Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day poems

Rachel and Andie read the poems they wrote for Veteran’s Day at tonight’s community Memorial Day program, so I thought it would be fitting to share them with you as well, on this day when we remember those who have fought to get and keep our freedoms. Serving Our Veterans Piece By Piece By Rachel […]

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Efficiency vs. order

One of my favorite books as a child was my mom’s first- or second-edition, beat-up copy of Cheaper by the Dozen. If you’ve never read this gem, published in the 1940s, it’s a real laugh-out-loud family classic that should be at the top of the list of books you read to your kids. “Dad,” the […]

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The burial

This morning we finally buried my former mother-in-law, Carmen. It was a hot, blustery morning and the small country cemetery was green and pretty. The service was low-key, simple and short, and afterward, five of Carmen’s grandsons, ages 2-7, diligently helped their grandpa throw shovelfuls of dirt into her grave. When she died in early […]

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You may remember my post from January asking readers to help me design a shirt with a gift certificate I received from Fibers.com. Because it was so much fun, I ended up with two. Check them out: Since I am one of the most un-photogenic people on the planet, I decided against photographing myself in […]

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I’m getting tired. It’s really hard to think of something to blog about EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Rain or shine. Feel like blogging or not. Dead tired or jacked up. Last night, I fell asleep on the couch in the middle of writing my blog post and didn’t wake up for another couple hours. Still, as […]

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Summer vacation: Day 1

Sometime before 7:30: Logan, as usual, woke up long before everyone else, despite his very late descent into dreamland. I knew this foreshadowed no good for later. 9:15 a.m.: The kids and I pulled out of the yard and headed to town. 10:00 a.m.: I left a nervous Andie and carefree boys at the Boys […]

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School’s out…for the summer!

The kids are all officially done with school now, as of today. Here’s the rundown so far: Logan, who finished school on Friday, had his first day at the Boys & Girls Club today. While I was traumatized by the whole prospect of leaving him there alone, pretty much defenseless, he barely said “goodbye” to […]

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Arachnophobia

The majority of my children are deathly afraid of spiders. While I certainly understand the irrational fear of particular creatures (my phobia is snakes — I can’t stand to even look at pictures of them), I don’t have any particular aversion to spiders. The kids fall to pieces when they see a spider, begging me […]

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Planting seeds

While I was gone on another training trip this weekend, the kids’ dad, Glen, took them out for cheeseburgers. “Dad, look at this,” said 6-year-old Logan, as he pulled sesame seeds off the top of his bun. “I’m picking the seeds off of my cheeseburger so I can plant them and grow more cheeseburgers!”

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This photo says it all

“What happened?” I asked Cody, after reading the above paper. “I just couldn’t hold it in any longer!” he told me.

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