I spent New Year’s Day “un-decorating” the house. Literally, the whole day. By 9:00 in the evening, I was exhausted and wanted a long hot shower. I had the TV on while packing up ornaments. It did not occur to me to turn it off when I left the room. Jerry Maguire was on… what’s […]
Waste knot, want knot.
You know how when you’re wrapping presents you get all of those odd pieces of wrapping paper or little scraps of ribbon left over? I hate to waste anything and Conner hates to have ribbons and knots keep him from his gift, so I thought of the perfect way to use up my extras and […]
The Lord of the Coconuts.
After last week’s coconut craziness, Devin got a lecture about responsibility, and we got an explanation as to why he is bringing a coconut to school. His English class is reading The Lord Of The Flies and they have divided up into teams and are playing a type of trivia game based on the book. […]
Books? Check. Homework? Check. Pencils? Check. Tropical fruit…?
Tuesday evening: Mom: Are you finished with your homework, Devin? Dev: Yeah. Mom: Did you do all of your chores? Dev: Yeah. Mom: Is your back pack packed up and ready to go for school tomorrow? Dev: Yeah (slightly annoyed with this line of questioning….) everything’s done. Wednesday morning: Dev: (on a friend’s borrowed cell […]
Today’s Special: Embarrassment and Apologies
When your 4-year-old child asks if he can take a toy with him on the trip to the grocery store, should you say: a) No. b) Let me see which toy you want to bring with you in order to judge whether or not said toy is a good “travel toy.” c) Sure buddy, whatever […]
There should be a courtesy test too.
Devin is beginning the process of getting his learner’s permit for his driver’s license. He has to learn the rules of the road online in order to prepare to take the written test. When I was in high school, Driver’s Ed was a course that all sophomores had to take. My teacher, Mr. Price, was […]
The Three Stooges. woo woo woo
I heard the distant sound of boys fighting. Then I heard a sharp cry of pain, more yelling and fighting. Mom: What’s going on out here!!?? Conner: Devin kicked me! Grant: Yeah! He kicked him inda balls! Mom: (trying not to laugh) Grant! We don’t say things like that! Why did you do that, Dev!? […]
“If I only had a brain” ~ the Scarecrow, Wizard of Oz
This morning around 6:15 I walked out to the kitchen and found Devin rinsing some dishes in the dark. I suggested he turn on the light over the sink. “No, that’s OK because I’m only here temporarily.” He had to be up that early because he needed to walk to school today. This is the […]
He knew that I knew that he knew what he wanted…
Grant can be the most stubborn little turkey. When he was about 2 years old he wasn’t really talking, but he had a few words to go along with some hand gestures. One of those was for getting down from his high chair at the table. He would say “down, down” and point down at […]
I don’t think I’ll see my cow until the boys finish puberty.
Watching our boys develop and mature, Rich and I have decided that, along with puberty, boys between the ages of 10 and 12 go through the Hama Hama stage. (rhymes with Obama…) We theorize that brains are working so quickly and randomly that the mouth cannot keep up… which accounts for the unintelligible, garbled speech […]
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