Tax laughs…

I don’t know why I thought of this today. Maybe it’s because we went in to sign our tax forms today and the lady at the reception desk smiled at our brood and said, “It looks like you have a couple of deductions!” I just thought it sounded like a great congratulatory greeting card from […]

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A Day

This was a day.  I realize how banal of a post title that is.  But the day was not banal.  Of course, it could have been far less banal, (I’m sorry, are you getting tired of the word banal? Banal banal banal banal banal) that is, it could have been even more eventful than it […]

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Who says?

Who says you can’t go ice skating in California when it’s inching up on 70° in the middle of December?  The three older boys had a community choir performance at a local church today where they had an “ice rink” brought in from none other than Calgary, Alberta.  One of the guys that ran the […]

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Phew!

I’m tired!  I have been busy as most of you are also.  Just life is enough right?  Life feels like it’s really ramped up though for some reason.  Something about home schooling four boys… Lately, in all of the busyness though, I have really had to come to grips with something.  Something I really hate […]

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Cat

Cat must have gotten my tongue.  Or fingers.  Or something because I have had so little to say here.  Actually it’s probably not the cat.  It’s probably more likely that some evil dark lord may have stolen my expressive abilities and transmogrified me into a brainless fingerless mute.  I have thought a lot about wanting […]

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Getting Under the Promises

Several years ago, in fact during our last major transitional life phase that took us away from a beloved church back home to California, almost 8 years ago, my husband and I went through an intensive study and self-examination process called Sonship. We did the studies and then had weekly discussions and prayer times over […]

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The gift of faith…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the gift of faith that God grants to us.  I’ve been thinking specifically of how we long to see our children trust in Christ.  Many of us have been brought up to believe that our children need a mature understanding of Christ to be able to be called […]

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Grandpa's Chaos

We are home from our adventures in California!  We had a splendid time with family, eating Mexican food and basking in the summer-like (comparatively speaking) temperatures! Whenever my Dad is within 50 yards of a person who knows how to work a camera he begins imagining pictures that he would like to have taken.  He […]

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You writer types…

Yah, you.  Can you answer this for me?  Have you ever woken up at 4:30 in the morning and had a story forming in your head within about .002 seconds of waking up?  And then could you not go back to sleep because the dang thing kept writing itself inside your brain quite against your […]

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Designer Dog Breeds…

Designer dog breeds are of course all the rage.  I mean, who hasn’t heard of the Puggle or the Yorkipoo, the Goldendoodle or the Labradoodle?  Chances are, your neighbour has one.  Our neighbour has one.  She’s a Goldendoodle with the sweetest personality.  She’s adorable.  We ourselves for a short while had a small dog that […]

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Fiasco Gelato

Last night I did something very uncharacteristic for me.  I went downtown with a girlfriend.  Just.  For.  Fun.  She went to Greece earlier this year and came back telling me all about her awesome travels.  She told me how she fell in love with Gelato and ate it just about every day when she was […]

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Boyisms

Recent boyisms include, but are not limited to, the following: I had to take my two year old into the dressing room while I tried something on recently.  I did my best to not be entirely and 100% visible to him but he managed to pop up and turn around in his stroller and have […]

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Randomocity…

(If you are here for Fun Monday, my Fun Monday post is just down the way a bit.) :^D Today we took an afternoon field trip to the Science Center. We decided a while back to buy yearly passes so we could take the children there often and not feel rushed to get our money’s […]

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So this is vacation for me…

We don’t spend the whole time as a family here at my parent’s house eating apple pie and playing games like Flinch and the Ungame. We watch movies. We sit around and talk theology. We eat, haphazardly at times. We play with the duckling that is currently living in a box in the family room. […]

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Ha ha.

So I was going to allow my child to photocopy his face. I know what you are thinking… “This woman is a major goofball that she actually suggests these ideas to her children.” Guilty as charged. I carefully smushed his face onto the glass, semi-closed the cover and pushed the copy button. Nothing happened. I […]

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Somebody say Petawawa please.

Have I mentioned that we are a very wordy family? Yes. I have. That was easy wasn’t it? I gave the answer away as quickly as I asked it. We are logophiles. Words are like music to us. But so is music. Don’t let the fact that words are music to us convince you that […]

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Fun Monday! BAD HAIR

Robin at Pensieve is hosting Fun Monday today. She challenged everyone to post a horrifically bad hair image of themselves… I was all excited to participate because I truly believe I have one of the worst, most hair offensive pictures ever. My scanner, sadly, has decided to go on strike and refuses to communicate with […]

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How they found me?

I know everyone who has a stat counter or site meter account posts these “how they found me” posts now and then and I have done so a few times too. I try not to make a habit of it but sometimes it is just too much to bear. Impossible to keep to myself. How […]

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Kidism #3,942.6

I was making pancakes for dinner tonight. The children smelled the goods and came thundering down the stairs like a small stampede of water buffalo. My three year old with surprised superiority in his voice declared to his brothers, “I was right! Her’s making pancakes!” Feeling very teachery I decided to correct his very cute […]

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So what is it?

Well, neither of my participants were correct. (I’m overwhelmed by the participation by the way! You folks rock! The best turn out for any contest I’ve held to date (that being 1). ;^P That, my friends, is my husband staring out through the peep hole of a piece of pleatherized Velveeta cheese. To pleatherize Velveeta […]

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Oh my…

This is one of those, “You know you are homeschoolers when…” posts. On Sunday evening we had some friends over to watch the Superbowl (which I didn’t really watch for longer than 15 minutes anyways). A few of us ladies were sitting at the table as were a few of my children. My five year […]

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Cold.

Very cold. Very very cold. Butt spanking cold. Bone chilling cold. Booger freezing cold. Yes, folks, if you are from one of those more temperate zones I hate you… I’m sorry, that came out all wrong. If you are from one of those more temperate zones and you define cold as when you need a […]

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Behold!

This is what shall becometh of thee if thou dost venture to impress gum into thy scalp. Behold! Heed the warnings of thy mother, who with great pain, didst give birth unto thee. Harken unto her words when she pleadeth with thee to never put chewing gum into thy lovely locks. If thou dost findest […]

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Family Fun Night

It seems that we are beginning a winter time tradition here in our family. Every Monday night our local Olympic Oval has a skate for free night if you just bring a non-perishable food item to donate. (how’d you like that? Doesn’t everyone have a local Olympic Oval? Hee hee.) Tonight was our second time […]

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I love.

I do. I love. I love my favorite clothing store. I love the smell of freshly cut grass, the smell of ocean spray and the smell of wood burning fires on a snowy day. I love cashmere. (I don’t own any but I love it. If you wear it anywhere near me, beware you could […]

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Things you never want to hear…

Things you never want to hear little boys say:“Hey, those undies you have on. Those were mine from yesterday. That’s my stain.” “Are couches expensive?” “Yes. Why?” “Oops.” “Who tooted? Something stinks.” “Ummm. The baby.” “The baby’s not here Mom.” “Oh. Yeah.” Things people might hear while talking to a busy Mom on the phone: […]

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Wordy dirds.

This post really isn’t about wordy dirds or dirty words. I just liked writing out “wordy dirds.” But since we’re talking about words, do certain words ever just strike you as funny? I guess maybe that only happens to me and my fellow logophiles. Today I have laughed at three words that I always hate […]

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Public Notice!

Last night while watching the local news we were informed of a public notice. Fines will soon be increasing for the crime of public urination and defecation. While watching the report, I wondered out loud to my husband if these fines would apply to desperate children as even my own boys had to make use […]

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Planning Ahead

The other day my husband and I read in the local news of a couple whose brand new car was stolen out of their driveway! Of course they called and reported it to police but they also decided to not sit idly by and wait for the cops to recover the stolen vehicle. They just […]

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The well is dry

I have nothing to say tonight. I’m tired. (okay so you know when I have nothing to say I just talk about whatever? You’re about to get a bunch of whatever. Sorry. That’s what happens when the stinkin’ well is dry!!) Last night I again had insomnia, unfortunately it wasn’t inspirationally induced. It was just […]

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I love words.

You may have noticed. I love words. I’m a logophile. Actually my whole family loves words. I knew I married the right man when I first heard him blurt out a word completely juxtaposed. Entirely out of syntax. I loved him for it. I don’t even remember what it was but I remember saying, “What?” […]

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How to make fast enemies

In high school there was one way to make a popular girl hate you in less than 1.3 seconds. Simply by saying the words, “Cheerleading isn’t a sport” you would have a whole swarm of angry pyramid building, pony tail wearing teeny boppers beating you down with the blunt ends of their pom-poms. Did I […]

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I'm sure you're all wondering…

whether or not partially digested hotdogs smell good? I’m here to tell you first hand. They do not. At all. They do not smell at all good. In fact I must say that perhaps they are the most disgusting substance known to man. Yes, semi-digested hotdogs smell, look and feel very very (very) bad.Just be […]

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Mystery of Mysteries…

Strange things are afoot in my Queendom. Random objects are appearing in potties around the house. Today alone I fished out a baby rattle from my downstairs bathroom. Mere hours later one of my older boys fished out a Fisher (pun not intended) Price dappled cow and came downstairs announcing, “My little brother thought this […]

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Let's Go to the Boardwalk!

What a great idea this was! We were after all, 17 years old and had been allowed to spend a weekend in Santa Cruz sans parentals. We were a trustworthy little threesome that never sought out trouble and rarely stumbled into it though we did like to appear to be rebellious. Proof of that is […]

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Da Vinyl Hair

Perhaps you are considering going to see the hotly debated, highly controversial book and motion picture, The Da Vinci Code. You may have several reasons either to see or to not see this movie. I am hereby giving you fair warning, there are many more important reasons to NOT see this movie than to see […]

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Blood sucking acrobats?

Acrobats. Sure, they look innocent enough. Their colorful suits are just a ploy to convince the world that they are not actually about something more sinister than merely entertaining the masses. Perhaps you have marveled at their elasticity. Maybe you have sat, in wide-eyed, slack jawed amazement when you first saw someone looking at you […]

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Go PLAY!

Why is it that whenever these words are issued forth from our lips, they are received (and admittedly often spoken) in a way that is reminiscent of “Go to outer Mongolia!”? As parents we buy toys, movies, and happy meals just for the sought after trinkets within… all for the joy of our children, purely […]

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4/17/06 – Easter Bunny Insanity

Since when did the Easter Bunny become the Spring time version of Santa Claus? When I was a kid we knew my mother put together our lovely Easter Baskets filled with cellophane nesting, jelly beans and Cadbury Creme Eggs. We ocassionally sponged off of others for Easter Egg hunts… Even then we were entirely aware […]

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