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On this date in history…

On this date in history, July 8th in the year 951 Paris, France is founded giving the world The City of Lights. The same day in 1907  Mr. Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first follies on the roof top of a New York theater. And on this day in the year 1971 history failed to impress us in the same manner and instead gave us the birth of one ME.

In the words of the indomitable Ms. Dolly Parton as Truvy from Steel Magnolia’s “Time marches on and sooner or later you realize it is marchin’ across your face”. And boy does it! I looked in the mirror this morning and was convinced that somewhere in our family gene pool a Shar Pei must have stopped to take a pee!  So I did what any “maturing” woman should do on her 39th birthday… I put on my big girl panties, the ones that cover everything from navel to knee and have been around nearly as long as me, introduced Juan Valdez to my friend Mr. Bailey’s and proceeded to take a trip down memory lane. Join me won’t you? I hear misery is clingy bitch and needs the same approval from strangers that I do.

Morticia and Gomez Mom and Da were pretty young themselves when they brought me home. I wonder if they noticed my ENORMOUS Alien head?

The first of my 39 Birthdays

From a very young age I was keenly aware of the power of accessorizing. Sadly Mom had fallen prey to Caddy Shack couture.

Juan Valdez is such a hack. Dude ripped me off!
As the mother of four now myself, it’s starting to sink in that even though our kids seem to NEVER listen to us, some things may sink in. So maybe my own mother tried subtle subliminal messaging.  This may explain some of my later choices in life…
Susie Salior girl.. age 3

Then came the awkward, gawky, pre-braces and the even worse…braces years…
Pre-braces sporting the Magnum P.I. meets wanna be Farrah look

<—-This is all your gonna get here gang. After this photo I was  rather apt at camera avoidance. A skill that serves me well to this very day. (on a side note you’ll notice why my father says I was blessed with an eight-head.. double the size of a forehead. Well he got his gang.. he now sports what I lovingly call his SIXTEEN-head)

Enter the teen years and beyond. When I think about it I’ve packed so much into 39 years that I may just be equally as freaked out about the thought of boredom as I am about aging with little grace.. um okay.. NOT!

I fell in puppy love…

Our Senior Prom theme "On the Edge of a Dream" how hokey! RIP Johnny Lee

sewed some of those famous “oats”…

Susie Sailor girl.. age 19
... wayfarers on baby... (I think Wanda is gonna kill me for posting this)

and was eventually lucky enough to land the love of the world’s most amazing guy!

Can't help lovin' that man o' mine (yes I married Serpico.. ha ha)

AND have some pretty cool kidlets…

A Sillybanz of Familyhood

All things considered (well accept for the wrinkles, sags, bags and lack of Jags) it’s been a great three decades plus 9 and if I can maintain any semblance of sanity I think I can safely say I look forward to FORTY!

Kraft First Taste: Fun with Food

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The winner will receive the following products:

• New KRAFT HOMESTYLE DELUXE Macaroni & Cheese Dinner: a delicious homemade taste complete with a crunchy breadcrumb topping.
• New KOOL-AID FUN FIZZ Drink Drops: a fun and delicious way to get kids to drink water with only 5 calories per serving.
• RITZ CRACKERFULS Filled Crackers: made with real cheese and 6 grams of whole grain per serving to help keep you satisfied.
• New DIGIORNO Pizza & Breadsticks: fresh-baked taste with big juicy toppings plus cheesy breadsticks along with marinara sauce — all in one box.
• OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Meats: sliced, packed and sealed at the peak of freshness.
• New KRAFT 100 CALORIE PACKS CHEESE BITES: big cheese flavor in every bite-sized piece in these satisfying 100 calorie packs.

You must be a Nuggetier (meaning a subscribed reader) to enter. Then simply leave a comment telling me what your signature dish is. Contest ends Friday June 25th at 10pm EST. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by random number generation and notified via email. Be sure to include your email for contact should you win this contest. Unlimited entries, 1 extra entry for each tweet with a link to this post (leave a link to the tweet or mention @dipaolamomma in your tweet).

The product I sampled and the prize products are supplied by Kraft. This is not a Kraft sponsored post or contest. As always I only choose to bring things I personally enjoy to my readers.

Android Phone = Happiness?

When my pal, Jennifer, over at Hip As I Wanna Be got tagged by our friend Michele of Scraps of My Geek life to divulge the dirt 10 things that make her happy, she decided to spread the lurve and tag me in return. THANKS!  Really?! Jenn… like I can come up with a full post on the topic. Actually I can.

First though I pause here to pay homage to item that didn’t make the list but should have. Also to honor the BRAIN behind this post, our “geek” pal Michele and her techie chic (she rocks her iPad) .. I give you.. my… Android phone! After a tentative first few months of courtship we’ve settled into a groove and I’m diggin’ him (yes it’s a he). For the purposes of this post though I won’t mention that’s he’s already been one-upped. Okay I strayed a bit there (more on the “man” in another post) so I’ll just get down to it.. a less than comprehensive list, in no particular order, of 10 things that “do-it” for me. get your minds out of the gutter, I mean things that make me happy okay.. geesh!

Baby Feet As my two youngest kids continue to grow like weeds it’s fast hitting me that soon I’ll be out of my supply of yummy baby toes. I don’t know what it is about baby feet but I love them. Equally as mysterious is their near instantaneous transformation from irresistible to down right nasty around the age of five.

Books I just can’t live without them. They are escape, enjoyment, inspiration and all consuming for me (in the 10 minutes I get to read before I pass out at night).

Friends I’ve always been fast to make great acquaintances. Friendships are a bit harder to cultivate. So I’d have to say that in all honesty I’ve only got a handful or two of really, true friends. Those people really kick the happy factor up for me. (Mariana, Roxy, Jennifer, Carolyn, Yasuyo, Svetlana, Mary <—shout out to just a few of em)

Traveling I was lucky enough that my days in the Navy gave me three great years in Spain. Often I wonder if I’d have ever escaped my one burro town were it not for the Nav. I love to immerse myself in new cultures and adventures (we’ll take about the Moroccan nomads some day). I don’t think I’d ever be happy staying put.

The DH Okay sure it sounds cliche but, I can’t help loving that man o’ mine. In all honesty my husband is living proof that such a thing as a soul mate exists. He is smart, funny as hell, an amazing dad, the perfect traveling companion and my heart.

Laughter It’s my drug. I love to see people when they laugh. All the facade drops and you get a glimpse into a person’s soul. Laughter is the great unifier and I’m cool with being both the deliverer and the butt of a joke. Perhaps that explains the big ole booty?

Horses Like many girls, at age 9, I was a sucker for a horse. That was when my first horse, Pepsi, came into my life. She took me on cattle drives, won me ribbons in gymkhana competitions and opened up a world of new places to escape to read at. She was my first best friend. Handing down a love for caring for and becoming friends with horses, to my kids gives me great joy.

Bloggers You people are AMAZING! I started blogging in October of 2008 when I stumbled upon a word I had no clue what it meant. That word was “blog” and since then I’ve become a member of this wonderful community. From SITS to BlogHer to starting Momz Share it’s been a journey of discovery and a discovering of my on-line home.

Being a Mom Sure I fuss and complain. They drive me crazy but they are the absolute best part of every thing I am and without them I’d be nothing.

Cooking Sometimes I really wish I hated food. Hell that would make this whole loosing weight thing a moot point, right? What I get out of cooking though is so much more than an excessive amount of daily olive oil intake. For me cooking is both creative and cathartic. There is just something so soothing and empowering about creating a meal for those you love (does nuking nuggets count?)

Thanks Jenn and Michele.. I now pass the buck happily pass on the lurve to Ri of Music Savvy Mom (who also made be beyond happy with the new Nugget digs) and Tamara aka the Cheapskate Mom (who I miss something awful)


U2 Tuesday: Reliving My Youth One Overpriced T-Shirt at a Time

To celebrate my victory over the evil that lurks in the heart of the first day of the week, I thought I’d just go full-on screaming teenager and share the SUPER-COOL-COOLNESS-OF-COOL that I got to gaze down upon – from the nosebleed section – at FedEx Field last week.

U2 STILL ROCKS! Don’t believe it? Who else can erect this monstrosity in one day? That other guy might need seven days, but not the boys from Dublin.


Okay, maybe it wasn’t as impressive as an entire universe, but it certainly read as, out-of-this-world.

Then there is the gracefully aging Mr. Mullen (and by that I mean, still sexy after all these years.)  Though this picture doesn’t do him justice, Larry Mullen Jr is settling well into his latter years. SwoonFor his part Bono can still strike a pose reminiscent of The Joshua Tree, days of yore. Is it just me or is this SOOOO With or Without You?
I suspect he’s got a few more years of rock left in him. If Mr. Geriatric Jiggles – Mick Jagger – is any indication, Bono has hope. Maybe there is something to be said for the rock and/or roll lifestyle, eh Music Savvy Mom?

Adding to the thrill of my fifth U2 show was the fact that I teenaged son tagged along for his first. I figured it was an even trade for my having to drag my old butt to Fallout Boy (don’t tell but, they were a-freaking-mazing and I loved it, ssshhhh I have to play stick in the mud mommy). My hope is that he’ll treasure this moment as much as I will.
There is something about standing in a crowd of thousands and singing the lyrics to your favorite songs with your kid who knows them all, that is just priceless.  The forty dollar t-shirt was NOT!