We Rocked That Chicken and Made It Cry For Mercy


We ventured into the land of Billy Graham today and kicked off our day with a free symphonic band concert at Wheaton College.  We go to this children’s concert every year and always enjoy it.  We even snuck into the second showing the year they had the planetary theme, though we weren’t exactly going rogue–they just had a lot of no shows and the enthusiastic usher enthusiastically ushered us to some excellent seats.

Anyway, some of this year’s highlights:  swastikas, guns and shooting people, punching, explosions, music and scenes from the video game Halo, pots, pans, kitchen blender, garbage can lids, and also…  The Chicken Dance!

Heck yes, I said Chicken Dance, and it was awesome.  During the audience participation portion N, E and I rocked that chicken and made it cry for mercy.  Scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark provided some of that other heartwarming visual candy.  Read the rest of this entry »

Christopher Columbus: The Man Behind the Myth


Actually I don’t really know a whole lot about Columbus, or any myths, so that part of the post will be short.  I know I loved him as a K-12 student because it meant we got a free day.  Now I’m an adult and I’d much rather have access to my mail and my money.  What if I want a roll of Sacagawea dollars or a cashier’s check today?  Who’s going to bring me my bills and credit card offers?

Christopher Columbus isn’t.  He probably couldn’t find my house with a Garmin and a police escort. Read the rest of this entry »

You Heard Me! Comments and Likes and Goodwill Along the Way!


I’m going to continue this oversharing of my family, as well as boring details, umm, I mean, Delicious Minutiae, every day.  Yay! Read the rest of this entry »

2S2L — Not Just For Strangers Anymore


Most of the time I think *other* people are too stupid to live (2S2L)…and then the chickens come home to roost. Read the rest of this entry »

Stop Busting My Chops, Kid!


E is such a love.  He’s snips and snails and puppy dog tails.  He’s a little boy and that’s what he’s made of.  He’s also opinionated and bossy and full of the saucy.  He gives me a hard time and makes me crazy.

That’s what moms are made of.  Crazy.  I am supermom.

Today he piped up from the backseat, almost an hour into our drive, “You’re ruining some of my favorite songs, mom.  Please stop now.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes Our Elders Are Cranky Liars


Yesterday the kids and I went to Morton Arboretum to hang out with friends.  It looked to me like everyone and their brother, and their brother’s neighbor, and the neighbor’s stepson, were at the Arboretum yesterday.  This made for a parking lot reminiscent of Thunderdome, and there was one old man wearing a hat who wanted to pick a fight. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s A Reason Hamster Moms Eat Their Young


Yesterday we had a fabulous day at MRU.  The weather was superb, the friends were plentiful and entertaining, the kids seemed to really enjoy each other…

Then there was N.  My sweet, adorable, lovable N.  Quirky, argumentative, baffling N.  Sometimes I wonder: If I was a hamster, would I have eaten him as a baby? Read the rest of this entry »

Becoming Illiterate


I used to read.  A lot.  At the height of my blissful insanity I read four books in one day.  They weren’t all War and Peace, but they weren’t Magic Treehouse either.  Fast forward a decade and I’m becoming illiterate. Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Morning Quarterbacking


I was planning to do a weekly wrap-up of our previous week, but I can’t remember most of the details of what we did. Read the rest of this entry »

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