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February 15, 2011

New Friends

God has Super-Blessed me with a plethora of wonderful and amazing New Friends. Hi!!!  I am glad to know you and so super excited about getting to know you more.  And I thought it only fair to make you aware of some of my “quirks” while there is still time for you to turn and run in the other direction…

– I am firmly convinced that black birds are the devils minions. There is a fair chance that you will have to “guard” me from these evil flying creatures at some point.  I just can’t get past the beady eyes, nasty beaks and creepy claws, plus they are always staring at me.  They freak me out and I am pretty sure they have all been sent on a mission to get me.  Trying to convince me otherwise would be an exercise in frustration.

– I got a little extra dose of that “Mama Bear” thing.  It is near impossible to offend me personally, but I can get rather fierce if I feel my friends or children might be hurt in the slightest by unkind actions or words.  Not that I’ll punch you or anything.  I’m more of a diffuser, unless I feel like you need to be punched. (kidding.) (mostly.)

– I believe there is a difference between Hip Hop and Rap music.  And I love Hip Hop, along with every other style of music from Indie-Folk to Classic Rock.  Except for Country, don’t even get me started.  The commercial junk on K104: Crap.  Rakim, The Roots and Talib Kweli: Good Stuff.   

– I can’t not dance if there is good music in the general vicinity.  I call it being “dancy” some people might call it being “nine years old”. There’s no way for me to sit still when there is a good beat or a great tune in the room.  My feet auto-tap and my hands, well… as Bridget likes to say, I like to “bang on things”.  If you need to have a serious conversation with me, keep Timbaland and Kari Jobe as far away as possible. 

– I’ve mentioned this before, but really it can not be overstated: My eyesight is awful.  If you’ve recently had your hair done and I didn’t notice, this is why.  I wear contacts and I have glasses, but my vision can’t be corrected back to 20/20 even with very strong prescriptions.  If you want to go somewhere with me we’re going to need to sit up front, and you might want to drive.  I’m just sayin’.

– I love words immensely and I hang on to them forever.  They stay with me though my brain gets fuzzy on many, many other details.  It’s totally possible that the offhanded comment you made at lunch the other day was just that, an offhanded commend, but  I will probably be able to quote you a couple of years from now.  This almost never comes in handy. 

– I am a shopping miracle. I know this sounds weird, but you should take me shopping and see.  Things on my list magically appear and are almost always half their normal cost.  I’m not even kidding. It’s a total blessing and it has happened on many occasions.  The downside is I will not buy things if they are not insanely good deals, and I will discourage you from doing so as well, even if it is on your list and in your budget.  If it isn’t cheap and perfect, we’re not getting it.  Makes shopping with me a mixed bag of misery and euphoria

– I need to hold babies if they are around.  I will take a number if need be, but it is absolutely necessary.  I may not even know them that well (or at all), but if there is a tiny human, I want it in my arms.  Babies make me insanely happy.  If they’re crying I will bounce them.  If they need a burp that’s fine too; I don’t even mind getting spit up on.  If they are happy, I will kiss them.  I take that back, I’m kissing them regardless. 

And so there you have it New Friends, a very brief list of some of the quirks that I am aware of, I’m sure there are hundreds more.  Old Friends feel free to chime in 🙂

February 18, 2010


Get it?  Pie-Yo? 

No idea where she gets this stuff. Mostly I work out at night when the kiddos are in bed, but yesterday I walked into the living room and caught her doing this little routine.  It lasted all of five minutes.  But how flippin' cute is this?

First, she stretches.


Then a couple of leg lifts.


A little downward dog.


Workin' the core muscles with some rolls.

some of this….


a little of that.


Reach way up high…


and bend at the waist and grab your toes.


Throw in a few push ups


And finish it up with a silly face

Oh yeah. 

Feel the burn.

Great workout.  🙂

December 1, 2009

The New Guys

Okay, so it's mostly a madhouse around here with three extra munchkins…


It's messy,


and busy

and fun


and entertaining.


They're playful


and sweet.

It's great really.


And it's exhausting too.  We have a good time though.  We love them.  I don't even mind making thousands of cups of juice and picking up millions of toys a day.  

Because, The New Guys? Wonderful.


September 20, 2009

Sunday at Home

Sick, (kinda) with sick kiddos (kinda).  Just Griff and Em are sick, and they're just kinda sniffle-y and cough-y, tired, achy, that kinda thing.  I've got the same stuff, but I'm the mom, so while they watched movies with their pillows and blankets, I cleaned everything in the house.  Including the kids


And after we were all freshly bathed, we put on nice clean pj's and rocked 'em all day long.  We read tons of books and colored lots. They all just about flipped when I gave them their new twelve cent spiral notebooks.  Gotta love Target clearance. 

We watched a few hundred movies.  If you have Netfilx- you can watch movies instantly online.  And if your bed rolls you can push it up to your computer and hop in bed with your munchkins for the show.  Gotta love Inspector Gadget.  


Sunday is our "anything" night, so we munched on a myriad of things from Life cereal to meatball subs.  Gotta love Life cereal.

Excerpt from dinner conversation with My Amazing Kids:

          Griffen – Hey, what do you call a sandwich with direction?

Us- Uh… no idea?

Griffen- Subway.  Get it?

Us- Hahahahaha

Me- You know a subway is also a train that can take you places under the streets.   It's kind of like a bus that runs underground.

Emma- But I wouldn't want to go underground, 'cause there's dirt and worms underground.  I hate worms.  They eat dirt.  And they poop dirt.  It's dis-gusting.  I would never wanna go on a subway. Worms are slimy and squishy.

Gabe- How do you know?  You never touched one.  Remember that time we saw fried worms at Erin's house?  They were all crispy and dried up from the sun…

The worm talk went on for a bit.  I redirected about fifteen times and I have no idea what we ended up talking about, but it was stimulating conversation to say the least.  

We cleaned up after dinner together, snuggled up on the couch and read a chapter of Ramona.  I kissed their little heads, listened to their prayers and tucked them in a few minutes ago.  It was a sweet day, full and productive and quiet.  Hopefully we'll wake up tomorrow all feeling better.  Tonight I'm thankful for this Sunday at home.




August 24, 2009

This Week So Far

Emmy taught herself how to read.  And she's four.  No phonics program, no prodding from me- she just started putting letter sounds together and figuring words out.  What can I say?  My kids are unbelievably smart.  And quirky, they're also unbelievably quirky. 
She walked up to me one day and pointed out a word in the back of her Pocket New Testament, and said "Ar-a-bic.  Mommy does this say Arabic?"  Kind of shocked I said "Yes Emmy it does!  Wow, you just read your first word!"
A couple of days later I was telling a friend that Emma had started sounding out words.  She pointed to a word and asked Emma to read it.  And Emma said "No.  Sorry, I can only read Arabic."    Brilliant. 
In other news: Grace is a tomboy.
No love for pigtails here.  No time for bows or clips. 
Outdoors, dirt, grass, she's there. 
And I wouldn't have it any other way.  I'm pretty sure God knew what He was doing when He gave me these super amazing girls. 

Oh, and the boys, also super amazing. 
Did a fantastic job of getting up and ready for school all by themselves, pretty much bounded out of the house with huge grins on their faces (did not exactly enjoy me stopping them for pictures) and both had awesome first days. 
It's been a great summer. 
And we're still enjoying these sweet summer evenings. 
And I'm so excited to see where these bright boys will go this year.

So excited to go with them.
They are super amazing indeed. 
The perfect kids for me.

So yay for fresh starts and getting back on proverbial horses and all that jazz.
And peek-a-boo.  Yay for peek-a-boo

June 9, 2009

Griffen’s Blog

Because this morning he came up to me and:



him- So mom, I see you're working on a website.  Would you be interested in making me a website?

me- For what?


him- Uh, let's see… make money, entertain kids, make money.


me- What?


him- It would just mainly be for entertainment purposes, and it would make money, but someone would   have to help me run it, like maybe a certain relative…


me- Okay Griff.  What do you want to call it?


him- Griffen Land?  No. Griffen's Universe.


And so it begins…

 More to come soon I'm sure. 


May 15, 2009

Mud Slinging

Today was a long day, I was hoping for a peaceful afternoon.  And it started out peaceful enough.  The kids were playing in the pool.  I was close by, but not too close, entrenched in a good book, zoned out.  Good times.  There was splashing, lots of laughing, the occasional squeal of excitement, a perfect afternoon soundtrack. 

And then… 

Apparently the pool has a bigger leak than I thought.  Because the next thing I know, I look over and see this:



Let me go get my camera-
because this-
this is way fun
this is classic
this is priceless
this is the kind of wild abandon


and happiness
and joy
and craziness
that childhood should be made up of.  

These are the memories I want them to have.
I want them to be able to make messes, and sling mud, and eat a little dirt. 

We had a blast. 

I played along when Griffen suggested a mud mask would
"Do wonders for my skin"
And then I hosed them off.
A lot.
Ten or eleven showers later they were all clean and lovely. 
Ready for dinner and a movie. 
And some snuggles.
So it wasn't the peaceful afternoon I was hoping for.
It was way, way better.

April 20, 2009

A Little Fit

Today was gorgeous, so we walked to pick up the boys from school. 
And Grace had a little fit on the way home:
Well, it was a big fit really:
It was a twenty minute fit:
A fit about me not holding her:
In my defense, I was pushing a stroller that she could have been riding in.
She is a stubborn little girl. 
But she gets that from me.
So she cried most of the way home.
After lots of this:
She did finally end up riding in the stroller, exhausted from her fit.
I won.  And it was worth it. 
My reward?
Coffee ice cream.
Winning is delicious.

April 17, 2009






April 15, 2009


    The first time I remember Griffen noticing a girl was when he was four.  We were at a friends house and their daughter came downstairs in running shorts and Griff leaned in to me and whispered in a very harsh voice, "That is so inappropriate.  Her clothes are way too little.  Her pants don't even have any leg sleeves".  And yes, he really talked like that when he was four, and yes we all managed to keep from laughing our heads off.

    The first time I remember Gabe noticing a girl he was also four.  We were driving somewhere and there was a fund raising car wash and Gabe said "Oooo!  Look at those cheerleaders!"

    They're different in almost every way, my two boys.

And I love that.
Tonight on our walk we were taking turns making up riddles. 
Griffen said "Okay Gabe, I'm tall, and I'm hot, and I'm found in tropical places."
Gabe's answer?  
Without missing a beat, and very certain he was right, finger in the air,
Gabe says "A teenage girl."

The answer was "volcano", and Gabe got it after some very detailed scientific explanation from Griff.  Interesting though, how their little minds work.  Interesting and scary.

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