Archives for January 2014

My Kids Make Me Laugh: Symmetry

For old time’s sake. It’s Tuesday, it’s another crazy story about my kids. It’s “my kids make me laugh” and today it’s all about symmetry.

My son Watty is in fourth grade. He’s a boy. His sense of humor is the predictable result of all three factors. (Being my kid comes with a certain quirky sense of humor. Trust me.)

Oh.  Before I go any further. This blog post has a few words that might offend your kindergarten teacher while she is in the classroom. It’s nothing I wouldn’t say in front of my pastor’s wife, but you’ve been warned. [Read more…]

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168 Hours – That’s all I Get

If you are trying to figure out the significance of 168 hours, it’s the number of hours in a week.

24 x 7 = 168.

For the past nine months, the number has haunted me. [Read more…]

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How I lost a bowling ball

If you saw me at my kids’ Christmas parties mid-December, you might be surprised to find out I’ve lost a bowling ball since then.

Not an actually black round thing that you throw down the lane at a bunch of pins.  Nope.

I’ve lost the equivalent of a bowling ball.

Ten pounds. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – See

It’s Five Minute Friday!  My favorite writing time of the week.

Last time (way back in early December) the word was FIGHT.

Today’s writing prompt is… SEE. [Read more…]

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What’s on YOUR phone?

This is one of those “I have no idea what to title it but it’s funny” stories.  I settled for “what’s on your phone” but it could have just as easily been “name that tune” or “stories that my husband hopes don’t get read by his coworkers” or even “I finally got revenge for driving the mom-wagon for years.”

Yesterday, I spotted this post on Cluttered Genius about the first random song that comes up on your iPhone when you it shuffle.  The song that popped up for her was Love Shack and she has a GREAT story about why the song was on her phone.

She was participating in Mama Kat’s pretty much world famous blogging challenge, so you may have seen similar posts.  If you’re ever stuck for a writing topic, Mama Kat has you covered.

Me? [Read more…]

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Kids ask the strangest questions

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids ask the strangest questions and the most random times.

I have no earthly clue how parents can handle this stuff without Google and their ever present smart phones.

The other day, the boys and I were curled up in bed hiding from the cold.  They were watching some vile cartoon show and I was reading a book while being smothered at the bottom of the dog pile.

During a commercial break, Watty (my fourth grade boy) poked me to get my attention and then asked me [Read more…]

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10 Opportunities for a Fresh Start

Today is the day my kids (finally) headed back to school after a long Christmas break.  It’s also the day my husband (finally) went back to work.  Tomorrow, I get a fresh start.

Since we live in Houston Texas, it’s unlikely that we’ll be missing any school days due to snow.  As long as the heaters in the school work, we should be fine.  If you’re curious, it was 28 degrees with a 56 percent humidity when we woke up this morning.  In a home with all tile floors and only a forced air heating system, that’s mighty chilly.

So for me, tomorrow is my official start to the new year. [Read more…]

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Monday Musings for the New Year

Since my husband and kids are still on vacation, I’m struggling to get back in the swing of blogging for the new year.  It doesn’t help that my youngest son has taken over my favorite comfy writing chair, leaving me floating between the edge of my bed and the dining room table.

I’ve gotten all the Christmas decorations down.  All but one box of them are already stashed back where they belong. It felt really good to have Christmas packed and put away before the New Year began.  But it feels like I need to finish out the Christmas stuff with YOU before I can move forward into the New Year.

I’ll tell you up front, this was a tough Christmas for us. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – Fight

It’s Five Minute Friday!  My favorite writing time of the week.

Last time (way back in early December) the word was reflect.

Today’s writing prompt is… FIGHT. [Read more…]

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Why I write what I write

Based on some recent off-line conversations, I realized I needed to clarify why I write what I write.  My purpose hasn’t changed, and (at least to me) the vision for my blog remains unchanged.

My blog was born on a whim.  The purpose and vision came later.

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