Archives for February 2013

Is this normal?

is this normalMy husband and I laugh – a lot.  I have to wonder if this is normal married behavior.

(if it’s not, then i don’t want to be normal.  i like it this way.)

A few weeks back, hubby sent me a text asking me to do something for him at the house.  Way back in the early days of our married life, he would actually call and talk to me with this kind of stuff.  Now, he just texts me.

(unless i don’t answer the text. then he calls me to ask why i didn’t see his text message.  don’t you love that?  he also sends me a text to tell me to answer the phone if i miss his call.  love that man.) [Read more…]

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Got Goal? The exciting next chapter

got goalWay back at the beginning of February, I shared with a post titled “It’s almost Febraury – Got Goal?”

It was all about how I set goals for the month and what I thought I’d be able to accomplish.

Right about now, if you tried to talk to me about my February goals, I’d probably clamp my hands over my ears and chant “lalalalala I can’t hear you!”

Sometimes, that’s how it goes.   [Read more…]

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My Kids Make Me Laugh – Science stuff

my kids make me laugh 2My kids make me laugh, but sometimes they don’t even understand why.

Both my kids are obsessed with science stuff and math.  They like large numbers.  They’re competitive about adding stuff up.

We encourage this.  We’re hoping it translates to well paying jobs when they grow up.

But sometimes… they get mixed up. [Read more…]

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Spicing up Motherhood

spicing up motherhoodIf you haven’t figured it out by now, I love spicing up motherhood.

Today I’m over at Mothering From Scratch as a guest MOMtor.  I’m dishing up a healthy serving of humility and spicing it up with my own quirky sense of humor on the subject of Spicing up Motherhood.

Go look.  I’ll wait.


(imagine the game show “thinking song” playing in my head.)

Oh good, you’re back.

10 more ideas for Spicing Up Motherhood. [Read more…]

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Thankful Thoughts from my family

Thankful ThoughtsI wanted to try something different for Thankful Thoughts today.  I decided to interview my family and get their perspective on thankfulness.

(This was planned in advance and was not a last minute effort to fill blog space. Honest.)

I told GoGo I wanted to interview him for my blog.  He was game, so I started with an easy question. [Read more…]

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On a foggy day, not long ago

on a foggy dayOn a foggy day, it’s hard to see things clearly.  Instead of looking THROUGH the fog into the distance, I end up looking AT the fog.

Fog makes me lose track of time and direction too.

We’ve been having foggy mornings lately.  Thankfully, that isn’t common here in Houston.

Since it’s unusual, my kids are always entertaining when they wake up to fog. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday: What mama did

five minute fridayIt’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.


If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

Last week, the word was BELOVED.

This week, the word is WHAT MAMA DID. [Read more…]

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So what do you do all day?

what do you do all day?At some point, I think every stay at home mom hears the question “so what do you do all day.”

Last night I had dinner with a good friend and her daughter.  The daughter is 21 and works as a nanny during the day and then goes to college in the evenings.

I knew where she was coming from.  She takes care of one little girl – a nine month old who crawls, but isn’t pulling up yet.  She doesn’t have to cook or clean, she just watches the baby.

And she’s bored.

Bored, isolated, lonely, and bored. [Read more…]

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How to load your dishwasher for engineers

dishwasherIf you might recall, my husband has engineering disease.  He also has a very special way that the dishwasher gets loaded.

In some ways, this is the logical progression of the whole red hooker shoe incident.

It all started when my husband sat down and read the manual that came with our new dishwasher.  At that point, the dishwasher had been installed and running for over a month.  It was getting the dishes clean most of the time.  It was performing it’s dishwashing duties in a way I found totally satisfactory. [Read more…]

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My Kids Make Me Laugh: Beans

It’s Tuesday, my kids make me laugh, and I promised to tell you the second half of the bean story.

The best part of the whole thing is when my kids realize just how mischievous I really am.

If you recall from yesterday’s post on beans, my picky child refused to eat my (very tasty and frugal) homemade refried beans. Instead, he insisted on saying the ones from a restaurant were better.

Me:  GoGo, WHICH restaurant is better?

GoGo:  All of them. I don’t like your beans.

After I pressed them on the subject, both of my kids actually did have a favorite refried bean restaurant.   [Read more…]

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