My Future Daughter-in-Law Might Be A Cheeseburger


After sleeping through the opera and later missing MRU as well, the boys and I decided to salvage the day by getting Halloween costumes figured out.  I wish I could be one of those moms that whips something together and the kids look cute/clever/scary/funny/etc.

More Like Bologna

They’d just look and feel sad if I did though, so off to Halloween City we went to shop the spoon-fed, previously imagined, mass produced, cute/clever/scary/funny/etc. polyester looks.

First we needed sustenance.  We wound up at Baker’s Square so E could stalk spend some quality time with his girlfriend, Barbie.

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A Sunday Afternoon Nowhere Near the Island of La Grande Jatte


It was a weekend of dividing and conquering.  Jeff took the kids camping with Scouts, and I had “me” time with some friends I adore.

Jeff on camping: “It was really windy.  It was like we would never be warm again.”  Later in his re-cap: “And then it started to rain.”

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“See You Sunday, Unless We Get Attacked By Bears!!”


Here it is, Friday again…  I can’t decide if I’m giving or accepting apologies today.

I’ll start with giving an apology to my dear children for stealing another slice of their childlike innocence away from them.

It’s their own fault, though, for having questions. Read the rest of this entry »

I Will Never Learn


No joke, I don’t even know what to say about today.

E started in about the Halloween decorations before I was even out of bed.  I told him I needed to wake up first and clear out the cobwebs.  Before I was even to the bottom step downstairs he was already asking “Are you awake yet?”

I had to explain that I wanted to get the house cleaned first, then we could continue decorating.  Then he was all about cleaning.  It was enjoyable to finally be on the same team with this kid.  Too bad it only lasted 8 seconds, kind of like a bull ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween Decorating… Like Christmas But With Bodies in the Yard


It’s that time of year again and E is up to his eyeballs in Halloween spirit.  We got a late start and he’s making up for lost time with a new level of Type A decorating behavior.  I’m already burnt out and we haven’t even opened some of the many bins of ghoulish treasures. I’m not sure I can survive this kid.  He asked for an electrician to come to the house tomorrow!

He’s a lot of work, that E.  (pics follow) Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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