Good stuff and Giveaways

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because I am suffering from Summer-induced Grammnesia. It’s a serious ailment, common to homeschool moms (and maybe any teacher), wherein your ability to find and detect grammatical errors has been temporarily debilitated due to the summer heat and sudden onset of freedom. Speaking of homeschooling, we are […]

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Tonsil Boy

Over the past few months I’ve taken to calling my oldest son, “Tonsil Boy.” He has had Strep Throat 5 times in a row… I think it’s 5 anyway. A lot. I’ve lost count. No sooner would he finish a round of antibiotics before coming down with it again. Essentially someone in our house has […]

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The dresser and the thief

Today I bought an old ugly dresser with nice bones at the local thrift store. It was just your standard 1970’s wood dresser. I brought it home, sanded the living daylights out of it and painted it a vibrant teal. Yes. You heard me right. Teal. Pictures to come soon. But as I wait for […]

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Hectic Life Means Dinner Suffers

Last night, I got home from Blissdom and was exhausted in every way. Top that off with the fact that I was sick. I think gastroenteritis is the culprit. Ugh. I did not want to cook and hubby had just done 5 days solo with our 4+1 kids and wasn’t up to cooking either. My […]

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The Mall

When we lived in Canada, we used to go to the mall just in order to get out of the house when it was too cold to go anywhere else. Since moving back home to California, we have only set foot in a mall about maybe 10 times (not including strip malls that include things […]

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Olliver's Travels

Before my husband left for his orientation in Phoenix with Food for the Hungry, we decided that we wanted a fun way for Daddy to share with the kids where in the world he was and what he did throughout his time. While his travels won’t necessarily be far and wide just yet, he will […]

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Making the Best of the Distance (AKA Why I love Skype)

My hunkahunkaburninlove comes home from Staff Orientation in Arizona at Food for the Hungry tomorrow. Oh, I’m so happy. I’m so happy he’s coming home but I’m so so happy he loves his job. I’m so excited about this organization. I’m very thankful. But I’m still really happy he’s coming home tomorrow. It’s not quite the […]

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Birthday Art

My oldest child just turned 11 yesterday. It’s hard to believe I’m old enough to be the parent of a pre-teen. Really hard to believe. As in, I don’t think it’s possible. I’m still 23. He received art supplies, as per his request, for his birthday. Paints, brushes, etc. Today he whipped them all out […]

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Colorful

The boys are involved in a local church’s AWANA scripture memory program which they all really love. Each week has some sort of theme. This past week was crazy hair night. While one of my kids was initially reticent about participating (well, actually more negative than mere reticence) I eventually convinced him to “let down […]

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Little Bits of I-Love-You

Stuck-on sparkles, old elastic metal clips and see-through plastic, Bits of paper, string and glue, little flecks of I-love-you. A stick with arms, some legs, a head, some frizzled hair (just bits of thread) “It’s you!” a finger points in ballyhoo to little marks of I-love-you. Some hearts float ’round about the air A rainbow […]

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Silly Boys

I have silly boys.  They are funny and witty and artistic and creative and all the wonderful (and maddening) things that come along with that kind of personality.  They surprise me with their creations.  Sometimes I’m floored by the ingenuity.  And then other times I just scratch my head and wonder.  And then let out […]

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Boys

I’m sitting here at the park watching my boys play. Jumping, leaping, climbing, and pretty much doing anything that they think worth the risk of failure and injury. Play is work for them. It is learning. They are playing at what is a good risk and what is a bad risk. I once had a […]

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Halloween in a NUTshell

Emphasis on NUT.  Cause my kids are nuts.  But their my nuts.  And I love ’em. This is a soldier.  Private Ryan?  I don’t know really.  Someone brave and rugged though.  And looking shell-shocked. My Motley Crew This is what happened when I said, “Get in character!!” This is Igor. This is my little Rescue […]

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Even At Night

Over the past few months you have followed my story and prayed with me and for me, that God might heal me and give me rest.  There were many nights that I lay awake remembering, admittedly at times with bitterness, His promise, “…for he grants sleep to those he loves.”  I am pleased to tell […]

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Li'l Rascals

You know, there is nothing like exposing your kids to all of the right t.v. and movie characters throughout the generations. You know, like Wallace and Beaver Cleaver, Gilligan and the gang, The Brady fam, The Jetsons and their Hanna-Barbara ilk.  Nothing will give kids a strong sense of television and movie history and a […]

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Goggles

Last year we bought the kids some goggles for their swimming lessons.  My two little ones love wearing their goggles even when they’re not swimming.  I just can’t help but laugh… especially at my three year old… who also dresses himself.  His ensembles plus the goggles are enough to make any eyes bug out. And […]

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Now Presenting: The Hover Dart

As you may know sometimes I like bragging on my kids on this here website.  It’s a mother’s prerogative.  It’s the beauty of owning a blog.  It’s totally shameless.  And I’m about to do it again. Not too long ago we had some dear friends staying with us.  Among them were four boys.  Among those […]

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Confession…

Sometimes I have a hard time saying “no” to free clothes for the kids. We have been very blessed to be surrounded by so many kind friends who graciously pass their kids’ clothes that they have outgrown on down to us.  This has been a huge blessing and has saved us so much money that […]

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The Party's Over

And I don’t mean that in a sinister way… like someone would if they said it right before they were about to tell you something really bad.  I just mean the party is over.  And it was fun while it lasted. There were decorations… A pony ride… (Yes, I made that hobby horse… that explains […]

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Some days…

Some days. Some days are all good. Some days are all bad. And some days, like this day…. some days, if they were printed out on a graph would look like the peaks and troughs on a heart patient’s doppler read out.  Good, bad, up, down, happy, sad… Can I get a little bit of […]

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My baby…

My baby is three today.  How does that happen?  You can expect me to ask that every year until he’s 40 I think.  By then I may have clued in that he’s pretty much going to keep getting older and bigger and more independent every day no matter how long I insist on referring to […]

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Boyisms

Last night as I was tucking my boys into bed this conversation took place: Two year old:  Mommy, (grabbing my face and squishing my cheeks between his two little hands) you’re my BEEEEEEST Fwend.  And my Daddy…. he’s my best fwend too. Me:  Awww… you are so sweet. Two year old:  Yes, I AM sweet […]

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Fall Portraits

I love taking fall portraits of my boys.  The intense colors of the season just call my camera’s name. “Hello….” They call.  They sing to me.  They beckon like as unto the Hills calling Fraulein Maria. And Fraulein Maria and I just can’t say no to the talking trees and leaves and the laughing breezes.  […]

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Where?

Where does the time go?  How is it that this child is almost three years old? When did that happen? I thought I just had him? I thought he was just nursing and sleeping next to me in my bed. I thought I was just bringing him home from the hospital when he was ten […]

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"Baby" boyisms…

So he’s not a baby.  I get that.  But dangit, he’ll always be my baby so get used to me calling him that.  Okay? Good,  got that out of the way. Okay, so my baby is the most verbose of all of my children at this age.  Truthfully all of my children have been very […]

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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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The Boxer

My littlest man loves boxing.  It’s his favorite game to play on the Wii and it’s one of his favorite things to do with his Daddy lately.  (His other favorite is cuddling.)  Call me selfish but I really don’t want my kids being in any sport that has a likely potential to cause facial disfigurement […]

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Are they all yours?

Whenever we go out we inevitably get asked one of two questions, but usually both, at least 14 times per hour. The first question being, “Are they all yours?” and the second one being, “Are they all boys?” and the third one being, “Are there any twins?” and the fourth one being “How far apart […]

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Does this sum it up?

Not to bore you with all the gory details of sickness but tonight my son came in and handed me these handy little symptom lists which he wrote up in order to help me identify various common family ailments. Who needs Google or advice nurses when you have this sort of thing at your fingertips? […]

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Boys

Boys like mud.  And when snow melts there’s plenty to be had.  And boys don’t seem to care if they forget to wash it all off the minute they come inside.  They don’t seem to mind that crispy, crusty feeling.  I don’t get it.  But it’s very boyish of them isn’t it? I realize his […]

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Randomocity

This evening I was repeatedly  told I was the best Mom ever and that I was like Mr. Magorium because I “made” some new bath toys.  All of the kids old bath toys had gotten disgustingly corroded.  I never did find a good bath toy storage solution.  Plus I’m just lazy about bath toys.  So […]

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Reading Aloud…

One activity that I find so important in nurturing a love of reading in my children is reading aloud to them.  I admit, we are not as constant in this area as I wish we were.  We vacillate between voraciously consuming books together to the opposite extreme of not reading aloud for several weeks.  Whenever […]

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Serious Work

I love it that when my boys go out to play, in their minds they are going out to work. They have business plans. Entrepreneurial dreams and visions. They have a chain of command and they are constantly reviewing the progress made on the many projects they have going on at any time. I am […]

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Brothers

Brothers will never fail to surprise me. How they can go from throwing clumps of dirt at each other because they are mad that “he was digging in my mud pit!!” to showing the sweetest affection, I’ll never know. I’m sure I was never ever so volitile in my affections, ever in my life. Never. […]

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Kid Quote:

Mom: Okay, you finished your lunch. Now it’s nap time. Toddler: I don’t want to take a nap! (said with an angry furrowed brow while getting his face washed.) Mom: I know, but it’s nap time. Toddler: It’s not naptime. It’s Winta time Mom. (brow still furrowed) Mom: Thankfully it can be both!

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Mr. Dramatic

You know how I posted about little boys and their guns the other day? Remember how I told you that my two year old has a definite flair for the dramatic? Well… I didn’t think you quite got my meaning. I thought maybe you were doubtful as to just how much of an actor he […]

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Gun Control Issues

Ha ha. Just kidding. This isn’t a political post. (Well… it isn’t meant to be anyways.) I read somewhere that boys needed to have play guns and that if they don’t have play guns they will turn just about anything into a play gun. I can’t remember which book it was but we’ll just blame […]

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I just have to say this…

Nothing puts me to sleep faster than li-s-t-e-n-ing t-o a ch-i-l-d s-ou-n-d ou-t, n-0-t j-u-s-t e-v-e-r-y sy-ll-a-b-le of e-v-e-r-y w-o-rd, b-u-t al-m-o-s-t e-v-e-r-y l-e-tt-er, in a f-i-f-t-ee-n p-a-g (I mean p-a-g-e) ph-o-n-i-cs r-ea-d-er. I-t i-s v-er-y v-er-y p-ai-n-f-ul a-n-d y-e-t v-er-y s-oo-th-ing. P-u-t-s me t-o s-l-ee-p e-v-e-r-y t-i-m (I mean t-i-m-e). **sigh** Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….

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Prayers

So we’ve had a few discussions about human reproduction lately with the older two boys using science books from the library. We’ve had some really great conversations. Not at all “scary.” In fact we take joy in teaching them about these things, knowing that we are teaching them that sex is not only a really […]

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I forgot to mention…

I seem to have forgotten to mention how the big gift went over with the kids. First, I have to say that I was really proud of the kids because though they had very few gifts to open, they didn’t complain. In fact, our gift opening time lasted about ten minutes at the most. It […]

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Boys are weird.

You will now witness for yourself what kind of malarky will ensue when you let boys do any silly thing they want to in front of a video camera. (Pay no attention to the background mess… we cleaned it after making the video. Mostly.) Now you have seen and know for yourself what I live […]

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I gave birth to a poet…

It seems that I gave birth to a poet. A sentimental one at that. This shouldn’t be terribly surprising. His father is a poet. His mother is a poet. His grandmother is a poet. His Great Great Grandmother was a poet. But still, can you try to imagine my amazement when I discovered in my […]

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Try it. I dare you!

Just try taking Christmas pictures with four boys and a dog. I’m betting some of you have. I’m sure success will come eventually. I just took about 10 pictures (granted I just decided at random — didn’t even make sure their clothes or faces were clean…) and I think only one of them is remotely […]

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Cute…

Don’t you love it when you overhear your kids playing and they say something terribly cute? My three younger boys were playing trains and cars while my oldest was just delving into his first multiplication lesson (which he is loving by the way!) The children of course were making the cars and trains talk to […]

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Saving Up

Recently I’ve been reading Beverly Cleary books aloud to my boys. They are really enjoying them. We’ve been going back and forth between Henry Huggins books and Ramona books. So far we’ve read Henry Huggins, Henry and Ribsy, Ramona the Pest, Beezus and Ramona, Henry and Beezus and now we are reading Henry and the […]

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Seriously. Never a dull moment.

So today my three year old broke out in hives that migrated from his lower back (just after breakfast) to his torso, chest and head (where they currently still remain.) I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out what it is (Acute Urticaria) but goodness, does the madness never end?! (We did take him in to a […]

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Toy culling!

I’m sorry but toys are the bane of my existence! Not all toys… just the many that pretty much go unplayed with except for the odd time that they are dragged out of a box and left strewn across the house. So much of it is just JUNK. I can’t stand the clutter. Who bought […]

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Faces

I like faces. I particularly like these faces though. I guess I’m sorta partial to them. A person tends to feel that way about people that she birthed. Ya know? You tend to feel that way, no matter how much they drive you crazy sometimes, because once upon a pregnancy you dreamed what these faces […]

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Happy Birthday Dude!!

My baby is two. I feel old! Here he is the day we brought him home from his 10 day stay in the hospital. He was five weeks early and spent his first week and a half in the NICU and special care nursery. Those were the longest days… but it’s simply flown by since […]

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Where have I been?!

I have been a bad blogger lately. But a better human being. So I’m not going to bother flogging myself for my lack of posting here. Sometimes I do just have to take a few steps away from the computer in order to distance myself a bit from everything in it! So that’s where I’ve […]

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Letterboxing

The Pastor has recently become determined, thanks to finding a handy little book on the subject for only $1 at the library, that he and the boys need to begin letterboxing. And there’s not a moment to waste. They hope to head out on their first adventure tomorrow. I am not the letterboxing head honcho […]

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Wrastle Mania

The Pastor is the best Dad. Tonight was a “wrastling” night. On wrastling nights we move the coffee table and everyone pretty much tries to take each other down. Dad is the centerpiece of the whole affair. Usually there are a few knocked heads and a couple of tears shed but most of the time […]

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The Tooth Fairy Strikes Again!!

Whoo Doggy! It’s been a good week for this crazed maniacal tooth yanker! (((rubs hands together with glee)))) Mister Mister’s second wobbly tooth had to come out today. Not only do I really like giving those little sucker’s the old heave ho, I really can’t stand looking at a tooth that hangs onto the gums […]

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Today

This morning I woke up to the sounds of my boys talking, laughing, playing and interspersed with these sounds were the sounds of fighting. I heard someone throw a punch. This was followed by someone throwing an insult. This was followed by my three year old shouting, “You guys are mean-o’s. Next Summer you used […]

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Cute three year old songs…

I love three year old songs. I love how tuneless and endless they are. I love how the three year old’s thoughts can come out so unrhymingly poetic. The one I just heard was, “I like heaven becaaaauuuaaause there’s no puking in heaeaeaeaveeeeen. And not hachooing. And no sneezing. And no coughing. And no crying. […]

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Odds and Ends

Remember how, a couple of days ago, I mentioned how much I love Fall, except that it reminds me how close winter is… and then I tacked on, “who knows, it could snow tomorrow…” Well… yesterday we had our first snow. Can you believe it? Crazy. Thankfully it melted almost before it hit the ground. […]

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Shrinky Dinks

You remember Shrinky Dinks don’t you? So I was at Michael’s Arts & Crafts yesterday looking for a few items that I will be needing for some Christmas presents. (Yes, I know, I’m planning too far ahead.) Well, I didn’t find what I was looking for there BUT I did find SHRINKY DINKS!! And there […]

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Oh dear…

I think this might only happen in a houseful of Star Wars crazed boybarians… where there just so happens to be a travel neck pillow lying about. You can only laugh when your “baby” comes up to you, looking like this: and says, “I Kee A-dala.” (You may not “get” this if you are not […]

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Baby You Know It

You just know that I think you’re cutewhen you run around in your birthday suit. I know what it means, you realizewhen you get that twinkle in your eyes.Somehow you know I come undonewhen you wake up chattering and laughing with the sun. Deep down I’m sure you’re aware that you’re my lastwhen you give […]

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Wonderfully Woveable Woofy

Woofy is almost a family member here. As you might guess, he is of the canine variety. However, he is stuffed with fluff and beans rather than kibble. For each of our children we bought a stuffed animal who would welcome them to their crib when they slept in it for the first time. Here […]

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GONG!

That was the sound of one of my most humiliating parenting moments. Trying to be as cultured as humanly possible the six of us spent a couple of hours meandering through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It is just beautiful there. We walked through the Botanical Gardens. And I took some pictures of the […]

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I tell ya…

If I didn’t already know how rewarding this was I would have a really hard time pressing on! My second son is just now beginning to learn to read. It is just barely beginning to take hold in his mind but he is still at the point where he will forget what the the letter […]

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Kidisms

At dinner we were talking about maiden names. My 5 year old started the conversation. “Mom, your last name wasn’t always D____ was it? Not until you married Daddy right?” “That’s right.” “And Dad, Grandma’s last name wasn’t always D____ until… she married Grandpa right?” “You’re right! Her last name was _______ before that. And […]

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Enter: Academic Competitiveness

My husband and I were finishing up our morning coffee after sending the boys upstairs to get dressed for church. The normal routine involves a couple of reminders, amidst the rumbling and ‘hootin’ and hollerin’ as my mother would say, to stay on task, get dressed… or else. We were discussing art classes for the […]

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I'm really a soccer mom now!

That’s right everyone! It’s SOCCER season! Perhaps for some of you Texans and Californians, it’s been soccer season for a while already. But here in the Frozen North soccer season is just now starting because the fields are (usually) not covered with snow anymore in mid-April. (I’m not holding my breath though.) As of Saturday […]

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Kidism #3, 972.2103457

~Sitting at the dinner table a three year old boy stares hard at his mother’s face.~ Suddenly he whispers, with mystery and wonder in his saucer-like eyes, “Mommy, you have brains in your eyes!” (We had just read through a section of a library book about the human body. We were reading about veins and […]

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Kidism #3,949

I’m sorry to be blogging my life away today but my second child just said something that had to be recorded before I forgot it and I figured it would give you a kick too. While sitting on the floor back to back with his big brother he said, “Hey, let’s play octopus!” He started […]

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He's watching the markets?

Yesterday afternoon we were watching the news with the kids and our extended family who are visiting from California. The kids were talking about the upcoming soccer season and what team they would be playing on. The little one will be on a team that is sponsored in part by Tim Horton’s Doughnuts and Coffee. […]

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How do we get to heaven?

This was a conversation this evening with my three year old (aka. Mr. 13 Shirts). I asked him what he thought. His scratchy voiced answer came matter of factly; “Well… we better take the Suburban of course. Because… it’s a long long way. (long pause) Or walking. But it’s very far to walk.” Nan

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Silly boys.

I’m exhausted. I had severe insomnia last night (not an uncommon problem unfortunately as some of you know) and I didn’t sleep until 2:30 a.m. So needless to say I am feeling a bit fuzzy around the edges today. As I was beginning to move about the kitchen in hopes of getting something started for […]

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Looky what we got!

I’m so excited! It came in the mail today. The kids have been devouring (or making us read many times in succession) library books about space, stars and planets. And spiders. And bees. They are especially fond of the planets known as the gas giants, for obvious reasons. They are, after all, little boys. They […]

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Money Moments

This post has nothing to do with money actually. Have you heard the phrase, “That’s money!” My husband uses this phrase a lot now for some reason. It pretty much can be used interchangeably to mean, “That’s awesome” or “That’s priceless.” Two nights ago I sent my oldest son downstairs after he had gotten ready […]

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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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BEHOLD!!! My new refrigerator!

Yes, folks. That’s right. You are looking at the modern day refrigerator. At least in my home it serves partly as a refrigerator. You see, we somehow joined the ranks of stainless steel appliance snobs when we moved into our new home that came fully equipped, including all the appliances. Besides the fact that they […]

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I've posted this before.

My husband really ought not be allowed out of town. Whenever he does, all hell breaks loose. The last TWO times he left I sprained my ankle. This time I have people projectile vomiting… and other yucky substances exiting the body involving another oraface. So far I have wiped up poop off of a high […]

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My life is so darn exciting.

I’m doing the domesticated equivalent of dumpster-diving tonight because I have somehow lost the uploading cord for my new digital camera. I have the old cord right here but it doesn’t fit my new camera so it does me no good. I have looked in all the ordinary places so I decided this evening, like […]

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Parts is parts

Last night in the car my 3 year old used the word “penis” a few times. I could not hear much other than that word. I have no idea what the context was but I do know that there was giggling involved (in case you wondered, yes boys do giggle). I did not immediately respond […]

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What boys say.

Last night during dinner the door bell rang and a little tip-toeing (how do you really spell “toeing”??) proved my theory that it was a sales person to be correct. We decided to not answer the door and let in the -15 degree air that we do our best to keep from ever entering the […]

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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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Perhaps you're now familiar…

with a certain little chap in my household who goes by he moniker, of Mr. 13 Shirts. Of late Mr. 13 Shirts has become quite combative with his brothers. He is third in line. What should I expect. I expect a lot of things but I didn’t expect him to begin defending himself (or in […]

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