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 Unintended Consequences (January 04, 2012 at 2:39 AM )
Maybe I'm the last person on earth to get a webcam. MAYBE I'm the last person to foresee what would happen when I did. It gets me every time. My husband got me the cutest little webcam for Christmas so...

 One Of The Best Things Ever Said To Me, About Me (July 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM )
Lucy: I would SO be a fabulous "Evil Genius". I just need that t-shirt. Boy: Never. Lucy: Ok, maybe I'd need that t-shirt AND some minions. If only I had minions! Bwahahahaha! Boy: (snort) Not a chance. You'd make them...

 Thanksgiving Menu (September 26, 2008 at 4:15 PM )
THIS is what happens when you combine two families worth of traditions, and let your own four children help you with the menu ... (At least they know the stories that go with each item, and the justifications for letting...

 The New Babysitter (September 22, 2008 at 5:03 PM )
Sometimes we're a bit of a surprise for a new babysitter. I mean, sure, I have rules. But I don't expect them to clean my house. In my world, its their job to keep the children safe (and content, if...

 Sam Laughs Out-Loud (September 10, 2008 at 6:30 PM )
(Here's a quickie because there's no point in having a blog if I don't post. Regular posting will commence on Monday. Or not.) Samantha called me, already laughing, yesterday. Which was nice. The following might be how the conversation went:...

 Ooooohhhhhhh! NOW I See The Problem (April 22, 2007 at 4:45 AM )
I've often wondered exactly why it aggravates the life out of Ron that he has to obey me. And, yes, it REALLY aggravates him. He mostly does it, but STILL it's an uphill battle for him. And he IS such...

 There Comes A Time ... (January 26, 2007 at 10:49 PM )
... when you realize you hate all your in-laws. Ok. Maybe not all of them. Ok. Maybe just the one. Ok. Maybe just working on tracking down a current address and phone-number for that one. Still. Its enough to lick...

 Paparatzzi Hell (January 16, 2007 at 9:23 PM )
Have you ever wondered if there would come a time when you would be punished for all those times you made fun of those poor saps on reality televison shows? I didn't. I went merrily on my way with no...

 No, Its Not A Cut ... (December 31, 2006 at 4:57 PM )
My brother got my boys (ages 9 and 7) pocket-knives for Christmas. He has a long and illustrious history as a REALLY cool gift-giver. Christmas morning, Lee (age 7) came to me to get a band-aid. Only moderately alarmed (because...

 At Least He Has A Plan (December 15, 2006 at 3:30 PM )
How do you deal with stress? Think about that. Do you get a little crabbier each day? Do you get insomnia? Do you overeat? Or not eat at all? Or, do you conciously with forethought and glee try to drive...

 SuperMommmmmm (November 21, 2006 at 4:49 PM )
I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted. Time has almost ceased to have meaning since I've realized The Move is estimated to be in about 12 days. Days. Minutes. Hours. Whatever. Here's a few thoughts this...

 Missing The Point (October 02, 2006 at 11:54 PM )
Sometimes its brought home to me crystal clear that I might not be getting the point across to the kids. We pray for policemen (anyone with a siren, actually) both for their safety and for the people that they're helping....

 Saga Of The Waterheater (August 29, 2006 at 3:09 PM )
Yesterday morning started normal enough, but then most days do for at least a few seconds. Admittedly, then most of my days develop some drama. Yesterday more than most. I was rudely awakened with the realization that the alarm had...

 Mama's World (August 24, 2006 at 5:03 PM )
Sunday afternoon I went to Walmart. There are no quick trips to Walmart. But I felt good about it. The family had all been fed, the baby was asleep, the kids were just starting a movie with their dad. The...

 Hore (August 22, 2006 at 5:29 PM )
Funny, but probably not good for children reading either, although I've been told its nothing they don't hear on basic cable (which did lead me to shriek in the middle of Target "I don't let my four year old watch...

 Bwahahahaha. Tap-dancing! (July 18, 2006 at 3:10 PM )
My husband and I were talking abut stuff. Probably new-house stuff. The baby woke up from her nap. We asked one of the boys to entertain the baby in her crib for a few minutes while we finished up. This...

 Almost There (July 04, 2006 at 4:08 PM )
Today, we've been married for 14 years! We'll celebrate by working on the house this afternoon, followed by baths all aound, and some random dinner-substance, after which we'll fill two futons watching The Apple-Dumpling Gang! Do we know how to...

 Absolute Proof He's Loved (July 01, 2006 at 10:08 PM )
-- inspired by the death of Jim Baen (of Tor and others), hat-tipped to Andrew Cory from DeansWorld -- I've got to admit, I didn't recognize the name "Jim Baen". But then, I've been on the mommy-track for almost...

 Mah-na Mah-hell (May 24, 2006 at 6:40 PM )
Remember how I told you that my family got me the most deliciously wonderful Mother's Day gift? The whole first season of the original Muppet show on DVD? And how I knew it was a timeless classic by the fact...

 Plastic Pillows (May 24, 2006 at 4:41 AM )
I found THE most amazing shower curtains! I've been going nuts trying to decide on exactly the right shade of blue-green for the guest suite at the new house. Suddenly, at TJMaxx, the shower curtain jumped off the shelf and...

 What Did ...? Is That ...? Nooooooooo ... ! (May 16, 2006 at 9:34 PM )
No way to sugar-coat it. Lee (age 6) lopped off about a third of Cassie's hair (age 4) because she watched him whack off HIS hair and asked him to do hers too. He looks ... bad. She looks ......

 Mothers Day (May 16, 2006 at 7:55 AM )
I had a great Mother's Day. My husband over-slept. Which is highly unusual. And he looks so ... sweet ... asleep which is different than the clever literalism that permeates our days now that he's exhausted all the time doing...

 Triumph (May 04, 2006 at 3:05 PM )
Sometimes Cassie (age 4) is rather ... determined. It makes my mother laugh. In that oh-now-you-are-going-to-pay-for-your-raising kind of way. Yesterday, Cassie told me she didn't want to go for a hiking adventure in the woods. She usually loves to do...

 Inside My Head (May 01, 2006 at 7:52 PM )
Several weeks ago, we were driving on a long trip and I tried to explain to my husband why it was easier for me to keep some numbers straight in my head if I group them into a round 100...

 Update To "He Said What?" (April 25, 2006 at 2:34 PM )
After my husband read the post he blurted out "I didn't say COWTO. I said BOVO. Cowto sounds dumb, kids appreciate Bovo." Thats right, people, because 'bovo' makes SO much more sense I felt the need to publish a correction...

 Its A WaterBuffalo, Of Course! (April 21, 2006 at 2:16 AM )
I was sorting laundry while Cassie was in the tub. She was happy as a pig in mud, singing along to herself. Wonderful silly nonsensical songs. I followed along, humming to myself, vaguely amused that I did indeed know the...

 Its A Sign (April 12, 2006 at 3:56 PM )
We were driving from Denver through the Vail Pass at night when I started getting nervous. I'm afraid of heights. Those are some seriously high pointy mountains. With sleet. And a speedy husband who just wanted to get the drive...

 Another Cassie Joke, At My Husband's Expense (March 10, 2006 at 3:14 AM )
They count it among their greatest accomplishments that they can make me laugh almost at will. But, we all knew I was easy anyway ... "Just how easy?" you might find yourself asking. Well, here's a prime example ... About...

 TROUT! TROUT! (March 04, 2006 at 7:27 PM )
It seemed reasonable at the time. Really, it did. But, then, it had been a very long tiring day. The kind of day that seems to have sucked the life right out of you. The kind of day that could...

 It's The Thought That Counts (February 14, 2006 at 7:44 PM )
It’s come to my attention that my husband has forgotten more about me than most people will ever know. He said the strangest thing to me several weeks ago, with a smile after I opened my really-super-great birthday present, “I’d...

 I Will NOT Be Thwarted (February 09, 2006 at 1:56 AM )
Y'al will remember the late great unpleasantness that was my winter holidays. One of the things that really frosted the cake for me was the cancellation of my brother's family's visit. Mostly because this thwarted my desire for a picture...

 Grapey And Snake-Squisher (January 20, 2006 at 3:46 PM )
Still LOLing about Sinister Frappo. Still crazy/busy because we are in the midst of our first sleepover. My house is full of children. FULL of screaming sugared-up-on-Belgian-waffles-and-chocolate-ganauche-children. Will post THAT later, especially the part about how they are planning to...

 My Husband's Child (January 03, 2006 at 2:57 AM )
Mostly people see me in our children. I refuse to believe this is because they mostly see me as childish ... but that is neither here nor there. Sometimes I see such a blindingly obvious genetic inheritance from my husband...

 That Was A Poor Choice (December 31, 2005 at 3:19 PM )
Mr. Poppers Penguins appeared at our house around Thanksgiving, courtesy of my mother-in-law who was reading it to the children. She left the book here when she went home for a week. Ron REALLY wanted her to finish the book....

 God's Perfect Timing ... (November 25, 2005 at 3:55 AM )
My husband had emergency surgery on his appendix this morning. I'll spare you lots of details, not out of any great consideration for my readers but rather from the fact that I'm exhausted. He's going to be fine, albeit heavily...

 Lucys Surprise (November 10, 2005 at 4:14 AM )
Lucy was scheduled for a c-section on Friday. Last night, as we prepared for bed, Lucy got the strangest expression on her face. At first, she thought our unborn daughter had kicked her. Then she realized her water had broken...

 (Almost) Speechless (September 15, 2005 at 11:04 PM )
Even after well more than a decade, there are still moments when my husband surprises me. Last week, we had an incredibly silly argument (in the grand scheme of things) Options A and B are different decorating options. Basically, I...

 A Horse In A Field (September 12, 2005 at 2:19 AM )
We were driving along, which is often the time the boys want to talk. Last night, Ron (age 7) asked me out of the blue "If theres a horse in a field, can I use my markers to color it?"...

 My Husband's Genes (September 08, 2005 at 3:38 PM )
Today Cassie walked through the house wearing a t-shirt and one pink floral sock while flapping a pair of wings. I said something that recognized her presence, like "good little bird". She looked at me like I was ... under-intelligent....

 How To Negotiate With A Pregnant Woman (September 06, 2005 at 5:02 PM )
Start off slowly. For example, "Are you REALLY sure you want white fixtures in the guest bath with the white-ish tile? Maybe another color. Maybe ANY other color. I really think another color would look better. How about blue? Or...

 Baby Update (August 31, 2005 at 1:53 AM )
Another ultra-sound and pre-natal visit today, trying to pin down the due-date so we can schedule surgery. The blood-pressure is still a little high, but the doctor thinks I can postpone treating that until afterwards. Which is good. The extended-sugar-test...

 Update To Location, Etc (August 26, 2005 at 2:36 PM )
Last night, Ron came into our room around 4:00am to chat. Actually, he came to chat with the person sleeping closest to the door ... which is NO longer me. So my husband did the chatting, and then stared at...

 Location, Location, Location (August 24, 2005 at 3:59 PM )
This morning a friend commented that I seem much more relaxed and happy the past few weeks whereas my husband seems a little ... stressed. That would be because he actually HAS lots of stress right now. Yet, could that...

 The Mommy Rebellion (August 07, 2005 at 11:51 PM )
We're sending our boys to school next week. There's just no way to do a good job homeschooling while sick and moving. I'm not thrilled, although I'm not as hysterically upset as you (and everyone else) think. Its a good...

 7:17 AM (August 01, 2005 at 12:06 AM )
So I'm already in bed and my husband sets the alarm for the following morning. I ask what time he set the alarm for, wondering if I'll be awake or not. See, occassionally he wakes a few minutes before the...

 I Love Lucy (July 17, 2005 at 3:07 AM )
Lucy and the kids are visiting Lucy's parents in the Deep South for a bit. They'll be back toward the end of the month. When she gets back, ask her about the significance of 7:17 AM. Hint: The King of...

 A Life Lived Truly And Well (July 10, 2005 at 6:04 PM )
Once upon a time in the South there was a boy named Johny. He was a good boy from a good home. Then all his family died. He was ten years old, and all alone. He was farmed out to...

 Its A Girl, Probably (July 07, 2005 at 4:08 AM )
I had the first ultrasound yesterday. Everything is fine, my bloodpressure is down and stable-ish, and we're very very probably having a girl. Yea! Now I'll have a matched set, the girls can share a room which will be good...

 My Boys (June 04, 2005 at 5:37 PM )
I realize that I've been thinking about the new baby as a girl with straight hair and hazel eyes and a meek temper. Afterall, Cassie has curly hair and blue eyes and a temper that has actually alarmed some people...

 Thomasina Sawyer (May 24, 2005 at 4:05 PM )
I am defintely Thomasina Sawyer! This morning my husband went in to work late, after fixing the downed curtain rods in Cassie's room. He just looked in amazement at three children arguing over who got to mop the kitchen and...

 Lucy Goes To Lunch (May 19, 2005 at 2:57 AM )
This morning my husband took some time off to take us out to the house-site to watch the bulldozer work on the road. (Yes, we're indeed building the house this Summer. Bwahahahaha. I'm sure there'll be posts later. Lots of...

 My Little Brother, The Stay-At-Home Dad (May 12, 2005 at 8:48 PM )
My "little" brother is slightly over thirty. He dwarfs most people. Its not that he's overly tall, although he's not short. Its not that he's overly heavy, although he's not skinny. Rather, he's ... sturdy. Mostly muscle. He's a ......

 My Husband Listens To Me (May 03, 2005 at 2:22 AM )
I was going to preface the most recent stories about my husband with a post concerning how hard it is to live with me. In fact, I partially wrote the post in my head while laying in bed vainly waiting...

 Not Exactly The Zoo (April 28, 2005 at 7:23 PM )
I'm often inspired by Julie with great ideas for posts, which I promptly forget for weeks and then can't find the specific link and then just let it go. However, everything at Julie's is worth reading (she mentioned that she...

 Two Saturday Screams (April 03, 2005 at 12:26 AM )
One, my dear sweet husband and I were wakened by children around 6:30am. This is a tad early. He actually got up, I settled in for a nap. Apparently, he worked on the houseplan until 7:00am. At that point he...

 Funnier and Funnier (March 31, 2005 at 1:23 AM )
So last night my husband kinda laughs weakly and says "ya want to hear something funny?" Backstory: Three years ago when we had Cassie I agreed not to have my tubes tied if my husband would get fixed. He agreed...

 Welcome To My Breakdown (March 29, 2005 at 8:03 AM )
So, you might notice its the middle of the night. (You might have even noticed my comments are messed up again, but I'll deal with that later). Regular readers will know that I have the plague (ie pneumonia, flu, etc)....

 The Damage Christians Do (March 28, 2005 at 6:00 AM )
I have a hard time forgiving the Minister of Youth/Music that stole something from me. Sometimes I don't think about it for weeks at a time. Then, I'll find myself quiet during the service, leaning close to my husband, holding...

 Driving Me Crazy, Literally (February 24, 2005 at 7:13 PM )
I used to think that I had experienced "literal" children. Afterall, my boys are gifted with the "literal gene" courtesy of my husband. But ... Cassie is an adventure unto herself. The latest is potty-training. My husband has promised to...

 What Were We Thinking (February 23, 2005 at 4:54 PM )
Ever wonder why I haven't caught up on my laundry? Well, some have, so here's todays reason that Laundry Will Not Be Finished ......

 The Tomato Fiends (February 20, 2005 at 2:50 PM )
I was going to entitle this entry "My Children Are Bad, Too" but that wasn't really true. Its not their fault. See, my husband dislikes tomatoes (although he adores ketchup and spaghetti sauce). One of my favorite foods is raw...

 My Husband Is Bad (February 19, 2005 at 12:49 AM )
I'm laughing about it, but more in a "I can't believe that ..." incredulous kinda way. Still, WHAT was he thinking!?! First, I talked to him on the phone while he was at the office. It was late in the...

 Act Of Love, Part Two (February 18, 2005 at 4:54 AM )
I am going to get some sleep soon, or else! But it won't be tonight. Nope, tonight I'm sitting in front of the computer with vapor-rub, a horehound cough-drop, some robitussin-dm, and the "comfy" computer chair. Wheee, its gonna be...

 Christmas Plan (February 17, 2005 at 6:18 AM )
I have a new plan for Christmas next year. I just don't think my children are learning songs enough. I want them to really be able to enjoy Christmas carols at full tilt and hymns "sung like they mean them"....

 Act Of Love (February 17, 2005 at 5:18 AM )
Its the middle of the night, practically. I've been coughing loud enough to wake the dead, and certainly the gentle man trying to sleep next to me. So, as an act of love, here I am ... wide-awake ... in...

 A Truly Great Valentine (February 14, 2005 at 5:54 PM )
"Just think, you're not here by chance, but by God's choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else -- you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that...

 Children's Books -- The Perfect Gift (December 10, 2004 at 3:36 PM )
I bought my mother the perfect gift! Thats often a hard thing to do. But this time I KNOW I bought her a gift that will make her cry (in a good way). I found a vintage copy of David...

 Ambushed (December 06, 2004 at 5:24 AM )
Ken and I had an odd relationship. He was the oldest best-friend, and I was the newest girl-friend. We had little in common. Except that we both loved my future husband to distraction. We each appreciated that the other could...

 Ron's Birthday Party (December 01, 2004 at 7:29 PM )
In our family we usually have a special family dinner, rather low-key. But, we've also arrived at the comprimise that every few years they can have an official birthday party. At ages 7, 10, 13, 16. Ron will turn 7...

 And Then There Were None (December 01, 2004 at 2:14 PM )
The last house guests are gone this morning. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We laughed, we cried, we ate turkey. Because we certainly couldn't eat beef. I learned that some house-guests can no...

 What A Way To Wake Up! (November 08, 2004 at 1:44 AM )
This morning Lee crawled into bed with us for a quick snuggle before starting his day. As he wiggled down next to me, hogging my pillow and sucking all the warmth out of my down-comforter, he sighed contentedly and announced...

 Its 11:00 o'clock Somewhere (November 06, 2004 at 3:03 AM )
When we were married, my husband asked me what ideas I had for our honeymoon. I begged and pleaded and he finally agreed to just hang out at our new apartment and unpack stuff. Got to admit, he kinda shook...

 My Husband is SUPER Smart! (October 27, 2004 at 9:23 PM )
Yesterday, I had an interesting day. (Remember the curse "may you live in interesting times"?) I called my husband at work, to share my headache. See, the puppies are getting bigger. Much bigger. And heavier. I bought them a few...

 The Most Memorable Kiss (September 28, 2004 at 8:20 AM )
Once upon a time, I was having a rough day. The kind of day that makes you want to surrender, but then you realize there's no one willing to take prisoners. Professors and friends and bosses and parents. Deadlines and...

 Green Feet (September 06, 2004 at 3:06 AM )
Last night, I stained the concrete floor in the basement office a lovely shade of green, because that's what my husband wanted at the time. This resulted in the bottom of my feet being stained green. Solid green. VERY green....

 The Alan Stories (September 05, 2004 at 11:31 PM )
(The Alan Stories is a "gift" for Dean, because he liked The Norman Stories.) I'm Southern. Perhaps talking is a Southern thing. Not the everyday rat-a-tat-a-tat of information conveyance, but the slow laughing meandering repetitive talking that happens on porches...

 Must Be A Guy Thing (August 24, 2004 at 4:39 PM )
I was reading King-Of-Fools this morning (like every other morning :), and its a good thing I wasn't having breakfast at the time. I've pretty much been broken of the habit of sneaking in my email/surfing while having breakfast because...

 Written in Stone, Part Two (August 21, 2004 at 5:16 PM )
("To save one is to save the world") My husband is a charmingly confident man. One of his better qualities is that he doesn't really care all that much what other people think. Even as a child, peer pressure was...

 Written In Stone (August 20, 2004 at 8:41 PM )
Recently, we were in Florida visiting members of my husband's family. I find myself thinking about a proverb I heard somewhere, and how it reminds me of my husband's grandfather. "To the person doing the small kindness, it is written...

 Living on the Edge (May 28, 2004 at 7:13 PM )
I have a plan. Tomorrow I'm going to give the kids a snack, then a late breakfast, then a very late lunch, then ... (drumroll please) ... we're going to have ice-cream for dinner! Today, when I go grocery shopping...

 Dark Side of the Moon (May 28, 2004 at 6:41 PM )
Warning: vaguely serious entry. I've been busy with a friend/relative. We're very different. Imagine the Sun compared to the Moon. Gold and silver. Fire and Ice. FIRE AND ICE BY ROBERT FROST Some say the world will end in fire,...

 Green Kids (May 11, 2004 at 3:25 AM )
I was snuggling Lee (age 4) before I put him to bed tonight. We were singing "Jesus Loves The Little Children". Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world, They are precious in his sight, Red and...

 Spoil - sport (May 07, 2004 at 8:39 PM )
I know it must seem like I'm obsessed with children's television programs, but I'm not. Really. Its just those seem to be what I watch when the tv is on, because I have children and don't let them watch things...

 No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (April 19, 2004 at 3:14 AM )
When we remodeled the bathroom off our bedroom, each of us insisted on something. What we insisted on is a clue to why we're happily married, by the way. I was adament that the cabinets/counter-top be extra tall. My husband...

 Surprise, y'al (April 03, 2004 at 10:16 PM )
I don't know why I'm continually surprised to find that my children have Southern accents. (And I don't want to hear from people who insist that because Florida is "south" of Georgia that its part of the South. Florida accents...

 What Was He Thinking? (April 01, 2004 at 6:28 AM )
Lee (age 4) told me that when he grows up and becomes a policeman hes looking forward to baking cookies every morning for breakfast. I responded that I didnt think policemen make cookies every single day for breakfast. His answer?...

 Sneaky Houseguests (March 29, 2004 at 12:51 AM )
My houseguests left yesterday. Ive never had sneakier houseguests. Those two raise it to an art-form. Absolutely shameless. I have to keep an eye on them continually. Every chance they get, they sneak off to Wal-mart and haul in tons...

 Reality (March 18, 2004 at 5:54 AM )
Cassie (age 2) has decided that poop is a good finger-paint, and that EVERYTHING should be painted. (Bed, walls, pillows, stuffed-dog, clothes, etc). Lee (age 4) has decided that Mommy needs a better toothpaste system. Squeezing calmly from the bottom...

 Horse Stories (March 17, 2004 at 4:37 PM )
The best tip I can give any new parent: Dont do anything you arent prepared to do ten thousand times. My father found this out the hard way. Poor sweet man. Hes a good story teller, if your taste...

 Saturday (March 15, 2004 at 3:49 AM )
I had a good Saturday. We slept late, then traipsed off to the St. Patricks Day Parade. It was SO fun! Since we got there about 15 minutes after the start of the parade, we took up positions at the...

 My Husband Is Not Perfect (March 03, 2004 at 4:47 PM )
Well, hes practically perfect. But there are moments We have issues about chocolate chips. I buy the giant bag of Ghiradelli chips at SamsClub. I bring them home and put them in gallon size ziplocs, enjoying the feeling of...

 Toothpaste Trouble (February 18, 2004 at 3:19 PM )
I have two sons. Ron is 6 years old. Lee is 4 years old. Recently both visited the dentist. They are now fascinated by all things dental. Lee asked to be excused early from the dinner table so he could...

 Best Best Valentines Day Ever (February 13, 2004 at 5:35 PM )
About three years after we were married, my husband sent flowers to me at work. Delivered by a barber-shoppe quartet that serenaded me during lunch. Of course I cried. It was SO sweet. And obviously required advance thought and planning....

 
 
 
 
 

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