Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nothing Much

My days are rather informally chugging along. The boys are both now back in school, so I have a nice, big, huge, empty...silence. It's strange after the summer noise. It's welcome, but I still find myself having to put on a little music, just to feel normal.

I'm almost done collecting up the horror stories I'm going to put out as a free book. It's got some really good, chilling tales--all by authors who are in the public domain. My favorite classic stories for Halloween.

Annnnnd, so I'm starting to get excited about the holidays. (Surreptitiously looks at watch) I'm only a little bit early, right? Hmmmmm. The department stores seem to be getting to me--my inner child thinks that the holidays are all two months earlier than they are. When Halloween actually gets here, I'll be the crazy person buying up candy-canes.

But I am looking forward to the return of autumn. It was a good summer, but something about the fall always makes me happy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Insightful. Creepy, but Insightful.

"Mom, I think I know what an un-birthday is. I think that's the day you die!" -Z

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

And They Say You Shouldn't Label Your Kids

I am always calling my boys by each other's names. When they object I always tease them by saying it's their fault because they don't wear labels...

No more excuses.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bad Words

Z: Crap.
V: We don't say that word, it's bad.
Z: It's not a bad word.
V: Well, if you use it inappropriately it turns into a bad word for a few seconds.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Great Card Ideas

The other day the boys were talking about Mother's Day, and Dad told them to get me a card. I told them to trash that idea--"Make me a card. That's so much cooler." Next thing I know, they're talking about the kind of Magic the Gathering Card they're going to design for me.

Yeah. My obsessions. Whatchagonna do?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Happy Little Boy

Z got those pro-photos from school today--you know, the ones I never ever buy? He was apparently quite grumpy that day. He crossed his arms, and SCOWLED at the photographer. Never laughed so hard. Might buy these.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Canyonlands, Arches

For the kid's spring break, and with Adam having a few days off, we decided to head out to Aches and Canyonlands down in Southern Utah, inspite of it only being March. Or perhaps because it was only March--that would mean the searing temperatures would be moderated down to something liveable.

We were kinda right. The searing temperatures were moderated. It was not, however, livable. It was so windy we had to spend most of our time in the tent or car, and we had to come home early because the wind was so powerful our tent wouldn't remain standing.

But we got in a few cool hikes and got to see some beautiful things. So it was still very worth it.

 A picture that could never do Canyonlands justice.

 Mesa Arch in the Canyonlands. Adam, Z, V, and Uncle James came along with us.

 Gorgeous sunset (also can't do it justice) we got to see from our very windy campsite at Cowboy Camp.

 I think this is Arches--though it might be Canyonlands. Cold, but still smiling.

This definitely IS Arches. I can tell because it was the only time we were in short sleeves. We went on a 5.5 mile hike that wound up being 8 miles, and V and Z were amazing. They didn't even start complaining until mile seven.

I swear, Camelbaks are fantastic for keeping a kid happy on a hike.

Things I learned this trip:
  • Always, always, always have a blat-bucket handy in case of car-sickness. 
  • Bring a dustpan and small broom anywhere there is lots of sand.
  • I prefer the cream sun-screen--not the spray on.
  • Bean bags are the best camp toy in the world.
  • I must buy a wind-breaker. 
  • It is not a bad idea to have an extra tarp on hand, and a cord to tie  it with. You know, just in case.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Anno Domini

Me: "Today is February 10th, Anno Domini 2014."
V: "Wha?"
Me: "Anno Domini--it means, in the year of our Lord. You know, because once Christians practically ruled the world."
V: "And then Mormons came along and ruined their day?"

I couldn't answer. I was laughing too hard.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Because I Am a Responcible Parent

Me: "No! You don't get to drink your Mountain Dew until you have something healthy."
V: "What's for breakfast?"
Me: "...Cinnamon rolls..."

Monday, July 22, 2013

Some Monkeys at the Zoo

 V, Adam, and Z, comparing their own reach with an orangutan's.

 Z giving a great simian smile. The frame is done all in Legos.

V.

Friday, May 17, 2013

And They Always Told Me to Follow My Heart

Z: Momma, my head says clean my room, but my heart says don't clean my room. What do I do?