Friday, December 16, 2011

No, I'm serious. Where does she get this stuff!

So yesterday was a veritable cornucopia of Adria-isms. At one point I almost had to pull over from laughing. It is times like these where I'm so glad I keep this blog going because this shit is permanent.

So last night we're at Jojo's in Mechanicsburg...which has AWESOME food. Mimi had to work so it was just me, my dad, and Adria. As we're getting ready to leave she asks my dad for a bunny. Dad, in his adorable cluelessness starts looking around for this so called bunny. He doesn't realize that she's asking for an actual pet, not a vending machine rabbit. He of course says no, and then tells her that she already has two cats.

A:"We can get rid of one!"
Me: "How would you like it if we got rid of you?"
A: "I'm your family!"
Me: "The cats are family!"
A: "They're rude to me"

Sure, the cats are rude to you. It has absolutely nothing to do with the torture you put them through. Speaking of rude, YOU are the one that won't let them in your room. Maybe their feelings are hurt.

So then she overhears me tell my siste that she may get to go to Girl Scout camp this year. She got very excited but I told her it was a week away from home...overnight. Her response was "so?". I asked her if she was ready. It is a whole week away from Mommy. This pretty much summed up that it is in fact I who is not ready. Her response was...

"We've been apart for that long before. We were apart from...oh I don't know...the beginning of TIME until 2003".

I couldn't really argue with that. I was not about to try and explain awareness to my daughter.

And finally, we're in the car on the way home and we pass what Adria calls the "bleeding house" . It is a HUGE white farmhouse with all red lit candles in the windows. She loves it. As we're turning into our development I saw another house with all red candles in their windows and pointed it out to her....

"Now...that's just CREEPY bro."

Yes, she used the word.....bro. That was where I almost had to pull the car over.

She also said that she should use the bathroom first because "Children's butts are more important than adult butts"

She also told me she told her class I was a professional wrestler and then she laughed like a mad-woman. Then just said...."No...I didn't"

I...I, just.....I don't know. She was on some kind of roll!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You better WERK!

It is that time again ladies and gents (At least, I think some dudes read this). It is time for Fashion: Adria style. I have stock piled a few this time around and am super excited to share with you all. Here we go!


Jeans, jean overalls and "FUGGS"
I thought maybe a little bit of denim overload. Obviously, lost that fight.


My friend Stacie will troll Salval for Adria every once in a while. This outfit comes entirely from the donations. Thanks Stacie!!!! (Notice the fifth position of the feet. And she scoffs at dancing? *SIGH*)


Once again, this top is from Stacie. I LOVE this picture. Adria loves this top. It's a win-win!


Ok, so I signed up for a website called ThredUP. It's a clothing recycling website where you can trade clothes. It's pretty awesome. The High School Musical shirt came from there. The skirt is from...STACIE!!! She wears it ALL the time. This look is complete with striped hurts my eyes just a tad.


Um, this one speaks for itself. (I would totally wear this) The hair piece is from my beautiful friend Cat. She made it. Cool right?! And the top...from...STACIE!!! Are you sensing a theme?


The dress: Memaw and Pop Pop
The tights: Mommy and Daddy
The fingerless gloves: The 80's!!!!
She begged for these gloves. Thank you Disney Channel

So there you have it! This child will wear anything with anything. Chances are if I were to try it...I would fail miserably. Somehow this works for her and I absolutely LOVE IT. I will close with an Adria quote

"Pepto Bismol tastes like asparagus and pudding had a baby"

I laugh...a lot.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Dear Planet Adria fans,

Please forgive me as I am going to use the platform I have available here to tell you about my sister. My sister Meaghan is an amazing human being. She has overcome so much and is blossoming into a huge talent (but we already knew that right?).  Last year Meaghan released her first album. This whole writing music thing was a huge surprise to everyone, including Meaghan. But, she did it. She wrote and co-produced the entire thing! AND she wants to do it again. So I'm writing this post to make you aware of her current fund raising project. Kickstarter is an awesome site that allows artists to raise money for their current projects. Take a look below.

So there you go. You can donate any amount you want to...but $6 gets you the EP!

So thanks for letting me indulge and shamelessly promote my sister.


Friday, December 2, 2011

She makes me laugh every single day...some more than others

Rupaul; for the uninformed
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, this blog is about a little girl named Adria. Why is there a picture of a famous drag queen at the top? Well boys and girls, it's because this was the topic of my conversation with my daughter last night. It was so hilarious...I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. It went something like this...

We were in the car on the way home and "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga came on the radio. It gets to the part where she says...oh come on...say it with me...."Don't be a drag, just be a queen".

A: "Mommy what is she saying there"

M: "Don't be a drag just be a queen"

A: "What does that mean"

M: "Well, do you know what a drag queen is?"


M: Hesistating just a bit. "Well, it's a man...who..."

A: "DRESSES LIKE A LADY?!?!?!?!?!"


Now I think what blows my mind is that she finished that sentence. She deduced from the term drag queen that the man would dress up like a lady. Amazing....but, I digress.

M: "Would you like to see one?"

A: "YES!"

Thanks to google, I pulled up pictures of many different drag queens and as we are scrolling through she keeps saying...

"That's a man?...THAT'S a man?....That's a MAN?!" to which I replied yes to every single one. Then she says...."You can tell because of the boobs."

I am in hysterics at this point. Tears are streaming down my face. Then she says...

"They should have a TV show called Drag Queen Competitions."

M: "They's called Drag Race."

A: "Ooooh! Can we watch it!!!???"

I honestly don't know the answer to that question.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

November was BUSY!!!!!

Ok so here it is, December 1st, and I'm just getting around to writing about two things. This will be a long post so bear with me. First and foremost my baby girl turned 8 on November 13th. I still can't believe it. Sticking with tradition in my family, her gift this year was to get her ears pierced. So on her actual birthday we went to Claire's and got them pierced.
As you can see, she is super nervous. She was totally excited until this very moment. Then she got really nervous. She did pretty well. Only one or two tears. She of course used this pain to try and con us into a whole lot of Justin Bieber paraphernalia. It didn't work.
So here is a side view of her ear. Let's be honest, we can really fit both of them into one frame. (I am the meanest mother on the face of the Earth. Oh wait, no...that would be MY mother who said on the day of her birth we would need to save money for ear surgery)
This is her present from Aunt Meaghan. She wears this sweatshirt all the time now. I feel like the sweatshirt should be a good substitute for the actual game so she doesn't steal my phone anymore...but alas, it is not.

So on the Friday before her birthday, I took Adria and her BFF Paige to the movies and then out to dinner for pizza. It had been a year since these two had seen each other. It absolutely amazes me how smart these two kids are and it is such a joy to spend time with them. Here they are at dinner...just look at how excited they are.....
This was so fun. We went to see Jack & Jill (which I totally loved) and then to Pizza Hut. Paige gave Adria some fabric markers and these blank tote bags. So the girls decided they would each decorate one sand give it to the other girl. I'm not lying here...these two did not make a peep for like 45 minutes except to compare notes.
Look at that!!! Girls...THERE ARE BREADSTICKS IN FRONT OF YOU!!!! No? Ok then, I shall eat them. You snooze you lose...and so does my butt. Oy.

On to acting. Adria takes theater classes at Open Stage of Harrisburg. She totally loves it and I love that she loves it. She is destined to outshine us all. Well at the end of her class, the girls put on a play. This play was written by all of them. It was titled "My Thanksgiving Horror". I was quite amused by the title. Adria played Flurkey the turkey. Flurkey's best friend was Crow and together they stole the Thanksgiving turkey from the Pilgrims to teach them a valuable lesson. That lesson is, you kill and eat turkeys...birds get pissed.

Here you will see Flurkey and Crow conspiring to steal the Pilgrim's turkey. The unsuspecting Pilgrims are in the background. They just have no idea.
This part CRACKED ME Flurkey is having a, let's say discussion with herself. It was more of a rant...Adria was walking around this table, flapping her arms and saying "Who do they think they are, they think they can just come in here and eat all of my friends...etc etc" I was howling (alone as usual)

Here is the whole class posing. And on the right are Flurkey and Crow. According to her teacher, these two had the best imaginations in the whole class. (Shocking, I know).

So there is our November. It was crazy busy and I'm sure December will be too. I'm going to leave you with some Adria sarcasm. This was a conversation between her dad and her while watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving...

Thad: The good thing about these cartoons Adria is that the stuff that happens to them here can actually happen in real life.

Adria (DUH-RIPPING with sarcasm): You dogs playing ping pong?

Mom: Hahahahahaa!!!!!

Hope everyone's turkey day was awesome and Christmas is even better!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Halloween...a little late, but who cares

If anyone knows me at all, they know how much I worship Halloween. In my house it is close to a religion. No, I'm not a witch but what if I were!? But, I digress. This is starting to turn into a big deal for Adria too. There is NO denying she is my kid! I was so excited this year that she wanted to make her costume instead of ordering it online. Last year I was crushed when she wanted to be Hannah Montana but of course in the spirit of things...I let her be whatever she wanted to be. I ALMOST convinced her to be "dead Hannah" but at the last minute she changed her mind.

But first things we are carving the pumpkin and of course the finished product...all designed by Adria.

Next of course we had to make her costume. Well, I should say her first costume. That's right people, this year she had 3!!!! THREE COSTUMES!!! What the....
Ok, let me explain the first costume you're going to see is her trick or treat costume. I've heard rumblings that this was horrible and I should never have let her dress up this way....too bad, so sad. I thought it turned out AMAZINGLY!!!!

 We started with a dress from the Salvation Army, we made mud and Adria went to town. As you can see from her face she was having a GREAT time!!!

Ok, so if you haven't guessed by now, or haven't seen the Facebook picture, Adria decided to be a zombie this year. More specifically a zombie bride. Here is the final product.

How freaking AWESOME does she look. She scared the pants off of some kids (and parents too I might add). My heart just swelled with pride.

Ok onto costume number two. I am still flummoxed at this but Adria's school does not allow a Halloween party. It's called the Book Bash! (lamesauce) Not that books are lame, but a lack of a Halloween party is. You're not even allowed to bring in cupcakes for the kids' birthdays. But that is a whole other rant. Ok, so Book Bash, you must dress up as a character from a book and do a book report on it. Adria did not understand why I found this costume so funny but she loved it! Some of you may not know what it is and that's okay. There are a whole series of Mister and Little Miss books. Adria went as....

How apropos you say? Indeed don't I know it. I still wonder how she doesn't suffer from any permanent brain damage as there is NO WAY she gets enough oxygen to her brain the way she talks.

And finally, Thad's parents were taking her to a church Halloween party. See people, church Halloween but no school Halloween?!?!?! What the H E double hockey sticks? Again, I'm digressing. Church...ok, go. So she tells me she wants to be a French Girl for the party. I asked what exactly that meant. Her response was "You know, wear all black, wear beads and say French words". Duh, mom. You're a complete idiot. Then she comes down in this instead...

At this point I was just glad she was dressed at all since they were coming in minutes. So we decided to come up with something based on how she was dressed....are you ready? wait for's totally worth it....she was an...


Her dad and I both said "Oh well...she'll have fun anyway." and lo and behold she comes home with a PRIZE. She won a prize for her costume. I couldn't believe it!

Like mother, like daughter

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I love the 80's...Adria? Not so much

So last night we were carving our pumpkin. You will get to see that in a future post. This post has more to do with the hilarity that is Adria. So Thad has a music video channel on and Olivia Newton John's video for Physical comes on....

Adria: Is that an ACTUAL exercise show?

Thad and I (laughing):

Thad: This is what music videos looked like in the 80's

Adria: MAN! You guys must have been miserable!

I did not bother to try and explain that we didn't know any better because Thad and I were too busy howling with laughter.

Also, I cannot figure out where to show you all this picture so since Physical was about exercise (ok, not really) and this is exercise too (ok, not really)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Quotes from an age long ago...well, not THAT long.

When Adria turned three, I started to keep a journal of the funny stuff that came out of her mouth and let me tell you...there was a LOT! So I've decided to reflect upon that today and share with you some classic Adria-isms. So here you go.

Age 3

"Oh to have a hook for a hand." This one was during her obsession with Peter Pan.

"Mama, don't talk to your mother like that!" This one is pretty self explanatory, I think.

This video is one of my absolute favorites. This kid has been a trip from day 1!!

                                                               Destined for stardom!

Age 4
"Mama, you're so sweet. I could eat you up" Who knows

"I think (gag) I'm allergic (gag) to poop" This one was while on the toilet.

"That's wiggity wiggity whack, Mama" Yeah, I got nothing on that one.

This one is one of my favorite. It was a conversation between my mom and Adria while at mom's job.

Mom: We have to say hi to some people
Adria: To who?
Mom: To whom?
Adria: Where is he?
Mom: Who?
Adria: WHOM!

After dropping some pretzels while at Aunt Heidi's house.
Mommy: ADRIA!
Adria: Don't worry mom, you'll get them.
Adria: Mama, there's going to be a concert tomorrow night at our house
Me: Really?
Adria: Yeah, I'm going to rock out in all three bedrooms. Yours, mine, AND Grandma's

At the OB/GYN she picked up a breast self-exam booklet and said to me "Mama, WHAT are they doing to her boob?"

I think I somehow missed age 5 or else she wasn't that funny (I doubt that, it was totally my fault)

Age 6

While driving into Harrisburg across the Market Street bridge
"Mama, is there a LOWER case building?"

One afternoon she SLAMMED into the house and screamed VERY loudly...
"No one will play tag with me so I'm building a FORT for my ANGRINESS!!!!"
This one is my friend Fred's favorite!

So there is just a peek at some things that came out of Adria's mouth. Of course, it's not all of it. Some of them I have to keep to myself. But if you want to hear the rest stop bathroom story, email me and I will fill you in. Mom would KILL me if I put it on the Internet! And I will leave you with one of the most profound things I have ever least from a four year-old

"Jealous means you're kicked out of someones heart" - Adria McGarry

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I love fall!!!

That is such a generic title I just could not come up with anything clever. Oh, well. So it is my absolute favorite season of the year! FALL!!! I love everything about it: the temperature, the smells, Halloween, and pumpkin pie. Now, I've never been one for seasonal decorations. I do the absolute minimum possible. I frankly had forgotten I had anything at all. Adria on the other hand would decorate for anything. I would suspect she would even decorate for Columbus Day. Although, I'm not sure that anything for C.D. would be appropriate. Or, maybe that's just my twisted thinking. I'll go with the latter.

So of course as soon as we had a free afternoon, Adria wanted to decorate for Halloween. I have a cute little bat and some sad pumpkin lights, that is about IT. But we did it anyway!

It is definitely pumpkin-y

So after we did this she decided she wanted to cut some of the white flowers that mysteriously started to grow this fall and decorate some more, so of course, who am I to say no?

So then I was inspired!!! Trust me, it does not happen very often. Most of the time after something like this I'm spent and would rather just withdraw into some kind of hole. So I made Adria pose with the flowers. She's at this phase where she doesn't want to smile. I'm guessing it has something to do with her Jack-o-lantern type teeth (nice Halloween reference Bryden. Why, thank you.) So the expression on her face is a bit..MO-OHHHHM Why are you making me do this.
I'm such a dork for making her do this.

So after all of that hard work we decided to go see A Dolphin Tale. If you have not seen this movie, go! And make sure you take tissues. THIS is what Adria wore to the movies.

That's right people...PEARLS! She totally inherited that from my mother by the way who would not leave the house without her pearls and her make-up despite wearing sweatpants. I can't even make this up.

Friday, October 14, 2011

I'm sorry, I can't hear you over how epic I am!

Nic, I had to steal the title I'm sorry!!!

Ok, so this outfit this morning deserved its own post. I'm taking a cue from Perez Hilton and writing on the know, in case your brain cannot process what it sees.


Thursday, October 13, 2011


You're probably looking at the title of this post and wondering...what is an A.T.? Well I'm going to tell you. There really isn't a lot of setup for this story. Adria had fire safety day at school or some such thing and was given a goodie bag with the usual; how to call 911, stop drop and roll and the like. Well in said goodie bag were temporary tattoos. Now, I have 5 tats and Adria always says that when she is 18 she will get my name tattooed on her wrist. We will see about that when she actually turns 18. I HIGHLY doubt my name is what she will want on her body permanently. But until then Adria loves temporary tattoos and last night she gave herself A.T.'s. Hmmm what could A.T. stand for? Did you figure it out yet? That's right people......


And this is how she ran around the house all...night...long. She would run up to you, get in your face and shout "A.T's!!!" It was a little alarming I might add. She on the other hand was beyond amused as I'm sure you could see from her face.

Now, if you recall the earlier post My daughter is a little twisted... you will recall the photo of Adria drying her armpits off with my NY Yankees fan. So I started to wonder if maybe she wasn't suffering from maschalagniaFor those not in the know, maschalagnia is an armpit fetish. While I really doubt this is the case, what is the fascination?! I have no flipping clue!!! I guess I will just resign myself to the fact that she is a bit odd. A bird of a different feather, if you will.

But this bird has AMAZING fashion sense! CHECK THIS OUT!

I would completely rock that outfit. You know, if it were in my size!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My daughter is a little twisted. How did that ever happen?!

So I wasn't sure how to go about telling this story. So I guess I'll dive right in. My daughter has an amazing imagination. As you can see from previous tales, it is also a bit twisted. I know this is my fault and I'm prepared to take responsibility. I mean I realize that watching Poltergeist with your 7 year-old is not the typical movie night. But honestly it is when I started watching horror movies too. And the best part was that she wasn't even fazed. This is the movie that scarred me for the rest of my life. I am forever terrified of clowns because of Poltergeist...but I digress.

So Adria was with Memaw and Pop Pop for their usual weekend and I guess Memaw had a family reunion. Apparently there were all kinds of fun stuff for the kids including face painting. Now any other kid would want animals, balloons, flowers, butterflies and the like...right? Not Adria.

Here is the first one. It's a lovely black heart with flames, a lightning bolt, and a guitar. Not too bad I suppose.

 Next we have a lovely black snake. Are we looking at a future with a biker gang? I hope not. I'm just relieved it doesn't say MOM!

 This is the same arm...a BLACK rose on the arm with a BLACK snake. Are you sensing a theme?

Eyeballs. Eyeballs? EYEBALLS?!?!?!??!

 This child really makes me wonder sometimes. At what point do you say to yourself "Ya know, eyeballs are an AMAZING idea.  Please paint them on me".

Moving on, this next one I don't really have words for. She showed it to me and I thought OK scissors and a red circle...awesome. Don't get it, but awesome.

That is not a red, no, no. It is a TONGUE! Who wants a tongue painted on their person!!! MY daughter that's who. So bizarre.

And last but not least I'm not really sure what to make of this one. Let's face it, I didn't know what to make of most of them. But this one was....

She like a Dalmation from the Spanish inqusition with a talking shark and scars like Frankenstein's monster. I really have no idea.

So when she came home like this I was quite amused. And I thought "How much of this was Adria and how much input was from the face painter"? Well my thought was answered a few weeks later. We stopped in to get ice cream at Rakestraw's. Adria is of course hoppin' and boppin' around the shop and the girl scooping ice cream says to me "Hey! Weren't you at the so and so reunion?" and I had zero idea what she was talking about. I told her I didn't think so and she looked at Adria and said "yeah, that was definitely her face that I was painting". I finally realized she was talking about and told her that I wasn't there but Adria definitely was. She looks at me and just said "That was ALL her by the way. I had nothing to do with her face painting choices".

I don't doubt that at all.

I will leave you with this picture also...she is convinced that her armpits are well...I'll let you decide...

Yeah, so there's that.

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's those outfits again!

Well it is time to revisit Adria's clothes. Let's face it, it's why I started the blog in the first place. So Adria's new thing is to wear stuff underneath stuff. I guess it's not really THAT new but she has taken it to a whole new level. I buy her a lot of leggings. She likes them and they keep her warm. Frankly, I think they look adorable on her. As I have mentioned before she is very fashion forward. At this point what she wears is not accidental. She is definitely making bold choices in the morning. So this was one selection. She had on a red sweatshirt and so I only took a pic of her lower half because frankly it would have burned your eyes....

She has day of the week socks on  but you can't see them

 So that was interesting. But wait, it gets better. This particular outfit I really liked and really wish I had the chutzpah to wear it...

She particularly enjoys shaking her "booty" in this skirt.

This brick red leggings and the purple skirt particularly annoyed my neighbor because "it didn't match"...well, it didn't really but I think it ended up looking very cute on her!

Now, this last one I saved for last for a particular reason. When she came out of her room I had to do a second take. It is...interesting? I'm not sure what to call it...Mormon chic? A style from the book of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? No clue

It just looked so HOT.

Like I've said before, I don't ever tell her what to wear. On this particular morning however, I urged her to maybe pick the jeans OR the skirt. I told her I thought she might be a little warm. "Whatevs, I don't care." This is one look I just could NOT get behind. My friend Lauren asked if I thought a part of it would come off sometime during the school day but sure enough, when I got home from work there is was...full skirt over long jeans. Wowie Zowie.

Monday, September 19, 2011

On the whole I would rather be in Philadelphia - W.C. Fields

This weekend was so much fun! I had previously planned a trip to go visit one of my best friends Meghann. She lives in Norristown with her husband Joe and her two year-old daughter Layla. Meghann and Joe are two of my favorite people on the face of the planet so I was super excited. Also, because I'm a terrible friend I hadn't seen their daughter since she was born so I was excited about that too. Adria was supposed to go away this weekend but things changed and she ended up coming with me so that was great! So we wake up and get ready to go. When Adria packs I always have to double check or else when we get where we're going and she has like 3 Barbie dolls, a single sock, no underpants and some sparkly shoes...and as I'm double checking her suitcase she is getting ready to go. She pops her head out and this is what she is wearing...

I don't have, I'm a little....uh ok.

Note the socks she has on are Cheshire Cat sock/slipper things that she insisted on wearing just for the car ride because shoes were just too complicated.

So we hit the road and of course she has her iPod and her mini DVD player and books and the BOP magazine that just can't travel without. I decided to take the scenic route since well I didn't have money for tolls so that decision was kind of easy. As we're driving I decide to tell Adria about where we're going. I start talking about Benjamin Franklin and the rich history of our state and she says "Mom, do you mind if we finish this a little later, I'm watching something." No, no, no...go right ahead.

Later comes and she says.."Now, tell me about this place we're going". As I start talking about it some more she says "WAIT! PhilaDELphia?!?!?! That is where the PHILLIES ARE!!!" Why, yes...yes they are. "But don't you want to hear about Ben Franklin?"...."Actually mom it's BENJAMIN Franklin. My friend in class was named after him so that's how I know" Riiiiiiiight.

We get to Meg's house and veg for a little bit before heading in to town. We did Old City Hall and Adria got to see the Liberty Bell...well, from outside the building anyway. She took one look at the long line and refused to wait that long. That's my girl. I believe her actual words were ", I am NOT standing in that line."

Adria and Layla

Something else that was really exciting was that we got to see JFLIZZLE!!! My friend Jessie just moved back from LA LA land and is living in Philly. You will note that Jessie does not have to lean down really far to get to Adria's level. I would like to say it is because Adria is so tall...however I don't think that is the case ;-)

Dude! Wrong town

She helped us trek all over Philly (not really but with my boot that is what it felt like) to make sure Adria could get a souvenir to take home. We ended up finding some things but it was after I saw this in the gift shop......

We get back to the house and Megs puts lasagna in for dinner and we sit down and have a lovely meal. I still haven't told Adria there was sausage in her know since she's vegetarian when it comes to pork. I think she'll live. The kids went to bed and Joe and I  had some beers and it was a "mock"tail for Meg since she's in the family way. It was so good to see them all and the visit was way too short. Layla is such a precious little girl and she and Adria got a long great!

It was also very funny because the Barrios' have a third floor with two bedrooms. That is all there is to it, just the two rooms. Adria was up there a TON and I'm pretty sure she was pretending that she had her own apartment. She asked me the previous evening if it was ok that she picked the larger room to sleep in. I told her I didn't care but that I usually slept where she was sleeping to which she replied "Whatevs, it's bigger and I have my own nightlight."

They definitely got to see the real side of Adria as this was how she came down for breakfast.....