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  1. Sandi
    December 19, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I am chortling. Yes, that is the proper term.

    First, love the way you and the fraternal units hang out. Family traditions are THE BEST THINGS EVER – *especially* if you make them up yourselves. (One of ours was to make green eggs and ham on St. Patrick’s Day for my mother’s birthday. We still do that.)

    Second: My family learned to fear the phrase “I have to blog this.” It’s fun when that happens. ENJOY it when it does. *beams*

    And: I think your awesomeness might have been over their heads. Paul clearly gets it – or he gets you enough to make it look like he does. SMART MAN.

    May your holidays be all that is bright (and disco-ball-shiny) and beautiful.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 19, 2012 @ 10:17 am

      Can I just say how EVERYONE thought it was so incredibly funny when Paul acted like a superhero? And I was like, oh? Really? NOW you think it’s funny?

      If the boys see this, I will be excommunicated. Truly. I’m not sure they will want to hear about “material.” They are getting navy-blue hoodies this year. So much for creativity…

      p.s.- It is likely that Paul will protest his photo being used without permission.


  2. Karen B.
    December 19, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    This just makes me wish that much harder for siblings. As an only child, my showing off occurred in front of my dad’s 8mm movie camera. Thank goodness no one in my family got around to making VHS tapes of those reels! (does this age me? Yes, it does!) I can only say, it seems like typical guys to not want to really keep up with the tradition! 🙂 I also like the fact that you all have your Christmas morning pj’s on with your slippers. How cute is that?
    Maybe it was a claustrophobia issue…I mean the masks do look constricting. I will say, Paul is the best for playing along! Mr.B does that and that is why we’ve lasted so long. 🙂


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 19, 2012 @ 10:23 am

      My bf is an only child, and when we were younger, I envied her the QUIET of not having a brother! Now, of course I’m so thankful for them…

      One is three years younger than me, the other is thirteen younger… which makes him half my brother and half my own child. He’s everyone’s favorite! Although he’s not even on Twitter, which makes him totally useless for any kind of tech-savvy helpfulness! I’m like, hello? You’re legally required to be able to HELP me with social media!

      Paul totally got all the laughs. I was like, right—of course you think HE is funny.


  3. Stacey
    December 19, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Blahhhhh!!!! HA HA HA! This was great, Victoria! Brothers are the best and this makes me think about all the crazy stuff we did as kids. The laughter… the uncontrollable laughter is something i miss so much. I imagine there was and still is LOTS of that with you guys. Well, there was for me while reading this post, anyway.

    The mohawk hats are just so awesome I may have had to just call it quits. Seriously how do you top that? I know how tall you all are so I was quite impressed with how high your brothers jump. HA HA! They’re catching some serious air! SO FUN.

    Really this is the best part of the holidays… spending it with the people you love…. and laughing your butt off. Also, I think lucha libre masks should probably become some sort of Christmas tradition…. which would no doubt lead to a Christmas smack-down. Ahhh, sweet holiday memories!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 19, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

      Sigh… I’m terrible at quitting while I’m ahead. And I’m GREAT at getting carried away.

      Sometimes (as you know) people will look at me and say something to the extent—wow! You’re tall. And I’m always like, oh yeah? I forgot. Literally. In my family I am the short one…

      You’re right about the uncontrollable laughter. We’re not all together very often, but when we are? We pretty much just roll on the floor. Half of which is just making fun of each other in the most hilarious way possible. (why is that so fun?)


  4. Ralna Cunningham
    December 19, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Puhleeze tell me you made them watch the movie_Nacho Libre_ with you, because only then could they attain the capacity to fully appreciate the magnitude of the gift i.e. singing “Incarnacion” in a fully tiled room. No accounting for taste, though you are obviously on the right side of that. Where did you get those masks???? I need some for my family so we can spend Christmas morning quoting the movie to each other. And texting pictures of ourselves to everyone we know .


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 19, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

      Okay. The fact that you GET this is the awesomest thing EVER, makes me feel better. Like my brothers are the ones with defective humor… not me. Also, clearly your family has a superiorly developed sense of comedy… I was expecting my brothers and I to spend the morning texting random photos of us in costume.

      And yes. Of course we have witnessed the magic of Jack Black as Nacho Libre.

      I got them at a flea market. Paul and I were on our way somewhere, and we passed a defunct drive-in theater that had tents and vendors. I was hoping to find some great antique, so we stopped. As SOON as I saw those masks, I was like—CHRISTMAS!! Then I tried them on, while people looked at me like I was crazy.

      The guy had all kinds, but I tried to find three that were similar, and sewed straight…they are not really, um, high quality? I’m glad now I didn’t spring for the more professional ones since we won’t be going on tour…


      • Ralna Cunningham
        December 20, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

        “I’m a little concerned right now. About your salvation and stuff.” I would have spent the morning in a huge sulk with my lower lip sticking out had I received such a response.


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          December 20, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

          Do you think maybe my brothers were disappointed?? That I didn’t get the matching tights and leotard? Maybe *that* was the problem, and I simply misinterpreted? After all, CLEARLY, the outfit was incomplete.

          I tried not to be visibly disappointed. The only thing worse than them not thinking it was funny… would have been watching them pretend…

          p.s.- someone should definitely be concerned about my salvation… and stuff.


  5. Jennifer S
    December 19, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Now I know why you’re so funny… you have brothers! And they look like professional wrestlers! How awesome… loved the post. Have a happy holiday season.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 20, 2012 @ 7:25 am

      I wasn’t kidding about being the unfunny one. When both brothers are around, beating them to any kind of punchline is impossible.

      Happy holidays to you too! I take it you survive the swarming hordes of curious house-lookers!!


  6. redjim99
    December 19, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    Great stuff, love the hats but the masks are awesome. 🙂



  7. Danielle
    December 19, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Bwhaha! You are the best sister EVER!! Those masks are awesome. The fact that your brothers refused to jump only makes them more awesomer… Like they are too serious of wrestlers to get mixed up in your shenanigans. This seriously made my day! Plus now I need to go out and find blue polka dot p-jams. Merry Christmas!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 20, 2012 @ 7:30 am

      YOU made my day. I am pleased to no end— to now see them as taking their craft seriously and not lowering themselves to ridiculous publicity stunts.

      Re-looking at the photos from that view, they look very somber. Pensive even. Which is pretty delightful. Merry Christmas!!


  8. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    December 19, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    You can join my family. My brothers would totally get into the lucha libre masks. Did you see the zombie shoot we did at my wedding?


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 20, 2012 @ 7:38 am

      Well. I have to say that I THOUGHT my brothers were going to be into the masks. I THOUGHT they were going to fall over in hysteria.


  9. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    December 19, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    The rest of my comment did not post. I added the link and also said that I understand how you feel about your brothers not reading your blog. Mine don’t either. Neither will my father. Oh well.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 20, 2012 @ 7:45 am

      I really, really think that until you HAVE a blog… you don’t understand the time/thought that goes into it. Plus, my brothers (and probably yours too) aren’t sitting around reading anyone’s blog, so it’s not a part of their media-consumption…

      Having said that, I really do talk about my blog, my blog, my blog… all the time, so I’m a little sad that my family doesn’t pick up on my totally not subtle cues.

      Does your husband read it? Paul doesn’t read, although he certainly hears enough about it that he might make an argument that he’s already lived through it. I mean, if I take him the laptop he’ll read it, but his brain doesn’t prompt him to have any curiosity. I’m surprised at how this hasn’t bothered me… I guess because I know him well enough to not interpret it as lack of caring, but just differences in our personalities.


      • Jessica@CapeofDreams
        December 20, 2012 @ 8:21 am

        My husband does read it, but he also has a couple of blogs, so he understands. I also thinks that he reads it just to check what I am saying about him!


  10. Melissa
    December 19, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    OMG. Those pictures are hysterical.
    Is it weird to ask where you got your pants? I love them.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 20, 2012 @ 7:48 am

      Not weird at all… I got them at Bloomingdales, last year. They’re a brand called PJ Salvage… maybe you can look on ebay. I’ve had good luck sometimes finding a discontinued item there.


  11. travelgardeneat
    December 19, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    lucha libre planking by Paul?! Too funny ~ Kat


  12. Becky Elmuccio (@craftygrdenmama)
    December 22, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    Adorable! It’s fun to have siblings to have a little holiday fun with. Have a happy holiday season!


  13. patinaandcompany
    December 23, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    LOVE this, and totally relate to your frustration in receiving proper accolades for your blogging efforts from apathetic family members. So, children, be forewarned! Just as I am now an OBSESSIVE bow-maker . . . .

    Oh, the things we can learn on the internet.

    Merry Christmas to you!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 5, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

      Replying to comments got derailed by the holidays… I tried to let it go, but am compelled to answer this! Happy New Year!


  14. RedCandy
    December 29, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Hahaha!! Love it!! Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Xx


  15. Eli
    May 17, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Even here in Mexico are a little bit over the top, BUT they are good enough for the competition with the mohauk hats.
    If that makes you feel better, my brother and sister would TOTALLY love the masks!
    Maybe your brothers need a ride to watch Lucha Libre! The most bizarre fighting show EVER.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 17, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

      Right??? So obviously awesome!!! It’s been over a year and a half, and I STILL, do not understand why my brothers failed to see it.

      As a result, they got hoodies last Christmas. I thought this would punish their lack of humor, but they seemed REALLY happy with sweatshirts.

      Next year, socks. That will teach them.


  16. Jessica
    June 20, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    I wasn’t going to follow your blog, because we’re a nomadic military family and I’m not allowed to re-do anything in the places we live. Then I read this post, and found myself clicking on all of your little ‘follow me’ icons. I’m hooked. You have a new stalker 🙂


  17. Laura
    June 25, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    crying… crying… tears coming out of my eyes… laughter with no sound… funniest thing ever!


  18. Sarah
    July 2, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Okay, so this is WAY late, but maybe early enough to give you ideas for this year? I have been meaning to write a post about it (maybe I’ll do that today? Work is boring), but I got my brother a penguin hat this year. It’s a hat with a stuffed penguin on top and it’s amazing. ( or something like that)

    Also, this sounds like a shill, it’s really not. It’s just that I feel like I’m going to be you when I grow up (kind of in an aspirational way, and kind of in an I’ve-been-reading-your-blog-obsessively-this-week-and-it’s-like-seeing-my-future-but-with-more-disco-balls way) and so I feel like you would maybe appreciate these hats.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 3, 2013 @ 9:53 am

      I thought for sure that would not be the site… but indeed? It IS.
      And???? The text alone is enough to make me want to buy.

      Penguin Hats have several unique and useful features that distinguish them from other hats:

      I’d try to explain why this delighted me… but I have a feeling you already know.


  19. Rachel
    July 12, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    Made the mistake of reading this at work and I work in a really quiet office and I could not contain myself, the pictures were so funny. Love the blog. Now everyone here must think I’m the crazy receptionist who giggles at her computer screen.


  20. Kim
    January 30, 2016 @ 11:15 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. I’ve been going back to the beginning and reading your posts chronologically, as I have been reading them by subject matter for some time…that’s my explanation for how I missed this, now my favorite post (but I’ll be reading more later.) I was laughing so hard that my husband came to check, this guy who doesn’t come check when the smoke detectors are going off. When I told him I had found his next birthday gift, he said, “No. Anything that makes you laugh like that can’t be good.” Oh, I beg to differ. I may start collecting Lucha Libre masks. Seriously, who wouldn’t?


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