Hands down, I have the best mother in law ever.  Sometimes she says things that are not quite true (sometimes they are not even remotely true), and Dick calls them "Sara-isms."  Here's a list of things I've learned from Sara- some are pearls of wisdom and some are most definitely Sara-isms.  I'll let you decide which is which.

1. Always laugh at your husband's jokes.  It makes them feel good about themselves.

2. When babies are gassy, press their legs upward & rub their bellies.

3. Laundry baskets are the quintessential packing method for camping trips, car rides, beach days, and even....laundry.  They also work as play pens in a pinch.

4. It only takes one consecutive day of McDonald's ice cream with Gram-gram to establish an addiction and tradition so deeply ingrained that your grandchildren will SOB if you promise them their mom will get them ice cream this time, and then McDonalds' stupid ice cream machine is broken.

5. It is preferable, in all occasions, to dress your children alike.  Unless you have two boys and one girl- then you go with a theme. 
Eh, screw that. Just dress them alike anyway. Katie will get over it.

Well...she might not get over this atrocity:

But look how cute it works for groups of the same gender:
6. Children are best bathed in sinks.
One at a time,
Two at a time,
Or even in the spaghetti pot

7. EVERY baby is the most exciting- no matter how many grandkids you have.

8. Love your in-laws

9. Love your momma

10. If they don't sell it at Costco, you don't need it.

11. The definition of winning is to mop the floor with a foot rag while you're cleaning the dishes.  Even her granddaughter has picked up on this habit.

12. Don't fret over perfect pictures. Keep it real.

13. Sometimes suggest and embark on the most ridiculously insane adventures- like taking 8 kids to the zoo. On MAX. 

Or five to the beach, a 2 hour ride each way, in a single day, and stop at no less than 4 fast food joints/grocery stores on the way home to get everyone their favorite food.

14. Sunscreen. Always.

15. If you have a sort of gangly foot thing, don't let it stop you from climbing/crawling, dancing or running. 

16. If you're going to laugh at people, do it silently so they don't know they're being laughed at.
Photo: Silent laughing with my daughter while holding her daughter; wonderful morning!

17.  Hold tight to the ones you love.

I love you Sara- Happy HAPPY Birthday!
PS- this is Sara's passport picture, and Dick's very favorite picture of his wife.  Isn't that sweet? 


Middlebrooks Mania said...

Oh my gosh this is just perfect Michelle!!! It's a beautiful loving tribute!!! I laughed and then I totally cried while silent laughing!!! And I have to admit I mop the floor in a pinch with my foot still to this day and I've also introduced others to the baby in the sink method and got an A-HA approval nod LOL Happy Birthday to a wise funny and beautiful person inside and out that is one of a kind!!!

Reina-mother of the fantastic four ;) said...

^ it's Reina btw lol I didn't know if you knew that I've tried changing the profile name and it always fails argh :/

Anonymous said...

you are truly blessed to have her in your life. happy happy sara you are a true blessing to all who know you ooxx