Wednesday, July 30, 2014

She's 5!

    As many of you know, I am a very proud aunt. My first (and only, to date) niece came into the world almost five years ago on July 31, 2009. She was a highly anticipated baby because she was the first grandchild for my parents and niece/nephew for my brother and I. I remember being at the hospital the day she was born waiting for Lexi (who goes by the formal "Alexis" at school). I remember my mom came running out of the OR screaming, "SHE'S BEAUTIFUL!" and indeed she was. She was so small, so innocent, so sweet...and she is to this day.

Lexi, one or two days old

     When I was in grad school, Lexi and I would Skype. I would always be so excited to come home to see my little bundle. When she started to talk, she started bossing me around a little bit, but I used to do that to her mom (my big sister) when I was a nugget too. Since I moved back to town, I have enjoyed watching Lexi grow up. She is the smartest little thing in the world and she's cuter than any other almost-Kindergartner. She has a tendency to be theatric, like her aunt, so we get along great. She finds happiness and joy in everything, which inspires me to do the same. She is imaginative and creative, and loves learning new things every day. She has lots of friends at school and adores her little brother Eli. This past Saturday, we had a "friends" birthday party for Lexi and we all had a blast.   Lexi's friends partied like it was 2009 again and even did a slip and slide that I wanted to go on but apparently I was "too old". Eli and Zack, my nephews, had a great time running around chasing Lexi's lady friends. I have some pictures of this below!

 In like a week when you can read this blog post in full, Alexis Danielle Mendelsohn, I wish you a very happy 5th birthday tomorrow. I love you more than life itself, and having you in my life constantly makes me want to be a better person so I can be a good role model for you. You have made my sister and Ben happier than they ever have been. You bring joy to your little brother Eli, "Cousin Zack", your grandparents, your aunt Liz and Uncle Jeremy, your doggie Kramer, your teachers, Paula, Lilly P., your friends, random waitresses and waiters at restaurants and of course, your aunt Mer Mer. Thank you for inspiring me to find the awe in the world around me. Thank you for being the first of three little babies that I love so dearly. Thank you for being you, sweet girl.
Carseat selfies

The birthday girl!

Bathing suit cuties

Lexi, her brother Eli and cousin Zack

Blowing out her candles

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lauren's Shower/Bachelorette Weekend!

Hi everyone! Even though it was about a month ago, we had a celebration for my good friend Lauren who is getting married in September! Though Laur is from Chicago, we celebrated both events here in Cincinnati. The shower was put on by Lauren's many aunts and it was a "Paris" theme. The food was great and it was very festively decorated! We played games about what were some things that described Lauren and then her fiancé Mark. I did pretty well at the game and won a pretty candy dish for my coffee table. There is nothing I love more than winning prizes at things.

After the shower, we had a break, gave Lauren her Bachelorette gifts and then went to Via Vite in Cincinnati to eat an Italian dinner, as Lauren is a strong Italian woman. We then romped around the raging metropolis of Cinci creating havoc at local night clubs. (Joke). Enjoy some of the pictures!

Laur at her shower.

Mama Hack helping Lauren open gifts

Night shorts-always a good idea.

The group!

Rooftop Bar @ 21C, I believe this is a yellow penguin.

Lauren dancing with a guy I know from Miami-Cincinnati is a not-small world.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Some Funny Questions

Hi nuggets! It has been awhile, but life has been a bit hectic. I have also been a bit on the sick side for the last week or so, and blogging wasn't on my to do list. I wanted to share a few questions I have been asked from my students, particularly 1 outspoken student, during my recent teaching experiences.

Student: Ms. Mer In America, are you of Mexican descent.
Me: No.
Student: What are you then?
Me: Eastern European and Italian.
Student: Really? I could have sworn you were Mexican.

Student: Ms. Mer In America, how old are you?
Me: Guess.
Student: Well I'm 35, so 35?
Me: (In horror) No, I am not 35.
Student: 34?
Me: No.
Student: (When another student guessed...) DAYYYUMMMM.

Student: Ms. Mer in America, have you been so busy with school that you don't date?
Me: There's always time for dating. But this just got inappropriate.
Student: She does date!!

Student: (After I was using my other job at a fitness center as an example in class) Does your gym have a steam room?
Me: Yes, but its broken. Moving on...
Student: I love steam rooms.

Student: Ms. Mer In America, since you like dogs, I have a dog that we don't have time to take care of. I work, my fiancé works, and the kids don't do anything to help. I didn't want to adopt it in the first place. What should I do?
Me: (Sensing she wanted me to take her dog) You probably shouldn't have gotten a dog in the first place. I don't know what you should do. I'm outrun by animals at my place, so I can't take it.
Student: I knew we shouldn't of gotten the dog. Thanks Ms. Mer in America.

There have been more questions, but they are too X-rated to talk about on a family blog such as Mer In America. We talk about some deep stuff in my class. This is the 35 year old version of Ms. Mer IN America below.