with the ridiculous songs in my head.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a little bit about my childhood through YouTube videos.  You can thank me later.  😉

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This is the video that started all of it last night.  I can’t believe this was actually made into a movie — and that it was supposed to be a great tool for parenting.

One of the teachers at my dad’s school let us borrow this video when my sister was 2 or 3.  Although my parents did not use it to potty train my sister, my brother and I memorized all of the songs and would show the video to all of our friends.  We were 9 (or 10) and 12 (or 13) at the time.  I have no clue what the actual video is called (and this is just a few of the highlights), but we’ve been singing “She is a Super-Duper Pooper” for over 10 years now.

Is that weird, or what?!  Do you know of anyone who has actually used (and been successful with) videos like this?

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Get ready for some 80’s at its best.  My dad was a P.E. teacher when we were little (up until the time I was in the 4th grade), and somehow he ended up with this “Bicycle Safety Camp” video.  Even though we always joked about it, I’m pretty sure my brother and I thought it was cool (at least deep down) when we were around 4-6 and 6-9.  And I must say, we knew our Bike Safety!  (It wasn’t until later that I refused to ride a bike because I didn’t want to wear a dorky helmet — I’m over that stage, by the way.)

This is the first of a 3-part video.  The middle one is just ok, but you will definitely want to watch the third one.  Sam Sprocket dances across an entire field at the very end.  Priceless.

Good stuff, huh?  If only we could all be as cool as Sam Sprocket — or Rebop.

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Then I wanted to look for a couple of my favorite TV shows growing up.

“Under the Umbrella Tree” is the first TV show that I have any memories of.  And it’d be a lie if I said that I didn’t tear up a little when I saw this last night.  This intro really took me back.

Does anybody else remember this?  What was your first TV show memory?

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I can’t remember perfectly, but I think that I was only able to watch “Fraggle Rock” at my Meme and Pawpaw’s house (since they had cable and we didn’t until I was in the 2nd grade).

Did anyone watch this?  I liked it more than “The Muppets”.

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“Adventures in Wonderland” was one of my favorites when I was a little older.  I remember thinking about how cool it would have been to be Alice!

What was your favorite “Alice”  show/movie?

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And lastly, “Weinerville” was a favorite for my brother and me (and our dad, but I don’t know if he’d admit it) when I was in 2nd grade and he was in Pre-K.  I can remember getting ready early so that we could watch it before school.  I’ve looked for clips of “Boney the Dinosaur” but I can’t find any.

Hm…I wonder why this show isn’t on the air anymore…  Were you ever “lucky” enough to catch one of these episodes?

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So there you have it:  Part 1 of “My Childhood per YouTube”.  I have a feeling there will be more to come…it was a lot of fun to watch these again.

I’d love to hear about your childhood shows and/or any weird videos your family watched!

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–Staci

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A Hilarious Gift

Last night, we went to my parents’ house to celebrate my dad’s birthday.  My mom made Brazilian meat and it was INCREDIBLE, as usual.

After we watched some home video clips (post on that coming shortly), it was time for my dad to open his presents.

My sister gave him a sweet card that had a cute poem in it.  My mom’s card was also really cute.  To summarize, it said that she didn’t fall in love with him–she jumped in with both feet.  My dad thought “Despicable Me” was hilarious, so Michael and I gave him a gift card that could only be used to buy that movie when it came out.  I also made his favorite snack:  Sweet Chex Mix!

This whole time, my brother was in the office.  We all assumed that he’d forgotten and he was scrambling to make a quick card.  When he finally came back to the living room, it looked like he’d done just that.  He made Emily get up so that he could sit next to my dad, and then he handed him a stack of notebook paper.

On the top was a picture he’d drawn of my dad and him (stick figures with shorts on).  He’d drawn both of their facial hair, my dad’s glasses, some flowers, a sun, and a moon.  There was an arrow pointing to my dad’s glasses that said “You’re not a robber.  These are just your hip new glasses.”  And another arrow, pointing to the flowers, said something like “Yes, these are flowers but we’re not sissy.  We like to do manly things like burp and toot and watch Braveheart.”  We were all just shaking our heads.  My brother is ridiculous.

Behind the picture was a four page letter.  My dad hates reading long letters, so my mom said she’d read it out loud for everyone.  She got a couple of sentences in and couldn’t finish because she was laughing so hard.  So my brother decided to read it to us.

I wish I had a copy of it.  It was the most hilarious letter I’ve ever heard.  (Oh–and by the way, if you’re wondering what his name tag says, it says “Mr. Awesome”.  He made it for himself.)  He went on and on about how 45 is an awesome number, and every time someone counts “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…” they say his birthday.

THEN he started describing the picture.  Oh. My. Goodness.  We were all laughing SOOO hard!  I would definitely do it an injustice if I tried to say what he wrote.  Let’s just say we could hardly breathe we were laughing so hard.

My sister was literally rolling on the floor laughing.

I was laying on the couch (since my back still hates me) and Michael was sitting on the other end.  We were both laughing so hard that our stomachs hurt, and I kept on clapping–I only do this when I’m dying laughing.

He had a few serious paragraphs talking about how much my dad means to him, and then he went back to comedy.  Towards the end of the letter he compared my dad and himself to ducks.

I don’t know how in the world he does it, but my brother is HILARIOUS.

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Needless to say, we had a wonderful time with my family.  I love them SOOOOO much!  We always have a great time together.

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–Staci

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Q for you: when is the last time you laughed so hard you could hardly breathe?

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Dorky Brother, Gorgeous Sister

Two weekends ago, Michael and I took our youth to the Oklahoma Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) in Norman, OK.  We had a great time, and it was awesome to be there with our youth…but one of my favorite parts of the weekend was seeing my brother and sister!  My brother is a youth intern at a church in Moore, and my sister is in that youth group.

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While I was waiting with some of “our kids” for the doors to open, I saw my brother with some of the other youth workers at his church.  The first thing I said:  “YOU’RE SUCH A DORK!”

The first thing he did:  started yelling “THIS IS MY SISTER!” at the top of his lungs while he hugged me/jumped up and down at the same time.

After I told him he’d better stop before he ripped one of my earrings out, we took this attractive picture:

I admit, I look pretty dorky too, but how could I be normal if I knew he was going to pose like that?!

I asked him where in the world he’d found glasses like that, and he told me that he was up on the roof of the church (I still don’t really know why…) and when they came down, they went to a janitor’s closet (don’t know why they did that either…) and he found a whole bunch of safety goggles.  So he decided to wear them.

And you know what the crazy thing is?  HE CAN PULL IT OFF!  If anyone else acted like he did, people would think they were crazy.  But everyone LOVES him, and somehow he makes dorkiness the coolest thing ever.

In all honesty, though, I absolutely love my brother, and I don’t know what I’d do without him.  We’ve been GREAT friends our whole life, and we just have a ton of fun together.  There is never a dull moment when he’s around.  And I’m so proud of the man he’s become.  I can’t believe that he’ll be 21 in a few months!  He’s going back to school for his Airplane Mechanic degree/license in a few months, and he should graduate in 18 months.  He knows that he wants to do some kind of ministry, but he doesn’t know if it’ll be overseas or in the U.S.

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My sister and I had been texting while we were both waiting for the doors to open (her group was at another entrance), and once we got our seats, I told her where we were sitting.  She couldn’t find us if her life depended on it, so I went over and tried to find her.

After a HUGE hug and all of her friends telling me hi (do any other older siblings feel like a celebrity when they get around their brother/sister’s friends?), we took this pic:

I can’t believe how gorgeous and grown up she’s gotten!  Even though she’s 13 now, I still feel like she should be 6.  She probably thinks I’m a crazy person because every time we see each other I catch myself staring at her.  I just can’t get over the fact that she’s growing up so fast!

And what makes things better is that she is an amazing young lady!  She’s on the leadership team at her church, and she has the sweetest personality.  She was also accepted to be in Yearbook and some other kind of leadership team at school.  She wants to get her RN and Nurse Practitioner (I think that’s what it’s called) Degree so that she can be a medical missionary overseas.  I’m so proud of her!

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I’m so thankful that God has blessed me with such incredible siblings (and parents!), and that our family is so close.  Even though we didn’t get to spend a ton of time together, it was SOO good to see my brother and sister here and there throughout the weekend!

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Oh–and here’s a picture of my husband being a dork right along with my brother.  It’s crazy how much they can be alike at times!

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–Staci

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Q for you: Are you close to your siblings?  Are you the oldest (bossy child), middle (crazy child), or youngest (baby child)–or is your personality out of the ordinary for your birth order?

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