Tuesday, January 19, 2010

KNOCK THREE TIMES






Mario, sometimes referred to as Jumpman, is an Italian Plumber who lives in a Mushroom Kingdom battling Bowser who has captured the royal Princess Peach. While the Mario Brothers are investigating the perplexing sewers of New York dodging varmints like the Koopa Troopas they run on, jump over and slide through smelly slimy sewer pipe to rescue the fair maiden from the hands of the evil vixen. Oh, how much easier this task would of been if only they had learned to climb like a Capuchin monkey!

Born without a prehensile tail this little fella would have been a great cast for the movie Cliffhanger or Mission Impossible II. He's the one needs no harness or rope to climb straight up a wall like a long legged arachnid. Ya'll know that commercial where the parents lose the boy and he's spread out on the ceiling of their hallway as they look up and say, "we have a climber?" That's our boy! He once scaled from his bedroom at the far end of the house to the living room at the other without touching the floor strategically maneuvering corners and doors like a skilled mountain climber landing on target in my lap. The lad can shinny up a tree faster than a 'coon with a Redbone Coonhound hot on it's trail. He'd give an orangutan a run for it's money. While visiting Texas my sis was in charge of the children as she was taking a head count,"1...2...3...oops, I'm missing one." I giggled as she was tellin' her story and said, "I bet it was Joel, if ya lose Joel all ya have to do is look up." Sure enough the little repeller was up high in a tree givin' my sis a heart attack!

Joel, Hebrew Yo'el~~"Yahwel is El," is interpreted as Jehovah is God. Michael is a given name that comes from the Hebrew Mikael meaning who is like God. Joel Michael celebrated the big '1-0' in December. He has been a shining light to our family. The kids got personality! Not only can he climb but he could challenge Bob the Builder using his creative construction skills. The tenderhearted dude loves the Lord and the life he is full of. He is a master at the game of chess and is also a little prankster. This rockin' grandma is putty in his hands and he holds my heart. To most of my grandkiddos I would say, "just call me if you need me," but not to Mr. Joel. I would use the phrase out of the 1970 hit song of Tony Orlando and Dawn and say, "knock three times on the ceiling if you want me!!!"
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91 comments:

  1. That is a great post!! I love that he can scale the walls!!

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  2. He sounds precious -- and perhaps a bit simian??

    Happy Birthday Joel.

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  3. What a sweetheart he is with those wonderful brown eyes. 10 is a wonderful age. I'll have 3 grand'babes that turn 10 this year.

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  4. What a cutie! Belated birthday wishes to Joel!

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  5. Aww... so sweet. Happy Birthday Joel! What a blessing he is to you - and you are to him!

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  6. What a fun kid and a great b-day theme!

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  7. What a little darlin'! And I love your theme here - you made the Mario Brothers story so much fun!

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  8. He is adorable and I feel the same way about my sweet savannah! I soooo get it! Isn't it awesome being a grandmother?
    Blessings, andrea

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  9. Yiur adorable Yoel is kind of a Peter Pan. Let's hope that unlike Peter Pan, he won't refuse to grow up. Anyway, he sounds quite a master of trades at only the age of (10)!

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  10. You may have to start a WE LOVE JOEL fan club :)

    What a sweet, fun boy!

    I always enjoy reading your blogs - such fun!!!

    Lucy

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  11. Yes, Someone's got Grandma number I'd say.
    What a cutie.

    Melinda

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  12. sounds like lots of fun....
    his cake is great!

    chas

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  13. What a lot of fun 10 was!!! He is adorable.

    I just enjoyed re-reading your anniv post - so enjoyable and wow - 90 comments!!!!!

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  14. Happy Birthday to your cute little Joel in that hat. They grow up way to quickly. I enjoyed the post learning the origin of his names. I bet you made that cake too! Maybe he can try out for the role of Spiderman:)
    Joyce

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  15. So sweet! And makes you wonder what he'll be when he grows up!

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  16. I was so tickled reading about Joel. I would love to see him scale the rooms without touching the floor. I'm sure he is one that will keep you always looking up!! Hope his birthday was wonderful.

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  17. He's a doll Nezzy and so much like my daughter was at that age. What a tribute to this wonderful little boy! Lucky Grandma too! Cindy

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  18. What a cute little monkey! Sounds like he'll spend his life just climbing his way to the top of everything!

    :)

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  19. Let him keep you wrapped around his little finger and you will both have fun, fun, fun. I'm sure Joel will find his way to the top.

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  20. lmao keep an eye on that one!

    You brought to mind many (many) years ago when our son was ten or so. I came home from work, got out of the car, and heard "hi mom". I could not find the child! I finally looked up to the top of a very tall, swaying cedar and saw my child! He deserves every minute of heart stopping moments his son deals out to him!

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  21. Happy BDay to him..hes a lucky grandson..and cute to boot..!

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  22. I totally understand! He's a cute and a hoot to boot. Happy B Day to the little monkey. Keep climbing you'll find your way to the top.

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  23. He's like your own personal Spider Man!!! He's adorable!!!

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  24. Oh sweet Mario. Joel is adorable, like his grammy.

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  25. Aw, Nezzy, what a sweet little guy he is! I have one climber in my bunch and totally get the ceiling thing...hee hee! Glad he's such a blessing to your grandma's heart!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  26. I love this little story - and Joel looks to be such a fun loving little guy!

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  27. I would love me some Joel - he's my kind of guy. Reminds me of my baby boy, Tate, who is 33, and still a Rascal!!

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  28. Aw, sweet! :)

    I was scrolling down the photos and Z told me to "Go back up, Mommy!" She then oohed over the Mario cake and declared, "I love that cake!"

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  29. What a great post. Your little "Mario" is too adorable. Love his actual names and thanks for the lovely interpretation of them.

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  30. Happy Birthday to Joel :) Yes, I remember this song Knock Three Times when I was a little girl. How time flies.

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  31. Happy Birthday Joel.

    Enjoy him now Grandma for in 3 years, all things can change dramatically. Lets hope he is the exception he is now.

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  32. What a great looking lad! Sounds like he keeps grandma busy. Happy belated birthday Joel!

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  33. Nezzy he is a cutie! This was a great post to read this morning :) Happy Late Birthday Wishes Joel!

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  34. I literally laugh out loud when I read your posts! They are a trip! YOu are too funny! I am loving Joel's costume! Fabulous!

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  35. Wonderful shots of a beautiful child.

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  36. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Love the outfit and the cake!

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  37. Amazing cake - my son would be jealous! Hope he had a great day.

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  38. He is such a cutie and 10 is such a good age. I have a 2 year old grandson that is following in his footsteps with the climbing thing. Every time I look around he is standing on the table or trying to climb upon something. Hope your grandson had a wonderful birthday and thanks for stopping by my place. I enjoyed your visit!

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  39. Aloha,
    Mahalo for visiting me! My Father was born here and so I really wanted to live in the land of my Father and work on my Hawaiian Heritage. You seem to be "very kool" and I'm sure your Haven is Fabulous.I have lived on property "small ranchettes" in California for the last 20 years, horses etc...all I have left is my saddle and boots..I miss that, I just planted a small garden, I mean small like 6'x20', but hoping for lots of veggies!;) I am grateful to be here for however long I am able,and really Happy to share it with you! Joel is a doll, Aloha wishes from across the sea
    Brandi

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  40. What a sweet post about that little l0 year old. That is the BEST AGE!!

    Thanks for coming by to say hi. I love meeting new blogging ladies.

    Blessings,

    Jo

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  41. My son used to climb a tree each day. One day, his father came home from work, didn't see him around, and asked. I suggested the tree; sure enough, there was Allen at the top!

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  42. That is just so cute!!!I've played the Mario game with my kids many times so I knew exactly what you were referring to.

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  43. I just came upstairs from playing Mario with my adult son. I used to play all the time with my boys when they were little and just yesterday we hooked up the old game and gave it a spin. Too fun.
    Your grandson is too cute and the cake is awesome.

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  44. What a cutie, and I can see he is dressed like his hero Mario. You are blessed indeed!

    Cheers!
    Julie
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography
    Blog of Note

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  45. Awwwww, Nezzy ... he is darling! My Ansel would love to take him on in chess. They aren't kids like in our day are they ... love the knock 3 times on the ceiling. Pop over & take a peek at my dumplings.

    TYSM for your warm notes & loving hugs ... they are greatly appreciated. I felt them, trust me. You always put a smile on my face.

    Huggers, TTFN ~ Marydon

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  46. i witnessed the climbing once and was shocked! i mean, holy cow! it's hard to believe he is 10 already, i remember when that little bugger was born.

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  47. Happy 10th Birthday Joel. You are one cool kid!

    And that is a GREAT looking cake. Someone is VERY talented!

    Thanks for the fun post Nezzy! Hope you're having a good week.
    xo

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  48. Happy Birthday Joel!! He sounds like a real boy!! I also have a ten year old grandson..mine is a builder too..his Lego creations are something else! I love the age ten..they are grown up..but not too much so!
    Wonderful stories you told of him being a monkey..perfect as a gift he will appreciate in the years to come:)

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  49. Well Happy Birthday Joel!

    He is adorable and looks like lots of fun and a bundle of energy! :)

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  50. That is so funny! And I love the birthday cake!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  51. Ha! Sounds like one of my boys! And it sounds like he is adored by his grandma!

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  52. What a great theme..very creative...p.s you are beautiful.

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  53. Happy Birthday Joel! He's so lucky to have such a loving grandma! I'm sure he feels the same way about you :-)

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  54. I'm getting the idea that you and Joel have lots of wild and silly moments together.
    Happy Birthday to Joel.

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  55. Oh cool! He sounds like the kid I always tried to be. I was always trying to climb and build things, but I rarely got off the ground literally or figuratively. A very happy one oh!

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  56. Oh sweet Nezzy you are always a pleasure to visit. Knock three times is just tooooo cute...I love it. and Joel is precious. I know how you feel about those grandbabies.
    thanks for such a sweet comment for me on my site. I always look forward to you coming by
    Maggie

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  57. LOVE that cake. Happy Birthday. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I dig Tom Selleck too. (Just forgot him in my droolin over the others).

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  58. Oh Nezzy...loved this post, Happy Birthday to your adorable little guy!

    Love and hugs,
    Karyn

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  59. I love that he's dressed up like Mario. I love the Mario cake too. He does look like a prankster and a light of joy to the family.

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  60. He's a doll! Sounds like Joel is a real and true blessing. Love the Mario cake, it brings back some good memories.

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  61. He sounds awesome and he is obviously adorable.

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  62. You are one popular gal and I can see why! If all your posts are this endearing, who could help from coming back to read more! I certainly will!

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  63. So cute, Happy birthday to your little daaaaahling.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    *kisses* HH

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  64. What a cutie he is. Isn't it great being a Gramma? So much fun and then sent them home!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Comments are always welcome.

    Gramma Ann

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  65. Aw.... what a great post. And what a great kid...! Happy Birthday, Joel. I love his birthday cake, by the way, It's wonderful...!

    And guess what song I'm going to have going through my head for the rest of the day now. *heh*

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  66. He was sooooooooo cute. Loved the post - hope he has a really happy birthday. sandie

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  67. You are so darned brilliant; I seriously love, love to read your stuff, Nezzy. Your post reminds me of how Kyle used to always be climbing the doorways (and tree, of course). He was also a big fan of leaping over the couch, which was maddening but entertaining at the same time.

    I love you. Thanks for popping in this week and always leaving such uplifting comments. I got a NAP this afternoon and am off to a great start on my weekend :) Hope yours is filled with whatever you like!

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  68. "Twice on the pipes..."

    Love me some Tony Orlando and Dawn!

    Happy birthday!!!

    :-D Anna

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  69. Your are such a wordsmith, love your post and thanks for the sweet post on my blog.

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  70. He sounds precious and precocious, all wrapped up into one sweet lil kid. Lucky you! I'm still waitin' on that first grandchild, but it looks like things are getting warmer - my son and his wife are due in late May/early June! yippee! :)

    BTW, as I was cleaning up my blog roll today I noticed I never joined up here... so not only have I rectified that minor boo-boo, but I've also added you to my sidebar. Hope y'all are having a great weekend!

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  71. Nezzy, that was a cute story. Had a girl who was a climber...your sister was right to be scared. Actually I had two, both girls, that were climbers.
    I can tell you are crazy about the little guy. It sounds like you have a lot of fun with him! You sound like a grandma that would be tons of fun, Nezzy.
    :)
    Mona

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  72. p.s. Did you write that story? Hey...you should write childrens books if you did..not that you have the time! :)

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  73. HOLY MOLY NEZZIE,
    78 comments, you're a popular gal! Have a great week-end my friend and thanks for your so sweet comments too. Cindy

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  74. Oh wow how totally adorable!

    your comment made me laugh :)
    xoxo

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  75. Nezzie
    I had to come back by here and thank you for always leaving me such sweet comments. You don't know how much I love opening up my comments and finding Nezzy there. It really makes my day.
    You know the ole farm house is where I live and work. My home is being rented out in town. A friend of mine in Nevada owns all of this. I could never afford it.
    Love
    Maggie

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  76. Hi Nezzy! I sure pray you are having wonderful weekend! I pray your family is enjoying a blessed Sunday :)

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  77. He looks like my Uncle Mario. we're italian. Hi!

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  78. Wonderful pictures and love reading your blog!

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  79. Dear Friend,

    You must see the pictures of my 11 year old daughter in her halloween costume! Mario and Luigi were a huge, huge hit in our suburban neighborhood. My girl, Randi, is Luigi and her buddy Cameron, a neighbor boy, is Mario!

    It was adorable seeing the two kids plan and plan for their costumes.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30800307&id=1403493413

    Thanks for sharing! He is a doll!

    Denise Burks at successinthesuburbs.blogspot.com

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  80. Happy Birthday to your sweet Joel! He sounds like a great kid. I think what the future holds great things for him!

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  81. You have one cute super hero!! What a sweet post! Thanks for the visit today and I hope you'll come back sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  82. Thanks for visiting my blog down under :)

    I reckon you'd have to be the coolest Grandma around!

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  83. He is such a cutie!! I love that cake!!

    I know you are a proud Grandma!!

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  84. Oh sweet Mario. Joel is adorable, like his grammy.

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