Saturday, December 30, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Yes, Santa Baby, is encouraging Rowdy One to throw things. I need to talk to that Santa Baby! While they are soft tip darts it is still throwing something at something and being rewarded. I think our therapist will have a whole session on this one!
Heard while the boys were taking their shower, yes together. But without their squelchy things!.......
"Hey, Wise One, wanta play darts when we get out?"
"Yeah, and then we can play Mancala."
"And then we can play The Game of Life."
I am writing this down to come back to when the darts are not being thrown at the dart board and the stones from Mancala become projectile objects and no one can find the cars from The Game of Life!
Monday, December 25, 2006
"But mommy, we want to play together."
"Well, I know guys but these work when you are in two different places. But you are still playing together."
"Oh. But we don't want to be in two different places. We want to play together, right next to each other."
I think this is a good thing.
So they use these squelchy sounding things, right next to each other.
And love it!
Adults, we really must think out of the box.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!
Long, Long Ago
Winds through the olive trees
Softly did blow,
Round little Bethlehem
Long, long ago.
Sheep on the hillside lay
Whiter than snow;
Shepards were watching them,
Long, long ago.
Then from the happy sky,
Angels bent low,
Singing their songs of joy,
Long, long ago.
For in a manger bed,
Cradled we know,
Christ came to Bethlehem,
Long, long ago.
Anonymous, found in The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury
Enjoy the season!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."
"Francisco! That's fun to say! Francisco... Frannncisco... Franciscooo..."
"Have you seen these toilets? They're GINORMOUS! "
"I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggins."
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
Monday, December 18, 2006
“No greater grief than to remember days of gladness when sorrow is at hand” ~Friedrich von Schiller
Sunday, December 17, 2006
This was almost the last straw for me. Funny, what the last straw can be! More times than not it is something you would normally not notice.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Crockpot Taco Casserole
1 lb ground meat, browned and drained
taco seasoning, use the package or your own, either way about a package worth
small can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 can enchilada sauce
can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained or leftover homemade pintos, whatever you have
can of fiesta corn (the kind with bell peppers) or any leftover corn you have
cheddar cheese, at least a 1/2 lb shredded but we use more!
Combine meat and taco seasoning, set aside.
Combine chicken stock, tomato sauce, and enchilada sauce, set aside.
Butter inside of crockpot. Lay 3 tortillas on the bottom, top with meat mixture. Then add stock mixture. Top with cheese. Layer 3 more tortillas, then beans, then corn and again cheese. Top with 3 corn tortillas and any and all cheese remaining. Cook on low for 6 or so hours.
Serve with lettuce and tomato salad and chips, cause in my house if the kids can "dip" it they will eat it!
Very handy to have the canned goods on hand or use leftovers from the fridge!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
#78 ~ Tip someone who doesn't expect it.
#254 ~ Ask the oldest married man and the youngest married woman (or vice versa) to pull the Christmas turkey wishbone.
#360 ~ Ask children, "What are you giving for Christmas?" instead of "What are you getting for Christmas?"
#378 ~ As you pack up the Christmas tree decorations, ask family members to write a prediction for the coming year on a piece of paper. Put them in the ornament box and read them next year.
and the last one in the book......
#432 ~ Don't forget whose birthday we're celebrating!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
I reach out for you. I thirst for you as a parched land thirsts
for rain. -Psalm 143:6
~for my mother in law and our family.
~for my friend as she faces a tough time without her husband.
~for all those that have lost their way.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
"Giving control of our lives to God doesn't mean we let go of our resposiblilites. It simply means we leave the worry and the results to God."
I found this on page 9 of a wonderful little book called The Power of a Positive Wife by Karol Ladd. It was an "ah" moment. And I have been comforted by it ever since I read it.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
This about sums up how I feel, 'cept my thighs aren't that toned!
This is one of my favorite sites. The photos submitted are breathtaking on most days. And then on other days it's like looking in a mirror. That is how this frog made me feel today. But he does look like he has a pretty good grip, so that makes me hopeful!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
We have turned this snow globe every which way. And at the moment there is only one way to keep afloat. Well, next to winning the lotto! But since someone just won in our zip code I think the deck is stacked against us, there!
We have discussed this with the boys and they are being great about it. Just enough "mommy, I will miss our snuggle time" and "mommy, you taught me so well I won't have a bit of trouble" mixed in with the "I am excited to meet new friends" that it is making it bearable for me to have the conversations with them.
However, when I called to make arrangements to enroll Wise One and was told what all needed to be done including a math and reading test to make sure he should be in 3rd grade and that the test could take TWO hours I almost hung up in disgust and vomited! A two hour math test for a third grader!!!! I hung up the phone and prayed. Truly. There was nothing else I could do. I prayed that God will lead me and my children and keep us safe and secure.
Believe me. I know there are worse things in the world. I do. Some of them I know up close and personal. But this is really tugging at my heart. This is really hard. We will get through it. We will be strong and positive. Some major stress will be relieved and that will be good for our family.
My mother in law has had a couple of good days. We have seen more of her personality. While this is more than likely just temporary we are enjoying it and enjoying seeing her smile. And my boys are learning a lot from their grammy and the people around her. They are learing about life.
This has lead to sleepless nights, knotted stomachs, talking and more talking. And yes, prayer. Really, I know it is in His hands and He will guide our famliy. But for some reason in the middle of the night when I am at my wits end and I turn it over to Him I always end up taking it back to worry over more the next time my eyes open.
I love, I mean really love, being home with my boys. It takes my breath away to think of not seeing them all day. Of not being there to witness their learning for eight hours................that was even hard to type.
Ugggg! I can't type anymore.
Prayers please. Please. I can't wrestle this alone.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
"Why yes, Rowdy One, it did. You read it! Way to go!"
"Then why are your going 60?"
"Oh. Well. I guess I do need to slow down a bit. Thank you, sweetie."
a few minutes later......
"Mommy, green is for go, yellow is for slow and red is for stop."
"You are right Rwody One."
"Then why didn't you slow down?"
Don't you just love when they are back seat drivers at SIX!
Our days with my mother in law are flowing nicely. We do our school work, bake cookies and watch movies and then prepare dinner for them and eat with them when Chosen One gets there.
Wise One has a severe case of poison ivy that has spread to his face and other delicate areas. He is handling it like a trooper but today we filled some medicine from the dr. that he has to swallow and you would have thought we were asking him to drink drano! But he finally got it down with a scoop of peanut butter and some apple sauce. Probably both things that counteract with the medicine! OY!
It seems I am facing death of a couple of loved ones. Both by the awful thing that is cancer. Six letters that change everything. I am a person that has to process. That has to prepare. Whether it be preparing for a feast or preparing my brain and heart for what is coming, I must prepare. So that I can see it for what it is and not totally go wildly mad. I walk on a fine line of sane and insane, these days. Watching those you love die gets really old. And now the numbers seem to be stacking up and in order for me to stay on the sane side of the line I must push forward and embrace what I know is coming. I must find a place and put It there. Some think this is morbid. I think, for me, it is a very healthy thing. Some think I am obsessing. I think, for me, I am processing. Some think I am looking at the negative. I think, for me, I am embracing the positive.
We live our whole life trying to get to heaven. I do not look at death as a horrible thing. The suffering is what gets me down. The heartache of watching people not able to handle the death of a loved one makes me sad. The process is what can be hard. But death. Death is not the enemy. Many times it is our emotions attached to death.
"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is
love, the only survival, the only meaning."
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Sunday, November 26, 2006
In the last two weeks Rowdy One has lost his first tooth followed by the second one a day later. He took his training wheels off and has not stopped riding his bike except to sleep. And he has, to me, been a little less fearful of things. He is growing up. Stretching out. Thinking crooked. Seeing life in a whole new light! With six year old eyes. He makes me smile everyday. He makes his brother giggle and makes his daddy shake his head! He is a treasure.
I may not be around as much as I would like in the coming weeks. They have discovered several tumors in my mother in laws brain, she had lung cancer this time last year. The boys and I will be caring for her in the afternoons. Our days will be pretty full. I will try to keep up with everyone as best I can.
And please keep us all in prayers.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Rowdy One "Mommy, how many Thanksgivings did you and daddy have without Wise One?"
"Three" simple reply by me.
"How many without me?"
"So you were alone for three years?"
"Yes, daddy and I were married three years before we had you babies!" I answered with a sweet grin on my face.......thinking, YES, dear little one three years of quiet and three years of finishing your dinner plate and I was continuing to think of days gone by when Wise One pipes up.......with THE question. THE. QUESTION. Seriously, we were having a very simple, innocent Thanksgiving discussion. And then...............
Wise One "How do you make babies?"
"What did you say? I think I misunderstood."
"How do you make babies? Does it just happen? Or do you do something special?"
In my head I am saying, oh you do something special alright Mr. and I ain't havin' this conversation now. You are only eight years old! And my heart can't take this.
As I try to control my breathing I think...short and sweet. Only as much informtion as they ask.
"Well, sweetie, God gives a man a special gift and a woman a special gift and when they come together in love they have a baby."
Well, look at that. He is satisfied and I can calm down.
"Well, what about cousin C.?"
Cousin C is a nineteen year old cousin that is unwed and pregnant. The famliy just found out. Now while I know worse things could happen to a family I just wasn't quite sure how to explain this to my eight year old in regards to how it happened.
So we talked of gifts God gives and we talked of free will. We talked of choices. We talked of hardships for Cousin C, the baby and the father, who is wanting nothing to do with the baby. We discussed all of this.
And then he says "So the gifts are sperm and eggs? Like when seahorses are born, only the daddy carries them."
"Yes, sweetie, basically yes." Dang Discovery Channel!
And that was it. As innocent it was started it ended. It wasn't until I pulled in the driveway that I realized our tightly I was griping the steering wheel.
Innocent car conversation.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson ~ our library has a sound recording of this and it is wonderful to listen to. Both boys really enjoy it.
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner ~ when I read this I butchered the silly words. Luckily it came with a cd with the story read by the author. Wonderfully silly and funny. While it is no literary masterpiece and at times I thought it didn't make a lot of sense and was hard to follow, it made my two giggle over and over!
The Joy Luck Club ~ just finished the book, had to see the movie. I cried and cried at the end. I enjoyed watching it.
A Midsummer Night's Dream ~ produced by the BBC and Time Life, couldn't find a link. Wise One and I have enjoyed this.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ~ I have had this copy since I was nine years old I think it is high time I find our what all the fuss is about.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Today I pulled my lazy bones out of bed early to take a short walk. My real motivation was that we were out of Dr. Pepper and I have to walk by little neighborhood store in the process of exercising so it made my "fix" more justifiable. I did wait until after I completed said 20 minute walk to purchase said fix! Come on, what do you take me for?
Anyway, during my walk I was searching. How can I get my "groove"(Beck knows she needs to get her groove on as well!) in the mood for the holidays? There is something more than this feeling I am feeling, isn't there? This is not they way the season is supposed to start out, is it? In my searching I know I am learning. I am learning the hard way because I am a slow learner. Very slow.......
Every moring I visit places like this and this. And, oh, this one too. So peaceful. So clear. So intent. So content! I am searching for a feeling like that. I know what I believe. At least I think I know what I believe, most of the time. I know this is His season. I know that. I know I want my children to know that. I want them to feel that. But my actions don't always, naturally, show that. And that is what I am searching to correct.
He is what I am searching for.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Anyway, we decided to play the lotto that night. Can't win if you don't play! We purchased 11 tickets in honor of eleven years. Ten quick picks and one ticket we used important dates. About 10:30pm we checked the computer and what do you know...................
SOME ONE IN OUR TOWN, small Texas town in the middle of nowhere, WON THE LOTTO!
But is wasn't us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Someone in or around our little town is EIGHTEEN million dollars richer!!!!!
But is wasn't us! Ah well............being poor is not soooo bad. Eighteen million would probably have brought us a whole lotta trouble. I mean who needs a new car?!. Who needs all the stress of buying new clothes or a new house?! Truly, who needs it?!
I would have liked a new car. Not a Bently or anything just a regular ole new car for a family of 4. Nothing big.......
Friday, November 10, 2006
Tomorrow we will celebrate the Veteran's and celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary.
Eleven years: two kids, three pregnancies, two dogs, two cats, seven vehicles, ten jobs, two homes. Yep, that is what we have gone through in eleven years. Now when you look deeper into all these you will see the life we have lived! Oh the ups! Oh the downs....... Oh the fun! Oh the "what the heck was I thinking" and better yet "what the heck were you thinking". The sleepless nights, due to illness, babies, fights or having to much fun! The tight money situations that never seem to go away. The talks that make us feel so much better. The talks that make us crack up!
Who else would I want to live this life with? None other than the Chosen One. I am so glad we decided to get married. While I think back and know we had NO idea what we were really getting in to, I do believe God put us together for the long haul. Put us together for each other.
I love you Chosen One. Happy Anniversary!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I have a cold. One that makes it hard to breathe when you lay just right, makes it hard to not cough when you lay just so and one that makes your stomach queasy from all the drainage from you know where that makes you feel like you know what. Yeah, that kind of cold. And I just couldn't lay in bed anymore. I need to eat something and blow something and take something.
So there you have it. I have a cold. And I don't like it.
Monday, November 06, 2006
At one point I was not sure I would finish reading the book. But, I did and I am glad. In the begining I was having a hard time keeping everything straight and it was a little confusing, the comments, traditions, the harshness of the characters. In the end I was pleased with the closure it ended with.
Just watched: Capote and Being Julia
I knew nothing of either one of these. Well, of course I had heard about Capote but had no idea what it was about. I throughly enjoyed it. I wanted to watch it again. I was mesmerized by Philip Seymour Hoffman and I still do not know if it was the writing or his acting but he was wonderful. Being Julia was fun to watch just to listen to the accents. Bad or good (the accents), I could not tell, but I enjoyed them!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
While working at the local high school I found that many kids can not write neatly to save their lives. Seriously. And lets not even start talking about spelling. In the computer age of texting and shorter phrases and abbreviating everything handwriting, and the importance of it, have fallen by the way side.
This article was interesting to me. Are we losing the art of handwriting? Not in this house.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The time change works better for our morning. The sun is a wonderful encourgement to get out of bed! The boys and I started off with a walk to the end of our street. We are draining our above ground pool, preparing to put it to bed for the winter, so we followed the flow of water on the curb to the end of cul de sac and the boys discovered that the water went down the storm drain and to the drainage ditch. All in perfect veiw and plenty of ways to see how the cycle works. We also saw and discussed all the other ditches in the area, that we see on a daily base while doing errands, that are connected to this ditch and talked of the journey our pool water is taking. Rowdy One collected some sticks, bugs and water. Plenty of imagination and understanding.
Came home to a breakfast of biscuits and sausage. I have received a renewed feeling for breakfast from here. Lots of further discussion on the slope of the street, why it makes the water go to the drainage ditch and Wise One even commented on the construction of the neighborhood some 25 years ago. That is why I nick named him Wise One on this blog. That kid really gets stuff! And yet can be such a wise a$$ as well!
Now we are having a bit of free time before the school day begins. We will do history today and talk and read. Plan some projects and then head to the library.
Positive. It does exist.
Monday, October 30, 2006
"Rowdy One, you have a package that came in the mail!", lugging in a box from the front porch.
"Me? Just me? It only has my name on it?", seriously these were his exact words!
"Yes, just you, sweetie."
He truly didn't move he just stared at his name on the box for about a minute with the grandest smile.
"It is really just for ME!!??!!!!!!!!" By the exclamation marks you can tell the excitment in his voice.
The early birthday present was exactly what this little one needed today!
Thanks Non! You truly are the best.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Well, self, I am tired of this funk.....so.....Rise and Shine!!!!!!!! We just must get a new groove on!!!!
I could go on and on about all the things I think my funk is attributed to but well, that would just make me and my blog even "funkier" so not gonna go that route. Instead I will leave you with some positives.
I always wanted to homeschool, and now I am.
I enjoy my boys. They are funny little characters.
I enjoy cooking and eating a good meal.
My new little niece has the wonderful baby smell that is just intoxicating.
I could and WILL gobble her little cheeks up ever chance I get.
Today is a new day!
There you go. my positives for the day.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Low humidity. YEAH!
County fair in town. yeah, extreme sarcasm here!
New baby smells. Yeah!
Plenty of baby holding for the whole family. Yeah!
School work moving right along, in bits and pieces. Yeah!
This is life in a nutshell at the moment. Trying to remember to enjoy every minute.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I always love it when my sister has a baby. I know I get to be there! I have to have c-sections. Don't like it. Didn't intend for it to be like that but it is. So a certain amount of the birth is lost on me. But my sister! She just pushs 'em out and has the best birth stories! To be there to witness it is amazing and wonderful for me. To be there for the process, that God so masterfully set into motion, is powerful.
Needless to say, I will be blogging about baby this and baby that for awhile, I am sure! Oh and my last post about routines.....that is almost laughable at the moment. There is a new baby to be held. We are on HER routine for now. Mine can wait!!!!!
Kiss YOUR babies today. They grow up sooooo fast!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I need a routine for school.
I need a routine for dinner.
I need a routine for breakfast.
I need a routine for chores.
I need a routine for "me" time.
I need a routine for hubby time.
I need a routine for work.
We have relaxing plans for the weekend and a jam packed rest of the week but when I return on Monday....routines you will see!
I have to reclaim some sanity!
Monday, October 09, 2006
"In surrender, I clear a space in which something new can grow. I
place my faith in something larger than me. I trust."
Mitten Strings for God by Katrina Kenison
I have dusted this book off. It is now on top of my stack to re-read.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Finally, a picture from our wonderful long weekend a couple of weeks ago. This view is from our lookout, that we had to go down 49 very steep steps to see. Worth it! This was the first time we have visited here but will not be the last. It was quiet and beautiful and quiet and peaceful and hey, did I mention how quiet it was? Yeah, it was so Q.U.I.E.T.
Well, the other night Rowdy One and I were watching a show and a clip for the next news cast came on. It was all about rabid bats in the area. It was on for 30 seconds and then back to the show.
Rowdy One looked at me with amazement in his eyes "I have never seen one of those rabbit bats they were talking about. What do they look like mommy?"
Trying to hide a giggle I said "they are rabid, bats with rabies."
"OH!!!! I thought a rabbit bat with big ears would have a hard time flying."
Yes, Rowdy One, that would be a little difficult.
Can you imagine the picture in his head!?!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
"This day is a special day, it is yours. Yesterday slipped away, it cannot be filled anymore with meaning. About tomorrow nothing is known. But this day, today, is yours, make use of it. Today you can make someone happy. Today you can help another. This day is a special day, it is yours."
Picture Study this week is Henri Rousseau's "Sleeping Gypsy".
Music: folk style. Specifically this cd. At first the boys were looking at me like I had three heads. But then this song came on, "There Ain't No Bugs On Me" - David Grasman, Jerry Garcia. ( you can take a listen on amazon with the link above) Now I really have no idea why,
"Oh, there ain't no bugs on me, no, there ain't no bugs on me. Therewould appeal to MY boys. Seriously, I have no idea!!!! te-he-he But it sold them on folk music and they are happily listening to the cd over and over again! My personal favorite is "Run Molly Run" - Sweet Honey In The Rock.
may be bugs on some of you mugs but there ain't no bugs on me."
My intent on music and art are simply exposure. Expose them to a wide variety. No real rhyme or reason on my part. Any suggestions are welcomed!
We started our co-op on Monday. It will last 6 weeks. Wise One's classes are hand stitching, pencil drawing and Shakespearean adventure (thanks to M-mv on this one, you encouraged us to seek out the Bard!). Rowdy One has games, friends of the ocean, exploring the basics, and insect adventure. I am teacher assistant in Shakespearean adventure and basic chemisty. We all enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to next Monday.
Non-fiction this week for Wise One are about newspapers and journalists. Biography will be on Rousseau. Rowdy One is still having so much fun with tongue twisters and rhymes that we are sticking with that.
A couple of other favorites: Bold and Bright Black-and-White Animals and A Life Like Mine . This last one may be a purchase, it is a beautiful book.
What is everyone else doing????
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Rest Princess B.
Friday, September 29, 2006
She is happy and peaceful. She loves everything princess and pink. She has a loving big sister who sings to her and holds her hand. She has a smile that lights up a room.
Please pray for her today. Pray for Princess B.
(I grew up and went to school with her daddy from elementary thru graduation. Her mother was a year younger than us. B and her family have fought lukemia for 3 long years. It appears that she is declining rapidly. I met this little girl once, when she was happy and heathly and had no idea what was coming. She looks just like her daddy. I mean JUST LIKE her daddy.)
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
When I back out of the driveway I run over Wise One's bike. Technically HIS fault, I tell myself. No damage to either vehicle.
As I am leaving my sister-in-laws I run over her cow head skeleton thingie and almost hit her fence. Yeah, well, never was a big fan of those skull things anyway. As we leave the driveway Wise One pipes up "hey mommy go back, you missed the garbage can". Yeah, I take full credit for his humor, he is my child!
Get home and start getting ready for birthday party tonight only to realize that while I have finally reached the end of my shampoo bottle, realization in the shower soaking wet, and have so been looking forward to the new stuff that I purchased that when I pull is out I read that it is CONDITIONER!!!!!! I bought this stuff a month ago and have been waiting and waiting to use it. Nope, conditioner it is.
Get out of the shower and wonder why I really woke up this morning, in the first place, to find that my FAVORITE pair of shorts that I thought were folded neatly waiting to be wore are in fact in the bottom of the dirty clothes hamper!
I ask, should I go to bed now or just wait for more things to happen?
And I have a migraine on top of all this.
Comical, really, it is pretty comical. Unless I get hit by a mac truck or something.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Picture Study: The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Listening to Jazz.
Reading bios on Botticelli and Duke Ellington as well as Saint Therese, who happens to be Wise One's patron saint.
A few other favorites so far: Bug Dance, on our shelf and always a laugh, Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band, and one that is on loan from the library but needs to be permantly added to our shelf, Discovering Great Artists.
In 365 Manners Kids Should Know we are focusing on the section Just for Boys. I purchased this book when Wise One was just a wee one. Now I am working it into our weekly routine. Skipping around the chapters to make it fit for us. Last week we focused on how to "stay out of sticky situations with food". Some of our hands on activities were how to get rid of something awful in your mouth without making a scene for the whole table. Pretty funny, indeed. We also had a session on how to squeeze a lemon so the whole table does not get rained on!
Find something pretty to look at, listen to or imagine.
"My poor parents, they always said, 'We wish we would find all our kids'"
You must go and look at the slide show. The look on their faces. They have been apart for 65 years thinking the other was dead.
How little I have to worry about. My family is all snug in their beds. Nothing threatening outside. No big bad wolf that we have to run from. This lady, Hilda, was ten years old when she fled with her sister. TEN YEARS OLD! Wise One is 8, I can not imagine him being seperated and making it on his own. I can not imagine being seperated from him. Oh the pain and grief this mother went through. And many other mothers as well.
We, my family, really have no idea. Really.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Here are the instructions:
-Grab the book closest to you
-Open to page 123
-Scroll down to the 5th sentence
-Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog
-Name of the book and the author
-Tag 3 people
"So he arose, drew his coat about his breast, bound the sandals on his feet, wrapped a tawny lion's hide about him and took his spear in hand. To Menelaus also came no sleep that night. So he too arose, wrapped a leopard's skin about himself, put a cap of bronze on his head, took a spear in his hand, and went to seek his brother."
The Story of the Iliad, the classic retold by Alfred J. Church
Tag to: Beck , lindiepindie and kate !
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Picture Study this week is John James Audubon's "Snowy Heron".
Listening to Mozart for music this week. Just a sampling.
Watching The Blue Planet ,with our favorite narrarator David Attenborough.
Reading bios on Audubon and Mozart, Picture Puzzler , Beatrice's Goat, and Secret Worlds: brain, just to name a few.
Experimenting with Science Arts and Classical Kids, An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome.
Giggling over Tongue Twisters by Charles Keller, that I couldn't find a link to but he has several others. We all have a favorite out of this book! It has been a hoot.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
2 cans corn (I use Mexicorn that has little bell pepper bits in it)
1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
1 can grn chilies
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 chopped grn onions
several chopped jalepenos (I like it hot!)
Mix and chill. Serve with chips.
Yummy! I have no idea the origin. My friend made it and passed on the recipe.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Here in hot, humid Texas we need to say mucho gracias to cooler weather. I mean some people really do live with hot weather 24/7, 365! We joke around here that we have 10 months of summer but really it could be worse. And today I was reminded that, yes, it has been cooler around here.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
My boys do not have to work to support this family. They get to be children. They get to learn and grow as children. That can not be said for a large percentage of kids in this world.
I remember last year ,at the high school that I worked, having a conversation with a student. He was dropping out because his father returned to Mexico and this child needed to support the family that was left in the States. He needed so much education but he had to choose. And his choice was to put food on the table. And take care of his mother. And sisters. And a niece. He was 16. Already having to live as an adult.
Some children do not have clothes and supplies for school. Some do not have transportation. Some do not have a safe route to even walk to school. There are children that can not go because their government tells them they can not attend. There are still more that have been told they are difficult or stupid or do not deserve education.
Yes, my blessing I am focusing on today is my children's education. I choose to homeschool and the fact that that is a choice is awesome.
My boys get to learn in this comfy enviroment. With thougths of nothing more than being a kid.
Monday, September 04, 2006
“It's just great, ... You're fortunate in your life to be in a good enough
position to help someone.” Steve Irwin
Prayers being said for his wife and two children.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
It is automatic when my child gets sick, to take him to his doctor, the same one he has had since birth, get a prescription or even just advice as to what to do to make him better, go to the pharmacy, where they know our name and will answer any question we have, go home and take the prescibed medicine or follow the advice given and usually feel better the first day.
10.6 million infants and small children die every year from illnesses such as
pneumonia and diarrhoea that could be either prevented or easily treated.
Vaccinations can prevent diseases, a simple saline drip can reinvigorate a small
patient dehydrated by diarrhoea.
I gave my child the blessing of medicine today. And I stopped and thanked Him for that blessing and realized this is part of the life I have. The lucky life I was given.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Many things have come to mind. Many ideas have been tossed around. I believe I have found my place.
30 Days of Nothing to me means being more aware of what I have. It means a lifestyle change. A change of attitude. A change in the way I look at things.
In the last five years I have had many "events" in my life that have brought stress and pain. And for a while I have had them all floating in my head. Trying to make sense of them or find a place to store them. I am going to use this blog to purge or sort through. And hopefully start my journey of what I feel 30 Days of Nothing means to me.
I have more than enough. And I have not been very grateful. I was born here and now with many things at my fingertips. Others where born elsewhere with nothing. How disrespectful of me to be so ungrateful with all that I have. Daily. I believe one major flaw is that I do not know how lucky I am. That is my journey. To dig deep and see how others live. To dig deep and see, really see, how I live.
In the last five years the following things have caused me extreme stress.
1. major marriage disruption that bordered on divorce, including two separations.
2. both inlaws facing major medical trama that involved cancer for both of them, at the same time. they are both now survivors.
2. grandmother facing cancer, she is now a survivor.
3. the death of my grandfather, who i cared for in his final days.
4. the murder of one of my longest and dearest friend's 4 month old child by his babysitter.
5. a move far, far, away of a very dear friend.
6. changing jobs 5 times, trying to find my place that fit my family.
7. financial stress that we are now trying to climb out of. very slowly. not fast enough for the creditors that continue to call.
8. the sudden death of a close friend.
9. a very close friend struggling with cancer and all that that includes.
10. two close couples going through divorces.
11. the chosen one burning himself so badly that he was in intensive care for a week.
12. the drowning of rowdy one in a family friend's pool. he was blue, cpr was administered, he has recovered and will even swim now. a year later. 13. wise one seeing his brother in the pool and not being able to help him. 14. a close friend accidentally overdosing on perscription drugs that she was addicted to. i was will her the day it happened and noticed nothing. she still struggles with her addiction and has continued to go down hill.
15. understanding and facing depression.
16. september 11th.
17. intense therapy. which saved my marriage. and much of my sanity. and i believe started me on this journey.
In all these situations. I. was. never. alone. Not one time did I not have someone to turn to. Someone unexpectactly bringing me dinner. Someone calling to check on me. Someone to cry with me. Someone looking out for me. Someone to offer a hug. Not once, was I alone.
That is big. That is really BIG! To never be alone in your trials and tribulations. To know that you always had someone to lean on. That is so big to me that just typing it makes me cry. Never being alone. Never being concerned that my needs would not be met. My wants, well no, those could never be met in times of stress. I wanted these situations to go away. But my needs, my basic needs were taken care of. Without me doing much for myself. Other people took care of me in one way or another.
30 Days of Nothing is a time for me to realize how lucky I am. Not in ways that mean I will go without. In ways that I will focus my energy on all that I have. And take care of it. Treat it well. Take responsiblity for all that God has given me. People. Money. Shelter. Animals. Food. Comfort.
I have thrown so much away. So much that many can not even imagine having. That is one of the first things for me to take care of. In growing I can share. In sharing I can learn. In learning I can live.
That is what 30 Days of Nothing means to me. Not the path everyone will take. But my path I feel guided to take.
Tonia ~ thank you for all that you have made me face and think about.
Friday, September 01, 2006
The Pink Panther, which I am sure will cause the under 8 group in the family to speak in a very bad French accent the rest of the weekend.
A day of no obligations after a very busy week that involved work, dr appts, school and very hot days and to many late nights!!!!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
blueberries, strawberries, flour tortillas, cinnamon and sugar, vanilla yogurt and mini chocolate chips/chocolate syrup
Make your nacho chips by cutting flour totillas into chip size slices. Spread them on a baking sheet and lightly spray with water. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. I always have a mixture of 1 part cinnamon to 2 parts sugar on hand. Bake 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.
Remove from oven once they have reached desired crispness. Move to plate. Then assemble by spooning vanilla yogurt over chips. Then sprinkle mini chocolate chips or chocolate syrup. Top with blueberries and stawberries.
This is no exact science. Put on what works for your family. I like using the mini choc chips if you are eating them still warm because they melt on their own. But I have made the chips earlier in the day and then assembled after dinner and used the choco syrup.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Our schooling consists of alot of cooking and reading, with some spelling and multiplication for Wise One. Rowdy One has been busy with "bean" art for several weeks now and that includes patterns that he makes himself. I am waiting on some things I have ordered and also am still reading several books. Some on Charlotte Mason and some on Classical Education. I believe this is where we fall.
While it is still hot as blazes here I do know our summer is coming to an end. September, hopefully, will be a more set routine that we have all had a time to get used to.
Prayers being said for "30 Days of Nothing" and how our family can adapt to it in a healthy, productive manner.
Prayers continue for my friend and her children as they adapt to their new life.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
It overwhelmed me when I walked through their front door. Overwhelmed me with tears. Took my breath away.
"You know what I am gonna miss?" she asked, "The way he drank a coke. It never seemed to touch his lips. I always asked him how he did it. I am gonna miss seeing that."
"You know what I will miss?" I said, "The flicker in his eyes when he smiled at me. He was genuine. So sincere. Just a little flicker that I would miss if I weren't paying attention."
"You know what else? The way his hand felt. The grooves." she said.
"It really is the small things, huh?" I asked. "The small details. The small things that seem silly. That is what we miss when someone is gone. Nothing big. Just the small things."
We cried. We laughed. We cried some more. We tried to make sense of the senseless things. We talked of the future. We talked of the past. We talked of a magical rewind button. We talked of what ifs. And of many, many small things.
Pay attention my friends. The small things are what matter. The details that are easy to overlook. The moments that seem too silly to make note of. That is the living that one misses. That is the thing that makes one ache to the bone, knowing that the hum will not be heard. The tap of the foot that shook the table will not be felt. The cold feet in the night. Seeing the keys tossed on the table. The movement of the hands.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
I still think we will hear his voice. Or laugh. Or call to come over and eat. I still think he will call to ask Chosen One to come help him with something. I still think I may pass him on the road. Or run into him at the gas station.
No, instead a newly planted tree marks his final resting spot. I pass it everyday and look his way.
Three weeks since his last hugs for his boys. Three weeks since he last kissed his wife. Three weeks since she last saw his smile.
Life is so very short.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Chosen One convinced me to get a dog. Talked about it for several years then came home one day and said "in X number of months we will have a dog. A breeder is giving us one." I heard dog and couple of months and thought, this too shall pass! Well, in X number of months four legged one was brought home. And what a wonder he is. He loves me like no other. Well, I am the one that feeds him or at least reminds someone to feed him. I am the one that bathes him. I am the one that gives him clean water. And when I am feeling really wild and crazy I attempt to walk him! He is eighty pounds of big ole' lovin' and not that easy to walk!! It is more like a cartoon where I am being pulled with my feet in the air straight back hanging on to the lease and the dogs ears are blowing in the wind. Get the picture? Yeah, wild and crazy I must feel to attempt that!
He follows me and sits wherever I am. Not under foot, just moves from room to room with me. Very sweet. He loves on me when I am down. Lays at my feet when I cry. Clears the room when I yell and talks back when I get on to him. It really is cute to hear him talk back. And those eyes. We have our own language. I am honored to speak it with him.
Yes, Chosen One, YOU were right to convince me to get a dog. He is a wonderful addition to our happy family. I can not imagine life without him. The past year watching him grow from a tiny puppy to a big ole puppy has been fun! And getting to know his personality has been even better.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
These last couple of weeks have been tremendously hard for my family. We are watching a friend suffer and mourn her life partner. My husband and I are having conversations we didn't want to have but know that we need to. My kids are wondering about us. Will their parents not be here one day? Could we be removed from their lives in an instant? While this is all part of life and I know we will get through it I also feel we must let the process work. We must feel the feelings, have the talks and pay attention to the details. School can wait. We are living life right now. A hard part of life but a part that is teaching us a lot.
So......we continue to cook. We continue to read. We continue to play games. With that we are learning. But all the other stuff is on hold. I checked out "The Well-Trained Mind" from the library today. I am eating it up. I am searching for some Charlotte Mason books to read.
While visiting Classic Adventures I stumbled upon this and found my mission statement: What do I want them to take from this year? It is taped to my refrigerator door and I read it every morning. When I feel overwhelmed, I read it. When I get down in the dumps, I read it. When someone questions why I have not started offically homeschooling, I read it.
Sometimes I just have to get off the bus for a bit. I have to remember that.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Really, it is the small things that can give you a giggle!
Thursday, August 10, 2006
*S'mores Sandwich Cookies, Wise One's pick and a total hit with everyone.
*And in regular Rowdy One fashion he just wanted to make up his own. Basically it turned out to be S'mores Brownies.
It was a wonderful day. They enjoyed making their shopping list, doing the shopping, scanning their purchases and mixing them all up. At one point as Rowdy One stirred his brownie mix and it went from light brown dry ingredients to the dark brown wet ingredients he looked up with the biggest smile " I made brownies!" Why, yes, Rowdy One you did. Now we have to cook them.
We finished out our day by making up a chores list. We have struggled with how to divide chores in our house. The boys are close enough in age to do most of the same things. Here is what we are trying.
Base allowance is for daily stuff...make bed, pick up clothes, keep bathroom straight, etc. They lose money every time I have to remind them to do a chore on their daily stuff chore list. Twenty-five cents a pop!
Then they draw for chores like vacuum, clean toilets, clean bathroom sinks, scrub bathtub, sweep, clean kitchen sink, empty garbage cans etc. Each of these have an amount attached to them, some a quarter up to seventy-five cents. They get that amount added to the base allowance when they have completed the chore.
Luckily Wise One was born on an even day and Rowdy One was on an odd so we have used that to settle some things. They get to pick their seat in the van if it is there day and stuff like that. Well, we went a little further with chores. If it is their day and my laundry day then they help me with laundry. They also set and clear the table for meals, empty the dishwasher and take out the recycling. And one big point to them, if there is a dispute over a TV show they get to call the shots if it is their day!
All and all they did a wonderful job today. I worked hand in hand with them in showing them what I expected from their chores. We had an intense session on how to clean a toilet properly!
We were all in good spirits and they responded well to my instruction. They were proud of the house at the end of the day. They were proud of themselves! Next week they will be making menus and one day a week will be their meal, with them planning and making dinner. With my help of course!
I would love to hear how other manage chores and such!
We are picking recipes, making a grocery list and going shopping. The boys are in control on this trip. Then we are coming home making several recipes and then taking our creations to the bank, city hall and probably the library. Family members work at each stop, except the library but we told them what we are planning and I thought it might be nice.
Here are some recipes we are looking at:
S'more Sandwich Cookies, found in a Taste of Home Cookie magazine
Altering a brownie pizza from a Pampered Chef cookbook to make it S'mores-y
Silver S'mores, from Summertime Treats *recipes and crafts fro the whole family*
Grilled Pound Cake S'mores, from Southern Living magazine
Indoor S'mores, from a cereal box
S'more Clusters, recipe found here
S'mores Cheesecake, found here
The boys will choose and then we will set out to gather our ingredients. First official day of homeschooling. This day was actually on the calendar as the start day. I just tried to push us yesterday and well, we see how that turned out!!!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
*Wise One had a major meltdown that lasted 45 min.
*Leftovers for dinner. Lefterovers no one really was hungry for in the first place.
*Having to say "cut it out" "stop that", "can you PLEASE lower you voice", "whatever you just threw, go pick it up", "no, do not pretend with the scissors" one to many times today.
*Dog hair all over the new slipcover.
Oh and today was our first day of homeschooling. Great. Just great.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Today is the day public schools start in our town. Guess this makes us OFFICIAL, we are really SERIOUS about this, my kids are not in school, HOMESCHOOLERS! We are heading to the library and for a bit of fun.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
I remember the day I turned 33 I cried because I thought this is how old Jesus was and I had just heard about a 33 year old aquaintance that just discovered she had cancer. She did not see 34.
When I was 22 I could not imagine having a child as that was the age my mother had me.
At 17 I could not imagine being married. My parents married fresh out of school and just celebrated 38 years.
The years do not always make me feel "grown up". Today I feel like a little lost child that does not know what to do.
I am 34 and I am sad. But I will celebrate with my family. I will blow out the candles more for my boys than me. And I will make a wish. A wish that know matter when my number is called I will have lived a life that leaves good, happy memories. I will have lived each day and cherised it for what it was.....time. Time to talk. Time to hug. Time to just be.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Tuesday afternoon after the clothes were picked out, "no not a suit, he was not a suit person", after the flowers were chosen, wildflowers for a man who loved the outdoors, and after his place was chosen at the cemetary, we purchased a tree to be planted next week, we sat and chose the pictures. Pictures of him with hair, without hair and with a mullet (!!). Pictures of him with the boys, of him camping, of him building, of him in the water, of him hunting, of him in high school, grade school, his first baseball picture.
Take pictures. His 6 year old will know him through pictures. His 9 year old will remember him through pictures. We will all see his smile through pictures.
I am so tired and so sad.
Monday, July 31, 2006
It has been a long couple of days and by the end of this week it will feel even longer.
Life is short and sometimes it just sucks. Sometimes it does not make sense and I am not ready to have comfort in knowing he is in a better place. I want him here. With his family. Sharing his smile and laugh.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
"Taking control of your body means taking control of your mind. And with that,
beautiful things can happen." Runner and author Karen Bridson
In twelve short days I will be 34. Yes, thirty-four years old. THIRTY-FOUR, 3-4, three tens and four ones, however you look at it it is still thirty-four years on earth. What exactly can I say for the past thirty-four years? That is something I am pondering........
One thing I wish to change is my body. I am overweight by about 40 pounds. I weigh 167 and wear a size 12/14. I wish to be a size 8, which is the size of most of my clothes in my closet. I wish to be fit. I wish to be healthy. I wish to have energy. I wish to be happy with my self image. After 34 years I think I owe my body that. It has served me well and in the last 8 years I have taken it for granted and I am starting to see the signs of.....age. Not that I mind the signs of age, per se, but I mind I am not aging as well as I should because I am not making it a priority.
So the above quote is something I am going to meditate on daily. I am making it a priority.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Let go of something that is weighing you down.
Just let. it. go.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Enjoy some fresh food,
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I know, for my sanity, I must purge. I must clean DEEPLY. I must. I will be in this house day in day out with my little darlings teaching and learning and the clutter will make. me. crazy.
So.....the cleaning continues. Daily. Sometimes hourly.
Monday, July 17, 2006
I submitted my resignation to the school district. I am now an unemployed homeschooler!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lyn, who is working on breathing at the moment. I am having some trouble..........................
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
My tush is sore. My hands ache. I have a bruise on my arm and my foot. My nails are dirty.
Why do you ask? I weeded an overgrown flowerbed, trimmed trees and moved bricks around. The rainbow appeared after I sat on my porch and looked at my hard work. Ahhh!!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
1 ~ can Eagle brand condensed milk
Mix and pour into ice cream maker. Sit back and wait. And then....
Enjoy! This is so yummy!!! We have tried rootbeer, Sunkist Orange, Ginger Ale. Really anything that your family likes.
Find something to ease the heat for a bit.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Chosen One vacuuming! Ah what a wonderful sound! AND
Rowdy One singing SOMETHING at the top of his lungs. It is a few words but lots of growls and yeah, yeah, yeahs.....who knows. That kid just likes to make noise and the later in the day it gets the ROWDIER he gets. It's bedtime and he is acting like he just ate breakfast and is ready to start his day.
Noise..................oh and the baseball game in the background of my typing.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Hopeful he misses his mommy abit!
Rowdy One on the other hand is already long faced and about to cry at the drop of a hat. His brother, whom he is almost always attached at the hip to, has left him for greener pastures. He is sad. He is lonely. He has never been an only child. He doesn't know what to do. Maybe this will help him get over his lonesomness!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
I multi task WAY too much. I am working on it.
I love Rock & Roll.
Can barely handle Country.
I could care less if my kids track mud in the house.
I love rice with any kind of gravy.
I have had stitches twice in my head and twice in my tummy. Thankful I remember none of it.
I have never broken a bone.
I don’t really enjoy talking on the phone.
I drive an 8 year old minivan.
I am blind as a bat.
I have a tattoo on my ankle.
I hate to sweat.
I have always lived in the same town.
I was an only child for 9 years.
Then my sister was born. We both feel like only children.
My grandmother passed away when I was in 6th grade. I miss her so much. I often wonder what a conversation with her would be like now. I wish she could give me advice on raising my kids.
I could wear a t-shirt everyday. Every. Day.
I love reading but do not read well.
I have a dark sense of humor.
My first concert was Ricky Skaggs with my parents.
My next concert was Metallica. Without my parents.
I married a man to sweet for me.
I prefer to be alone.
When I was a kid I was an incredibly picky eater.
Now I will try almost anything.
I do not enjoy drinking, liquor that is.
I read fairly quickly.
I can not spell to save my life!
I once ran a home daycare.
I once cleaned houses.
I once answered 911 calls.
I once inventoried items from crime scenes.
I once fingerprinted inmates.
That was actually my favorite job.
I was married when I was 19.
Divorced by 21.
Married again at 23.
I am still hanging on to him.
I take college classes and think I know my major but can never really decide.
I just enjoy learning.
I like to paint my walls too much. So says Chosen One.
When I was young I looked forward to spring break so that I could clean all the closets in the house.
I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 32. Go figure!
I used to FREAK out when the clothes were not sorted like the colors in the rainbow.
Now I am medicated and could care less.
I am not good with hand eye coordination sports. ie~ tennis, racquetball, baseball.
I often make lists and then OFTEN never look at them again until I find them days later underneath something.
I have awful skin. I think my first break out was at 12 and it has not ever stopped. Luckily though I do not have scarring, it was never that bad but has been constant.
If I could have plastic surgery I would have a mole removed from my nose and a tummy tuck after I am done having kids.
I do have nice feet, though, that counts for something.
Chosen One says I have nice hands.
I am ADDICTED to Dr. Pepper.
When I was 11 I went to church camp and they scared me so badly about a ghost that I am still scared of the dark.
I don’t think I will send my kids to camp because of it.
I love the color green.
I am not real big on shoes. As in I have only a few necessary pairs.
I always have my toes painted.
Sometimes I am to harsh.
But always honest.
Some people don’t want honesty. I have learned that more as I get older.
I love my feet rubbed but will only let Chosen One do it.
I am very ticklish.
When my sister was born I couldn’t even be in the same room when my mother was putting baby lotion on her. I am that. ticklish. Makes me giggle just thinking about it.
I like to hear someone really laugh.
I love “You’ve Got Mail”. I want to have a “shop around the corner”.
I am always drawn to people that are older than me.
But I married someone younger.
I want to go to Africa.
I love books. Of any kind. I have too many. So says the Chosen One.
I have never watched Star Trek. Not one single episode.
I wish I could be an artist.
I do not drink coffee.
But I MUST have a Dr. Pepper.
I love me a sharp pencil. What is that about?.
I do not like homemade mac and cheese. I prefer the stuff in the blue box. Really.
I sometimes eat just hominy for dinner. With a little salt and pepper. This grosses Chosen One out.
I like pictures of trees. Just trees. Nothing else.
I wish I could be on Jeopardy.
But I know I would embarrass myself.
Coming up with 100 things is hard.
I have loads of girlfriends.
But very few close friends.
I have a hard time walking away from a friendship.
I think I have only done it twice in my life.
I suffer from migraines.
I can remember being in elementary school and coming home and going to bed with headaches.
I love to sleep. I mean A LOT.
I will only sleep on satin pillowcases. My mother taught me how to make my own.
I learned to sew when I was four, with my grandmother.
I file my nails everyday. Just a touch up here in there.
I am stuck on routines. I sometimes get lost if I get out of step.
I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era.
I have a headache right now that is making it hard to concentrate.
But I am almost done.
I am a procrastinator when it comes to paying bills.
ONE HUNDRED: I strive to be an honest, genuine person. Every single day. Sometimes I get caught up in the “regular stuff” and forget my mission but am always thankful I get to start over fresh the next day.
There you go, Lyn in a nutshell!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
"It is easy to love those who are far away. It isn't always easy to
love those who are right next to us. It is easier to offer a dish of rice
to satisfy the hunger of a poor person, than to full up the loneliness and
suffering of someone lacking love in our own family."
I wasn't able to find this one on Amazon but she does have other that I will be checking out.
There's A Frog In My Throat! 440 Animal Sayings A Little Bird Told Me by Loreen Leedy & Pat Street
A couple of our favorites that we have worked into our conversations:
Does a chicken have lips? meaning No! No! No! (the boys find this hillarious and end up forgetting what they originally asked me for!)
mouse potatoe meaning frequent computer user ~ Wise One
watch it like a hawk meaning guard it carefully ~ Rowdy One
Geogra-fleas! Riddles All Over the Map by Joan Holub
Turkey Riddles by Katy Hall & Lisa Eisenberg
What Do You Hear When Cows Sing? and other silly riddles by Marco and Giulio Maestro
Plenty of giggles!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
Oh. My. Gosh.
I need a moment.
I am NOT HAPPY!
Please, make it stop. Shrink him in to the cute, chubby little 2 year old that did things and I could brush they off as he is a baby and doesn't know better. And he was so darn cute I just couldn't get upset with him.
Now he KNOWS better. And he AIN'T that cute anymore!!!!!!
One of the problems....he so takes after.......ME!
Mommy "Why yes, Rowdy One he does live in the country. I wish we lived in the country. Will all this space to run and play and hear all the birds."
Rowdy One "Not me! All they can listen to out here is country music!"
Mommy "What?" trying to hide my giggle.
Rowdy One in a quite disgusted tone "Mommy, they live in the country all they get on their radio is country music."
Geesh woman I am surprised you can get us from here to there you are so out of it! That is what I think he was thinking!
We continued the conversation and I believe I convinced him that they could, in fact get, other radio stations out in the country!
Really, what do they think in their little minds?
Saturday, July 01, 2006
I have to go to bed and see
And does it not seem hard to you,
by Robert Louis Stevenson