March 27, 2014

Laugh More! Laugh Loud! (31 Days to More with Less)

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belly laughOne thing I have learned in my old age, is that you have to be able to laugh at yourself. We all take ourselves way too seriously, and trust me, I can get awfully serious.

In the midst of talking money and debt and mortgages and hunk ‘o’ junks...laugh.

Laugh Hard! Laugh Loud! Laugh until you Cry!

Have you done that lately? We hadn’t, until last night.

I had forgotten what I was missing. Shared laughter is the most delightful medicine known to man.

I have an entire post highlighting the medicinal benefits of laughter, but I’ll save it and let these pictures do the talking. Let me just say that the stress of the day melted away. Our family bonded (minus one tired son), and my children saw a dad literally fall to the floor in a hysterical fit of laughter.

Oh, it did my soul such good.

laughter is the best medicine

Laughter can’t be forced, and you may be wondering how in the world did that happen in the midst of a stressful day? It started over our shared family meal, my dear Tasty Tuesday friends. You know how important I think eating together is for your family tapestry…even if it’s boxed Mac and Cheese.

Sometimes our dinner questions are serious, but tonight they led to “What is the silliest thing you have ever done?” That led to quoting Napolean Dynamite (yes, the dumbest movie ever made, and I would never pay to see it,  but the lines are just classic, and I laugh so hard when our kids quote it. “Gosh, are you drinking 1% milk cuz you think you’re fat, cuz you’re not. You can drink whole if you want too.”)

Napolean Dynamite warmed us up, but the final crescendo was thirty minutes of telling “You know you’re a redneck when…” Now, just so I don’t offend anyone, the one that got us tickled was admitting that it was US!! Yes, we live in the country and we like it that way. ;)

You know you’re a redneck when the Fed Ex man pulls in your driveway, and a goat jumps into his truck. (I wish I could tell you that was straight from the book, but ah…no, true story.)

I’ve decided the best way I can share a bit of our bedlam is to reminisce and let you laugh at me in a future post. I am going to share all my, “You know you’re a country girl when…” as well as my classic blond jokes. Can I tell them without offending, since I am a true blond?

Twelve days are left in my 31 days to More with Less series, and we still need to get a little nitty gritty with our personal finance talk, that’s why I thought I’d lighten the mood a bit before we dive into the tough stuff.

Have you had a good belly laugh lately? Do you need one? I sure did! Who wants to start us off?

Embarrassing moments are always fun. :) I do admit though that some of the hunk ‘o junk comments were pretty funny, while the cheap vs. frugal comments were just enlightening and sometimes jaw dropping. :)

My Tasty Tuesday challenge…laugh together at dinner. Reminisce about some of your most embarrassing moments and remind the kids what fun it is to laugh as a family.

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Comments

  1. Definitely overdue for a good giggle here. ;) Loved seeing the joy in yours though. Very sweet!

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  2. We have a 3 yo which ensures that every dinner is filled with laughter. I love that even my teens find his antics hysterical. We have to move dinner time back to 7 pm for us all to eat together, but it is defintely worth it!

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  3. It’s a very rare meal around here when there is not laughter involved. I loved the belly-busting laughter shown in your pictures. :)

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  4. Hey girl! I just posted my bow tie pasta and had to leave a note saying “see you very soon” – can’t wait to meet you at Relevant!!!
    Much Love,
    Courtney

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  5. I was just telling my husband we needed to laugh more. It’s amazing that sometimes I can look back and think about how often I laughed that day, and can’t think of once. And I am a pretty happy person! Just need to laugh.

    Great post.

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  6. We have those moments quite often in our house!……..my 22 yo even put on her facebook the other day…….”My mother brings me to tears again….she needs to think before she says things (but I’m glad she doesn’t because it makes me laugh)”

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  7. Awesome paRty! Thanks for hosting all of us and you are so right about laughter…it’s the best.

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  8. Oh I totally got a good chuckle out of reading this. I LOVE to laugh and I laugh loud, ask anyone. LOL!
    Sadly we to are Napoleon Dynamite quoters and yes it was the stupidest movie ever made but man did it have the one liners. Ha!
    Loved your “You know you’re a redneck when…” that was hilarious and I’m sure the Fed Ex guy is used to stuff like that by now. LoL!
    Have a fabulous day.

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  9. I agree, laughter is a fantastic medicine!! Glad you guys had fun!! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Ok, so you didn’t actually ask us to share funnies here, but I don’t have a recipe, so –

    3 yo – “Pigs can be whatever color they are.”
    5 yo (condescending) – “I know about pigs. I’ve seen pigs. I’m thinking about pigs in my head.”
    3 yo – “Pigs in your head?”

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    Grace Reply:

    @Abbie, Miss Abbie, this one just really tickled me! I have a belly ache now!

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  11. I needed to read this. Thanks!

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  12. My husband Thor and I had a really good belly ache laugh last night as we were getting ready for bed. The kind where one ridiculous discussion leads to another and the next thing you know, you’re on fire with the laughter coming quick and between gasps for air. It felt wonderful to end the day like that:) And even better that our 9 month old son slept through it all.

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  13. Laughter truly is the best medicine, and I love it when there is lots of it in our house! Like you, our best laughter moments usually start over a family meal, and we do love to laugh in our family!!

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  14. We did the same thing last night at our church’s Ladies Night Out. We watched funny You Tube videos and let the joy of the Lord fill the place!
    If you ever need a great laugh, watch the “Poo Chi” video on You Tube.
    We were ROLLING, it was soooo funny!!! Love all you do. You are such an inspiration for me!

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  15. LOVE the laughing pictures … especially that they’re blurred since we all know that’s how you see things when you’re laughing that hard! :)

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  16. Love those fun photos!! Napoleon Dynamite is often quoted at our dinner table too. :)

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  17. I laughed until I cried this past weekend as my husband and I had a wonderful night out to celebrate our anniversary. We went to a wonderful performance of Triple Espresso. Those guys are hilarious! :)
    We had a good chuckle at dinner as a family too, just last evening.
    Thanks for hosting the link up again! :)

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  18. I couldn’t get to the comments for looking at the food :-) Thanks for the reminder of laughter. It’s so much fun just to laugh. Sometimes my 6 year old just gets tickled for no good reason and we just laugh. It is a joy!

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  19. I loved you post today! The goat getting in the Fed Ex truck – classic! I devote my blog to all things that make me laugh. Since it’s Tasty Tuesday, here is a recent post about some of the meals I made that uh didn’t go over well. http://www.laughwithusblog.com/meals-that-flopped/

    PS I am sharing your post on my facebook blog page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laugh-With-Us-Blog/151239021580457

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  20. I love to laugh around the dinner table! Some of my best family memories are with the three of us laughing hysterically, hunched over our dinner plates, telling stories and reliving moments.

    Great post!

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  21. The sweetest sound in my world is my 2 daughters making each other giggle.

    thanks for the link-up.

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  22. Mealtime was made for laughter! Your post reminded me of the Christmas night meal when we were dead broke and discouraged. We had splurged on silly noodles with home made spaghetti sauce for supper. The silly noodles did the trick! By the end of the meal we had silly noodles ear rings, nose rings and hair curls! Normally I would never let the kids play with their food – but in this instance it was just what we needed. Laughter is good – like a medicine.

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  23. Mealtime here often involves laughter. I recently found a notebook that I kept when my girls were toddlers. Whenever I remembered it, I’d write something down that happened during the day. They were often funny little things that the girls did. I was sharing some of those at dinnertime last night and we were all just laughing hysterically.

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  24. There was this 3 year old kid at the preschool screening clinic. The examiner held up a block & said, “What color is this block?”

    The kid looked at her and answered, “Why? Don’t you know?”

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  25. Yesterday night my husband and I laughed so hard while watching a sitcom. I think it was mostly exhaustion since it was late because the jokes weren’t THAT funny. :)

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  26. Usually for me the biggest dinner-table-joy snatcher is bickering, but just last night it was the source of laughter. The 2yo was incredibly indignant when 4yo told him he was wrong when he stated his mushroom was in his “bellin tummy” (belly button). He sat at the table all grumpy, declaring that he DID have mushrooms in his bellin tummy, with a few exclamation points thrown in!!

    I don’t get on the whole “anti-bacterial everything” bandwagon, but even I would draw the line at fungus in his umbilicus. ;-)

    Then the 1yo stole a kiwifruit out of the fruit bowl and ate it whole, there was plenty of laughing as we watched her eat big chunks of skin without batting an eyelid!

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  27. Laughter is so good for the soul! And it’s completely FREE!

    Thanks for hosting,

    e-Mom @ Susannah’s {Kitchen}

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  28. With a three-year-old in the house, we definitely do a lot of laughing. But we could always use some more! :)

    I love the blur of your photos. It makes it look so..real or funny or action-y. :)

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  29. Shortly after my girl learned to use the potty, one conversation went something like this… “Mommy.” She was sitting on the potty with her legs swinging back and forth out in front of her. “Mommy”. “Yes, Nicole, what is it?” “Mommy… I have a little bottom”. “Yes, Nicole, you do have a little bottom”. “Mommy”. “What, Nicole?” “Mommy…” (legs still swinging out in front of her)… “You have a big bottom”. “NICOLE!”

    End of conversation in the bathroom.

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  30. This was on All Pro Dad’s today and I thought it was so funny and went along with your post today. Thank you for sharing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXm696UbKY&feature=player_embedded

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  31. We also raise Nubian goats so I was drawn to your picture. When we were building our house (ourselves) we had a little guy named Mr. Goat. He was always underfoot. One day as we were working on the house he came running through one side (no studs up there yet) and jumped through the window opening. We were afraid that he might break his leg because there was not deck out there yet. NO!!! He ran all the way around the house and did it again. We laugh to this day we when we think about it.

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  32. My 3 year old constantly cracks me up! Last night he wanted me to make him a paper airplane. I told him I am not very good at it, but I would try. He attempted to fly my airplane…after several attempts he turned around and said “you really are a bad airplane maker…guess it is good thing you are just a mom.” I told him that I am more than “just a mom” and he told me, but that is my most important job! Can’t argue with that!

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  33. We love to laugh here! And we own Napolean Dynamite so we can remind ourselves of the one-liners whenever we want – LOL! Such a fun post – can’t wait to hear more of the redneck silliness! :)

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  34. I’ve been following for a while now and I have to wonder what it says about me that your Napoleon Dynamite quote is what made me finally comment!? We quote it regularly around here as well. One of our favorite family activities is to do Mad Libs using all Napoleon references. Guaranteed to make you laugh. (Also works well with Dumb and Dumber or other equally “quality” films :)

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    Jens Reply:

    Now that made me laugh out loud. :) Sometimes good ole Napolean brings out the best in all of us. :)

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  35. danielle m says:

    Oh, this post was timely! I am reading it one day late, and yesterday when it was posted, our family hooted and hollered. We are gathering daily in the hospital in the town where my mom and her siblings grew up, and where almost all of us cousins were raised. Our grandmother is slowly fading, and we are keeping her company. One of the great gifts of this time together that is based in a sorrowful event has been the fits of laughter we have had with each other as the silly among us give their gift. Whether it has been re-living memories or teasing one another (our classic way of showing love), there has been no shortage of smiles and laughter. That is an incredible blessing.

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  36. I just added pictures to my recipe post and I wanted to change my thumbnail picture so I deleted the link. Then I realized you had closed Mr. Linky :-) So I will just post my recipe here.

    SNICKERDOODLES!!!
    http://thedelklegacy.blogspot.com/2010/10/snickerdoodles.html

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