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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