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On the first night of Hanukkah. Or Chanukah. Or Hanukka. What is up with the spelling of that word? No matter how many “h’s” or “k’s” I throw in there, it’s never quite right.

Anyway, on the first night of Hanukkah, Rick really wanted a picture of our family. I am nothing if not a supportive, loving wife so I said…


Because the rain had been beating down all day, my hair was at full frizz and my eye makeup was about an inch underneath my eye. Not first night of Hanukkah material. Or Chanukah for that matter.

But I offered to take one of Rick and the kids because baby Harlowe’s eye makeup still looked surprisingly fresh. I think she uses a primer.

So this is pretty much what we got…

At least Rick was committed to the photo.

By the way, there has been some grumbling that this blog is too twin focused. I don’t want to say who exactly lodged these complaints but you wouldn’t be wrong if you’re thinking blonde Texans. I guess these ladies miss the days when I would post photos of heartthrobs like David Beckham and Patrick Dempsey.  I hate dissatisfied blog readers so today I’m going to post Wendi’s (Texan #1) top crushes.

Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop….

Feel free to hum the Beverly Hills Cop theme song. I know I am.

And Wendi’s beefcake #2, Barry Manilow….

I hope I’ve made amends.

mama bird notes:

If you know me, you know I hate stuff. I can not throw away or recycle things fast enough. Which is why the holidays sort of freak me out. Because do any of us really need MORE things?

That’s why I love Oxfam, an organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice throughout the world. And they also have the best gifts in the Oxfam America’s new Holiday Collection. Instead of buying someone yet another candle or Steinway Grand Piano, you can buy a charitable gift in the person’s name. Like a goat, a vegetable garden or new books for a community in desperate need.

In the spirit of the holidays, I’m giving away a goat!! So you can either keep it in your apartment or give it to a needy family. Of course, it’s your choice but I really recommend the second option. To enter, just tell me where you would actually keep a goat in your home.

49 Responses to you can give me 8 nights and i still won’t know how to spell it

  • Awesome! I’m an anti ‘stuff’ person too. I would put the goat in my husband’s side of the closet so it could eat all of his ‘stuff’. He’s a ‘stuff’ lover and maybe the goat could help him see how ‘stuff doesn’t matter’. Bleet. Bleet. 🙂

  • Shana says:

    I could totally use a goat in my laundry room. Have at it, baby. Also, you can never be too twin-centric for me, those babies are too stinking cute.

  • Meredith says:

    I would keep the goat in my daughter’s room & tell her it’s the pony she wants for Christmas. Don’t worry, it’s not like she EVER sleeps in her bed anyway!

  • Tara says:

    OMG!!! I need that goat! I would put it in my teenage daughter’s room and have it chew up everything she leaves all over her floor! Maybe then she’d realize 1) the value of her belongings and 2) what color her carpet is!

  • MN Mama says:

    Love the goat idea! I just read an article about a family that is trying to only have 100 things (at any given time). Wow!

  • Miki says:

    In my house?! No way. With a pet goat I could stop mowing the lawn AND have instant fertilizer. The neighbors couldn’t get made because it’s called going green right?

  • ErinB says:

    Better than Oprah giveaway!! Would store goat in my walk- in closet and ask him to eat all my ugly out of style dorky clothes so I would finally have an excuse to get new ones.

  • Cheryl says:

    A goat? Easy. I’d keep it in the living room. We don’t have a dog and some one or thing needs to clean up all the crumbs we drop on the floor. It ain’t gonna be me.

    I’d name the goat Hidalgo.

  • Sandrine says:

    I hate stuff too and don’t get me started on the packaging that goes with it…would love a goat if it could eat the wool that has been shedding from our living room carpet for 5 years now….and Happy Hanukka which from me sounds more like Anouka xox

  • jodie says:

    A goat? I’d chain him to the highchair. Good grief I forgot how messy toddlers are and how gross it is to scrape slimey, half-chewed morsels off the floor. Need a goat! Or a dog.

  • E says:

    I hate stuff too. Which is why I haven’t bought a new lawn mower. Hence my need for the goat. On second thought, I’d rather let the family keep it.
    Yowza–I’ve always had a thing for Black and Jewish guys but those are the LAST two I would choose. But I’ve moved onto football coaches anyway.

  • You know what I learned from a friend who is a jockey? Goats calm down jittery horses. Perhaps bc goats have such calm talking voices, like Dr Melfi on the Sopranos? So if your apartment isn’t big enough for the goat, you can also keep it in the stable with the ponies.

  • All goats are kept near pugs. Someone has to eat that goat poop, after all, otherwise you’d have to bury it.

    Yes, this bon mot is my offering to Oxfam. I’m nothing if not socially responsible.

  • Kara says:

    Definitely in the bathtub! I have a sprayer attachment for the tub and could spray the waste down the drain. Until we get a house of course and then it’s out to the yard because I love the idea of not mowing!

  • Rachel says:

    In the basement and then it would eat all the junk, and mice and the basement would be clean, of everything but goat poop. Then I could get a contractor in to finish it and then the toys would go downstairs and the boys would follow the toys and then I could live happily not stepping on little tiny legos and miniature play mobile weapons, while I am cooking. Ahhh I really want a goat.

  • Jen says:

    Love seeing those twins. But do miss the FNL commentary. This season is pretty good so far,huh? I have a big crush on Luke (yeah, that name is special to me) but Julie Taylor needs to get it together…anyway, a goat could hang out in our backyard with our lab, Ulysses, though there’s no nice grass since the dog has wrecked any kind of lawn that was ever there.
    More twins…please!

  • Lexi says:

    Since I’m a sorority house mom (and you think you have your hands full) I would let the goat roam the kitchen. He would find lots of really great things down there that I’m sure would keep his belly full. lol Great Giveaway!

  • Nicole says:

    Happy Chanukah, or is it Hannukkah? I just saw a few new spellings of dreidel (dreydal), c’mon, Hanuka is bad enough.

    A goat, hmm, my kids have been asking for another dog, so I’m put it in their room, right after it spent time eating all the paper on the floor of the office.

  • Honest Mum says:

    Happy Hannukah! Wow I’d keep the goat in the garden and have my husband milk him then make me goats cheese. It’s snowing in the UK right now though so not sure aforementioned goat would be happy trudging in knee deep snow but you never know….I’m sure he’d keep the neighbours entertained. Incidentally I was singing Old McDonald to my 11 month old the other day and added a goat-just couldn’t figure out the sound a goat makes-is it a bleet or is that sheep specific. Answers on a postcard…or in the comments section. Thanks

  • francine Kasen says:

    Washing machine broke. Flooded 2 rooms. Insurance company fixing. I have a BRAND NEW sewing/craft/storage/exercise room that would be a great place for a goat! Think of all the crap he could eat!!! I WANNA GOAT!!!

  • Pearl Wisdom says:

    duh, i would keep the goat where everything else ends up anyway… on the dining room table.

    now ive got that “my girl wants to party all the time” song stuck in my head. thanks. the least you can do is give me a goat now.

  • Robin says:

    I know that the goat would end up in the living room in my daughter’s tent that she likes play in. The goat would also probably be wearing her Ariel wig and some kind of outfit.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    I’m with you Kelcey on ‘gifts’ and I offered Mamabird Jordana an oxen for her marriage and she turned it down for some cash. I don’t know what’s with these modern brides.

  • Anna says:

    this just brought back such happy memories of my childhood goats tweedledee and tweedledum – my parents idea of good family pets. i guess we could have a yard goat, but i bet the kid would be happier somewhere else.

  • shanna says:

    you know, i always wanted to keep a miniature horse as a pet in my house like a dog. mini horse… goat… same difference!

  • Kimberly says:

    If I had a goat, it would have to live in my teenage son’s room. It could eat all the junk he leaves on the floor. Talk about a natural consequence 😉

  • Momma Goose says:

    How great is this! If I were to win the goat, I would give it to a needy family in the name of my sister, who works for Teach for America and in her spare time, saves the world. But if I had a goat in my own house, I would keep it underneath the kitchen sink. That way, it would eat our garbage and we would produce less waste for the landfills. Of course, I would let him out to stretch his legs occasionally too.

  • That is awesome! Yeah I am in the process of cleaning out all our junk in our apartment. Trying to get my place clean so I can actually have people over during the holidays. I would have a goat in our bedroom. That way when my lovely husband leaves his clothes right beside the bed instead of the clothes basket the goat will eat them. Then maybe this will teach my husband a lesson. Oh and my husband snores alot. So maybe I can train the goat to just nipple at my husband when he snores. hehe

  • Brooke says:

    Awesome! No more paying the neighbor to cut our grass!! Although I guess it would be a little selfish to keep him if he could do to a family in need of more than just free lawn care.

  • jen says:

    i think that the gift of a goat to a family in need is an amazing idea! why don’t i ever think of these things on my own?

  • Emily says:

    The goat would go in the freezer next to the cat that kept clawing up my screen last summer….. okay, so that was a joke. I would put the goat in the garage. Eventually it would go insane from the disorganization and explode, then we could just get rid of everything that has goat gunk on it.

  • Sarah W. says:

    I have three girls and a very male boy. I am not sure that I would be able to tell I had a goat in the house. However, I suppose in my office for paper eating – a la MASH.
    Chanukah Sameach to you and your family!

  • Katie says:

    In the hallway where my twin 6 year old boys are perpetually taking off their socks and leaving the “fuzzies” on the carpet. Guess I have to be happy they are cleaning between their toes.

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